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July 31st Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up


This morning started out pretty quiet. Police in Lawrence responded a couple disturbances, a theft, and a non-injury accident, all before 4:15 a.m..

Around 4:15 a.m., Police were dispatched to a residence in the area of W 4th and McDonald Drive for a report of an Aggravated Burglary. The resident told Police that he awoke to find a thin black male, approximately 5'10" tall, was inside the house. The unknown man fled through a backdoor of the home and was last seen running westbound from the 300 block of McDonald Drive. He was said to be wearing all black clothing with a do-rag.

Then, at 5:57 a.m., Police were dispatched to a residence about a block away from Deerfield Elementary School on a report of another Aggravated Burglary. The second address is just under a mile away from the first Aggravated Burglary report. Officers quickly responded to the area and began searching for the man. This time the description of the man was a little more vague, a "smaller build," unknown race male standing approximately 5'9". Again the subject was said to have fled through a backdoor. An officer patrolling that area reported making contact with a male on foot in front of Deerfield Elementary School.

After further investigation, Officers determined that the male was involved in the most recent Aggravated Burglary. The man was arrested and has been booked into the Douglas County Jail on charges of Aggravated Burglary and Obstruction of the Legal Process. Currently there only appears to be one count of Aggravated Burglary and Police continue to investigate whether or not the same suspect was involved in the earlier burglary of the address near W 4th Street and McDonald Drive.

Kanwaka Township Fire responded on a small grass fire this morning near the 400 block of US Highway 40. The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters. No damage was reported to any structures.

Lawrence Fire crews responded to investigate the odor of what the caller believed to be natural gas, in the area of 31st Street and Ousdahl Road just after 7:40 a.m.. The Fire Department also reported an odor in the area of the Walmart, 3300 Iowa Street. Shortly after the call was dispatched, Emergency Dispatchers received a call from Southern Star who reported they were "venting mercaptan" in the 1900 block of W 31st Street on H Street. Lawrence Fire responded to that area to make contact with the utility workers, who reported that the venting would continue for approximately 30 minutes. Firefighters cleared from that scene before 8 a.m..

None of this morning's activity was reported to have involved any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

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