Archive for Thursday, January 4, 2007

Police stay busy over holidays

January 4, 2007

Baldwin police were busy over the holidays, but surprisingly, there was only one driving under the influence arrest. Instead, domestic violence topped the arrest chart.

"It was very active," Police Chief Mike McKenna said of the holiday season. "We had a couple of domestic violence calls that we made arrests on. Someone stole an inflatable snowman, but it was found. Just several odd things."

McKenna was pleased by the low number of DUI arrests, but bothered by the violence.

"That's encouraging," McKenna said of the low DUI count. "But one thing that bothers me is the amount of domestic violence. During the holidays, there's the stress of the holidays and alcohol. Why people can't settle disputes without hitting each other is beyond me."

Those situations ultimately lead to arrests, which certainly dampen the holiday spirit.

"That's right," he said.

The first domestic violence call was Dec. 28 when police were called at 8:30 p.m. to the 200 block of Hillside. A 41-year-old man was arrested for domestic battery and taken to Douglas County Jail, McKenna said.

The next day, Dec. 29, police responded to another domestic disturbance at 9 p.m. in the 300 block of Washington. When they arrived, the spoke to a 33-year-old man who had a bruise on the side of his face. He said he and his girlfriend had been arguing and she hit him with a wooden wand, McKenna said. Police found the 31-year-old woman elsewhere and she was arrested for domestic violence and taken to jail, he said.

Police made three other arrests involving alcohol and drugs. On Dec. 25 at 2:15 a.m., police stopped a car because it was being driven left of the center line in the 300 block of 3rd Street. The 23-year-old driver, a Baldwin City woman, failed a field sobriety test and was taken to county jail for DUI, McKenna said.

On Dec. 28 at 2 a.m., Baldwin police stopped a vehicle for speeding in the 200 block of High Street. The 17-year-old driver told police he had a cooler with beer in it. He was cited for speeding and minor in possession of alcohol.

The drug arrest was Friday after police received a call about a disturbance in the 500 block of Ames at 10 p.m. Police found the car involved and could smell what was believed to be marijuana on the 17-year-old driver and 16-year-old passenger. A search of the vehicle found what was believed to be marijuana and the boys were taken to Douglas County Juvenile Intake, he said.

On Dec. 23, police were called at 9:25 a.m. regarding a child in need of care. A 17-year-old was taken to juvenile intake and was later taken to a shelter for juveniles.

On Saturday, police responded at 9 a.m. to a call regarding a possible suicide. A 34-year-old Baldwin City woman had taken prescription drugs and alcohol, said McKenna. She voluntarily admitted herself to Osawatomie State Hospital, he said.

Police also made two arrests of people on outstanding warrants for failure to appear. The first was a 21-year-old Lawrence man wanted in Franklin County and the second was a 61-year-old Overbrook man on Douglas County charges.

On Dec. 27, police investigated criminal damage to property in the 200 block of Eisenhower where a car parked there had sustained $1,500 in damage.

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