Help Single Mom and 4 Kids on Xmas

$5,395 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 215 people in 44 months
Matt Savoy
on behalf of Juanita Lane
 GALENA, KS

On Tuesday, Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves and his heroic team of militarized storm troopers descended on the home of a single mom and her five kids. Upon removing the mother and her five children from the house, police entered into a 20-hour-long standoff -- with the empty house.

According to Sheriff Groves, police were looking for Doug Alexius, a suspect wanted on a misdemeanor count of assaulting a law enforcement officer and another drug-related charge. Upon entering the home, the team used a 'hi-tech' and expensive infrared camera that showed them Alexius was hiding in the attic. Incorrectly believing Alexius was in the attic, they backed out and a 20-hour long standoff ensued.

"Time is on our side," the sheriff said during their heated standoff with an empty house. "We have the luxury of being able to rotate officers out. At some point, he's going to have to come out of there."

After not breaking things or killing anyone for 19 hours, the officers became restless, said to hell with the Sheriff's strategy of waiting for him to come out, and proceeded to storm the home.

A SWAT truck with a battering ram attached was used to poke holes and tear apart the house in an attempt to drive the nonexistent suspect out. As deputies became unable to find him, they began taking their frustration out on couches, beds, lamps, clothing, toys, and even the family's Christmas tree was ripped through a window and smashed to bits.

The entire time, Nita Lane, the homeowner, was trying to tell the cops that Alexius was not there and does not live there.

The sheriff, quite expectedly, remains unapologetic. Despite being told by the victim that Alexius was not in her house, Groves maintains that his officers acted in the best possible manner.

"It appeared using that tool [infra-red camera] there was somebody in the attic. As it turns out, now we know that was incorrect. But nonetheless that was the information we were operating under at the time," said Groves.

"Some may suggest you just rush in, and we could have cleared that house in a matter of minutes. But if there was a suspect in there and would have shot one of our officers or something else happened, and he was able to breach the perimeter and jeopardize the safety of the residents nearby, that's not a risk I'm willing to take," Groves continued entirely missing his own point.

Groves did eventually "rush in and clear the house." Just because it took him 20-hours to decide to do it, doesn't change that fact at all.

Friends and neighbors like Vonda Macklin came to the aid of the family and were outside the next day picking up their belongings that were strewn across the yard.

"It's like the destroying of your dream you know," said Macklin. "Probably the hardest part is just seeing they ripped their Christmas tree apart, and out their window it goes."

Instead of apologizing or offering to help clean up the mess he and his crony soldiers made, Groves refers the victim to some vague FBI program that allegedly cleans up after cops wrongly destroy a family's home.

The Free Thought Project spoke with the victim's neighbor, Vonda, who said the SWAT team, "left holes in ceiling, all the windows were smashed out, holes in were left in the side of the house" and they literally "ripped her Christmas tree apart," using a set of claws on the front of a vehicle.

Christmas and the foreseeable future for this single mother and her five children, aged 3-15, are ruined - thanks to Galena's finest.

Vonda tells the Free Thought Project that "Lane is the type of lady that won't take anything from anyone." However, we still want to help her. 

The Free Thought Project has started this Go Fund Me Campaign to raise funds for Ms. Lane and her children in hopes to give them a decent Christmas.

Lane actually has 6 children, but 5 live with her and are affected by this tragedy. We have updated the information to reflect this. It makes this story that much more heartbreaking. 

Update: 

This campaign is for Juanita Lane, from Galena, KS.
It was started by The Free Thought Project.
The funds are to help Juanita provide for her family as her home was destroyed and she is now homeless.
They will likely be used to fix her destroyed home and pay for a place to stay in the interim. 

When go fund me releases these funds, they will be given directly to Juanita Lane as she has been given sole rights to the go fund me withdraw. 

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Hello everyone, thank you so much for your generous donations. As Nita has been out of her home, receiving emails has been hard for her. As a result, she was unable to withdraw the funds before Christmas because GoFundMe placed a hold on the account after the Free Thought Project transferred to withdraw rights directly to her. We have made the updates to the account and hopefully the funds will be released asap, as Nita and her children are still fighting to get their home repaired and back in it.
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Thank you so much, everyone, for your support!

You have given a family who had nowhere to go on Christmas, a newfound hope.

Your kindness is inspiring.
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I just spoke with Nita on the phone. She said that this house, which was paid off, is the only thing she has and what the FBI offered to give her to repair it, doesn't come close to what it will take.

Your donations mean more than you know.

Thank you all who've given so far. Your gifts are more than inspiring and are a beacon of light in this often dark world.
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Wow, the response has been amazing!! Thank you, everyone, who has donated so far. You have given this family a chance at restoring their Christmas!

The internet has come together to help repair a tragedy and that love is awe-inspiring.
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Shelby Lynn Whittington
44 months ago

I personally know the situation and the fbi offered an amount of money that wont even cover the repairs let alone a new home for this family the house is unrepairable so for those of u who have negative comments keep them to yourself. And everyone who has made donations these inocent children deserve a christmas when all they want is to go home but they cant.....

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Gina Smith-Martin
44 months ago

Mr. Stanford, yes, the FBI claims they will pay for the physical damage to the property, but what of the mental and emotional damage suffered by those children? No one should have to be afraid of the police and those poor children have been traumatized! They deserve the best Christmas possible after all that has happened. How are they even supposed to sleep in their own home with no windows? And you're right, not all police are bad. But these police officers, in particular, put unnecessary fear into those children and they will be paying for unnecessary damages that they caused out of sheer stupidity. Instead of sarcasm, why don't you try being kind to others and donate a few dollars?

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Buck Kracker
44 months ago

The amount being ask for needs to be raised. $5,000 is not enough. I think this lady deserves enough for a very nice vacation for her and her children as well as enough to purchase her own home, someplace out of Podunk, Ks. Let's make this a Christmas her kids will never forget!

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Matt Savoy
44 months ago

Andrew, do you really believe that the FBI will have this settled before Christmas? We've seen cases like this never get taken care of. Had police simply listened to Ms. Lane, none of this would have happened at all.

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Jenny M Colley-Zabel
44 months ago
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I believe this is for the family's Christmas This year!! Maybe the FBI will foot the bill, maybe they won't. Sorry but our Government is notorious for finding ways out of this kind of thing. However wether they do or don't, it won't happen before next week!! So chill, and be the savior you claime to be and help this family!! I get paid soon and you can bet I will help. I only hope it is not to late!!

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Nickee Nd Sam Anderson
44 months ago
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Wow, Christy Wilson you have a black heart my dear. I hope you are able to see the error of your ways and learn to have compassion. Your comments made my heart hurt. My heart & prayers go out to this woman and her babies.

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Courtnee Mammenga
44 months ago
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Thank you all for helping this family! They are good people they always help people they can this is much appreciated, and because of all those donating they will have a great Christmas and there is a typo as to how many kids she has she actually have 5 kids range from 3-15! You guys are amazing and the ones who feel they need to leave the negative comments please leave it alone this family been through enough God Bless all of you amazing people

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Kaylee Jean Helton
44 months ago
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I personally know this family. Her son was on our football team and he holds a very special place in my heart! For the people that say they don't deserve this money.....your saying that your kids deserve a Christmas, but her kids don't?! These kids did nothing wrong, they are innocent gifts from god! This should be able to get her a place to stay till Christmas, some food, and presents for the kids! So just bc you think the mom's not perfect, don't judge those kids! We all know how the state works with giving out money, it takes forever, so it won't be here in 6days, for Christmas!

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April New
44 months ago
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If you guys dont think they deserve the money then dont donate. Simple as that. Just move on. Theres no need to leave your nasty comments on here.

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Susan Carlson
44 months ago
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5

How does destroying their home become part of the job of the police or sheriff's department? Their job is to find the person for whom they are searching. Destroying these folks' home and throwing the tree and Christmas presents out a broken window hardly seems within the scope of their mission. Remember, the suspect has not yet even been tried for the crime charged. Yet these stalwart men in blue feel perfectly at ease destroying their home. Does anyone else remember that you and me and everyone in this country is supposed to be considered innocent until found guilty?

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Jennifer Diane Jones
44 months ago
5
5

I think this family deserves a trip to Disney. While they are away it would be awesome to fix the house for them. I wish I was a puppet master and could pull strings to make this happen. The very least I could do was donate some money. If the family is reading the comments I hope you know you have many people praying for you. I also hope you don't let this experience ruin the way you see the men and women in blue. I wish I could do more. Merry Cheistmasnto you and the kids.

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Greg Poirier
44 months ago
5
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Sorry andrew unfortunately theres not as many good ones as there used to be. They let the badge go to their head and violate peoples rights all the time.

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Oliver Saxon
44 months ago
4
4

I can't believe this... You should file a lawsuit against the federal government for wrongful entry... I may have the term wrong, but storming a home on misinformation is a big deal and a violation of your rights.

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Mike Sheda
44 months ago
4
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It's a shame she didn't want to refuse to serve a theoretical pizza to a theoretical gay person, or she would have a couple hundred thousand dollars by now. But then, there is always extra money for hate, and never enough for compassion.

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Adrienne Oates
44 months ago
3
3

Jennifer suton isn't it completely possible that they had the wrong house or that the criminal may have used that address before she lived there. If you don't know all the facts keep your nasty comments to yourself.

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Tina Coleman
44 months ago
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The Police handled things accordingly. People are just trying to get a handout and are always trying to make Law Enforcement look bad. And to those saying that they should've just "listened" to her say he wasn't in there.... What idiots. People lie all the time. Especially criminals and those connected to criminals! I say good job GPD and county! You aren't paid enough for this crap.

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Jennifer Sutton
44 months ago
3
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This is what happens when you allow a known criminal in your home. Maybe don't associate with them and this wouldn't happen. I would never allow ANYONE I know to be around him much less my kids!

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Christy Wilson
44 months ago
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This is fraud she is being reimbursed by the fbi and all of dougs friends should be responsible for paying for his kids Christmas since they encouraged him to run along with Anita could've avoided all this if she would have given up doug and his location or he could've turned himself in

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Mylast Breath
44 months ago
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Good reason not to have trash like that man around your home. Unfortunate for the kids that it happened

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Bub Williams
44 months ago
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Cha Ching

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Sadie McFarlane
20 months ago

Sorry I can't help more...

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Kielan Miles
44 months ago
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44 months ago
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Linda Dawn Grittman
44 months ago
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I am so sorry for what happened. Something similar happened to us about 4 yrs ago. Police found nothing, of course. I hope your family has a wonderful Christmas!

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Mindy McCorkle
44 months ago
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This mother and children are heavily in my heart. May you all have the strength to overcome this and come out stronger than ever before.

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44 months ago
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44 months ago
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Wiliam Aicklen
44 months ago
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It seems many of our police forces are irreparably broken, not because individual police commit murder and mayhem, but because they seem to universally deny any wrong no matter how egregious the violation - preventing them from ever correcting the problems.

Shelby Lynn Whittington
44 months ago

I personally know the situation and the fbi offered an amount of money that wont even cover the repairs let alone a new home for this family the house is unrepairable so for those of u who have negative comments keep them to yourself. And everyone who has made donations these inocent children deserve a christmas when all they want is to go home but they cant.....

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Gina Smith-Martin
44 months ago

Mr. Stanford, yes, the FBI claims they will pay for the physical damage to the property, but what of the mental and emotional damage suffered by those children? No one should have to be afraid of the police and those poor children have been traumatized! They deserve the best Christmas possible after all that has happened. How are they even supposed to sleep in their own home with no windows? And you're right, not all police are bad. But these police officers, in particular, put unnecessary fear into those children and they will be paying for unnecessary damages that they caused out of sheer stupidity. Instead of sarcasm, why don't you try being kind to others and donate a few dollars?

+ Read More
Buck Kracker
44 months ago

The amount being ask for needs to be raised. $5,000 is not enough. I think this lady deserves enough for a very nice vacation for her and her children as well as enough to purchase her own home, someplace out of Podunk, Ks. Let's make this a Christmas her kids will never forget!

+ Read More
Matt Savoy
44 months ago

Andrew, do you really believe that the FBI will have this settled before Christmas? We've seen cases like this never get taken care of. Had police simply listened to Ms. Lane, none of this would have happened at all.

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Jenny M Colley-Zabel
44 months ago
9
9

I believe this is for the family's Christmas This year!! Maybe the FBI will foot the bill, maybe they won't. Sorry but our Government is notorious for finding ways out of this kind of thing. However wether they do or don't, it won't happen before next week!! So chill, and be the savior you claime to be and help this family!! I get paid soon and you can bet I will help. I only hope it is not to late!!

+ Read More
Nickee Nd Sam Anderson
44 months ago
8
8

Wow, Christy Wilson you have a black heart my dear. I hope you are able to see the error of your ways and learn to have compassion. Your comments made my heart hurt. My heart & prayers go out to this woman and her babies.

+ Read More
Courtnee Mammenga
44 months ago
8
8

Thank you all for helping this family! They are good people they always help people they can this is much appreciated, and because of all those donating they will have a great Christmas and there is a typo as to how many kids she has she actually have 5 kids range from 3-15! You guys are amazing and the ones who feel they need to leave the negative comments please leave it alone this family been through enough God Bless all of you amazing people

+ Read More
Kaylee Jean Helton
44 months ago
7
7

I personally know this family. Her son was on our football team and he holds a very special place in my heart! For the people that say they don't deserve this money.....your saying that your kids deserve a Christmas, but her kids don't?! These kids did nothing wrong, they are innocent gifts from god! This should be able to get her a place to stay till Christmas, some food, and presents for the kids! So just bc you think the mom's not perfect, don't judge those kids! We all know how the state works with giving out money, it takes forever, so it won't be here in 6days, for Christmas!

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April New
44 months ago
6
6

If you guys dont think they deserve the money then dont donate. Simple as that. Just move on. Theres no need to leave your nasty comments on here.

+ Read More
Susan Carlson
44 months ago
5
5

How does destroying their home become part of the job of the police or sheriff's department? Their job is to find the person for whom they are searching. Destroying these folks' home and throwing the tree and Christmas presents out a broken window hardly seems within the scope of their mission. Remember, the suspect has not yet even been tried for the crime charged. Yet these stalwart men in blue feel perfectly at ease destroying their home. Does anyone else remember that you and me and everyone in this country is supposed to be considered innocent until found guilty?

+ Read More
Jennifer Diane Jones
44 months ago
5
5

I think this family deserves a trip to Disney. While they are away it would be awesome to fix the house for them. I wish I was a puppet master and could pull strings to make this happen. The very least I could do was donate some money. If the family is reading the comments I hope you know you have many people praying for you. I also hope you don't let this experience ruin the way you see the men and women in blue. I wish I could do more. Merry Cheistmasnto you and the kids.

+ Read More
Greg Poirier
44 months ago
5
5

Sorry andrew unfortunately theres not as many good ones as there used to be. They let the badge go to their head and violate peoples rights all the time.

+ Read More
Oliver Saxon
44 months ago
4
4

I can't believe this... You should file a lawsuit against the federal government for wrongful entry... I may have the term wrong, but storming a home on misinformation is a big deal and a violation of your rights.

+ Read More
Mike Sheda
44 months ago
4
4

It's a shame she didn't want to refuse to serve a theoretical pizza to a theoretical gay person, or she would have a couple hundred thousand dollars by now. But then, there is always extra money for hate, and never enough for compassion.

+ Read More
Adrienne Oates
44 months ago
3
3

Jennifer suton isn't it completely possible that they had the wrong house or that the criminal may have used that address before she lived there. If you don't know all the facts keep your nasty comments to yourself.

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Tina Coleman
44 months ago
3
3

The Police handled things accordingly. People are just trying to get a handout and are always trying to make Law Enforcement look bad. And to those saying that they should've just "listened" to her say he wasn't in there.... What idiots. People lie all the time. Especially criminals and those connected to criminals! I say good job GPD and county! You aren't paid enough for this crap.

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Jennifer Sutton
44 months ago
3
3

This is what happens when you allow a known criminal in your home. Maybe don't associate with them and this wouldn't happen. I would never allow ANYONE I know to be around him much less my kids!

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Christy Wilson
44 months ago
3
3

This is fraud she is being reimbursed by the fbi and all of dougs friends should be responsible for paying for his kids Christmas since they encouraged him to run along with Anita could've avoided all this if she would have given up doug and his location or he could've turned himself in

+ Read More
Mylast Breath
44 months ago
2
2

Good reason not to have trash like that man around your home. Unfortunate for the kids that it happened

+ Read More
Bub Williams
44 months ago
2
2

Cha Ching

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