Public Safety

Former Haskell instructor arrested after allegedly trespassing on campus

A former Haskell Indian Nations University instructor was arrested Thursday on campus, where he was allegedly trespassing. The spring meeting of the Haskell National Board of Regents was going on at that time, and people from across the country are on campus for Haskell’s commencement ...

With key witnesses missing, Lawrence Motel 6 murder trial delayed again

With two key witnesses nowhere to be found — at least not by the district attorney's office — the Motel 6 murder trial is being pushed back. A two-week jury trial for three men charged with murder and other crimes in connection with the 2017 shootout that killed one man and wounded ...

KU student who hacked computers and changed his grades is convicted of 4 felonies

A former University of Kansas student who used a keystroke logger to steal professors’ passwords, hack into KU’s computer system and change his grades is now a convicted felon for those crimes. At the court hearing, he promised he had removed keystroke logger software from all of his ...

2 teens stabbed during fight in Lawrence, police say

Two 16-year-old boys suffered stab wounds during a fight Tuesday night in Lawrence, police say. Officers were dispatched just before 8:30 p.m. to a report of a fight — possibly involving weapons — going on at 100 Arkansas St., Officer Drew Fennelly said in an email to media on Wednesday. ...

Two women ordered to stand trial on murder, arson charges in Eudora man’s killing

A judge on Tuesday added two new murder trials to the Douglas County District Court calendar: one for Tria L. Evans, 38, of Lawrence, and the other for her alleged accomplice Christina L. Towell, 38, of Leavenworth. Both women are charged with the same crimes in connection with the Nov. 3, ...

Police chase ends with crash into tree in southern Lawrence

A man fleeing police crashed into a tree and was arrested early Sunday morning in southern Lawrence. An officer tried to stop a vehicle for traffic violations about 2:50 a.m. in the 900 block of West 24th Street, but the driver fled, Lawrence Police Officer Derrick Smith said Monday in an ...

Staffing study finds Lawrence police short on patrol officers

A staffing study indicates that the Lawrence Police Department needs five additional patrol officers, potentially costing the city close to half a million dollars annually. The police department used a staff model based on the level of public service calls, which determined that the department ...

KU police renovate interview room with sexual assault, other victims in mind

Suspects aren’t the only people police formally interview as part of their criminal investigations. Victims who have been through traumatic experiences — sexual assault, in particular — also undergo lengthy and detailed interviews with investigating law enforcement officers.The University ...