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Sara Shepherd

Public safety reporter

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I'm the Journal-World's public safety reporter. I cover crime, courts, fire and related features in Lawrence and Douglas County and, sometimes, neighboring counties.

I’ve been a reporter at the Journal-World since 2012. Prior to taking over the public safety beat I covered the University of Kansas and higher education beat — including some of our local post-secondary institutions’ occasional, inevitable intersections with the law. Previously, I was the night police reporter for The Kansas City Star, where I covered untimely death or destruction most every day for a few years, everything from quadruple homicides to massive chemical fires. I’ve also covered suburban city government and schools for The Star and The Shawnee Dispatch, a suburban weekly paper just up the road in Johnson County.

I'm originally from Emporia, but I had ancestors living here in Lawrence when William Quantrill sacked the town in 1863 (they survived the massacre, probably thanks to being politically insignificant German immigrants). I’m also a fourth-generation KU grad, led by my great grandfather, who got his undergraduate and law degrees from KU. I majored in journalism, art history and French and wrote for The University Daily Kansan, where my reporting beat was campus police.

For local public safety news, see all the Journal-World’s recent stories here, and check out the Lights & Sirens blog.

To reach me, call 785-832-7187 or send email to sshepherd@ljworld.com. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.

Recent Stories

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Texas flag flies over Fraser Hall during KU-UT football game

A Texas state flag flew over Fraser Hall on the University of Kansas campus Friday morning during the KU-Texas football game at Memorial Stadium.

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Employee of apparel company illegally paid 2 KU basketball players' guardians, federal indictment alleges

The FBI is now alleging in a federal indictment that an employee of an apparel company illegally paid the family of a University of Kansas basketball player.

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KU football receiver Chase Harrell arrested on suspicion of DUI

A University of Kansas football player was arrested on suspicion of DUI over the weekend in Lawrence.

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Police called on suspicious person offering ‘free-throw advice’ at KU men’s basketball dorm

University of Kansas police were called to the men’s basketball dorm Wednesday afternoon, where a man reportedly kept showing up to give a resident there some “free-throw advice.”

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DA won’t file rape charges from incident at KU basketball dorm; no suspect ever identified after alcohol-filled party

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office will not file sex assault charges from a report that a 16-year-old girl was raped a year ago at the University of Kansas men’s basketball dorm.

DA drops assault charge against ex-KU football player accused of threatening girlfriend with gun

Judge orders probation, anger management for marijuana conviction instead

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office has dropped a felony assault charge against a former University of Kansas football player accused of threatening his girlfriend with a gun.

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KU says benched basketball player hit curb on 19th Street, damaged tires; university still mum on 'financial picture'

Local law enforcement agencies did not take any reports over the weekend of a vehicle accident involving University of Kansas basketball player Billy Preston.

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Testing complete, DA awaits input from alleged victim in KU basketball dorm rape case

Additional testing in the case of a 16-year-old girl’s alleged rape at the University of Kansas men’s basketball dorm is now complete, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said this week. Now, the DA’s office is awaiting input from the alleged victim.

Affidavit alleges KU football player threatened to shoot girlfriend's 'kneecaps out'

A University of Kansas football player allegedly threatened to shoot his girlfriend while holding a loaded gun, according to a newly released court document, leading to his arrest and dismissal from the team.

Prosecutors: Woman accused of battery against former KU basketball player now charged with DUI

The woman accused of battery against former University of Kansas basketball player Carlton Bragg Jr. reportedly got a DUI, which appears likely to cost her her diversion in the case.

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