Public Safety

Red Cross closes fairgrounds shelter; official says no tornado victims showed up

The American Red Cross closed its shelter for tornado victims at the Douglas County Fairgrounds at noon Thursday because no one arrived requiring help, a Red Cross official said. Jane Blocher, director of the local American Red Cross chapter, said several people had preregistered for space at ...

Lawrence man convicted in kidnapping, sex assault case

A man with a previous sex crime conviction in Missouri has now been convicted of a kidnapping and sex crime in Douglas County. B.J. Lauri, 44, of Lawrence, pleaded no contest and was convicted of kidnapping and aggravated sexual battery, both felonies, on Thursday in Douglas County District ...

Basehor pitches in with tornado relief efforts in Linwood; donations being accepted

Linwood and Basehor, two towns with such a close relationship that they share a school district, continued to be in it together this week following Tuesday’s EF-4 tornado that tore through Linwood and other parts of Douglas and Leavenworth counties. Residents of both communities dropped off ...

Governor views 30-plus miles of Kansas tornado damage

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly took a flight tour Thursday over the path of an EF-4 tornado that left nearly 32 miles of destruction in Douglas and Leavenworth counties. Kelly described feeling “incredibly overwhelmed” seeing the devastation in full from the air. “It just keeps going on and ...

Lawrence police blotter for May 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. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 197 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Crews descend on northeast Kansas to restore electricity after tornado

Story updated 7:05 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019: Amid twisted, broken-off trees and piles of wood, sheetrock and metal that once were buildings south of Lawrence, a small army was hard at work Thursday. Besides residents lugging branches into heaps and picking through debris on their ...

‘I’m lucky’: Hard-hit Linwood residents reflect on disaster

LINWOOD — Watching traffic pass by his decimated home from his insulation-coated chair, Linwood resident Tim Bunrein became emotional while reflecting on Tuesday’s tornado. “I’m lucky,” Bunrein said. “This stuff, we can fix it.” A mile-wide tornado, which originally touched down ...

Lawrence police blotter for May 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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 183 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Photo gallery: Tornado ravages multiple homes south of Lawrence

Updated story - Wednesday, May 29 — Latest tornado news and notes: ‘It’s not safe for the general public’ in damaged areas of Douglas County UPDATED: 10:20 a.m. May 29 An area informally known as the Shank Hill neighborhood was hit particularly hard by Tuesday's tornado. At least ...

Lawrence man charged with rape

A Lawrence man has been charged with a rape that allegedly occurred over the weekend. Perry L. Oatis, 54, was arrested early Monday morning in the 2300 block of Ousdahl Road, according to jail records. He was charged Tuesday with rape, a felony, for alleged intercourse with a 34-year-old ...

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

2 people rescued from Clinton Lake after kayaking accident

Two people were rescued Monday afternoon from Clinton Lake after the kayaks they were in overturned, a law enforcement official said. At about 2 p.m. Monday, the two kayakers' boats tipped over, and sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a boat ramp at 1395 East 550 Road to assist them, Sgt. ...

Lawrence police blotter for May 27

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

Lawrence police blotter for May 26

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

Lawrence police blotter for May 25

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