Archive for Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Topeka police looking at links between homicide, crimes at shopping area

January 10, 2012


Corey M. Brown

Corey M. Brown

A homicide investigation continues into the death of a 39-year-old Topeka man whose body was found last week in northwestern Douglas County on the Upper River Road, Douglas County Sheriff’s and Topeka police officials said Tuesday.

Corey M. Brown’s body was found last Thursday near the BNSF Railway tracks in northwestern Douglas County about a half-mile east of the Shawnee County line. Brown was reported missing last week after his car and cellphone were found outside a Topeka restaurant.

Topeka police said they were trying to connect recent events at Hudson Crossing development, including a burning vehicle found in Topeka hours after Brown disappeared. Police said the car belonged to Topeka resident Monroe Lockhart, who owns Mo’s Express convenience store at the Hudson Crossing. In November, two clerks were shot at the store.

Brown was vice president of J&J; Development, which owns the retail shopping area in Topeka. According to published reports, he was also a manager at another business in the shopping area, Hudson Liquor, which was the scene of a Dec. 24 robbery and homicide.

“We are working the burned-vehicle case, and Douglas County is working the homicide,” Topeka police chief Ron Miller said Tuesday. “We are exploring all angles in these two investigations including any possible links to any other crimes.”

Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman, said Tuesday there were no new updates in the homicide investigation. Authorities have not said where Brown was killed. They’ve only said a firearm was involved.

Services for Brown were Tuesday at Fellowship Bible Church in Topeka.


Steve Jacob 6 years, 5 months ago

How rough of an are is the Hudson Crossing in?

And hypothetical question, if the guy was (if that is what happened) murdered in Shawnee County, but the body found in Douglas, and the people are caught, which county gets the trial?

jackpot 6 years, 5 months ago

It's at S.E. 15th and Adams not sure if it's a good or bad area.

geekin_topekan 6 years, 5 months ago

The absolute grease catching-est, fold of skin that gathers gray paste-ish, most what-were-they-thinking area you can find in that hole of a town.

Rough is not accurate enough. It is a sitting duck for the very activity it has attracted and seemingly promoted.

littlexav 6 years, 5 months ago

Oh please. There are FAR worse areas in Topeka. This is on the edge of a seedier area, but it's not that bad.

topekan63 6 years, 4 months ago

geekin_topekan...this area is NOT the worst and people of all walks would come into Mo's. I can say this because I GREW UP in this neighborhood and it is NOT what you think!!!! Maybe the ones you described were the ones you rolled up to the door with. And littlexav's not on the edge of a seedy nothing. You two make it seem like it's hell or something. There are worse area's....everywhere.

Ockhams_Razor 6 years, 5 months ago

Read this Pitch article:

You will run into Lawrence connections and the very sad story about Tywanne Aldridge, a KU football student from Lawrence.

You will also run into the name of Monroe Lockhart, who owned a business at Corey Brown's "Hudson Crossing" development, Mo's Market. Mr. Lockhart apparently owned the car which was found in burned out condition just after Mr. Brown's death. Where Mr. Brown is, and whether law enforcement has visited him, appear to be open questions. Mo's Market however, remains closed.

Read what the Pitch article says about Mr. Lockhart, a friend of the deceased Mr. Brown's since the age of ten.

In the Pitch article, you will also run into the name of Preston Gardenhire.

Gardenhire was arrested in June 2008 in Lawrence for a shooting outside of the Cross Town Tavern.

Gardenhire and Lockhart seem to stop in Lawrence frequently on their way to and from Kansas City.

He evidently did stay in jail long, if he ever went there, because in October 2009, he was involved in another incident on I-70 in Wabaunsee County.

DRsmith 6 years, 5 months ago

SRJ. Pretty sure where ever the crime occurred is where the trial will be held. I assume he was snuffed out in that car and that is why it was torched. However, that doesn't help with the location of the actual crime.

DRsmith 6 years, 5 months ago

And as far as the area goes, as rough as it gets.

Ockhams_Razor 6 years, 5 months ago

Evidently, some are saying Monroe Lockhart has been seen in Topeka, and may have attended the funeral today.

ottawaway 6 years, 5 months ago

I posted on Cjonline yesterday when I discovered all this when I started googling Monroe Lockharts name about The Pitch article and a court document I had found that implicated certain people.1 of them being Preston Gardehire. Have you read Us v Aldridge? I was blocked today from Cjonline after writing a couple of paragraphs pertaining how dangerous these people are and the jamaican gang ties they have.Keep digging the web as I am and it will show you how dangerous Moe Lockharts relatives are. The authorities know this and have known this for a long time. The link you put on about P.G. wouldn't let me access it.

littlexav 6 years, 5 months ago

They have been blocking any comment that reads like an "unfounded accusation" and emailing people that if they have info they should report it to the police. Unfortunately the TPD have been over their heads from the start on this (took them a week to release the video of the store clerk's assailant) and the commenters on CJOnline are the only ones releasing new info.

ottawaway 6 years, 5 months ago

Ockhams_Razor I found that also yesterday. I can't remember how I found that for sure but I did find it. These people have been known to the authorities for years. My ? is how are the people associated with them still on the streets. This has gone from Jamaica to Miami California, K.C.,Lawrence ,Topeka,Hays and who knows where else. Sad and Scarey!!

HangingTen 6 years, 5 months ago

Are we even supposed to call him Lockhart? Someone did note in the last few days that he changed his last name to Alderidge in the middle of November last year.

littlexav 6 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, we tend to come out of the woodwork when an actual conspiracy is afoot! This is all really bad juju.

ottawaway 6 years, 5 months ago

HangingTen,an article I found states that he was already going as Monroe Aldridge in 2009 in Lawrence. But in Topeka he was known as Monroe Lockhart untill November 2011 when he changed his name to Monroe Aldridge. Like I was telling Topeka, does this guy even know who HE is? I call him Monroe Lockhart/Aldridge/Lockhart. Useing names as he see's fit. 1 day this name is beneficial,the next day this 1 works. How does he keep it straight?

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