Public Safety

Lawrence police blotter for March 14

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

Lawrence police plan another DUI patrol this weekend

Following a similar effort last weekend, the Lawrence Police Department is planning another DUI enforcement campaign this weekend — on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Police will conduct a DUI saturation patrol Saturday, placing extra officers in the field to look specifically for drivers ...

Lawrence police blotter for March 13

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

Jury convicts man of first-degree murder in Perry Lake shooting death

One of two area residents charged in the fatal shooting of a Lawrence man at Perry Lake one year ago has been convicted. On Wednesday morning, a jury in Jefferson County District Court convicted Topeka resident Jonathan D. Blevins, 23, of first-degree murder in the death of Taylor D. Sawyer, ...

DUI suspected in weekend crash in west Lawrence

Lawrence police say they suspect alcohol contributed to a single-car crash that injured a woman over the weekend. Officers were dispatched just after 4:40 a.m. Sunday to Trail Road and Folks Road, where they found an SUV in the ditch, partially stuck on its side, Officer Derrick Smith said, in ...

District attorney drops criminal charge against Free State student accused of threat

A criminal case against a Free State High School student who reportedly told police he’d had thoughts of “shooting up a school” has been dismissed. After the teen successfully completed an Immediate Intervention Program — similar to getting a diversion in an adult case — with Douglas ...

Lawrence police blotter for March 12

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

Man taken to hospital after fight at Lawrence street corner

One man was taken to a regional hospital after a fight with another man Monday night, Lawrence police said. Police responded just before 8 p.m. to the intersection of East 23rd and Harper streets, where two men were fighting, Officer Shawn Gross said in an email to media Tuesday morning. He ...

Lawrence man convicted of molesting 11-year-old girl

A Lawrence man has been convicted of molesting an 11-year-old girl. Robert W. Copas, 36, of Lawrence, pleaded no contest Monday in Douglas County District Court to a single count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, a felony. Prior to the plea deal, Copas had been charged with a ...

Lawrence police blotter for March 11

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

Lawrence man charged with rape in connection with May 2018 incident

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on charges that he raped an incapacitated person last year. Nicholas J. Lewis, of Lawrence, was booked into jail on the charges over the weekend, jail records indicate. He’s charged with one count of rape, a felony, in connection with an incident that ...

Lawrence police blotter for March 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. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and includes 205 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Critical injuries reported in single-vehicle crash

Updated story - March 12 — DUI suspected in weekend crash in west Lawrence The Lawrence Police Department is investigating after a sport utility vehicle was found crashed in the ditch near Trail Road and South Folks Road early Sunday morning. Police arrived on scene around 4:45 a.m. and ...

Three detained after high-speed chase into Johnson County

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office tried to stop a vehicle which allegedly committed several traffic violations shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. The driver of the silver Nissan Versa refused to stop for officers and accelerated to nearly 90 miles per hour while southbound East 2200 Road, south ...

One year after Perry Lake killing, first of two murder defendants set to face jury

A year after he allegedly teamed up with a woman to kill a man at Perry Lake, Jonathan D. Blevins is scheduled to stand trial for murder in a case that has Douglas County ties. A weeklong trial for Blevins is set to begin Monday in Jefferson County District Court in Oskaloosa. Blevins is ...

City reveals green, public-friendly design for $18.5M police headquarters

The design of the city’s new $18.5 million police headquarters has been revealed, and officials say the building — which will be energy efficient and surrounded by parkland — will be an asset for police and the public. Police Captain Anthony Brixius said the police department is excited ...

Lawrence police blotter for March 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. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 224 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Judge rejects Lawrence triple-murder defendant’s self-defense claim

A man accused of fatally shooting three people and injuring a fourth in downtown Lawrence asked a judge to find that he acted legally in self-defense, and drop his charges. The judge rejected that request Friday. The murder trial against Anthony L. Roberts Jr., 21, of Topeka, remains ...