Public Safety

Lawrence police blotter for August 13

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. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 256 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Man charged after alleged chase in Douglas County with baby, loaded guns in truck

A Tennessee man has been charged with multiple felonies in connection with allegedly leading Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a 3.5-mile chase with a baby and loaded guns in his vehicle. Kenneth Jeremy Leedom, 32, of Woodbury, Tenn., was charged in Douglas County District Court ...

Damage to gate at KU chancellor’s residence estimated at $1,500

It’s not clear exactly how, but a gate to the University of Kansas chancellor’s residence was damaged over the weekend. Deputy Chief James Anguiano, of KU police, said Tuesday that someone had caused an estimated $1,500 in damage to a gate leading to 1532 Lilac Lane from Louisiana Street. ...

Lawrence police identify 2-year-old found dead in car; death investigation underway

Updated at 4 p.m. Monday Lawrence police have identified the child who was found dead inside a parked car Sunday afternoon as DéVonté Lashawn Turner. Police Chief Gregory Burns Jr. at a news conference on Monday said the 2-year-old Lawrence boy at the time was in the care of family members ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 12

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. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 169 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence murder trial delayed as defense attorney withdraws from case

Story updated at 6:24 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12: A jury trial for a Lawrence man charged with shooting another man in the doorway of his home nearly two years ago has been delayed again as his appointed attorney has withdrawn from the case. Steven A. Drake III, 22, is charged with first-degree ...

Child, 2, found dead in parked car in Lawrence

A child was found dead inside a parked car Sunday afternoon, Lawrence police said in a news release. Police responded to a residence in the 3300 block of Iowa Street after receiving a call that a 2-year-old had been left unattended in a parked car just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the release ...

Man allegedly leads Douglas County deputies on chase with baby, loaded guns in car

Story updated at 9:35 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12: A man was arrested Sunday after allegedly ramming a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle and leading deputies on a chase while having a baby in his truck. Kenneth J. Leedom, 32, was arrested on suspicion of stolen property, attempting ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 11

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. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and includes 231 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 10

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. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 280 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence man charged in connection with noninjury shooting, disturbance

A man recently released from prison has been charged in connection with a shooting reported in Lawrence earlier this week. Casey Lamont Williams Jr., 22, was arrested Thursday morning. On Friday afternoon, he made his first appearance in Douglas County District Court and was charged in ...

Lawrence police to boost patrolling for impaired driving in annual campaign

A statewide campaign to reduce drunken and drugged driving will launch Thursday and run through Labor Day, Sept. 2. The Lawrence Police Department and almost 190 other law enforcement agencies across Kansas will participate in the “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” campaign, according to ...

Lawrence house fire that displaced 5 caused $150K in damages

A house fire that displaced five residents of a southwestern Lawrence home has been determined to be accidental, but it caused $150,000 in damages. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical responders arrived at the house, 4121 Teal Drive, at 1:32 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, the Journal-World reported. ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 9

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. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 270 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence man arrested in connection with recent noninjury shooting

Law enforcement officials have arrested a man whom Lawrence police suspect in connection with a shooting that occurred Sunday near 24th Street and Ousdahl Road. Casey Lamont Williams Jr., 22, of Lawrence, was being held without bond in the Douglas County Jail on Thursday afternoon, according ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 8

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. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 167 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...