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Not an 'out there' problem: Domestic violence in Lawrence

Thursday marked the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and The Willow Domestic Violence Center Community Engagement director said it’s a good opportunity for Lawrence residents to recognize it isn’t an “out there” problem; it’s happening every day right here in our community. By Caitlin Doornbos

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IRS, feds mum on possible investigation into allegations that Farmer mishandled Just Food funds

Two weeks after Just Food announced it had asked its attorney to forward findings regarding the alleged financial misconduct of the food bank's former executive director Jeremy Farmer to the proper authorities, the issue of whether an investigation is underway remains unclear. By Caitlin Doornbos

GaDuGi SafeCenter to change name to The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center

Effective Monday, the Lawrence-based GaDuGi SafeCenter will change its name to The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center.

Affidavit: Oskaloosa man allegedly 'laughed' about bleeding homicide victim

A recently released affidavit in the fatal stabbing of a Lawrence man on Memorial Day reveals the allegations that led to the arrest of an Oskaloosa man charged in the case — including the allegation that he laughed about the victim bleeding to death. By Caitlin Doornbos

Former KU student found guilty of aggravated sexual battery of former classmate

A 22-year-old former Kansas University student pleaded no contest Thursday to aggravated sexual battery after handcuffing, fondling and kissing a classmate against her will in November 2014.

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Jury finds Heskett guilty of second-degree murder in home-care death

Jurors on Wednesday found a Eudora man guilty of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of his disabled home-care client. Ronald Eugene Heskett, 49, was accused of twisting a towel around the neck of Vance “Van” Moulton, 65, on Sept. 12, 2014, and asphyxiating him. By Caitlin Doornbos

Sheriff's office to host Drug Take-Back Day Saturday

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, alongside the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Heskett trial: Defendant takes the stand, testifies about his closeness to man he's accused of killing

The 49-year-old Eudora man accused of murdering one of his home health care clients took the stand Monday and described the "close" relationship with the man whom he claims to have helped commit suicide. By Caitlin Doornbos

Douglas County district attorney stands by office's decision to enter into diversion agreement with man accused of rape

After Douglas County prosecutors entered into a diversion agreement with a 20-year-old former Kansas University student accused of raping a woman in his campus dorm room, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said he stands by his office’s decision. By Caitlin Doornbos

Lawrence man ordered to stand trial on child rape charges in connection with 'day care' case

A 39-year-old Lawrence man accused of raping two girls will stand trial after waiving his rights to a preliminary hearing Thursday. William Joseph Ellis Jr. is accused of raping two girls under 10 whom he and his late wife, Angela Ellis, babysat, according to the affidavit supporting Ellis’ arrest.

KU move-in day on Daisy Hill

New Jayhawks settled into Kansas University student housing Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, during KU move-in day on Daisy Hill.

Le Tuan's motorized picnic table

Le Tuan, 36, owns his own business, Extreme Bus Builders, 629 N. 2nd St., in North Lawrence. But in his spare time he is always creating something new and unique.

SUV chase through Lawrence

Three suspects were taken into custody after a high-speed police chase that began in Kansas City, Kan., ended on foot near Sixth and Michigan streets in Lawrence.

Lucas Creamer brings vintage Harleys to North Lawrence

After years away, Lucas Creamer has returned to Lawrence and opened a motorcycle shop at 912 N. 3rd St.

Crashed truck removed from North Lawrence walkway

Lawrence police were called to a single-vehicle accident near North Second and Locust streets Thursday afternoon, where a pickup truck had jumped the guardrail and become wedged within a pedestrian walkway. Emergency crews worked for almost three hours to cut away a portion of the guardrail and free the truck so normal traffic could resume on the roadway.

Holly Swearingen shears sheep before the Douglas County Fair

Holly Swearingen, 17, prepares and shears a sheep she will be entering in a Douglas County Fair 4-H competition. Swearingen has been raising sheep for competition at the local and national levels for 10 years.

Holly Swearingen prepares for the Douglas County Fair

Holly Swearingen, 17, of the Eudora 4-H Club, works with her sheep along her father, Rocky Swearingen. Then, Holly takes us on a quick tour of her room and the many awards she's won from raising and showing livestock over the last 10 years.

56th annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale

Lawrence residents woke up early to take advantage of deals at the 56th-annual Sidewalk Sale in downtown Lawrence, Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Big Game Taxidermy

Don McDermott, who runs Big Game Taxidermy at 1001 Elm St. in Eudora, is an artist in his own right. “It is basically sculpture with a tanned skin,” McDermott says of his work.

Spirit Dancer (Brown Bag Concert Series)

Dennis Rogers, a member of the Navajo nation from Topeka, performed his Spirit Dancer show for the Brown Bag Concert Series, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in front of U.S. Bank at Ninth and Massachusetts streets.