Archive for Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Police have auto theft suspect in custody

December 29, 2010, 11:30 p.m. Updated December 30, 2010, 1:43 a.m.


Lawrence Police have a suspect in custody in connection with a Tuesday evening automobile theft, according to information from emergency dispatchers.

Police stopped a stolen 1995 Toyota Tercel in the 2700 block of West 24th Terrace around 11 p.m. The male suspect fled on foot and was later located by police near Holcomb Park.

An officer on scene reported that the suspect had been listening to the police pursuit on a radio. Police said that they would take the suspect in for an interview and compare the suspect to video surveillance obtained from Checkers Grocery Store, 2300 La., where the car was reported stolen around 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

Check for updates.


bearded_gnome 7 years ago

possible: white male in a Carhart jacket.

Zachary Stoltenberg 7 years ago

Oh but BG, we can't use race in the description, gets the editors panties in a wad.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

Berg, I think it's still permissible to say "white" when referring to someone's race.
just you better not mention the other politically incorrect racial identities.

officers are working hard on catching this dude.

BorderRuffian 7 years ago

It certainly IS permissible to use the word, "white," as long as it carries with it a deep loathing and national sense of shame. Being politically correct in today's climate is a sense of empowering all sorts of different things, all the while scorning "white." sigh......... Yes, Demolibs, I know it is our duty to be ashamed of ourselves.

Stuart Evans 7 years ago

apparently nobody is; because as of yet, it doesn't appear that one single vigilante has shown up in the area to help take down perps.

JackMcKee 7 years ago

that neighborhood needs it's own police department.

Chelsea Kapfer 7 years ago

JM- you are so right. I had no idea how bad it was until I started listening to my scanner. Cops did a great job tonight, and the stolen car was recovered, with the keys! Yay!

black_butterfly 7 years ago

They should not mention ANY race unless they are asking the public to help them identify the suspect, and then they should list race age range and physical statistics.

Shaun Hittle 7 years ago

Black butterfly, Thanks for the heads up. Has since been removed.

Shaun Hittle Reporter LJW

cozy 7 years ago

At the time, the suspect was at large. There was nothing wrong with describing them. If they are white, they are white; if they are black, they are black, etc.

cozy 7 years ago

At the time, the suspect was at large. There was nothing wrong with describing them. If they are white, they are white; if they are black, they are black, etc.

cozy 7 years ago

I guess hitting post comment once makes it show up twice. So annoying.

Shaun Hittle 7 years ago

cozy, You got it. But, I missed it when they caught a suspect. Busy scanner nite.

Shaun Hittle LJW

Stuart Evans 7 years ago

captured: one being of human species. multiple limbs. standard arrangement of facial features.

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

Describing the suspect as male is sexist!

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

thanks for the update Shaun.
there certainly is a lot of crime concentrated in just a few blocks over there.

cozy (anonymous) replies …

At the time, the suspect was at large. There was nothing wrong with describing them. If they are white, they are white; if they are black, they are black, etc.

December 30, 2010 at 2:10 a.m.

--well said. if suspectis at large, whatever info the pd feels it can release should be put out by th paper, not just to help with locating him/her/it, but for people's safety.

Zachary Stoltenberg 7 years ago

That is not the LJWorld Policy, refer to the exchange yesterday and the pitiful and ignorant rationale:

Apparently, it's just fine to use the racial slur "white" to define a suspect. I prefer Caucasian and am actually of native and eastern European descent. It's almost comical if it weren't such a marker of our times and our town in specific. I think all Caucasian criminals should object to the LJWorld making it more difficult for them to get away. After all, Race is omitted from stories where the suspect is any other ethnicity. Those damn double standards of Journalistic Integrity just bite you in the butt every time. Isn't it awful when we can't remember who it's OK to hate?

Bottom line is, when it comes to criminal action, race as part of a description of a criminal at large is not only "politically" correct, it's necessary. But the editors at the LJWorld believe us all to be stupid and panicky, unable to handle such information. If they told us what a dangerous person looked like, we would undoubtedly form angry mobs, roaming the streets, beating up anyone who matched the description. It would be total anarchy. Better lie to us all...

Haiku 7 years ago

Then rob a student. They'd do better robbing the Salvation Army.

Kontum1972 7 years ago

when u say white on your race....does that suggest your albino?

Zachary Stoltenberg 7 years ago

White is as much a racial slur as black, brown, or yellow. If you call a black man African American, why would you not call a white man Caucasian?

Kirk Larson 7 years ago

'Cause I'm not from the Caucasus region. I prefer Euromutt.

pfunk81 7 years ago

This is the stupidest thing I've read on the internet all week, and that says a lot. Congrats!

Zachary Stoltenberg 7 years ago

You obviously didn't sense the sarcasm dripping out the bottom of your screen...

Charlie Sabotage 7 years ago

All of this race discussion and no attempts to point at where the suspect could have been from???? NO TOPEKA JOKES??? disappointed

Tim Quest 7 years ago

All this stupid whining about race and nobody has mentioned the stupidity of stealing a '95 Tercel?

staff04 7 years ago

That was my first thought too! He's lucky he made it out of the parking lot with it!

Lisa Rasor 7 years ago

Shaun, you do know it's Holcom Park, don't you? Not "Holcomb" Park. Proofread your work, young man.

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