Public Safety

Leavenworth woman killed Friday in 3-vehicle accident north of Eudora

A Leavenworth woman was killed and a Lawrence man was injured in a three-vehicle accident Friday in southern Leavenworth County. According to an online crash report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, the crash occurred about 9:50 a.m. on Leavenworth County Road 1, about 3 miles north of Eudora. ...

Woman dies in 2-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 40

A Georgia woman died from injuries she sustained Thursday in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 40 in southwest Lawrence. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call around 10:20 p.m. for a reported head-on collision on the highway near the Clinton Parkway bypass, Deputy Charlie ...

Police identify 12-year-old shot and killed in Leavenworth; 2 charged with murder

LEAVENWORTH — A 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed near a Leavenworth pharmacy was an innocent bystander, Police Chief Pat Kitchens said. Brian Henderson Jr., of Kansas City, Mo., died after the shooting Wednesday night near the Kare Pharmacy, police said. Police responding to calls ...

Ex-Wichita police officer sentenced for abusing minors for years

WICHITA — A former Wichita police officer and school safety services director has been sentenced to five years in prison for molesting underage boys for more than a decade. Alex Robinson, 58, will begin serving his sentence in Kansas after he is paroled in Colorado, where he was also ...

3 teens face robbery, assault charges in connection with weekend incidents

Three men are facing felony charges stemming from two incidents in Lawrence last weekend, including a “strong-armed robbery,” a police official said. All three men were formally charged in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday. Jamaz D. Epps, of Lawrence, 18, was charged with aggravated ...

4-vehicle crash near Gardner kills 1 child, injures 3

GARDNER — A four-vehicle crash in suburban Kansas City, Kansas, has left a child dead and three others injured, authorities there said. The crash happened around 8 a.m. Monday at a rural intersection west of Gardner, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office said. Investigators said a roofing ...

Douglas County District Court faces significant backlog as jury trials resume

As the Douglas County District Court recently resumed jury trials amid the coronavirus pandemic, the court began a daunting task of working a yearlong backlog of cases that will take months to resolve. That backlog also means new criminal cases in the county that require jury trials could take ...

Two pedestrians struck by vehicle, one fatally, along Interstate 70

TOPEKA — Two people were hit by at least one vehicle along Interstate 70 in Topeka, police said, and one of them has died from their injuries. Officers called to the area late Thursday night found two people lying in the eastbound lanes of the interstate, police said in a news release. One ...

Lawrence man faces felony charges, including attempted arson, after police chase

A Lawrence man who reportedly led police on a chase through town on Wednesday is facing two felony charges in Douglas County District Court. Brandon T. Rothwell, 29, made his first appearance in court Thursday, where he was charged with attempted aggravated arson and fleeing or attempting to ...

Affidavit: Kansas Senate majority leader’s blood alcohol was twice the legal limit

LIBERTY, Mo. — A powerful Kansas lawmaker accused of drunken driving had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit and taunted the Highway Patrol officer who arrested him last month for allegedly speeding the wrong way on an interstate, according to documents released ...

2 men arrested after high-speed car chase through Lawrence, crash

Local law enforcement officers arrested two men Wednesday afternoon after a high-speed car chase through Lawrence that ended in a crash. Patrick Compton, a spokesman for the Lawrence Police Department, said officers arrested a 29-year-old male driver and a 30-year-old male passenger after the ...

February double fatality shooting in rural Douglas County still under investigation

Almost two months after a weekend shooting in rural Douglas County resulted in the deaths of two Lawrence men, the case remains open despite no charges having been filed, a law enforcement official told the Journal-World. Deputy Charlie Cooper, a spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s ...

Lawrence man charged with aggravated assault, criminal possession of a weapon

A Lawrence man is facing charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon after making his first appearance in Douglas County District Court on Monday. Michael A. Miller, 26, appeared in court from the Douglas County Jail and was formally charged with one count of aggravated assault, one ...

Lawrence police to conduct DUI saturation patrol Friday

The Lawrence Police Department will conduct a DUI saturation patrol on Friday, according to a department news release. The patrol is funded by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation, which will allow LPD to place extra officers throughout the city specifically to look for signs ...

Lawrence man faces multiple felony charges in alleged kidnapping, assault

A Lawrence man is facing several felony charges for allegedly kidnapping and assaulting a woman. Robert L. Brothers Jr., 18, is charged with five felonies and four misdemeanors for two incidents that occurred in February, according to an amended charging document recently provided to the ...