Archive for Wednesday, April 30, 2008

On the record

April 30, 2008


Law enforcement report

Burglaries, thefts reported

¢ Lawrence Police are investigating two auto thefts that occurred early Saturday morning. A 2007 Mitsubishi Raider truck and other items were stolen between midnight and 4 a.m. Saturday from the 3800 block of Hill Song Circle, a police report said. About 3:30 a.m., an unknown driver crashed the truck through a retaining wall in the roundabout circle at Kasold and Tillerman drives, an accident report said. The driver left the scene before police arrived, the report said. A female witness to the accident reported stopping and checking on the unknown driver before continuing down the street, Lawrence Police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said. After leaving the scene, the witness parked her car and left the keys in the vehicle as she went inside a residence in the 3500 block of Tillerman Drive, Murphree said. When she returned minutes later, her vehicle, a 1999 Chevy Tahoe was missing.

Emergency calls

Fire calls

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following fire calls:

¢ Alarm system activation, no fire, 3:49 p.m. Monday, 1502 E. 19th St.

¢ Fire call canceled by alarm, 5:28 p.m. Monday, 903 Summerfield Court.

¢ Alarm system sounded due to malfunction, 3:35 a.m. Tuesday, 2040 W. 31st St.


smitty 5 years, 11 months ago

Often enough the report is just a copy or a partial copy of what is posted on the city site, police department, under community information. However there is not any version of this report on line yet. Those reports are written by the officers who go through a class on writing to compliment what the LPD prides themselves as, a highly educated police force. At this time appearances are it could well be the journalism majors at the JW staff who wrote this version. Often in the "On the records" there is an entire rewrite of the police version of the report in that very little print that reads like it was intended to be in the JW's local section of the news, kinda like, we don't want to make this story findable in the archives so we bury it in the records generic report. Watch and see for yourself.


Norma Jeane Baker 5 years, 11 months ago

Agreed. The writing sucks, but then again, it can't be too terribly exciting to have to write for the crime blotter.


Nikki May 5 years, 11 months ago

Who writes these? I know even my high school English teachers would have taken off points for not varying the sentence structure and saying things over and over. "The report said, Murphee said" x2


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