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January 27, 2009

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Law enforcement report

Lawrence police arrested a 38-year-old Topeka man on charges of rape Monday morning.

Officers were dispatched to an apartment building in the 1600 block of Haskell Avenue about 1:45 a.m. Monday, after a 22-year-old woman reported she was sexually assaulted by a man known to her. Lawrence police Sgt. Damon Thomas said officers tracked the man down and arrested him at 7:47 a.m. Monday in the 2100 block of Quail Creek Drive.

Thomas said the case was forwarded to the district attorney’s office. It was unclear Monday night whether the man had been formally charged with the crime.

• A Lawrence police report indicates alcohol may be to blame for an accident early Saturday morning that sent a Kansas University student to a Kansas City hospital.

The police department’s accident report lists alcohol as a contributing factor in the crash that injured 19-year-old Matthew Batterson.

Police say Batterson was driving west on Bob Billings Parkway just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday, when his pickup truck slid onto the median and hit a power pole.

According to the report, officers are still awaiting results of blood alcohol tests.

Batterson was taken by air ambulance to KU Hospital. As of Monday evening, his condition was not available.

• No one was inside a southern Leavenworth County home when a fire started Sunday, according to Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The owner of the home, Lawren D. Pringle Jr., 70, Lawrence, told officers the house wasn’t occupied.

At 9:35 p.m. Sunday, sheriff’s officers were dispatched to the home in the 24900 block of Chieftain Road, about five miles southwest of Tonganoxie.

The home was completely engulfed in flames by 10 p.m. and collapsed shortly thereafter.

The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

Condition report

An 86-year-old man who was injured Thursday in a one-vehicle accident south of Lawrence remained hospitalized on Monday. Karl Hauser was transported to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., after he lost control of his pickup while heading south on County Road 1055. Hospital officials said Hauser, of Kansas City, Kan., was in fair condition.

Emergency calls

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical reported the following calls:

• Detector activation, no fire, 10:02 a.m. Sunday, 3201 Iowa.

• Assist person, no obvious injuries, 1:36 p.m. Sunday, 1430 Redwood Drive, Eudora.

• Assist police, 3:52 p.m. Sunday, 1800 E. 23rd St.

• Building fire, 24900 block of Chieftain Road, Leavenworth County.

• Assist person, no obvious injuries, 11:22 p.m. Sunday, 1700 Mass.

• Smoke detector activation, no fire, 1:16 a.m. Monday, 1527 W. Ninth St.

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