Public Safety

A year after devastating EF-4 tornado, Lawrence area residents are still recovering

Since May 28, 2019, rural Douglas County residents have cleaned up debris, rebuilt destroyed structures and worked to reopen businesses that were shuttered after an EF-4 tornado ripped through the area. As Thursday marks the twister's one-year anniversary, area residents are still recovering ...

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 ...

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 ...

Motorcyclist struck by car, taken to hospital

A motorcyclist was transported to Lawrence's hospital after being hit by a car Saturday morning on West Sixth Street. Lawrence Police Department Sgt. Mike Cobb said the car struck the motorcyclist from behind shortly before 11 a.m. near the intersection of West Sixth Street and Eldridge ...

Police investigating after shots fired at Lawrence house overnight

Lawrence police are investigating after a fight at a gathering escalated into gunfire overnight. Officers responded to a report of numerous shots fired at a house in the 1300 block of Tennessee Street shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Lawrence Police Department spokesperson Patrick Compton ...

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 ...

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 ...

FBI, ATF helping with investigation into fire that destroyed Haskell tipi

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical says it is working with national agencies to investigate a fire that destroyed a ceremonial tipi at Haskell Indian Nations University. Tom Fagan, division chief of administration for LDCFM, said in a Monday news release that the department is working ...

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 ...

Haskell Foundation starts fundraiser to replace tipi that burned Saturday

The Haskell Foundation has started a fundraiser to replace the tipi destroyed by fire early Saturday morning on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus. Aaron Hove, executive director of the Haskell Foundation, said donors can contribute to the fundraiser through the fundraiser's link on ...