Public Safety

Baldwin City Council approves $1.35M bid to build new police station

The Baldwin City Council has approved a $1.35 million contract to construct a new police station that Mayor Casey Simoneau said will serve the community for half a century. At its Dec. 3 meeting, the Baldwin City Council approved a bid from Lloyd Builders, of Ottawa, to tear down the former ...

Lawrence police blotter for December 7

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 238 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for December 6

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 200 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Local law enforcement members help children pick out gifts in annual shopping event

Seeing local law enforcement officers help children pick out their favorite gifts this holiday season almost brought tears to the eyes of Amanda Vervynck. “It’s amazing,” said Vervynck, the director of education for the Ballard Community Center. “It makes me want to cry.” Local law ...

Lawrence police blotter for December 5

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 163 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for December 4

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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 176 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Judge sets ‘hard deadline’ for Lawrence man’s long-delayed murder trial

A Lawrence man accused of murder now has a “hard deadline” to find a new attorney before he faces trial in the long-delayed case. Steven A. Drake III, 22, is close to hiring a private attorney to take over the case in which he is charged with first-degree premeditated murder, said Carol ...

Lawrence police blotter for December 3

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 162 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Fourth man convicted in connection with Lawrence ‘Purge’ mask robberies

Story updated at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday: A fourth man charged in connection with a series of armed robberies around Lawrence in early 2018 was convicted Tuesday in Douglas County District Court. Justice L. Dent, 21, of Lawrence, pleaded no contest to two counts of robbery, midlevel-severity ...

Jury trial delayed for second time in Parnell Park shooting case

A jury trial for a Lawrence man accused in a shooting case has been continued again, and what comes next is at the discretion of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Michael A. Hormell, 20, is charged in connection with a Jan. 26, 2018, shooting that injured a teen at Lawrence’s Parnell Park, 901 ...

Lawrence police blotter for December 2

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 115 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

November health code inspections: 1 found out of compliance in Douglas County

One organization in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in November, and several others moved back into compliance after failing inspections in October. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code ...

Lawrence police blotter for December 1

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 195 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for November 30

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 158 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for November 29

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 97 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for November 28

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 181 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...