Busy Friday for Baldwin police, firemen
Friday night proved to be eventful in Baldwin City for law enforcement and fire department personnel. Luckily, when the two separate incidents were concluded, nothing much had happened.
First off Friday was a domestic dispute in the 600 block of Ninth Street around 6 p.m. The situation brought a horde of law enforcement personnel to the location as three Baldwin City Police cars and another three from the Douglas County Sheriff's Department converged.
The incident was the result of an alleged case of domestic violence involving a man and his girlfriend, who he allegedly struck. The woman notified a family member and police were called. The suspect would not respond to the officers and it was unknown if he was armed. It was eventually learned that the unarmed man was passed out in the basement.
After police were allowed to enter, the man was arrested and taken to the Douglas County Jail on charges of domestic battery and a criminal threat against a law enforcement officer.
"He was not happy about it," said Baldwin Police Sgt. Colleen Larson.
Later Friday night, around 9 p.m., the Baldwin Fire Department responded to an alarm at the Baker University Student Apartments. Initially called in as a structure fire, it turned out to be nothing more than a case of burned food and a false alarm.
One of the apartment residents was cooking hamburgers and smoke set off a fire alarm. An attempt to disarm the alarm made matters worse and forced the evacuation of about 15 people.
Five fire trucks and 15 firefighters from Baldwin, Palmyra and Willow Springs townships responded. The complex was searched twice and no fire or smoke was found.
But, according to Fire Chief Allen Craig, there's no sense in taking chances.
"I'd rather have five trucks there. If I need to, I can always send them home," said Craig.