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July 9, 2006

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Law enforcement report

¢ Lawrence police arrested a 44-year-old Lawrence transient man Saturday afternoon downtown after the man reached for an officer's gun, said Sgt. Susan Hadl, a police spokeswoman.

Officers confronted the man at 3:45 p.m. in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street after the man was yelling and causing a disturbance. While officers questioned the man, he made a comment about the gun and suddenly reached for it, Hadl said. The man was prevented from grabbing it and arrested on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer and obstructing the legal process. On Saturday night, he remained in the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bond.

¢ Lawrence police arrested one man Saturday night and were pursuing conspiracy charges against three other men after a fight in the 500 block of Wisconsin Street.

Two men, who were former roommates, argued and fought outside a residence, and one of the men suffered facial injuries, said Sgt. Susan Hadl, a police spokeswoman. A detective responding to the scene then stopped a silver station wagon with four men inside after the car was described to officers. One man inside was arrested on a charge of battery, Hadl said.

The injured man was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, said Capt. Lexie Engleman, of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical.

¢ A Douglas County Sheriff's officer arrested a Topeka man Friday afternoon after the man pulled a BB gun in an apparent road-rage incident. Lt. Kari Wempe, a sheriff's spokeswoman, said that a witnesses reported stopping at a stop sign along County Road 438 north of Lawrence, and the suspect, a 20-year-old Topeka man, passed his car.

The witness followed the suspect's vehicle, and the suspect eventually pulled over near the Kansas Highway 10 exchange, where the witness pulled over on the other side of the road. The suspect then brandished what appeared to be a handgun to the witness, Wempe said. The witness drove away, and a sheriff's officer eventually pulled over the suspect. The officer found the BB gun, Wempe said.

The suspect was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery.

Emergency calls

¢ Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical workers responded Saturday afternoon to report of a 3-year-old drowning at a pool along East 2300 Road east of Baldwin. Capt. Lexie Engleman said an adult at the scene performed CPR on the child. He was breathing when medics arrived, but as a precaution, the boy was flown via helicopter ambulance to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., she said.

¢ Eudora Township and Eudora firefighters responded at 9:40 p.m. Saturday to an abandoned building that was "fully engulfed" in flames, a Douglas County emergency dispatcher said. Firefighters cautiously fought the fire after they received a report of heavy amounts of ammunition stored in the building.

Firefighters did report encountering explosives on the east side of the structure in the 2300 section of North 1500 Road. A Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical ambulance was called to the scene as a precaution, and a tanker fire truck from Johnson County also responded.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses:

Fire calls

¢ Natural gas leak, 8:33 a.m. Friday, 22nd Street and Kasold Drive.

¢ Building fire, 10:46 a.m. Friday, 3849 Greenway Circle.

¢ Alarm sounded, no fire, unintentional, 3:07 p.m. Friday, 3840 Greenway Circle.

¢ Passenger vehicle fire, 4:23 p.m. Friday, 1012 Emery Road.

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