Archive for Thursday, July 8, 2004

Fourth was a quiet holiday, police say

July 8, 2004

Basehor police said citizens behaved themselves, for the most part, during the days leading up to and following the Independence Day holiday.

Sgt. Martin Cigich said the department only received four complaints and issued one citation in connection with illegal fireworks usage.

"It has been very light, the town has been very good this weekend," Cigich said Tuesday.

However, one of the incidents did involve criminal damage to property of a mailbox at a local day care center. At 10:30 p.m. on July 4, officer Bob Van Cleave observed a group of at least two juveniles running in the vicinity of the 15500 block of Elm Street.

"Next thing I know, I see fireworks going off and I got out to look around and the kids were long gone," Van Cleave said.

Van Cleave said he notified the owner of the day care center and apprised her of the situation. Although Van Cleave said the mailbox was "in one piece," an employee of the day care center said that a new mailbox was installed by Tuesday.

Cigich said the other incident, which occurred at 8:15 p.m. June 30, required an officer to issue a citation. Officer Greg Hallgrimson cited a 17-year-old male Basehor resident for throwing lighted fireworks out of his vehicle. Cigich said the juvenile was issued a $160 fine for the fireworks offense as well as a $120 fine for a broken windshield.

The other complaints either involved discharging fireworks late in the evening after the legal time or shooting fireworks into the street. While Cigich said no other citations were issued and there were no reports of fireworks related injuries, Van Cleave said incidents of shooting fireworks into the street were widespread throughout the city.

Cigich said the investigation regarding the vandalism at the day-care center is still open and that anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the offenders should contact the Basehor Police Department at 724-1371. Cigich said charges of vandalism, as well as charges of obstructing an officer, for fleeing the scene, could be filed if anyone is apprehended.

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