Archive for Thursday, November 29, 2007

Cocaine is lost? Police have it to be claimed

November 29, 2007

If anyone's missing a small bag of cocaine, the Baldwin City police have it.

"We've got it here at the police department if they want it," said Police Chief Mike McKenna. "They're more than welcome to come in and claim it."

A small plastic bag filled with white powdery substance was found in the 500 block of Ames on Nov. 14 around 1 p.m. It tested positive for cocaine. The police often have bicycles and other items found that can be claimed, but this is a first. And, no, McKenna doesn't expect that the rightful owner will want it back.

That was just one of the cases that Baldwin City police worked in the last several weeks. Among them were three instances where children were out of control and had to be removed.

The first was Nov. 7 when a 9-year-old boy was out of control at the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center, he said. Police were called at 9:43 a.m. and the boy would only talk to School Resource Officer Kim Springer.

On Nov. 8, a 12-year-old boy was slapping and kicking his mother at an undisclosed location. He was taken to the juvenile detention center.

On Nov. 12 at 3:30 p.m., officers were called to the 200 block of Wesley to help Springer investigate two juveniles in a fight. The 14- and 15-year-old boys were taken into custody at the juvenile detention center. Charges will be up to the district attorney.

On Nov. 16, another 12-year-old boy was out of control in the FireTree area. He was refusing to go home because of the situation there, he said.

In another instance involving children, an 8-year-old boy got off the school bus on Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. and said he'd been beaten and kicked by boys aged 10, 11 and 12. The 8-year-old suffered scratches and contusions. The school and the parents are handling that situation.

But, it wasn't just children acting up. Also on Nov. 16, Baldwin police went to another location in FireTree at 10 p.m. regarding a domestic disturbance. A couple had been fighting and the 32-year-old woman was slapped, he said. A 40-year-old man was arrested and taken to Douglas County Jail on domestic violence charges.

And, college students weren't immune to poor behavior, either. Police were called at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 15 regarding suspicious activity in Grove Park. Police found six Baker University students fighting. They were sent home.

And then, of course, were the old standby driving under the influence arrests. Baldwin police made two of those recently.

On Nov. 11 at 6 p.m., an officer observed a vehicle turning onto the 300 block of Ames that swerved at the officer's patrol car. The vehicle was stopped and the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol. The 47-year-old Wellsville man failed a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test. He was taken to county jail on DUI charges.

On Nov. 14 at 2:15 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the 1000 block of FireTree for driving left of center. The 22-year-old Baldwin City man was also under the influence, failed both tests and was taken to jail.

Another case also involved alcohol. On Nov. 4 at 1:15 a.m. in the 500 block of Fremont, an officer observed seven people in the intersection. The officer observed a female who appeared to be too young and the officer could smell alcohol on her. The 18-year-old Lenexa girl failed a breathalyzer test and was cited for minor in consumption of alcohol.

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