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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.

Posted Friday, February 9, 2018 - 4:04pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces today that following a preliminary hearing the Court bound over Topeka residents Anthony Roberts, Jr., 20, Ahmad Rayton, 22, and Dominique J. McMillon, 19, on charges related to the October 1 Massachusetts Street triple homicide.   A trial date was scheduled for May 14 and bond amounts remain unchanged. 

Posted Friday, February 2, 2018 - 4:22pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that Lawrence resident Tria L. Evans, 38 and Leavenworth resident Christina L. Towell, 37, each had a first appearance this afternoon in the Pro Tem Division of Douglas County District Court.  Both Evans and Towell are charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, arson and aggravated burglary associated with the death of Joel Wales in November 2017.   

Posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 4:31pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces today a jury convicted 20-year-old Kansas City, Kansas resident Pierre P. Walker of three counts of aggravated robbery and one count of felony cruelty to animals.  This was the third jury trial of this case.  The first two trials ended with hung juries in July and October 2017. 

Posted Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 10:15am

During its 6:00 PM meeting on January 3, 2018, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will discuss planned improvements to Route 1055 from the north leg of the curve at E 1650 Road/N 700 Road to the intersection with E 1700 Road at Vinland.  An improvement project is planned for construction in 2019.  The BOCC meeting is held on the 2nd floor of the county courthouse at 11th & Massachusetts in Lawrence.

 

Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:23pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today a jury convicted Lawrence resident Stacey N. Ballard, 24, of aggravated robbery. 

Posted Monday, December 11, 2017 - 1:10pm

District Attorney Charles Branson hopes to launch a new pre-trial prosecutor led diversion program in 2018.  Branson started work on the project in early 2017 as part of an effort to find meaningful alternatives to the repeated incarceration of women in the county jail.  

 

Posted Friday, December 8, 2017 - 3:13pm

A production company will shoot video for a commercial on several roads in Douglas County on Thursday, December 14, weather permitting.  Two road sections will be temporarily closed for the video activity:

  • E 900 Road on top of Clinton Dam; closed approximately 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
  • E 1130 Road along Martin Park; closed approximately 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM

 

Posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 8:55am

Weather permitting, Douglas County Public Works anticipates reopening by 5:00 PM, Friday, December 1, the portions of N 1500 Road, N 1550 Road and E 1625 Road east of Lawrence that have been closed since August 21.  Remaining construction contract items anticipated to be completed this week include additional asphalt paving, final grading, and traffic control signage and pavement markings.

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