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A few answers to crime and emergency questions you may have been asking

We've had a few phone calls, messages and tweets rolling into the newsroom from folks asking for updates on recent crime investigations and information on things they haven't seen reported. So I figured I'd put together a short list of (hopefully helpful) answers to questions you may have been wondering about:

Armed Robbery: In the early-morning hours of June 6, police said a group of three men, armed with a shotgun, robbed three people in as many southwest Lawrence locations. In of the robberies a dog was shot and killed.

So far police said they have located a small SUV thought to be connected with the case, but no further updates are available.

Police are still actively investigating the case, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads.


Fire: Around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday a fire was reported at 2200 W. 26th St., said Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief Eve Tolefree. Firefighters arrived on scene and did not find a fire. Rather, the incident was a "smoke scare" caused by clothes placed too close to incense, she said.

No injuries were reported in the incident, Tolefree said.


Accident: Around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday a bicyclist was hit by a vehicle in the 6400 block of Clinton Parkway, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Laurie Powell. The cyclist may have suffered minor injuries.

Further information about the accident was not immediately available, Powell said. It was not clear whether the cyclist was transported to the hospital.


Shooting report: Police received a report of a vehicle that may have been shot at on Thursday, June 16, in the 2400 block of Alabama Street, Powell said. An officer was in the area at the time, but he did not hear a gunshot and after further inspection police "could not determine a shooting occurred," she said.


Fatal fire: The cause of the March 31 fire at 923 Pennsylvania St. that killed 61-year-old Joe Dotson has not yet been determined, said Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief James King.

The fire was reported that Thursday at 2:49 p.m. Responding firefighters found Dotson partially inside the home. He was pulled away from the house but was declared dead shortly afterward.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is still open and leads are being pursued, King 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 woman arrested after police said she started a fire in her ex-boyfriend’s bathroom

A recent breakup preceded the arrest of a Lawrence woman after police said she started a fire in her ex-boyfriend's residence.

Josefina Calleja Ines, 39, was arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage, early Tuesday morning in the 500 block of Minnesota Street, according to the Douglas County Jail booking logs.

About 1:24 a.m. Tuesday officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance potentially involving arson, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Laurie Powell. Witnesses at the scene told police Ines came to the residence to speak with her ex-boyfriend about their breakup.

The ex-boyfriend was not home at the time. Ines went into his bedroom and damaged her own property, according to Powell, and she then started a small fire in the bathroom, which damaged the floor.

Ines was booked into the Douglas County Jail and held without bond.


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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Taco shops and a country club; early June restaurant inspection results

The first half of June brings about a short list of restaurant inspections to report.

Only four establishments made the list this round. Sad, though, because two of them serve tacos, arguably humankind's greatest culinary achievement.

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 June:

• Fuzzy's Taco Shop, 1115 Massachusetts St., last had a regular inspection on June 14 and 12 violations were found. The restaurant is currently listed as out of compliance.

• Lawrence Country Club, 400 Country Club Terrace, last had a regular inspection on June 9 and 15 violations were found. The establishment is currently listed as out of compliance.

• Bayleaf Indian Restaurant & Bar, 947 New Hampshire St., last had a quality assurance inspection on June 7 and 12 violations were found. The establishment is currently listed as out of compliance.

• La Parilla, 724 Massachusetts St., last had a regular inspection on June 7 and 24 violations were found. The restaurant is currently listed as out of 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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Sheriff’s office arrests man accused of drunkenly driving vehicle off the road near 31st and Haskell

Douglas County sheriff's deputies had to spend a little time in a ditch Tuesday afternoon after they said an intoxicated man drove his car off the road near 31st Street and Haskell Avenue.

The man, Jerry Ratcliff, 23, of Lawrence, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at the scene around 4:30 p.m. He was released from the Douglas County Jail later on Tuesday after posting a $250 bond.

Courtesy of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Courtesy of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. by Conrad Swanson

The car came to a rest several yards off the roadway, Douglas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kristen Dymacek said. The car did not roll.

While Ratcliff was not injured in the accident, the vehicle was damaged, Dymacek said.

It was not immediately clear whether Ratcliff was wearing his seat belt during the accident, Dymacek said.

Further information was not available Wednesday afternoon.


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 Police seeking help in solving pharmacy burglary

The Eudora Police Department is asking for help in solving an early morning burglary.

Around 3:30 a.m. Monday, Auburn Pharmacy at 310 E. 15th St. was burglarized, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said in a release.

Shortly before the burglary a Jeep was caught on security camera footage outside the business, the release said.

Anyone who recognizes the vehicle or might have any information regarding the burglary is asked to call the Eudora Police Department at 785-690-7334 or Crime Stoppers of Lawrence and Douglas County at 785-843-8477.

Further information was not immediately available.

Courtesy of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Courtesy of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. by Conrad Swanson

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Police investigation continues into Monday morning’s armed robberies

I've had a few folks reach out to see if there has been any progress on the police investigation into Monday's armed robberies, and I'm sorry to report that I haven't heard anything new.

Monday morning three armed men approached people at three locations in southwest Lawrence and robbed them at shotgun point, Lawrence police said. In one of the robberies a dog was shot to death.

Police later located a small SUV thought to be associated with the suspects; however, they would not say when or where the vehicle was found.

The robberies on Monday took place between 4:55 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. and involved three victims at different locations: 3504 Clinton Parkway, near 2700 W. 27th St. and in the 1500 block of West 27th Street. The precise chronological order of the robberies is not known, police said.

In the 1500 block of West 27th Street the suspects approached a man walking his dog, brandished the shotgun and killed the animal, police said.

One of the suspects is described as a 6-foot-tall man, thin, with dark skin and wearing a dark hoodie with a baseball hat, possibly with a red bill.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Laurie Powell said Friday afternoon that she could not provide any updates on the investigation.

Anyone with information on the incidents is encouraged to call Douglas County Crime Stoppers at 785-843-8477 or the Lawrence Police Department at 785-832-7501.

I'll be keeping tabs on the investigation as it continues.


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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Court accepts diversion agreement for KU student activist facing drug charges; police complete investigation on house party incident

The criminal drug possession proceedings surrounding a Kansas University student and former leader of KU's Black Student Union are now near an end with a diversion agreement and hundreds of dollars worth of fees.

Kennedi Grant, 20, was arrested on Feb. 5 on suspicion of possession of marijuana, a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Grant was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond, and her case was soon referred from Douglas County District Court to Lawrence Municipal Court.

Kennedi Grant, 20

Kennedi Grant, 20

On May 16 the court accepted a diversion agreement for Grant, who does not have any prior criminal record in Douglas County.

The agreement states that Grant will pay $60.50 in court costs and a diversion fee of $700. In addition, within six months Grant will complete a round of substance abuse treatment at her own expense.

In the agreement Grant agreed not to consume alcohol or recreational drugs for a year and to submit to any blood, breath or urine tests requested by police or prosecutors.

If Grant satisfies the diversion agreement, she will not be convicted, but the diversion record will remain on her record, the document states; however, after three years, she can petition the court to expunge the record.

Last November, Grant, then-president of KU's Black Student Union, and a group of other students calling themselves Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk interrupted KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and others at a town hall forum about race at KU. During the interruption the group issued a list of diversity-related demands.

While on stage Grant, who initially identified herself as Kynnedi Grant to the Journal-World, said she and several of her friends were assaulted at an off-campus house party last Halloween. She said that during the incident they were called racial slurs and had a gun pulled on them. She accused Lawrence police of failing to investigate the incident because she and her friends are black.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Laurie Powell said Thursday that the investigation into the house party incident was complete and that the findings have been sent to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office for further consideration.

Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to the Douglas County District Attorney, said the office is currently prohibited in discussing the case.


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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Explosions on the west side of town: It’s just loud construction

Ongoing construction on the west side of town is going to get a little louder over the next several weeks. You may have already heard the decibel increase.

Twice a week construction crews may be using explosives to remove rock at the Langston Commons development area, said Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief James King. The work is meant to clear rocks from the area to make way for storm water and sanitary infrastructure.

The development, which is on the northeast corner of the intersection of Bob Billings Parkway and the South Lawrence Trafficway, is part of a project that will add an estimated 229 houses to the area.

Crews began blasting the area Tuesday afternoon, around 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., King said. And they'll try to stick to those hours.

The blasting license allows the workers to blast twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, King said. Much of the rest of their time will be spent preparing the explosives for the half-hourlong sessions.

"They drill and set charges for two days and then blast the afternoon of the second day," King said.

The blasting is licensed to continue through the end of July, King said. But it's not guaranteed crews will need to use the explosives every Tuesday and Thursday.

This is the second round of blasting in the area this year, King said. The first took place earlier this spring.

Neighbors in the area have already been made aware of the ongoing work, King said.

But I thought I'd let everybody else know, just in case they're driving by the area and start to think we're under attack.

Now I have the strangest urge to go home and watch "Red Dawn."


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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Police: Baldwin City man wakes up to armed intruder, forces him out of his home

Since Sunday there have been four armed robberies in Lawrence. That's a lot for any given two-day span, and it doesn't end there.

One Baldwin City man was arrested early Monday morning after police said he attempted to rob an acquaintance the day before.

Lucas Byron Cool, 20, was arrested Monday on suspicion of aggravated robbery, criminal threats, aggravated burglary, burglary and two counts of theft of property or services, according to Douglas County booking logs.

Lucas Byron Cool

Lucas Byron Cool by Conrad Swanson

He was booked into the Douglas County Jail and held without bond.

Around 6:45 a.m. Sunday a man living in a duplex in the 100 block of Baldwin City's Silver Leaf Lane awoke to find Cool in his home, said Baldwin City Police Cpl. Kim Springer. Cool was armed and wearing a mask, she said.

Then something rather unusual happened.

The resident grabbed Cool and forced him out of the home, Springer said. He didn't call the police until nearly six hours later.

A brief investigation led police to Cool, who was then arrested. Additional charges may be pending against Cool, Springer said.

The resident was not injured during the incident.


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 shows off some dance moves, challenges other departments to follow suit

Lawrence Police Sgt. Myrone Grady can cut a rug. The other folks on the force, I'm not so sure about.

For the record, I can't dance either. Not even a little bit.

Either way, the police department released a video Friday morning of Grady, and others, dancing, rolling in a DeLorean and laughing a bit at themselves.

Most importantly, however, the department threw down the gauntlet for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Topeka Police Department with the Running Man Challenge.

Don't know what the Running Man Challenge is? Don't sweat it, I didn't either.

Basically each person or group challenged must record a video of itself dancing a variation of the running man dance to the 1996 song "My Boo" by Ghost Town DJ's.

That's a hot track.

The dancing person or group can then pass the challenge on to others.

LPD's video is a time-traveling odyssey, beginning in 1986 with a young Grady (played by Myrone Grady's son, Jase Grady).

Young Grady and a wig-sporting Chief Tarik Khatib — as Doc Brown from Back to the Future — jump forward to 2016 in John DeLorean's classic, stainless steel car.

In the future a fully grown Grady is joined by other members of the department along with Kansas University's Big Jay and Baby Jay for a dance number and a few other shenanigans.

Afterwards Grady and Doc (Khatib) then return back to the '80s where Young Grady relays to aviator- and mustache-sporting officers "you guys won't believe this; in 2016 it's still the same building."

I see what you did there, LPD.

The video also nods to a recently circulated photo where a Lawrence Police car appears to have driven away from a gas station with the fuel nozzle still in the car.

"Of course, we had to poke fun of ourselves a little bit," said Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads.

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Topeka Police Department Media Specialist Amy McCarter said LPD's challenge has made its way up to its chief, who will ultimately make the call on a response.

"But our fingers are sure crossed," she said.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kristen Dymacek has not yet responded to an inquiry on whether or not we'll see a more local response.

Let's not give up hope, though.


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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Police: Man reportedly screaming profanities and swinging a bat arrested after becoming belligerent with officers

I've been hearing quite a bit recently about police officers encountering combative people.

One Lawrence man, Jason Barker, was arrested early Thursday morning after officers were called to the 1000 block of Pennsylvania Street by a neighbor who reported a disturbance, police said.

Jason Barker

Jason Barker by Conrad Swanson

Around 3:15 a.m. police arrived to the scene after the neighbor said Barker "was screaming profanities and swinging a bat around while walking up and down the street," said Lawrence Police Sgt. Laurie Powell.

When officers approached, Barker, 41, became belligerent with them, Powell said. When they tried to arrest him he resisted and battered them, she said.

Neither officer was injured during the incident, Powell said.

Officers were eventually able to arrest Barker on suspicion of battery on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and intimidation of a witness.

Barker was released from the Douglas County Jail later Thursday morning after posting a $500 bond.


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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Suspect outside adult club accused of trying to burn deputy, other offenses

A cursory internet search of The OutHouse, an adult entertainment club east of Lawrence, yields mixed results.

Some folks seem to leave the establishment happy while others write about their less-than-satisfactory experiences. Most reviews are too salacious to quote here. I figure that's about standard, considering the business venture.

I'm curious, however, as to how one Lee's Summit, Mo., man might rate the business after he was arrested outside on Tuesday afternoon.

Mark Curtis Brinegar, 53, was arrested just before 3 p.m. in The OutHouse's parking lot on suspicion of battery on a law enforcement officer, interference with duties of a law enforcement officer, criminal trespass, transporting an open container and operating while intoxicated, said Douglas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kristen Dymacek.

Mark Brinegar, 53, Lee's Summit, Mo.

Mark Brinegar, 53, Lee's Summit, Mo. by Conrad Swanson

Deputies arrived on scene Tuesday afternoon to investigate a report of an intoxicated man, Dymacek said. There, Brinegar allegedly became belligerent.

The club was closed at the time and deputies found Brinegar did not have permission to be on the premises, Dymacek said.

When approached by police, Brinegar locked himself inside a pickup truck and refused to open the door, Dymacek said.

"Deputies were able to get his pickup door open, but Brinegar attempted to burn one of the deputies with a cigarette," Dymacek said.

Only the deputy's shirt was burned during the incident, Dymacek said.

Brinegar was arrested and transported to the Douglas County Jail, where he was later released without posting bond.

As of Wednesday afternoon, no charges have been filed against Brinegar in Douglas County District Court.


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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Never bring a knife to a holiday-weekend gunfight

They say never to start a story with a cliché, but when you're writing about someone bringing a knife to a gunfight it's kind of hard to follow that rule.

One Lawrence man was arrested late Friday night after pulling a knife during an argument, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Laurie Powell.

Just before midnight on Friday police responded to an apartment in the 2600 block of West 26th Street for a report of a disturbance with weapons, Powell said.

In all, seven police officers responded to the scene, according to police activity logs.

At the apartment officers found three people, two of whom got into a fight earlier in the evening, Powell said.

"One subject was in town visiting his friend when they got into a physical altercation with each other," she said.

Powell did not say how the fight began.

Somewhere during the scuffle things became more serious.

One of the two suspects threatened the other with a knife, Powell said. Feeling threatened, the second suspect then pulled a handgun and fired it into the ground as a deterrent.

Both suspects suffered minor injuries from the fight, Powell said.

Responding officers placed the man who allegedly pulled a knife under arrest, Powell said.

The Lawrence Police Department's incident number for the disturbance matches the number listed in the Douglas County Jail booking logs for the arrest of Jason Allen Kuhn, 37, of Lawrence.

Kuhn was arrested at the scene on suspicion of aggravated assault, battery and violation of his probation, the logs state. He was released from the Douglas County Jail Sunday afternoon after posting a $10,000 bond.


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 police chase leads to the arrest of one Lawrence man while a separate North Lawrence accident remains a mystery

An abrupt police chase Tuesday evening led to the arrest of one Lawrence man, police said.

Justin Lee Muckey, 31, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of reckless driving, attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and driving while suspended.

Around 9:45 p.m. a police officer driving in the 1800 block of West 23rd Street noticed two westbound vehicles driving recklessly, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Laurie Powell. The officer then began to follow one of the two vehicles, driven by Muckey.

With the police officer following, Muckey continued to drive erratically, breaking traffic laws, Powell said. And when the officer attempted to pull him over, Muckey refused to stop, heading north on Iowa Street.

A nearby Douglas County Sheriff's deputy was in the area was able to lend a hand, however.

With Muckey still driving, the deputy laid down police stop sticks "which disabled the vehicle, making it a very short pursuit," Powell said.

The chase ended near the intersection of Iowa and Yale streets, Powell said.

Muckey was arrested and booked into the Douglas County Jail in lieu of a $1,450 bond.

Muckey was also cited for failure to yield entering a roadway, a red light violation, improper lane usage, speeding and failure to signal, Powell said.

Less is known about a mysterious accident Tuesday night.

Photo by Richard Gwin

Photo by Richard Gwin by Conrad Swanson

Around 10:09 p.m. police responded to an accident near the intersection of 7th and Locust streets in North Lawrence, according to Lawrence Police activity logs. In all, three officers responded to the scene.

Fortunately, Journal-World all-star photographer Richard Gwin was in the neighborhood to snap a quick picture of a small pickup truck with its front end in the air at a near-45-degree angle.

He tells me when he arrived, the scene was abandoned. The driver was nowhere to be found.

Powell said only that no injuries were reported in the accident.


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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Police warn of IRS phone scam, increased traffic enforcement

Lawrence police are giving folks a heads up about a recent phone scam making its way around, as well as an increase in traffic enforcement.

First, Wrong Number:

A number of area residents have reported receiving phone calls asking for money on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service, the Lawrence Police Department said in one social media post. These calls are not genuine.

The IRS does not collect money over the phone, police said. Rather, the organization will contact taxpayers by mail.

Anyone receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be an IRS representative is advised not to respond to the call, police said.

If in doubt, it is always best to personally verify any information offered over the phone, police said.

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Second, Takin' it to the Streets:

The Lawrence Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office are keeping an extra eye out for people who aren't wearing their seat belts.

Both the police department and sheriff's office are taking part in the statewide Click It or Ticket campaign until June 5, alongside nearly 150 other law enforcement agencies.

Funded through a Kansas Department of Transportation Grant, the campaign allows law enforcement agencies to increase their presence on the state's roads, both agencies said in social media posts. The extra officers and deputies will be specifically looking to enforce seatbelt and other traffic safety laws, especially at night.

The campaign, which began Monday, is meant to reduce the number of deaths and injuries which occur in traffic accidents that might otherwise be preventable, the agencies 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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Sheriff’s Office: Eudora man suffers minor injuries after rolling his car into a ravine near Lawrence

A Eudora man suffered minor injuries Sunday morning after accidentally driving into a ravine east of Lawrence, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

Around 9:15 a.m. the 32-year-old man was southbound in the 1500 block of East 1625 Road, just east of Lawrence, when he drifted off the road, said Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kristen Dymacek. The man's car, a 2003 Chevy Malibu, came to rest in a ravine on the west side of the road.

Deputies and road crews worked Sunday morning to pull the car from the ravine, closing off East 1625 Road for a time.

Once crews righted the vehicle, its sides were clearly dented and its windshield was crushed.

The man was transported by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, Dymacek said.

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Latest restaurant inspection results show violations in Lawrence, Baldwin City

It seems restaurant inspectors branched outside of Lawrence a bit more than normal for the most recent batch of visits checking for health code violations.

For the first half of May — and a bit into the second half (sorry, I was out of town) — a quarter of the restaurants listed are located in Baldwin City.

On the list this time are a few sandwich shops, a sushi place and a sorority house, to name a few.

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 May:

• Cibo Sano Italian Grille, 4821 W. 6th St., last had an expired license inspection on May 17 and 10 violations were found. The restaurant is currently listed as out of compliance.

• R Bar & Patio, 610 Florida St., last had an expired license inspection on May 17 and 13 violations were found. The establishment is currently listed as in compliance.

• Joy Garden, 717 E. 8th St., Baldwin City, last had a regular inspection on May 13 and 13 violations were found. The restaurant is currently listed as out of compliance.

• Raven's Table, 520 North High St., Baldwin City, last had a regular inspection on May 13 and 3 violations were found. The restaurant is currently listed as out of compliance.

• Moose's Backwoods BBQ, 522 Ames St., Baldwin City, last had a regular inspection on May 11 and 12 violations were found. The restaurant is currently listed as out of compliance.

• Santa Fe Market, 522 Ames St., Baldwin City, last had a regular inspection on May 11 and 15 violations were found. The establishment is currently listed as out of compliance.

• Circle K Store & Subway, 1030 North 3rd St., last had a regular inspection on May 10 and 12 violations were found. The establishment is currently listed as out of compliance.

• Ingredient, 947 Massachusetts St., last had a follow-up inspection on May 9 and 5 violations were found. The restaurant is currently listed as out of compliance.

• Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 1600 Oxford Road, last had a regular inspection on May 3 and 10 violations were found. The establishment is currently listed as in compliance.

• Cold Stone Creamery, 647 Massachusetts St., last had a regular inspection on May 3 and 10 violations were found. The establishment is currently listed as out of compliance.

• Yokohama Sushi Downtown, 811 New Hampshire St., last had a reopening inspection on May 3 and two violations were found. The restaurant is currently listed as in compliance.

• Pita Pit, 1011 Massachusetts St., last had a follow-up inspection on May 2 and 10 violations were found. The restaurant is currently listed as out of 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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Police: Gun threat at Lawrence High School spurs investigation, search

The Lawrence Police Department has four school resource officers split between the town's high schools and middle schools. Each is tasked with educating students, acting as a problem solver whenever possible and, of course, enforcing the law.

Monday morning, two resource officers — and an additional six officers — were all needed at Lawrence High School for the more serious portion of their job.

That morning, a female student told police an 18-year-old Lawrence man, who is not a student at the school, told her he had a handgun and was going to come to the school, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Laurie Powell. The student and the man are acquaintances.

Officers located the man and searched his residence, Powell said. A handgun was not found.

"Officers determined there was no immediate threat to the student or students at LHS," she said.

The man was not arrested, Powell said. A report of the incident will be sent to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office for review.

Lawrence School District Spokeswoman Julie Boyle said staff and school families were notified of the police investigation Monday.


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Police searching for 3 men suspected of entering a home without permission and beating residents

Police are on the lookout for three men suspected of entering a home without permission early Saturday morning and beating three residents, seriously injuring them.

On Saturday morning police arrived at a house in the 1300 block of Ohio Street for a report of an aggravated battery, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads. There had been a party in the house earlier.

Around 3 a.m. there was a disturbance at the house party, caused when one resident of the home asked a visitor to leave, Rhoads said. Several people left the party as a result of the disturbance.

Later that morning three men entered the home without permission and attacked three of the residents, Rhoads said. The residents, male and female, suffered serious but nonlife-threatening injuries. All were treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

The suspects may have also suffered injuries in the confrontation, Rhoads said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Lawrence Police Department at 785-832-7509 or Crime Stoppers at 785-843-8477.

Further information was not immediately available.


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Ladybird Diner to host fundraiser to help injured owner of Frank’s North Star Tavern

Meg Heriford, owner of the Ladybird Diner, 721 Massachusetts St., said she was shocked when she heard about the hit-and-run wreck that left Frank Dorsey hospitalized. Dorsey is the owner of Frank's North Star Tavern, 508 Locust St.

"And I think it just struck me, outside of being horrified for his wife and daughter and what they have to go through and what Frank has to go through for his recovery, I thought if something like that took me down for several months I don't know what would happen to my business," she said.

The afternoon of May 1, Dorsey was riding his bicycle on Wellman Road just north of 66th Street — southwest of McLouth — when he was hit by a northbound car, police said. The car's driver, William Willits, 46, of Lawrence, left the scene and was later arrested.

Since then Dorsey, who suffered numerous broken bones, has been on the mend. His wife did not immediately return a call Tuesday afternoon seeking comment on his condition.

But to help out with the tavern's business while Dorsey is gone, Heriford is hosting a fundraiser Wednesday evening at her diner.

The event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and feature food, drinks and a silent auction, Heriford said. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to Dorsey.

"My first thought was to raise money for the tavern so they could have a little padding while he's not there," Heriford said. "We'll be doing burgers and fries and pie, all regularly priced."

And then there's the auction. Where to start with the auction items?

"It's going to be a super-rad silent auction. You cannot believe the things showing up for him," Heriford said. "There's more local art than you've ever seen. Everything from jewelry to paintings to photography prints to vintage items to gift certificates."

Local artists, musicians, businesses, organizations and more all chipped in for the event, Heriford said.

"If you want to spend $10, we got ya. If you want to bring the checkbook and do your Christmas shopping and spend $800, we got ya," she said.

Heriford said that since agreeing to host the event she has seen a tremendous amount of support for Dorsey and the rest of his family.

"They are so loved," she said.

In all, there are right around 70 silent auction items for the event, Heriford said — too many to fit in her office.

"I hope a lot of people come," she said of the public fundraiser. "I'm just floored by the outpouring of support in this community."

For more on the auction, see the Facebook event page.


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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