CRIME & SAFETY
1 dead, 2 hospitalized in 3 Lawrence suspected fentanyl overdoses
Lawrence police suspect fentanyl overdoses in three overnight emergencies that killed a man and sent a woman and a teenager to hospitals.
Police continue asking for help to ID Kan homicide victim
DOUGLAS COUNTY– Law enforcement authorities continue asking for the public's help identifying a victim in an overnight homicide in Lawrence. Police have no suspect in custody and are working to identity the victim. Just after 1a.m. Saturday, several calls came into police dispatch reporting the sound of gunshots in...
Neighbors, police look for answers after Lawrence homicide
A young man is dead and police are looking for a suspect after an early morning shooting at a Lawrence apartment complex.
Minnesota driver sent to hospital after semi-truck rolls on Kansas interstate
WELLSVILLE, Kan. (WIBW) - A Minnesota driver was sent to the hospital after a semi-truck rolled across the intestate near Wellsville and blocked both lanes of southbound traffic. The Kansas Highway Patrol Crash Log indicates that around 3:05 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, emergency crews were called to the area...
Headlines for Wednesday, June 7, 2023
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) — Kansas City police say all roads have reopened following a deadly shooting on I-670 this (WED) morning. Around 5:40 am, police were called to an injury crash in the westbound lanes of I-670 near Broadway Boulevard. When officers arrived, they discovered a woman with gunshot wounds inside the vehicle. WDAF TV reports that emergency crews took the woman to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead. The shooting caused emergency crews to shut down several portions of I-670 for roughly three hours, leading to several sections of traffic backup along the interstate. Police have not yet identified the victim. No additional information has been released on a potential suspect or what led up to the shooting.
LKPD looking for suspect in overnight homicide
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Lawrence Police Department (LKPD) confirmed one person is dead after an overnight shooting near the area of 24th and Cedarwood. LKPD said several 911 calls were made just after 1:00 a.m. reporting the sound of gunshots. When officers got on-scene, they talked with witnesses but did not find a victim.
Victim ‘probably in his 20s’ fatally shot near apartments by University of Kansas campus
Police say the male victim was killed near apartments less than a mile from KU’s West Campus.
Judge hears evidence in teen’s motion for immunity in shooting death of Lawrence boy, 14
A 14-year-old boy was nearly 200 feet away from his alleged shooter, a judge heard Friday, though the defendant charged with his murder is claiming self-defense. Derrick Reed, 17, of Lawrence, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 14-year-old Kamarjay Shaw. Shaw was shot on March 18 in the 1300 block of Maple Lane in eastern Lawrence, and he died at the hospital shortly thereafter.
Lawrence investigators actively search for additional kidnapping suspects
Police say they found a 65-year-old man in a neighboring city who told police he was kidnapped from his home in the 4600 block of Nicklaus Drive in Lawrence, Kansas.
MISSING IN KANSAS: Karizma Shay
A Kansas police department is asking for the community's help with finding a missing teenager. Karizma Shay, 17, was last seen on May 26, 2023, in Wellsville - a small town between Emporia and Kansas City. Karizma left the house to go to the Wellsville City Park, she was observed there shortly after, the police department shared on Facebook this weekend.
Advocates invite Lawrence community to Wear Orange event to raise awareness of gun violence
Volunteers with Moms Demand Action are inviting the Lawrence community to an event Saturday to raise awareness and take a stand against gun violence. Wear Orange began in 2015 with a group of teenagers in Chicago who wanted to honor their friend, Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed in a shooting on a playground at age 15. Orange was one of Hadiya’s favorite colors, and it’s the color hunters wear in the woods for safety.
Kansas nursing home resident pleads guilty to possession of meth
A Kansas woman living in a nursing home pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Kan. board conceals clemency recommendation for woman who killed alleged abuser
TOPEKA — The state Department of Corrections’ prisoner review board forwarded a recommendation to Gov. Laura Kelly on the executive clemency application of a Kansas woman convicted in the slaying of a man who allegedly sexually assaulted her for months, state officials said. The Department of Corrections declined...
Flame of Hope carried to Ottawa by Douglas Co. law enforcement officials
LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - The Flame of Hope for Special Olympics Kansas has been successfully carried to Ottawa by law enforcement officials throughout Douglas County. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says that on Tuesday, May 30, it joined the Lawrence Police Department to deliver the torch for the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics to the Ottawa Police Department at Kalmar, 415 E. Dundee St. in Ottawa.
Violent attack in Lawrence has some residents on edge
LAWRENCE, Kan. (KCTV) - Police are on high alert after a homeless man violently attacked two people in downtown Lawrence, leaving them with head injuries. The police said it happened Wednesday night near E. 10th and Massachusetts streets. That night, a 34-year-old homeless man ran across the street and --...
California man serious injured Tuesday night on I-70 turnpike crash
BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (WIBW) - A California man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash Tuesday night on Interstate 70 along the Kansas Turnpike in Leavenworth County, authorities said. The crash was reported at 7:31 p.m. Tuesday on I-70, about two miles west of the Bonner Springs exit. According...
Former Lawrence police officer accused of rape found not guilty on all charges by jury
Jonathan Gardner was charged with one count of rape, 17 counts of official misconduct and 17 counts of computer unlawful acts. He was found not guilty.
Lawrence man sentenced for trying to throw woman off bridge
A 38-year-old Lawrence man is sentenced for trying to throw a woman off of a bridge and into the Kansas River.
KU student identified as fall victim at national park
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Glacier National Park has released the identity of the 28-year-old woman who died after falling to her death from an off-trail overhang. Atheer Abdulrahman S. Alquahtani from Saudi Arabia was a graduate student who had just finished the first year of her master’s program at The University of Kansas. Friends say Alquahtani was traveling to celebrate.
KPR Presents: Justin Wingerter, Four Shots in Oskie
Week of May 21, 2023: Last month, Jefferson County, Kansas, agreed to pay Floyd Bledsoe $7.5 million after he served 16 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. We'll hear the story of the 1999 murder, confession, and conviction that shocked the town of Oskaloosa. Justin Wingerter is the author of Four Shots in Oskie: Murder and Innocence in Middle America. This conversation originally aired on KPR Presents on October 16th, 2022.
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