Public Safety

No injuries after plane makes unplanned landing in Douglas County field

A small plane had to make a sudden landing in a field north of Lawrence before reaching Lawrence Municipal Airport over the weekend. No one was injured in Saturday afternoon’s incident, according to Trooper Don Hughes of the Kansas Highway Patrol, which investigated the incident. The plane ...

Four people displaced by early-morning fire

UPDATED STORY - Eudora police rescue man from house fire that started with cigarette dropped on mattress; home had no smoke alarms A fire in a Eudora home displaced three adults and one child early Monday morning. Eudora police and firefighters were dispatched to the two-story house at 918 ...

Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 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. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and includes 192 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Car strikes, severely injures pedestrian at Sixth and Michigan streets

Updated at 11:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019: A 68-year-old woman was severely injured after being struck by a vehicle Saturday evening at the intersection of Sixth and Michigan streets, Lawrence police said. Officer Drew Fennelly said in an email to the Journal-World that at 7:34 p.m. ...

Topeka man treated for gunshot wound suffered near Lawrence’s Carnegie Building

The Lawrence Police Department is investigating an apparent shooting at the Carnegie Building Saturday morning that left one man wounded. According to a news release from department spokeswoman Sgt. Amy Rhoads, a Lawrence officer heard what sounded like a gunshot from inside the Carnegie ...

Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 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. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 186 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 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. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 207 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Man sentenced to nearly 19 years for 2017 murder outside Eudora bar

Story updated at 1:11 p.m. Friday The man who fatally shot another man outside a Eudora bar, then tried to kill two others, was sentenced Friday to nearly 19 years in prison. Danny W. Queen, 37, of Eudora, had previously argued that he was a good candidate for probation, while prosecutors and ...

Lawrence resident killed in accident at landfill north of city

Story updated at 1:26 p.m. Friday The man killed Friday morning in an accident at a Jefferson County landfill was a Lawrence resident. Mark J. Wilson, 59, was on foot operating a “tipper” machine when he was pinned against the dock by a semi-trailer backing onto the machine, according to ...

Unwieldy cargo removed from highway after truck strikes overpass in Douglas County

A truck carrying an oversized load tried but didn’t clear an overpass south of Lawrence Wednesday night. The truck’s cargo — a large metal grain bin — hit the road above it, knocking the bin off the truck’s trailer, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post ...

Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 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. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 197 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Man shot by police in 2014 arrested after leading officers on overnight chase

Updated at 5:05 p.m. Thursday A Lawrence man who pointed a loaded shotgun at a police officer in 2014, prompting the officer to shoot him, is now out of prison but in trouble again. Zachary J. Ortiz, 28, was arrested after allegedly leading Lawrence police on a chase early Thursday morning. ...

Lawrence police seek man who reportedly robbed victim he met on dating website

A Lawrence resident invited a date he met online to his apartment, but the date showed up with a gun and robbed him instead, police say. The incident happened about 7:10 p.m. Friday at 2511 W. 31st St., according to Sgt. Amy Rhoads of the Lawrence Police Department. The victim told police he ...

Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 134 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

DUI suspected in New Year’s Day head-on crash near Lawrence

Story updated 3:05 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019: The driver of a Jeep traveling the wrong way on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence was allegedly driving under the influence when he caused a crash on New Year’s Day. Neither that man nor the grandmother and grandson in the car he hit were ...