Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces today in the Division Three Courtroom, the Honorable Barbara Kay Huff sentenced Rachael Ann Hampton, 21 and Robert A. Long, 25 for their crimes committed on February 8, 2015, including a home invasion on West 19th Terrace.
Route 1055 (Haskell Avenue extended) south of 31st Street will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, April 4, to complete rehabilitation work on the bridge over the Wakarusa River. Work on the project was suspended, and the bridge was opened to traffic through construction, on December 23, 2015. Public Works anticipates it will take four weeks to complete work and re-open the bridge to traffic.
Douglas County Emergency Management has partnered with the Topeka National Weather Service and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to request your participation in Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week activities March 14-18, 2016. Testing of the Douglas County Outdoor Warning Sirens will occur at 1:30PM and in conjunction with the annual Statewide Tornado Drill at 6:30PM, Tuesday, March 15th. Emergency Management encourages each individual and business to test or review their tornado safety plan during both drills.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced today a jury convicted Lawrence resident Dustin D. Walker, 31, of first degree felony murder in the 2014 shooting of Mr. Patrick D. Roberts. A jury found Walker guilty of Aggravated Burglary in a February 2015 trial but the jury could not agree on a verdict about felony murder. Branson said of the verdict, “Justice has finally been served.”
The Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, through the Public Works Department, is again making available a "user fee" dust palliative program to interested county residents. The program consists of applying liquid calcium chloride or magnesium chloride to rock roads in front of houses in an effort to reduce dust created by vehicles. The cost of the program is borne by individual residents who sign up to participate in the program.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced today that former Lawrence resident Orion M. Graf, 38, was sentenced late Wednesday in the Division Two courtroom of the Honorable Sally D. Pokorny following his May 12, 2015 no contest plea to attempted rape and attempted aggravated criminal sodomy. The plea negotiations were done in close consultation and with the input of the victim of the crime.
Notice of Sheriff's Sale of real estate situated in Douglas County, Kansas on January 26, 2016
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that Tuesday afternoon Kansas City, Missouri resident Christopher J.G. McKay, 22; plead guilty as charged to attempted first degree murder.
Douglas County has hired Sean Reid as Director of Zoning and Codes. Sean has over forty years experience in the construction industry and has been working in the enforcement and administration of building codes since 1982. Mr. Reid has led the Johnson County Contractor Licensing Program for the last ten years as the Program Manager. Previous to that, Sean was Building Inspector and Plan Analyst for the City of Lenexa, Kansas....
Route 1055 (Haskell Avenue extended) south of 31st Street will be opened to traffic through construction by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, December 23. Remaining project work will be suspended until spring 2016. A work zone speed limit of 35 mph will be in place through the project.