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Posted Friday, November 20, 2015 - 2:14pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces Eudora resident Ronald Eugene Heskett, 49, was sentenced today in the Division Six courtroom of the Honorable Peggy C. Kittel following the September 2015 jury trial for the September 12, 2014 second degree murder of 65 year old Lawrence resident Vance F. Moulton.

Posted Monday, November 16, 2015 - 11:12am

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced Friday that Chen Li, 51, was sentenced in the Division One courtroom of the Honorable Robert W. Fairchild following his October 13 plea to the charges of attempted human trafficking and promoting the sale of sexual relations. 

The Court sentenced Mr. Li to 41 months in the Department of Corrections for count one and 6 months in the Department of Corrections for count two, which will run concurrently to count one. It is expected that Mr. Li will be deported after serving his sentence.

Posted Friday, November 6, 2015 - 4:12pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced today that a District Court Judge has signed a warrant for the arrest of Samantha C. Elmer, 33, on two counts of aggravated interference with parental custody.  It is believed Ms. Elmer fled the United States with her two daughters and we are seeking international assistance in safely locating and returning Ms. Elmer and her daughters. 

Posted Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 2:03pm

The Douglas County Jail & Mental Health Court Study was presented at the Town Hall meeting on Monday, November 2, 2015. Below are links to the study document (3 sections) and the summary presentation as shown at the Town Hall meeting.

Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 5:22pm

Improvements to Route 1055 between N 400 Road and N 700 Road are substantially complete, and this section of Route 1055 will be opened to unrestricted traffic by Friday, October 16. 

 

Minor asphalt surface adjustments are needed, and will be done the week of October 26, weather permitting.  Traffic will be controlled with flaggers through the work areas.  Also, an epoxy coating of the bridge deck 0.1 miles north of N 500 Road will be completed next Spring 2016. 

 

Posted Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 2:15pm

Recognizing the importance of cyber security awareness, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Now in its 12th year, NCSAM is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its public and private partners, including the National Cyber Security Alliance, to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security and individual cyber hygiene.

Posted Friday, September 25, 2015 - 5:31pm

Route 1055 between N 400 Road and N 500 Road will be opened to traffic through construction on Tuesday, September 29, weather permitting.  Traffic will be carried on the milled asphalt pavement through October 4.  Route 1055 between N 500 Road and N 600 Road will remain closed.

 

Asphalt surfacing on Route 1055 from N 400 Road to the bridge 0.1-mile north of N 500 Road is anticipated to be laid the week of October 5.  Traffic on Route 1055 between N 400 Road and N 500 Road will be controlled by one-lane traffic signs and flaggers during asphalt surfacing operations.

Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 4:34pm

A Douglas County jury convicted Eudora resident Ronald Eugene Heskett, 49, of the September 12, 2014 second degree murder of 65 year old Lawrence resident Vance F. Moulton.

Posted Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 3:52pm

The City of Lawrence is conducting a comprehensive revision of its urban agriculture policies.  The Douglas County Food Policy Council (DCFPC) is hosting a public meeting to take feedback on a proposed draft of the urban agriculture policy changes. 

 

The meeting will take place September 28th from 6pm to 8pm at the Union Pacific Depot, Community Room, at 402 North 2nd St. in North Lawrence. A brief presentation about the draft and community input responses will occur between 6:00 and 6:30, followed by small-table discussions by key topic areas.

 

Posted Monday, September 21, 2015 - 2:24pm

County Launches Recycling Drop-off Program

This week, Douglas County is launching a pilot project for drop-off recycling bins in the unincorporated areas of the County.  Four pilot locations in the unincorporated area are:

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