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Wild Saturday morning in Lawrence

A very active and busy night overnight in Lawrence.

It started about 11 p.m. with a report of a missing 10-year-old child. The boy was believed to have been in the area of Clinton Park, at 5th and Maine. Police searched for just under an hour until the boy was located by Police. He was safe and uninjured.

A few minutes after midnight, Lawrence Police were called to the 1200 block of Tennessee Street after multiple callers reported hearing what they believed to be gunshots in the area. Police responded to investigate and determined the sounds to be related to fireworks.

Police were called to the area of 10th and Massachusetts Street just before 2 a.m. Callers reported a taller man wearing dark clothing, walking southbound along the sidewalk. The man was reported to be carrying a large knife and also had an gun. The man was not reported to have been any threats and was not believed to have made any threatening gestures towards other people he encountered.

Police arrived to find the man near 11th and Mass. Officer attempted to speak with the subject, he initially ignored commands of Officers before turning to face the officers. When the man turned around, officers could confirmed that the man was indeed armed with a large knife and a handgun. Officers behind the man requested assistance from other City Officers for a Taser. Numerous Officers responded and the man was taken into custody after being shot with a Taser. The man was transported to LMH by Police. During the man's apprehension, a large crowd gathered around and more officers were called to assist with crowd control. LJWorld Story

Just after Police had controlled the situation on Mass Street, they were called to the 2100 block of Heatherwood on after receiving two 911 calls about possible gunshots heard in the area. Officers responded and again found this report to be related to fireworks.

Another armed disturbance occurred at about 2:20 a.m. in the 1900 block of W 31st Street. Police received a report of thee subject arguing in the street, two officers were sent. While those officers were responding, emergency dispatchers received a second call that advised that one of the subjects was now armed with a rifle and had fired a shot into the air. More officers responded to the area at that time. The subjects involved were located shortly after officers arrived and were quickly taken into custody. LDCFM was called to the area but were disregarded as soon as officers determined that there were no injuries. LJWorld Story

While Police were still on scene on 31st Street, the Fire Department responded to the 1300 block of Tennessee Street after a subject that had been shooting fireworks in the area was reported to have started a dumpster fire. A fire engine responded and quickly extinguished the fire which was completely contained to the dumpster.

The Fire Department cleared the scene on Tennessee and returned to their station. On their arrival at the station, firefighters on board requested their dispatcher call for Police to come remove an intoxicated subject from the area of their station. Police responded to the Fire Station and reported that an intoxicated subject had "hitched a ride" on the fire engine from the scene of the dumpster fire.

Today, Saturday May 21st is also Armed Forces Day.

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Finally Friday

A pretty quiet morning in Lawrence.

Police responded on a few burglaries, disturbances, noise complaints and car stops.

Just after 1 a.m. Police made a DUI arrest in the 600 block of Vermont Street. The vehicle was stopped by a LPD Officer on routine patrols when he spotted the vehicle driving erratically.

Around 2 a.m. Police responded to the 4300 block of west 24th Place on a report of gunshots heard in the area. Two officers responded to the area and a report number was issued. It was unclear if anyone was taken into custody.

No serious injuries were reported during any overnight activity in Douglas county.

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Thursday, May 19

After a busy Wednesday morning with the fatal accident south of Lawrence on Highway 59 and the 2 alarm house fire on Maple in Lawrence, Thursday morning was back to quiet.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical was called to the 1600 block of Cadet Avenue just after 11 p.m. last night. The caller reported that the house was filling with smoke and it smelled electrical in nature. Fire units arrived and upon investigation found nothing overheated and no signs of smoke. 1 fire crew was out at the address investigating for about 15 minutes.

Not Lawrence or even Douglas County but, it is KU related. Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Overland Park Firefighters were called to the KU Edwards Campus at the intersection of 127th Street and Quivira Road. Dispatchers received two calls from witnesses reporting that a building currently under construction on the property was on fire. Fire crews from Overland Park, Olathe and Lenexa all responded and found an approximately 1200 square foot area on the roof was on fire. The building is the new BEST Building. The fire was contained to the roof, no injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. LJWorld Story

Minutes before 1:30 a.m. Lawrence Police were called to the 1900 block of Haskell Avenue after receiving multiple reports of gunshots heard in the area. Police responded and determined that someone had fired a gun into the air. It was unclear if a suspect was taken into custody. No injuries were reported.

Once the rain started falling, police responded on several non injury accidents. Police also responded on several alarms and the every morning calls of noise complaints and a few disturbances. No serious injuries were reported during any of the overnight activity.

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Fatality Accident & 2 Alarm Fully Involved Structure Fire

The majority of the night was another quiet one. Police responded on a few disturbances and assisted a woman that thought she was hearing someone messing with her front door. There was no at the door when Police arrived. A few noise complaints and traffic stops.

Just about 5:50 a.m. LDCFM and Douglas County Deputies were called to respond to Milemarker 146 on Highway 59. This is near North 700 Road. The first deputy arrived on scene of a single vehicle fatality accident. The vehicle is reported to be off of the roadway into a field with major damage. Deputies almost immediately advised that the driver was deceased. Still a developing story. Check the LJWorld Story for the latest updates.

Seconds after 6:00 a.m. LDCFM was called to respond on a 2 Alarm structure fire at 785 Maple in Lawrence. LDCFM arrived on scene and advised fully involved residence. The residents were all able to safely evacuate and reported to LPD that there are at least 10 oxygen tanks inside the house for one of the residents. That resident is currently being treated on scene by a Medic unit. A camper that was parked next to the residence was also involved when LDCFM arrived on scene. Crews are also dealing with down power lines in the yard. Check the LJWorld Story for the latest updates as they become available

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Tuesday, May 17

Another almost abnormally quiet overnight in Lawrence. The call volume is way down over the last two nights. Must be due to Finals week.

To find something that is at least a little bit unusual, I had to go clear back to just after 10 p.m. Lawrence Police took information on a Road Rage incident in the 600 block of N 3rd Street.

The majority of the calls for Police were the normal noise complaints and a few car stops. Nowhere near the normal call load or even the normal activity initiated by officers on routine patrols.

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Monday, May 16

A very quiet overnight in Lawrence this morning.

The overnight hours consisted of the usual calls that Police are called to every morning. Noise complaints, traffic stops.

Police also responded on a non injury accident in the 2500 block of West 6th Street.

Other then that it was a very calm night.

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Power outage in part of Lawrence this morning.

As of 6 a.m. Lawrence Fire Department's Station 1 at 746 Kentucky Street reported a power outage at their station. Westar has been contacted and states that they are aware of a "large outage in the area". The sudden loss of power resulted in two alarms sounding up and down Massachusetts Street. Police and Fire are on scene at the alarms and believe all to be related to the outage. Police are also reporting several traffic signals and street lights that are out.

Westar's Website is showing 5,286 customers without power in Douglas County as of 6:20 a.m. Westar Energy Outage map for Douglas County.

Westar was not able to advise emergency dispatchers of an expected length of the outage but did state that they have crews on the way to work at restoring power.

The night in Lawrence started off with a fireworks complaint in the 4600 block of Trail Drive. The caller advised that he heard an explosion. An officer on routine patrols in the area advised that he also heard the noise and it was related to fireworks.

Just before 10:30 p.m. Police along with Lawrence Fire/Medical responded to the 1400 block of Iowa street on an injury accident. No serious injuries were reported, one person was transported by ambulance.

The majority of the night was consumed by the usual calls, noise complaints, disturbances and traffic stops.

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Saturday, May 14

Lawrence Police responded to the 1900 block of W 26th Street last night. Just after 11 p.m. Police received several calls reporting the sound of gunshots in the area. It was unclear if any suspects were apprehended, police did write a report on the incident.

LPD performed several car stops, with at least two resulting in DUI arrests. A subject with an outstanding warrant was also apprehended.

Police responded on several fights and disturbances. No serious injuries were reported with any of these. There were also three accidents overnight, two involved no injuries and the third involved only minor injuries. The subject involved in the minor injury accident, refused transport by ambulance.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Lawrence Fire responded on a dumpster fire in the 1000 block of Emery Road. The fire was quickly extinguished. The fire was contained to the dumpster and no structures were in jeopardy.

3:30 a.m. LPD was called to the 2500 block of Moundview Drive for what was initially reported as a theft. After officers arrived and spoke with the victim, it became clear that the incident was a strong armed robbery. It was unclear what the suspect was able to get away with and no suspect information was available. A strong armed robbery is a robbery that involves basically overpowering the victim without the use of a weapon. The charge is commonly used for purse snatchings.

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Friday the 13th.

Fairly normal in Lawrence overnight, even for a Friday the 13th.

Police did not respond on much that was out of the ordinary last night. There were countless noise complaints all over the city. At least two complaints were called in twice due to music being turned up again after officers had cleared from the call. So Police returned for a second visit to have the music turned down again. Second time must have been all it took. I did not hear any third calls for the same addresses.

Animal Complaints were back in the calls overnight. Seemed to be mostly barking dog complaints with one complaint of a neighbors dog that had knocked over the callers trash can. Not really a reason to call the Police, in my opinion. The caller did not say what kind of dog it was but she did say that the dog was not vicious in the past.\

Suspicious vehicle checks were conducted throughout the city. Several bar checks were also performed. As a result of these checks, several alcohol complaints were issued.

As reported here on the blog yesterday morning, there was a large power outage along US 56 Highway between western Johnson County and the east side of Baldwin City. LJWorld Photo Gallery

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Thursday, May 12

Yet another pretty quiet overnight throughout Lawrence.

The night started off during the storm knocking out power to residents and businesses along US Highway 56 between the city of Edgerton in Johnson County to Baldwin City in Douglas County. The highway was also closed for several hours while crews worked to remove the downed power lines and replaced a few power poles that were damaged. As of this morning, some are still without power in the area and part of US Highway 56 remains closed.

Just before 10:30 p.m. Lawrence Police responded to the 2500 block of Crossgate Drive for power lines down on the roadway. Police directed traffic around the downed lines while crews finished restoring power. LPD also directed traffic in the 1800 block of Naismith Drive due to a traffic signal losing power. That was also quickly restored and back to normal operation.

It was back to normal as far as disturbance calls that police were called to respond on. I counted 5 disturbance calls. Of all these disturbance calls there were no serious injuries reported.

The rest of the night was the usual noise complaints, suspicious vehicle and pedestrian checks.

Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers performed several vehicle stops in Lawrence, two of which were suspected intoxicated drivers.

Lawrence Police performed three or four bar checks. Several report numbers were issued for alcohol violations during these bar checks.

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Wednesday, May 11

A very calm and pretty peaceful overnight in Lawrence this morning. Police only responded to one disturbance call between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. For anyone that has been following this blog or listening to a scanner, this is a very rare occurrence. As someone who listens every night, it is a very welcome change.

The majority of the night consisted of traffic stops and suspicious vehicle checks throughout the city of Lawrence. Police did respond on a very minor injury accident right at 11:30 p.m. The person involved refused to have an ambulance respond to the scene. Due to the injuries being so very minor, an ambulance did not respond.

There were a couple of noise complaints but, again fewer then normal for Lawrence.

LPD did assist Douglas County Sheriff Deputies in locating a woman that was calling family members and threatening to harm herself by crashing her vehicle into a lake. After a fairly extensive search in the area of several Lawrence area lakes and the Kansas river, Police located the woman in her home with her vehicle running in the garage. She was alert and conscious when LPD was let into the house by a family member. The woman was transported to the hospital by a Douglas County Sheriff Deputy. The Deputy requested assistance from LPD at the hospital due to the woman becoming combative in the back of the patrol car. Lawrence Fire also responded to check and ventilate the house.

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Tuesday, May 10

The night started early with a fairly unusual call, even for a college "town." Just after 10:30 p.m. Fire crews were called to the 2200 block of Ridge Court on a report of a structure fire. Units responded and quickly arrived on scene where they reported that there was no smoke or flames visible from the outside of the building. Upon further investigation, firefighters determined that there was not a fire and the burning odor was the result of a resident attempting to dry towels in a microwave.

After that the night and early morning hours consisted of mostly suspicious vehicle/pedestrian checks, building checks and several traffic stops.

Lawrence Police also responded on several burglar alarms, that all ended up being false alarms. May have been related to the wind. Always seems to be a few more alarms when the wind is blowing.

If you will be out and about in Lawrence this morning, the traffic lights at Kasold Drive and Clinton Parkway will be turned off from 9 a.m. until noon. Part of the Kasold Drive reconstruction project. Lawrence Journal World Story

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Monday, May 9

A very quiet overnight in Douglas County this morning.

Police and Fire/Medical responded to an injury accident in the 400 block of Louisiana. No serious injuries were reported. The accident occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m.

Police made several suspicious vehicle and pedestrian checks. They also handled a few parking violations and responded to check on a 911 Hang up.

Just a few minutes before 6 a.m. Lawrence Fire responded to the 2200 block of Harper on a reported structure fire. The caller advised emergency dispatchers of a strong electrical odor inside the mobile home. Fire crews responded and quickly advised that there was not a fire. One unit remains on scene currently investigating the source of the odor.

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Happy Mother’s Day

I have to start off this morning wishing all of the Mothers out there a Happy Mothers Day. Hope all of you have a great day.

In other news, the night started off with a serious accident near Baldwin City. The accident was reported just before midnight and was located in the 400 block of County Road 1055, just north of Baldwin City. LDCFM responded along with the Baldwin City Fire Department and Palmyra Township Fire. LifeStar Medical Helicopter responded to the airport in Vinland and transported the patient who was said to have serious injuries.

Meanwhile back in Lawrence, Police conducted a number of bar checks and wrote up several alcohol violations and made a couple DUI related arrests.

There was a report fireworks in the 300 block of Lyon Street, at about 12:15 a.m. Nothing unusual for a weekend in Lawrence.

One thing that I have not heard for a few weeks returned to the scanner at 5:15 a.m. this morning. Police were called to check the area of 1600 Haskell Avenue for a report of "Things in the air". This type of call in that area are not unusual. Officers respond and whatever the caller believed he or she was seeing is gone. There are a couple different stories about what this whole thing is about. Even thought it is a recurring call, LPD still responds on it every time.

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Saturday, May 7

Another pretty normal night in Lawrence overnight, at least it seemed that way until about 3:20 a.m. Police were called to 2000 Heatherwood Drive after receiving multiple calls about a large disturbance in the parking lot. While police were responding several callers advised that they heard several gunshots fired and then witnessed several vehicles leaving the area. Police arrived to find several vehicles matching the descriptions given by the callers. The vehicles were stopped and the occupants temporarily detained for the investigation. LPD officers advised that most of the subjects in the vehicles were being extremely uncooperative in providing any details. One caller advised dispatchers that she believed the shots were fired at a fleeing vehicle just prior to LPD's arrival. A total of nine officers worked this incident. Several subjects were detained on scene, no arrests were made and no weapons were recovered.

Just a few minutes after the few details about the Heatherwood Drive incident started to come together, a Douglas County Sheriff Deputy spotted a vehicle driving in the 3000 block of Iowa that had a shattered rear windshield. The Deputy stopped the vehicle believing that it was involved in the Heatherwood Drive incident and was possibly shot out during the disturbance. After further investigation and assistance from LPD, it was determined that the damage to this vehicle was a result of a different disturbance. This disturbance was in the 2300 block of W 26th Street in Lawrence. Police responded to that address and dispersed the lingering parties. The vehicle's owner did not know who damaged the vehicle.

After those two incidents wrapped up, it was back to the usual every Friday night into Saturday morning calls of mostly noise complaints.

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Friday, May 6

It seems a few of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations got a little bit out of hand late last night and early this morning. Lawrence Police responded on numerous fights and battery calls throughout the city.

The night started with a couple noise complaints and suspicious vehicle checks. The first battery call came in just before midnight in the 700 block of Massachusetts. Four officers responded to get the situation under control.

Officers on routine patrol came across several people that chose to urinate in public, which in case you are wondering, can be charged as indecent exposure.

Just after 1 a.m. Police were called to the 1200 block of Oread on battery call. A total of five officers responded to get this situation under control. All parties involved declined medical treatment at the scene.

A few more noise complaints and a domestic disturbance.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Police responded on another battery call. This one was in the 900 block of Massachusetts and a total of seven officers responded to contain this situation. Again an ambulance was initially requested and then turned away when the subjects involved refused treatment.

After that, things were back to a normal early morning in Lawrence. From all of the early morning disturbances and battery calls, only minor injuries were reported.

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Thursday, May 5

Well this 'Cinco de Mayo' Thursday was another normal quiet morning. I am sure tonight will be a much different story. Heres hoping everyone stays safe out there tonight.

As for this morning, Lawrence Police responded on the routine, every night calls, nothing out of the ordinary or of any major significance.

More animal complaints this morning. Seems to be a growing trend to call in your neighbor's barking dog or the wild animal that is exploring the trash cans and dumpsters. Not really anything LPD can do about most of these things and takes officers off of the street.

Police also responded on a few disturbances, all only involving 2-3 people, no big bar brawls or anything like that.

All in all, no serious injuries from any activity throughout the city and another calm night for Police and Fire/Medical.

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Wednesday, May 4

Another very quiet overnight this morning.

Lawrence Police responded on the routine, every night calls, nothing out of the ordinary or of any major significance.

Animal complaints seem to be a growing call overnight, whether it is a barking dog, wild animal in a backyard and the occasional wild animal inside a house.

Just this morning, a woman called Police to help her with a Raccoon in her attic.

Police also responded on a few domestic disturbances.

All in all, no serious injuries from any activity throughout the city and another calm night for Police and Fire/Medical.

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Tuesday, May 3

A very quiet overnight this morning.

Lawrence Police responded on the routine, every night calls, nothing out of the ordinary or of any major significance. A few noise complaints, a resident signed a complaint about a neighbor's barking dog and the even more common suspicious vehicle/pedestrian checks and disturbance calls.

All in all, no serious injuries from any activity throughout the city and a calm night for Police and Fire/Medical.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Another fairly quiet overnight in Lawrence last night. In case you live under a rock and have not already heard, Osama bin Laden was killed by a Navy SEAL team around 2:30 p.m. Lawrence time on Sunday. This was officially announced by President Obama last night and afterwards throughout Douglas County there were numerous reports of sounds of gunfire and fireworks called into Police.

There was also a spontaneous gathering on Mass Street celebrating the news of bin Laden's death.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Lawrence Police received a report of a possible intoxicated driver. About 20 minutes after Police received the information, a vehicle matching the description was involved in a non-injury accident in the 600 block of New Hampshire. Officers did make one arrest at the scene.

The rest of the night mostly consisted of the normal every morning calls; a few pedestrian checks, a burglar alarm and disturbances.

On another note related to the Osama bin Laden news, from the Lawrence Journal World's Twitter page last night. "If you're going to be flying an American flag in NE Kansas tomorrow, snap a picture and @ it to us. Or email editor@ljworld.com."

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