5:20 a.m. The National Weather Service has canceled the severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Osage, Shawnee, Wabunsee and Wyandotte counties. This clears the watch for the Lawrence, Kansas City, Ottawa and Topeka areas.
Original Operation 100 News report, 2:40 a.m. The National Weather Service offices in Topeka and Kansas City/Pleasant Hill have issued severe thunderstorm watch #481. The watch is in effect from 2:20 a.m. until 9 a.m. today.
19 counties in east central and northeast Kansas are impacted by this watch. This includes Douglas and all surrounding counties, along with the entire Kansas City metro area.
The National Weather Service says the main threat with the approaching storms will likely be wind gusts to near 60 miles per hour with the possibility of small hail.
Tweet @LJWorld with your weather conditions as the storm rolls in to your area. Be sure to include your approximate location.
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Link to original Operation 100 News report
Lawrence Police are investigating this morning after a person was struck by a vehicle near the SouthPointe Apartments.
Fire Medical crews were dispatched to an address in the 2300 block of W. 26th Street on a car versus pedestrian injury accident around 1:30 Saturday morning.
Initial reports from the scene were that there were three people injured. Medics arrived at the scene to find only one person with injuries. That person was determined to have serious injuries.
Around 1:50 a.m., a LifeStar Helicopter was requested to respond to the south parking lot of Holcom Park. Incident command reported that the helicopter landed safely in the Holcom Park parking lot at 2:08 a.m.. At 2:20 a.m. LifeStar left the scene headed for the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
The vehicle that struck the pedestrian left the scene and was located a short distance away.
Sources tell Operation 100 News that the injured man is a 27-year-old and that he was involved in an argument while standing in the opening of a passenger's door. The driver of the vehicle began reversing and the open door knocked the man to the ground. He was not believed to have been struck by any part of the vehicle, other than the open door. The victim has reportedly been drinking and possibly had re-aggravated a previous back injury.
There were reportedly several witnesses to the accident.
Stay with Operation 100 News on this blog and Twitter for updates as more details become available. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here. For a full look at incidents from Douglas and Johnson counties this morning, take a look at the Operation 100 News twitter feed using the link above.
Around 1:27 a.m., Lawrence Police and Fire/Medical were called to an address in the 1600 block of Tennessee Street on reports of a person struck by a vehicle. Police arrived on scene quickly and reported a male with critical injuries. Medics arrived on scene and almost immediately requested that dispatchers check on the availability of a LifeStar Helicopter and of the University of Kansas Medical Center to accept a critical trauma. LifeStar was unable to fly due to weather in the area, and KUMC reported they were able to accept the patient. The man was transported by ambulance to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
A driver involved in the accident was reported to be detained by Police and transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for a blood draw. As of this report, it is unclear if that driver has received any citations or faces any charges. There is also no update on the victim's status available. A report on the accident can be found here from the Lawrence Journal-World.
At 2:07 a.m., Police were called to the area of the East Hills Business Park on a report of a subject firing a gun from a vehicle. As officers were responding on the call, dispatchers learned that the incident occurred approximately 30 minutes before anyone had call 911 to report it. The caller only provided dispatchers with a very vague description of the vehicle involved. No injuries or damage were reported.
Fire/Medical was dispatched on a fire alarm at Ellsworth Hall on the University of Kansas campus shortly before 4:30 a.m.. Dispatchers reported receiving alarms from two separate rooms. KUPD located burnt macaroni and cheese in one of the rooms and firefighters confirmed that was the source of the alarm. Many residents were evacuated from the building while firefighters were on scene. Everyone was allowed back into the building a short time later.
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.
Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here.