Public Safety

Victim of auto break-in helps locate suspect after tracking missing cellphone

A resourceful victim of an auto break-in Friday helped Lawrence police apprehend the suspect who allegedly stole items from his vehicle.According to Lawrence police, the victim notified police after he tracked to the Lawrence Public Library a cellphone allegedly taken during an auto break-in ...

KU employee, now dead, suspected of stealing thousands in computer equipment

There will be no charges against a University of Kansas employee suspected of stealing more than $10,000 worth of computer equipment — because he died before police linked him to the crime.KU police this week closed a case in which $10,600 worth of computer equipment was reported stolen from ...

Man arrested after allegedly leading police on high-speed chase

A Kansas City, Kan., man has been arrested after reportedly leading Lawrence police on a pursuit that reached speeds of more than 80 mph.Raymond Cortez Morgan, 33, was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of seven counts, including a felony count of fleeing to elude police. Once in ...

Sheriff’s office still awaiting tests on body found in burning car

Three months after a body was found in a burning car at a campsite near Clinton Lake, authorities have yet to confirm the deceased person’s identity or other details.The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is still trying to positively identify the body discovered in March at Rockhaven ...

Pellet or BB gun shots damage windows at new KU residence hall

Someone reportedly damaged windows with pellet or BB gun shots at the new residence hall being built in the Central District on the University of Kansas campus.Three windows at the new hall, located in the 1500 block of West 18th Street, were left cracked as a result, said Deputy Chief James ...

Reception Thursday will allow public to meet and evaluate police chief candidates

Lawrence residents will soon be able to let the city know what they think about the four candidates being considered for police chief. As part of a public reception Thursday, residents will hear an introduction from the four candidates and afterwards can talk with them one-on-one. City Manager ...

Lawrence man accused of stealing PlayStation 4 at gunpoint

A Lawrence man has been charged in Douglas County District Court for his alleged role last week in an armed robbery.Curtis Core, 25, was charged Tuesday on a felony count of aggravated robbery. According to a complaint that the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office filed with the court, ...

Pedestrian struck by vehicle, flown to trauma center with serious injuries

A 22-year-old woman suffered serious injuries Wednesday morning after being struck by a vehicle in the 1800 block of Louisiana Street, according to a news release from the Lawrence Police Department.Officers were dispatched to the north intersection of 18th and Louisiana streets at 7:55 a.m. ...

Lawrence man charged after allegedly threatening officer with a fork

A 26-year-old Lawrence man was charged Monday in Douglas County District Court with felony aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer after allegedly threatening an officer with a fork.A complaint filed by the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office alleges that the man, Eldawan ...

Ottawa man faces federal charges after allegedly seeking mother-child sex slaves

An Ottawa man who allegedly sent a text stating that he was a sadist in search of mother-child sex slaves was charged in federal court with attempted sex trafficking of a child.Michael David Mitchell, 63, was charged with one count of attempted sex trafficking of a child, six counts of ...

Kansas Supreme Court overturns Lawrence man’s drug conviction

Topeka ? A Lawrence man convicted on drug charges will get a new hearing after the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned his conviction and sentence.Casey Baker was arrested in June 2013 when police, who recognized him and knew he had outstanding warrants, saw him riding a bicycle wearing a ...

3 arrested after Wednesday police pursuit charged with aggravated robbery

Three people were charged Friday with aggravated robbery — and one of them with several additional felonies — in connection with a series of armed crimes reported earlier this week in Lawrence.The three suspects were in jail Friday afternoon and appeared in Douglas County District Court via ...

Eastbound 23rd Street closed between Iowa and Naismith

A section of 23rd Street was closed Friday afternoon following a trench collapse, Lawrence police said.Eastbound West 23rd Street, between Iowa Street and Naismith Drive, will be closed for an unknown period of time, police said.A construction project has been ongoing in the area for several ...

KU Innocence Project helps free man from prison after wrongful robbery conviction

A University of Kansas law school effort helped free a wrongfully convicted man from prison this week.Richard Jones was released from prison on Thursday, after his robbery conviction was overturned in Johnson County District Court the previous day, according to a news release from the Midwest ...

Lawrence police seek victims, witnesses of Wednesday evening crime spree

Lawrence police are looking for victims of three people who have been arrested in connection with an apparent crime spree including two armed robberies and a disturbance with a gun that occurred Tuesday and Wednesday. Police said Thursday morning, in a tweet, that officers need help finding ...

3 suspects apprehended after police respond to firearms incidents

Three suspects were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after Lawrence police officers responded to three incidents reported to have involved firearms.According to a Lawrence Police Department press release, officers responded first at 5:37 p.m. to a report of an armed robbery in a ...