Public Safety

Lawrence police plan DUI crackdown as college students return to town

As University of Kansas students arrive on campus for the fall semester this week and start classes on Monday, Lawrence police will have extra officers out looking for impaired drivers. Their campaign — called “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” — kicked off Thursday and will run ...

Lawrence police blotter for Aug. 16

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 298 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

KU police identify driver allegedly committing lewd acts on campus

University of Kansas police say they now know the identity of a man who was allegedly driving around campus committing lewd acts this week. The suspect — who has no affiliation with KU — has been identified and served in person by law enforcement officers with a notice to appear in ...

As fire and medical response times slow, city leaders discuss adding another station

The average time it takes fire and medical personnel to arrive at an emergency has been increasing, with responses to medical calls averaging well over 9 minutes. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical response times have generally been getting slower the past decade, with some response ...

Lawrence police blotter for Aug. 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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 208 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Robbery reported at Lawrence sandwich shop

A man reportedly robbed a Lawrence sandwich shop Monday night. The robbery was reported about 9:55 p.m. at Subway, 4000 W. Sixth St., where a man reportedly came into the store and demanded money, Officer Derrick Smith, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman, said in an email to the ...

Lawrence police blotter for Aug. 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. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 274 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Arrest follows gunshots, reported yard-art theft in rural Douglas County

Some men reportedly went from shooting off a gun by Clinton Lake to stealing yard art from a home in rural Douglas County before one was arrested Sunday night. According to Sgt. Kristen Channel of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a report of two men shooting a gun near ...

Emergency crews respond to death at Lawrence Walmart

Emergency crews responded to a death at a Lawrence Walmart over the weekend. Lawrence police responded to a medical emergency involving an elderly female at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at the store at 3300 Iowa St., Officer Drew Fennelly said. Fennelly said the death is not considered suspicious. A ...

Lewd act reported on KU campus; police seek suspect

University of Kansas police say a woman walking on the KU campus Monday was the victim of lewd and lascivious behavior. The woman reported that just before 11:30 a.m. she was walking east on Memorial Drive when a man in a white truck stopped to ask her a question and she saw that he was ...

Lawrence police blotter for Aug. 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. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 151 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Large-scale jury selection process kicks off Motel 6 murder trial in Lawrence

Potential jurors filled two courtrooms — the main courtroom and an overflow room — as Douglas County District Court’s third murder trial in a month got underway Monday morning. With not one but three defendants facing murder plus other violent felony charges, the group of jurors called ...

Team of chaplains ready to help local first responders during stressful times

It had been a rough weekend for first responders in Lawrence. First, they rescued a 1-year-old and his mother, after she allegedly drove a vehicle into the Kansas River. Then, the next day, they recovered the body of a 5-year-old girl who had also been a passenger in the car. At times like ...