Archive for Friday, October 1, 2010

Lawrence woman arrested on charge of aggravated assault

October 1, 2010


A 63-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Thursday evening on a charge of aggravated assault. According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Randy Roberts, the woman got into an argument with a 40-year-old Lawrence man in the 300 block of Johnson Avenue at 4:27 p.m. Roberts said she then attempted to hit him with her car. The suspect was later located in the 900 block of Iowa Street.


sickandtired 6 years, 7 months ago

This woman has been a nightmare on Johnson Ave for years. Hopefully they lock her up and throw away the key so the neighborhood can once again be a peaceful and safe place to live and raise children.

alsosickandtired 6 years, 7 months ago

AMEN. Hope the guy is ok, but thank god she has finally been stopped. "nightmare" is not a strong enough word to describe her behavior towards her neighbors.

Squarpo 6 years, 7 months ago

It was only a matter of time before this disturbed woman went too far with her techniques of intimidation and harassment. I am so thankful that her subject was an adult and not one of the neighborhood children. My gratitude to the gentleman (victim) for having the courage and sense of duty to report the assault to the LPD. Hopefully this incident will open the eyes of those in charge and proper proceedings will keep the situation from escalating to the point that someone gets hurt. Criminal charges have been long overdue.

alsosickandtired 6 years, 7 months ago

Yes, thank goodness the victim had the courage to report this crime. Others in the neighborhood have fallen pray to her intimidation and threats for years, fear of her retaliation kept other incidents with her from being properly reported.

Practicality 6 years, 7 months ago

Whaaaaat? There has been a 63 year old woman terrorizing a Lawrence Neighborhood???

The plot thickens.

Squarpo 6 years, 7 months ago

Oh, Practicality, you have no idea what this neighborhood has been through. The problems have been reported, the city commission has been advised and the neighbors have attempted to go through the correct procedures only to have those in charge ignore the problem and hope it will go away. I hope the officials will be prepared to assume some culpability when someone really gets hurt and all they have done is slap her on the wrist.

Practicality 6 years, 7 months ago

I am intrigued, to say the least. What kind of stuff does she do?

monkey_c 6 years, 7 months ago

I know, I too am intrigued, I had no idea this story would get so ...awsomely weird!

alsosickandtired 6 years, 7 months ago

She has tried to ruin the personal and professional lives of almost every person on the street (for starters). Too many stories, not enough characters in this box to type them all.

blindrabbit 6 years, 7 months ago

Woman has no name? ; if this was a man, the identity would be glaringly reported!

sissezz 6 years, 7 months ago

I wanna know what she did.... like what ....? tip over trash cans? Play music loud all night? peep in ur windows?

Squarpo 6 years, 7 months ago

What is your number 'smitty'? Sounds like you, rather than the Police Dept. and the City Commission, are the one to be notified. We'll gladly give 'Ms. Aggravated Assault' your number and you can listen to her irrational, rambling, disjointed rants. Please feel free to take this on pro bono publico, we beg of you!

Practicality 6 years, 7 months ago

Don't worry about smitty. She just is on a complete police conspiracy trip, is all.

DeMontfort 6 years, 7 months ago

This woman is not "elderly" by any stretch of the imagination.

Practicality 6 years, 7 months ago

Take some responsibility for criminal behavior smitty, and I do help the elderly.

sbb 6 years, 7 months ago

I am the victim in question. A few weeks ago I would have agreed with what Smitty is saying. I still do in theory. After hours of conversation with this woman (after we first moved in late July) in which my wife and I tried to empathize with her even offering to help her amicably settle her ongoing disputes... we realized she shows many traits consistent with mentally illness.

She is beyond reasoning with and thrives on dispute and confrontation. We now understand why the people in the neighborhood were warning us about her. She stalks the neighborhood with sticks looking for stray cats and dogs, arguing with neighbors, photographing and videotaping peoples houses, pets and children (coming up into their yards to do so.)

Smitty: We just got home from the hospital with a newborn child on Sept. 21. This woman has continued to escalate the situation with us and other neighbors. What if my wife had been walking on that sidewalk with our newborn and the brakes failed on her old car and something happened to our child.

Yes, the city and various agencies will likely become involved and we hope she gets the help she needs. There is a good chance that because of her probable and alleged mental illness could be found not competent to stand trial or understand the charges. She may be released back to her home where we fear she will continue to escalate the problem (starting to call my work and school as she has done to other neighbors... continuing to argue with us on the street).

We would like to see this resolved in a way where she is treated with respect and kindness but at the same time we worry that this will only make her act out more....

Flap Doodle 6 years, 7 months ago

I, too, have a problem with Neighbors that are incapable of good judgement due to (PC) mental challenges.

sbb 6 years, 7 months ago

I don't feel the need to discuss all the measures that have been taken by me or any previous residents. Your advice, while well meaning, has little meaning... since you do not understand the context of the situation. Thanks for your e-input...

kernal 6 years, 7 months ago

She may be docile in jail, or she may not. You, or some of your neighbors, may want to contact the D.A.'s office first thing Monday and let them know what has been going on with her. If they don't know, they may not order a mental evaluation on her.

pace 6 years, 7 months ago

The wackiest goes to the person who literally admits to the inability to control what she/he reads. Talk about lack of personal responsibility, wow. Asking mama to take part of the conversation away is really wacky. I share your concern about your wasted brain cells. Perhaps you should exercise them more, atrophy seems apparent.

alsosickandtired 6 years, 7 months ago

Lord help us all if they let her out today.... pins and needles

sbb 6 years, 7 months ago

Thankfully this issue is being resolved in a court and not on a message board.

patisanightmare 6 years, 6 months ago

Her name is on the arrest record. Her house is very easy to spot, look for the signs of hoarding and no visible front door (because of the crap on the front porch). Smitty you should absolutely come on over to Johnson Ave. and offer your assistance. I am quite sure that she would gladly take any assistance you offered. YOU ARE A SUPERIOR HUMAN BEING by the way, I mean thats obvious from all your posts, but I thought I would point it out. Congrats on being so awesome!

irvan moore 6 years, 7 months ago

sbb you will have much good karma following you for your compassionate attitude towards the less fortunate and those who obviously struggle with day to day living and your ability to to look towards helping rather than punishing. good for you.

Amy Heeter 6 years, 7 months ago

I agree if she is chasing cats with sticks, tresspassing and trying to run people down with her car there there is a reason to report. I have no doubt the jail will have her evaluated. Good luck Johnson Drive.

Practicality 6 years, 7 months ago


I am starting to think you are losing it. Maybe you should seek a mental evaluation. Why should people have to live in fear of an old woman. Calling the cops was the right thing to do it would seem.

sickandtired 6 years, 7 months ago

Smitty the neighbors did attempt to get along with her, and I'm not sure if you get this or not but there are just some people you can't get along with she is one of those people. She has tied up every city service we have with her rants. A week didn't go by that she didn't have the police over. Not a day went by that she didn't take pictures of everyone's home, vehicles, who was coming and going etc. All the while her home, yard, front porch, and even her car are full of junk. She's pending court action now for ignoring city codes for the condition of her property. The list can go on forever but I think a picture is starting to come into focus for some people. She's a danger to herself and our community and should be taken away. Also I believe we have a fine police department, they have a tough job and people like this woman make it that much harder for them to do it.

Practicality 6 years, 7 months ago

"Also I believe we have a fine police department, they have a tough job and people like this woman make it that much harder for them to do it."

Careful now, you have just uttered the words that will send smitty over the deep end.

Kudos to you people. No one should be terrorized in your own neighborhood. Whether by a gang of young people or even an old woman. I hope you all get some peace real soon.

alsosickandtired 6 years, 7 months ago

And thanks to our wonderful justice system, instead of getting her the help she needs, she's on her way home. Yep - Johnson Avenue, brace yourself for impact.

Mr_B9 6 years, 7 months ago

How about the initials for first and last name?

Mr_B9 6 years, 7 months ago

I found the information I was looking for. Guess I should of researched first.

Amy Heeter 6 years, 7 months ago

You can call the police department and request patrols frequent your street this weekend to watch for any retaliation. The police are more than willing to do this. A random police presence may help keep the peace for now. Also I am sure as a term of release she was informed not to contact the victim.

HardwoodGoat 6 years, 7 months ago

I must say (as a previous long-time resident of this street and one that has had more altercations with this woman that I care to remember) that something really needs to be done about her behavior and the condition of her home. I can vouch that many phone calls to many different agencies have been made. I feel for my old neighbors and hope that there isn't more to come. I also feel for you SBB being so new to the street. It really is a great street full of great families. Winter is coming. She'll be back in hiding soon.

alsosickandtired 6 years, 7 months ago

Touche - she will definitely be going into hibernation soon, but not soon enough.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 7 months ago

SBB, thank you for informing us. the ljworld article was woefully thin on actual information.

sometimes it is mental illness. and sometimes it's just someone who is simply bad.
I read most particularly your concern for your wife and newborn child.
yes, you are right to phone pd and get an area check put in, and you certainly can discuss this issue with the sargent on duty.
perhaps investing in infrared lights is a good idea, too. these use infrared to detect motion, and come on when they do.
might help.
will be praying for you all!

Boston_Corbett 6 years, 7 months ago

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bearded_gnome 6 years, 7 months ago

What I have failed to advocate is the community policing of the LPD. That does not exist. Neighborhood police ombudsman is effective in these situations.

---Smitty you are so sad, you're as bad as the Johnson st. ogress herself. pulling your tired obsession in here. just sad.

so, is the Johnson st. Ogress the victim of a massive conspiracy too, Smitty?? one including LPD/the feds/the DA/federal prosecutors/online posters/paid informants/the girl scouts/ and anybody else you toss in the mix???? lol.

SBB, I was in a bit of a hurry in my post above. infrared operated lights aren't very expensive and easy to install yourself. you can put a very bright light in them. they tend to discourage a lot of creeps.

good luck guy.

kernal 6 years, 7 months ago

She was previously banned from the business where she was arrested, so I'm guessing she was acting out there as well. She has scared previous employees and customers in the past. Guess now they'll get a restraining order. Perhaps that's what the neighbors should do to keep her out of their yards and off their porches.

patisanightmare 6 years, 6 months ago

I think that if all those in the community that have had altercations with this woman, would just inform the DA or the Judge in this case, maybe the enormous pile of complaints by law abiding citizens will encourage the city/judge/or DA to try to get a mental evaluation of this woman. It seems obvious that she has rather severe mental/emotional problems and needs serious help. From personal experience I know that she is one of the meanest and most spiteful people I have ever been around. Vindictive to an extreme that could only be caused by mental illness. She thrives on conflict and not only looks for it in the neighborhood but creates it all over town. It would be interesting to know how many local stores she has been banned from. All that being said, the point is this. This woman's mental illness is progressing. It is now nearing/crossing the line where she has become a danger to society. The people of this community have a responsibility to no longer neglect this problem.

alsosickandtired 6 years, 6 months ago

YES PLEASE contact the DA's office if you have had an unpleasant interaction with her so that they can get it on record. It will only take a moment, I beg all of you who have Pat horror stories to please report them - NOW IS THE TIME or this will never be solved.

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