Public Safety

Lawrence teen charged with first-degree murder after extradition from Tennessee

Updated at 4:35 p.m. Monday A Lawrence man who was suspected of being involved in a fatal shooting in central Lawrence last month was formally charged with murder on Monday. Andrel Darnell Spates Jr., 19, was charged with first-degree murder, distribution of a controlled substance and ...

Crews respond to fire at church on Kasold Drive

Crews were responding to a fire at First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Drive, early Friday evening. Tom Fagan, division chief of administration for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, told the Journal-World in an email that firefighters were working to stop the extension of the fire into the ...

KBI says it has opened 122 clergy sex abuse cases in Kansas

TOPEKA — A task force formed three years ago to investigate clergy sexual abuse in Kansas Catholic dioceses has received 215 tips and opened 122 cases, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Robert Jacobs, executive officer of the KBI, reported on the work of the agency's Catholic ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 15, 2021

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 up to 6 a.m. on the date listed and extending back to 6 a.m. on the previous day. Each listing includes a date, time and general ...