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One person arrested in connection with man found dead off Maine Street

Police were still on the scene Wednesday morning investigating the death of a 46-year-old man north of Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. There was no information immediately available about what caused his death.

Police were still on the scene Wednesday morning investigating the death of a 46-year-old man north of Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. There was no information immediately available about what caused his death.

March 31, 2010, 7:40 a.m. Updated April 1, 2010, 9:50 a.m.

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One arrested in death investigation

A 36-year-old transient man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a death at a residence in the 800 block of Maine Street. The original incident occurred Sunday night, but police discovered the body when they were called to check on the man after he didn't show up for work. Enlarge video

Arrest made in relation with death on Maine St.

Sgt. Bill Cory discusses the investigation surrounding the death of Douglas Fleming, 46. Enlarge video

Police crime tape wraps off the porch at 819 Maine St., the scene of an investigation Wednesday morning.

Police crime tape wraps off the porch at 819 Maine St., the scene of an investigation Wednesday morning.

Death investigation

Lawrence police arrested a 36-year-old homeless man Wednesday in connection with the death of a man whose body was found Tuesday afternoon in his house in the 800 block of Maine Street.

Police Wednesday afternoon identified Lawrence resident Douglas Fleming, 46, as the victim. An autopsy performed Wednesday shows he died from a head injury.

The suspect was arrested on a charge of reckless involuntary manslaughter.

Fleming had been injured in a fight on Sunday, police said, but refused medical treatment for his injuries. Police said Fleming had identified the suspect before he died.

“I don’t know how unusual it is,” Lawrence Police Sgt. Bill Cory said. “When officers contacted him that night, things appeared to be OK.”

Officers received a call at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday to check on Fleming at his home after he didn’t show up for work.

A few neighbors said Fleming kept to himself and worked in the construction field.

“He would just come and go,” Lisa Grossman said.

Grossman, who lives on the street, said she last saw Fleming at some point last week.

Lawrence police are still investigating a possible motive for the fight.

“It’s still under investigation,” Cory said. “Just because there’s been an arrest made, there’s still a lot of work to do. Investigators are still out and about talking to people.”

Police encourage anyone with additional information on the incident to contact the Lawrence Police Department at 843-7509, or the CrimeStoppers TIPS hot line at 843-TIPS.

Comments

hail2oldku 4 years, 9 months ago

Despite those that would wish otherwise, it wasn't me. I'm still alive and kicking.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 9 months ago

Let the spectacle of speculation begin!

nlf78 4 years, 9 months ago

The headline makes it sound like a body was just found outside on the ground! Instead of in a residence.

missmagoo 4 years, 9 months ago

I have to agree with you pywacket. Memorial Stadium has nothing to do with the death of a man at a residence. If he was found on the grounds of the stadium, yes, it would be an important fact. However, I don't see the relevance here and what is so unusual about finding a man dead at a home. Perhaps this shouldn't have been a story until it was identified if this man died at HIS home or if he died of foul play or natural causes. Breaking news: man dies of cancer at 46 at his home VS. man found dead at residence, foul play suspected.

nlf78 4 years, 9 months ago

I'm glad for the change in the headline. And my thoughts with the family and friends of the deceased.

Jeremiah Jefferson 4 years, 9 months ago

well atleast the homeless man will have 3 hots and a cot for awhile..

gccs14r 4 years, 9 months ago

Meanwhile, let this be yet another reminder to not mess around with head injuries. If the EMTs or LEOs think you should get checked out, GO. The head injury you're brushing off may be affecting your judgement.

Sunny Parker 4 years, 9 months ago

Keep inviting the trash to this City and this will keep happening! Stop the current and the new homeless shelter! Stop inviting them!

tanaumaga 4 years, 9 months ago

where was the fight at? the residence? a bar? the alley? and oh , by the way;you seem fairly average for a troll...what makes you so extraordinary?

gccs14r 4 years, 9 months ago

He didn't say he was extraordinary, just not average. I can believe that he's not average.

Sunny Parker 4 years, 9 months ago

and why is that beo? Because I work hard for my money and don't want to give it to lazy people like you?

Paula Kissinger 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes, lawdog, he is still a human being, but perhaps if he were not here this crime would not have been committed. Hmmm...most likely would have just happened to some other person in some other town though. Can you tell me of any time you ever heard of a homeless person in Lawrence doing anything constructive with their life or helping another person ? I just see them sucking up our community dollars that could be better spent on people that actually live and work here and on programs that help those aforementioned residents.

emptymind 4 years, 9 months ago

sunny (anonymous) says… and why is that beo? Because I work hard for my money and don't want to give it to lazy people like you?

And what if you lost the means to work hard for your money? Do you think it would be fair to call you 'lazy'? Maybe you should look in the mirror before making such a stupid comment

flux 4 years, 9 months ago

If this is true it would be the 3rd case I am aware of in Lawrence where a homless resident has committed murder and thats just the ones I can remember. I hope you bleeding hearts remember this next time your advocating fairness and open mindedness for our fellow transients

bearded_gnome 4 years, 9 months ago

concussion kills.
this guy would almost certainly be alive today if he'd taken the medical care at the beginning.


yeah, riiiight, we need to attract more of the lifestyle homeless to Lawrence.

Moderateguy 4 years, 9 months ago

And there will be much hand wringing, and calls for something to be done. Perhaps there will be another task force on the homeless problem. In the end, nothing will change. More enabling will take place; and our city will continue to swirl down the toilet.

Mari Aubuchon 4 years, 9 months ago

autie: They are the back and front of the same house.

hedro80 4 years, 9 months ago

Autie I think one picture is of the back of the house the other pic is the front of the house.

50YearResident 4 years, 9 months ago

Anyone else want to befriend a homeless person and invite them into your house? What about all you people that say we need to take care of the homeless? Be sure to make your contributation to ensure they are not needing a place to sleep tonight. Invite them in!

pizzapete 4 years, 9 months ago

People with homes never kill anyone. If everyone had a job there would be no crime. Wonder if this poor guy had any insurance?

Jeremy DeBoard 4 years, 9 months ago

As g_rock stated, if it were any other demographic, you all would be spitting on how horrible "they" are. What i wonder, is there a demographic that all of you are not scared of in one way or another?

You can't fix a problem by dealing with the symptoms of said problem. Homelessness is, by all accounts, a symptom. Ergo, removing the homeless from Lawrence will not stop things like this occurring.

flux 4 years, 9 months ago

Your right jadkansas, it wont fix the problem but I will certainly help.

50YearResident 4 years, 9 months ago

Jadkansas says, "You can't fix a problem by dealing with the symptoms of said problem. Homelessness is, by all accounts, a symptom. Ergo, removing the homeless from Lawrence will not stop things like this occurring."

Really?

50YearResident 4 years, 9 months ago

When we all go to a Doctor, don't they treat the symptons? Removing the "symptons" is how we recover from the problem illness. I guess I am not understanding the type of symptoms here you are refuring to.

Jeremy DeBoard 4 years, 9 months ago

Allow me to clarify. A doctor cannot always "cure" you of an illness. If you have a cold, they can give you medicine for symptoms only, as there is no cure for a cold. If you have, say, a staph infection, then they can give you antibiotics to help deal with it the problem directly.

Let's think outside the medical field, though. You have a leak in your roof. Patching your ceiling and mopping up the water on your floor each time it rains (the symptoms) won't fix the problem, but fixing the leak in your roof (the problem) will.

This --> http://thehomelessguy.blogspot.com/2008/02/homelessness-is-symptom.html explains it pretty well, too.

What needs to be done is finding out why Lawrence has a homelessness problem and fixing those.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 9 months ago

"Meanwhile, let this be yet another reminder to not mess around with head injuries. If the EMTs or LEOs think you should get checked out, GO. The head injury you're brushing off may be affecting your judgement."

So, if the cops/EMTs thing you might not be able to make good decisions based on your injuries, can they not "force" you to get medical treatment? That's the Catch-22 about this: he probably couldn't have known how hurt he was BECAUSE of how hurt he was.

stopandthink 4 years, 9 months ago

To PitBullGrandma, "...perhaps if he were not here this crime would not have been committed." Do you also say this when a pitbull has attacked a child or adult?

formerhomelessmom 4 years, 9 months ago

Curious to know who the homeless guy is. There are jerks of all persuasions in all towns. For the record, when we stayed at the shelter, my husband and I both worked, our kids went to school(thank god they were young enough that the other kids on the bus didn't know where we lived to make fun of them) and we did all we could to get out of that horrible place. That said, not all the residents there are bad people. And, not all the homeless in lawrence live there. The dangerous folks are the ones who prefer to camp out at the river or other places because they are free to do as they please. I imagine the accused man in this story is probably one of these guys. Even then, he is still a human being. How many of the folks spewing hate and intolerance on this thread identify as Christian? Is it not your job to love your fellow man and God's job to judge?

formerhomelessmom 4 years, 9 months ago

Beautiful none2. I have received more help from homeless or down on their luck individuals than I have from any other group. After we got out of the shelter, I ran out of gas when my gauge broke. A man I knew from the shelter stopped, helped me push my car, and then gave me a ride to the gas station and spent $5 of his money to fill the gas can!

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