Public Safety

Early-morning fire at downtown Lawrence bar extinguished quickly

Story updated at 9:29 p.m. Saturday Multiple fire crews responded to an early-morning fire at a bar in downtown Lawrence Saturday. Firefighters were called to Harbour Lights, 1031 Massachusetts St., at 6:12 a.m. after a caller reported seeing black smoke coming from the alley behind the bar, ...

Lawrence man charged in suspected DUI crash that injured child

A Lawrence man was charged in Douglas County District Court on Thursday after police alleged that he caused a three-car crash that injured a child while he was driving under the influence. Emiliano Deaquino Salgado, 26, was formally charged at a Zoom videoconference hearing on Thursday with ...

Three men charged in connection with reported armed robbery in Lawrence

Three men were arrested recently in connection with a reported armed robbery, and each has been charged this week in Douglas County District Court. Police arrested 21-year-olds Lawson Ray Marshall, of De Soto, and Patrick Quinn Noonan, of Linwood, Saturday night in the 3900 block of Clinton ...

Study indicates no need to expand Douglas County Jail, Justice Matters argues

An activist group opposed to the expansion of the Douglas County Jail now has a study that supports the idea that the county should invest in long-term alternatives to incarceration programs rather than building more jail cells. “All you’re doing is putting a Band-Aid on a problem that ...

Lawrence man who teaches in McLouth accused of sex with student

OSKALOOSA — A northeast Kansas high school science teacher is facing allegations that he had sexual relationship with a student. Anthony Kuckelman, of Lawrence, was charged Tuesday with three felony counts of unlawful sexual relations, WIBW-TV reported. The charges allege Kuckelman had the ...

Lawrence police: Man arrested after suspected DUI crash injures juvenile passenger

Updated at 4:44 p.m. Wednesday: A Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday evening after police say he caused an injury car crash while driving under the influence of alcohol. Police were dispatched to the area of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence Police ...

Nebraska man taken to hospital after 1-car crash in Douglas County

A Lincoln, Neb., man was taken to an Overland Park hospital following a single-vehicle crash Sunday in Douglas County. Ernest J. Diaz, 50, was northbound on East 1700 Road in a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country when his vehicle ran off the roadway to the left for an unknown reason, according to a ...

Lawrence police: Man found dead at Constant Park, but no signs of foul play

A Lawrence man was found dead Thursday afternoon in Constant Park, and investigators said there were no signs of apparent foul play. First responders were called to Constant Park, northeast of Sixth and Tennessee streets, around 3:15 p.m. Thursday after someone found a person who was ...

Gas leak shuts down 2 blocks of downtown Lawrence

Story updated at 3:23 p.m. Thursday: A gas leak shut down two blocks of downtown Lawrence Thursday morning. Firefighters responded to the reported broken gas line in the 700 block of Massachusetts Street Thursday morning, Tom Fagan, division chief of administration for Lawrence-Douglas County ...

Lawrence man’s body recovered from lake in Douglas County

Story updated at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday: A Lawrence man’s body was pulled from Lake View Lake Wednesday morning after he had not returned to shore Tuesday afternoon. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded around 4 p.m. Tuesday to a report that Stanley Leroy Shepard Jr., 66, had ...

Police: Man arrested following 70 mph pursuit through Lawrence

Lawrence police officers arrested a man following a five-minute pursuit that covered about 4 miles and reached speeds in the 70 mph range, according to a spokesman for the Lawrence Police Department. Jefferson County authorities notified LPD around 4 p.m. Monday that a vehicle stolen out of ...

District Attorney Charles Branson files for reelection in 2020

The Douglas County district attorney will seek to retain his seat in the 2020 election. Charles Branson, who has served as district attorney since January 2005, announced in a Tuesday news release that he filed to run for reelection. He is running as a Democrat, according to the Kansas ...

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KU law clinic to offer free legal services to employees in health care settings

A new University of Kansas School of Law clinic is offering to help essential workers in health care settings complete important documents with a goal of bringing peace of mind to frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Advance Care Planning Clinic will help workers complete ...

Defendant in Lawrence shooting case rearrested, suspected in armed robbery

A Lawrence man charged in a 2018 shooting was rearrested Friday on suspicion of aggravated robbery, according to police. Michael A. Hormell, 20, had spent more than two years in the Douglas County Jail before he was released on $100,000 surety bond in February. He is charged in a shooting at ...