Public Safety

Lawrence dad who left gun in reach of toddlers convicted in daughter’s death

Chance M. Smith left a loaded semi-automatic handgun — which prosecutors say had no safety switch — in reach of toddlers, and as a result his young daughter was killed. Smith, 33, of Lawrence, entered a plea to related criminal charges and was convicted on Friday by Douglas County ...

Lawrence police blotter for Sept. 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. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 186 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for Sept. 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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 216 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Soden says Lawrence City Commission should have say on police body camera policy

Lawrence city commissioners briefly discussed whether they should have any input on the Lawrence police department policy for body cameras, but whether they will remains unclear. During the Lawrence City Commission meeting Tuesday, Commissioner Leslie Soden questioned why the governing body ...

Fourth suspect arrested in Lawrence home-invasion robbery and shooting

Story updated: 3:58 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. A fourth suspect has been arrested in a December home-invasion robbery and shooting that seriously injured a Lawrence man. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Brian L. Smith, 30, of Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday evening at the ...

Lawrence police blotter for Sept. 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. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 244 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for Sept. 3

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

Douglas County shootings on pace to be less numerous, less deadly than last year

So far in 2018, 11 people have been shot in Douglas County, and only one of those shootings has been deadly. Almost three-fourths of the way into the year, shooting numbers are on pace to be far less numerous and less deadly than last year. In 2017, Douglas County tallied 11 fatal shootings ...

Lawrence police blotter for Sept. 2

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

‘Extraordinary’ glut of murder trials straining Douglas County court, jury pool

More than a year went by with not one murder trial in Douglas County District Court — until July. Now the court is in the middle of what’s believed to be an unprecedented deluge of murder trials, and the high-stakes, labor-intensive cases are putting extra strain on the system. “This ...

Lawrence police blotter for Sept. 1

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

Eudora woman convicted of baby’s murder seeking new trial; sentencing delayed

As it was during Carrody M. Buchhorn’s recent murder trial, the courtroom was nearly full for her sentencing hearing on Friday. But her sentencing did not happen as scheduled. Instead, Buchhorn, 44, of Eudora, has a new legal team that is trying to get her a new trial. Douglas County ...

DA: Lawrence police officer cleared after firing at armed standoff suspect

Story updated at 5:42 p.m. Aug. 31, 2018: A Lawrence police officer who fired his gun at an armed, mentally ill suspect during a standoff won’t face criminal charges. During the June 29 incident at 620 N. Stowe Court, the suspect, Abdul Jalil K. Hussein, walked into his driveway, brandished ...

Kansas Archdiocese hires law firm to study abuse allegations

Kansas City, Kan. (ap) — The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has hired a law firm to examine its handling of allegations of sexual abuse by its priests going back nearly seven decades. Archbishop Joseph Naumann wrote in a column published Friday in the archdiocese’s newspaper, The ...

Lawrence police blotter for Aug. 31

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