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Archive for Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Woman hospitalized, apartments briefly evacuated during haz-mat call

March 28, 2012, 12:59 p.m. Updated March 28, 2012, 3:13 p.m.

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A woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon as firefighters investigated a possible hazardous material incident in a Lawrence apartment.

Emergency crews work the scene of at an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Westbrooke Street near Bob Billings Parkway and Crestline Drive. A woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon as firefighters investigated a possible hazardous material incident in a Lawrence apartment.

Emergency crews work the scene of at an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Westbrooke Street near Bob Billings Parkway and Crestline Drive. A woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon as firefighters investigated a possible hazardous material incident in a Lawrence apartment.

Sgt. Ted Bordman, a Lawrence police supervisor, said that around noon, an officer was sent to speak to the woman at the apartment complex in the 1300 block of Westbrooke Street near Bob Billings Parkway and Crestline Drive. Officers were checking her welfare after they were called earlier about a report that she was acting strangely on the nearby Orchards Golf Course.

The officer followed the woman into her apartment, and she shut herself in the bathroom.

The officer called for more assistance, and minutes later the woman was found unresponsive next to a bucket in the bathroom. Police called for firefighters to investigate the potentially hazardous material, Bordman said.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews responded to the apartment complex and at 12:35 p.m. had evacuated apartments around the unit where the woman was found. By 1 p.m., an all-clear had been issued and residents were allowed back to their apartments. Division Chief Eve Tolefree, a fire department spokeswoman, said no chemical readings were detected on monitors.

Bordman said that police officers discovered that the woman was wanted on a felony warrant. She was in stable condition at the hospital.

Comments

Jean Robart 2 years ago

what difference does it make? It was north off 15th street, east of Kasold.

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g_rock 2 years ago

It isn't really that near Crestline though...isn't it closer to Lawrecne Ave? That is right on the other side of the golf course.

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somedude20 2 years ago

So it only took a magical hour for the "hazardous material incident " to clear up? What was it, a fart? What magically goes away in an hour? The hazmat crew does not know what it is? Feed me more info....I am info hungry. LJW and you are treating me like Karen Carpenter....FEED ME NEWS!

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Clickker 2 years ago

was it some sort of Lab?

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UNIKU 2 years ago

Watch the officer get blamed for this.....by guess who.....

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