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A rundown of laws to follow, parking advice to heed if you are coming downtown to celebrate KU and the Elite Eight

I watched the spirits of University of Kansas fans rise as the Jayhawks came back Thursday night to beat Purdue in what can only be described as a blowout.

A blowout of another kind — the type with celebrations and jubilation — may be in store for downtown Lawrence on Saturday night, if the Jayhawks win their Elite Eight game and punch their ticket to the Final Four.

Traditionally, bars and restaurants in Downtown Lawrence are filled with game spectators, and then a victory causes the crowd to grow by several thousand people. The revelry generally spills onto Massachusetts Street.

But as the men's basketball team creeps closer and closer to the national championship, Lawrence will see a few new laws in place, the Lawrence Police Department said.

We've reported before that when KU makes the Elite Eight - Saturday's game against Oregon - glass will be banned in downtown Lawrence. This is a temporary ordinance which means anyone caught with glass bottles or containers downtown could face a misdemeanor, punishable by a $100 fine.

The ban applies to downtown streets or public right-of-ways and will begin at noon on Saturday, lasting until 6 a.m. Monday.

In the event that the Jayhawks beat Oregon and advances to the Final Four the ban will be in effect from noon on April 1 to 6 a.m. on April 4.

The Lawrence Police Department said in a release the ban is meant to help citizens and officers stay safe during any basketball-related celebrations.

I would assume this also applies to any - dare I say - basketball-related lamentations as well.

Preparing for the ban officers will reach out to downtown restaurants and bars, asking them to serve beverages in plastic cups on tournament days, the release said.

"This will help prevent glassware from making its way into the large crowds that will be expected if KU advances in the tournament," the release said.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will assist the police department with their tournament plans, Sgt. Kristen Dymacek said.

In fact, a number of agencies will be assisting if KU keeps moving forward, Lawrence Police Officer Drew Fennelly wrote in an email. The number of officers on the street will only increase as KU progresses.

"Historically Elite 8 celebrations have been smaller than Final Four celebrations, so our staffing levels will reflect that," Fennelly said. "If KU advances to the Final Four various agencies from across the state will be assisting with manpower."

Final Four celebrations historically have become a major undertaking for city and county officials. When KU reached the Final Four in 2012, the city estimated that it spent about $180,000 policing the celebration and cleaning up after it. But as city officials at the time said, they’re pretty confident the financial rewards — think of sales tax dollars from game day celebrations and t-shirt sales — outweigh the costs.

If you are planning to partake in this year’s downtown celebrations, the Police Department recommends that you plan ahead, especially when it comes to parking. Downtown visitors might want to park somewhere other than Massachusetts Street, due to the large number of people expected to be out and about, Fennelly said.

Plus, if KU wins, it might be difficult to move your car if you're parked on Massachusetts Street.

"Officers will block of Massachusetts Street in the event of a KU victory for the safety of the people celebrating," Fennelly said.

And if you're not downtown, there are still rules that apply.

The sheriff's office noted in a release that fireworks are illegal "not to mention extremely dangerous with the dry, windy conditions."

Those dry and windy conditions have actually led to frequent burn bans in the area and on Friday Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical reminded area residents that burning is not permitted within the city.

In summation: first responders are politely requesting that you don't have glass downtown, that you don't blow things up and that you try to keep your wits about you during Saturday's basketball game (which tips off at 7:49 p.m.) and any possible future games.

"We would just like to encourage everyone coming downtown to celebrate to do so in a responsible manner, and be mindful of their safety as well as the safety of those around them," Fennelly added.


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 March 24

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 6:10 a.m. Thursday to 5:19 a.m. Friday and includes 253 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 March 23

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 7:23 a.m. Wednesday to 5:56 a.m. Thursday and includes 197 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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Armed robbery in a Lawrence apartment yields second arrest, three months after the fact

An early December robbery that already resulted in one arrest has now resulted in another.

We previously reported Christopher Hinson, 19, of Leavenworth County, was arrested in mid December. He is accused of robbing several people inside a Lawrence apartment at gunpoint and stealing cellphones, a laptop video game system and two backpacks from four people.

Hinson is currently facing four felony counts of aggravated robbery and one felony count of aggravated burglary.

Until Wednesday Hinson appeared to be the only suspect in the reported robbery. At the time representatives of the Lawrence Police Department declined to offer additional details on the case because they had submitted an affidavit to the District Attorney and it is their general practice not to comment on cases once that's done.

Wednesday morning, however, a second man from Kansas City, Kan., was arrested in connection to the same robbery. Court documents indicate the affidavit justifying the arrest was filed with the DA's office on March 8.

Alongside Hinson, Marquis Bridgeman faces four felony counts of aggravated robbery. He also faces a single, felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The criminal complaint filed against Bridgeman in Douglas County District Court indicates he helped Hinson rob the four reported victims. Both men were armed with a gun at the time of the incident, the documents indicate.

It's unclear how or if Hinson and Bridgeman knew their reported victims. It's also unclear why the two out-of-towners reportedly broke into a Lawrence apartment.

What is clear is that Hinson and Bridgeman are currently held in the Douglas County Jail, each in lieu of a $35,000 bond.

Neither Hinson nor Bridgeman have a prior criminal history in Douglas County.

I've asked LPD if there are any remaining suspects in the reported robbery or if everyone involved has been arrested. No word yet, but stay tuned.


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 March 22

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. Tuesday to 4:38 a.m. Wednesday and includes 169 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-Douglas County Fire Medical helps with response to massive fire in Overland Park

It's not uncommon for first responders in the area to send crews to other cities or counties in the case of an emergency.

You may remember that in January the Olathe Police Department sent a bomb squad and the Shawnee Police Department send a K9 unit to Lawrence when a suspicious box and message were found at the Douglas County Courthouse.

On Monday, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical returned the favor when a massive fire broke out at an Overland Park apartment complex and the city's fire department needed help.

The Associated Press reports that the fire began at the multimillion-dollar CityPlace development in Overland Park before spreading to nearby homes.

In all, 22 houses were damaged, some significantly so, and 100 firefighters were called to fight the flames until late Monday afternoon, when the fire came under control.

LDCFM Division Chief Eve Tolefree said in an email that a total of 11 members of the department responded to the Overland Park Fire Department's request for mutual aid.

"Out units stood by in a designated staging area in preparation to support fire suppression activities," she said.

Ultimately three firefighters were treated for minor injuries. However, Tolefree said the 11 members of LDCFM were not among the wounded.

All LDCFM members returned home Monday night, Tolefree said.

Some crews were checking the scene for hot spots on Tuesday, but Tolefree said Lawrence and Douglas County crews were not involved in the cleanup phase.

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Lawrence police blotter for March 21

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 6:40 a.m. Monday to 4:13 a.m. Tuesday and includes 184 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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Aftermath of St. Paddy’s Day and the start of March Madness results in eight DUI arrests; hundreds stopped at checkpoint

Over the course of a weekend encompassing one of the country's biggest drinking holidays and the front end of one of the sporting world's most watched competitions I'm sure there were plenty of reasons for folks to reach for a beer, or several.

In anticipation for such a weekend the Lawrence Police Department has recently been stressing the importance of finding a safe (read: sober) method of transportation in these types of situations.

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Sometimes that's a cab, other times it's a designated driver. And I suppose, sometimes folks might just have to walk, so wear comfy shoes.

However, it appears a number of people in Lawrence did not use any of the safer methods this weekend and ignored LPD's legal recommendations.

Between Friday and Saturday at least eight people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, among other things, according to the Douglas County Jail's online booking logs.

The arrests span from 9:34 a.m. on Friday to 4:11 p.m. on Saturday and yielded additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, driving while suspended and operating a vehicle without liability insurance.

The arrests took place all over town, including along N. 3rd, E. 25th and Massachusetts streets. And three arrests took place within the 1800 block of Iowa Street, where LPD representatives held their highly-publicized sobriety checkpoint.

Not only did the checkpoint yield 3 arrests, but a total of 435 cars were stopped between 10:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., said LPD Sgt. Amy Rhoads.

The department had been letting folks know about the checkpoint for a few days leading up to the event.

Even with prior warning, Rhoads said the department wants to thank those several hundred motorists who were stopped "for their patience and cooperation during the checkpoint."

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If you were previously unaware, LPD has quite the Twitter account going. They can be found at @LawrenceKS_PD and from there you'll be able to keep up with their current activities, including the aforementioned DUI checkpoints and, their ever-popular Tweetalongs.

In fact, the department hosted yet another Tweetalong on Friday night while the checkpoint was going on. It's a good way for folks to get an idea of what a night is like for a Lawrence Police Officer. I'm sure they'll host another Tweetalong in the near future, but if you want to see what you missed in the past, go ahead and check out #LKPDTweetalong for past... episodes? Is that the word? That's what I'm going with. Past episodes.

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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 March 18 to March 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 6:41 a.m. Friday to 5:12 a.m. Monday and includes 678 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 March 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 6:59 a.m. Thursday to 5:34 a.m. Friday and includes 236 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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St. Paddy’s Day in Lawrence, featuring basketball, a sobriety checkpoint and social media madness

Friday is going to be a busy day in Lawrence.

First off it's Saint Paddy's Day, which is, of course, accompanied by a downtown parade. But there's also going to be some March madness going on as the University of Kansas tips off against the University of California Davis at 5 p.m.

Needless to say these activities will likely go hand in hand with a good amount of green beer. As such the Lawrence Police Department is planning to both keep themselves busy and keep their ever-growing Twitter following entertained.

First, the department, alongside the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol and the University of Kansas Public Safety Office, will stage a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in Lawrence.

The location of the checkpoint is not something the department is releasing, since, you know, that would kinda defeat the purpose.

And if you've been following along with the department's Twitter account you'll know their officers have zero tolerance for drunk - or otherwise intoxicated - driving.

Actually, 'zero tolerance' is so early 2000s. What I've come to learn and what the department already clearly knows is that 'no chill' is the proper terminology for 2017.

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Moving on, if you have a Twitter account - or the means of setting one up - you can tag along with LPD on Friday because they'll be hosting another Tweetalong.

If you're new to LPD's Tweetalong tradition all you need to know to get started is that the department and its loyal following really like GIFs featuring Steve Harvey.

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Personally that dude's mustache freaks me out a bit, but to each their own.

Anyway, the department has periodically hosted these Tweetalongs for some time now. Their goal is to help anybody who's interested take a virtual ride with a Lawrence police officer.

If you've got questions, comments or concerns be sure to tweet at the department, you can find them at @LawrenceKS_PD.

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If you need to catch up a bit on past Tweetalongs you can do that using the #LKPDTweetalong hashtag. Their newest Tweetalong will likely begin at 5 p.m. on Friday.


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 March 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 6:10 a.m. Wednesday to 5:58 a.m. Thursday and includes 188 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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Two-vehicle accident closes U.S. 40, one man suspected of driving while intoxicated

If you meant to take the highway to or from Topeka on Tuesday evening you may have had to take a different route.

That's because deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers closed a stretch of U.S. Highway 40 - which connects Lawrence and Topeka - after two trucks collided along the roadway, said Douglas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kristen Dymacek.

Around 6 p.m. a 26-year-old man was driving his Dodge truck eastbound along Highway 40, Dymacek said. Within the 700 block of the Highway, 72-year-old Michael Stultz, of Lawrence, turned his Ford truck into the Dodge's path and the two collided.

Neither men were seriously injured, nor were they taken to the hospital, Dymacek said.

Stultz was, however, arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Dymacek said.

Stultz was booked into the Douglas County Jail and later released after posting a $250 bond, according to the jail's online booking logs.

The highway was closed for about 90 minutes after the accident, Dymacek 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 March 15

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 6:10 a.m. Tuesday to 5:50 a.m. Wednesday 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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Fire and ice mix during controlled burn along Clinton Parkway

Man, I left town for just a few days and I came back Tuesday morning to find the place has gone up in smoke.

Well, really, it was just a portion of Clinton Parkway. And, really, the smoke and flames were part of a controlled burn.

Tuesday morning Rod Hoffer, a field supervisor for Lawrence's Department of Parks and Recreation, moved up and down a few areas of brush alongside Clinton Parkway, setting them on fire.

The flames were contained to the small patches of foliage he wanted to burn, though the smoke drifted south in the wind as snow began to fall on the city.

Ideally, Hoffer said the controlled burns would have been done earlier in the year, perhaps by the end of February, but the weather has not been cooperating.

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Every day, Hoffer said, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief James King looks at local weather conditions to see if a controlled burn could be allowed within the city. Among other things, he checks wind and humidity levels.

If the conditions allow, King then gives the Parks and Rec department the thumbs up to begin burning.

On Tuesday Hoffer and his crew received the OK and began their burn project up and down Clinton Parkway. He said they'd move to Lawrence's Arboretum — just north of the town's Youth Sports Complex — if the snow allowed.

By noon on Tuesday about half an inch of snow had fallen on the Lawrence area, said Kyle Poage, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka.

The snow was not expected to continue into the rest of the week, however, Poage said. In fact, temperatures are likely to increase as the weekend nears.

"We'll have a high in the 40s on Wednesday, and then Thursday it's looking to get into the 60s," he said.

In addition both the wind and humidity levels are expected to remain at manageable levels, Poage said.

Though King has final say for burns within city limits, rural residents need to check with the county before they light anything on fire, said Jillian Rodrigue, Douglas County Emergency Management assistant director.

Area residents can find the Rangeland Fire Index and other info through the county's website, douglascountyks.org, Rodrigue said. Same as in the city, the index looks at wind and humidity levels alongside other variables.

When the index is at low, moderate or high levels and wind speeds are below 15 mph, Rodrigue said county residents can go ahead and perform their own controlled burns. Though they still need to call the county's dispatch at 785-843-0250 to log their fire.

Calling dispatch lets emergency responders know a controlled burn will be taking place and also allows dispatchers to warn concerned citizens who call 911 as soon as they see the smoke, Rodrigue said.

Hoffer said the calls to 911 never fail, even if he and his crews knock on neighborhood doors and warn the residents they'll be burning.

Better safe than sorry.

And while there are many reasons to perform a controlled burn, Hoffer said he and his crews were doing so to help control weeds along Clinton Parkway. The flames get rid of all the unwanted undergrowth in the area and allow fresh grass and flowers to grow when weather improves a bit.

Out with the old, in with the new, I suppose.

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Lawrence police blotter for March 9 to March 14

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 6:32 a.m. Thursday to 5:48 a.m. Tuesday and includes 1222 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 March 8

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 6:57 a.m. Tuesday to 4:52 a.m. Wednesday and includes 238 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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Short on employees but not on spirit: Businesses and activists prepare for Lawrence’s International Women’s Strike

On Wednesday businesses throughout the area may be short on female employees. The women will be on strike.

Meg Heriford, owner of Ladybird Diner, said downtown Lawrence will be without her restaurant for the day.

Jolene Andersen is retired, so she's not skipping work, but she'll be right alongside Heriford and the others in Watson Park, 727 Kentucky St., showing solidarity for women and the other "indivisible groups" who support them.

Heriford, Andersen and others will be in Watson Park for the International Women's Strike, which will begin at 11 a.m., according to the group's Facebook page.

Heriford said she'll be closing her diner to attend and she has also heard that a number of downtown businesses will either follow suit or give their female employees the day off.

"I don't think it's going to grind anything to a halt here in Lawrence, but it's a good opportunity for the women who do want to participate to reflect on how much our contribution matters every day," she said. "The importance of the health and safety of women as it relates to the GDP of our country is undeniable."

Heriford said she will also be speaking at the event, partially about why she has made an active decision to include her activism in her business model.

"It'll sort of relate to why I choose to be outspoken," she said. "I don't make any secrets about my feminism."

Wonder Fair, 841 Massachusetts St., said in a Facebook post that the business would be giving the shop's female employees a paid day off "to attend the Women's Strike Solidarity Event, volunteer their time, and do work in our community."

Andersen said she believes Wednesday's event is a continuation of the recent women's march on Washington, D.C. — which she attended — which brought hundreds of thousands of people together in support of marginalized groups and in protest of the current presidential administration.

"Society is changing; the whole world is changing," she said. "We're moving away from war and competition and the administration, which is, I believe, the last gasp of the old order. And women are leading the way."

"We are gathering our strength, finding ourselves, finding support in each other and we're moving ahead," she added.

Which is not to say men are excluded from the event, Andersen noted. In fact, she'd only prefer to exclude "haters."

"This movement is about inclusiveness," she said. "And we're moving away from hatred and prejudice."

The day will include speakers, live music and informational resources from a number of local organizations. The event will run until 6 p.m.


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 March 7

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 6:16 a.m. Monday to 5:40 a.m. Tuesday and includes 218 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 to host first ever Coffee with a Cop event this weekend

If you're heading to the grocery store this weekend and you see a few sheriff's deputies outside, don't be alarmed.

Rather, you should grab a cup of coffee and join them.

This Saturday the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is hosting its first Coffee with a Cop event at Hy-Vee, 3504 Clinton Parkway, Sgt. Kristen Dymacek said in a news release.

The whole idea is to give area residents a chance to have some face time with the county's men and women of law enforcement, Dymacek said. It's a good chance for people to "sit down, chat and have a cup of coffee with the deputies," she said.

The sheriff's office will also set up a patrol car outside the grocery store so folks can get a closer look at the vehicle, Dymacek said.

I'm not sure if they'll let you touch any of the buttons or sirens, though. You'll have to ask politely.

In addition, the character Chase from the animated show "Paw Patrol" will make a special appearance at the store, Dymacek said.

"Coffee (as well as other beverages) and doughnut holes will be available to those who attend the event," Dymacek said. Plus, Hy-Vee is offering kids a breakfast special at its Market Grille, she said.

Though this is the first Coffee with a Cop event, Dymacek said this won't be the last. The sheriff's office would like to have a few of these this year in different locations all over town.

Saturday's event will run from 8 a.m. to noon, Dymacek 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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