Public Safety

Eastbound 23rd Street closed between Iowa and Naismith

A section of 23rd Street was closed Friday afternoon following a trench collapse, Lawrence police said.Eastbound West 23rd Street, between Iowa Street and Naismith Drive, will be closed for an unknown period of time, police said.A construction project has been ongoing in the area for several ...

KU Innocence Project helps free man from prison after wrongful robbery conviction

A University of Kansas law school effort helped free a wrongfully convicted man from prison this week.Richard Jones was released from prison on Thursday, after his robbery conviction was overturned in Johnson County District Court the previous day, according to a news release from the Midwest ...

Lawrence police seek victims, witnesses of Wednesday evening crime spree

Lawrence police are looking for victims of three people who have been arrested in connection with an apparent crime spree including two armed robberies and a disturbance with a gun that occurred Tuesday and Wednesday. Police said Thursday morning, in a tweet, that officers need help finding ...

3 suspects apprehended after police respond to firearms incidents

Three suspects were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after Lawrence police officers responded to three incidents reported to have involved firearms.According to a Lawrence Police Department press release, officers responded first at 5:37 p.m. to a report of an armed robbery in a ...

Lawrence police officer injured while investigating accident not yet back to work

The Lawrence police officer injured Tuesday morning while working at the scene of a car accident was released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital but has not return to duty.Lawrence Police Department spokesman Andrew Fennelly said the officer was released later Tuesday after receiving treatment but ...

Lawrence police subdue LMH patient who was allegedly brandishing glass shard

Lawrence police officers said they helped subdue a patient Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital who was allegedly armed with a piece of glass from a window he broke.According to the Lawrence Police Department, officers were called to the hospital at 7:12 a.m. and found the male patient ...

Lawrence Police Department investigating armed home invasion, burglary

The Lawrence Police Department is investigating an armed home invasion and burglary that occurred Tuesday in south Lawrence. According to police, about 11 p.m. Tuesday, three male suspects forced entry into a residence in the 1700 block of West 24th Street and left with property belonging to ...

Four finalists announced for Lawrence police chief

After receiving 31 applications for the position of Lawrence police chief, the city has announced four finalists, all of whom hail from outside Lawrence.“Clearly, because the final group is all outsiders it’s going to bring in a different leadership to the community,” City Manager Tom ...

Fire does heavy damage to eastern Lawrence four-plex

Six families were forced from their residences but were uninjured from a two-alarm fire Tuesday afternoon that caused heavy damage to a four-plex in the Crosswinds Apartments complex in eastern Lawrence.Lawrence/Douglas Fire Medical Division Chief Justin Temple said units were dispatched to a ...

Officer injured while responding to rollover accident on West Sixth Street

A Lawrence police officer was injured while responding to a rollover accident Tuesday morning, and several lanes of West Sixth Street were closed while police investigated.The officer was injured at Sixth Street and Crestline Drive shortly before 11 a.m., police said in a news release. The ...

As attorneys withdraw, sentencing delayed for teen who murdered his grandmother

The attorneys for a Lawrence teenager convicted of murdering his grandmother in 2015 withdrew from his defense Monday, which was the day he was scheduled to be sentenced for that and other crimes.Citing the potential for a conflict of interest, Douglas County District Court Judge Kay Huff ...

District attorney requests additional testing in McCarthy Hall rape case

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office is seeking more testing in the case of a 16-year-old girl’s alleged rape at the University of Kansas men’s basketball dorm.“In our review of that case, we have requested some secondary testing from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. We are ...

Baker University student helps man escape burning duplex

Brandon Keller and his mother drove to Baldwin City's Kwik Shop, 522 Ames St., Monday night to grab a drink and rent a movie. That's when they smelled something burning. Considering it was Memorial Day, Keller said he figured somebody was burning something, perhaps leaves. But as they left the ...

Tuesday morning’s bomb threat at Lawrence Memorial Hospital deemed to be a hoax

Things are back to normal at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a bomb threat against the hospital was deemed not credible by police Tuesday. Janice Early, vice president of marketing and communications at LMH, said the hospital received the threat on a “non-network dedicated results printer” ...