Public Safety

Captain files to run for Douglas County Sheriff in 2020 election

A 33-year veteran of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is the fourth employee of the office to join the race to become its next leader. Doug Woods, the office’s operations division administrative captain, announced his candidacy for the sheriff position in a news release on Tuesday. He ...

Lawrence City Commission approves spending another $378K on police headquarters

City leaders have voted to spend more money to furnish three additional areas of the new police headquarters building. During its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission voted unanimously as part of its consent agenda to spend an extra $378,377 to add furniture and equipment to the areas ...

Driver eludes Kansas Highway Patrol in Lawrence after high-speed chase

The Kansas Highway Patrol is searching for the driver of a rental vehicle who evaded arrest after a high-speed chase late Saturday night. Lt. David Morrison said the chase started about 10:30 p.m. when a Kansas Highway Patrol officer attempted to pull over a Jeep on Kansas Highway 10 near Kill ...

Robbery suspects elude Lawrence police after chase

The Lawrence Police Department is looking for suspects involved in a Saturday apartment robbery in which a firearm was used. Sgt. Drew Fennelly of the LPD wrote in an email to the Journal-World that at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in an ...

Two Democrats file to run for Douglas County district attorney

Two Lawrence attorneys are officially in the running to become the top prosecutor in Douglas County. Cooper Overstreet, a defense attorney for the Swain Law Office, and Suzanne Valdez, a law professor at the University of Kansas, both filed to run for the Douglas County district attorney ...

Heritage Baptist Church holds outdoor service; deputy responds for protester

A deputy from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office made a brief appearance at Wednesday evening services at Heritage Baptist Church northwest of Lawrence — but he didn't disturb the congregation. He was called there to speak to the sole protester, a woman who stood on the corner at North ...

Court sets deadlines for next responses in Douglas County jail expansion lawsuit

The Douglas County District Court on Wednesday set a deadline for a local activist group to respond to the county government’s motion to dismiss the group's lawsuit that aims to halt the county’s plans to expand its jail. Attorneys for Douglas County and Justice Matters, which has long ...

Lawrence police ask for public’s help in investigation of shots fired into home

Lawrence police are asking for help from the public as officers investigate shots fired into a residence in northern Lawrence, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, police received reports from several callers of gunshots fired in the area ...