The Yellow Tape
There was more crime in Douglas County last year, as compared to the state average.According to [recent statistics released by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (PDF)], in 2007 there were 55 crimes for every 1,000 people living in Douglas County. That compares to the state average of about 41 crimes committed for every 1,000 Kansans.Law enforcement agencies reported 111,048 crimes in the state last year; 6,292 were reported in Douglas County. There were 11,385 violent crimes in the state and 480 in Douglas County.The good news is things look better than in 2006, when there were about 61 crimes reported in Douglas County for every 1,000 people. But, that still topped the state average, which indicates there were 43 crimes for every 1,000 people living in the state.No word yet on 2008, but for us here in the NewsCenter, [it's sure seemed busy]. : http://www.kansas.gov/kbi/PDF/Crime%20Index%202007.pdf : http://www2.ljworld.com/news/crime/
What a wake-up call.A Lawrence family was asleep inside their mobile home Saturday morning, when an empty car slammed into it. Another mobile home was then knocked off its foundation.The incident was caused by 38-year-old Daryl Pickens Jr., of Baldwin City, a police report said.Police said Pickens was driving a 1994 Ford Taurus and hit a parked vehicle in the 1900 block of West 31st Street at 2:05 a.m. Saturday.The accident caused the parked vehicle to roll across a street, hit the mobile home where the family was sleeping and became lodged under the northwest corner of the home, police said.Pickens' car hit another mobile home near the hitch, causing it to move off its concrete block foundation, the police report said.Both homes were badly damaged, but no one was injuredPickens was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence and reckless driving.