Public Safety

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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 203 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

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. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 196 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence man ordered to trial for alleged sexual assault of woman at pool party

A judge found probable cause for a Lawrence man to stand trial in a sex crime case where he allegedly assaulted a woman at a pool party in rural Douglas County. Matthew C. Hart, 40, appeared in Douglas County District Court for a preliminary hearing that took place over the course of three ...

Affidavit: Lawrence woman burned home after she was denied entry

A Lawrence woman is facing felony charges for lighting a home on fire after the homeowner denied her entry to the house, according to an arrest affidavit in the case. Samantha Phelan Yellow Wolf, 29, was arrested at her home at 3:57 p.m. June 17 for an incident that occurred on June 3, ...

Scooter driver still in ICU following collision with truck in Lawrence

A scooter driver who collided with a pickup and ended up pinned under the truck remains in intensive care more than two weeks later, according to family. The crash happened shortly after 11 a.m. June 20 at 21st and Tennessee streets. Max Van Holt, 51, of Springfield, Mo., was in town ...

2 arrested after car chase at east edge of Lawrence

Two people in a stolen car were arrested after leading law enforcement on a chase that ended at the east edge of Lawrence Monday, authorities say. At one point the car reportedly was driving the wrong way on 23rd Street. The incident started about 11:10 a.m., when a Douglas County Sheriff’s ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 188 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

DA wants one-time Lawrence rape suspect sent to prison for probation violations

A man who was tried for rape in Lawrence and eventually pleaded to a far less severe nonsexual crime has violated his probation. The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office wants him sent to prison, but his attorney hopes he can stay out after showing proof he’s completed substance ...

Fire destroys vacant North Lawrence mobile home

A Sunday morning fire destroyed an unoccupied mobile home in a North Lawrence trailer park. Capt. Mark Hummel, of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, said firefighters arrived at about 10:45 a.m. at 100 Maple St., Lot 4, to find the mobile home engulfed in fire. Firefighters extinguished the ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and includes 196 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

City and firefighters union still at odds over pay increase, other contract elements

Representatives for the City of Lawrence and the local firefighters union continue to disagree on how much of a wage increase is needed to keep firefighter pay competitive, and contract negotiations could soon require mediation. Negotiations between the city and the union, Local 1596, are ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 198 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence murder suspect enters plea in lower-severity case

Lawrence resident Steven A. Drake III, 22, has three pending criminal cases against him in Douglas County District Court — all involving victims being killed or seriously hurt. Drake has now entered a plea and been convicted in one of those cases, stemming from a fight that injured a teen ...

Man charged with arson following Lawrence apartment fire

A man has been charged with aggravated arson, a felony, for allegedly setting a fire inside a Lawrence apartment this week. Benjamin C. Roberts, 27, of Lawrence, was arrested early Monday morning at 541 Michigan St., where he lives, according to jail records. An “odor” was reported in an ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 251 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 227 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Teen who brought gun to school sentenced to probation, house arrest

A teen who brought a handgun to Lawrence High School earlier this year was sentenced Wednesday to probation. Douglas County District Court juvenile judge Bethany Roberts sentenced the boy on Wednesday to six months of probation, including house arrest, according to court records. In May, ...