WRITER: Mackenzie Clark

Lawn equipment stolen from KU chancellor’s garage

Someone reportedly stole an estimated $1,400 worth of lawn equipment from a garage at the University of Kansas chancellor’s residence Thursday, according to Deputy Chief James Anguiano of the KU Public Safety Office. The equipment, including a weed trimmer and leaf blower belonging to KU Facilities Services, was taken from a detached garage to the rear of the home sometime between 4 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, ...

Some pandemic-related efficiencies here to stay, Douglas County District Court chief judge says

Although the global coronavirus pandemic has halted some court proceedings indefinitely and people awaiting jury trials are still looking at a distant horizon, some newfound efficiencies are likely here to stay. As much of the county has moved toward reopening and resuming at least some sense of normalcy, on one hand, the Douglas County District Court has kept a slower pace; on the other, it’s leapt into the ...

Court documents: Lawrence police officer suffered suspected broken nose when arrestee headbutted her

A Lawrence police officer said she heard a “crunch” when a man headbutted her, possibly breaking her nose, according to the affidavit supporting the man’s arrest. Kaleb Troy Maxwell, 23, of Lawrence, was arrested April 19 after a reported domestic incident led to the alleged altercation with the responding officers. Maxwell is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute ...

Many Douglas County District Court hearings to be livestreamed on YouTube; some appointments being scheduled

Story updated at 3:07 p.m. Tuesday As the Douglas County District Court moves toward reopening, hearings for civil, criminal and probate matters are livestreaming on YouTube. The court anticipates some in-person hearings will begin early next month, according to an email from Chief Judge James McCabria. In the meantime, though, hearings held via Zoom videoconferencing will be available via the District ...

Lawrence police: Woman suffers life-threatening injuries in 1-car crash

A 66-year-old woman was flown to an area hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon, according to Lawrence police. First responders were called to the crash in the 2000 block of East 19th Street just after 2 p.m., according to Lawrence Police Department spokesman Patrick Compton. When they arrived, officers discovered a white sedan that had struck a telephone ...

Lawrence City Commission approves separation agreement to pay up to $126.8K to outgoing police chief, forgoing discussion

City of Lawrence staff offered no new information Tuesday night and there was no discussion before the Lawrence City Commission unanimously authorized a separation agreement with the chief of police that could reach close to $127,000. Outgoing Lawrence Police Chief Gregory Burns Jr. was not on screen as an attendee during the meeting, which was held in virtual format amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. ...

Lawrence police chief resigning to pursue 'other opportunities'; separation agreement includes $106K payment

Updated at 4:31 p.m. Monday: Lawrence Police Chief Gregory Burns Jr. is stepping down from his position, the city announced Monday, just a few months after most members of the police union voted that they did not have confidence in his ability to lead the department. Burns’ employment with the city will end June 12, according to a Monday news release from the office of Lawrence City Manager Craig ...

Where are the reports? Lawrence police, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office explain the absence of documents about their performance

As the amount of public money pumped into the community’s two largest law enforcement agencies grows, the amount of readily available information about their performance has greatly shrunk, a review by the Journal-World has found. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office — which is on the verge of getting millions of dollars a year in new operating funds, if county commissioners follow through on a roughly $30 ...

Lawrence man charged in fire that destroyed Haskell tipi; recent graduate says ‘this doesn’t define us’

A Lawrence man was charged Friday in connection with the fire that destroyed a tipi on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University. Ryan Adam Sekayouma Simpson, 32, of Lawrence, was charged with arson, a felony, and two counts of misdemeanor criminal trespassing during a first appearance held via Zoom videoconference Friday in Douglas County District Court. The covering of the tipi had burned almost ...

Driver was on wrong side of road in fatal crash with Wellsville police officer, report says

A woman in a stolen vehicle was going too fast down the wrong side of the road when she collided head-on with another vehicle, resulting in both drivers’ deaths, according to a crash report. The other driver, 30-year-old Bryon Joseph Virtue, was in uniform on his way to work as a Wellsville police officer, his mother told the Journal-World. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office handled the crash, which ...

Lawrence police: Woman suffers serious injuries in reported domestic violence incident

A woman was injured in a reported domestic violence incident just before 4 p.m. Thursday in the 900 block of Mississippi Street, according to police. A weapon was involved and the woman was cut in the incident, said Patrick Compton, a spokesman for the Lawrence Police Department, though he was not immediately able to provide more information. Lawrence police officers who responded to the incident said they ...

Lawrence man arrested in connection with fire that destroyed Haskell tipi

A Lawrence man was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with a fire that destroyed a tipi meant to honor the 2020 graduating class of Haskell Indian Nations University. The arrest came following an investigation by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, which announced Monday that it was working the case with the university, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, ...

Lawrence police respond to 3 reported disturbances with weapons in 15 minutes

Lawrence police officers were dispatched to three calls about disturbances with weapons — specifically, a hatchet, a sword and a gun — within a 15-minute window Tuesday night. None of the calls resulted in injuries or arrests, according to Lawrence Police Department spokesman Patrick Compton. The incidents began just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, when LPD received a call that someone was banging a hatchet on ...

Report: Lawrence woman who died after February crash did not have headlights on; license of other driver had been revoked

Story updated at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday: A Lawrence woman who died from injuries she suffered in a February car crash was driving without her headlights on, according to a police report. The license of the other driver had been revoked after multiple violations, according to the report and court records. Katherine Bruner, 72, died on Feb. 23 after she had been flown to a Kansas City-area trauma center with ...

Lawrence man arrested, charged with sex crime involving teen

Story updated at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday: A Lawrence man was arrested Saturday and charged Monday with a sex crime against a teen. Randy Lee Flaherty, 35, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated sexual battery, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log. On Monday, he was charged in Douglas County District Court with attempted rape, a high-level felony. The charging document in his case alleges that he ...

Is the Douglas County Jail’s inmate population decrease amid COVID-19 sustainable? Law enforcement isn’t optimistic

The population of the Douglas County Jail has dropped significantly since the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic and local and state officials began taking action to stop the spread. The numbers have prompted local opponents of the planned expansion of the jail to amplify their call for criminal justice reform. However, local law enforcement officials do not think the lower numbers will last once ...

Lawrence man charged in suspected DUI crash that injured child

A Lawrence man was charged in Douglas County District Court on Thursday after police alleged that he caused a three-car crash that injured a child while he was driving under the influence. Emiliano Deaquino Salgado, 26, was formally charged at a Zoom videoconference hearing on Thursday with aggravated battery, aggravated endangering a child and driving under the influence of alcohol. The charges are two ...

Three men charged in connection with reported armed robbery in Lawrence

Three men were arrested recently in connection with a reported armed robbery, and each has been charged this week in Douglas County District Court. Police arrested 21-year-olds Lawson Ray Marshall, of De Soto, and Patrick Quinn Noonan, of Linwood, Saturday night in the 3900 block of Clinton Parkway. Isaak Alvin Torkelson, 20, was arrested Tuesday morning at the address listed as his home in Lawrence, according ...

Lawrence police: Man arrested after suspected DUI crash injures juvenile passenger

Updated at 4:44 p.m. Wednesday: A Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday evening after police say he caused an injury car crash while driving under the influence of alcohol. Police were dispatched to the area of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Patrick Compton said via email Wednesday morning. A gray Chevrolet Sonic had rear-ended a blue ...

Douglas County court had issued warrant for suspect who died in shootout that also killed Overland Park police officer

A Douglas County prosecutor on Friday had requested a hearing to revoke a defendant’s bond, and there was a warrant out for his arrest. By Sunday, it was too late. Phillip Michael Carney, 38, was going to be charged in a fifth case in Douglas County after he’d repeatedly bonded out of jail, despite the prosecutor seeking, and the judge agreeing to, ever-escalating bail amounts. Under the state ...