Public Safety

Lawrence man charged with alleged violent sex crime, battery

A 34-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Friday and later charged with a violent sex crime, according to police and the Douglas County Jail booking log. Just before 1 a.m. Friday, Lawrence police officers were called to the 700 block of Lincoln Street to reports of a disturbance possibly ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 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. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 285 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Man injured in single-vehicle wreck in North Lawrence

A man was severely injured in a single-vehicle wreck in North Lawrence Friday afternoon. The wreck on North Third Street happened at about 3:20 p.m., Jenn Hethcoat, a spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, said in an email to the Journal-World. At the scene of the wreck, a ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 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. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 312 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Gov. Kelly appoints longtime KU public safety employee to 911 Coordinating Council

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has appointed six members to the 911 Coordinating Council, including the University of Kansas’ assistant director of public safety, Elizabeth Phillips, in an attempt to include more nontraditional agencies. The 911 Coordinating Council monitors the delivery of 911 ...

Early morning fire destroys century-old community church near Clinton Lake

Story updated at 2:58 p.m. Friday The Clinton Presbyterian Church in rural Douglas County caught fire and burned down early Friday morning, leaving charred rubble where a century-old community landmark once stood. Pam Johnston, clerk of session for the church, told the Journal-World that ...

Lawrence police: 2 attempts to avoid arrest lead to arrests

Two men allegedly attempted to avoid being arrested Thursday in separate Lawrence incidents, and they may have made things more difficult for themselves as a result. At 1:50 a.m. Thursday, an officer tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction near 11th and Massachusetts streets, Sgt. ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 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. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 368 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

‘Possibly intentional’ head-on wreck injures 3 in Lawrence

Three people were injured in an apparent head-on collision Tuesday in southern Lawrence, according to police. The wreck may have been intentional, Patrick Compton, a spokesman for the department, said via email Wednesday. He said officers were dispatched around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to the ...

Motorcyclist injured in 23rd Street accident still in critical condition

A man whose motorcycle collided with an SUV on Friday near 23rd Street and East Hills Drive is still hospitalized, police say. Patrick Compton, a spokesman for the department, said via email Wednesday that the 37-year-old motorcyclist, who was taken to a Kansas City-area trauma center with ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 336 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Authorities charge 54 people in Manhattan, Kan., drug network

Story updated at 5:06 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Authorities said Wednesday that they've dismantled a major drug-trafficking operation in northeast Kansas responsible for a college student's fatal overdose in 2017, resulting in criminal charges against more than 50 people. Federal and local ...

Police identify Lawrence woman, 24, killed in accident; investigation continues

Police have released the name of the woman who died after an accident on the night of Aug. 20. Elizabeth Ann Allen, 24, of Lawrence, was riding her moped in the 2700 block of Haskell Avenue when a pickup truck hit her, police said. Officers were called to the scene around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, ...

Scam alert: Don’t pay the impostor Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will never ask you for money to deal with legal issues or to avoid being arrested. That’s a message that Jenn Hethcoat, a department spokeswoman, wants to ensure Lawrence and Douglas County residents know. In a phone scam that has made the rounds in ...

Lawrence police blotter for August 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. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 318 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Eudora teen pleads no contest, is convicted in gun shop burglary case

One of three teens involved in a burglary of a gun shop in Eudora has entered a plea deal that will resolve four cases in which he’s charged. The boy was 15 at the time that he, another 15-year-old and Stevan Rios, then 18, were arrested on suspicion of breaking into Free State Guns and ...