Public Safety

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 207 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police plan DUI patrol over July Fourth weekend

Lawrence police will conduct a DUI saturation patrol on Saturday throughout the city, the department announced Tuesday. The special patrol will place extra officers on the street specifically to look for motorists showing signs of impaired driving or other traffic violations, the ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 178 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

New law allows Kansas drivers to refuse field sobriety tests

WICHITA — Kansas drivers can no longer be charged with a crime for refusing a field sobriety test under a new state law. The Wichita Eagle reported that a change in state law that took effect Monday means police can't ticket suspected drivers for not taking the test, but refusal to comply ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 170 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Authorities find body of missing Eudora boater in central Kansas reservoir

HILLSBORO — Authorities have found the body of a missing boater in a central Kansas reservoir. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that 46-year-old Steven Meyer, of Eudora, was found around 9:15 a.m. Monday in the Marion Reservoir. He was reported missing around 1:20 ...

Man convicted in Eudora bar murder settles civil lawsuit with victim’s family

A lawsuit brought by the family of a Eudora murder victim against his killer has been settled and dismissed. According to Douglas County District Court records, the case was formally dismissed June 17. Defendant Danny W. Queen and plaintiff Scott Hopson jointly requested the dismissal after ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 30

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

Lawrence police blotter for June 29

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

Sixth Street temporarily shut down east of Iowa Street after gas leak

A gas leak caused emergency responders to shut down traffic on a major Lawrence street at the beginning of the afternoon commute on Friday, a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical official said. The gas leak began just before 4 p.m. Friday at 1701 W. Sixth St., just east of Iowa Street in the ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 28

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

Lawrence man raped sleeping woman while a guest at her house, affidavit alleges

A Lawrence man reportedly raped a woman who’d allowed him to stay at her house as she slept deeply from ingesting alcohol and sleeping pills, a police affidavit says. Perry L. Oatis, 54, was arrested at the scene in the early morning hours of May 27, after the woman’s roommate saw him ...

Missing man, 81, found after silver alert by Lawrence police

Story updated at 9:12 a.m. Friday The Lawrence Police Department has canceled a silver alert that it issued for a missing 81-year-old man Thursday evening. Police said they located the man, John Gaither Ranney, early Friday morning in Mitchell County, Kansas. He was unharmed, police said.

Lawrence police blotter for June 27

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

Lawrence police blotter for June 26

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

Man arrested after reportedly flashing gun at downtown Lawrence bar

A man who got kicked out of a downtown Lawrence bar reportedly displayed a gun when he wasn’t allowed back in early Wednesday morning. Lawrence police were dispatched to the Jazzhaus, 926 Massachusetts St., just after midnight for a reported disturbance with weapons, Sgt. Amy Rhoads said in ...

KU police looking for peeping Tom targeting women’s restrooms on campus

University of Kansas police are looking for a peeping Tom who’s reportedly been going into women’s restrooms on campus. Three times this month, a man has gone into women’s restrooms in Strong Hall and the Dole Center and has looked under an occupied bathroom stall, KU police said in a ...

Gunshots send people running at Lawrence apartment complex

Gunshots fired at a Lawrence apartment complex apparently sent a number of people running Tuesday night, but no one was hit. The disturbance was reported just after 11:10 p.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of West 24th Street. Multiple callers reported hearing gunshots and seeing multiple people ...