Public Safety

Man flown to KC hospital after early-morning altercation in downtown Lawrence

An apparent fight downtown early Friday morning resulted in one man being air-lifted to a Kansas City hospital with serious injuries. According to Lawrence police, officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Massachusetts Street shortly after 1 a.m. Friday in regard to a battery ...

2 arrested after chase where sheriff’s sergeant was briefly dragged

Two people were taken into custody after a police chase that ended in central Lawrence on Thursday. The incident began at 11:52 a.m., when a sergeant with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office investigated an occupied vehicle in the 900 block of East 23rd Street, sheriff’s Lt. Lyle ...

Lawrence man pleads guilty to molesting 7-year-old, faces life in prison

A 68-year-old Lawrence man has been convicted of molesting a 7-year-old child and faces life in prison. This week in Douglas County District Court, Clinton Laing pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, according to Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to Douglas ...

Overnight storm topples trees in Baldwin City

A brief but heavy storm passed through Baldwin City overnight, uprooting and snapping some trees in its path. The storm went through the southern end of Topeka and the south side of Clinton Lake before hitting Baldwin City about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, said meteorologist Kris Sanders of the ...

Man charged in connection with reported stabbing near downtown Lawrence

After being arrested Friday night in connection with a reported stabbing near downtown Lawrence, a man charged in the incident made his first appearance in court Monday. Police were dispatched to a reported stabbing at a home in the 1500 block of Massachusetts Street just before 8:10 p.m. ...

Unattended candle started fire at North Lawrence motel, officials say

Story updated: 4:57 p.m. June 19, 2018 A candle left unattended started the fire on Monday that destroyed the main building of the Jayhawk Motel, at 1004 N. Third St. in North Lawrence, fire investigators have determined. The building that burned contained the motel office as well as a ...

Lawrence police arrest 6 during special DUI patrol

Lawrence police made six arrests during last weekend’s DUI saturation patrol, according to a tally provided by the department. Five of those people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and one was arrested on suspicion of drug possession, Sgt. Amy ...

Fire heavily damages building at North Lawrence motel; no injuries reported

Story last updated: June 18, 5:12 pm Based on the fire department’s early investigation, a fire that heavily damaged the central building at North Lawrence’s Jayhawk Motel Monday morning appears to be accidental, officials say. The fire was reported at 8:21 a.m. in one of the motel’s ...

Police seek public’s help in finding truck that damaged residence

Lawrence police are asking for the public's help in finding a truck that was reportedly involved in damaging a Lawrence residence. Police on Monday afternoon tweeted an image of a Chevy truck and said that about 9:15 p.m. on June 2, the pickup is believed to have struck a parked vehicle so ...

One injured in accident near Lawrence turnpike interchange

A two vehicle-accident early Monday near the West Lawrence interchange on the Kansas turnpike has left a Minnesota man injured. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that Carlos Garay of Cottage Grove, Minn., was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after the van he was driving was rear-ended by ...

Teen convicted in Eudora gun shop burglary

One of the teens accused in the recent burglary of a Eudora gun shop — the only one charged as an adult — has been convicted for his role. Stevan Rios, of Eudora, pleaded guilty and was convicted of one count of burglary and one count of theft of a firearm, both felonies, Thursday in ...

Lawrence police plan DUI crackdown

Lawrence police are planning a DUI saturation patrol on Friday, the department has announced. The effort, funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation, will put extra officers in the field to look specifically for drivers who show signs of impairment, according to a news release ...