Public Safety

Criminal trial set for Free State High student accused of bringing gun to school

A teen who reportedly was arrested with a gun in his backpack at Free State High School is scheduled for a trial soon. The teen is charged as a juvenile with criminal use of weapons for allegedly possessing a firearm with a barrel less than 12 inches long, a misdemeanor, according to the ...

Lawrence man convicted of soliciting nude photos from teen girls online

A Lawrence man whose social media accounts included dozens of photos of nude or partially dressed girls, police said, has been convicted of sexually exploiting multiple children. Jonathan D. Micco, 28, pleaded no contest to three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, all felonies, on ...

Fire damages Lawrence trailer home

Firefighters put out a fire inside a trailer home Friday in Lawrence. Smoke coming from the mobile home was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the trailer community at 100 Arkansas Street, said Division Chief and Fire Marshal James King of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical. When ...

Survey: Most black and Hispanic residents think local police are biased

Story updated at 7:30 p.m. July 13, 2018. The results of a community survey indicate that most Lawrence residents of color think Lawrence police are biased against their community. The City of Lawrence commissioned Allegro Training & Consulting to conduct the survey and related analysis ...

Illegal fireworks in Lawrence this Fourth of July: Many calls, no tickets

On the Fourth of July and the days leading up to the recent holiday, Lawrence police took more than 100 calls regarding fireworks but issued no citations this year, according to numbers provided to the Journal-World by police and the municipal court. While it’s possible not all tickets have ...

KU police investigating phone threat to museum amid flag art controversy

University of Kansas police are investigating a reportedly criminal call made to the Spencer Museum of Art amid public outcry over an artwork based on the American flag, police confirmed. The call was made to a female museum employee about 1:15 Wednesday and was reported to police right ...

Man reportedly tries to abduct jogger on Lawrence nature trail

A man reportedly attacked and tried to abduct a woman jogging early Thursday morning on the Prairie Park Nature Center trail in eastern Lawrence, police say. The suspect may have been intending sexual assault, based on additional actions he took, according to a Lawrence Police Department news ...

Probation granted for man convicted in Lawrence Long John Silver’s robbery

A man who allegedly robbed a Lawrence fast-food restaurant last year while armed with a knife was granted probation in the case. Douglas County District Court Judge Sally Pokorny this week sentenced Marcus X. Young, 26, of Kansas City, Kan., to two years of probation, according to Cheryl ...

Lawrence man charged with distributing child pornography

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Lawrence man was indicted Wednesday on charges of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. The man, Brian Fuchs, 48, is charged with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The indictment alleges that ...

Arkansas man convicted of molesting 7-year-old in Lawrence; remains free on bond

In a case filed four years ago, an Arkansas man has been convicted of molesting a 7-year-old in Lawrence. Willie E. Jackson, 60, of Little Rock, had been scheduled for trial this week in Douglas County District Court, but his trial was canceled after he entered a plea on Friday. He pleaded ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 195 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Pickup flees police, loses stolen trailer in off-road chase that ended near Lawrence

A man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly leading law enforcement officers on a chase from Franklin County into Douglas County, driving off-road and losing a stolen box trailer he had hitched to the truck along the way. The pursuit began about 10 a.m. on U.S. Highway 59 when a Franklin County ...

‘A long road’: Lawrence shooting victim remains in hospital, paralyzed

One of the victims of last week’s double shooting remains hospitalized and is paralyzed from the waist down, his girlfriend says. Jeremy C. Jones, 32, of Lawrence, was shot one time, said Micki Ryan, who lived with him at the apartment where the shooting happened and who has been with him ...

Inmate re-sentenced in 2013 Douglas County rape case

Back in 2013, Scott H. Kobel was charged with rape, aggravated kidnapping and attempted rape of a then-28-year-old woman. Five years later — after some six attorneys, multiple stays at Larned State Hospital and its correctional facility, and an appeal of his sentence — Kobel was back in ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 136 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...