WRITER: Sara Shepherd

Heavy snow blamed for more than 20 accidents in Douglas County, but none with major injuries

Story last updated at 6:30 p.m. Friday Friday’s snow was blamed for more than 20 wrecks in Douglas County, none of which involved major injuries, according to law enforcement agencies. After heavy snow began falling around 8:30 a.m., the Lawrence Police Department responded to 17 accidents by the end of the business day when snow had tapered off, Officer Derrick Smith said. He said none resulted in ...

Lawrence man arrested in sex crime case stemming from 2017

A Lawrence man was arrested this week after being charged with a sex crime he allegedly committed in 2017. Matthew C. Hart, 40, was arrested Thursday in connection with the case, jail records indicate. A charge of aggravated criminal sodomy, a felony, was filed against him in November in Douglas County District Court. According to the complaint, he allegedly overcame a 33-year-old victim by force or fear in ...

2 arrested on suspicion of kidnapping; victim allegedly threatened with hammer, torch

Two Lawrence men were arrested this week on suspicion of kidnapping and other crimes, including allegedly assaulting a man with a hammer and a torch last fall. Jason V. Spaniol, 41, and Sean P. McCawley, 42, were booked Thursday into the Douglas County Jail, where both were held on $75,000 bond, according to jail records. They were scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court Friday afternoon, according ...

Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 15

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 189 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

Affidavit: Heat wasn't on in car when woman left toddlers inside while drinking at Lawrence bar

A Lawrence mother claimed the engine was running and the heat was on when she left her young children in the backseat of her car to hang out at a bar for a couple of hours during the recent polar vortex. But Lawrence police said the part of her story about leaving the heat on didn’t add up, according to an affidavit investigators filed in support of the woman’s arrest on child endangerment charges. The ...

Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 14

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 163 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident ...

Boy who took gun to LHS this week stole it from parent, charges allege

Criminal charges have been filed against a boy who reportedly was carrying a gun on his person at Lawrence High School this week. He’s charged as a juvenile with theft, a felony, for allegedly stealing the gun from his mother, and also with criminal use of weapons, a misdemeanor, for allegedly possessing a gun with a barrel shorter than 12 inches while under the age of 18, according to the complaint filed in ...

Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 13

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 187 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident ...

Lawrence man arrested after allegedly threatening person with knife, riding off on bicycle

A man reportedly threatened to kill someone with a knife then drove off on a bicycle before being caught and arrested early Tuesday morning in Lawrence. Just after 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, Lawrence police headed to a disturbance with weapons reported in the 100 block of North Michigan Street, Officer Shawn Gross said in an email to media. He said witnesses told officers that the suspect brandished a knife and ...

Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 12

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 165 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

Charges upgraded for Lawrence man accused of long-running sexual abuse of girl

A Lawrence man already facing multiple counts of sex crimes against a child — each carrying the possibility of life in prison — is now facing an additional count of equal severity. After listening to the victim testify at a preliminary hearing earlier this month, Douglas County District Court Judge Sally Pokorny added another count of rape to the case against Dustyn D. Polk, 43. On Thursday, Polk pleaded ...

Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 11

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 135 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

Man taken to hospital after street fight in bar district off KU campus

A man was taken to the hospital after being injured in a fight around bar-closing time early Sunday morning near 14th and Ohio streets in Lawrence. At 1:40 a.m., University of Kansas police responded to a fight in the 1400 block of Ohio Street and encountered a group of about 15 to 20 people in the street, Deputy Chief James Anguiano said. “People scattered as police showed up,” he said. A 20-year-old ...

Man arrested after bike chase that began in downtown Lawrence

Lawrence police arrested a man over the weekend after a bicycle chase that lasted several blocks. Officers spotted the bicyclist — a man they knew had multiple active arrest warrants — shortly after 1:40 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Vermont Street, Officer Shawn Gross said in an email. After seeing the bicyclist commit a traffic infraction, officers tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the cyclist ...

Lawrence man convicted in violent stabbing of roommate on Oak Hill Avenue

A Lawrence man has been convicted in the repeated stabbing of his roommate at their home on Oak Hill Avenue in 2016. Wynn S. A. Anderson, 39, pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated battery, a felony, according to Dorothy Kliem, trial assistant with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. Anderson was scheduled to face a jury on Monday but entered the plea the week before, on Wednesday. His ...

That will be $421, cash: Man's roadside towing experience left him reeling, but it's allowed under Douglas County policy

On an icy morning a few weeks ago, Ryan Eddinger was nearing the top of a slick hill when it hit him: “I’m in trouble.” “It’s just a sheet of ice,” he said, recalling when he realized he wasn’t going to make it up the steep stretch of Queens Road just north of Lawrence. “I started to slide backward.” Eddinger’s car ended up off the road in the snow, undamaged but stuck. A tow truck pulled ...

Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 10

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and includes 207 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 9

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 222 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

No criminal charges for student who left hunting gun in car at Free State High School

A Free State High School student who left a hunting gun in his car in the school parking lot last fall will not face criminal charges. The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office chose not to file a complaint. “After careful review of the reports our office has declined to file criminal charges in this case because there was no intent to commit a crime,” Dorothy Kliem, trial assistant for the DA’s ...

Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 8

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 155 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...