Public Safety

Three injured in Massachusetts Street rollover crash

Three women were injured when the vehicle they were riding in crashed and rolled onto its top late Saturday night in Downtown Lawrence. Lawrence Police and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews were called to the intersection of 13th Street and Massachusetts Street, just before midnight, ...

38 years after violent attack on KU campus, woman still fighting rapist’s parole

In October 1981, a then-25-year-old woman sat in a public courtroom and described being raped and repeatedly sodomized by a stranger, who held her by the hair or with a knife to her throat throughout the ordeal. He’d attacked her as she was jogging on the University of Kansas campus, and ...

Affidavit: Woman said friend assaulted her in Lawrence bar, raped her at lake

A woman’s report that a friend sexually assaulted her in a bar bathroom and then at Clinton Lake later the same night led to rape and other charges against the man, according to a law enforcement affidavit. After requesting it from Douglas County District Court, the Journal-World on Friday ...

Lawrence police blotter for March 22

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

Lawrence police now say reported stabbing didn’t involve other person

Updated at 2:42 p.m. Friday Though a man initially reported that someone else stabbed him Friday morning in Lawrence, police now say that's not true. “Initially the subject indicated that there was a suspect involved, but police later determined that was not the case,” Sgt. Amy Rhoads of ...

Second woman convicted in murder, burning of Eudora man

Days after her accomplice was ordered to life in prison — for premeditated murder and other convictions based on what the judge called “overwhelming” evidence — Christina L. Towell decided to take a plea deal. Towell, 38, of Leavenworth, pleaded no contest and was convicted of ...

Lawrence police blotter for March 21

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

Lawrence police blotter for March 20

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

Ottawa man pleads guilty to seeking 10-year-old to sexually assault

Topeka – An Ottawa man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge that he drove to Missouri to meet someone he believed was a mother who was willing to sell her 10-year-old daughter for sex, according to a news release Wednesday from U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister. The man, Michael David ...

Armed robbery reported in Lawrence’s Oread Neighborhood

Lawrence police are investigating an armed robbery reported in the city’s Oread Neighborhood, just east of the University of Kansas campus. About 10:40 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to a reported armed robbery in the 1300 block of Kentucky Street, Officer Derrick Smith said in an ...

Lawrence police blotter for March 19

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

Lawrence woman sentenced to Hard 50 for murdering ex, setting body on fire

Updated at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday For the extensively premeditated and violently executed murder of her ex-boyfriend, Tria L. Evans should be locked away for the rest of her life, prosecutors told a judge Tuesday. “This woman does not deserve to see the light of day,” Amy McGowan said. And ...

Lawrence paradegoer ran up to float before tripping, being run over, police say

The woman who was struck and run over by an entry in the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade was an onlooker who ran up to the float, police said. The woman reportedly crossed a chalk line, drawn to keep people safely away from the vehicles, that parade organizers say their volunteers do ...

Lawrence police blotter for March 18

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

Lawrence police make 7 DUI arrests during recent special patrols

As part of special patrols last weekend and the weekend before, Lawrence police arrested seven people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. During the first DUI saturation patrol on March 8, officers administered field sobriety tests to eight drivers and four of them ...

Person injured during Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day parade

Updated story, additional details - Lawrence paradegoer ran up to float before tripping, being run over, police say Story updated at 9:19 a.m. Monday A person on foot was injured Sunday during the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade, police said. Around 2 p.m. Sunday, emergency responders ...

Lawrence police blotter for March 17

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