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Archive for Monday, July 23, 2012

Two Lawrence men arrested after altercation at Sixth and Kasold shopping center

July 23, 2012, 12:02 a.m. Updated July 23, 2012, 5:13 p.m.

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Douglas County prosecutors Monday charged two Lawrence men who were arrested Sunday afternoon for allegedly confronting and threatening construction workers who were remodeling an adjacent business near Sixth Street and Kasold Drive.

According to court records, prosecutors charged the two suspects with aggravated assault, Ba T. Mai, 40, and Hiep Thanh Nguyen, 34. Mai was also charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property. Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, said the incident occurred after contractors working inside a suite in the strip mall accidentally broke a water line. The workers had gone to a hardware store to make the fix and had to turn off the water line for the repair.

McKinley said it appeared the water issue affected another business at the shopping center, and while contractors were performing the repair inside the business Mai, who as associated with a nearby business, came inside the area being remodeled and allegedly assaulted or threatened the workers with a claw hammer.

The incident did not have to do with any street construction in the area, the sergeant said.

“One of the suspects was yelling about the water being turned off and that it had to be turned back on because they needed it for their customers,” McKinley said.

A box fan set up inside the business was damaged during the incident, and one suspect, Nguyen, allegedly picked up a two-by-four from inside the work site and “used it in a menacing, threatening fashion,” McKinley said.

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Keith_Bryant 1 year, 8 months ago

Another fine thread that exemplifies why LJWorld should abandon allowing anonymous posts on their website. How much speculation-bordering, or clearly crossing the libelous line, can one "news" source put up with?

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greenworld 1 year, 8 months ago

Mexicans and from T-town both...

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Longhornlaw 1 year, 8 months ago

What about the steak house in the corner, a nail salon uses very little water,only if they are using a machine for there feet, lets use are brain people!

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texasjustice 1 year, 8 months ago

cc says bottled water is available fools

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jonnyboy 1 year, 8 months ago

Thai Siam is a great restaurant and we feel like we're in a Saturday Night Live episode every time we go! It's one of the few quirky restaurants Lawrence has!!! So don't go putting out bad information when you don't know what you're talking about. As for the Sprite guy, get over it!

It's hot outside. Everyone is cranky!!

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ironhead80 1 year, 8 months ago

MUST BE IRISH?,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,MEXICAN!

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ironhead80 1 year, 8 months ago

Must be a communications problem. I'm surprised the article didn't list the names of the guy's who were attacked. Must be MEXICAN! OK! I'LL STOP!

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ironhead80 1 year, 8 months ago

I just don't see two asian guy's all of the sudden attacking these workers. The construction workers must have dissed them in some way. Must have been MEXICANS! JUST KIDDING!!

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Munsoned 1 year, 8 months ago

Chieu's Nails, hammers, and boards.

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IgnorantYokel 1 year, 8 months ago

I have it on good authority that the suspected were a Walgreens employee and a Wendy's employee who conspired with an 11 year-old boy running a lemonade stand at a residence behind Westlake hardware. The three, having previously watched the movie Tank Girl while snorting bath salts, became convinced the loss of water was a large-scale plot to deprive Lawrence of lemonade, salt-water taffy and Baconators. The child in his haste to retrieve lemons to freshly squeeze into the eyes of the identified agents of the plot evaded capture and remains at large on his skateboard. Police are warning all residents and box fans not to approach the suspected boy for fear that he'll use his skateboard, or some similarly-sized blunt object, as a weapon. Police also report that the boy's lemonade is delicious.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 8 months ago

The box fan was the real victim here. Save the box fans!

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lunacydetector 1 year, 8 months ago

It did not happen at Thai Siam people. I eat there 3 times a week. They are closed on Sunday as someone else pointed out. The food is fantastic!

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

True story. I once went to Thai Siam and ordered about $20 of food. I just wanted a water so that's all I ordered. Accidentally, I pushed on the Sprite button. The husband started yelling "you pay for that pop!!!!!!!" It was an accident and it was like two drops of Sprite. I never went back.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 8 months ago

A nail salon has two dudes working there with a hammer? wow.

I only asked for the name of the business not to have employees "all" lost their job but the two nutcakes that threatened the workers are just that. Nutcakes. Water has been shut off at various times around Lawrence and never in some 40 years have I ever heard of an occupant or business owner threatening those that caused the accident. Maybe verbally assaulting them or talking behind their backs about whatever, but these two guys lost their ramen noodle.

Lock them up for a while. As for calling dig safe, that is fine and dandy but it doesn't tell you much except something is someplace. You don't know until you dig deep enough or wide enough.

The owner of the business the two came from should have a discussion with employees about how to handle unexpected emergencies. Just like in a home. You have the water off, well do not flush the stool because you won't get a second chance!

Use the water in the stool tank to brush your teeth or boil it first, but nevertheless it comes from the same main water line. People are really dumb when they do not know that the water in the main line is the same water that fills the stool, the same line that sends water to the water heater, and tub and sink faucets.

I would not want to go to a nail salon that uses hammers.

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otto 1 year, 8 months ago

Another Japanese reataurant in tht strip mall too -- Thai Siam is closed on Sundays.

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greenworld 1 year, 8 months ago

Where the two men from Topeka??

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JackKats 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe it was the owners of the Nail Salon.

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biggunz 1 year, 8 months ago

Some of those construction workers look like they would have broken it off in someone's ***!

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OonlyBonly 1 year, 8 months ago

I wanna know more about the need to turn off the water! Why did the construction workers cause a break in the line? Anybody hear of "call before you dig?" If they're going to be working on water lines the correct thing to do is to notify businesses and residences in the area of the work and that water service may be disrupted - giving them to prepare for that likelyhood. Also we don't know the manner of approach, what the workers said, etc.............

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Mari Aubuchon 1 year, 8 months ago

I looked up Thai Siam in the Kansas Business Registry and it is owned by MONRUDEE SRISUTIVA.

I have no particular interest in this restaurant or the owners, but I hate to see people get slandered and lose business because of it.

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Mari Aubuchon 1 year, 8 months ago

Way to jump to conclusions people! Do any of you actually know that either of these guys is one of the owners of Thai Siam? The owners are clearly older than 40 and the restaurant is not open on Sundays, so I really doubt that they had any involvement.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 8 months ago

Obviously, owners need an attitude adjustment; maybe a cultural one as well based on all of these blogs. Business success is tenuous and a bad reputation based on poor service, bad products can be a death knell. Hopefully, someone (perhaps friends of the owner) need to do a little refresher course or this location will likely fail.

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chrys anthalbee 1 year, 8 months ago

Alien 1: It seems the earthlings won. Alien 2: Did they? That board with a nail in it may have defeated us. But the humans won't stop there. They'll make bigger boards and bigger nails, and soon, they will make a board with a nail so big, it will destroy them all!

http://www.snpp.com/episodes/8F02.html

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audvisartist 1 year, 8 months ago

Ate there once. Owners treated a cashier like sh*t. Swore I'd never go back.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 8 months ago

Ate there once, service slow, kinda arrogant attitude by service crew, food was good, was looking forward to a second try, but guess I'll skip on that!

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe the two individuals were reacting to the Health Dept violations story in the LJW and were running around the streets with boards with nails stuck in them in protest. Running into the construction workers was just coincidence.

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SageonPage 1 year, 8 months ago

The melting pot boils over on occasion...

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Ignignokt 1 year, 8 months ago

Not surprised that "business" was involved with this. Very hostile place to eat.

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LadyJ 1 year, 8 months ago

Apologizing in advance, but I just can't resist. Just wait until the "assault" charges show up on their water bill, then they'll really be mad.

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dragonfly0221 1 year, 8 months ago

No need to hate on the construction workers.... with this dry weather we have had, no matter how careful you are lines will break. The business owners need to be respectful, everyone has a job to do. Those guys don't want to be there longer now fixing a pipe in addition to what they were there to do in the first place. The heat and dry is bad enough, lets not turn on each other too.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 8 months ago

The lesson for today? Businesses need to be 'more' proactive in New America.

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jaywalker 1 year, 8 months ago

They busted the line, had to be shut off. And generally there's no time to alert business owners.

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Lawrenceks 1 year, 8 months ago

Lets list the name of the business! We don't need popel like that in Lawrence, let alone a business that has people working there acting like fool!

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nate cleveland 1 year, 8 months ago

Was the business notified that their water was going to be shut off???

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RoeDapple 1 year, 8 months ago

Yeah, we ate there once. Slower than molasses and hateful to boot. Once was one too many.

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 8 months ago

Nguyen and Mai were their names.

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traveler12 1 year, 8 months ago

Would someone help me out here? What is the business?????

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bootlegger 1 year, 8 months ago

At least they didnt shoot anyone;...........jeez whats this world coming too??

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 8 months ago

Look at the booking reports and you can guess the business.

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DRsmith 1 year, 8 months ago

No need to name the business. What good does it do to know that and perhaps put people out of work? And what about the incompetent construction workers? or were the people marking lines off incompetent?

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 8 months ago

Those construction workers should file charges against the two idiots.. They can go to jail and get some water there. How dumb could two businessmen be. Name their businesses please j/w.

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Melanie Birge 1 year, 8 months ago

SHAME on him! What is this world coming too! =( Remember we are all in this TOGETHER!!!!

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