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Posted Friday, March 23, 2018 - 12:18pm
Learn more about the ballot initiative to expand mental health services in the community and improve the Jail.
Posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 9:25am
Listen to this powerful story of how Douglas County's jail reentry programming helped transform a life.
Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:30pm

Douglas County Plans Information Sessions for Residents on Mental Health, Jail

Lawrence, KS, March 20, 2018 — Douglas County has announced a series of four information sessions open to the public to learn more about the ballot initiative to expand mental health services and improve the jail.

County Commissioners, jail staff, health partners and other experts will present the facts about the proposed half-cent sales tax and field questions from the audience.

Posted Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 4:58pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces Kansas City, Kansas resident Pierre P. Walker, 20, was sentenced earlier today following his January jury trial conviction on three counts of aggravated robbery and felony cruelty to animals.  The Court sentenced him to 102 months for the first aggravated robbery conviction, 59 months for the second aggravated robbery conviction and 43 months for the third aggravated robbery conviction.  The Court ordered the sentences be served consecutively for a total of 204 months in prison, which is the maximum sentence allowed by law.

Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 4:36pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces the Douglas County Women’s Substance Use Disorder Prosecutor-Led Diversion and Treatment Program (WDP) is ready to accept its first referrals and participantsThe DA’s Office is launching the program this month and will accept a total of 8-12 participants annually.  The goal of the program is to reduce justice system involvement by non-violent, female offenders with substance use disorders through engagement in comprehensive substance abuse treatment.  Diversion to substance abuse treatment can reduce substance

Posted Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 11:01am

Monday's Tips:

  1. National Consumer Protection Week is March 4 – 10.  This week is a time to help people understand their consumer rights and make well informed-information decisions.  We will be providing you with daily tips on how to choose a home contractor.

  2. As weather warms up, how do you choose a reputable contractor for all those decks and additions you are building this summer?  For more information, contact us at 785-842-0211 or via e-mail at DAConsumer@douglascountyks.org.

Posted Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 8:34am

Construction will resume March 12, 2018 on the Route 458 major rehabilitation project from E 800 Road to just north of N 1156 Road.  Weather permitting, on March 12 Douglas County’s contractor, King’s Construction, will close Route 458 between N 1050 Road and N 1116 Road for construction of two large culverts near the Route 458/N 1075 Road intersection.  During the Route 458 closure, N 1075 Road and E 1135 Road will be closed to through traffic between E 1000 Road and N 1200 Road.  We anticipate these closures will remain in place for six to eight weeks, weather permitting

Posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 2:02pm

Citizens and businesses in Douglas County are at risk from severe weather and should be aware of the appropriate steps to take in order to ensure their safety should severe weather strike! This is why Douglas County Emergency Management has partnered with the Topeka National Weather Service and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to request your participation in Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week activities March 5 - 9, 2018.

Posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:17pm

Construction will resume soon on the Route 458 major rehabilitation project from E 800 Road to just north of N 1156 Road.  Weather permitting, Douglas County’s contractor, King’s Construction, will resume work constructing shoulders in early- to mid-March.  A full road closure will begin in mid- to late-March, weather permitting, to allow replacement of two large culverts near the N 1075 Road intersection.  The full road closure is anticipated to be in place for six to eight weeks. 

 

Posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 11:52am

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces Lawrence resident Jaered A. Long, 19, was sentenced on Tuesday to 586 months in prison for the murder of his grandmother, Deborah L. Bretthauer.  Long was originally charged with first degree murder as a juvenile in the stabbing death of Ms.

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