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Eudora police officer arrested after incident near Outhouse

August 8, 2011

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A Eudora police officer was arrested over the weekend after an altercation in the 1800 section of North 1500 Road east of Lawrence.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies arrested Thomas Clinton Leahew, 29, about 5 a.m. Sunday after a 35-year-old Bonner Springs woman reported Leahew struck her, causing minor injuries, according to Sgt. Steve Lewis. Lewis did not provide additional details about the incident. Leahew was charged in Douglas County District Court on Monday with misdemeanor battery.

At Leahew’s first court appearance Monday, Douglas County Assistant District Attorney James McCabria recused his office from the case, and a special prosecutor from Shawnee County was appointed.

Eudora Police Chief Grady Walker said Leahew, who has worked for the department for a year, was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Walker declined to comment further on the case.

Douglas County District Judge James George released Leahew on his own recognizance. However, if Leahew fails to appear at court proceedings, he could be ordered to pay $1,000.

Leahew faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. His next court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Comments

crazyredneckmomma4 2 years, 8 months ago

I agree with ShePrecedes- for a long long time now the Eudora Police Department are at best questionable... officers that are alcoholics(and alcoholism doesn't stop just cause you're on duty), drug dealers, and now (unprovoked) attack people. I definitely think this department needs looking into and not by IA but by some outside higher authority.

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 8 months ago

I don't find the Eudora police honorable nor admirable. Someone needs to clean up that department.

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Kris_H 2 years, 8 months ago

Well, to be fair, nowhere in this story does it say the woman attacked was a cab driver. Nor does it mention the time of the attack, just the time of the arrest. That some posters jumped to some apparently mighty wrong conclusions is not surprising, really.

I hope the young lady is OK and this guy never works in law enforcement again. Yeah, he might have been off duty, but most agencies have standards for off-duty as well as on-duty behavior.

Of course, he could move to Topeka and maybe the TPD would take him in since they seem to like to slap the wrists of off-duty officers behaving badly instead of taking them off the job...

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50YearResident 2 years, 8 months ago

Ummm, about 5 AM at the Outhouse? I thought these places closed at 2 AM, why the 3 hour delay?

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 8 months ago

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somedude20 2 years, 8 months ago

Seems that those who have a drinking related charge (dui) are unable to work at a liquor store or as a bartender so can a woman beating cop still be one if he/she is found guilty of said charge? I would hope that if one slip-up is too much for drinking (that you can never work in that field again) that the same would be for someone in power who so grossly abuses the laws and beats a chick. Heck, with the way this state is going he will be promoted (Brownback hates women as well)

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Shane Garrett 2 years, 8 months ago

34th! Small town cop acts like a total idiot in larger city and gets arrested. I guess those from Eudorka will learn not to fool around in Lawrence.

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 8 months ago

Hmmm....since when did the LJW become a cop hater newspaper? Why did you print a story like this, LJW? The police are our heros, and you should quit bad talking them. Lick boots instead.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 8 months ago

(Of all the times for Roe to be tied up at work.)

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sanerw 2 years, 8 months ago

Just so everyone gets the truth about what happened here. The girl in question that was assaulted was providing a service to this community as a cab driver. She was not at the Outhouse drinking. The police officer and his friends had already been drinking and that was their destination. This girl has two children to take care of and works to provide for them. She didn't deserve to be attacked by a police officer or any other person for that matter. In fact, she has done this job for 13 years and this cop is the first person who has ever attacked her. This being said, the cop is the one who should have crap slung at him, not remarks how this girl deserved it or whatever. By the way, this girl is my daughter and I didn't appreciate the stupid comments when you don't know what you are talking about!

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beatrice 2 years, 8 months ago

As long as he didn't lick her. That is against the rules.

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Elaine Elliott 2 years, 8 months ago

To Protect and Serve (and slap strippers)

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UNIKU 2 years, 8 months ago

Want for a Smitty rant here folks....

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somedude20 2 years, 8 months ago

I bet he was just trying to administer a breathalyzer test on the young lady!

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 8 months ago

Bet there is a good explanation in all this. Seriously, who hasn't among us ended up at the Outhouse at 5 in the morning screaming at our favorite gal?

Good grief, just the words Outhouse and five in the morning should deafen anybody with warning signals.

When I read of these things, my mind pictures the opening scene in Officer and a Gentleman when the father heaves ho in the terlet.

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Stedman 2 years, 8 months ago

In other news, the Eudora Police Department will be taking applications for a police officer later this month.

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

Maybe he was undercover (with Anna?).

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Benjamin Roberts 2 years, 8 months ago

"Eudora police officer arrested after incident at Outhouse"

Voted best headline of the month.

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cheeseburger 2 years, 8 months ago

What decent, respectable person goes there in the first place?

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cheeseburger 2 years, 8 months ago

What decent, respectable person goes there in the first place?

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juststrugglin 2 years, 8 months ago

Maybe they need to look a little deeper in to this guy. Ask a few people he has detained with his job???????

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gvnobas 2 years, 8 months ago

woman reported blahblah....Leave it to local law enforcement to take the word of a cop over some woman at a strip joint....

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goodcountrypeople 2 years, 8 months ago

Glad the clueless McCabria got the bright idea of recusing his office. Quelle surprise!

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