Archive for Friday, April 1, 2011

Town Talk: Police calls at homeless shelter decline; Lawrence fires cause $1 million in damage in 2010; gun shop to open on 23rd Street; signs of life for Vermont Street BBQ

April 1, 2011


News and notes from around town:

• There are new numbers out today about the Lawrence Community Shelter. The city’s lone homeless shelter has filed its annual report with the city, and it shows the number of people using the downtown facility is up, while police calls to the location have dropped. Here’s a look at some of the figures:

  1. The shelter had 419 newly registered guests in 2010. That’s up from 311 new intakes in 2009.
  2. The daytime drop-in center and case management services served 667 separate individuals.
  3. Police calls to the shelter totaled 396, down from 442 in 2009, according to police department numbers.
  4. The top 10 police call categories to the shelter were: trespassing, 103; medical emergency, 52; request to speak to an officer, 33; pedestrian check, 32; disturbance (no weapon): 29; follow up, 24; battery, 22; theft, 10; check welfare, 9; warrant service, 8.
  5. The shelter helped find jobs for 44 shelter guests during 2010. That was up from 42 in 2009.
  6. The shelter helped find housing for 54 shelter guests in 2010, up from 49 in 2009.
  7. 70 percent of the shelter’s guests were from Lawrence or Douglas County, according to records kept by the shelter.

• While we’re on the subject of reports, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical has released its annual report showing how many calls the department responded to in 2010. The total number of incidents the department responded to was up 3.7 percent to 9,903. Emergency medical calls were up 2.9 percent to 7,763, fire calls were up 6.3 percent to 1,982 and coroner calls were up 12.8 percent to 158.

The most expensive fire from a property damage standpoint was at 1401 Lawrence Avenue in May. It did $200,000 worth of property damage. Total damages from all fires in Lawrence in 2010 were $1.05 million.

• Motorists on 23rd Street may have recently noticed a new sign that simply says GUNS in bright red letters. Indeed, a new gun shop is opening in town. Shrum Outfitters & Trading Co. has set up shop at 1120 E. 23rd St., which just east of Heritage Tractor’s John Deere dealership. I haven’t had any luck catching up with the owner yet. Folks in the area say the store hasn’t opened, but is expected to do so next week.

• People keep asking if Vermont Street BBQ is still planning on opening downtown. As we previously reported, the restaurant is going into the former Joe College location on Mass. Street. It appears renovation work is underway, and a menu has been posted in the window. Pork, brisket, turkey breast and smoked sausage sandwiches are all on the menu. Also cherry smoked chicken, bourbon turkey legs and Lawrence cut spare ribs also make an appearance.


FlintlockRifle 6 years, 11 months ago

Not the best location in town for a gun shop, but glad it's coming to Lawrence, do we know who the owner might be??

DillonBarnes 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm curious what is wrong with the location?

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 11 months ago

maybe Flint is thinking it should be downtown where all the action is...

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 11 months ago

if you're downtown and need a gun you're not going to want to drive all the way out to East 23rd Street...

stuckinthemiddle 6 years, 11 months ago

I like Vermont Street BarBQ...

I've liked it every since is was over on Vermont Street...

BobtheBuilder 6 years, 11 months ago

Bring back Joe-College. That store was awesome!!!!

cummingshawk 6 years, 11 months ago

You can thank Lew Perkins for the store's closing. While Joe's was beating KU athletics out of a couple of thousand dollars in royalties, Lew's ticket staff was enriching themselves by outsourcing tickets under Lew's watch

Tim Quest 6 years, 11 months ago

Still banging that drum, are you?


imagainstit 6 years, 11 months ago

Police and military personal obviously. The National Conference of Christian Family Values Institute in recent polls also found they are popular with males with smaller than average penises. Who really cares, it's a free country after all. May God Bless all of you thoughtful and generous citizens of our fair and balanced city.

kernal 6 years, 11 months ago

Been hearing that complaint for years. Too bad there's been no improvement.

Nikki May 6 years, 11 months ago

wow, I was just thinking, "good, I live close enough to the new gun shop that when the zombie apocalypse happens, I'll be covered". I'll have to tell the kids, we have our survival plan laid out, this will have to go into the plan.

I love bbq though. :)

OldEnuf2BYurDad 6 years, 11 months ago

Has it ever occurred to you that maybe the zombies will also have guns? THEN what will you do?

Robert Marble 6 years, 11 months ago

good to see the anti gun types have been able to so drastically increase their intelligence & wisdom over the last year or so. Now they've gotten smart enough to add penis jokes to their routine. If you folks evolve anymore you'll be spending the day lighting your own farts by next month. Eventually, 2nd grade might even be an obtainable goal for you.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 6 years, 11 months ago

I find it ironic how your post only makes YOU look stupid.

They post that stuff because you take the bait so quickly.

Lori Nation 6 years, 11 months ago

Any update on Firstwatch, and The Olive Garden?

BigPrune 6 years, 11 months ago

What about that Nude Pilates place? Though I heard they were waiting for one of Lawrence's retail "incubators" to open up.

imagainstit 6 years, 11 months ago

I like guns, Why do you hate Christianity and small penises?

imagainstit 6 years, 11 months ago

I like guns, Why do you hate Christianity and small penises?

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