Public Safety

Public invited to reception for retiring Douglas County District Court judge

The public is invited to a retirement reception honoring Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin. The reception is planned for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 14, in the Douglas County Commission Room at the old courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St. Martin's announced retirement date is ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 217 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

KU pays $40K to settle mold lawsuit by former student-athlete

The University of Kansas is paying a former student-athlete $40,000 to settle her lawsuit against the school, in which she claimed mold in vents to her dorm room made her sick. Though the university still denies her claims, it will pay Laine R. Evans $20,000 and her attorneys $20,000 to settle ...

New trial date set for man accused of murder in Lawrence doorstep shooting

A new trial date has been set for a Lawrence man who shot and killed another man on his doorstep. On Tuesday, Douglas County District Court Judge Kay Huff scheduled the murder trial against Steven A. Drake III, 22, to begin Aug. 19. It’s expected to last a week and a half. The trial has ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 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. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 187 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 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. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 157 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Kansas Highway Patrol handles 5 fatal crashes in 12-hour period

The Kansas Highway Patrol investigated five fatal crashes in a 12-hour period Friday. Six people died in the five wrecks, which occurred from 12:40 p.m. Friday to midnight. Three of the crashes involved tractor-trailers, and one was a single-vehicle crash of a motorcycle. According to ...

Lawrence high schools offer to restore photos damaged in storm

Emerging from his basement to find large portions of his home destroyed by an EF-4 tornado, Lawrence High School senior Daniel Davidson notified his yearbook teacher, Barbara Tholen, that he would be unable to help finish the spring section. While brainstorming how to help Davidson, Tholen said ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 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. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and includes 214 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for June 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. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 276 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for May 31

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

Douglas County sets up collection sites for tree debris from tornado

Local residents cleaning up from Tuesday's destructive tornado will have two designated sites to drop off tree and brush debris. Douglas County Emergency Management announced the opening of the two sites Friday. They are located at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Haskell Avenue in ...

Photo gallery: Aerial tour of tornado devastation near Lawrence, Eudora and Linwood

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday took an aerial tour of the destruction left by an EF-4 tornado that ripped across parts of Douglas and Leavenworth counties Tuesday evening. The Associated Press accompanied the governor on the flight and took photos of the tornado's path, which stretched ...