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Car thefts, knife assault among weekend's crimes


News from today's Lawrence Police briefing: Cars stolenAt least five cars have been stolen from around the city in recent days. Three of the thefts happened on West Sixth Street:¢ 1100 block of West 10th Street. A Toyota Land Cruiser was stolen around 2 a.m. today. ¢ 4800 block of West Sixth Street: A $20,000 Chevrolet Silverado and miscellaneous tools were stolen around 5 a.m. today. ¢1700 block of East 25th Terrace: A 1998 Ford Taurus was stolen between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday. ¢ 2000 block of West Sixth Street: A Mercedes 300 E valued at $1,800 was stolen between midnight and 3 a.m. Saturday. ¢ 3900 block of West Sixth Street: A Pontiac G6 valued at $18,000 was stolen at 11:15 a.m. Friday.Batch of auto burglariesAt least four auto burglaries or attempted auto burglaries happened between Friday night and Saturday morning in the area from 20th to 22nd Streets between Mass. Street and Rhode Island Street. Fight at LINKPolice said one man pulled a knife on another man Sunday afternoon in an argument at the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, 221 W. 10th St. Shawn Michael Bedient, 36, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault. Police said Bedient pulled a nine-inch knife on a 37-year-old man who had made a comment to Bedient about his girlfriend.Armed robberyA 42-year-old Lawrence woman told police she was robbed at gunpoint around 12:45 a.m. Sunday at her apartment in the 500 block of Graystone Drive. The woman said she heard a knock at the door, looked through the peephole and saw a man she knows only by a nickname through a mutual friend. The man said he was looking for the mutual friend, so she opened the door. That's when another man appeared in the doorway holding a small silver revolver and demanded her money, she told police. The man took $100 cash that was on a table and ran out. Police have taken a statement from the woman's acquaintance but as of this morning hadn't identified the other man. Greyhound abductionLawrence Police stopped a Greyhound Bus on Sunday on the Kansas Turnpike after getting a tip from Emporia Police that an 18-year-old woman may have been forced to get on the bus and leave Emporia against her will. Police stopped the bus about 5:10 p.m. Sunday near mile marker 206 on the Turnpike, found the woman and made contact with a 20-year-old man with whom she was traveling. The woman told police she had, in fact, been forced to get on the bus against her will. Police arrested the man, a 20-year-old from Emporia, to be held for Emporia police.Fight at poolA 7-year-old boy was treated for minor injuries he suffered after being struck by two other boys, ages 12 and 7, at the Outdoor Aquatic Center downtown. Police said the victim was standing in the concession line about 5:22 p.m. Saturday when the two other boys approached him and started a fight.Injury accidentA 20-year-old Lawrence man went to the hospital last week after a wreck at East 1400 Road and County Road 458. The driver, Wathana Singmanichanh, was driving too fast as he turned his 1991 Toyota Four-Runner north onto East 1400 Road, lost control on the gravel and overturned, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. He was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.Other thefts¢ A 21-year-old man had a Honda dirt bike valued at $8,600 stolen between midnight and 12:15 a.m. Friday from the 900 section of East 2000 Road, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The bike had been strapped down in the back of his pickup truck before it was stolen. ¢ Someone stole $1,726 in payroll checks between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday from Fast Lanes, 1414 W. Sixth St. ¢ A contractor from Great Bend reported a window of his vehicle smashed and three laptop computers stolen from inside between 11:45 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday at 1 Riverfront Plaza.Contributed by[ Eric Weslander.][1] [1]: www2.ljworld.com/staff/eric_weslander


OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 11 months ago

"a window of his vehicle smashed and three laptop computers stolen from inside between 11:45 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday"

I keep hearing about laptops being stolen from cars, and I keep being surprised that ANYONE would leave such a thing in a car overnight.

Confrontation 11 years, 11 months ago

When are people going to get a clue and stop leaving laptops inside their cars?

mom_of_three 11 years, 11 months ago

He was a contractor, so maybe it was his work computers. As he was from Great Bend, maybe it was something he was used to doing. But he was at the hotel at the Riverfront Mall. They hopefully would have the parking lot under surveillance.

But no, I wouldn't leave anything of value in my car at night.

reginafliangie 11 years, 11 months ago

Ok, I know it's summer, kids are out of school, it's hot, parents have to work. But still I wonder why a 7yo child is left alone at the town pool. Where were the parents? I hope the other 2 bullies get their own "battery". Maybe if more kids got a little spanking from time to time this juvenial behavor of adult type crimes would go down. It's not ok to let kids run wild during the summer, especially in this day and age. Anyone of them could be the victim of a more gruesome crime.

freudian_slip 11 years, 11 months ago

"The driver, Wathana Singmanichanh, was driving too fast as he turned his 1991 Toyota Four-Runner north onto East 1400 Road, lost control on the gravel and overturned..."

Maybe his head was swimming from trying to pronounce his name and he lost focus of the road.

lisabeth2002 11 years, 11 months ago

Why do we assume that the 7 year old was alone at the pool? I have been a lifeguard for eight years and it is not that uncommon to see a child go to the concession stand unattended. I think some people would be shocked at the things kids do at pools...with or without parents there. I have seen anything from being bullied to kids as young as 10 having a REAL good time with thier 'boyfriend/girlfriend'. I have also seen parents leave children as young as 3 years old at the pool alone. Of course we do not allow such a thing but sometimes the parent or responsible party just 'drops them off' before we get a chance to tell them it is not okay. Some people take complete advantage of lifeguards as being a 'cheap babysitter'. The next time you're at the swimming pool watch a group of kids for a while I guarantee you will see amazing things that will shock you into sending a babysitter to the pool with your child or simply keeping a better eye on your own while you are there.

reginafliangie 11 years, 11 months ago

Oh I have no doubt! I have seen it too, trust me. I just can't understand why parents just assume everyone, (mainly employees) will keep an eye on their kids while they go off. ANYTHING can happen, and sometimes they do, and these are the first parents who go running to their lawyers to sue somebody when something goes wrong. As for kids trying to be adults before they reach puberty, those are the ones that are going to be pregnant in a few years and living off all the tax payers cause their parents think it's ok to act that way. What happened to raising decent children?

Confrontation 11 years, 11 months ago

reginafliangie: Don't you know it's just too darn hard to raise decent children!!! It's so much easier just to blame society, ADHD, etc., and let your kids do whatever they want. If a parent can pay someone else to do it or buy a pill for it, then that's how they manage things.

reginafliangie 11 years, 11 months ago

Apparently so, but thats not how I was raised, nor is it the way I am raising my children. They have manners, they know right from wrong, they will make mistakes, I just hope I will be there when they do to show them the lesson that they experienced. (Nothing that is life threatening or damaging anything)

Life is one big lesson, I just hope most parents will be there to be the teacher until their little ones can make their own way.

Berserk 11 years, 11 months ago

Laptops are a dime a dozen now, who would want to steal them, even a decent laptop isn't worth 500 bucks.

Now, if you're going to game one one, you could easily spend 4 grand, but, that only gets you about 80% of what a 1 grand desktop can do.

Anyway, what are we talking about?

justsomewench 11 years, 11 months ago

i find it amusing how every case of ADD is the result of poor parenting.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 11 months ago

these days, with identity theft, credit card fraud, etc., I suspect the data on the laptops is more value to a crook, than the used piece of equipment. amazing what a determined fellow could get off a typical computer in 15minutes!

Berserk 11 years, 11 months ago

RoFl bearded...

The average moron that steals crap out of cars, has no idea what data is, or any concept of value. Not to mention a contractor has no valuable data. Period. These tards are just looking for thier next rock.


bearded_gnome 11 years, 11 months ago

was only commenting on "value" of $500, not the the actual thief or his/her ability.

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