Public Safety

Inmate re-sentenced in 2013 Douglas County rape case

Back in 2013, Scott H. Kobel was charged with rape, aggravated kidnapping and attempted rape of a then-28-year-old woman. Five years later — after some six attorneys, multiple stays at Larned State Hospital and its correctional facility, and an appeal of his sentence — Kobel was back in ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 136 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and includes 160 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Woman driving stolen car arrested after west Lawrence chase, search

A woman was booked into the Douglas County Jail after a Saturday morning chase in west Lawrence. Ashley Laura Lee Nelson, 38, of Kansas City, Mo., was booked into jail on suspicion of reckless driving, driving with a revoked or suspended license, driving a vehicle with an unreadable license ...

Man sues the Hawk, employee over head injury received in bar fight

A man who got hit over the head with a bottle at a Lawrence college bar known as the Hawk is suing the business and one of its employees over the incident. Zachary Webb alleges in his lawsuit that an employee who was underage and drinking on the job hit him with the bottle and that other bar ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 253 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Woman trapped under tractor in accident, flown to KU hospital

A woman was taken by helicopter to the University of Kansas hospital after an accident left her trapped underneath a tractor on East 1600 Road. Sgt. Kristen Channel, public information officer for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, said a 20-year-old woman was driving a 1-ton tractor and ...

Blocked dryer exhaust sparked fire at Lawrence apartment clubhouse

An obstructed dryer exhaust outlet caused last week’s fire at the clubhouse of a Lawrence apartment complex, investigators say. The accidental fire was reported about 2:25 p.m. June 29 in the attic of the clubhouse and leasing office of Village 1 apartments at 2411 Louisiana St. It was ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 223 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

7 injured when bus collides with pickup, overturns on Turnpike east of Lawrence

Story updated: 10:07 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018. Six people in a bus that overturned early Friday morning on the Kansas Turnpike — plus a man driving a pickup that reportedly collided with it — were taken to hospitals for their injuries. About half the injured went to Lawrence Memorial ...

Lawrence man charged in armed robbery of teenager

A Lawrence man conspired with a youth to rob a 15-year-old of an iPhone, while armed with a dangerous weapon, court documents allege. Kaspar A. Engelberg, 20, made his first appearance Thursday in Douglas County District Court on charges in the incident, which allegedly occurred ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 331 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Teen shot following fireworks dispute in Lawrence

Story updated: 4:27 p.m. July 5, 2018. A teenager showed up at Lawrence Memorial Hospital early Thursday morning with a gunshot wound that he allegedly received after a dispute over fireworks, police said. Police were dispatched to the hospital about 12:50 a.m. regarding the shooting, Sgt. ...

Alleged gunman in West 25th Street double shooting charged with attempted murders

Story updated at 6:13 p.m. July 5, 2018 A Lawrence man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder — one first-degree and one second-degree — in this week’s double shooting on West 25th Street. Tommy (aka “Tommie”) J. May, 58, also was charged with criminal possession of a ...

Third person charged in December home-invasion robbery, shooting

A third person has been charged in connection with a December home-invasion robbery in which a man was shot. Brian L. Proctor, 26, of Lawrence, was arrested, charged and made his first appearance in Douglas County District Court this week. Proctor is charged with aggravated robbery while armed ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 250 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...

Lawrence police blotter for July 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. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 210 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and ...