Public Safety

Kansas appeals court ‘troubled’ by how sex predator case was handled

Topeka ? The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a lower court that denied a petition to release a man being held as a sexually violent predator, but said it was "deeply troubled" by the way his due process rights have been handled.Matthew B. Griffin has been confined at Larned State ...

Timelines vary for recent campus sex assault reports, investigations and charges

The length of time police spend investigating campus sexual assault reports — and what ultimately becomes of those reports — varies widely. Typically, police publicly share little to no details about the crime that allegedly occurred and factors affecting whether their investigation is ...

Search underway for new Lawrence police chief; city manager outlines priorities

The City of Lawrence has begun its search for a new police chief, and city leaders are looking for someone ready to lead a police department in the midst of significant changes. “I think you need to have strong leadership capabilities,” City Manager Tom Markus said. “It’s a large ...

Baldwin City Police looking for two men who left scene of Tuesday shooting

The Baldwin City Police Department is attempting to identify two men seen leaving the scene of a shooting Tuesday evening.Baldwin City Police Chief Greg Neis said the 26-year-old man who was shot is not cooperating with investigators in the case. The man was shot shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday at ...

Two sex crimes reported in Lawrence since Sunday, police say

A sex crime was reported Tuesday afternoon, police say. This is the second such crime reported this week. Tuesday's report was called in to police at 4:26 p.m., according to Lawrence Police Department activity logs. One officer responded to the call.The second sex crime was reported at 3:19 ...

Lawrence man accused of threatening man with box cutter, felony cruelty to animals

A Lawrence man faces felony charges after he was accused of threatening another man with a box cutter and harming an animal and damaging a television.Zachary Ryan Krehbiel, 23, is currently scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a bond appearance, court records show. He faces felony charges ...

Suspect in Taco Bell robbery escaped with thousands in cash, police say

Lawrence police are searching for a man accused of robbing a fast-food restaurant on Sunday. Just before 7:45 a.m. a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt entered Taco Bell, 1220 W. Sixth St., and demanded money, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads.The suspect pointed "something" at a ...

2 Kansas City men accused of breaking into a Douglas County home, stealing weapons

Two Kansas City, Kan., men were arrested Monday after deputies say they broke into a Douglas County home and stole a number of weapons.Shortly before 11 a.m., a rural county resident called the Douglas County Sheriff's Office to report that two men — later identified as Carlos Edward James, ...

One man injured in crash with parked SUV

Lawrence Police are investigating after a man crashed his car into a parked SUV in the 700 block of West 25th Street early Monday morning.The crash was reported to emergency dispatchers around 1:10 a.m.Radio traffic from Lawrence Fire Medical units at the scene indicated that damage to the ...

Latest Douglas County court filings for Feb. 6, 2017

MarriagesOctavia Kelly, 22, Lawrence, and Desmond Anthony Collette, 22, Lawrence.Tyler Clifford Rosene, 26, Lawrence, and Carolina Costa Candal, 26, Lawrence.John Stewart Dismer, 24, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Makay Allison Foster, 24, Lawrence.Justin Jan Neelly, 23, Lawrence, and Courtney Nicole ...

Police arrest man accused of robbing Lawrence gas station with a hammer

A man suspected of robbing a Lawrence gas station with a hammer was arrested on Thursday.Matthew James Stephens, 18, of Lawrence, was arrested on suspicion of felony aggravated robbery and booked into the Douglas County Jail, according to the jail's online booking logs.Stephens is accused of ...

Report: 2 KU basketball players allegedly involved in car vandalism case

Two University of Kansas men’s basketball players are persons of interest in a car vandalism case being investigated by Lawrence police, according to a Kansas City Star report published online Thursday.“Multiple sources have told The Kansas City Star” that Lagerald Vick and Josh Jackson ...

911 call from McCarthy Hall on night of reported rape provides new details

A 911 call made from inside McCarthy Hall offers a look into why police responded to the University of Kansas apartment building in mid-December for an incident that has turned into a rape investigation.The Journal-World requested 911 calls related to a reported rape, runaway and use or ...

Lawrence woman, 18, accused of sexually abusing a child

A Lawrence woman is accused of sexually abusing a child in Lyon County.Marcella Antoinette Langston, 18, was arrested in Lawrence Wednesday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Jail’s online booking logs. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kristen Dymacek said deputies arrested ...