WRITER: Elvyn Jones

Vehicle theft suspect in custody after eluding arrest in Lawrence

Story updated 11:02 a.m. Monday A 26-year-old Lawrence man is now in custody after eluding arrest late Saturday in connection with a suspected vehicle theft, Lawrence police said. Patrick Compton, spokesperson for the Lawrence Police Department, said police investigators located a reported stolen vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the 3300 block of Iowa Street. Officers then witnessed a man and a woman ...

Domestic battery suspect apprehended on I-70 after Sunday morning chase

A Lawrence man allegedly fleeing the scene of a domestic incident led Lawrence Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase Sunday before being apprehended on Interstate 70. Patrick Compton, spokesman for the Lawrence Police Department, wrote in an email that the incident started when officers responded to a reported domestic violence incident at about 11 a.m. Sunday in the 200 ...

New school resource officer in Eudora says job is a good fit with family life

When the city of Eudora and the Eudora school district agreed this spring to jointly fund a second school resource officer, Fred Ramirez had two good reasons to seek the position. Ramirez, a three-year officer with the Eudora Police Department and a 12-year law enforcement veteran, said the position offered an opportunity to be more involved with the daily activities of his 9-year-old daughter and 13-year-old ...

Baldwin City couple's new pizzeria will aim for authentic Italian atmosphere

When Jessica and Brad Tyler made plans in March to open a new pizza parlor in Baldwin City, they first decided to learn from the source. Shortly after they decided to start their own pizzeria, the couple took a two-week trip to Italy, where they attended an Italian pizza school; got a refresher on such Mediterranean staples as olive oil and wine; and visited restaurants in Florence, Rome, Venice and Verona. ...

Eudora High School program partners with developer to provide hands-on home construction training

Seven Eudora High School students installed a fence Friday along the property line of a newly constructed house in Eudora’s Shadow Ridge subdivision, talking about the task at hand above the noise of earth-moving equipment across the street. The seven students are enrolled in this year’s afternoon session of the Eudora-De Soto Technical Education Center’s construction program. The newly constructed ...

Haskell's Alaskan students share unifying traditions at school's Welcome Back Indian Art Market

Alaska is a big place, and the home of many different Inuit and Indian nations, but there are three things that unify the diverse peoples, said Susan Hawkins, a Haskell Indian Nations University junior. “I would say our food, songs and dances,” she said. Unifying the Haskell students from the state is the school’s Alaska Club. As they do every year, Alaska Club members shared their cultural heritage at ...

Baldwin City Council to consider nearly 59% hike in water rates

There is agreement among Baldwin City Council members that the city needs to raise water rates, but how much is a matter of debate. In August, the City Council discussed the need to pass on to water customers any cost increases the city of Lawrence charges Baldwin City for water and to adjust the rates annually to account for inflation. However, City Councilmen David Simmons and Tony Brown insisted further rate ...

Baldwin City set to add solar to its renewable power sources through agreement with Westar

On sunny days, Baldwin City will soon be using electricity generated from a solar panel array in its public works yard. The solar power array, which Westar Energy built on a gently sloping southward hill near the city’s electrical power generating plant, is set to come online within days, said Rob Culley, Baldwin City's electrical production director. The city and Westar will mark the occasion with a ribbon ...

Property taxes to remain steady in Baldwin City, Eudora in coming year

With the county, cities and school districts approving 2020 budget earlier this month, it appears homeowners in Baldwin City and Eudora won’t have to set aside more to pay property taxes in the coming year, assuming their homes didn’t jump in value. Baldwin City residents will see a slight decrease in the overall mill levy represented by the city government, the Baldwin City school district and Douglas ...

Leaders hope new park will stimulate growth in downtown Baldwin City

Construction will start next month on a new park in Baldwin City that local leaders hope will stimulate more development downtown. Earlier this month, the Baldwin City Council approved the design for the so-called Lotatorium, as well as a construction contract not to exceed $670,000. The project will add sidewalks, a stage, a big-screen TV, a splash deck water feature and restrooms to the now-empty lot in the ...

2 killed, 2 injured in Jefferson County car accident

Two men were killed and two injured in a single-vehicle accident Saturday in Jefferson County. According to an online Kansas Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred at about 10:20 p.m. Saturday when John F. Lewis, 43, of Ozawkie, was northbound on Kansas Highway 237 about 4 miles north of U.S. Highway 24 in a 2002 Chevrolet pickup. The KHP reports that the pickup left the roadway to the west at a curve and ...

Hot, humid weather in store for Lawrence before thunderstorms return Wednesday

Lawrence and Douglas County residents can enjoy a brief respite from summer rains before the next round of thunderstorms start on Wednesday. It won’t, however, be a comfortable respite, as a combination of heat and humidity will push heat indexes to above 100 degrees Monday and near 110 on Tuesday, said Matt Wolters, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Topeka. The NWS weather station at ...

Yoga studio, bookstore fill last available storefronts in downtown Baldwin City

A recent opening of a new business coupled with the imminent opening of another has filled all the storefronts available in downtown Baldwin City. Sandy Chapman and Lora Rimmer opened the doors to their Om Grown Yoga Collective at 707 Eighth St. in June, and Niki Manbeck plans to open The Nook at 703 Eighth St. next month. Chapman and Manbeck said they spent a year looking for a location before finding a ...

Lawrence Humane Society finds homes for 150 cats, dogs at Clear the Shelters event

Phillip Rodriguez arrived at the Lawrence Humane Society at 4:30 a.m. Saturday determined to get a dog. By the time the Humane Society opened its doors for the Clear the Shelters adoption event at 10 a.m., he was at the front of a long line. But his patience paid off when he found and adopted Delly, a three-month-old golden retriever/great Pyrenees mix. “I’ve never had a dog, actually,” he said. “My ...

Storm dumps nearly 2 inches of rain on Lawrence on Friday night and Saturday morning; high winds close Clinton marina

Thunderstorms brought nearly 2 inches of rain to Lawrence on Friday night and Saturday morning, along with strong winds that forced the Clinton Lake Marina to close for the weekend. Matt Wolters, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said 1.92 inches of rain fell at Lawrence Municipal Airport during the storm. Overnight winds were clocked as high as 69 mph. “That’s high enough ...

Children, families tour emergency vehicles and meet first responders at community safety fair

With booths, prizes and tours of emergency vehicles, Saturday’s Community Safety Fair in South Park was a lot of fun for 7-year-old Rowan Bull — and also a great learning experience. “I learned a lot, like where they keep things in the ambulance,” Rowan said. The Tulsa, Okla., girl was visiting her grandmother, Teri Lutz, of Lawrence, before starting school. At the fair, Rowan not only got a quick ...

Baldwin City, Eudora 2020 budgets forego tax increases

Residents of Baldwin City will get a bit of a tax break next year, while those of Eudora will see the city share of their tax obligation remain steady. The Baldwin City Council approved Aug. 6 an $18.2 million budget for 2020 that essentially held the 2019 mill levy in place, with a slight reduction from the current year’s 44.753 mills to 44.724 mills in 2020. “I think the council did a good job of ...

Vinland Fair returns Thursday for 3 days of homespun fun

Stretched out near the cattle show ring Saturday at the Douglas County Fair, a relaxed Kyle Norris revealed his favorite feature of the county’s other fair. “The pies,” the Vinland Valley 4-H Club member said. He and his sister, Claire Norris, will be showing the heifers they took to the county fair at the Vinland Fair livestock show, but Kyle said the three-day fair was a laid-back final chance to enjoy ...

Perry-Lecompton school district voters will soon decide whether to create recreation commission

In a special election next week, residents of the Perry-Lecompton school district will decide whether to establish a recreation commission. The ballot question in Tuesday's election would create a commission that partners with the school district to fund recreational sports and activities for the community. J.B. Elliott, the Perry-Lecompton school district's superintendent, said the commission would start ...

Local Santa Fe Trail enthusiasts plan to improve access to surviving wagon ruts

Three miles east of Baldwin City and just south of a U.S. Highway 56 roadside park is a patch of prairie that Roger Boyd says is one of the hidden treasures of Douglas County. Right now, a carpet of thigh-high native grasses green from the abundant summer rains and speckled with yellow, blue, white and purple wildflowers covers the 18-acre Douglas County-owned plot named the Ivan L. Boyd Memorial Prairie Park ...