Archive for Monday, March 18, 2013

Softball batting cages disabled by theft of copper wire

March 18, 2013


Opening day was cancelled for the batting cages at the Clinton Lake Softball Complex Monday, after workers found the machinery disabled by thieves who had stripped them of copper wire.

City workers discovered the damage and reported the theft to police about 11:30 a.m. Monday, said Kim Murphree, a Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman.

All of the machines servicing the complex’s 10 batting cages, including lights, pitching machines and a token dispenser, were disabled by the removal of the wire, city staff said. Because the cages were closed for the winter season, it was unclear exactly when the theft occurred, but police believe it happened in the first two weeks of this month.

The exact cost of the damage hasn’t yet been assessed, and it isn’t known when the batting cages will be repaired and opened.

The exact cost of the damage hasn't yet been assessed, and it isn't known when the batting cages will be repaired and opened.


hiphopsux 1 year ago

That's really sad, I know the city had just spent a lot of money repairing these for the upcoming season.


kawrivercrow 1 year ago

I tried those out a few years ago. They were so poorly maintained and out-of-adjustment that they were unusable. Occasionally a ball got lobbed in your direction close enough to swing at, but usually it rolled towards your feet.


gccs14r 1 year ago

At this point I'm ready to require individuals who recycle metal that isn't food or beverage containers to have to present a demolition permit that indicates the type and quantity of materials to be recycled.


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