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Lawrence police blotter for April 18

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:10 a.m. Monday to 4:28 a.m. Tuesday and includes 251 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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Lawrence police blotter for April 15 to April 17

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:21 a.m. Friday to 5:59 a.m. Friday and includes 620 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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Police chase begins in Lawrence, ends in Tonganoxie; investigation ongoing

Police chases generally aren't like the ones you see on television.

You might think they're all like that (awesome) scene from Steve McQueen's "Bullitt" — the youngsters might prefer a "Fast and the Furious" reference instead — but in reality, officers will call off a chase if things get too dicey.

That's what happened early Saturday morning.

Around 2 a.m. an officer tried to stop a black Mercedes Benz in the 800 block of Kentucky Street, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads. The Mercedes didn't stop, however, and fled the scene with the officer tailing.

The Mercedes headed north, through North Lawrence and on to U.S. Highway 40 "at a high rate of speed" before turning east on Kansas Highway 32, Rhoads said. Around this time the chase ended "due to the excessive and dangerous speeds."

That's not to say Lawrence police gave up, however.

Officers contacted nearby law enforcement agencies and gave them a description of the Mercedes, Rhoads said.

Soon, Tonganoxie police officers found the Mercedes in a nearby residential development, Rhoads said. The people inside reportedly fled on foot and have not been found.

Nobody was injured in the chase and police are investigating the matter, Rhoads said.


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

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Gunshots reported along Haskell Avenue, police say; shell casings found

If you heard the sound of gunshots along Haskell Avenue Wednesday night, you weren't alone.

Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman Kim Murphree said several people reported hearing sounds resembling gunshots near the intersection of 16th Street and Haskell Avenue.

The police department's daily activity logs indicate a report was taken at 10:23 p.m.

Officers dispatched to the scene found several shell casings near the intersection, Murphree said. They canvassed the area as well.

"No one was injured and no property damage has been reported at this time," Murphree said in an emailed response to questions.

The investigation remains ongoing, Murphree said.

As of Thursday afternoon no arrests listed in the Douglas County Jail's online booking logs match the reported incident.


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

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Lawrence police blotter for April 13

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:06 a.m. Wednesday to 5:53 a.m. Thursday and includes 292 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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Lawrence police blotter for April 12

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:08 a.m. Tuesday to 5:29 a.m. Wednesday and includes 225 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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Baldwin City man accused of selling counterfeit laundry detergent to face trial this fall

A singular legal scenario stemming from some supposedly spurious soap will stretch into September.

Alliteration aside, both the prosecution and defense acknowledge the case is unique, and now they're preparing for a criminal trial this fall.

You may recall in February we reported about a Baldwin City man who faces a single felony count of counterfeiting in Douglas County District Court.

Essentially the man, Brian Glenn, is accused of selling laundry detergent out of his home and falsely presenting it as Tide-brand detergent. He had a preliminary hearing in February to determine whether he should stand trial.

During the hearing Special Agent Randy Slater of the Kansas Attorney General's Office testified that he approached Glenn, owner and operator of Clean Start Soap Sales, while undercover last year and the two discussed the soaps that were for sale.

During their conversation Slater testified that Glenn gave him a sample product labeled "T.O." for "Tide Original." Glenn once referred to the products as "Tide-like" but didn't make the distinction again.

The month after Slater's initial contact with Glenn a number of law enforcement officers arrived at his house and seized dozens of five-gallon buckets of detergent, estimated to be worth more than $3,000.

An attorney for Procter and Gamble, Tide's parent company, said during the February hearing that at no point did Glenn ever obtain a license to use Tide's trademark, called The Bullseye.

In addition, an engineer for Procter and Gamble testified that Glenn's detergent was significantly different from Tide's products.

In this April 27, 2011 photo, Procter & Gamble's Tide detergent are displayed at a Target store in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

In this April 27, 2011 photo, Procter & Gamble's Tide detergent are displayed at a Target store in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Glenn's attorney, Cooper Overstreet, argued during the February hearing that Glenn made no attempts to keep his business a secret, nor did he believe he was selling a fake or inferior product.

Because of the complicated legal and technical references associated with the case, the February hearing did not come to an immediate close. Both Overstreet and prosecutor Steven Karrer instead submitted written arguments to finish the hearing, which Judge Paula Martin took under advisement.

On Wednesday morning Martin announced that Karrer had presented enough evidence to show a trial is warranted in Glenn's case.

Before Wednesday's hearing began Overstreet and Karrer discussed how long a trial might take. Each noted the situation was uncommon and they were unsure how long they might need to make their arguments.

When asked by Martin, Karrer requested three days for a trial, noting the process might be done in two.

Martin scheduled Glenn's trial to begin on Sept. 11.


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

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Lawrence police blotter for April 8 to April 10

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 9 p.m. Friday to 4:51 a.m. Monday and includes 781 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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Closed intersection, injured teenager and a wanted suspect; three crash reports from the weekend

If you were out and about Saturday afternoon you might have had to take a detour around the intersection of Sixth and Iowa streets due to a rollover accident.

The Lawrence Police Department said in a release that about 1 p.m. on Saturday a minivan, northbound on Iowa Street, tried to turn left into the Red Pepper restaurant, 810 Iowa St., when the vehicle was hit by a southbound SUV.

The crash flipped the van onto its side and emergency responders were forced to cut the couple inside the van out of their seat belts, the release said. Both were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the SUV was uninjured, the release said. Police wrote the driver of the van, 83, a failure to yield citation.

The intersection of Sixth and Iowa streets was blocked off for more than an hour.

Additional crashes reported on Saturday:

• A 13-year-old boy suffered a leg injury after he was hit by a car, the release said.

Just after 10 p.m. a 62-year-old female motorist reportedly crossed the center line along the 1900 block of E. 19th Street and hit the teenager, the release said. The child was taken to an area hospital for treatment while police issued several traffic citations to the woman.

• And finally, in a third crash on Saturday, police are searching for a driver who reportedly hit a woman within the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street, the release said.

The suspect, who was driving a red SUV at the time, reportedly hit the woman and the impact threw her over the vehicle's hood and onto the ground, the release said. The woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

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


A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the minivan mentioned in Saturday afternoon's crash was driving northbound on Sixth Street. This article has been corrected to say the minivan had been northbound on Iowa Street.

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Lawrence police blotter for April 6

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 7:14 a.m. Wednesday to 5:59 a.m. Thursday and includes 277 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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Day care’s rabbit dies of injuries after university employee reportedly pulled its tail off

Animal stories are sensitive, understandably so. Folks have a soft spot for all things cute and cuddly.

As such, when a rabbit was injured in an apparent criminal act of animal cruelty last month I immediately started the story by noting that he was still alive.

Well, I'm sorry to report today that's no longer the case. The rabbit, Carrots, died Wednesday of his injuries, an employee of Hilltop Child Development Center told me Thursday morning.

I wasn't able to track down Executive Director Jeremy Fite for more information just yet, but I'll keep trying.

What we know so far is that Carrots was a classroom pet at the day care. And in the early-morning hours of March 22, Shawn Witte Zuehlsdorf, 30, allegedly pulled the rabbit's tail off and took him from the building.

At the time Zuehlsdorf was one of a number of University of Kansas employees who clean the day care after hours, Fite said last month.

However, since the incident in question, KU spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson told me he is not an employee.

Fite said he was surprised to hear about the reported crimes and was unsure what might have set those types of events in motion.

Zuehlsdorf was arrested on March 26 at KU's Office of Public Safety, 1501 Crestline Drive. One charge of animal cruelty and another of misdemeanor theft were filed against him on Tuesday.

It is unclear at the moment whether the animal cruelty charge is a felony or a misdemeanor. Prosecutors filed the charge noting either could be a possibility.

When asked whether Carrots' death would affect Zuehlsdorf's criminal charges, Cheryl Wright-Kunard, assistant to the Douglas County district attorney, said she could not comment on the case because he has not yet appeared in court.

Zuehlsdorf is scheduled to make a first appearance in Douglas County District Court, where he will be formally charged, on Tuesday at 3 p.m.


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

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Lawrence police blotter for April 5

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:23 a.m. Tuesday to 9:23 a.m. Wednesday and includes 233 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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Human-trafficking charge dropped against man, but he’s still ordered to remain in jail

Criminal charges have been dropped against a man accused of human trafficking.

He's still in jail, though.

Tracy Releford, 50, was arrested in August. Originally he faced one felony count of aggravated human trafficking, one felony count of commercial sexual exploitation of a child, one felony count of promoting the sale of sexual relations and one misdemeanor count of buying sexual relations.

Tracy Releford

Tracy Releford by Conrad Swanson

Those charges were dismissed in March by Douglas County District Court Judge Peggy Kittel. However, the order for dismissal is currently under appeal by prosecutors, so Releford was ordered to remain in jail until that matter is settled.

Now, to explain how this all went down I've got to get into a few details about how the court system works. Bear with me for a second:

According to an arrest affidavit filed in District Court Releford was propositioned outside a Lawrence liquor store by a 20-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl.

Later, Releford and a friend met up with the two, drove to Kansas City, Mo., and each man had sex with one of the two females, the affidavit says. Because their names are redacted in the documents it's unclear who Releford is accused of having sex with. But he allegedly paid one female for having sex with his friend and refused to pay the other, arguing that he and she never completed the act.

An argument began, someone called the police, and Releford was arrested, the affidavit says.

Now, here's where things get technical. Arrest affidavits, like the one in Releford's case, are documents filed by police that state the grounds for making an arrest. Anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty, of course, so all the allegations in arrest affidavits must be proved in court.

In felony cases like Releford's the courts hold something called a preliminary hearing. Think of it like a mini trial. Both the prosecution and the defense can call witnesses and present evidence. At the end of the hearing the judge rules on whether there is probable cause to warrant ordering a full-blown criminal trial in the case.

If there's not enough probable cause, the judge will rule accordingly and the accused party will not head to trial. Sometimes the person is released from jail; other times prosecutors will start the process over again.

Well, in September Releford appeared in court for his preliminary hearing, court documents state. Afterward, Judge Kittel found that enough probable cause existed to order him to stand trial. However, the defense motioned for Kittel to reconsider her decision regarding Releford's human-trafficking charge. The judge took the matter under advisement and on March 9 she reversed her earlier ruling.

While the reported victim was indeed under 18, Kittle wrote in her new ruling, "there is a lack of probable cause to believe that (Releford) recruited, harbored, transported, provided or obtained the victim for labor or services for the purpose of subjecting the person to involuntary servitude or forced labor."

The human-trafficking charge was then dismissed.

Prosecutor Alice Walker appealed the dismissal and motioned for the remaining charges to be dismissed in order for that appeal to be properly heard, court documents state.

In the meantime, however, Releford must stay in jail because of the high-level felonies he is accused of, Walker wrote. Specifically she mentioned the human trafficking and commercial exploitation of a child charges.

Kittel granted Walker's motion, dismissed the remaining charges and ordered Releford to stay in jail.

Releford's criminal trial was originally scheduled to start on Monday, but obviously that's now on hold. Additional hearings have not yet been scheduled for the case.

In 1991, Releford was convicted of second-degree murder and armed criminal action, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections. It's unclear when he was released from prison but records show he was still an inmate in January 2013.


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

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Lawrence police blotter for April 4

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:16 a.m. Monday to 5:57 a.m. Tuesday and includes 233 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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Lawrence police blotter for April 1 to April 3

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Friday to 3:36 a.m. Monday and includes 710 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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Lawrence police blotter for March 31

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:10 a.m. Thursday to 5:56 a.m. Friday and includes 226 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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Lawrence police blotter for March 30

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:14 a.m. Wednesday to 5:16 a.m. Thursday and includes 238 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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Lawrence police blotter for March 29

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:59 a.m. Tuesday to 5:40 a.m. Wednesday and includes 213 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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Hawks, Cops and Kids to feature health, safety and bounce houses later this spring

If adults want to learn more about law enforcement they've got a few options. They can call, email or drive out to the local stations. These days they can even tweet their questions out.

But what about the youngsters?

Well, one option to help kids learn more about law enforcement — and other things — is opening up later this spring. Registration has begun for the annual Hawks, Cops and Kids event.

At the event, scheduled for May 6, local law enforcement officials and University of Kansas athletes will host a slew of fun activities, sports and teamwork exercises and offer a few educational notes, according to a news release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Kids in attendance will learn about personal safety, bullying, health and nutrition, and other issues.

Plus there's going to be an outdoor fun zone with bounce houses. It's hard to argue with bounce houses.

The event is free and open to children entering first grade all the way up to fifth grade. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Robinson Gymnasium on KU's campus.

Afterward, participants and their families are invited to attend a KU baseball game, the release said. Tickets will be $3.

Anyone interested in registering for the event may do so at www.hawkscopsandkids.com.


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

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Lawrence police blotter for March 28

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:09 a.m. Monday to 4:36 a.m. Tuesday and includes 186 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


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

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