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Several injured in fights on Massachusetts Street around bar-closing time

Several people were hurt — punched and apparently cut by "edged weapons" — in fights around bar-closing time early Sunday in downtown, Lawrence police said. Police took three reports in a 20-minute span, from fights that reportedly happened in the same general area of Massachusetts Street.

• About 1:40 a.m., police responded to a reported fight in progress near the intersection of Eighth and Massachusetts streets, Officer Derrick Smith said in an email. Two men and a woman reported being battered by an unknown male or males and said that the fight was unprovoked, Smith said.

The men said they were punched several times and had “obvious signs of injuries to their faces,” Smith said. One man also sustained a hand injury believed to have come from “an edged weapon,” Smith said. The woman said her knee was hurt from being pushed to the ground, Smith said. All three victims were either cleared by medics or refused medical treatment at the scene, Smith said.

• About 1:45 a.m., police responded to the 1000 block of Ohio Street for a report of a disturbance with weapons. Smith said a woman there said she was hurt while trying to break up a fight near Seventh and Massachusetts streets after leaving a bar.

The woman had two apparent wounds from an edged weapon and was taken to the hospital for injuries that required stitches, Smith said. Details about what happened weren’t very clear, however, as the woman was uncooperative and gave inconsistent descriptions during the investigation, Smith said.

• About 2 a.m., police investigated another altercation near the intersection of Eighth and Massachusetts streets, Smith said. A man had been punched in the face by an unknown person, causing his eye to swell “completely closed within minutes,” Smith said.

Smith said Monday morning that investigations of all three incidents were ongoing.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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Robbers reportedly target KU student walking on campus late at night, steal his cookies

Three men allegedly attacked a University of Kansas student walking on campus late Friday night and stole not his backpack, phone or money but "his Hot Box cookies,” according to information from KU police.

Two cookies — which the victim was carrying in a box — were stolen, said Deputy Chief James Anguiano of the KU Office of Public Safety. He said the cookies were valued at $5.

The robbery allegedly occurred between 10 and 10:45 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of Hoch Auditoria Drive, near Anschutz Library, according to the KU police crime log. It was reported to KU police about 11:45 p.m.

The victim reportedly was jumped on and pushed to the ground, but was not injured, according to a Crime Alert KU police sent out early Saturday morning. The suspects were described as three white males with brown hair, dark shirts and dark pants. Two were approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, and the third about 5 feet 5 inches.

Anschutz Library, 1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive on the Kansas University campus.

Anschutz Library, 1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive on the Kansas University campus. by Sara Shepherd

Anyone with tips about the crime is asked to call KU police at 864-5900 or KU Crime Stoppers at 864-8888.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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After breaking diversion agreement, woman now convicted of battering KU basketball player

A woman who initially reported being punched and shoved by a 6-foot-10, 240-pound former University of Kansas basketball player has now officially been found guilty of battering him instead.

Saleeha Soofi, 19, was back in court last week for the latest change in a case that opened late last year.

In December 2016, within hours of police being called about an altercation during a party at a KU fraternity house, Carlton Bragg Jr. was arrested and charged with one count of battery, a misdemeanor, against Soofi. But within the next couple days, Bragg’s charges were dropped and Soofi was arrested and charged with battery instead. It was initially reported that Bragg punched and pushed Soofi (the two had been dating, and the argument involved her accusing him of cheating), but the DA said in explaining the turnabout that surveillance video showed she actually was the aggressor.

In June, a judge granted Soofi diversion, with orders that included abstaining from using alcohol and recreational drugs. But later in the summer, prosecutors said in court documents, Soofi violated her diversion when she was charged in Overland Park with DUI, possessing a controlled substance and refusing a preliminary breath test.

Last week Soofi pleaded guilty to the original battery charge in Douglas County District Court. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail but granted six months probation, according to Jill Spurling, trial assistant with the DA’s office. So she won’t actually have to spend a month in jail, although if she were to not meet the terms of her probation the situation could always change again.

Saleeha Soofi

Saleeha Soofi

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. (15) vies for a loose ball with Iowa State guard Monte Morris, front, and Iowa State guard Nazareth Mitrou-Long during the first half, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at Hilton Coliseum.

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. (15) vies for a loose ball with Iowa State guard Monte Morris, front, and Iowa State guard Nazareth Mitrou-Long during the first half, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at Hilton Coliseum. by Nick Krug

Bragg, who also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia last season in an unrelated case, is no longer at KU. He transferred this summer and is now at Arizona State University, as a redshirt sophomore.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.


Police arrest man who reportedly attacked an Uber driver with his two middle fingers

Police arrested a man Wednesday night who reportedly, after first trying to take someone else’s Uber, took flipping off to another level — a criminal level.

Lawrence police responded to the area of 14th and Ohio streets (home to a couple of popular student bars, just off the University of Kansas campus) about 11:30 p.m., regarding a reported battery.

According to Officer Derrick Smith:

A man got into an Uber vehicle that was waiting to pick up someone else, and refused to get out. The suspect started cursing at the Uber driver, flipped him off with both middle fingers, then proceeded to use both those middle fingers to poke the driver in the face.

The Uber driver said he was going to call police, and the suspect got out of the vehicle. When officers arrived and found the suspect nearby, he started running but was caught after a short foot pursuit. Officers arrested him at the scene, on charges of battery and interference with law enforcement.

The man arrested in connection with the incident was an 18-year-old with a KU campus address, according to police and jail records.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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Suspect outside adult club accused of trying to burn deputy, other offenses

A cursory internet search of The OutHouse, an adult entertainment club east of Lawrence, yields mixed results.

Some folks seem to leave the establishment happy while others write about their less-than-satisfactory experiences. Most reviews are too salacious to quote here. I figure that's about standard, considering the business venture.

I'm curious, however, as to how one Lee's Summit, Mo., man might rate the business after he was arrested outside on Tuesday afternoon.

Mark Curtis Brinegar, 53, was arrested just before 3 p.m. in The OutHouse's parking lot on suspicion of battery on a law enforcement officer, interference with duties of a law enforcement officer, criminal trespass, transporting an open container and operating while intoxicated, said Douglas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kristen Dymacek.

Mark Brinegar, 53, Lee's Summit, Mo.

Mark Brinegar, 53, Lee's Summit, Mo. by Conrad Swanson

Deputies arrived on scene Tuesday afternoon to investigate a report of an intoxicated man, Dymacek said. There, Brinegar allegedly became belligerent.

The club was closed at the time and deputies found Brinegar did not have permission to be on the premises, Dymacek said.

When approached by police, Brinegar locked himself inside a pickup truck and refused to open the door, Dymacek said.

"Deputies were able to get his pickup door open, but Brinegar attempted to burn one of the deputies with a cigarette," Dymacek said.

Only the deputy's shirt was burned during the incident, Dymacek said.

Brinegar was arrested and transported to the Douglas County Jail, where he was later released without posting bond.

As of Wednesday afternoon, no charges have been filed against Brinegar in Douglas County District Court.

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Police searching for 3 men suspected of entering a home without permission and beating residents

Police are on the lookout for three men suspected of entering a home without permission early Saturday morning and beating three residents, seriously injuring them.

On Saturday morning police arrived at a house in the 1300 block of Ohio Street for a report of an aggravated battery, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads. There had been a party in the house earlier.

Around 3 a.m. there was a disturbance at the house party, caused when one resident of the home asked a visitor to leave, Rhoads said. Several people left the party as a result of the disturbance.

Later that morning three men entered the home without permission and attacked three of the residents, Rhoads said. The residents, male and female, suffered serious but nonlife-threatening injuries. All were treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

The suspects may have also suffered injuries in the confrontation, Rhoads said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Lawrence Police Department at 785-832-7509 or Crime Stoppers at 785-843-8477.

Further information was not immediately available.

I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Attempted theft of Valentine’s Day gifts ends with punches, notice to appear

"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun."

If Romeo and Juliet had survived their bitter ordeal and the rivalry between the Capulets and Montagues, what would they have done for Valentine's Day? And is an (alleged) crime committed as an act of love less of a crime?

One person was issued a notice to appear in court after an ordeal at a Lawrence grocery store surrounding Valentine's Day gifts.

Around 10:45 p.m. Friday an intoxicated person entered Dillons at 1015 W. 23rd St. and picked out two pieces of Valentine's Day merchandise, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley. The suspect then tried to leave the store without paying.

Phone in hand, a security guard confronted the suspect, McKinley said. The suspect then tried to knock the phone away, damaging it.

Afterward the suspect dropped the two items and left the store, McKinley said. The security guard called police and followed the suspect into the parking lot to record the suspect's license plate.

In the parking lot the suspect punched the security guard several times before leaving the scene, McKinley said. Responding officers found the suspect in a parking lot in the 1300 block of West 24th Street, where they issued a notice to appear in court on suspicion of theft, battery and criminal damage.

Further information was not immediately available.


Gun spook at laundromat; ex-girlfriend allegedly confronts, batters woman in man’s bedroom; wanted man flees on bicycle

A man at the Lawrence Laundromat at 711 W. 23rd St. had a scare last night when he thought someone may have attempted to rob him using a gun.

Lawrence police responded to the laundromat after a man reported he’d been the victim of an attempted armed robbery. There was a language barrier between the man and officers, so police spoke with him via a translator.

The man said he went to the Tryyaki Asian restaurant to call police after an incident at the laundromat. The victim said he had called because he had seen a person inside the laundromat with a handgun and “acting strangely,” Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.

The allegedly armed person — gun visible in waistband — had been asking people if they needed help with their laundry, the man claimed.

Officers investigated the report and ended up finding the armed individual, McKinley said. Officers determined the gun was actually an AirSoft pistol rather than a firearm.

Since no one was injured or threatened —– and both concealed and open carry are legal in Kansas — officers did not make an arrest.

Wednesday, 12:48 p.m.

A man and woman were in an apartment bedroom when they allegedly heard the apartment’s front door open.

Soon after, the man’s ex-girlfriend allegedly burst into the bedroom and confronted the woman. The ex-girlfriend then struck the woman twice in the face before the man was able to push the intruder out the front door.

They called police, who issued the ex-girlfriend a notice to appear in court on suspicion of battery and criminal trespass. She was released at the scene and did not have to be booked into the jail.

Sunday, 4 p.m.

A 44-year-old Lawrence man who was wanted on three misdemeanor warrants led police on a brief pursuit after an officer on patrol spotted him walking in the breezeway of 1601 W. 23rd St., according to Lawrence police spokeswoman Kim Murphree.

The officer, who was on foot, recognized the man from the warrants and attempted to stop him. But as he spoke with the man, the man quickly pedaled away on a bicycle.

The officer ordered the man to stop, but the man allegedly kept riding. Nearby officers spotted the man shortly after as he rode the bicycle into the Dillons grocery store parking lot at 1015 W. 23rd St.

There, the officers arrested the man, apparently without further incident. He was booked into the Douglas County Jail.


Dog lost in burglary found safe; teenager allegedly accosts woman, is arrested; cigarette and prayer request turns violent

A wanted absconder was apprehended last night. And one Lawrence family is feeling much safer because of it.

That’s right: Chewy, the Yorkie who went missing after a home burglary last week, was caught late Thursday after seven days on the streets.

After a week of searching, posting 200 fliers, many reported sightings and countless likes and shares of Chewy’s photo on social media, Aaron Johnson and wife Katrina brought Chewy home to his 14-year-old daughter, McKinzie, last night.

When the family discovered their back door was open and their home had been burgled and damaged on Oct. 1 — with valuable electronics and jewelry missing — they were obviously distressed. But when they found their most cherished possessions were gone — their dog, Chewy, and their cat, Tigger — that’s when the real panic set in.

They found Tigger on Oct. 3, but McKinzie’s “baby,” Chewy, was nowhere to be found. Chewy has always been McKinzie’s dog, Katrina Johnson said, and the toll his absence took on their family was too much.

But Thursday night, after working with professional dog tracker Stephanie Avila and hearing of several sightings of Chewy near Days Inn at 730 Iowa St., the Johnsons found their pup.

Avila used her team and search-and-rescue bloodhound to track down Chewy’s trail along some “thick brush and thorn trees” near the Days Inn. Next, she set traps with the Johnsons' clothing for scent, plus some bits of hot dog and chicken, then left the area.

Around 4:20 p.m., a manager at Days Inn called the Johnsons to report another sighting, and Katrina and Aaron Johnson went to the scene. Soon, they saw some movement in the distance, and about 10 minutes later, Aaron Johnson started calling for Chewy.

He then spotted the little dog, and became very excited. But remembering Avila’s training, Aaron Johnson calmed down. Soon, Chewy “took a bit, but jumped right out into Aaron’s arms,” Katrina Johnson said.

The couple cried with joy and took the dog home. Katrina Johnson then went to McKinzie’s room, and Aaron Johnson hid with Chewy to surprise her.

“As soon as (McKinzie) turned and saw my husband with Chewy, she grabbed him and Chewy started whining and licking her,” Katrina Johnson said, “and we all cried.”

Chewy has a few “scrapes and bumps” from his ordeal, and picked up a few fleas and some matted fur along the way, but otherwise Katrina Johnson said he is doing fine. He’s going to the veterinarian today and the groomer’s later, and soon enough he’ll be in tip-top shape again.

Though the shock and pain of being victims to a break-in remains, Katrina Johnson said with Chewy and Tigger back home, their family will be OK.

“Just knowing our little family is back together,” Katrina Johnson said, “that’s all that matters to me.”

Here are a couple blotter items from the past few days:

Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.

A 29-year-old woman was walking with a man along the 700 block of Massachusetts Street when three teenaged boys on bicycles passed them on the sidewalk, Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said. One of the bicycling boys allegedly slapped the woman’s rear end as he passed, then continued down the sidewalk before turning west on Eighth Street.

The woman speculated the suspect may have been trying to take her cellphone out of her back pocket as he passed, and reported the incident. Officers then found the boy in the 900 block of Louisiana Street.

The teenager told police the act was not a theft attempt; that he was just “messing around” when he decided to slap her on the buttocks. Police arrested the teenager on suspicion of battery and took him to the juvenile detention center after officers couldn’t reach the boy’s parents.

Wednesday, 11:22 p.m.

Officers were dispatched to an apartment complex near 26th and Iowa streets to a report of a fight outside. Upon arrival, officers found an uncooperative and intoxicated man in the parking lot who told them to “just take (him) to jail.”

After further investigation, police discovered the intoxicated man had approached another man — we’ll call him “Joe” — in the parking lot, allegedly asking Joe for a cigarette and to pray with him.

Joe told the man he didn’t have a cigarette and “didn’t care to pray with him,” McKinley said. That’s when the intoxicated man allegedly pushed Joe a few times, then punched him repeatedly, causing Joe to fall to the ground.

Officers took photos of Joe’s injuries, but Joe declined medical treatment. The intoxicated man was issued a citation for battery, McKinley said.


Alleged attempted abduction on Ohio Street; woman beaten, left to bleed on sidewalk of Massachusetts Street

On Monday I wrote a story about two groups of men who were seen trying to take unconscious, intoxicated women back to the men’s fraternity houses. This next story from this weekend has some similarities.

A reader alleged that I had bad intentions in writing the story Monday. That’s not the case. I write these articles because I think it’s important to share these stories with the community so we can all be more aware of what’s happening around us — especially when it involves our safety.

Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley gave me the following details related to an alleged abduction attempt:

Saturday, 12:23 a.m.

Three Kansas University students were headed home to their dorm rooms. As they were walking along the sidewalk in the 1200 block of Ohio Street, one of the women lagged behind the other two, leaving a gap of about 10 feet.

A man in his 30s passed the front two women and reportedly said “hi” to them as he passed. The third woman, walking by herself, stepped off the sidewalk and into the grass to let the man pass by.

The man allegedly asked her if she wanted a ride. The woman declined and attempted to walk away.

That’s when the man allegedly grabbed the woman’s arm and said “come here,” the victim claimed. He then allegedly began to pull her by the arm.

The woman screamed, and the man belligerently told her to “shut the (expletive) up,” the victim said. She then screamed for her two friends ahead of her to call 911, and she was then able to break away and join the women.

McKinley said the man left the area after the ordeal, but not before one of the women in the group gave police a detailed description of him. Officers on patrol “flooded the area” and found the man a short distance away.

Officers took the man to a police interview room and questioned him about the incident. McKinley said he could not release what information was gleaned from the interview but that it was helpful.

McKinley did say the man indicated that he was trying to help the woman. The report will be forwarded to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office for charging review.

McKinley said this story is a good reminder to use the buddy system and make sure to stay in groups when walking at night.

Saturday, 1:46 a.m.

A woman was discovered lying on the sidewalk in the 700 block of Massachusetts Street, bleeding. Police were called, and spoke to witnesses upon their arrival, McKinley said.

Witnesses said that a female suspect had allegedly come up from behind the victim, grabbed her, threw her on the ground and started punching her, McKinley said.

When another woman at the scene started to dial 911, the female suspect confronted the caller and allegedly put her “in apprehension of being injured,” McKinley said.

Police called for an ambulance, and the victim was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment. Officers were unable to get a statement from the victim that evening, so the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.

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