Morning fire leads to arrest
A 35-year-old Lawrence man on Wednesday was in the Douglas County Jail without bond on suspicion of arson.
Authorities believe the man set fire Wednesday morning to an unoccupied ranch-style home at 1522 Harper Street, said Dan Morrow, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical battalion chief.
The suspect will have his first appearance at 3:30 p.m. today in Douglas County District Court.
Initial reports estimated $22,000 in damage to the house.
A neighbor who saw smoke coming from the house called 911 at 8:58 a.m. Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 25 minutes, Morrow said, and no injuries were reported. Morrow said the house had not been occupied for quite some time.
It could not be determined Wednesday night how investigators linked the suspect to the fire. More information should be available today, Morrow said.
Area: Ottawa to begin search for new city manager
Ottawa City Manager Scott Lambers is leaving his post to take a similar job in Leawood.
Lambers submitted his resignation Monday and will step down from his seven-year position Sept. 19. He will replace Dick Garofano, who retired in November after 21 years as city administrator.
"The town was really poised for growth when I came here," said Lambers, 45, "and I'm glad I was involved to help spur that growth."
Ottawa Mayor Gene Ramsey said the city council will meet in special session at noon today to discuss whether to hire a consultant to assist in finding Lambers' replacement. In the meantime, Ramsey said the city probably will appoint an interim city manager.
"Scott's done a real good job and he'll be hard to replace," Ramsey said.
Lawrence: In-line skater arrested
A Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday after he was seen clinging to the back of a moving car while in-line skating, police said.
The driver of the car, a woman, was unaware of her extra passenger, Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. The car was stopped by a Douglas County Sheriff's deputy on the Kansas University campus near Naismith Drive and Irving Hill Road.
The skater allegedly had grabbed a bike rack on the back of the car. Another motorist reported the incident.
After the car was stopped, the in-line skater skated away and headed south on Naismith Drive, Pattrick said. The skater was stopped by a Lawrence Police officer and arrested for interference with a law officer's duties. The charge was a result of skating away after the stop, Pattrick said.
Eric Johnson, 20, was booked into the Douglas County Jail and then released on $150 bond. He is to appear in Municipal Court Sept. 12.
Crime: Bank reports embezzlement
Lawrence Police are investigating a possible embezzlement from Commerce Bank, 955 Iowa.
About $1,650 was reported taken from the bank during the period from March 1, 2000, to July 1, 2001, Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. The incident was reported Tuesday.
A 23-year-old Lawrence woman who did work for the bank is a suspect, Pattrick said. He was not sure whether the woman still worked there.
No arrest has been made.
Gasoline costs: Pump Patrol tracks down lowest prices in town
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