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Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 4:34pm

A Douglas County jury convicted Eudora resident Ronald Eugene Heskett, 49, of the September 12, 2014 second degree murder of 65 year old Lawrence resident Vance F. Moulton.

Posted Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 3:52pm

The City of Lawrence is conducting a comprehensive revision of its urban agriculture policies.  The Douglas County Food Policy Council (DCFPC) is hosting a public meeting to take feedback on a proposed draft of the urban agriculture policy changes. 


The meeting will take place September 28th from 6pm to 8pm at the Union Pacific Depot, Community Room, at 402 North 2nd St. in North Lawrence. A brief presentation about the draft and community input responses will occur between 6:00 and 6:30, followed by small-table discussions by key topic areas.


Posted Monday, September 21, 2015 - 2:24pm

County Launches Recycling Drop-off Program

This week, Douglas County is launching a pilot project for drop-off recycling bins in the unincorporated areas of the County.  Four pilot locations in the unincorporated area are:

Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 1:42pm

Beginning Monday, September 21, Route 1055 (Haskell Ave. extended; E 1700 Road) will be closed to traffic between N 1175 Road and N 1250 Road for road reconstruction and bridge rehabilitation work.  The Route 1055 closure will occur immediately following the opening to traffic of relocated Louisiana Street (E 1400 Road; new Michigan Street) south of 31st Street.  The Route 1055 closure will last into December 2015.


Posted Friday, September 4, 2015 - 3:49pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today in the Division Five Courtroom the Honorable Paula B. Martin sentenced Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn, 21, to a hard 50 sentence for the January 2014 slaying of Harold Sasko in his own home.  This sentence ultimately means Ms. Gonzales McLinn must serve at least 50 years before she can be considered for parole.

Posted Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 1:56pm

The Douglas County Public Works Department announces that beginning Monday, September 14, Route 1055 (E 1700 Road) will be closed to through traffic between N 400 Road and N 600 Road.  The closure beginning September 14 extends by one mile the current Route 1055 closure between N 500 Road and N 600 Road.  The closure of Route 1055 between N 400 Road and N 500 Road is for Phase II project work to rehabilitate the pavement and improve ditches in the one-mile section and to reconstruct the N 500 Road intersection.


Posted Monday, August 31, 2015 - 3:01pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today in the Division Six courtroom Dashawn C. Clayborn, 23, plead no contest to attempted second degree murder. 

Posted Friday, August 28, 2015 - 5:23pm

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces that today in the Division Six courtroom a jury convicted Texas resident Julius Aaron Fugate, 24, of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felony criminal threat. 

Posted Monday, August 10, 2015 - 4:51pm

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is in the process of developing a preferred solution to upgrade the K-10 West Leg SLT  to a four lane freeway from I-70 to Iowa Street/U.S. 59.

Posted Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 10:58am

Beginning August 3, 2015, the Clerk of the District Court will be open to the public from 8 am to noon and 1 to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

The extended hours are a direct result of efficiencies created by the mandatory use of electronic filing in Douglas County.  Effective January 5, 2015, the District Court began requiring all licensed attorneys to utilize the Kansas Courts Electronic Filing System (eFlex) when filing new cases or documents in new and existing cases.

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