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KU pole vaulter arrested


A Kansas University pole vaulter has been arrested for aggravated battery in connection with a beating last week that sent one of his teammates to the hospital. John K. McDonald, 19, a sophomore from Hays, is due in court for a first appearance Nov. 17. He was booked into jail Friday and later released on bond in connection with the beating of KU middle-distance and cross-country runner Tyler Kelly, who told police he was attacked and beaten by a group of men around 3:15 a.m. Oct. 28 outside his home in the 4700 block of Ranch Court.KU associate athletics director Jim Marchiony said Monday afternoon that McDonald had been suspended from the team.Kelly's mother said the beating happened after her son had been out with other KU cross-country runners celebrating their performance in the Big 12 championships.A 19-year-old Lawrence man, Gregory A. Krupa, also has been arrested in the case.Other news:¢ Lighter causes fire: A child playing with a lighter was the cause of a fire this morning in a trailer at Easy Living Mobile Acres, 3323 Iowa St., Lawrence's fire chief says. The fire, reported at 9:27 a.m. in lot No. 379, was confined to a laundry area and was quickly under control, said Mark Bradford, chief of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical. Firefighters were on the scene for about a half-hour. He said damage was estimated at $6,000. ¢ Clutter complicates Eudora fire: Possessions piled throughout a trailer complicated Eudora firefighters' efforts during a blaze Sunday evening, Eudora fire chief Randy Ates said.A candle placed under a lamp shade was listed as the cause of the fire, which began about 7:15 p.m. in a trailer at 1029 Maple St. When firefighters arrived, there were flames coming from a rear bedroom. Ates said the resident's possessions were piled throughout the home, which made it hard for firefighters to reach the source of the fire in the thick smoke."It took us a while to be able to clear a path through the trailer," Ates said. "They could barely get in through the front door."The fire was under control at 9:45 p.m., and the last truck left the scene at 1:38 a.m. No one was injured. The structure of the trailer survived the fire, but it's not inhabitable, Ates said. Burglaries and thefts:¢ 400 block of East Seventh Street: Police say they have interviewed two "persons of interest" in connection with the theft of 1,500 rail tie plates, valued at $22,500 total, belonging to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. The plates were taken from a storage area between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a report.¢ 2100 block of West 26th Street: A 23-year-old Kansas University student's 1997 Acura Integra, valued at $4,500, was stolen between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Friday.¢ 1900 block of Stewart Avenue: A 19-year-old KU student's 1993 Acura Integra, valued at $4,000, was stolen between 9 p.m. Oct. 31 and 8 a.m. Friday.¢ 2300 block of Iowa Street: A 35-year-old KU student reported $1,000 worth of clothes stolen between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday from Norge Village laundromat, 2346 Iowa.¢1300 block of West 24th Street: A 19-year-old woman reported $1,180 stolen in a computer crime between Oct. 20 and Thursday.¢ 700 block of California Street: A 45-year-old man reported two bicycles, worth $1,700 each, stolen from his home between Oct. 12 and Thursday.¢ Green Hall, Kansas University campus: A Dell laptop computer valued at $3,200 was stolen between 3:30 p.m. and 4:25 p.m. Wednesday from a locker in Green Hall.-contributed by [Eric Weslander.][1] [1]: http://www2.ljworld.com/staff/eric_weslander


roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 7 months ago

"KU pole vaulter arrested"

You'd hope for a better story with a headline like that. Let's give it a try, shall we?.


Early (Mon.) morning, police arrested a man outside the Hobbs Taylor lofts on suspicion of burglary. The unidentified man is known to have been a pole vaulter at KU and was aprehended this morning dressed in what Detective Mack Johnson of the Lawrence Police Department described as "a ninja suit" and in posession of a modified vaulting pole and a bag of expensive jewelry; containing pieces taken from several of the residences during the night. Police spokesperson Alice Potter said they had received many calls right around bar closing time 1:45 am when patrons of both the Last Call and the Bottleneck called police and 911, and in some instances, "sending video of the guy attempting to pole vault his way onto yet another balcony. Charges will likely be filed later this morning.

momof4 11 years, 7 months ago

I've seen ads online at kansas.com for "free pets". I emailed because I was interested in a persian kitten. They emailed me back, the kitten was free, but the person was a missionary in Africa and shipping was going to be $1400. They had a story of they didn't realize their cat was pregnant when they left the U.S.and they only wanted to find good homes for the kittens. They didn't want to charge anything, but shipping was so high. Needless to say, I didn't get a kitten, I figured it was some kind of scam. Don't animals have to be quarntined for a certain amount of time before they can go from one country to another? Can't believe she fell for it.

Confrontation 11 years, 7 months ago

A student with $1,000 worth of clothing? Going to a laundromat? Yeah, right. Nice story.

kujeeper 11 years, 7 months ago

At a $100.00 for a pair of womens jeans that is not too far fetched.... I guess you just don't dress yourself that well

rousseau108 11 years, 7 months ago

"1300 block of West 24th Street: A 19-year-old woman reported $1,180 stolen in a computer crime between Oct. 20 and Thursday."

If you look on the LPD's site, you can see this "theft" occurred because she sent the money to someplace in Africa for a dog, which of course she never received. When are people going to stop following for these obvious scams.

Also, why no mention of the LJW of yet another problem at the Last Call this weekend, this time some girl got cut on the face by a beer bottle. Classic Last Call drama.

Brandon Perkins 11 years, 7 months ago

Sending money to Africa for a dog huh? Probably the same scam that tried to get me to send money. As they told us in an email (after we replied to an ad in the KC Star) "I just recently moved to Africa and it is too humid for my Bulldog". Tsk Tsk....

gccs14r 11 years, 7 months ago

Who leaves clothing unattended in a laundromat? That's just asking to get ripped off. What, you can't sit there for 90 minutes and read a book?

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 7 months ago

If I could afford $100 for ONE pair of jeans, I'd invest that money in a washer and dryer. My last pair: Dickies, $12.

Confrontation 11 years, 7 months ago

kujeeper: Why would this person need to use a laundromat if they can spend that much on clothes? If you're spending $100 on a pair of jeans, then your priorities are really messed up. You obviously don't need to worry about $1,000, since you must have way too much extra money.

gccs14r 11 years, 7 months ago

If you spend $100 for a washer, expect to have to buy lots of clothing. I'll stick with my Asko.

Harry_Manback 11 years, 7 months ago

Too bad a lot of apt. complexes (like mine) don't have washer/dryer hook-ups. If mine did, I'd buy one.

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