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Lawrence police blotter for May 19 to May 22

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:39 a.m. Friday to 5:35 a.m. Monday and includes 606 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 May 19

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:38 a.m. Thursday to 5:59 a.m. Friday and includes 211 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 May 18

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:16 a.m. Wednesday to 5:46 a.m. Thursday and includes 234 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 bongs, pepper spray and burglary charges at a downtown business

Yesterday it was broken windows and blood trails. Today it's broken bongs and pepper spray.

The common factor in the two incidents, however, appears to be reportedly intoxicated individuals kicking things that don't belong to them.

Late Tuesday night police arrested Shane Martin Cole Scott, 31, of Lawrence, on suspicion of attempted burglary, criminal damage to property and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Scott was arrested at 15 W. Ninth St., according to the Douglas County Jail's booking logs. That's the address of Discount Tobacco.

So, I went on over to the business and walked through an obviously damaged door, which managers Monica Kerley and Toufik Ahmed said was kicked in by Scott.

Ahmed said Scott, who was allegedly intoxicated, backed up to the street several times for a running start into the door.

After a few hits the battering-ram strategy paid off and Scott was inside the business, Ahmed said.

And once he was inside, Scott smashed a small security key pad on the wall, Kerley said.

However, from this point on the incident starts to appear less like an honest-to-goodness burglary.

"He didn't even try to steal anything," Kerley said. "He just tried sunglasses on and put them back. His main interest was the sunglasses."

Even when police showed up, Scott simply opened the door for them as if he were welcoming them into his home, Kerley laughed.

Officers were dispatched to the scene at 10:56 p.m., according to the Lawrence Police Department's daily activity logs.

In a memo to the city, police say several witnesses called in to report Scott's activities. In addition, the alarm company — whose key pad was ultimately smashed — also called the authorities.

Inside the business Scott resisted arrested and was eventually pepper sprayed, Lawrence Police Office Drew Fennelly said in an emailed response to questions.

The struggle pushed back several glass cases containing water pipes, Kerley said. Three of them broke.

Medics were called to the scene to wash the pepper spray out of Scott's eyes, but otherwise he was uninjured, Fennelly said.

Damage for the three pipes, key pad and the door is estimated to be more than $1,000, Kerley said.

Scott is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail without bond.

When asked why Scott might have broken into the business, Fennelly said he did not have information on a possible motive.


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 May 17

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:11 a.m. Tuesday to 5:55 a.m. Wednesday and includes 237 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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Blood trails and criminal damage at an East Lawrence church

In this line of work we're always following some sort of trail. Money trails, documents, sources, you name it.

Tuesday it was a blood trail.

Around 1:13 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 900 block of New York Street for a report of criminal damage, according to the Lawrence Police Department's daily activity logs.

At the scene, a woman, reportedly intoxicated, called for an ambulance because her foot was deeply cut, police said in a memo to the city.

How did her foot come to be injured, you might ask?

Well, the woman, 20, reportedly kicked the window of a church in the area, Lawrence Police Officer Drew Fennelly said in an emailed response to questions.

Fennelly said the address listed for the incident was simply 900 New York St., which is the address for St. Luke's African Methodist Episcopal Church.

I figured I'd check it out, so I drove over there and, sure enough, on the church's north sidewalk were a number of small blood pools, linked together by faint blood trails.

I followed the blood south, and it led me right to a basement window on the church's east side. One window pane was still there; the other was gone.

Fennelly said police were unable to reach whoever is responsible for the building at the time. I had the same problem Tuesday afternoon.

The woman was taken to an area hospital, where she was treated for her injuries, Fennelly said. As of right now no "enforcement action" has been taken, but once police receive a damage estimate for the window, that may change.


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 May 16

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:05 a.m. Monday to 5:32 a.m. Tuesday and includes 207 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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Shots reportedly fired again at Rockland West in southwest Lawrence

Police say they received two more reports of shots fired at an apartment complex in southwest Lawrence.

That makes for three such reports in the span of a week.

Police say one of the recent incidents at Rockland West, 4301 W. 24th Place, left at least one car damaged.

Police were sent to the apartment complex around 2 a.m. Sunday, Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads said in an emailed response to questions. Reportedly, shots had been fired in the area.

"Officers were able to determine where the sound of the gunshots was located," Rhoads wrote. "But no one who reported hearing the sounds reportedly saw anything."

Officers did find some "contraband" at the scene, but did not find any victims, suspects or direct witnesses, Rhoads said.

She did not immediately respond to a follow-up question seeking more information on the type of contraband officers reportedly found.

Officers then were sent back to the apartment complex at 9:08 a.m., according to the department's daily activity logs.

For this incident a Lawrence woman told police her Hyundai Santa Fe was shot and her tires were flattened, Rhoads said.

"During the investigation, officers found two other vehicles with flat tires," Rhoads said.

She did not respond to an additional inquiry seeking to clarify if the tires on the three vehicles were shot out or flattened in some other way.

The woman told police the damage to her SUV was done sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, Rhoads said.

Police are still looking for a suspect in the reported shooting, Rhoads said.

The first shooting at the complex was reported May 7 during a pool party with about 200 guests, the Journal-World previously reported. No injuries were reported from that incident, and there was no known damage to any property.

When asked, Rhoads did not say whether any of the reported shootings are believed to be connected or if any of the incidents are related to a reportedly suspicious death at the same complex, which is still under investigation.


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 May 15

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:11 a.m. Sunday to 5:54 a.m. Monday 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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Lawrence police blotter for May 12 to May 13

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:04 a.m. Friday to 5:59 a.m. Sunday and includes 530 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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Sheriff’s Office accepting applications for annual Citizens Academy

If you've always wondered what it's like to be in law enforcement and you're sick of watching movies or reading stories about the gig, maybe it's time to strap on your boots and find out what it's like for yourself.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for its eighth annual Citizens Academy, Sgt. Kristen Dymacek said in a news release.

The whole idea of the academy is to give participants a better understanding of how the field works and what types of responsibilities sheriff's deputies have, Dymacek said.

It's a far cry from just watching cop movies and old "Starsky and Hutch" reruns.

Participants will learn both in the classroom and take part in hands-on instructional activities, Dymacek said. They'll tour the Corrections and Operations divisions as well.

"Topics covered will also include field sobriety testing, building searches, emergency patrol driving, firearms and more," Dymacek said.

The academy will hold weekly sessions every Thursday. Each session will be about four hours long. The whole process runs from Aug. 17 to Sept. 21. There are also two full-day Saturday sessions, which may change but are currently scheduled for Aug. 26 and Sept. 9.

The academy is free of charge and open to residents of Douglas County, Dymacek said. Applicants must be at least 16 years old, Dymacek said. Convicted felons may not apply.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on June 9. Online applications can be found at www.dgso.org. Additional information is also available through Dymacek at 785-832-5204.


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 May 12

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:14 a.m. Thursday to 5:42 a.m. Friday and includes 231 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 May 11

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:40 a.m. Wednesday to 5:58 a.m. Wednesday and includes 274 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 May 10

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:31 a.m. Tuesday to 5:06 a.m. Wednesday and includes 209 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 May 9

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:29 a.m. Monday to 5:56 a.m. Tuesday and includes 226 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 May 5

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:17 a.m. Thursday to 5:56 a.m. Friday and includes 269 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 May 4

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:28 a.m. Wednesday to 5:50 a.m. Thursday and includes 265 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 May 3

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:05 a.m. Tuesday to 5:53 a.m. Wednesday and includes 250 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 May 2

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

Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:14 a.m. Monday to 3:59 a.m. Tuesday and includes 225 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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Eudora man accused of making homemade explosives for profit

Eudora police this weekend arrested a man who is accused of making his own explosives.

Dylan Taylor Curry, 25, was booked into the Douglas County Jail on Sunday. He faces two felony counts of criminal use of an explosive and one felony count of possession of methamphetamine.

Curry reportedly used gunpowder to make quarter sticks and half sticks of dynamite, said Eudora Police Chief Bill Edwards. Police believe that he then sold the explosives.

"I think it was for profit," Edwards said. "There was no indication there was any terroristic activity."

The types of explosives Curry is accused of making are fairly distinct to the ear, even when fireworks are also going off, Edwards said.

"Every once in a while you'll hear something go off and say 'Oh, man, that was big,'" he said.

The danger, Edwards said, is that once the explosives get to a certain size they can potentially damage the home they're in, alongside neighboring homes. Such was the concern with Curry's reported explosives, he said.

This is, of course, aside from any damage they might do to any nearby people, which can be significant, even fatal.

Police first made contact with Curry on July 4, 2015, Edwards said. Though, he couldn't recall if the contact was made through a tip or a car stop.

Through the investigation, officers learned Curry had been making the explosives in his home, which is listed in the Douglas County Jail's online booking logs as 1218 Bluestem Drive in Eudora, and they went over there to check it out.

"There was quite a bit," Edwards said. "Enough that the bomb units came in from Johnson County and said that it was enough to do damage to the house and others on either side."

Charges weren't filed against Curry until this year, however.

Edwards said the delay is the result of the investigatory process, the time it takes prosecutors to file charges and for court proceedings to move forward.

In addition, Curry reportedly skipped out on a court hearing, so a warrant was issued for his arrest, Edwards said.

After he was booked into the Douglas County Jail, Curry was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 16 for his next hearing.

Douglas County District Court records show Curry has past criminal convictions, including assault, drug possession and operating a motor vehicle without a valid license.


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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