Public Safety

Lawrence police stop hundreds during checkpoint on 23rd Street, make 5 DUI arrests

The Lawrence Police Department conducted a DUI checkpoint Thursday night, during which they stopped vehicles in the 500 block of West 23rd Street, near 23rd and Louisiana streets. Police made contact with a total of 317 cars during the check lane, which was set up from 10 p.m. through 3 a.m. ...

Report of gunshots fired at Tee Pee Junction leads to drug, gun crime arrests

Law enforcement caught up with a vehicle that reportedly fired gunshots into the air near Tee Pee Junction overnight, and arrested two men with “large amounts” of drugs, cash and a stolen gun, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The incident started shortly after 2 a.m. ...

Lawrence man charged with sex crimes against teen

A Lawrence man has been charged with sex crimes against a teen that allegedly occurred over a four-year period. Frank J. Martinez, 35, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, all off-grid level felonies, and two counts of indecent liberties with a child, ...

Lawrence police blotter for May 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. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 172 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Douglas County to celebrate reduction of people with mental illness booked into jail

Douglas County has reduced the number of people with serious mental illness booked into the local jail by 56% since October 2015, according to a news release from the county. Now it’s helping other counties in the state make similar strides, local criminal justice leaders told the Douglas ...

Man charged with yearslong molestation of 2 young children in Douglas County

A man has been charged in Douglas County District Court with molesting two young children over a period of years, beginning when the victims were 3 and 5. Brian M. Kennedy, 43, most recently living in Omaha, Neb., was arrested Tuesday on the charges, according to jail records. He is charged ...

Lawrence police blotter for May 8

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

Lawrence police blotter for May 7

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

Two charged in weekend armed robbery had previous robbery, kidnapping convictions

A man and woman have been formally charged with aggravated robbery following a reported attack on a man this weekend in Lawrence. Both have prior felony convictions here. Lawrence residents Runita J. Bell, 44, and Robert L. Coleman, 25, allegedly were armed with a knife when they took a ...

Tornado watch canceled for Douglas County

Story updated at 9:54 p.m. Monday, May 6 A tornado watch issued for Douglas County and area counties has been canceled, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy rains are still in the forecast through Wednesday night, raising the chances for flash flooding around the Lawrence area, ...

Lawrence police blotter for May 6

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

Two arrested in armed robbery in Lawrence; suspects reportedly tried to stab victim

A man and woman have been arrested in an armed robbery reported Sunday evening in Lawrence. Police responded just after 6:15 p.m. to the 1800 block of West 25th Street, where the victim reported being attacked outside by two suspects who tried to stab him with a knife, Officer Shawn Gross ...

Sheriff’s office identifies man killed in motorcycle crash near Eudora

The man who died after crashing his motorcycle over the weekend near Eudora was James Young, 62, of Bismarck, N.D., according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The office released the man’s name Monday morning, in an email from Sgt. Kristen Channel. The single-vehicle crash ...

Man killed in motorcycle wreck near Eudora

Updated story - May 6 — Sheriff’s office identifies man killed in motorcycle crash near Eudora The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred Saturday afternoon near Eudora. In an email sent shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday, Sgt. ...

Lawrence police blotter for May 5

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

Lawrence police blotter for May 4

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. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 271 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...