Public Safety

Board upholds license suspension of Lawrence masseur charged with child sex crime

The city’s Bodywork Advisory Board on Wednesday voted 4-1 to uphold the city clerk’s decision to suspend the license of Shawn P. O’Brien, a Lawrence massage therapist who has been charged with a child sex crime. Though O’Brien has not been convicted, City Clerk Sherri Riedemann wrote ...

Baldwin City woman gets hard-25 sentence as accomplice in Lawrence man’s murder

Story updated at 11:31 a.m. Wednesday A woman who pleaded guilty to first-degree premeditated murder in the killing of a Lawrence man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Now-20-year-old Ashlyn N. Hemmerling, of Baldwin City, was sentenced for her role as an accomplice in the ...

Judge dismisses ex-KU professor’s lawsuit that alleged wrongful termination

A judge has sided with the University of Kansas in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former tenure-track professor. Cathy Joritz, who became a professor in KU’s Department of Film and Media Studies in 2012, has been representing herself in cases she's filed against the university ...

Authorities identify 2 killed as result of weekend crash on Farmer’s Turnpike

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released more information Monday about a crash on North 1800 Road, the Farmer’s Turnpike, that left two people dead over the weekend. A Toyota Prius, driven by 30-year-old Bryon Virtue, of Wellsville, was in the eastbound lane and was hit head-on when a ...

Lawrence Municipal Court nonessential dockets canceled for 2 weeks

Story updated at 3:05 p.m. Monday All nonessential dockets in Lawrence Municipal Court have been canceled for the next two weeks, beginning immediately, the city announced Monday afternoon. Judge Scott Miller of the court, which handles city ordinance violations including traffic and parking ...

2 killed in crash Saturday morning on Farmer’s Turnpike

Two people were killed Saturday morning in a two-car crash on Farmer’s Turnpike northwest of Lawrence, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said. In an email to the Journal-World, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Cooper said the fatal accident occurred about 5:30 a.m. in the 700 ...

Lawrence-area first responders not changing protocol for medical calls right now

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical first responders are currently following the same protocol they normally do, Tom Fagan, division chief of administration, said Thursday. As concerns of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, spread, Fagan told the Journal-World that LDCFM’s responders ...

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office: Jail can accommodate quarantine, if needed

The Douglas County Jail is equipped to handle individuals who need medical quarantine, according to the sheriff’s office. As gatherings of people are being canceled across the country amid fears of COVID-19, the Journal-World inquired Tuesday about what protocol is in place for screening ...

Shawnee man arrested in Lawrence on suspicion of rape

A Shawnee man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of rape, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log. The 28-year-old was taken into custody at the downtown Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center early Wednesday on a probable cause warrant, according to the booking log. He ...

Lawrence man hopes to negotiate plea in DUI crash that killed 24-year-old woman

A Lawrence man waived his preliminary hearing, and his attorney is trying to negotiate a plea with prosecutors for a wreck that killed a 24-year-old mother of two. Eric Lee Spaeth, 43, has been charged in Douglas County District Court with second-degree murder in connection with the death of ...