Police are kept busy
Baldwin City police had a busy week, responding to various calls, making a few alcohol-related arrests and even investigating an explosion.
Last Thursday at 3:15 a.m., an officer heard a loud explosion in the 400 block of Baker. When he arrived, there was a fire in the street.
"The officer used a fire extinguisher to put it out," said Police Chief Mike McKenna. "The object had electrical nobs and wires. That's about all I want to say at this time. The investigation continues."
On Friday, an officer stopped a vehicle in the 300 block of 11th Street because it was swerving in the lanes of traffic. George Bost, 56, 1128 High St., was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Douglas County Jail.
There was a similar situation Sunday at 2 a.m. in the 600 block of Sixth Street. An officer saw a vehicle crossing the centerline and stopped it. Keegan Jones, 21, Springfield, was arrested for DUI and taken to county jail.
Saturday at 2 a.m., an officer observed a car stopped at Sixth and High Streets which didn't move for several minutes. The car was stopped and beer was found in the possession of the driver, a 17-year-old Baldwin girl. The matter has been turned over to the District Attorney for Juvenile Court action.
At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a domestic disturbance and First and High Streets. A 50-year-old man was given a citation for disorderly conduct, but the case hasn't gone through court yet, McKenna said.
Officers also took reports on a series of car burglaries. The first occurred last Thursday in the parking lot of the Baldwin City Public Library. There was $300 in damage, but nothing was taken. On Saturday, a car was broken into in the 700 block of 11th Street and numerous items and cash valued at $40 were taken. Also on Saturday, someone broke into a car in the 1400 block of High Street and a purse and contents valued at $50 was taken. On Sunday, someone took a wallet and cash valued at $21 from a vehicle parked in the 1100 block of Grove Street.
But, there was also a home burglarized. Julie Gibson, 28, 1722 College Street, reported that someone broke into her home between 10 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Monday and took $730 in cash, McKenna said. There were no signs of forced entry, he said.