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Pitbull stolen; teen beaten outside East Lawrence Rec Center


¢ A 24-year-old Lawrence man is looking for his dog, but he says it's not lost. The man reported the one-year-old brindle pitbull was stolen out of his fenced-in backyard in the 1300 block of Summit, either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. The victim said the 45-pound pitbull is valued at $400. He told police the dog could not have gotten out of the yard on its own. ¢ Police arrested a 22-year-old Topeka man on aggravated battery charges in connection with an attack on an 18-year-old woman outside the East Lawrence Recreation Center.Officers were called to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Sunday afternoon where the victim was being treated for her injuries. The teen told police she was standing outside the rec center in the 1200 block of East 15th Street just before 6:45 p.m. Sunday, when the suspect approached her and a group of friends. The women had been attending a baby shower. Police said the suspect struck the victim in the face, sending her to the hospital. Police arrested the suspect the following day after recognizing him during a traffic stop at 14th and Massachusetts streets. ¢ Lawrence police arrested a 31-year-old Haskell Indian Nations University student accused of beating his girlfriend then pouring lighter fluid throughout her home. The suspect was booked into the Douglas County Jail early Monday morning on domestic battery and aggravated arson charges.Officers were called to the 19-year-old victim's apartment in the 1100 block of Connecticut around 10 p.m. Sunday. Lawrence police said the woman had been beaten by her boyfriend, and the suspect then spread lighter fluid around the house, threatening to set it on fire.- Contributed by [Janet Reid.][1] [1]: http://www.6newslawrence.com/staff/janet_reid/


cms 11 years, 6 months ago

I don't like the posting of these crime blotters. I think it hurts the image of our town to those who are out-of-state and reading the JW online.

Rick Aldrich 11 years, 6 months ago

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Mike Blur 11 years, 6 months ago

That's strange thinking, cms...the general consensus over the years is that the J-W softpedals crime reporting; wishing not to affect property values, protecting their real-estate buddies' interest, etc...it's good to see this crime blotter in action.

I only hope that the J-W is even in reporting crimes happening throughout Lawrence, be it North, East, South, "Central," West, Oread, etc. As someone who delivered pizzas in Lawrence for many years, I've seen all kinds of freaky things behind peoples' doors, no matter the neighborhood. I've always said, the main difference between the rich and poor neighborhoods of Lawrence is that the rich ones can afford the 108-inch plasma screen TV to watch porn on!

n8n2010 11 years, 6 months ago

Yay for the pitbull stealer! Boo for the girlfriend beater.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 6 months ago

"¢ Lawrence police arrested a 31-year-old Haskell Indian Nations University student accused of beating his girlfriend then pouring lighter fluid throughout her home."

I hope they take this VERY seriously.

cms 11 years, 6 months ago

M Blur - Don't get me wrong, I completely agree with reporting crime and the more specific the better. It is the responsibility of a news organization. I just don't think it belongs on the front page like a breaking news notice; that is the change I do not like.

mztrendy 11 years, 6 months ago

cms, its probably a good thing that they are making people aware of these situations. Why try to keep them hidden?

n8n2010 11 years, 6 months ago

awoc, why is ok to have a pitbull in a neighborhood full of children. good riddance!

Confrontation 11 years, 6 months ago

OldEnuf: You knowwhat'll happen. They'll release this HINU woman beater in a few weeks and then we'll see a story about him stabbing her to death. Unfortunately, the criminal system does not take the life of women and children seriously.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 6 months ago

I've never understood the "my vicious dog isn't vicious" crowd.

Pit bulls were bred for killing bulls.

Rots where bred for war (attacking humans).

The breeds survived over the centuries for one reason: they took well to their breeding. Like Bicardi and Cola, they got the job done.

Pits and Rots are killers, unless you have one that is not of pure blood, in which case your dog isn't a Rot, but a mutt. You can't say "this is a dog that was bred for killing, but it's not a killer". That doesn't make sense.

"That poor dog will probably be used as bait to train fighting dogs"

Yes, to train a dog LIKE YOURS. Wake up!

eej5 11 years, 6 months ago

Actually oldenuf, pit bulls were not bred to kill bulls. Do some research on the breeds (note the plural) typically referred to as pits and then you can participate in a more educated discussion about the situation.

The stolen pit is probably in grave danger unless it is recovered immediately. I hope it's owner was responsible enough to have had it fixed. He should have had the fence locked -- not only to prevent theft, but also to keep kids and people like meter readers, etc. out of his yard while the dog was out there.

Confrontation 11 years, 6 months ago

It sounds like we're all going to need a Rottie in order to survive the crime in Lawrence.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 6 months ago

So, "Bull Baiting" has nothing to do with bulls? Please explain.

BorderRat 11 years, 6 months ago

n8n- Must have been a gentle natured dog to allow someone to walk up to it and take it. By the way, I worked with a narcotics detection officer whos dog was a pure bred Pit. Most mild mannered dog I've ever been around. He even took it to school groups to do "show and tell."

n8n2010 11 years, 6 months ago

I'm probably wrong, but the pitbull in question, in my neighborhood, charges (charged) the fence everytime I walk by and scares the $hit out of me. If I'm talking about the wrong dog, will the dog stealer please steal that dog too.

n8n2010 11 years, 6 months ago

oh yeah, thanks OldEnuf, for the backup. ; )

lovenhaight 11 years, 6 months ago

Pit Bulls respond to their training. If they have some jerk train them to be aggressive, they will become aggressive. As a former veterinary assistant, I have seen wonderfully gentle pits as well as mean ones. But I've also seen incredibly mean cocker spaniels. Its all a matter of how you treat your animal.

sgrplm 11 years, 6 months ago

Obviously some of you don't know much about dogs:

"Pit Bulls" an d Rotts are not bred to kill...maybe in past centuries but not now. Lovenhaight is right, dogs respond to the way they are trained. If you beat them when they are bad or don't even pay attention to them, of course they will be mean. Give them love and you'll get it back Why don't we make a big deal out of every Lab or Golden Retriever that bites a child? Because they're the stereotypical family dog? Unfortunately some dogs fall into the wrong hands and become very aggressive...just the way that some people get into the wrong crowd and become murderers. Since some humans murder does that make all humans vicous? Absolutely not!

People should lay off of these dogs and see that there are plenty of good and bad dogs of every breed.

All of you "pit bull" haters should come check out my pit bull (who was rescued from a fighting ring and supposedly bred to fight) eat his dinner while my 2 year old plays with his food and hand feeds it to him!

PS: My parents 8lb. poodle nips at anybody who comes near him when he's eating...so are all poodles vicous?

Confrontation 11 years, 6 months ago

It's kind of funny that so many people like to blame all dog bites and attacks on Rotties and Pits. I had over 125 stitches in my face when I was a child due to a bite from a dog that weighed less than 5 pounds. All dogs are capable of biting a child. Don't trust that Lab or Poodle. Just don't be stupid and leave your child alone with a dog. Dogs ARE carnivores. There is a reason why the American Medical Association lists dog bites as the #2 source of injury for children. Parents are just plain stupid when they leave their kids alone with dog. The smart parents are the ones who don't get a dog until their kids are much older. For those who like to complain about Rotties, how about the Rotties that are used as Therapy Dogs? The good family Rotties aren't attacking anyone. The Rotties owned by dog-fighting idiots are the ones attacking.

jcook 11 years, 6 months ago

For those of you who think pit bulls are vicious you might take a look at www.atts.org They have test over 26,000 dogs and give each breed's percentage of passing. Pit bulls have an average passing rate of 83.3%, which is a higher rate than beagles, collies, cocker spaniels, chihuahuas, great danes, greyhounds, german shephards, jack russell terriers, pomeranians, shih tzus, saint bernards, toy poodles, standard schnauzers, plus many more. The golden retriever received a score of 83.7% for reference. Owners are the true culprits of dog attacks, not the dogs.

Aileen Dingus 11 years, 6 months ago

I worked at a kennel for years, breaking up dogfights when they happened, dispensing meds and first aid as necessary to all breeds of dogs from a 2lb chihuahua to a 260lb newfie. (including a family of dobermans, more rotts than I could count and pit bulls galore) I was bitten twice- once by a toy poodle, once by a corgi mix. My husband worked at the same kennel and sustained one bite- from a brittany spaniel. (Once the dog realised what he'd done he nearly crawled into himself too...)

I'm not buyin' this blanket policy against "killer breeds." However, it looks like a discussion that no side will budge, so can we please stop rehashing it every time someone says the words "pit" and "bull" in the same sentence?!

Steve Jacob 11 years, 6 months ago

Now if we breed Pit Bulls to fight wife beaters, we'd be on to something :)

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 6 months ago

"are not bred to kill...maybe in past centuries but not now"

I think that's what I said: "bred" to do something implies that they now have a natural disposition to it. Like how a border collie is practically born with an understanding of herding. If a breed "was" created for a purpose, then the disposition is still present.

It is a fact that poodles are one of the dogs most likely to bite, but frankly, the idea of being bit by a dog that I can punt is less scary than being bit by a dog with a disproportionally large jaw (like a pit).

Again, will someone explain to me how a dog bred for "bull baiting" is somehow NOT a bred that was bred to fight bulls?

Kaw Pickinton 11 years, 6 months ago

I blame all of the Vermont hippies and their weed.

bucephalus 11 years, 6 months ago

"Again, will someone explain to me how a dog bred for "bull baiting" is somehow NOT a bred that was bred to fight bulls?"

Actually, pit bulls were originally a cross between bulldogs and terriers, bred for dog fights, not bull or bear beating. And one of the prime requirements was that they not be aggressive to humans; the referee of the dog fight had to be able to enter the ring and remove a dog without being bitten.

Bulldogs, on the other hand, were actually used in bull baiting, but they were originally bred to help farmers handles bulls in the field. But again, it was necessary for them to not be aggressive to humans, only to bulls (and then, only to the extent required to keep the bull under control while the farmer castrated it, branded it, etc.).

Berserk 11 years, 6 months ago

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Terry Jacobsen 11 years, 6 months ago

Say what you want, buy how many times have you heard about a "mean" cocker spaniel maulling anyone?

Sorry... Pitbulls do not belong in our coummunity.

BM122 11 years, 6 months ago

To change the subject a little... I'm considering moving to Lawrence and have looked at houses in this part of town near the East Rec Center. How is this part of Lawrence? Is it safe to walk/jog around, is it comfortable for a family? Thanks for any info.

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