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After a busy Wednesday morning with the fatal accident south of Lawrence on Highway 59 and the 2 alarm house fire on Maple in Lawrence, Thursday morning was back to quiet.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical was called to the 1600 block of Cadet Avenue just after 11 p.m. last night. The caller reported that the house was filling with smoke and it smelled electrical in nature. Fire units arrived and upon investigation found nothing overheated and no signs of smoke. 1 fire crew was out at the address investigating for about 15 minutes.
Not Lawrence or even Douglas County but, it is KU related. Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Overland Park Firefighters were called to the KU Edwards Campus at the intersection of 127th Street and Quivira Road. Dispatchers received two calls from witnesses reporting that a building currently under construction on the property was on fire. Fire crews from Overland Park, Olathe and Lenexa all responded and found an approximately 1200 square foot area on the roof was on fire. The building is the new BEST Building. The fire was contained to the roof, no injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. LJWorld Story
Minutes before 1:30 a.m. Lawrence Police were called to the 1900 block of Haskell Avenue after receiving multiple reports of gunshots heard in the area. Police responded and determined that someone had fired a gun into the air. It was unclear if a suspect was taken into custody. No injuries were reported.
Once the rain started falling, police responded on several non injury accidents. Police also responded on several alarms and the every morning calls of noise complaints and a few disturbances. No serious injuries were reported during any of the overnight activity.
The majority of the night was another quiet one. Police responded on a few disturbances and assisted a woman that thought she was hearing someone messing with her front door. There was no at the door when Police arrived. A few noise complaints and traffic stops.
Just about 5:50 a.m. LDCFM and Douglas County Deputies were called to respond to Milemarker 146 on Highway 59. This is near North 700 Road. The first deputy arrived on scene of a single vehicle fatality accident. The vehicle is reported to be off of the roadway into a field with major damage. Deputies almost immediately advised that the driver was deceased. Still a developing story. Check the LJWorld Story for the latest updates.
Seconds after 6:00 a.m. LDCFM was called to respond on a 2 Alarm structure fire at 785 Maple in Lawrence. LDCFM arrived on scene and advised fully involved residence. The residents were all able to safely evacuate and reported to LPD that there are at least 10 oxygen tanks inside the house for one of the residents. That resident is currently being treated on scene by a Medic unit. A camper that was parked next to the residence was also involved when LDCFM arrived on scene. Crews are also dealing with down power lines in the yard. Check the LJWorld Story for the latest updates as they become available
Another almost abnormally quiet overnight in Lawrence. The call volume is way down over the last two nights. Must be due to Finals week.
To find something that is at least a little bit unusual, I had to go clear back to just after 10 p.m. Lawrence Police took information on a Road Rage incident in the 600 block of N 3rd Street.
The majority of the calls for Police were the normal noise complaints and a few car stops. Nowhere near the normal call load or even the normal activity initiated by officers on routine patrols.
A very quiet overnight in Lawrence this morning.
The overnight hours consisted of the usual calls that Police are called to every morning. Noise complaints, traffic stops.
Police also responded on a non injury accident in the 2500 block of West 6th Street.
Other then that it was a very calm night.
As of 6 a.m. Lawrence Fire Department's Station 1 at 746 Kentucky Street reported a power outage at their station. Westar has been contacted and states that they are aware of a "large outage in the area". The sudden loss of power resulted in two alarms sounding up and down Massachusetts Street. Police and Fire are on scene at the alarms and believe all to be related to the outage. Police are also reporting several traffic signals and street lights that are out.
Westar's Website is showing 5,286 customers without power in Douglas County as of 6:20 a.m. Westar Energy Outage map for Douglas County.
Westar was not able to advise emergency dispatchers of an expected length of the outage but did state that they have crews on the way to work at restoring power.
The night in Lawrence started off with a fireworks complaint in the 4600 block of Trail Drive. The caller advised that he heard an explosion. An officer on routine patrols in the area advised that he also heard the noise and it was related to fireworks.
Just before 10:30 p.m. Police along with Lawrence Fire/Medical responded to the 1400 block of Iowa street on an injury accident. No serious injuries were reported, one person was transported by ambulance.
The majority of the night was consumed by the usual calls, noise complaints, disturbances and traffic stops.
Lawrence Police responded to the 1900 block of W 26th Street last night. Just after 11 p.m. Police received several calls reporting the sound of gunshots in the area. It was unclear if any suspects were apprehended, police did write a report on the incident.
LPD performed several car stops, with at least two resulting in DUI arrests. A subject with an outstanding warrant was also apprehended.
Police responded on several fights and disturbances. No serious injuries were reported with any of these. There were also three accidents overnight, two involved no injuries and the third involved only minor injuries. The subject involved in the minor injury accident, refused transport by ambulance.
Shortly before 3 a.m. Lawrence Fire responded on a dumpster fire in the 1000 block of Emery Road. The fire was quickly extinguished. The fire was contained to the dumpster and no structures were in jeopardy.
3:30 a.m. LPD was called to the 2500 block of Moundview Drive for what was initially reported as a theft. After officers arrived and spoke with the victim, it became clear that the incident was a strong armed robbery. It was unclear what the suspect was able to get away with and no suspect information was available. A strong armed robbery is a robbery that involves basically overpowering the victim without the use of a weapon. The charge is commonly used for purse snatchings.
Fairly normal in Lawrence overnight, even for a Friday the 13th.
Police did not respond on much that was out of the ordinary last night. There were countless noise complaints all over the city. At least two complaints were called in twice due to music being turned up again after officers had cleared from the call. So Police returned for a second visit to have the music turned down again. Second time must have been all it took. I did not hear any third calls for the same addresses.
Animal Complaints were back in the calls overnight. Seemed to be mostly barking dog complaints with one complaint of a neighbors dog that had knocked over the callers trash can. Not really a reason to call the Police, in my opinion. The caller did not say what kind of dog it was but she did say that the dog was not vicious in the past.\
Suspicious vehicle checks were conducted throughout the city. Several bar checks were also performed. As a result of these checks, several alcohol complaints were issued.
As reported here on the blog yesterday morning, there was a large power outage along US 56 Highway between western Johnson County and the east side of Baldwin City. LJWorld Photo Gallery
Yet another pretty quiet overnight throughout Lawrence.
The night started off during the storm knocking out power to residents and businesses along US Highway 56 between the city of Edgerton in Johnson County to Baldwin City in Douglas County. The highway was also closed for several hours while crews worked to remove the downed power lines and replaced a few power poles that were damaged. As of this morning, some are still without power in the area and part of US Highway 56 remains closed.
Just before 10:30 p.m. Lawrence Police responded to the 2500 block of Crossgate Drive for power lines down on the roadway. Police directed traffic around the downed lines while crews finished restoring power. LPD also directed traffic in the 1800 block of Naismith Drive due to a traffic signal losing power. That was also quickly restored and back to normal operation.
It was back to normal as far as disturbance calls that police were called to respond on. I counted 5 disturbance calls. Of all these disturbance calls there were no serious injuries reported.
The rest of the night was the usual noise complaints, suspicious vehicle and pedestrian checks.
Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers performed several vehicle stops in Lawrence, two of which were suspected intoxicated drivers.
Lawrence Police performed three or four bar checks. Several report numbers were issued for alcohol violations during these bar checks.
A very calm and pretty peaceful overnight in Lawrence this morning. Police only responded to one disturbance call between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. For anyone that has been following this blog or listening to a scanner, this is a very rare occurrence. As someone who listens every night, it is a very welcome change.
The majority of the night consisted of traffic stops and suspicious vehicle checks throughout the city of Lawrence. Police did respond on a very minor injury accident right at 11:30 p.m. The person involved refused to have an ambulance respond to the scene. Due to the injuries being so very minor, an ambulance did not respond.
There were a couple of noise complaints but, again fewer then normal for Lawrence.
LPD did assist Douglas County Sheriff Deputies in locating a woman that was calling family members and threatening to harm herself by crashing her vehicle into a lake. After a fairly extensive search in the area of several Lawrence area lakes and the Kansas river, Police located the woman in her home with her vehicle running in the garage. She was alert and conscious when LPD was let into the house by a family member. The woman was transported to the hospital by a Douglas County Sheriff Deputy. The Deputy requested assistance from LPD at the hospital due to the woman becoming combative in the back of the patrol car. Lawrence Fire also responded to check and ventilate the house.
The night started early with a fairly unusual call, even for a college "town." Just after 10:30 p.m. Fire crews were called to the 2200 block of Ridge Court on a report of a structure fire. Units responded and quickly arrived on scene where they reported that there was no smoke or flames visible from the outside of the building. Upon further investigation, firefighters determined that there was not a fire and the burning odor was the result of a resident attempting to dry towels in a microwave.
After that the night and early morning hours consisted of mostly suspicious vehicle/pedestrian checks, building checks and several traffic stops.
Lawrence Police also responded on several burglar alarms, that all ended up being false alarms. May have been related to the wind. Always seems to be a few more alarms when the wind is blowing.
If you will be out and about in Lawrence this morning, the traffic lights at Kasold Drive and Clinton Parkway will be turned off from 9 a.m. until noon. Part of the Kasold Drive reconstruction project. Lawrence Journal World Story