Public Safety

House fire displaces 4 people in central Lawrence

A house fire in central Lawrence displaced four people on Wednesday evening, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical. Firefighters responded to the house fire at 1832 W. 22nd St., near the intersection of 23rd and Iowa streets, at around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to scanner ...

Lawrence man wants to plead guilty to 17 charges, including burglaries, auto thefts

A Lawrence man has rejected a plea deal that prosecutors offered; instead, he wants to plead guilty to the 17 charges leveled against him. Dandre M. Cordray, 19, of Lawrence, faces 14 felonies: five counts of aggravated burglary, five counts of theft and four counts of burglary of a motor ...

Lawrence police blotter for January 9

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

Student brought loaded gun to Lawrence High School, district says

Story updated at 5:13 p.m. Wednesday: A student brought a firearm to Lawrence High School on Wednesday, according to a news release from the school district. LHS administrators worked with Lawrence police to investigate a student’s report that another student may have brought a weapon to ...

FYI, you can get a free gun lock from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

What’s better than free stuff? Free stuff with the power to save lives. Through a partnership with a national nonprofit, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office offers free gun locks to anyone who wants to stop by and pick one up. This partnership has been in place since 2007, Jenn ...

Lawrence police blotter for January 8

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

Fourth suspect in Lawrence ‘Purge’ mask robberies sentenced to probation

The last of four suspects charged in connection with a series of armed robberies around Lawrence in early 2018 was sentenced Tuesday to probation. Justice L. Dent, 21, had pleaded no contest to two counts of robbery on Dec. 3. A judge sentenced him to 36 months of probation during which he ...

Lawrence man sentenced to more than 6 years for molesting 11-year-old girl

A judge on Tuesday sentenced a Lawrence man to 77 months, or close to 6 1/2 years, for molesting an 11-year-old girl. Robert W. Copas, 37, was charged in July 2017 with aggravated indecent liberties with a child. In March, he pleaded no contest to the same charge but as a less severe felony, ...

Lawrence police blotter for January 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. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 181 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Man sentenced to nearly 13 years for conviction in 2017 rape of Lawrence teen

A Topeka man was sentenced Tuesday to 155 months, or nearly 13 years, in prison for raping a Lawrence teen at a house party. On Nov. 4, a jury found 22-year-old Jordan K. Ross guilty of raping a then-15-year-old girl at a Lawrence house party in August 2017. The girl testified that she ...

Ballroom dance instructor charged in third alleged burglary of Lawrence cigar shop

A Bonner Springs ballroom dance instructor has been charged in connection with a third reported burglary at the same Lawrence cigar shop. Phillip Michael Carney, 37, was charged formally Monday in Douglas County District Court with burglary, theft of cigars valued between $1,500 and $25,000, ...

Police investigating shooting at southwestern Lawrence apartment

Story updated at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday: A man was injured in a reported shooting Monday afternoon, according to Lawrence police. First responders were dispatched around 3:51 p.m. Monday to an apartment in the 2300 block of Wakarusa Drive regarding a possible shooting, according to the Lawrence ...

Lawrence police blotter for January 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. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 151 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for January 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. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and includes 147 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for January 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. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 147 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...