WRITER: Sara Shepherd

Woman convicted in hit-and-run killings of Douglas County road construction workers seeks clemency

A woman convicted of murder for mowing down two construction workers with her pickup is seeking executive clemency. Within days of public notice being published, feedback on Ramona Morgan’s quest had already started coming in. Whether that feedback is pro-pardon or anti-pardon, the Kansas Department of Corrections Prisoner Review Board can’t share at this time, board administrator Ashley Maxwell said. ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 15

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 139 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

Affidavit: Sex acts between deputy, inmate occurred in and out of jail; woman was released without judge's OK

A former Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy admitted he had sexual encounters with a female inmate in his office at the jail and in his personal car on the streets of Lawrence, according to an outside law enforcement investigation of the deputy, who is facing unlawful sexual relations charges as a result. The deputy was in charge of the inmate work release program at the Douglas County Jail. The inmate ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 14

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and includes 226 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 13

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 215 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 12

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 256 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

KCMO man is 5th person arrested in Lawrence home-invasion robbery and shooting

A woman was recently convicted and sent to prison for shooting a man during a home-invasion robbery at a Lawrence apartment in December. A total of four additional suspects have now been arrested and charged in connection with the same incident, the newest one being booked into the Douglas County Jail Wednesday night. Michael R. Smith, 28, of Kansas City, Mo., was arrested on a warrant and held on $50,000 ...

KU student jailed on suspicion of rape, released

A University of Kansas student was booked into jail early Thursday morning on suspicion of rape, but later released without being charged, pending further investigation. On Wednesday, a female student reported to KU police that she’d been sexually assaulted a few weeks earlier, in the early morning hours of Sept. 14, in her dorm room at Self Hall, 1620 Engel Road, Deputy Chief James Anguiano said. Anguiano ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 11

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 232 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident ...

Woman captured after police chase in Lawrence ends in crash

A woman was detained after a police chase that traveled down Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence and ended in a crash Wednesday morning. The incident started about 10:30 a.m. at Seventh and Massachusetts streets, where an officer trying to check the woman’s welfare asked her to move out of the middle of the street, Sgt. Amy Rhoads said. The woman had stopped the black SUV she was driving in the turn ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 10

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 199 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident ...

Judge orders prison sentences of 23 years, 9 years for two KCK men convicted in Lawrence Motel 6 slaying

Two friends were both convicted in August of killing Cameron Hooks, shooting another man and threatening a third man with a gun at the North Lawrence Motel 6. One of those friends will go to prison for more than 23 years, while the other was sentenced to just under 10 years Wednesday in Douglas County District Court. Tyrone J. Carvin, 20, of Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced to a total of 286 months in prison. ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 9

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 188 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

Sentencing delayed for man convicted in Eudora bar murder

It will be at least another two months before the man who fatally shot another man outside a Eudora bar is sentenced. Danny W. Queen, 37, of Eudora, was convicted by a jury on Aug. 1 and had been scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday in Douglas County District Court. Instead, Judge Peggy Kittel approved a request from Queen’s appointed attorneys to delay sentencing. Dakota Loomis and Joshua Seiden said they ...

Man arrested in March shooting at Lawrence apartment, linked to other robberies

A man was arrested and charged this week in connection with a shooting that happened in March at an apartment on Graystone Drive. He’s also among four arrestees now linked to earlier armed robberies in town. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies took Rodney L. McNeal, 22, of Kansas City, Kan., into custody Monday at the Wyandotte County jail, according to local jail records. He made his first appearance in ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 8

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday and includes 148 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

In effort to reduce no-shows, Lawrence Municipal Court will test phone call reminders

There are people who skip court on purpose. Sometimes repeatedly. Then there are people who miss court because they forgot, or wrote down the wrong day or time. Lawrence Municipal Court is going to try something new in hopes of reducing no-shows, at least in the latter category: phone call reminders of upcoming court dates. The failure-to-appear rate at Lawrence Municipal Court isn’t good, and it’s been ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 7

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday and includes 181 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 6

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday and includes 240 incidents. Each listing gives a date, time and general address followed by a short description of the call's nature. It's important to remember that each incident only ...

Police chase of stolen car ends with crash on Iowa Street

When a woman at a Lawrence bar discovered her purse — and then her vehicle — missing Thursday night, it set off an investigation that ended in a police chase and wreck. The woman was playing pool at Empire Bar and Billiards, 925 Iowa St., when she discovered her purse and vehicle were missing and that her credit card had unauthorized purchases at two different businesses in town, according to Officer ...