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Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 19 to Jan. 20

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:07 a.m. Wednesday to 5:29 a.m. Friday and includes 385 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Lawrence man and woman arrested in connection with armed robbery

Two robbery suspects have been arrested while the search for others continue.

One man and one woman, both of Lawrence and both suspected in a recent armed robbery, have been arrested, police say.

John Timothy Baker, 33, was arrested after 6 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated robbery, according to Douglas County Jail booking logs.

Stacey Nichole Ballard, 23, was arrested Wednesday, also on suspicion of aggravated robbery for the same incident, the Lawrence Police Department said in a news release.

Both Baker and Ballard were arrested without incident, the release said. Baker was arrested at the Lawrence Police Department’s Investigations and Training Center, 4820 Bob Billings Parkway. It was not immediately clear where Ballard was arrested.

Around 9:30 p.m. Jan. 8 two officers arrived near the intersection of West Campus Road and West Hills Terrace, where a 23-year-old Lawrence man said he had been robbed at gunpoint, Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads said last week.

The man told police that a man and a woman — later identified as Baker and Ballard — pulled up next to him in a black, single-cab truck as he was walking, threatened him with a gun and “demanded items from him,” Rhoads said.

Baker is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail without bond. As of Wednesday afternoon, Ballard had not yet been booked into the jail.

Sunday’s reported robbery was one of three recently reported robberies. Of those reported crimes Baker, Ballard and one other person — a boy — have been arrested while other suspects remain at large.

A second robbery was reported around 7 a.m. on Jan. 9 at a Phillips 66 gas station at 1801 W. Second St., Rhoads said. There a man, armed with a hammer, entered the business and stole $300 in cash. On Jan. 10 police released two photos of the suspect, asking those who might have information to call 785-832-7509.

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The third robbery was reported around 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 8 in the 4600 block of West Sixth Street, Rhoads said. At the scene a 16-year-old girl told officers that two boys had threatened her inside a vehicle with a gun.

The two boys escaped with cash, Rhoads said. One was later arrested and the second was questioned and released, though investigators will submit an affidavit with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office for a charging decision.

Rhoads said Tuesday afternoon that she had no new information regarding the three robberies and that the investigations are ongoing.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 18

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:09 a.m. Tuesday to 4:58 a.m. Tuesday and includes 185 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Long-standing glitch in health inspector’s website lists false health code violations for restaurants

Travis Jacobsen woke Tuesday shocked to see a report listing his business, which was set to offer food for the first time that day, in violation of Kansas health code laws.

Along with his father, Jacobsen owns Lawrence's only arcade, Epic Fun, 711 W. 23rd St., and Tuesday is the business' first day offering food to the public.

Jacobsen's shock came because he knew his arcade had been given a clean bill of health from the inspector who came by more than a week before.

Indeed, Autumn Schuck, inspection manager with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, said Jacobsen's business passed its Jan. 6 inspection with flying colors. Instead, the report listing the business as out of compliance with codes was due to an error on the department's website.

Schuck could not say specifically when the website began "glitching," but said it did happen sometime in the past year.

In fact, it's not uncommon for the department's website to suffer from various glitches, Schuck said.

Here's how it works — or doesn't work, as the case may be:

On the department's website agriculture.ks.gov all the establishments inspected and their results are listed and can be searched by county, city or date.

In the website's search function, establishments are listed with their address, the date of their most recent inspection, whether they're currently in compliance with health codes and how many violations were found in their last inspection.

Often — but not always — the inspection reports themselves can be opened from the search.

The reports are automatically filed online from the laptops that inspectors carry with them in the field, Schuck said.

Within the reports inspectors are allowed space for comments. Those comments are not always necessarily negative.

The glitch comes in, Schuck says, by registering comments in the reports as listed violations.

Comments in Jacobsen's report, remarking on the working order of his freezer, registered as a violation and erroneously listed Epic Fun in violation of health codes, Schuck said.

In fact, Jacobsen's arcade is fully in compliance and has no health code violations on its record.

The glitch can potentially affect each establishment inspected by the department, Schuck said, though she hasn't received any other calls regarding the issue from other businesses listed online.

And while the department is requesting the vendor in charge of the website to fix the problem, Schuck said there is a long list of problems yet to be fixed and it is unclear when the glitch will be resolved.

In the meantime it's better to reserve judgement than to rush to conclusions, Schuck said. If someone is unclear about a restaurant's record, he or she can typically pull up the full reports and see what violations, if any, are present.

Now, with a little clarification on his most recent inspection, Jacobsen is back to business. In fact, he said he'll be serving free chicken wings and pizza from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, while supplies last, of course.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 17

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:05 a.m. Monday to 5:52 a.m. Tuesday and includes 186 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Pizza parlor, bagel shop and dessert spot on early January’s restaurant inspection list

For the first half of January a pizza parlor, a popular dessert spot and a bagel shop all made their way onto the list of restaurant inspections.

Twice each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov.

There you can find details about specific violations, which can vary greatly. Noncritical citations include unlabeled products, improperly stored cleaning materials, minor plumbing issues and more. Critical violations include cross-contamination of raw and cooked foods, insect and rodent issues, unclean food preparation areas and more.

Some violations may be corrected during the inspection, while others take longer to fix and require follow-up inspections.

All businesses, even those listed out of compliance, met the basic requirements to safely remain open, unless otherwise noted.

With this regular report I try to provide basic information about food inspections in Douglas County. But due to the sheer volume of inspections, it's difficult to offer detailed information about each establishment.

Here are Douglas County restaurant inspection results for the first half of January:

• Slice of History, 1200 Oread Ave., last had a follow-up inspection on Jan. 13 and four violations were found. The establishment is currently listed as out of compliance.

• Billy Vanilly, 914 Massachusetts St., last had a routine inspection on Jan. 6 and seven violations were found. The establishment is currently listed as out of compliance.

• Einstein Bros Bagels, 1026 Massachusetts St., last had a routine inspection on Jan. 6 and 12 violations were found. The establishment is currently listed as in compliance.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 13 to Jan. 16

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:24 a.m. Friday to 5:54 a.m. Monday and includes 477 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Law enforcement, emergency management offer advice in preparation for incoming ice storm

If you're out driving and you begin to spin or slide, experts say the best course of action is to turn into the spin. But the best course of action, all agree, is not to be on the icy road in the first place, if you can help it.

Over the next few days Lawrence is expected to see a decent amount of freezing drizzle and rain. Yesterday, the National Weather Service in Topeka said it would not be surprising to see an inch of frozen rain.

An ice storm warning will be in effect for Douglas County from noon Friday to midnight on Sunday, according to the NWS.

In preparation for the storm law enforcement and emergency officials are offering a few pieces of advice for those bracing for the storm.

Douglas County Emergency Management said in a release the winter weather will likely hit the area in "three waves."

"The first wave will most likely be very light and spotty, but could begin as early as Friday evening," the release said.

While the first wave might be lighter it will serve as a foundation for dangerous travel conditions through the weekend, the release said. Then the second wave will likely hit Saturday afternoon and into the evening.

"This wave will be heavier and produce the most significant icing conditions," the release said.

In this file photo from Dec. 21, 2013, Kansas Highway Patrol officers work a multi-car accident caused by icy conditions on the Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence.

In this file photo from Dec. 21, 2013, Kansas Highway Patrol officers work a multi-car accident caused by icy conditions on the Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence.

Alongside treacherous driving conditions tree damage and downed power lines can be expected, the release said.

"The final wave of precipitation will move through Sunday night into Monday morning, though we are expecting this to be primarily in the form of liquid rain," the release said.

In a release the Lawrence Police Department encouraged area residents to buy "necessary items" before the freezing rain hits.

Once the freeze begins, LPD then encouraged residents to "take everyone's advice and stay in this weekend."

In another release the Douglas County Sheriff's Office offered a few tips, reminding residents not to underestimate the weather.

"It's Kansas, folks," the release said. "You know it can get bad quickly."

Though the sheriff's office strongly encouraged motorists to avoid travel unless it's absolutely necessary, it also offered a few tips for staying safe on the road.

"If you are in a wreck or a slide off, in most instances the safest place for you to be is in your car with your seat belt on," the release said. "In bad weather, it's not uncommon for other vehicles to wreck or slide off right where you did."

The chances of injury or death increase greatly if you're outside your vehicle, the release said.

"So buckle up and stay safe," the release said.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 13

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:49 a.m. Thursday to 4:37 a.m. Friday and includes 172 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Local businesses should keep an eye out for counterfeit $100 bills, police say

It seems some folks have been passing Monopoly money around town as real currency.

Well, maybe the fake cash is a little bit more realistic than Monopoly money. All the same, it's illegal, and police are asking Lawrence businesses to keep an eye out for counterfeit bills, specifically $100 bills, being passed around.

Thursday morning the Lawrence Police Department tweeted out a photo from the U.S. Currency Education Program, which elaborates a few ways to identify real American money.

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In fact, not long ago a Topeka man was arrested by Lawrence police after they say he passed around some fake bills.

Michael Andrew Baum, 30, was arrested Dec. 29. According to a criminal complaint filed in Douglas County District Court he faces four felony counts of making false information and four misdemeanor counts of theft.

Baum is accused of passing fake $100 bills over the course of several months at different Lawrence businesses, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Douglas County District Court.

An arrest affidavit is a document filed by police explaining the grounds for an arrest. Allegations in the document still must be proved in court.

The affidavit alleges that Baum passed the bad money last summer at both Wal-Mart, 550 Congressional Drive, and Dillons, 4701 W. Sixth St. During the transactions he would pay for relatively inexpensive items with the fake bills and receive change back in legitimate cash.

Upon closer inspection, police noticed the fake bills passed by Baum were obviously counterfeit, the affidavit says.

At least four of the bills had the same serial number (PR 10008679 P), the affidavit says. Some printing on the bills had also been marked with a pen or marker and "on the front of the bills was the print "THIS NOTE IS NOT LEGAL, IT IS TO BE USED FOR MOTION PICTURES."

In addition, the back of the bills showed the markings "IN HIM WE TRUST," the affidavit says. "There was no 'USA 100' security thread embedded in the bill. There was no color shifting ink on the 100 on the face of the notes."

In part, investigators were able to identify Baum by working with Wal-Mart and Dillons employees and studying security footage, the affidavit says.

Baum was arrested and booked into jail. He was released on Jan. 4 after posting a $10,000 bond.

Baum is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 24 for a preliminary hearing. There a judge will determine if enough evidence exists to order him to stand trial.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 12

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:23 a.m. Wednesday to 5:55 a.m. Wednesday and includes 205 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Broken windows at Waxman Candles lead to cleanup work at the store and a felony charge for the suspect

All year round one can stroll by the northernmost corner of Massachusetts Street and watch the change of the seasons through the displays at Waxman Candles.

Those who peer into the large windows at 609 Massachusetts will catch a glimpse of the store's latest paraffin, beeswax and soy wax creations in the form of votive, snowmen and Jayhawk candles, among many others.

For the time being, however, the view is slightly obscured.

Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday owners Bob and Deb Werts received a call from Lawrence police officers saying that someone had broken out two of the store's windows.

Down at the store they found glass all along the inside of the business and a few broken pieces of merchandise, Deb Werts said.

"It was all over. We had to take apart displays, re-wrap products," she said. "There was a lot of cleanup after that."

They even had to go around the store and turn potted plants upside down to make sure all the glass was removed, Bob Werts said.

About a half hour after police called them about the broken windows, Elija Walker, 37, was booked into the Douglas County Jail, booking logs show. He now faces a single felony charge of criminal damage to property.

Elija Walker

Elija Walker by Conrad Swanson

Fortunately nothing was stolen, Bob Werts said. They were told the damage was done with a type of club.

Either way, Bob Werts said his candle business doesn't quite lend itself to a lucrative heist.

"We sell inexpensive, heavy products," he laughed.

Now the broken windows have been covered up and will soon be fixed, Bob Werts said.

Damage between the two windows is estimated to be around $1,500, according to a Lawrence Police Department report.

This is not the first — or even the second — time Waxman's windows have been broken since the business opened at that location in 1993, Bob and Deb Werts agreed.

Drunken pedestrians have been pushed through windows before, a semi-truck once tore off an awning and for a time the back windows were kicked out fairly frequently, they said.

Perhaps that's part of the price of doing business downtown, Bob Werts said.

"It's a fight to be here," he said.

While some may be quick to lay blame on University of Kansas students, Bob Werts was not so quick to agree. While students may well be a factor in some instances of downtown damage, they also contribute a lot.

"KU sent a lot of good, responsible students our way," he said. "I built this place with good, responsible KU students."

In the end, what's left to do is clean up the glass, shake it off and move forward, Bob and Deb Werts said.

"I'm down, but I'm not out. It does knock you down a bit, and it's a bit of work to get back because you've got to stop what you were doing and re-tool," Bob Werts said.

Walker is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail in lieu of a $1,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, when a date will be set for a preliminary hearing. At the preliminary hearing a judge will determine if enough evidence exists to order Walker to stand trial.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 11

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:14 a.m. Tuesday to 5:56 a.m. Wednesday and includes 277 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Lawrence Police Department is looking for new officers, seeking feedback on review and oversight of department

If you've got opinions on how a police department should operate or think you could serve as an officer, you've got a couple of potential avenues to check out.

First, the Lawrence Police Department is hiring. More information is available online at joinlawrencepd.org. There you can fill out a job interest form which will put you in line for a recruiter to speak with you about a career with LPD.

According to the department's website a few potential assignments for department employees includes patrol, investigations, crime response teams, K9 handlers, student resource officers, bike patrol, juvenile investigators and crime scene investigators.

The department hosts its own, in-house academy in Lawrence, the website says. Those chosen for the 26-week course will be paid and work full time.

According to LPD's 2017 pay plan, a new hire with no experience will receive a minimum base pay of $44,042 a year. Additionally salary and benefit information is available online.

Admittedly, a life in law enforcement is not for everybody. Or perhaps you're no longer a spring chicken but you still wish to contribute. Well, you can head over to the City of Lawrence's website, lawrenceks.org, and complete a survey regarding citizen oversight of LPD.

Links to the survey can also be found on LPD's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Questions within the survey address topics like citizen access to complaint forms regarding the department and increasing the role of the current Citizens' Advisory Board for Fair and Impartial Policing.

The survey also asks users whether the department should introduce body cameras, collect data on race for calls to service and add a sergeant position to "manage professional standards and accountability."

Alongside the multiple choice questions the survey also allows users to submit their own, brief written responses regarding each question. Those who take the survey can choose to do so anonymously or to have their responses published on the website with their names.

As of Tuesday morning the city has received less than 10 responses but there's plenty of time before the 12 a.m. Jan. 21 deadline. So if you have a few thoughts, head on over to the website. The entire ordeal only takes about five minutes.

I'll keep an eye on the survey and report back on the responses as the deadline nears.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 10

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 7 a.m. Monday to 5:28 a.m. Tuesday and includes 797 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Graffiti swastika reported on Centennial Park’s Polaris missile; city says the markings were removed immediately

Centennial Park is no stranger to graffiti. Just a short walk downhill from the park's west parking lot rest a few concrete skate ramps peppered with spray-painted faces, initials and other indistinguishable marks.

However, on Saturday city officials received word of a particularly incendiary piece of vandalism at the park.

A small swastika was recently spray-painted on the northeast side of Centennial Park's signature Polaris missile, which was given to the city of Lawrence by the U.S. Navy in October 1964.

A concerned resident emailed city officials about the graffiti on Saturday, noting that he had been enjoying the snowy weather and strolling through the park with his wife and daughter as they stumbled across the marking.

The swastika was quickly painted over by the city's Department of Parks and Recreation, said interim department director Ernie Shaw.

"My first guess was that it was not up very long," Shaw said. "Usually when people are out in the parks and see something like that they'll report it."

"I called staff and they went out and looked at it and there was a little swastika at the bottom of the missile and we just painted over it," Shaw added. "Below zero trying to paint something isn't the best in the world, but we did get it covered up."

Shaw said graffiti is regularly reported and covered up around the city but that this is the first swastika that has been reported in "a long time."

"Who knows who's doing it," he said. "Whether it's a neighborhood kid or what?"

Investigating instances of graffiti can be difficult for police, Shaw said.

"Unless it's something they think is really gang related or something like that, it's usually noted in the records and we just take care of it," he said. "And if it becomes an ongoing thing, then it becomes more of a concern."


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 6 to Jan. 9

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:33 a.m. Friday to 5:48 a.m. Monday and includes 797 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 6

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:01 a.m. Thursday to 5:32 a.m. Friday and includes 235 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Fourth tweet-along in store for the Lawrence Police Department

The Lawrence Police department is prepping yet again to take folks at home, via social media, into the world of an officer.

On Jan. 21, LPD will conduct a tweet-along, the department announced on its popular Twitter account.

This will be the department's fourth event of this kind. All you need to follow along is internet access. The department's account is @LawrenceKS_PD.

"The tweet-alongs have been exceptionally well-received, and do a tremendous job increasing our following on Twitter," said Lawrence Police Officer Drew Fennelly. "Our primary goal in social media is to more actively engage with the citizens we serve, so the tweet-alongs present a perfect opportunity to reach a huge portion of our citizens and have somewhat of a back-and-forth with them."

If you've followed along with the last three tweet-alongs you'll recall there's never a dull moment. Indeed, no two days are alike for an officer.

The tweet-alongs not only help the department have contact with area residents, but they also provide a bit of insight into what the job is like, Fennelly said.

There is no specific plan for the evening, Fennelly said. "We have no expectations going into our tweet-alongs, we just let the chips fall where they may, and hope for an interesting and entertaining virtual ride along," he said.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 5

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours.

Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 7:15 a.m. Wednesday to 5:39 a.m. Thursday and includes 261 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature.

It's important to remember that each incident only bears a short description and may not capture the entirety of what took place. Not every call results in citations or arrests and the information is subject to change as police continue their investigations.


I report on crime and courts for the Journal-World. I can be reached by email at cswanson@ljworld.com, by phone at (785) 832-7284 or on Twitter @Conrad_Swanson.

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