Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2006

Calmer than expected holiday with only 1 DUI

September 7, 2006

Although the Baldwin Police Department was plenty busy over the Labor Day Weekend, it didn't have much business with a usual problem. Only one arrest was made for driving under the influence.

"We had 'Click It or Ticket' in full gear and while we wrote citations for other violations, that was the only DUI we had," said Police Chief Mike McKenna.

McKenna and the officers were expecting more DUI arrests and did find it odd.

"Yes, it was odd," said McKenna.

The DUI occurred around 3 a.m. Saturday when an officer spotted a motorcycle without a taillight and swerving down the road along Dearborn Street. The officer made the traffic stop and the driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken to Douglas County Jail. As a first time offender, the charge will go through Municipal Court and the 50-year-old Wellsville man's name will not be released until then.

But, just because there weren't a lot of DUIs, officers still dealt with alcohol involving domestic violence cases. Police were called at about 7:50 p.m. Monday to a disturbance in the Signal Ridge area north of town. A couple had been arguing and the 49-year-old man was arrested for verbal and physical domestic violence, said McKenna. His name will not be released until arraignment.

On Friday at 11:30 p.m., police were called to the 300 block of Ames where an intoxicated man and woman were fighting. The 37-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were taken to county jail on domestic battery charges.

Last Wednesday, a 26-year-old man was cited for disorderly conduct when he got into a verbal argument with his 17-year-old girlfriend around noon in front of the Baldwin City Police Department.

Between 9:30 p.m. Aug. 29 and 7 a.m. Aug. 30, someone broke into the Sports Cache at 321 Ames, cut the phone lines and took $530 worth of fishing rods and reels and an inflatable kick tube raft.

On Aug. 30, two Baker University students reported the theft of their purses between 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. from an office in Parmenter Hall. It occurred from an unlocked office when the students had gone to lunch.

At 8 p.m. Aug. 30, a 39-year-old Wellsville man was stopped in the 100 block of Ames because of problems with his license plate. He was cited for operating a vehicle illegally and no proof of insurance.

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