Public Safety

Case dismissed against Lawrence woman charged in alleged fight while cooking

The Douglas County district attorney’s office has dropped a case against a woman charged in connection with an alleged fight while cooking, court records show. Roslyn M. Colum, 37, was charged with three counts of aggravated battery, a felony, and misdemeanor criminal damage to property ...

Lawrence woman sentenced to 2 days in jail, then probation for injury DUI accident

A Lawrence woman was sentenced Friday to serve two days in jail followed by 18 months of probation for a DUI car accident that left another woman injured in August. Autumn Sky Hale, 43, pleaded no contest last month and a judge found her guilty of aggravated battery, a felony, and driving ...

Residents displaced, rural Eudora home a total loss after Wednesday fire

A fire Wednesday afternoon displaced three people, destroyed a rural Eudora home and all its contents and, as of Thursday afternoon, continued to smolder. Eudora Township Fire Chief Mike Baxter said firefighters were called to the home in the 1900 block of North 1100 Road at 3:46 p.m. ...

No injuries reported in fire at Lawrence Conoco; cause still under investigation

No one was injured in an overnight fire at the Conoco convenience store in eastern Lawrence, according to a news release from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical. Firefighters responded to the fire at 2220 Harper St., Suite B, at 3:39 a.m. Thursday, according to the release. Flames were ...

Lawrence man previously imprisoned for child porn charged again

Updated at 7:22 p.m. Tuesday: A Lawrence man has been charged in connection with child pornography for a second time, according to court records. Matthew Joseph Gammill, 41, was charged with six counts of internet trading in child pornography at a first appearance in Douglas County District ...

Photo: City makes progress on new Lawrence police headquarters

An aerial photograph taken Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, shows the ongoing construction of the city’s new $19.5-million police headquarters at 5100 Overland Drive, which is behind the Walmart near Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. It’s estimated the headquarters will be complete in December 2020, ...

Woman, 72, dies as result of reported head-on crash in Lawrence

A woman who was critically injured in a car accident Friday evening has died, Lawrence police say. Katherine Bruner, 72, had been flown by air ambulance to a regional hospital after the reported head-on collision, Sgt. Amy Rhoads said via email Monday. She later died from her injuries. The ...

Former Lawrence police officer charged with official misconduct

Updated at 3:33 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24: A former Lawrence police officer was charged Thursday in Douglas County District Court with official misconduct, according to court records. David Shane Williams, 32, of De Soto, reported to the Douglas County Jail to be processed Friday morning. He was ...

72-year-old woman critically injured in head-on crash on 23rd Street

A 72-year-old woman was critically injured in a crash in eastern Lawrence on Friday evening, Lawrence police said. Emergency personnel responded at about 7 p.m. Friday to the crash near 23rd Street and Silicon Avenue, according to scanner traffic. Lawrence police Sgt. Drew Fennelly told the ...

Albert Wilson, convicted in Lawrence rape case, could get a new trial

A man who some have argued was wrongly convicted in a Lawrence rape case could see a new trial. The Kansas Court of Appeals has remanded the case to Douglas County District Court for a hearing to determine whether Albert N. Wilson was deprived of effective counsel. Wilson, now 24, was ...