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Wild Saturday morning in Lawrence

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A very active and busy night overnight in Lawrence.

It started about 11 p.m. with a report of a missing 10-year-old child. The boy was believed to have been in the area of Clinton Park, at 5th and Maine. Police searched for just under an hour until the boy was located by Police. He was safe and uninjured.

A few minutes after midnight, Lawrence Police were called to the 1200 block of Tennessee Street after multiple callers reported hearing what they believed to be gunshots in the area. Police responded to investigate and determined the sounds to be related to fireworks.

Police were called to the area of 10th and Massachusetts Street just before 2 a.m. Callers reported a taller man wearing dark clothing, walking southbound along the sidewalk. The man was reported to be carrying a large knife and also had an gun. The man was not reported to have been any threats and was not believed to have made any threatening gestures towards other people he encountered.

Police arrived to find the man near 11th and Mass. Officer attempted to speak with the subject, he initially ignored commands of Officers before turning to face the officers. When the man turned around, officers could confirmed that the man was indeed armed with a large knife and a handgun. Officers behind the man requested assistance from other City Officers for a Taser. Numerous Officers responded and the man was taken into custody after being shot with a Taser. The man was transported to LMH by Police. During the man's apprehension, a large crowd gathered around and more officers were called to assist with crowd control. LJWorld Story

Just after Police had controlled the situation on Mass Street, they were called to the 2100 block of Heatherwood on after receiving two 911 calls about possible gunshots heard in the area. Officers responded and again found this report to be related to fireworks.

Another armed disturbance occurred at about 2:20 a.m. in the 1900 block of W 31st Street. Police received a report of thee subject arguing in the street, two officers were sent. While those officers were responding, emergency dispatchers received a second call that advised that one of the subjects was now armed with a rifle and had fired a shot into the air. More officers responded to the area at that time. The subjects involved were located shortly after officers arrived and were quickly taken into custody. LDCFM was called to the area but were disregarded as soon as officers determined that there were no injuries. LJWorld Story

While Police were still on scene on 31st Street, the Fire Department responded to the 1300 block of Tennessee Street after a subject that had been shooting fireworks in the area was reported to have started a dumpster fire. A fire engine responded and quickly extinguished the fire which was completely contained to the dumpster.

The Fire Department cleared the scene on Tennessee and returned to their station. On their arrival at the station, firefighters on board requested their dispatcher call for Police to come remove an intoxicated subject from the area of their station. Police responded to the Fire Station and reported that an intoxicated subject had "hitched a ride" on the fire engine from the scene of the dumpster fire.

Today, Saturday May 21st is also Armed Forces Day.

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Comments

trinity 6 years, 7 months ago

good gravy it started early in lawrence!

northtowngrl 6 years, 7 months ago

I did too. Then I thought Oh, Lord please don't let that be my son. Yep! It is indeed graduation weekend in Lawrence! Well, maybe he'll get Raptured so he doesn't have to spend much time in jail.

Sarah St. John 6 years, 7 months ago

Oh, what a lot of excitement I missed by going to bed at 10:30!

youngjayhawk 6 years, 7 months ago

What a wild and crazy night in River City!

Kris Adair 6 years, 7 months ago

Hitched a ride? That could have been dangerous for the firefighters. Or for the intoxicated individual if he had fallen off on route.

John Hamm 6 years, 7 months ago

Graduation weekend. Doncha jus' love it?!

Robert Schehrer 6 years, 7 months ago

Folks were stressed-out about the reports that this (May 21, 2011) is "Judgement Day".

Amy Heeter 6 years, 7 months ago

Heatherwood is becoming another Redbud lane.

brujablanco 6 years, 7 months ago

You got that right! All those nasty meth heads.

overthemoon 6 years, 7 months ago

This was definitely one of the more humorous crime reports in recent memory...I'm sure the police and fire fighters didn't really find any of it funny at the time and I"m glad that they ensured that no one got hurt. And that they all had a good head scratching laugh at shift changes this morning.

Missingit 6 years, 7 months ago

Who keeps saying we don't need more police!

bad_dog 6 years, 7 months ago

Is there any indication LPD lacked sufficient resources/personnel to respond? Yes, they were busy but no indication they were unable to or were delayed in their responses.

Food_for_Thought 6 years, 7 months ago

There are enough police personnel to RESPOND, but is that all you want police for? To respond AFTER they are called for help? Cops have to be pro-active to prevent crime/catch crimes in progress. Not enough cops = not enough personnel to PREVENT crime, only enough to RESPOND to it...

Food_for_Thought 6 years, 7 months ago

Police Presence is the base level of force in law enforcement. When the cat's away, the mice will play. Doesn't eliminate all crime, but increased police presence does DETER crime.

Also, a greater saturation of police personnel increases the probability that they will catch a criminal committing a crime in progress. If a cop gets dispatched to a burglary, and he/she happens to be the closest one to respond from the other side of town, then his/her likelihood of catching that criminal is decreased.

Also, my comment (and likely Missingit's) was in reference to LPD requesting 10 more officers, 3 sergeant and 1 detective. Lawrence has grown since 2001, yet it's patrol division remains the same size. Sure, there are more officers in other positions (like SROs and such), but do you really want to pull those officers out of our schools and other positions?

Your response to my comment shows your complete lack of insight.

bad_dog 6 years, 7 months ago

While greater numbers might be nice, I don't believe we can afford the luxury of additional forces, equipment, patrol vehicles and benefits at this time. We can't even keep up with pothole repairs...

Missingit 6 years, 7 months ago

We can't afford a luxury is right! But we are getting a new library and we have a T bus system that is not full! But more police to keep the city safe is a "luxury."

bad_dog 6 years, 6 months ago

Well the topic is additional funds for law enforcement: not the library or the "T". Apparently the majority of voters believed we need these items. Nevertheless, unless we can objectively demonstrate the need for additional personnel to "keep the city safe", I have no interest in additional police.

introspector 6 years, 7 months ago

serve and protect... they dont have to be psychic or anything...

Food_for_Thought 6 years, 7 months ago

No one is saying that more cops could have prevented THESE incidents, but crime rates OVERALL would be affected with a greater level of police PRESENCE and AVAILABILITY.

salem58 6 years, 7 months ago

every call that comes out, there is at least one officer a block or two away. there are plenty of police in Lawrence. I must say i feel pretty safe in this town.

Bill Lee 6 years, 7 months ago

I guess we're not a small town anymore.

workinghard 6 years, 7 months ago

Had he fallen off and was injured or killed, you can be sure a lawsuit against the city would follow for negligence because we all know drunks aren't responsible for their actions.

akt2 6 years, 7 months ago

I went to sleep early too. But I listened for awhile in the early part of the night. They were busy then too. One call was for a naked man in an alley jumping on cars. He was drunk of course. You have to learn the lingo. Code 3 = Black Male and 10-46 = drunk.

sr80 6 years, 7 months ago

Little johnny always did love firetrucks,finally he got what he wanted most.God bless him!!!

classclown 6 years, 7 months ago

Out of curiosity, is this blog written by a ten year old?

classclown 6 years, 7 months ago

So pointing out that the writing is atrocious is being mean?

ejc349 6 years, 7 months ago

Geeze, do ya' think this was a prelude for tonight? Sure hope not. I can just hear the cop walking in and the wife starting to describe the night she had with the kids. Forget it lady, you don't have a clue. God Bless our Police and Firemen.

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