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A car down in the river


A car reported stolen shortly after midnight this morning was found abandoned in the Kansas River about 8:45 a.m. at Riverfront Park.The car, a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, was seen in the water by Lawrence Parks and Recreation workers about 70 feet from the east bank, a Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical, the Douglas County underwater search and recovery team and Lawrence Police responded to the river. No one was thought to have been injured.The car was taken from in front of a residence in the 300 block of Minnesota. The car had been stolen and recovered on two other occasions, the sheriff's office said.


conservative 9 years ago

I'll bet the mountain lion was joy riding in it.

smiles 9 years ago

He was looking for a roundabout!

Dave McClain 9 years ago

Conservative - You are quick. I thought the cougar attached the driver, ate him, and then pushed the car into the river because he had too many pina coladas.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years ago

"The car had been stolen and recovered on two other occasions"

Did they leave the screwdriver in the ignition? Repair the damage from the prior thefts and the car may stop being victimized in this way.

It doesn't matter now. After swimming with the fishes, it's done.

Soapdish 9 years ago

Are they sure it wasn't a van? down by the...

Ken Miller 9 years ago

You would think that no one would want to steal a Chevy Cavalier - CERTAINLY not three times. Perhaps there is more to this story. An LJ-W investigation is needed here.

reginafliangie 9 years ago

I bet you money even after the first theft that the owner of this car continued to leave it unlocked. Or the owner was the actual driver and lied about it being stolen instead of facing a possible drunk driving accident. Just a thought.

Kodiac 9 years ago

"Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical, the Douglas County underwater search and recovery team and Lawrence Police responded to the river."

Responded to the river huh. Well I hope the river is ok.

bearded_gnome 9 years ago

stolen three times... bumper sticker: "Take me, I'm yours?"
somethin' very fishy in Denmark there.
and, if the Mountain lion "attached" the driver, could be interesting.

flux 9 years ago

Thats why we need to build a big wall in between topeka and lawrence

Redzilla 9 years ago

Let's not point fingers too soon. My car was stolen and recovered 4 times in two months. When they finally caught the skalawag, they discovered that his girlfriend lived a few blocks away from me, and on all four occasions, he'd missed the last bus home. Since he'd already broken out the back window and punched the lock, it was just easier to keep stealing the same conveniently located car. (And after the 2nd theft it hardly seemed worth the trouble to fix the window and the lock.) Good times in Tampa.

CanadianPassport 9 years ago

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the VAN. It's our old buddy Matt, asleep on the can.

His children were nestled THREE TIME ZONES AWAY With Matt's ex-wife, in sunny L.A.

Then Matt awoke, with a chill and a shiver 'Cause he was livin' in a VAN, down by the RIVER.

cloudshaman 9 years ago

Sounds like Billy Joel is in town to me.

classclown 9 years ago

He drove his Chevy to the levee but the levee - wasn't - dry...

stella1 9 years ago

Let's take that cavalier out of the river and use it as a sculpture in front of the new Wal Mart on 6th St.

Berserk 9 years ago


No van down by the river?

This article would have been so much more interesting if it had been a van.

Tamaralaug 9 years ago

This postings are too funny! I needed a good laugh this morning!

freudian_slip 9 years ago

Posted by Soapdish (anonymous) on June 30, 2006 at 1:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Are they sure it wasn't a van? down by the...

================================= Ah, I miss Farley!

freudian_slip 9 years ago

Marion is probably busy interviewing all of the parties involved. No time to post right now. He's working to inform our community. Stay tuned for upcoming news briefs (read: made up babble).

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