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Posted Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:53am

Lawrence, Kansas - On July 8, 2015, Home Rule Resolution No. HR-15-7-3 was passed by the Board of County Commissioners. This resolution changed the process of burn bans in unincorporated areas and was necessary to promote fire safety and to protect persons and property from the dangers of open burning. After feedback from the community, Douglas County Emergency Management and the Douglas County Fire Chiefs provided recommended changes to the resolution which were approved by the County Commission on March 29, 2017.

Posted Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 4:46pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that Carrody M. Buchhorn, 42, is expected to have a first appearance on Monday, April 17 in the Pro Tem Division of the Douglas County District Court.  Buchhorn is charged with felony murder associated with the death of an infant in a Eudora daycare in September 2016. 

Bond has been set at $250,000 cash/surety.

All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  Charges are merely allegations of criminal conduct.

Posted Friday, April 14, 2017 - 10:29am

The Kansas River bridge at Lecompton will have one lane closed beginning April 24 through mid-May, weather permitting.  The one open lane will be narrow with an 11’ width.  The narrow open lane will restrict vehicles over legal width (8.5'), including wide agricultural equipment, from crossing the bridge.  Alternating one-lane traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals with anticipated delays of 3-5 minutes. 

Posted Friday, March 3, 2017 - 4:14pm

*Media Releases by the District Attorney’s Office are limited by the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced today a jury convicted Baldwin City resident Teri Lynn Johnson, 34, of unlawful sexual relations, sexual exploitation of a child and promoting obscenity to minors.  Johnson was a paraprofessional employed by the Lawrence Public Schools to work in the day school, which is located within the Juvenile Detention Center at the time of the crimes, but is no longer employed there.

Posted Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:45am

On December 9, 2016, Lawrence Police Department officers were dispatched to a report of property damage at 545 Wisconsin Street, Lawrence, Kansas.  Upon arrival, officers contacted a female who claimed the car she was driving had been damaged by a known person and other unknown individual(s).

Posted Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:08pm

Notice of Sheriff's Sale of real estate situated in Douglas County, Kansas on April 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Jury Assembly Room, in the basement of the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

Property Map

Posted Friday, January 6, 2017 - 5:45pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that this afternoon Jared L. Wheeler, 21, of Oklahoma was sentenced following his earlier no contest plea to aggravated battery, a level seven, person felony.  The Court sentenced Wheeler to an underlying sentence of 13 months in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections.  The Court ordered him to serve 60 days jail time to be followed by 24 months probation with Community Corrections, the maximum sentence the Court could give.  The Court remanded him into custody to immediately begin serving the jail time.

Posted Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 4:54pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that this morning Lawrence resident Shane S.

Posted Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 4:00pm

On Friday, December, 9, 2016 officers were dispatched to a 911 call from a female claiming that Carlton Bragg had struck her and pushed her down stairs.  Upon arriving to the 1000 block of Emery Road, officers made contact with Saleeha Soofi.  Soofi claimed that she was in an argument with Bragg in a stairwell and during the argument, Bragg punched her and shoved her down the stairs.  The officers photographed an injury to Soofi’s elbow.  Later that morning Bragg was interviewed and acknowledged he was involved in an argument with Soofi but he denied striking her.  Consistent with Lawrence

Posted Friday, December 9, 2016 - 4:41pm

District Attorney Charles Branson announces that Carlton E. Bragg, 20, has been charged with one count of battery in Douglas County District Court.  Kansas statute defines battery as knowingly or recklessly causing bodily harm to another person; or in the alternative knowingly causing physical contact with another person when done in a rude, insulting or angry manner.  It is a class B person misdemeanor punishable by a fine and or jail time up to six months.

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