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Topekan with links to homicide victim being held in county jail

August 22, 2012

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A Topeka man with ties to a homicide victim whose body was found in Douglas County was brought Wednesday to the Douglas County Jail, where he’s being held in a separate Shawnee County case.

According to jail records, Monroe Eugene Lockhart, 39, was brought to Lawrence by Topeka police and booked into the jail at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

He is being held for Shawnee County authorities in an aggravated battery, aggravated burglary and aggravated assault case involving a Nov. 10, 2011, Topeka home invasion in which a woman allegedly was burned with a heated knife.

Lockhart was an owner of a convenience store, formerly called Mo’s Express, at the Hudson Crossing Development in Topeka. The body of a 39-year-old Topeka man, Corey Brown, a vice president of the development company for the shopping center where the convenience store was located, was found Jan. 5 in extreme northwestern Douglas County near the Shawnee County line.

Douglas County sheriff’s investigators have said only that a gun was involved in Brown’s slaying, which still is under investigation. No one has been arrested in connection with Brown’s homicide.

Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller in February said officers also were investigating whether a burned vehicle owned by Lockhart and found in Topeka hours after Brown disappeared was connected to the homicide. According to published reports, family members and a past attorney for Lockhart denied he was involved in Brown’s death saying the two men were friends.

Authorities Wednesday did not say why Lockhart was brought to the Douglas County Jail while he’s being held in connection with the Topeka home invasion case.

Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County sheriff’s spokesman, said Wednesday it is not uncommon to hold inmates for cases in other counties. He referred further questions to jail records, which indicated Lockhart was being held at the request of Shawnee County authorities. Kristen Veverka, a Topeka police spokeswoman, on Wednesday referred questions about Lockhart to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

According to online court records, Douglas County sheriff’s detectives are listed as witnesses in Lockhart’s home invasion case. Lockhart’s trial in the Topeka case is scheduled for Oct. 22.

Comments

Eugehne Normandin 2 years, 3 months ago

extreme northwestern douglas county now that is radical dude

msezdsit 2 years, 3 months ago

"Topekan linked to homicide victim being held in county jail"

Why are they keeping a homicide victim in the county jail.

Topple 2 years, 3 months ago

A Topeka man "with ties to a homicide victim whose body was found in Douglas County" was brought Wednesday to the Douglas County Jail, where he’s being held in a separate Shawnee County case.

The quoted portion describes the Topeka man....who was brought Wednesday, etc. etc. You don't impress people by calling others out.

fu7il3 2 years, 3 months ago

It's a bad headline, the type of thing that shows up as a joke on Facebook. It's bad grammar.

msezdsit 2 years, 3 months ago

"You don't impress people by calling others out." Didn't call anyone out, just read the headline.

You don't impress me. No matter how many words you add to the headline you aren't fixing it, just making it worse.

MarcoPogo 2 years, 3 months ago

"You don't impress people by calling others out."

You just impressed me by calling out the person who called out.

trinity 2 years, 3 months ago

Glad it wasn't only me who had that question.

Mike Ford 2 years, 3 months ago

out where the auto gunfire and the confederacy is.....

lawslady 2 years, 3 months ago

Who wrotre this headline? It reads as if the dead person is in jail. "....homicide victim being held in county jail." How about "Topekan being held in jail is linked to homicide victim."

msezdsit 2 years, 3 months ago

"you don't impress anyone by calling others out" (sarcasm)

Jock Navels 2 years, 3 months ago

I believe it's called a dangling modifier... 8th grade English .

Anthony Mall 2 years, 3 months ago

"linked to homicide victim" how is this confusing... It's obviously not the homicide victim if the person is "linked to the victim"... seems pretty simple to me...

kernal 2 years, 3 months ago

When you consider that at least one third of the American population is semi-literate, which would include problems with reading comprehension, we're lucky they don't think the victim came back to life.

lawslady 2 years, 3 months ago

That part is simple. If they had stopped there the sentence would make sense. But the rest of it "being held in jail" is the phrase that is out of place. That phrase describes the Topeka person. But it is placed after the other person mentioned (Homicide victim). So that phrase is more closely associated with the 2nd person, not the first and creates a dangling modifier. I'm not a grammar natzi by any means. Just had to re-read the headline after doing a double take at first.

msezdsit 2 years, 3 months ago

It is improper grammar. Rules of grammar. Sure, most people know what they meant, its just not what they said. How are you related to george.

Shane Garrett 2 years, 3 months ago

I was taught, by the University of Kansas school of journalism, to write at a fifth grade reading level. I was told that was the national average reading skill level for Americans. Guess, my professor was right.

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 3 months ago

I would suspect that the individual responsible for writing the story and the individual responsible for removing inappropriate comments are perhaps not the same person.

msezdsit 2 years, 3 months ago

"why is removing comments more important than correcting the poorly written headline?"

usually, the ljw will correct errors and thank people (while eating a little crow in so doing) for pointing the error out. In this case, they have refused to correct the headline and removed a post for no particular reason. Maybe we can chalk this one up to george.

Alex Parker 2 years, 3 months ago

Crow eaten. But the comments blaming a reporter for a confusing headline are just plain wrong, and the commenter is question has repeatedly been asked privately to ease up on his personal attacks against said reporter.

Alex Parker 2 years, 3 months ago

Headlines are generally written by editors, either copy editors or an editor who is posting a story. In most cases, if an error is seen, it's fixed by whomever gets there first, whether it's an editor or the reporter who wrote the story.

In this case, posters are correct that we waited too long to fix a headline that caused some double takes.

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