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Lawrence police release details on Wednesday shooting near Amtrak station

Lawrence police are investigating a shooting in East Lawrence that left one person injured on Wednesday. Lt. David Ernst of the Lawrence Police Department told the Journal-World Thursday that officers spoke to an individual at LMH Health who reported they had been shot around 3 p.m. while near the 400 block of East Seventh Street, which is near the Lawrence Amtrak station in East Lawrence. Additionally, ...

4-year-old boy experiences heat exhaustion under St. John Catholic School's care, requiring ER visit, mother says

A local mother of a 4-year-old boy recently received a call that every parent would dread: St. John Catholic School’s preschool educators last week urgently demanded that she come pick up her child, who appeared to be ill. When the mother — whom the Journal-World has chosen not to name to protect the privacy of her son — arrived at the school at 1244 Kentucky St., she found him seemingly passed out ...

Affidavit alleges man almost hit several pedestrians while leading police on pursuit, manhunt in June

A man who led police on a manhunt in June allegedly swerved his vehicle at police officers and almost struck pedestrians during the chase through downtown and East Lawrence, according to an affidavit supporting his arrest. The man, Nicholas S. Atwell, 32, also allegedly hid from police in a home in an East Lawrence neighborhood without the homeowner's knowledge. Atwell was charged with aggravated burglary, ...

'It was gone': 92-year-old Lawrence woman recalls how a vaccine mandate helped stop a smallpox outbreak, calls for mandatory COVID shots

When Carol Schwarting was a child, her community suffered a smallpox outbreak that led to the death of a 4-year-old child her family knew. In light of the virus’ spread, people needed to quarantine and stay away from others, Schwarting recently told the Journal-World. That meant Schwarting, who is now 92 and a resident at Monterey Village Senior Living in Lawrence, wouldn’t be able to go to the swimming ...

Affidavit details allegations of 2 Lawrence men firing guns into vehicle, striking a woman in the head

Two Lawrence men accused of attempted murder for a shooting in North Lawrence allegedly fired 10 to 12 shots into a car with two people in it, according to affidavits supporting their arrests. Some of the shots allegedly struck the head and neck of a female passenger in the vehicle. Alejandro Martinez-Diaz, 18, and Ontareo X. Jackson, 18, have both been charged with two counts of attempted second-degree ...

Early enrollment estimate shows increase for Lawrence school district; official count comes next month

The Lawrence school district appears to be set for an increase in enrollment after a year in which it was significantly affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to an early and unofficial estimate of the enrollment provided to the Journal-World, Lawrence elementary schools saw an increase of almost 200 students this year compared with 2020-21. That would show the district gaining some enrollment ...

Lawrence Municipal Court sees significant drop in citations, revenue during pandemic-affected 2020

Municipal citations and subsequent court proceedings in Lawrence fell sharply in 2020, mostly because of the coronavirus pandemic. The court held significantly fewer hearings for cases of traffic, parking and other municipal violations than in the year before, partially because in-person hearings were canceled for three months after the pandemic emerged, according to the court’s 2020 annual report. The ...

Remote learning not an option for school districts this academic year despite ongoing pandemic

Unlike last year, Lawrence students won’t be learning through their computer screens at any point during the 2021-22 school year, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That's because a new Kansas law generally prohibits the practice. Lawrence Superintendent Anthony Lewis on Monday explained during a school board meeting that the Kansas State Department of Education recently provided guidance to schools ...

Lawrence school board reinstates seventh grade volleyball, approves permaculture garden at Free State High School

After nearly 20 years, seventh grade volleyball is returning to the Lawrence school district. The school board on Monday approved a plan to reinstate the sport for seventh graders. It was discontinued during the 2002-03 school year because of budget constraints at the time. The sport will pick back up this school year. The proposal was part of the board’s consent agenda, which allowed the board to consider ...

Douglas County school districts take different approaches to COVID precautions, but all are bound by county's mask order for kids 2 to 12

As the 2021-22 school year recently began, Douglas County school districts continued to respond to the coronavirus differently, specifically regarding mask use. However, a recent order from the Douglas County Commission will bring more conformity to practices for the foreseeable future. On Wednesday, the commissioners ordered all children between the ages of 2 and 12 to wear masks indoors within the county, ...

Lawrence school board to consider reinstating volleyball for seventh graders

Updated 2:45 p.m. Monday: An earlier version of this story included incorrect information about adding seventh grade football, which began in 2020. The Lawrence school district could soon add a sport to its offerings for some of its middle school students. The school board on Monday will consider approving a plan to reinstate volleyball for seventh graders. If approved, the sport will begin participating this ...

Lawrence Humane Society says dog injured in stabbing incident that killed owner expected to recover

A dog injured in a stabbing incident that killed his owner at a Lawrence grocery store on Wednesday is expected to recover, the Lawrence Humane Society said in a social media post. The organization said the dog, Bear, was stabbed in his side and suffered a serious injury during the incident at the Dillons grocery store, 1015 W. 23rd St. The dog’s owner -- who police later identified as 66-year-old Lawrence ...

Police identify fatal-stabbing victim as 66-year-old Lawrence man; he and his dog were attacked in grocery store parking lot

Lawrence police have identified the man who was killed Wednesday in a stabbing incident at a grocery store. The victim was Daniel Evan Brooks, 66, of Lawrence. He was pronounced dead at the scene after he was stabbed in the parking lot of the Dillons grocery store at 1015 W. 23rd St. His dog, Bear, was also stabbed in the incident, but is expected to recover, the Journal-World reported. Robert E. Davis, 54, of ...

Court sets new trial date for Albert Wilson's rape case; DA says a plea deal has been offered in the meantime

The Douglas County District Court set a new trial date for Albert Wilson, who was previously convicted of a rape in 2019 but was later granted a new trial. The second trial is now set to begin on Feb. 28, 2022. However, it’s possible the case never reaches that point. District Attorney Suzanne Valdez previously said that her office would work with Wilson’s new attorneys to find a resolution to the case ...

Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of murder, animal cruelty after fatal stabbing at 23rd Street grocery store

Updated at 3:53 p.m. Wednesday Police arrested a Lawrence man on suspicion of murder after a reported fatal stabbing outside of a Dillons grocery store Wednesday morning. Robert Earl Davis, 54, of Lawrence, was arrested at the scene around 8:30 a.m. on suspicion of second-degree murder and cruelty to animals, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log. Davis’ listed address is the Lawrence Community ...

City of Lawrence removes 10, adds 3 crossing guard locations for students walking to school

Lawrence families walking their children to school this year may notice fewer crossing guards helping them navigate certain streets. As part of its consent agenda, the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday approved a new school area traffic control policy, which included revamping the city’s crossing guard locations for the 2021-22 school year. The consent agenda allows the commissioners to approve several ...

Eudora man sentenced to 18 years in prison for kidnapping, robbing senior relatives

A Eudora man convicted of felony charges for kidnapping his senior relatives in a robbery scheme was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday. Raymond P. Stilley, 32, was sentenced for his conviction of two counts of aggravated robbery. Judge Sally Pokorny issued a 216 month sentence for the first count and a 59 month sentence for the second count. She also ordered for the two sentences to be served ...

Man convicted of murdering 9-year-old Lawrence boy in 1988 denied parole until 2028

A man convicted of murdering a Lawrence boy in 1988 was recently denied parole and will remain in prison for at least another seven years. John William, 60, was convicted in the 1988 killing of a 9-year-old Lawrence boy, Richard Settlemyre, who was found along the Kansas River two days after he was last seen fishing with William. His head, hands and feet were severed from the body, and other wounds were ...

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Douglas County certifies recent primary election results with 10% voter turnout

UPDATED: 2:20 P.M. Aug. 16, 2021 The Douglas County Commission on Monday certified the recent primary election results for the Lawrence City Commission and the Lawrence school board. The top six vote getters in both races are now officially eligible for election in the general election in November. Both boards have three open seats up for election. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said in an email that an ...

$46 million renovation of Lawrence High School nears completion; improvements 'breathed life into it'

A $46 million multiyear project to renovate Lawrence High School is nearing completion as construction crews wrap up work this month. After having previously added classrooms and study spaces, the project over the last year has focused on renovations that provide more space and natural light in the building. The improvements also provide a better teaching and learning environment for the high school, ...