Public Safety

Man allegedly robbed Lawrence bank to end threat of drug debt, affidavit says

A Lawrence man reportedly told police that he owed a “significant drug debt, which resulted in threats toward him and his wife,” so he went to a nearby bank to get money. James M. Pugh, 58, was arrested hours after a robbery was reported on Jan. 31 at Landmark National Bank, 2710 Iowa St. ...

Lawrence man charged with sexual exploitation of a child

Updated to add booking photo at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, March 10: A Lawrence man has been charged in Douglas County District Court with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Bruce Stanley Springsteen, 62, was arrested early Thursday and charged Friday afternoon. The complaint in his ...

One man killed, 3 others injured in car accident west of Eudora

Updated at 3:29 p.m. Friday A 29-year-old man was killed and three others were injured as the result of a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s office personnel responded at approximately 2:40 p.m. Thursday to the accident in ...

Retrial date set for Rontarus Washington Jr. in 2014 Lawrence murder case

A retrial date was set Friday for Rontarus Washington Jr., who is coming up on five years in custody of the Douglas County Jail. Washington, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Nov. 7, 2014, death of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso, who was his neighbor at ...

KU public safety releases 2019 crime stats, says reports dropped 22%

The 483 crimes reported to the University of Kansas' Public Safety Office in 2019 were the lowest in the last decade, KU announced in a news release Friday. Theft and vandalism remain the most reported crimes on the Lawrence campus, but those numbers also dropped in 2019. The office received ...

KCMO man arrested in Lawrence on suspicion of rape

A Kansas City, Mo., man was arrested on suspicion of rape Thursday morning, jail records indicate. The 45-year-old was arrested on a probable cause warrant in connection with a 2019 court case, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log. He was released on $25,000 surety bond to ...

Spontaneous combustion of rags caused fire at Lawrence Conoco, LDCFM says

A fire at an eastern Lawrence convenience store was caused by improper storage of oily rags that supported spontaneous combustion, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical. Firefighters responded to the fire at 2200 Harper St., a Conoco, at 3:39 a.m. Feb. 27, the Journal-World ...

Man allegedly told Lawrence police that robbery was due to pending eviction

A Lawrence man reportedly told police that he robbed a payday loan store because he was about to get evicted from his apartment. Joseph M. Splechter, 27, allegedly turned himself in — along with most of the cash — to Lawrence police the day after a robbery was reported at Check Into Cash, ...

February health code inspections: 8 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Eight organizations in Douglas County failed health code inspections in February. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov. There, you can ...

Case dismissed against Lawrence woman charged in alleged fight while cooking

The Douglas County district attorney’s office has dropped a case against a woman charged in connection with an alleged fight while cooking, court records show. Roslyn M. Colum, 37, was charged with three counts of aggravated battery, a felony, and misdemeanor criminal damage to property ...

Lawrence woman sentenced to 2 days in jail, then probation for injury DUI accident

A Lawrence woman was sentenced Friday to serve two days in jail followed by 18 months of probation for a DUI car accident that left another woman injured in August. Autumn Sky Hale, 43, pleaded no contest last month and a judge found her guilty of aggravated battery, a felony, and driving ...