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It was a slow early Sunday morning in Lawrence. The nightly noise complaints, disturbances and barking dog complaints were among a few of the calls LPD responded on.
Just before 2 a.m. Lawrence Officers were called to the 1200 Block of Oread Avenue on a report of a large physical disturbance. The caller reported at least 30 subject fighting with staff. Police arrived and while interviewing several of the subjects involved, one witness noticed the subject that is believed to have started the disturbance leaving in a vehicle. Lawrence Police and KU Police caught up with that vehicle in the 1300 Block of Jayhawk Boulevard. That subject was found to have a warrant for his arrest out of another Kansas county and he was taken into custody.
LPD also was called to the same address twice for a loud party in the 1100 Block of west 11th Street. It was unclear if both calls originated from the same calling party or different callers. Police did respond twice and apparently the second time was the charm.
Lawrence Fire responded to an automatic fire alarm on the KU Campus at Jayhawker Towers, Tower D. Did not hear what they were cooking this morning but it is the exact same room number that was trying to cook a pizza last weekend which also set off the fire alarm and resulted in the entire building being evacuated because of smoke. No injuries were reported and it was unclear if crews evacuated the entire building or not.
Another warm and windy day ahead for Douglas County. The National Weather Service in Topeka has placed much of Kansas under a Red Flag Warning. All burning should be avoided as conditions are right for rapidly spreading and difficult to control fires.
Lawrence and KU Police both had a busy night on their hands tonight. I started listening just after 9 p.m. At that time is was the normal for Lawrence, early on a Friday night. That changed drastically after midnight.
Just before 12:45 this morning Lawrence Police received a call of a disturbance in the 2900 Block of Missouri Street. The call started like most disturbances, as a report of a male and a female in the street yelling at each other. Seconds after Officers went responding to the call, dispatchers received a call from another party that said the male involved in the disturbance had gone into a residence, retrieved a shotgun and proceeded to point it in the direction of several bystanders. Dispatchers updated responding Officers of the situation and ended up with seven patrol units responding on the call. The man went back into the residence prior to Police arriving. Police attempted to make phone contact with the man and he did not answer the phone. No injuries were reported and no arrests were made as Police are still waiting to interview the man about the incident. As of this morning just before 6:30 a.m. at least 3 Officers are back at the address trying to contact the male subject involved. Armed Disturbance LJWorld Story for Updates
Just as the clock hit 1 a.m. Police received a report of at least 20 subjects at 13th Street and Tennessee Street that were throwing beer bottles. Officers arrived and the crowd disbursed.
KU Police were busy as well. 1:15 a.m. they received a report that two females, both dressed in black clothing had knocked over the Jayhawk in front of the Kansas Union. While interviewing the calling party a second KU Officer spotted two females matching the descriptions given by the caller. That officer made contact and after a little questioning they stated that one of them climbed onto the Jayhawk for a picture and it suddenly fell over. We aren't done with this one yet. While Officers were talking to these females, dispatchers received a call about three male subjects that were carrying the Jayhawk away. Those men left in different directions prior to Police arriving, leaving the Jayhawk not far from the Union. Officers recovered the Jayhawk and transported him to the Public Safety office. LJWorld Story for Updates
There were the usual DUI arrests, noise complaints and disturbances. Lawrence Police also received a report of a male on 23rd Street waiving inappropriate hand gestures at passing motorists, he had left the area prior to Police arriving. Along with someone that called LPD saying there were 5 subjects walking on top of vehicles through the parking lot in the 900 Block of Vermont Street. Again, Officers responded and no one was found in the area.
KU Police also apprehended 4 subjects that were seen walking on the field at Memorial Stadium just before 3 a.m.
Things were fairly quiet again after 3:30 a.m. Still had a few noise complaints and a few more DUI arrests.
Lawrence Police paid a visit to a handful of Bar's late Thursday night and into the early morning hours of Friday. Several report numbers were taken by Officers during these checks. No arrests were made that I am aware of.
Police responded on the nightly noise complaints and a couple of drug related complaints. A report number was taken by the Officers on one of the drug related complaints.
Just after 2 a.m. Lawrence Officers responded to reports of 2 males subject beating on another male in the 600 Block of New Hampshire. At least 4 Officers responded on the call. No report number was taken. Officers did make contact with several subjects.
Just before 5:30 a.m. Officers responded to the 4200 Block of Briarwood on reports of a vehicle "lodged on a median". Officers investigated it as a non-injury accident.
Another fairly quiet and normal night in Douglas County. Police were called to the normal noise complaints across the city, a smell of marijuana complaint on the KU Campus and a few intrusion alarms that all ended up being false alarms.
Just before 2:30 this morning, Lawrence Police responded to a call of what one caller reported to be "a large group fighting" in the 2300blk of 24th Street. While responding dispatchers received a second call from a different caller who advised there were three males fighting in the parking lot of her apartment complex. Police arrived and found no one around. Searched the area and found no evidence of any property damage so back in service they went.
About 5:30, Lawrence Police were sent to the area of 1600 Haskell to investigate "Things in the air." This is a fairly common early morning occurrence for Police. They send one Officer and nothing is found. The same was the case this morning.
All in all, a fairly routine overnight. There looks to be a chance of scattered thunderstorms this afternoon into the late evening hours. Just something to keep in mind when you head out this morning.
What is Operation 100 News? An Introduction to Operation 100 News
The blog you are viewing now will provide a basic wrap up of events that occurred overnight in Lawrence and throughout Douglas County. I monitor Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, University of Kansas Police, Lawrence Police and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Updates will be made every morning around 6 a.m.
Last night was a pretty tame one. There were the usual calls for service to Police including suspicious persons and vehicles, loud music complaints and disturbances with no weapons involved.
There was one event that stood out as unusual to me. Started out like any other routine call that Lawrence Police seem to receive a number of every night, burglary. Most of them seem to usually turn out to only be the wind, a pet or roommate in the house that the resident forgot about. Tonights call was a little different.
The call to Lawrence Police came out just before 3:30 a.m. to an address on Haskell Avenue. The caller reported that he believed there was someone in his home that did not belong there. Dispatchers called for officers to respond, shortly there after the dispatchers told officers that the caller had in fact found someone inside his house and they were now struggling with each other. Officers upgraded their response and arrived to find the unknown subject and the resident still struggling just inside the house. No injuries were reported and the unknown subject left in the back of Lawrence Police car.
This is basically what I have planned for this page every morning. Some mornings posts will be a little longer then others. Just depends on how much action there was overnight.
If you have ever tried to build a new structure in Lawrence, you’ll understand what I mean when I say that working the planning department can be challenging. From arcane language to seemingly ridiculous requirements, the process is both frustrating and time consuming.
I can only imagine how frustrating it must be from a planner’s point of view. Having citizens (customers) come to you, each with their own idea of how a project should be done, each one considering their project “special”. This is especially true in middle America where attitudes about private property are rather rigid.
Today we saw what happens when these planners play close attention to detail and enforce the building standards uniformly. Japanese planners and engineers are the heroes of today’s earthquake. Their insistence on quality materials and earthquake resistant building styles made the homes and businesses of northwest Japan capable of surviving the massive 8.9M earthquake that shook the region.
Though thousands of lives were lost, the death toll from this quake would have been much, much worse if it had taken place in a city with lax building codes and enforcement. The men and women who developed these standards, worked with builders and enforced them in their communities are to be commended.
The next time you do a project and run into resistance from the planning department and building inspectors, remember that they are enforcing the rules for your own good. You will thank them if there is a fire in your home, or a natural disaster in your area. They are heroes; working to save lives.
I don’t usually side with the right on most issues. I think that the growing wealth gap is poisonous to our democracy, I believe that fossil fuels should be heavily taxed and the resulting resources dedicated to alternative energy (including nuclear) and I believe that we should bend over backwards to keep educated and hard working immigrants coming to our shores. I believe that no matter who your life partner is, you should have the economic benefits and security of marriage.
From time to time, however, I come across an issue where the right is… right. One of those issues is the second amendment right to bear arms. Though I loath handgun deaths as much as the next citizen, they are the price we pay for the right to defend ourselves and our communities. There is a similar cost for our first amendment protections. Exposure to the bigoted posters of the Westboro Baptist church is the price we pay for freedom of speech.
Another item on which the right is coming to agree with me, is airport security. Before we go any further, I have always been a critic of the TSA. I realize that the right was in charge when it was implemented and that now that President Obama is in charge they are reversing their position.
The current method of implementing security procedures in response to each and every publicized terrorist threat plays into the hands of our enemies. It also erodes our 4th amendment rights, making all of us less free and less secure.
If we bring the full resources of the American People to bear against every terrorist tactic, we are going to lose the war on terror. The terrorists spent $4,200 on an attempted package bombing last moth. If we respond by forcing shippers to spend Billions ($1,000,000,000) of dollars screening every package shipped, we give the terrorists what they want.
The correct response to this threat is to acknowledge that our current system worked. Look for places to improve the system at a reasonable cost and move forward with our lives.
The same goes for the shoe bomber, the underwear bomber and the flight 93 hijackers. All of these efforts failed. Why did they fail? Because the tactics of 911 stopped working less than 4 hours after they were first used. Passengers are not going to allow hijackers to take an airliner. The tactics might work for a plane full of children, or if hijackers bought out a majority of the seats, but never again for a plane full of average Americans.
Sometimes our government forgets we are not children. We conquered the western wilderness, defeated the Nazi’s at Normandy and the Japanese at Tarawa. We invented the revolver, the repeating riffle, the machine gun, the airplane and the atomic bomb. We sent a man to the moon, discovered DNA and created the Internet. Americans are tough, scrappy and violent. When called to do so Americans, average everyday Americans, will bring down vengeance on our enemies the likes of which the world has never seen. No one is going to hijack a plane with knives or box cutters. No one is going to be allowed to detonate a bomb. The other passengers are watching and if they try it, they are going to get their faces beat in and end up with a life sentence.
By dedicating enormous resources countering the non-existent threat of a 911 style hijacking, TSA officials are doing exactly what the terrorists want us to do. The TSA theater gives credibility to the terrorist threat, brings the terrorists to the forefront of traveler’s minds and wastes financial and human resources.
We all understand that some TSA theater is necessary. Otherwise much of the public would avoid air travel. Admittedly, you could hijack an airplane with small arms such as pistols, rifles and grenades. Let’s make sure no one has any. Feeling up grandma, however, is not improving security and is outside the realm of the theater production.
Screeners should save their resources to focus on people who might truly be dangerous. Heinlein wrote, “There are no dangerous weapons, there are only dangerous men.” Does this mean racial profiling? No. Does it mean profiling? Yes.
Suicide bombers fit a specific profile. They are overwhelmingly male. They are generally between 19 and 31 years of age. They are also about to kill themselves. This makes them nervous, edgy and slightly paranoid. Screeners should look carefully at these passengers, ask them a few questions, inspect their bags carefully, look for probable cause.
Patdowns and enhanced searches should be reserved for passengers that, for whatever reason, have given officers probably cause. Other passengers should be given a cursory inspection and sent merrily on their way.
The other reason that the TSA should re-vamp its screening is that it erodes our 4th amendment rights without t significantly improving our safety. In his notes for a proposition to the Pennsylvania assembly, Ben Franklin wrote, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety” I truly wish that our former president had read these words before launching the Global War on Terror (GWOT).
If we change America for the worse to respond to the terrorist threat, we let the terrorists win. If you are here in this country (legally or illegally) you are protected against unreasonable search and seizure. This means that the government can’t just come into your house and go through your papers, computers and personal items.
By forcing citizens to waive these rights simply to use public air travel, the TSA weakens liberty for all citizens. If you can be scanned naked with an X-ray scanner at the airport, why not while walking down the street? How about in your kids schools? Where does this power end?
Is it possible that we might miss something? Is it possible that a some crazy extremist wackjob might get a bomb on a plane and kill a bunch of people? Yep. As a matter of fact, it is guaranteed that at some future date some radical extremist is going to blow up or crash an airplane. That is the price we must pay for having an open society governed by a bill of rights.
Our society will win the war on terror. We will win the war by refusing to be terrorized. The war on terror can be costly or it can be cheap. We can choose to overreact, pour money into expensive technology to fight every boogeyman that the bad guys can cook up, or we can choose to live our lives as we always have while law enforcement focuses suspicious activities and on the men that fit the terrorist profile.
We will win by continuing our commitment to our constitution and the rule of law. By respecting the rights of every man, woman and child inside our borders. This is the only way.
One of the tenants of the Republican “Pledge to America” is to repeal the healthcare bill that was just passed and allow for the purchase of insurance across state lines.
This is just dumb, and if implemented will ensure that the you, the consumer, gets ripped off.
If you want to see how this would turn out for America, look no further than the credit card in your wallet. Odds are that if you have a credit card, regardless of which bank is on the label, the company is located in South Dakota. Why South Dakota? Isn’t that the home of wheat fields, biker rallies and Mount Rushmore? Not really an international financial center. Why on earth would your credit card company be located there?
The credit card companies are located there because South Dakota has the weakest consumer protection laws in the country. Credit card company’s in South Dakota are allowed to do all of the nasty little tricks they have dreamed up to cheat their customers. Send bills within days of being due, charge usurious interest, jack your interest rate up at any time, etc.
If the Republican agenda is implemented, the exact same thing will happen with health insurance. State legislatures across the nation will race to provide the most accommodating legal framework for insurance regulation. Retroactive cancelation? Sure. Discrimination against pre-existing conditions? Sounds good! Discrimination against women? Jack up those rates boys!
Pretty soon all of the insurance companies in the country will be located in one place and everyone, (everyone but congress, who will be sure to keep their sweet government paid insurance) will be worse off. Everyone except fat cat insurance CEOs who will gladly cash your premium checks while denying your claims.
The University of Kansas a Division 1++ NCAA university is seeking an older, over privileged businessman to lead its not-for-profit+++ athletic department to victory.
Successful candidates will have the following skills and qualifications.
Financial Management: Candidates should be able to increase the organization’s debt by millions of dollars without creating any stable source of long term revenue to pay the debt.
Community Outreach: Successful applicants will be able to reach out and hold other university property hostage. Outreach efforts should allow Kansas Athletics, Inc. to obtain exclusive access to shared resources such as the university mascot, campus real-estate, athletic buildings and public relations assets. These assets will be used to increase the salary of the applicant and any cronies he brings with him to the job.
Confidentiality: All financial dealings should be held in complete secrecy to prevent public scrutiny of budgets, salaries or other employee benefits.
Visionary Leadership: Go big, then go home. After demonstrating a talent for ruinous financial decisions, candidate will be allowed to deploy his golden parachute and go home without financial or legal repercussions.
Supervisory Skills: Applicant will provide his own blindfold and earmuffs to prevent successful supervision of other staff. Blindness to theft is a plus.
Prioritization: A successful candidate will be willing to put himself and his finances before any student athletes and their needs. Candidate should be willing to cancel scholarships for injured athletes, while cashing millions of dollars in checks paid for by their blood and sweat.
Discipline: Candidate should be willing to discipline anyone who gets in the way of the Kansas Athletics, Inc. juggernaut. This includes suing other departments, businesses, individuals, children and/or pets that make use of the word “Kansas” or the color “blue” in any display, product, written document, news story or sidewalk chalk drawing. A cadre of attorneys will be provided at the taxpayer’s expense.
Compensation includes a $1,400,000 / year base salary plus kickbacks and misc intellectual property. Jobs for family members and close friends. Tax free cash bonuses from outside deals. Free state owned equipment, vehicles and housing. Job security includes a $2,000,000 golden parachute.
Former Wall Street traders working at the CDO desk or in mortgage securities are encouraged to apply.
++ Division 1 status may be temporary depending on how far candidate is willing to bend recruiting rules.
+++ Kansas Athletics Inc is never to generate a profit for math or science programs, profits generated for employees, their family’s and friends are both allowed and expected.
During the first few months after 9-11, our nation had a choice. We could treat the terrorists behind the attack as criminals, capture them, put them on trial and execute the guilty, or we could engage in an ideological war between freedom in the west and religious oppression in the east.
As a nation, we chose to enter into a war of ideals. Though this may not have been the best decision, it is the one we are now stuck with....pursuing a war of ideology with radicals. A war where a smile and a Hershey bar is as much of a tool as a 500 Lb JDAM.
In this war we represent the ideals of our society. Freedom of expression, freedom of the press, equality for everyone, universal education and, above all, freedom to worship as you see fit.
In their opposition to the proposed mosque at 51 Park, leaders of the right wing have betrayed our cause by betraying our values. By opposing the construction of a venue of religious worship leaders like Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin provide ammunition for the enemy. They provide the enemy with evidence that the west is not egalitarian and free. They allow the enemy to paint us as a Christian nation dedicated to the destruction of Islam.
In their betrayal of our ideals, these leaders betray our cause. They are no better than the soldiers at Abu-Grhraib, the alleged traitor Bradley Manning or the convicted war criminal Pfc. Steven D. Green. In some ways they are worse. While the soldiers of Abu-Grhraib were under orders, Palin, Gingrich and the rest are simply drumming up an issue for their own personal and political gain.
It was to my great relief that the commander in chief stood up yesterday to repudiate the intolerance and bigotry of the right wing. Hopefully this action demonstrates to the world and to Muslims everywhere that we take our commitment to freedom seriously.
Every time our leaders betray our values by trampling on personal freedoms, imposing their religion and acting with bigotry and hatred, they betray our cause and give succor to the enemy.
Update August 23rd - Protests over mosque at ground zero create Jihadist propaganda bonanza. http://tinyurl.com/34s3yuy