Archive for Friday, August 22, 2008

Police report had plenty of twists

August 22, 2008

To say the Baldwin City police report was a bit odd this week is an understatement. Have you seen a missing submachine gun?

Yes, that's right. Baldwin City police took a report of a missing submachine gun valued at $1,500. It was taken from a vehicle in the 100 block of Dearborn. The vehicle was unlocked. The gun is legal : but missing.

"It's legal to have a semi-automatic submachine gun," said Police Chief Mike McKenna.

The 21-year-old Baldwin City man that reported the theft said it occurred sometime between 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:40 a.m. Sunday. Also taken were an iPod, a radar detector, two ammunition clips for a pistol and other items. Total value of the missing items was $2,050.

As odd as that is, there's more. Much more.

On Friday, police were called to Puckett's Bar at 309 Ames at 6:15 p.m.

"When the officers arrived they found a woman. Drunk. She was wanting her ex-husband arrested," said McKenna.

There was no cause for that arrest and the woman was asked to leave after becoming belligerent, he said. She went a few doors down and started rummaging through vehicles. She was asked to stop that, too.

"She got belligerent again and was arrested for disorderly conduct," said McKenna. "On the way to jail, she slipped off the handcuffs and started kicking the back window of the police car. The officer stopped the vehicle and she tried to kick him. She was subdued with pepper spray."

The 46-year-old Baldwin City woman was also taken to Douglas County Jail after paramedics checked her out because of the pepper spray. She was jailed on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

At about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, police were called to the 1300 block of High Street. A 17-year-old woman was on the porch and claimed to live there.

"The 39-year-old male homeowner said she didn't live there," he said. "She had a strong odor of alcohol about her."

The Overland Park resident failed a breathalyzer test and was taken to the juvenile detention center.

Then, of course, was the somewhat standard driving under the influence of alcohol arrest. It occurred Saturday at 11:45 p.m. in the 300 block of Sixth Street. An officer saw a vehicle swerving across the road and stopped it. The 47-year-old Baldwin City man had been in the situation before.

"He slurred his words and smelled of alcohol," said McKenna. "He failed a field sobriety test. He became belligerent and refused to take a breathalyzer test. He said we were infringing on his rights by searching his car."

The man was jailed on charges of DUI, refusing a breath test, failure to maintain a single lane of traffic, no proof of insurance and no driver's license. The last charge was a result of a previous DUI conviction, he said.

It wasn't all alcohol, though. On Aug. 11, police saw something out of whack involving a young girl near Liston Stadium.

"We saw what we thought were two juvenile boys, both 14, removing the bikini top of a 14-year-old girl," he said. "She said she knew both of them well and they wouldn't do anything."


TheOnlyGreyghost 9 years, 10 months ago

Very entertaining city we live in. If I happen to find a submachine gun lying around, I'll be sure to turn it in!


123456 9 years, 10 months ago

What is it going to cost us to send our wanna bee officers to finishing school down at Hutchinson to learn how to put handcuffs on a prisoner. The chief could probably do it but then he would need a pay raise. It must be hard to live in Baldwin on seventy five thousand plus dollars a year.


123456 9 years, 9 months ago

Seven hundred thousand dollars a year budget for a police dept. and we got the Keystone Cops. Ken Hayes hired the chief, used to brag on him, said he was doing a phonominal job. Ken should have taken him along when he left. I want my money back.


123456 9 years, 9 months ago

Would it be too much trouble for our police dept. to do something about the cars runnng stopsigns at 8th. and high, it;s right outside their door. While they;re at it something needs to be done about all the cars making u turns to park to pay their utility bills. Where is the safety comittee, they aren't still dealing with the cat and leaf thing are. Maby its just me but keeping from getting ran over by a car is more serious than leaf burning. I;ts about time to burn again, we'll see how it goes this year.


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