Public Safety

What if there’s an active shooter in Lawrence? Police captain gives advice

As Lawrence finally moves past some of its deadliest chapters — long-running court cases, involving among them six men, four victims shot and killed and several other victims injured — similar scenarios unfold in other towns, with new mass shootings occurring nearly every day. Arguments ...

Lawrence police investigate reported stabbing near 11th and Tennessee streets

Lawrence police were investigating Saturday night after they received a call that a stabbing had taken place. Police were dispatched to the 1100 block of Tennessee Street around 8 p.m. Saturday, Patrick Compton, a department spokesman, said via email. When they arrived, they found two women ...

Lightning strike causes structure fire in Lawrence, displaces 8

Lightning struck a Lawrence home overnight, causing a fire that led to an estimated $60,000 in damage, according to a news release from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical. LDCFM was called to a residence at 1420 Tennessee St. at 3:16 a.m. Saturday, according to the release. Firefighters ...

House fire in Lawrence displaces 1, causes $35K in damages

A house fire Saturday morning displaced one resident and caused an estimated $35,000 in damages, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical. First responders were dispatched to a fire in the attic of a home at 719 Arizona St. at 9:35 a.m. Saturday, according to a department news ...

1-car accident near Lawrence airport injures Missouri woman

A woman suffered suspected serious injuries in a single-car accident Friday afternoon near Lawrence Municipal Airport, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. The 59-year-old Independence, Mo., woman was reportedly driving erratically and heading westbound on U.S. Highway 40 near North 1802 ...

SUV hits house owned by Lawrence city commissioner; accident injures 1

Story updated at 7:49 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16: A driver was injured and an SUV struck a house as a result of an accident Friday afternoon, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. Reached by phone Friday evening, Lawrence City Commissioner Matthew Herbert confirmed that the home on ...

Teen girl reportedly breaks into multiple cars in Lawrence, comes away with $7

A teen girl allegedly broke into multiple vehicles within the span of about half an hour, starting around 12:30 a.m. Friday. The haul? About $7 — $2 in change from one vehicle, and $5 from another. From 12:27 a.m. until 1:05 a.m. Friday, Lawrence police received several calls regarding ...

Cyclist injured, stabilized after collision in Lawrence; should be released tonight

Updated at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16: A cyclist was initially thought to be severely injured after she was hit by a car Friday afternoon, according to Lawrence police. However, by Friday evening she was in stable condition and expected to be released from the hospital tonight. Officer Drew ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 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. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 241 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 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. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 236 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Family of 7 displaced after structure fire near KU’s West Campus

A structure fire Wednesday afternoon displaced a family of seven, according to a news release from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical. Crews were dispatched to 1906 Marvonne Road, a home near the University of Kansas West Campus, at 3:43 p.m. Wednesday, the release said. There they found ...

Lawrence woman charged with DUI, aggravated battery after wreck injures 1

Story updated at 10:15 a.m. Thursday A Lawrence woman has been charged with a felony and a DUI in Douglas County District Court after a car accident injured one person. Autumn Sky Hale, 43, was reportedly eastbound on East 19th Street in a Toyota Camry around 1:24 a.m. Tuesday, near the ...

KCMO man sentenced to 32 months in Lawrence Motel 6 shooting

Story updated at 4:56 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019: A judge on Wednesday sentenced Shawn K. Smith, 20, of Kansas City, Mo., to 32 months in prison in connection with a 2017 hotel room shootout that left one man dead and two others injured. Smith has already served 698 days of that, or ...

Hy-Vee launches investigation of incident involving credit card data

An unknown number of Hy-Vee customers may have had their credit card data compromised, the grocer that operates in Lawrence warned on Wednesday. Hy-Vee is investigating a “security incident” at its credit card readers at Hy-Vee-owned gas pumps, restaurants and drive-thru coffee shops. The ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 156 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police take man into custody after standoff near 9th and Arkansas streets

Lawrence police took a 27-year-old man into custody without incident after a standoff in the 900 block of Arkansas Street Tuesday evening. Officer Drew Fennelly told the Journal-World via email that police were dispatched to an apartment in that block in reference to gunshots being fired just ...