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Several Police chases occurred overnight, one for nearly 5 miles and another for just a couple blocks.
The first began just after midnight and involved Kansas Transit Authority Troopers on eastbound Interstate 70. Troopers spotted a vehicle that was unable to maintain a single lane on the turnpike. The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, which then picked up speed and continued driving recklessly. Speeds at one time reached 110 miles per hour with the driver still unable to keep the car in a single lane. The vehicle came to a stop at the 201.9 milepost, which is near the N McDonald Drive interchange. Three subject ran from the car and were all apprehended within just a few short minutes. One subject was on the receiving end of a Trooper's Taser. That subject was treated by Lawrence Medical for the Taser deployment and drug/alcohol use and was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.
Lawrence Police did respond when the subjects fled from the car but were not involved in the subjects being apprehended.
After that chase settled it was back to a normal Lawrence Saturday morning. A few bar checks, noise complaints and disturbances. Nothing very unusual and no serious injuries were reported with any of this activity.
Just after 4 a.m. a KU Police Officer on patrol near 13th Street and Jayhawk Boulevard reported having his vehicle nearly sideswiped. The Officer did call out that he was in pursuit of the vehicle eastbound on 13th Street and that he believed the driver to be intoxicated. Speeds were reported to have reached nearly 70 miles per hour and the officer was not able to get close enough to the vehicle to report a license plate number. The suspect vehicle was last seen eastbound on 13th Street approaching Tennessee.
Minutes later, Lawrence Police received a report of a single car accident at 6th Street and Kentucky. LPD responded to find a vehicle matching the description given by the KUPD Officer. KUPD responded and confirmed that it was the same vehicle that they were after. Lawrence Fire/Medical also responded and treated the driver for what were described serious but non life threatening injuries. The driver was transported to the hospital for further treatment.
Fairly normal Friday morning in Lawrence, with one exception. Shortly after 1 a.m. KU Police found a subject climbing on the side of Dyche Hall. Police attempted to make contact with the subject who at first refused to acknowledge the commands from officers. Lawrence Fire was requested to come and help retrieve the subject from the side of the building. Before the Fire Department was able to respond, the subject decided to obey Police and climb down from the building. The subject was cited for trespassing. It was unclear just how high up the side of the building the subject was when Police spotted him.
Lawrence Police responded to a report of a car stuck on the median at Clinton Parkway and Lake Pointe Drive at 3:30 a.m. They arrived to find a one car accident with the car high centered on the median. Lawrence Fire and Medical also responded and the driver was transported to the hospital as a precaution.
Police also responding on the normal number of noise complaints, disturbances, suspicious pedestrian checks and suspicious vehicle checks.
A little bit more activity last night, nothing of major significance.
Just before 11 p.m. Lawrence Police responded on a call of a child out of control in the 1900 block of East 23rd Street. Officers arrived and found the juvenile to be throwing things throughout the house. The situation was stabilized and Police were able to return to service.
About 3 a.m. Police received a 911 call about a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Perry Street. The caller advised dispatchers that an ambulance was needed after one of the involved parties had boiling water poured on them. Fire/Medical responded and transported the victim to the hospital.
Police also responding on the normal number of noise complaints, disturbances, suspicious pedestrian checks and suspicious vehicle checks.
Another pretty quiet overnight last night. Police did not respond on anything other then the routine calls.
Police and Fire/Medical did respond on an injury accident shortly before 2 a.m. in the 800 block of Centennial Drive. No serious injuries were reported.
All in a all a very normal overnight. Police responding on about the normal number of noise complaints, disturbances, suspicious pedestrian checks and suspicious vehicle checks.
This morning was by far one of the quietest in recent memory. Every night I have six scanners running, this morning I found myself checking to make sure they were all still turned on and scanning. They were, it was just that quiet.
Police did respond on a few calls, nothing very newsworthy however. Just after 10:30 p.m. a woman called Police to the 3300 block of Glacier Drive. The woman said her pet rabbit had broken loose and made its way into her neighbors backyard. She did not want to wake the neighbors to retrieve the rabbit and did not want to chance spooking the neighbors if they were to see her in their backyard. So, she called Police. The rabbit was retrieved and as far as I could tell the neighbors had no idea any of this happened.
An officer on routine patrols found a subject in the 3600 block of east 25th Street found and arrested a subject found to be in possession of drugs, shortly after midnight.
The rest of the morning consisted of the normal overnight calls; noise complaints, suspicious pedestrian checks and suspicious vehicle checks. Nothing too exciting.
A fairly normal weekend in Lawrence came to an end last night. In case you missed it, Police were kept busy with lots of activity on Saturday morning.. Gunshots, Fireworks, Marijuana and a Flaming Toilet. As I shared Sunday morning, my current scanner setup records audio to my computer, went through the archive Saturday afternoon and found the audio on the report of the toilet that had been on fire. Listen here, link is to YouTube.
Things were back to normal and pretty quiet this morning in Lawrence. Police did respond on a few more noise complaints then usual. Other then that it was a very normal morning, a few traffic stops and suspicious vehicle checks was really all of the overnight activity.
As you have noticed, I don't have a catchy headline for this morning's post like I did yesterday. In case you missed it yesterday.. Gunshots, Fireworks, Marijuana and a Flaming Toilet. As a little bit of a follow up to that. My current scanner setup records audio to my computer, went through the archive yesterday afternoon and found the audio on the report of the toilet that had been on fire. Listen here, link is to YouTube.
As for today, breaking things seemed to be the theme of the night. The night started off, just after midnight, with LPD responding to the 1300 block of Rhode Island on reports of a 14-year-old that was out control and breaking things.
Minutes before 1 a.m. Police were called to the 900 block of Ohio to check an address after the caller found broken glass. Police responded and found, what sounded to me like, someone had thrown a rock or brick through a window. No arrests were made.
An officer on routine patrols in the 800 block of west 24th Street, reported "a large disturbance." The officer did not give an approximate number of subjects involved, a total of four officers total handled the situation.
LPD was called to the 900 block of Arkansas just after 4 a.m. to check the welfare of an intoxicated male in the hallway. The caller stated that the man was beginning to undress and needed to leave.
The overnight hours in Lawrence was started off with a bang. Just after 11:15 p.m. LPD responded to the area of 6th and Florida Street on a report of the sound of gunshots. The caller was not sure which direction the shots sounded to be coming from but did advise dispatchers that the first shot sounded like it was fired inside, the following two sounded like they were fired outside. Police responded to the area and were unable to locate anything.
Just minutes after the sound of gunshots call Police dispatchers received multiple calls regarding fireworks in the area of 15th and Massachusetts Street. Police again responded to the area and were unable to locate the subjects involved. A separate call for fireworks was dispatched at 2:15 a.m. in the 1300 Block of Kentucky Street, where again police responded and were unable to locate the subjects involved.
Police responded to several different calls for service in the 2300 Block of Ridge Court including a smell of marijuana complaint just before midnight and then a noise complaint an hour later.
Lawrence Fire crews responded to the 700 Block of West 25th Street after receiving a report of a ceiling fan that had caught fire and fallen to the floor. The caller also advised that a toilet was also had been on fire. Crews arrived to find that the fire had been extinguished inside the apartment. Firefighters did make access to the attic area to confirm that the fire had not spread into the area above the apartment living area and did also assist with ventilation of smoke. No injuries were reported.
A DUI arrest was made in the 2000 Block of West 21st Street at 2:20 a.m.
It was a fairly normal Saturday morning with the usual abundance of noise complaints and disturbance calls. Medics were requested to respond to at least two of the disturbance calls. No serious injuries were reported.
Lawrence Police responded on a couple non injury accidents overnight. The first in the 1200 block of Iowa Street just before 10 p.m. and another just a few minutes later in the 4000 block of West 6th Street.
Police also performed numerous suspicious vehicle stops throughout the city, several of which required more then one officer.
Shortly after 1:30 a.m. an officer was contacted by a citizen in the 600 block of Massachusetts Street and received information on an indecent exposure. No information was given over the radio as to what this complaint involved or if any arrests were made at the time. The initial officer did request another unit respond and a report number was issued.
Lawrence Officers performed several bar checks just before 2 a.m. Four bars were checked and three violations were cited.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Douglas county until 9 a.m. LJWorld Story
A pretty quiet night in Lawrence this morning. Police responded on the normal every morning calls of noise complaints, barking dogs and disturbances.
Officers performed a few traffic stops and checked several parking violations throughout the city as well. All in all a very quiet overnight.
Originally posted on May 19, 2013 at 4:18 a.m.
Lawrence Police continue to investigate after two Topeka men were shot early Sunday morning.
Officers were called to Club Magic, located at 804 W. 24th Street, at 3:41 a.m. after receiving 911 calls reporting 10 people fighting inside the business. One of the people involved in the fight was reportedly armed with a gun. Police responded and learned that a security guard had taken the firearm from the man. The man then left the business before police could arrive.
At 3:51 a.m., Lawrence Police were dispatched to the area 22nd and Alabama Streets following several reports of gunshots heard in the area. This intersection is about three blocks north of Club Magic. At least one caller reported hearing four or five gunshots and a female screaming.
As officers responded to check on the reports of gunshots, one officer's patrol vehicle was struck by a vehicle being driven by a shooting victim in the parking lot of the McDonald's, 901 W. 23rd Street, just across the parking lot from Club Magic. The officer requested medics respond and that the driver had been shot multiple times.
Other officers continued their response to the area where gunfire had been reported. A second shooting victim was found in the 800 block of Greever Terrace, which is about four blocks north of Club Magic. Both men were reportedly shot on Greever Terrace. Following the shooting, one of the victims drove a vehicle back towards Club Magic to look for help, his vehicle collided with a Lawrence Police Department patrol vehicle in the McDonald's parking lot.
Lawrence Medics reported the victim found at McDonald's to be a 27-year-old man with gunshot wounds to the arm, shoulder and "base of the neck". He was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with life threatening injuries.
The shooting victim who was found on Greever Terrace was determined to be 33-year-old male with two gunshot wounds. His wounds were said to include on in the foot and a "through and through" to the lower abdomen. He was transported to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas with life threatening injuries.
Fire Medical crews requested two helicopters to respond and transport the victims. Due to weather conditions, no medevac helicopters were able to respond. Both victims were transported by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical ambulance units.
Lawrence Police say they are seeking several persons of interest in connection with the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lawrence Police at 785-832-7509 or Douglas County Crime Stoppers at 785-843-8477. Calls to Douglas County Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous. Tipsters with information that leads to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Our reporting partners at the Lawrence Journal-World report that a 22-year-old Topeka man was arrested for displaying a firearm in the bar during the initial disturbance and interfering with the duties of police.
The Journal-World also reports that both victims are Topeka residents. The condition of the 27-year-old shooting victim was said to be in stable condition and improving as of Sunday afternoon. The 33-year-old victim was transported to the University of Kansas Hospital, who told the Journal-World that they do not provide information on victims of violent crimes.
Club magic has been the scene of at least two other disturbances involving guns just this year, according to the Journal-World.
The club has previously been called Taste Lounge, Bar and Grill. A 30-year-old, Lawrence man who was working as a bouncer at the club was shot in the parking lot in March 2012.
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