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Posted Monday, October 11, 2021 - 12:18pm

The City of Lawrence and Douglas County are working together to develop a Climate Action Plan, which will identify ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce risk and vulnerability to extreme weather events.

Posted Friday, October 8, 2021 - 8:00am

The Douglas County Treasurer's Office will be closed Monday, Oct. 11, for an all-day staff training. Staff will not be available for in-person transactions or by phone. Customers can email and staff will respond the next day. Payments can be made through the Treasurer's Office drop boxes at:

  • Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St.
  • South Iowa Satellite Office, 2000 W. 31st St.
  • Inside Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St.
Posted Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 12:20pm

Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez today announced that Tayler James Livingston, 27, of Paola, was sentenced to 41 months with the Kansas Department of Corrections for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Deeva Sharma, 25, of Leawood.

Posted Friday, September 24, 2021 - 12:11pm

Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez today announced that Shawn O’Brien, 50, of Lawrence was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years for each of three felony counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and 12 months in Douglas County Jail for each of five misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. 

Posted Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 5:08pm

Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez today announced that a jury returned guilty verdicts of assault with a domestic violence designation and interference with law enforcement against Robert Brothers Jr., 19, of Lawrence.

Brothers was acquitted of two counts of aggravated kidnapping. Judge Amy Hanley entered a directed verdict of not guilty on one count of theft of a firearm.

Posted Friday, September 10, 2021 - 2:06pm

Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health releases updated guidance for early childhood and K-12 school settings on the identification of positive cases, identification of close contacts, and quarantine in school settings.

Posted Friday, September 10, 2021 - 11:15am

An updated dashboard provides a snapshot of the current population of the Douglas County Correctional Facility, including demographic data, time served in custody, judicial status and the type of arresting offense.

Posted Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 5:14pm

Douglas County Drug Court program team members and participants invite the community to join them in a Recovery Walk 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in South Park, south of the County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St. There will be luminarias and signs along the sidewalks that will promote the hope of recovery for those who struggle with substances.

“We want to light the path of recovery to provide hope and awareness,” Drug Court Officer Shannon Bruegge said.

Posted Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 9:54am

The community is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, to celebrate the completion of The Passerine Pavilion at Wells Overlook Park, about two miles south of Lawrence. The new accessible viewing platform is on the northern end of the park and provides a breathtaking view of Lawrence, the University of Kansas campus and the surrounding hills, valleys and farmlands.

Posted Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 2:42pm

Douglas County Government’s general and satellite offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 6, for Labor Day. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Dispatch Center and Criminal Justice Services will be operating. If you have an emergency, please call 911. If you have a non-emergency, call 785-843–0250. We wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.

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