Archive for Thursday, June 15, 2006

Police work variety of cases

June 15, 2006

Baldwin City police had their hands full with an on-line investigation as well as numerous infractions -- some involving alcohol -- in the last few weeks.

The on-line investigation involves bogus e-mails being sent seeking personnel information that shouldn't be given out.

"We've got an investigation going on that I want to leave generic for awhile," said Police Chief Mike McKenna. "It's been brought to our attention that one of the banks in town has had customer receive e-mail forgeries that led the account holder to think the bank has sent them the e-mail requesting their account numbers.

"If anyone in town has received an e-mail from who they believe to be their bank, they should contact their bank to verify it," said McKenna. "Banks do not use e-mail to check information. They say you need to renew their services. They say you need to update their information in order to upgrade you. Pay heed to e-mails asking for information."

There were a variety of alcohol-related offenses in the past week. On Monday at 10:30 p.m., police were called to the 300 block of Kibbee regarding underage drinking. Upon investigation, police arrested Amber Crabtree, 25, 313 Kibbee, for furnishing alcohol to a minor. Courtney Akers, 19, Baldwin, was charged with minor in possession of alcohol.

"Our investigation found she (Crabtree) was providing alcohol to the minor," said McKenna.

At about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, an officer observed a vehicle driving erratically in the 800 block of Dearborn. The car, driven by Ryan Creech, 20, Auburn, Kan., was stopped. The officer learned that Creech had been to the Wakarusa Festival, a music and camping celebration near Lawrence.

"He passed a field sobriety test, but had alcohol in the vehicle and was charged with minor in possession and defective tail light," he said.

Another person wasn't as fortunate on June 3. At 2:15 a.m. in the 200 block of Washington, a car was stopped for erratic driving. Vicky L. Jackson, 45, 1710 N. 500 Road was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, McKenna said.

"She was stopped for driving violations and was driving erratically," McKenna said. "The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol. She didn't pass the field sobriety test or breathalyzer test."

Two passengers in Jackson's vehicle, Arleigh Boker, 43, no address listed, and Donna Kneedler, 42, 112 Washington, had open containers of alcohol and were cited for transporting open containers.

At about 12:30 a.m. June 2, an officer discovered Mason W. Mullen, 18, Wellsville, asleep in his car in the 700 block of High Street. McKenna said Mullen was arrested for several drug infractions and consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Police have also investigated several thefts, the most valuable involving a lawn mower and trailer from Billy J. Daniels, 713 10th Street. He reported the theft occurred sometime between 2 p.m. May 25 and 8 a.m. May 30. The trailer and mower were in his back yard and valued at $3,400.

Connie Deal, 1215 10th Street, reported that sometime between 7 p.m. May 17 and 5:20 a.m. the next day, someone took solar lights from her home valued at $120.

On Friday, Joyce Callahan reported the theft of her purse from the 300 block of Ames. Purse and contents were valued at $200. It happened between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

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