Public Safety

Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for firing gun into a home

A Lawrence man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder after Lawrence police responded to a call regarding a shooting early Monday morning. Albert D. Taylor, 36, was arrested around 2 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of Maine Street. Along with the attempted first-degree ...

Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for early morning stabbing

A Lawrence man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder after Lawrence police responded to a call for a stabbing early Friday morning. Brian S. Stubbs, 24, was arrested in the 1700 block of West 24th Street after the Lawrence Police Department responded to a call for a ...

Douglas County District Court to resume jury trials in April

Douglas County District Court plans to resume jury trials next month, the court announced in a news release Thursday. Chief District Court Judge James McCabria said in the announcement that the trials would proceed with special precautions to ensure safety from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Lawmakers take up backlog of court cases caused by pandemic

TOPEKA — Kansas legislators are working to give prosecutors and courts time to clear a backlog of several thousand criminal cases that built up during the coronavirus pandemic, though they disagree about how much is enough time. The Senate approved, 32-7, a bill Wednesday night that would ...

Attorneys for Rontarus Washington Jr. want to withdraw from long-running murder case

Two attorneys defending Rontarus Washington Jr. against a murder charge have requested to withdraw as counsel, possibly delaying the six-year-old case even further. Adam Hall and Angela Keck, the two attorneys representing Washington, filed their motions to withdraw from the case on Tuesday, ...

Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of rape

A 54-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Monday on suspicion of rape, Douglas County Jail records show. The man was arrested at noon and charged with one count of rape for an incident that occurred on July 10, 2020, according to the jail records. The man was released from jail custody around 1 ...

Semitruck crash on K-10 last week resulted in no injuries, Highway Patrol says

A semitruck crash on Kansas Highway 10 in Lawrence last week resulted in no injuries because the driver and passenger of the truck were both wearing their seat belts, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Donald Hughes told the Journal-World Friday. The crash occurred on March 5 near the highway's ...