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Image 3 of The Advocate Messenger April 2, 2012

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MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012 A3 THE ADVOCATE-MESSENGER WWW.AMNEWS.COM LOCAL/STATE AP Photo/Amy Wallot, The Courier-Journal Kentucky fans dance around a fire on State Street as they celebrate Kentucky's 69-61 win over Louisville in an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game Saturday in Lexington. Lex. police assess handling of post-game mayhem Roberts said there were no serious injuries nor any major property damage and nothing occurred that police hadn’t anticipated. “I think we did pretty good, all things considered,” she said. Kentucky players and coach John Calipari expressed shock and disappointment over their fans’ actions, but acknowledged that passion for the team can run high. “Our fans are real crazy about us. If we win tomorrow, it’ll be even more crazy,” said guard Doron Lamb. Guard Darius Miller said it looked “pretty crazy” from the videos he received on his cell phone. “I don’t know how to explain it,” he said. “Hopefully everyone makes it out OK.” Forward Terrence Jones described the images as “crazy.” “I don’t want to go to that person’s house. They don’t have nowhere for me to sit,” he said, in a tongue-andcheek reference to the burned couches. “That’s crazy.” Calipari said he was disappointed to hear about the chaos in Lexington, and he had team spokesman DeWayne Peevey use Twitter to encourage fans to calm down. He said it might be that some fans just had too much to drink. “The state of Kentucky is so connected to this program. It’s the commonwealth’s team. They go overboard sometimes,” he said. Roberts said 150 officers were deployed on the streets at one point to quell what she called “a very dangerous situation” with the fires and mayhem that dragged on for hours. The scene was similar in 1998 when Kentucky won the national championship game. That year, 300 officers in full riot gear lined downtown streets as a gathering of nearly 15,000 fans celebrated. Police made 10 arrests, and 25 people were treated for minor injuries. Two years earlier, chaos ensued following Kentucky’s win over Syracuse in the championship game — officers were pelted with beer bottles, and a television news crew’s van was overturned. 10:44 p.m., male detained on South Second Street; arrest made. 2:12 p.m., report of a twovehicle, possible injury accident on East Lexington Avenue. 4:12 p.m., a complainant who had a bicycle accident yesterday near Maple Avenue needs to speak to an officer about it. 4:18 p.m., a male has committed suicide, possibly by gun, on Boyden Court; EMS requested. 4:55 p.m., complaint that six people are protesting and blocking traffic at Main Street and Maple Avenue. 5:22 p.m., it sounds like a domestic altercation is in progress at apartment on Ashford Drive. 7:12 p.m., a neighbor dispute just occurred at North ird Street residence and the other subject has left. 7:21 p.m., caller from High Street is reporting a neighbor dispute has been going on for several days, but not in progress at this time. 7:53 p.m., report of criminal mischief to a vehicle parked at Walmart. 8:37 p.m., report of a physical domestic altercation in progress between a father and son; assistance given. 9:49 p.m., an intoxicated patient is attempting to leave the hospital; subject called 911 and asked for a ride home. 10:30 p.m., male attempted to run over the caller with his vehicle on Wilderness Road; he left the scene heading toward Main Street; social services contacted for children at 10:55 p.m.; arrest made. 11:17 p.m., a hospital patient is out of control; security is attempting to restrain the subject but he is fighting; trouble settled. After Saturday’s riots, officials prepare for Monday night By COLIN FLY and REBECCA YONKER Associated Press A day after raucous celebrations led to more than two dozen arrests, police said Sunday that they are ready to control crowds near the University of Kentucky’s campus when the Wildcats play Kansas for the national championship. Lexington city police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts told The Associated Press on Sunday that several hundred officers will be out in force on Monday to help keep order. “We’re prepared,” she said. “We expect a majority of people to obey the law.” Police plan a few adjustments from Saturday, when thousands of fans spilled onto streets after Kentucky defeated cross-state rival Louisville in New Orleans. Fans torched couches and overturned a car before setting it ablaze. Roberts said police did a good job of getting rowdy fans under control. Officers arrested 27 people on minor charges such as disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication. Police who had braced for the possibility of post-game violence resorted to pepper spray, though large amounts weren’t needed before officers ultimately began dispersing the throngs. Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Ed Davis said there weren’t any arson arrests. Police were still searching for the person who set the car on fire. He said firefighters were dispatched to 50 nuisance blazes near the Lexington campus on Saturday night, which included the car, couches and campfires that were lit in the middle of the street. He said most students who were out celebrating abided by the law and were helpful when “a few bad apples” caused problems — such as throwing beer bottles at police as they tried to break up the crowd. AP Photo/Christian Randolph A Kentucky fan cheers on top of a car Saturday night as people celebrate Kentucky's 69-61 win over Louisville. POLICEblotter Editor’s note: Taken from the Danville 911 records, the Police Blotter represents a history of the initial calls and the information used by the dispatcher to send officers to investigate complaints. It is not necessarily an indication of what the officer found upon arrival at the scene, or of how police may have dealt with the complaint. e police blotter for March 30 was unavailable. MARCH 31 8:49 a.m., report of a female who is causing a disturbance at Pet Paradise II; the subject is pulling into McDonald's parking lot; unable to locate. 12:36 p.m., report of burglary on J.E. Woods Drive overnight. 4:29 p.m., two-vehicle accident at the gas pumps at Kroger; implied consent refused; arrest made. 9:31 p.m., vehicle enforcement on Jane Trail; arrest made. 9:32 p.m., caller from North First Street has received harassing and threatening text messages and voice mails from a former landlord. 9:42 p.m., a male physically assaulted his girlfriend and is now involved in a verbal altercation with the caller's boyfriend at Circle Drive residence. 10:16 p.m., report of a female parked close to Liquor Barn slumped down in the driver's seat; officer advised that the subject appears to be sleeping. 10:40 p.m., an audible alarm is showing office, back and side motion at the Medicine Shoppe; there is a broken window at the business; arrest made. APRIL 1 12:16 a.m., vehicle enforcement at Main Street and Maple Avenue; arrest made. 12:12 p.m., caller is requesting an officer check the welfare of her female friend who has taken several pills and was drinking tequila; assistance given. 12:44 p.m., caller just witnessed a driver in a van attempting to run a black car off of the road; a young male passenger pointed a gun at the car; suspects were last seen turning on Fackler Street heading toward ird Street; 12:51 p.m., suspect vehicle stopped at Duncan Hill; suspects were cooperative and no weapon was found. LAYAWAY NOW FOR EASTER! Since 1971 1 506 S. 4 TH S TREET , D ANVILLE 8 59 - 236 - KIDS (5437)

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