Public Safety

Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, aggravated robbery

A Lawrence man is facing a charge of attempted second-degree murder, among others, in Douglas County District Court. Geryan Joseph Murdock, 21, was arrested at his home on a probable cause warrant Friday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log. The complaint in a pending ...

Lawrence police officer tests positive for COVID-19

A Lawrence police officer has tested positive for the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, the department said Friday. The officer first experienced symptoms late Tuesday and "immediately took steps to limit exposure to other persons," according to a news release from the Lawrence Police ...

Topeka teen was readying AK-47 as crowds left Lawrence bars, affidavit alleges

Lawrence police stopped a man who they believed was readying to shoot at crowds in one of the city’s most popular bar districts, according to court documents. Dayson Gage Kelley, 18, was charged in Douglas County District Court on March 3 with two counts of aggravated assault on law ...

Douglas County Jail suspends visitation amid ‘stay at home’ order

Visitation is suspended at the Douglas County Jail in accordance with the “stay at home” order that went into effect Tuesday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Jenn Hethcoat, public information officer, said via email Tuesday that inmates will be allowed two free ...

Eudora man charged with attempted murder in reported Lawrence stabbing

Updated at 9:32 a.m. Tuesday: A Eudora man was charged Monday in connection with a reported stabbing that left a man with life-threatening injuries on Friday in Lawrence. Lawrence police arrested Maurice Antonius Atkins, 31, at an apartment in the 700 block of West 25th Street Friday ...

Speedy trial rights are on hold in Kansas. What does that mean for defendants?

As Rontarus Washington Jr. left the courtroom on Oct. 4, 2019, following a hung jury in his murder trial, he told his mother, “Wipe them tears; they can’t keep me forever.” That was before the coronavirus disease became a global pandemic and the Kansas Supreme Court suspended speedy ...

Douglas County district attorney’s office closed to the public through April 3

The Douglas County district attorney’s office will be closed to the public through Friday, April 3, according to Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to DA Charles Branson. The closure comes “(f)ollowing a multitude of orders and recommendations” by public health officials at the national, ...

Man critically injured in possible stabbing in Lawrence

A man suffered life-threatening injuries in an incident in Lawrence Friday afternoon, police said. Just after 2 p.m., Lawrence police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of West 25th Street regarding an unknown emergency, LPD spokesman Patrick Compton said via email ...

Late-night calls about handguns turned out to be BB guns, Lawrence police say

Lawrence police investigated multiple calls involving weapons or gunshots Thursday night. However, it did not appear that any shots were actually fired, and in two unrelated incidents, both guns turned out to be BB guns, a department spokesman said. Around 9:30 p.m., officers were dispatched ...