The Douglas County outdoor warning sirens inadvertently were activated briefly this morning at 10:01 by another siren system with similar functionality over 350 miles away during their weekly siren test. Upon notice of the activation, EM Staff assessed any risk to the public, cancelled the activation and immediately contacted Blue Valley Public Safety (BVPS), the siren maintenance company. Staff then worked with partner agencies to assess any short and long term impacts of the issue on the system.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today a Douglas County jury convicted Lawrence resident Zachary J. Ortiz, 26, of the June 2014 aggravated assault of a Lawrence Police Department officer.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that yesterday afternoon Lawrence resident Ryan Allen Miller, 36, pleaded no contest to aggravated criminal sodomy, rape and five counts of aggravated burglary.
The Douglas County Treasurer’s Office is implementing a new way to more efficiently help our customers. Starting Tuesday July 12, 2016, we will be using a program called Qless which will allow our customers to check in and reserve their spot in line without physically standing in line. Once you check in, you will receive periodic status updates, including one about 15 minutes before you reach the front of the line. Please allow enough travel time to be at the office when you reach the front of the virtual line.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces this afternoon Lawrence resident Angelica M. Kulp, 40, was sentenced to 267 months (22.25 years) in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections for the intentional second-degree murder of Ms.
KDOT has announced a revised closure date for the intersection of Noria Road (E 1750 Road) with East 23rd Street (Route 442; N 1400 Road). The intersection will be closed for reconstruction work beginning at 9:00 AM on Monday, June 20 through Friday, August 19, weather permitting. This work is part of the K-10 East Leg South Lawrence Trafficway project. Due to weather delays, the start date of this project closure has been moved from Monday, June 13 to Monday, June 20.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces Oskaloosa resident Joshaua L. Back, 34, was sentenced today in the Division Two courtroom of the Honorable Sally D. Pokorny. On April 22, a jury found Back guilty of second-degree murder for the May 25, 2015 killing of 45-year-old, Lawrence resident Tracy Dean Lautenschlager and the jury found him guilty of felony theft.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that this morning Lawrence resident Angelica M. Kulp, 40, pleaded guilty to intentional second-degree murder and aggravated burglary. The plea agreement from the first-degree murder charge to intentional second-degree murder was only offered to Kulp after discussion with and approval by the victim’s family.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces today a jury convicted Eudora resident Sean G. Weeks, 40, of three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The jury found him not guilty of a fourth count of the same charge.
The victim who is now 15 years old came to investigators and reported the abuse in September of 2014. Investigators learned Weeks began abusing the victim at the age of six and he continued the abuse until the victim was 10 years old.
Due to contractor's delay on other projects due to recent rains, the road closure date for Route 458 for the bridge replacement project between E 1600 and E 1700 Roads has been rescheduled. Route 458 (N 1000 Road) from E 1600 Road to E 1700 Road will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, June 20, for a project to replace the bridge over Coal Creek. The bridge is located approximately 0.4 miles east of E 1600 Road. Public Works anticipates the project will be completed and road re-opened to traffic by early November 2016, weather permitting.