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Posted Friday, December 21, 2018 - 11:56am

Douglas County Government’s general and satellite offices will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays. There will be no Douglas County Commission meetings Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

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 785-832-7509.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 8:48am

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces today that Scharron R. Dingledine, 26, Columbia, MO entered guilty pleas to Murder in the First Degree and Attempted Murder in the First Degree on Monday, December 17th, 2018 in the Division 6 courtroom of the Douglas County District Court.


Posted Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 5:02pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today a jury convicted Topeka resident Aramis N. Hernandez, 38, of battery on a law enforcement officer in the July 2016 dragging injury of a Lawrence Police Officer.

Posted Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 9:40am




Pursuant to the Administrative Order of Justice Lawton R. Nuss,
Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, Wednesday, December 5,
2018, the National Day of Mourning of the death of former President
George H. W. Bush, will be observed and the 7th Judicial District, will be
closed, with the following exception.

Posted Friday, November 30, 2018 - 4:55pm

Route 458 (N 1000 Road) from E 1800 Road to E 2000 Road has been opened to traffic through construction while project work has been suspended for the winter.  Some construction traffic control signing will remain in place, but the road is open for unrestricted traffic. 


Posted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 5:00pm

Please join the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to learn more about the South Lawrence Trafficway Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 8:55am

Improving Behavioral Health in Douglas County:
Before you vote, be informed.

Douglas County is proposing a quarter-cent sales tax that will generate an estimated $4.9 million annually to help finance and maintain a behavioral health recovery campus including a crisis center, supportive housing and prevention programs.

Posted Monday, October 8, 2018 - 9:24am

Lawrence, Kan.—The second of two full-scale emergency exercises in recent weeks will take place in Lawrence on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Tuesday’s exercise also will have a transportation-related hazardous materials theme, but this scenario will also focus on a response to a mass casualty incident, which will drive a more involved response, according to Teri Smith, Douglas County’s Director of Emergency Management. 

Posted Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 4:54pm

Is the criminal justice system broken? How have public policy failures resulted in issues that the criminal justice system is being forced to address? Do alternative justice programs really work?  

Posted Friday, September 21, 2018 - 4:31pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces Elmoses Blackwell, 28, of Denver Colorado was sentenced today for his July 31, 2018 plea to aggravated criminal sodomy and two counts of robbery that occurred on May 28, 2017 and on June 7, 2017.  The plea consolidated two cases. 

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