Public Safety

Woman who sold sex at Lawrence massage parlors gets probation

A woman who operated a prostitution business out of massage parlors in Lawrence and Topeka was sentenced to probation on Wednesday in federal court in Topeka. In addition to serving three years on probation, Weiling Nielsen, 54, agreed to pay a $650,000 judgment representing proceeds from her ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 25

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 210 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Jury finds Topeka man guilty of 3 downtown Lawrence murders

Story updated at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday A Douglas County jury on Tuesday convicted Anthony L. Roberts Jr. of three murders and one attempted murder in the 2017 mass shooting in downtown Lawrence. Following a two-week trial and about five hours of deliberations, jurors returned their verdict just ...

Rollover accident injures 2 in northern Lawrence

One person was flown to an area hospital with serious injuries following a rollover accident in northern Lawrence early Monday morning. Lawrence police responded to the crash shortly before 4:30 a.m. in the 100 block of North Kasold Drive, Officer Shawn Gross said in an email to media. ...

Lawrence police investigate case of person shot in leg

Lawrence police were investigating after a person with a gunshot wound to the leg sought treatment at the hospital over the weekend. About 10:45 a.m. Sunday, officers were dispatched to Lawrence Memorial Hospital regarding a patient who came into the emergency room with a gunshot wound to the ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 24

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 174 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Portion of North Street in North Lawrence closed because of flooding

A block of North Street in North Lawrence is closed because of flooding. North Street, between North Third and North Fourth streets, is closed because of water over the road, the city announced in a news release Monday morning. It is anticipated that the road will be closed for about two days ...

Kansas River in moderate flood stage, should gradually fall by Tuesday afternoon

A flood warning continues for the Kansas River at Lawrence through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka. Monday morning the river had reached moderate flood stage at 20.6 feet and was expected to reach 21 feet by Monday afternoon, according to Audra Hennecke, a ...

Lawrence man charged with multiple sex crimes against a child

A Lawrence man was charged on Friday with multiple sex crimes against a child. The man, Joseph Christopher Hess, 35, was formally charged in Douglas County District Court with six felonies, including three counts of criminal sodomy with a child, two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with ...

Attempted vehicle stop leads to suspects stealing another vehicle in south Lawrence

A pair of suspects in a stolen vehicle case led local law enforcement on a car chase through south Lawrence and then escaped on foot, according to information from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. At about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a stolen ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 23

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and includes 188 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Adult in canoe rescued from west Lawrence pond

Emergency responders on Sunday morning rescued an individual in a west Lawrence pond who was trapped from the suction of an outlet drain. Shawn Gross, of the Lawrence Police Department, wrote in an email that emergency personnel responded at about 8:45 a.m. Sunday to a report of an adult ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 22

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 302 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Tornado damaged $22M worth of buildings in Douglas County

The total value of Douglas County structures damaged by the recent tornado was $22 million, the county said this week. The Douglas County Appraiser’s Office calculated the figure by totaling the appraised value of all structures damaged by the tornado, whether totally destroyed or less ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 21

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 211 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Violent winds down power lines, trees and branches around Lawrence

Story updated at 6 p.m. Friday A strong thunderstorm raced through Lawrence about 9:30 a.m. Friday, downing power lines, trees and branches. As of 6 p.m., Westar Energy's website was reporting power outages at 1,211 households around the city. As many as 7,700 customers were without power on ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 20

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 187 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...