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Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 2:07pm

District Attorney Charles Branson announces today, after a review of the investigation of the officer-involved shooting of Nicholas Hirsh that took place on June 15, 2020, there is ample evidence to indicate that it was reasonable for law enforcement officers to believe that deadly force was necessary to protect themselves, other officers, and members of the public from death or great bodily harm.


Posted Monday, August 17, 2020 - 12:30pm

The Douglas County Clerk's Office has posted the official results for the August 2020 primary election. They results can be found here:


Posted Friday, August 14, 2020 - 11:16am

A presentation about public defender offices was given by Heather Cessna, executive director of the Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services (BIDS), during the Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council meeting on Aug. 12 using Zoom.

Cessna said about 85% of adult felony criminal defendants require appointed counsel. Every attorney appointed on an adult felony case in Kansas is provided by BIDS. They use two systems:

Posted Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 12:46pm

The State of Kansas received $1.034 billion from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. Of that money, the state allocated $450 million in July to Kansas counties based on their population to improve health and economic outcomes. Douglas County received $24.9 million.

Posted Friday, August 7, 2020 - 4:16pm

On Monday, August 10, Douglas County Public Works is planning to close East 2300 Road south of North 1137 Road to all traffic for a drainage maintenance project. The project is expected to take about two weeks, weather permitting.

The project includes increasing the size of an existing culvert, installing two new culverts where they do not currently exist, and increasing the ditch capacity.

Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 11:36am

Douglas County Public Works will treat reemerging areas of Eurasian Water Milfoil in isolated areas of Lone Star Lake with an herbicide. The treatment with an herbicide called Navigate is scheduled for Thursday, August 6, weather permitting.

Due to the treatment, Lone Star Lake will be closed Thursday, August 6, to all water activities and signs will be posted. Public Works will reopen the lake on Friday, August 7.

Posted Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 8:39pm
Posted Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 2:26pm

Douglas County Commissioners set the 2021 county budget for publication during a public meeting July 9. They recommended a budget of $125.5 million with a flat mill levy of 46.430 mills.

Commissioners reviewed $2.8 million in requests for additional funding. Of those requests, they approved four for a total of $285,318. They are:

Posted Monday, July 27, 2020 - 2:53pm

Building upon Douglas County’s use of the Unified Command structure to lead a comprehensive COVID-19 pandemic response, local government, health, education and business leaders will partner to provide a coordinated reopening and response strategy among education institutions. The goals: protect students, staff, and faculty; reduce community impacts; and, minimize disease spread. Leaders of Douglas County, City of Lawrence, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, LMH Health, University of Kansas, Lawrence Public Schools and The Chamber will participate.

Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 5:00pm

Chief Judge James R. McCabria announced July 15 that three employees of the Seventh Judicial District were recognized for contributing 20 years of service to the district.

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