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Police chase ends when car crashes west of KU campus

A police pursuit ended when the car being pursued crashed into a concrete sign at Crestline Drive and Bob Billings Parkway, according to Lawrence police. (The entrance to Meadowbrook Apartments is at that location, with the University of Kansas police department across the street.)

The incident began about 12:25 a.m. Sunday, when a Lawrence police officer tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation near 21st and Iowa streets, according to an email Monday morning from Officer Derrick Smith of the Lawrence Police Department. When the vehicle didn’t stop, the officer pursued it to Crestline and Bob Billings, where it crashed into the sign, Smith said.

Smith said the driver and a passenger both reported minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for evaluation. Afterward, the passenger was arrested on a warrant, and the driver was investigated for operating a vehicle under the influence but remained at the hospital following the incident, Smith said.

No one else was hurt in the incident, Smith said.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.


Suspected thieves escape after Lawrence police call off chase at De Soto

Lawrence police chased a car of suspected thieves out of town on Kansas Highway 10 Monday night, but called off the chase at De Soto. The suspects escaped, and police are following up on leads.

About 8:20 p.m., police were dispatched to a theft investigation in the 3200 block of Iowa Street, Officer Derrick Smith said in a media email. Before they arrived, officers learned the suspects had already left the area, Smith said.

An officer spotted the suspect vehicle a short distance away and attempted to stop it, but the vehicle fled, Smith said. He said police pursued the vehicle out of town on K-10 and terminated the pursuit near the De Soto city limits.

Smith said Tuesday morning that police were following up on leads in an attempt to identify the suspects.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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Police chase leads to 2 arrests near Kasold and Bob Billings

Officers caught and arrested two people who allegedly led Lawrence police on a car chase late Wednesday night.

An officer tried to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation just before 11:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Centennial Drive, Lawrence police Officer Derrick Smith said in a media email. When the driver did not stop, the officer initiated a vehicle pursuit, during which “the vehicle violated a number of traffic ordinances,” Smith said.

The vehicle came to a stop “without further incident” near the intersection of Kasold and Seminole drives, Smith said. He said police arrested the driver and a passenger — the driver on suspicion of a drug charge, driving with a suspended license, transporting an open container and fleeing police; and the passenger on drug charges and outstanding warrants.

According to corresponding jail log entries, the driver is a 22-year-old Topeka man and the passenger is a 24-year-old Lawrence man.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.


Motorcycle takes off from police in downtown Lawrence, crashes in Warehouse Arts District

A motorcycle crashed near Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District and the driver ran, after police first tried to stop the speeding vehicle downtown Sunday evening.

An officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the motorcycle, which was driving at a high rate of speed, about 8:30 p.m. Sunday near Ninth and Massachusetts streets, Officer Derrick Smith said, in an email to media outlets.

The motorcycle did not stop and proceeded to hit a vehicle near the intersection of Eighth and Vermont streets, Smith said. After that, Smith said, the motorcycle still didn’t stop, and proceeded to wreck near the intersection of Eighth and Pennsylvania streets, where the suspect ran and was caught by police after a short foot pursuit. Eighth and Pennsylvania, about six blocks east of downtown, is in Lawrence's Warehouse Arts District.

Smith said the police department’s investigation into the incident is ongoing and that alcohol is suspected of “being a contributing factor” in the incident.

The motorcycle driver declined medical treatment, and no one else was hurt in the incident, Officer Drew Fennelly said.

The man arrested in connection with the incident is a 22-year-old rural Lawrence resident, according to jail records.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.


Law enforcement chases stolen mattress truck from Lawrence to Topeka

A large delivery truck was reported stolen Wednesday afternoon in Lawrence, and it was apparently chased by police to the outskirts of Topeka.

The truck was reported stolen just after 12:30 p.m. while it was being used to deliver mattresses in the 800 block of Michigan Street, Officer Drew Fennelly of the Lawrence Police Department said in an email. Fennelly said right as police put out an “attempt to locate” message to law enforcement, dispatch received a call about a reckless driver with a description matching that of the stolen mattress truck.

Fennelly said the Kansas Highway Patrol located the truck west of town on U.S. Highway 40, and Lawrence police assisted that agency in a pursuit. Fennelly said he didn’t immediately have details on how the pursuit ended, or what speeds the chase reached.

It appears, however, that the truck made it to Topeka — almost.

After authorities deployed stop-sticks that shredded at least one of the truck’s tires, it crashed and came to a stop on the north shoulder of U.S. 40 near Southeast Tecumseh Road, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. According to the Capital-Journal, the truck remained upright and the suspect driving it was taken by ambulance to a Topeka hospital with injuries that were not considered serious.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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Two flee police with $1,200 in stolen purses; reported flasher on 21st Street Terrace; car burglarized for pepper spray; alleged domestic violence at Lawrence hotel

I’m certainly an accessory lover, but I apparently don’t have anything on two folks accused of shoplifting Thursday from Ross Dress for Less at 3234 Iowa St.

Around 11:45 a.m., a man and woman allegedly entered the store in search of more than just a great buy. Ross employees reported that the two grabbed about 10 purses — valued at about $1,200 total — and ran out the front door without paying, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.

When they got to the parking lot, they jumped into a white Pontiac that “possibly had a temporary tag of some sort on the vehicle,” McKinley said. They then left, and headed north.

Store personnel called police, and a responding officer en route to Ross spotted the white car northbound near 25th and Iowa streets, McKinley said. As the car turned east onto 23rd Street, the officer tried to pull the car over.

But as we’ve seen more frequently as of late, the driver allegedly elected to flee police, instead.

The car allegedly blew through a red light at the intersection of 23rd Street and Ousdahl Road and continued east. A reader told me Thursday that his wife saw a white car fly through 23rd and Alabama streets “with LPD close behind.”

But alas, 23rd Street was busy as usual, creating a public safety concern. McKinley said that police had to end the pursuit for safety reasons because of the traffic along the busy road, and the two suspects got away.

As of Thursday evening, the suspects had not been located.

Tuesday, 5:31 p.m. A similar event — minus the police chase — happened at a neighboring store to Ross just the day before.

According to dispatch notes, at least two people at Kohl’s, 3240 Iowa St., “grabbed numerous items” and fled the store without paying for them, McKinley said.

McKinley said Thursday afternoon that he didn’t know any more details than that about the alleged incident, but I thought that tidbit was interesting since Kohl’s is right next to Ross.

Thursday, 9:28 p.m.

A Lawrence resident apparently minding his or her own business is along 21st Street Terrace near Silicon Avenue when some guy allegedly runs up and exposes himself to the person.

The alleged flasher then runs away, and police are called. Officers were unable to find the suspect.

Thursday, 6:03 p.m.

A woman finds that her vehicle had been burglarized in the 1000 block of New Jersey Street. She calls police and reports that the alleged burglar took a $5 can of pepper spray from her car, Murphree said.

A neighbor at the scene reported that her car had been burglarized as well. Murphree said Friday that the investigation into the incidents is ongoing.

Wednesday, 1:44 a.m.

Police respond to a report of a domestic dispute at a Lawrence hotel. When they get there, they talk to a woman who “appeared impaired” (maybe by some kind of substance) and had “visible signs of injury to her face and knees,” McKinley said.

The woman tells officers a man with whom she had a “domestic relationship” (i.e. married, dating, brother-sister, roommates, etc.) hit her as they were arguing, McKinley said. She was then taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police notice that the man also had visible injuries, McKinley said, and he told police he’d been “attacked” by the woman and had “swelling on his face and a bite mark on his arm.”

Both were arrested on suspicion of domestic battery.

As another reminder, if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, reach out for help. The Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence has a 24/7 hotline at 1-800-770-3030 or (785) 843-3333.

Wednesday, 4:39 p.m.

Police respond to a report of a domestic disturbance in process. Upon arrival, they interview a man and a woman “who were still having a verbal altercation” outside a home, Lawrence police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said.

The man was in a truck with a child and the woman was outside the vehicle, Murphree said. Officers learn that the woman had been allegedly physically assaulted in Eudora, and they refer her to the Eudora Police Department to file a report.

The woman had some minor injuries, but did not want medical treatment, Murphree said. Police determined the truck belonged to both the man and woman and because it was common property, they didn’t release the vehicle to either one “pending further investigation.

The child was given to the woman, and the man and woman went their separate ways, Murphree said.

As another reminder, if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, reach out for help. The Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence has a 24/7 hotline at 1-800-770-3030 or (785) 843-3333.

And now for our regular roundup of police calls. As always, I’ll remind you that this is a list of noteworthy calls I pulled from the Lawrence Police Department call log. Not all calls yielded police reports, and many may have gone unsubstantiated. The list is meant to give you an idea of what kinds of calls police are responding to within a given time period.

This list is a collection of calls that police responded to between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.


  • Disturbance (verbal or physical arguments): 1

  • Domestic disturbance: 4

  • Domestic battery: 1

  • Battery: 2


  • Noninjury accident: 2


  • Medical: 1

  • Suicide threat: 1


  • Police pursuit: 1

  • Bar check: 1

  • Suspicious activity: 6

  • Indecent exposure: 1

  • Noise or Nuisance: 3


  • Drug Activity: 2


  • Adult welfare check: 2

-Runaway: 1

Property crimes

  • Burglary: 1

  • Burglary attempt: 1

  • Auto burglary: 1

  • Stolen vehicle: 1

  • Trespassing: 3

  • Theft: 2

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