Public Safety

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 ...

City names three finalists for Fire Medical chief position

The City of Lawrence named three finalists for chief of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department on Friday afternoon. Lawrence City Manager Tom Markus named Michael Baker of Tulsa, Okla., and local candidates Shaun Coffey and Tom Fagan as the finalists, according to a city news ...

Probation granted for former Douglas County deputy accused of sex acts with inmate

A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy who left the force after being accused of a sexual rendezvous with a female inmate has been granted a two-year probation. At his sentencing hearing Friday, Mario J. Godinez, 47, of Lawrence, apologized to authorities and the community for what his attorney ...

Lawrence police blotter for May 24

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

Man sentenced to 3 years in prison after conviction in Lawrence laundromat robbery

A man with multiple previous felony convictions picked up two more in Douglas County — one from an armed robbery at a laundromat — and is being sent back to prison for more than three years. Andre R. Brown, 30, was sentenced to 40 months in prison Friday in Douglas County District Court. ...

Panel announces finalists to replace retiring Douglas County judge

After interviewing 10 judge candidates on Thursday, the 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission has announced four finalists it’s recommending to the governor. On the list are two public prosecutors and two public defenders. They are all Lawrence residents. Gov. Laura Kelly has 60 days ...

Lawrence police blotter for May 23

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

Teen who took handgun to Lawrence High School convicted

Story updated at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019: A teen who took a handgun to Lawrence High School in February has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime in connection with the incident. The teen pleaded no contest to criminal use of weapons on Wednesday in Douglas County District Court, ...

Lawrence police blotter for May 22

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

Lawrence man, 1 other Kansas resident killed in Colorado crash

A Lawrence man was one of two Kansas residents killed in a wreck Sunday in Colorado. The fatal wreck happened about 2 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of West Alameda Avenue and South Kipling Street in Lakewood, a suburb of Denver, the Lakewood Police Department said Tuesday in a news release ...

Lawrence police blotter for May 21

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

Man sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for shooting in Lawrence apartment

For shooting a Lawrence man with his own gun in his own apartment last year, a Kansas City, Kan., man has been ordered to nearly three years in prison. Rodney L. McNeal, 22, was sentenced Tuesday in Douglas County District Court. Judge Kay Huff sentenced him to 34 months in prison plus two ...

Panel interviewing Douglas County judge candidates this week

Ten nominees to replace retiring Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin are scheduled to be interviewed this week. The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission will interview candidates throughout the day Thursday, starting at 9:30 a.m., at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, ...

Lawrence man charged with sex crimes against 8-year-old

Updated at 5 p.m. Monday A Lawrence man has been charged with sexually abusing an 8-year-old child for the past several years. Johnie L. Saluto, 30, was arrested Friday and held on $500,000 bond, according to jail records. The alleged abuse dates back to 2015, when the child was 4, according ...