Staff Reports

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Eudora Grant photo 2015Kids who were part of the Parks and Rec Department After School Program joined Parks and Rec Director Gary Scott (left) and LMH Eudora Summer Spray 5K Committee members Julie Stewart, Kurt von Achen and Jason Hoover for the grant presentation. (photo courtesy the LMH Eudora Summer Spray 5K Committee)

Eudora News and

The Eudora Parks and Recreation Department received a $2,500 grant funded by proceeds from the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association 2014 LMH Summer Spray 5K Run/Walk Series. Grants are awarded to a program or project that promotes health and wellness in each host communities of Eudora, Tonganoxie, and Baldwin City.

The grant money is being used by the Eudora Parks and Recreation Department to launch “Healthy Snacks for Life” which serves healthy snacks to children daily who attend summer camp and Eudora Elementary School’s Quest After-School Program during the 2015-2016 school year. Combining the snacks with nutrition education, they will reinforce healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices.

The 2015 LMH Summer Spray 5K Run/Walk Series in Eudora is being held on Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 am at the Eudora Parks and Recreation Center. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Participants in the event, run or walk a certified course, and are doused with water by volunteers. The race concludes with a fire engine spray salute at the finish line.

All ages are encouraged to participate. In addition, a team division has been added this year, and prizes will be awarded in several categories. For more information about this event or to register for the 5K, please visit


Handcuffed Suspect

Story by Caitlin Doornbos, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

A 31-year-old Eudora man was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and theft Thursday after allegedly stealing a $60 flashlight from a Lawrence Wal-Mart and threatening an employee with a knife.

Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said officers arrested Seth Lee Smiley at his Eudora home Wednesday after loss prevention personnel at Wal-Mart, 3300 Iowa St., told officers the man left the store without paying for a flashlight valued at about $60.

When a loss prevention employee followed Smiley out of the store and asked to return inside the store, Smiley allegedly produced a pocketknife and “moved toward the employee in a threatening manner,” McKinley said.

After the alleged assault, the employee retreated inside the store, McKinley said, and Smiley left the parking lot in a vehicle.

Wal-Mart was able to record the vehicle’s license plate number, which was registered to a person in Eudora. Officers then went to that address, locating the suspect, McKinley said.

Smiley resisted arrest by Eudora police officers and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies, but the officers were able to detain him. Smiley was then taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for an evaluation, McKinley said, and was later booked into the Douglas County Jail.

Smiley had previously been banned from Wal-Mart stores for a prior crime, so his Wednesday Wal-Mart appearance resulted in the aggravated burglary charge. He has an extensive criminal history in Douglas County, according to court records, including convictions of aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic battery.

He is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail on a $12,000 bond.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office refused to release Smiley’s booking photo.


garage sale sign

Eudora News & Information

If you’re like most of us, you’ve got things you no longer need or use hanging around in your garage, your attic or your basement.  Now is the perfect time to sort through it and make plans to sell those gently-used items at the Eudora Parks & Recreation Multi-Family and Friends Garage/Rummage Sale on February 7.  You can also sell your art, handmade crafts and baked goods at this sale.

Anyone interested in selling items may rent 8-foot tables for just $10.00 each, but space is limited so stop in the Eudora Community Center, 1630 Elm Street, or call 542-3434 as soon as possible.  The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, February 7, at the Eudora Community Center.

Even if you don’t have items to sell, you’re invited to come shop.  Someone else’s junk may be just the treasure you’re looking for!  Don’t miss this big sale!


Handcuffed Suspect

Story by Caitlin Doornbos, Courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

A 39-year-old Eudora man was charged Tuesday with one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

The man is accused of sexually fondling or touching a child between January and May of 2010 in Douglas County, according to court documents. The child was 10 years old at the time of the alleged crime.

The man was released from the Douglas County Jail last week after posting a $25,000 bond.

He will make his next appearance in court Feb. 17.

Eudora Chief of Police, Bill Edwards

Eudora Chief of Police, Bill Edwards

Eudora News & Information ~

You might not find this occasion printed on your 2015 calendar, but January 9 is a special day.  It’s National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and according to Eudora Chief of Police Bill Edwards, the citizens of Eudora have a lot to appreciate.  He beams when he talks about the nine officers who serve with him on the Eudora Police Department.  He calls their dedication to the department and to the people of the community “amazing.”

Edwards came to Eudora a little over two years ago from Park City, KS, but he has been in law enforcement all of his adult life.  His small crew of officers works very hard to protect Eudora around the clock each day.  Since Chief Edwards mainly works from the office and Officer Caleb Lewis spends his days in the school district as the School Resource Officer, that leaves eight officers to patrol the community.  They work 12-hour shifts, with two officers on each shift.

“What really makes me proud of these officers,” said Edwards, “is that nobody has a job.  Each officer handles many things.  They follow up their own calls, and often have to go to court after their shift ends with no sleep.  Larger departments have detectives, but we don’t in Eudora.  These guys do it all.  It’s amazing to me to see the level of dedication among these officers.”

Edwards is proud of all his officers, but made note of two who had received an award for saving a life.  Officer Caleb Lewis and Sargent Tom Willis got a call from school officials about a boy they were concerned about and who hadn’t come to school.  The officers searched for him, eventually finding him unconscious in a wooded area, not breathing and without a pulse.  The pair preformed CPR and called for paramedics.  The boy made a full recovery.

Another of his officers delivered a baby on K-10.  “You can tell these officers ‘good job,’ but they just say it’s part of their job,” Edwards said.  “They don’t expect any thanks.”

The department receives about 11,000 calls a year, and those calls can be anything from someone reporting a crime, a domestic dispute, a medical situation, or just people calling because they’re concerned about a dog left out in the cold or a cat in a tree.  Someone responds to every call, and often officers spend extra time with people who are distraught, giving a listening ear and some reassurance.

Edwards believes that the community has a great deal of respect for the officers.  People often come in or call asking for a specific officer, one they’ve had a previous positive experience with.  Chief Edwards encourages everyone on the police force to use their authority correctly.  He tells his officers, “You earn respect by the way you treat people, not by the uniform you wear.”

According to Edwards, “A good day for us is when people don’t notice us.  That means we’re keeping the community safe.”  He added, “My job is pretty easy.  It’s to help support my officers in the field.  They’re the ones out there helping the public every day.”

Those involved with promoting National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day give these suggestions to let our dedicated police officers know on January 9 how grateful we are for their service:

  • Thank an officer
  • Wear blue to support law enforcement
  • Share positive stories about your local law enforcement on social media
  • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency.
  • Have your children write letters to officers of the law

The good thing is that you don’t have to express your gratitude for our top-notch Eudora Police Department on this very day.  We can do it any (or every) day.  Thank you, Chief Edwards and the Eudora officers, for all you do to keep our community safe.  You’re the best!

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