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Lawrence native part of LA Times staff that won Pulitzer for coverage of San Bernardino killings

Kate Mather, a fifth-generation Kansan, began working for the LA Times right after graduating from the University of Southern California in 2011. Covering crime, police and breaking news, she was part of a team of reporters who were Pulitzer Prize finalists for their stories about a deadly stabbing and shooting rampage in Isla Vista, Calif., just two years ago. More recently, she was part of the LA Times staff that won a Pulitzer for coverage of the San Bernardino, Calif. killings last year.

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After two hung juries, prosecutors to try felony murder case a third time

Prosecutors in the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office are hoping the third time will be the charm in Dustin D. Walker’s felony murder case. After two juries in 2015 could not agree whether the 31-year-old Lawrence man should be held to blame for the March 8, 2014, shooting death of Patrick Roberts, 39, of Lawrence, prosecutors announced Wednesday they would seek a third trial.

No sanctions imposed after Douglas County prosecutors disseminate sealed record

Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin on Monday decided not to impose any sanctions against the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office after prosecutors in a rape case admitted to improperly disseminating a sealed document.

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New book by Lawrence resident and national TV show co-host features local crimes, preaches personal responsibility

Brian Russell analyzes some of the most headline-dominating crimes across the country on national news networks like Fox News and HLN, but in his recently released book the Lawrence resident says society can learn a lot about personal responsibility — and the lack thereof — from Douglas County cases.

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Push is on to make police investigation records public; Leach family hopes to see son's police file after 27 years

The more than 27-year-old case file on the disappearance of Randy Leach, a Linwood high school honor student, must be thousands of pages. But it's impossible to know because the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office and the KBI who investigated the long-ago mystery refuse to release the records even to Leach's parents, Harold and Alberta Leach.

Eudora man gets more than 16 years in prison for strangulation death of disabled home-care client

The Eudora man who strangled his disabled home-care client to death in September 2014 was sentenced Friday to more than 16 years in prison for the crime.

Walker felony murder retrial: Closing arguments scheduled for Friday

Jurors will likely be handed the case Friday in the retrial of Dustin D. Walker, who is charged with felony murder in the March 2014 shooting death of Lawrence resident Patrick Roberts. It took the jurors on Walker’s first trial 12 hours to reach their partial decision, but his co-defendant’s jury in March took just one hour to convict him of both aggravated burglary and felony murder.

Jurors view evidence of shooting victim's alleged drug dealing in third day of felony murder retrial

The felony murder trial against a 31-year-old Lawrence man continued Wednesday as jurors were shown evidence of the victim’s alleged marijuana dealing.

Former KU student who handcuffed, sexually battered fellow student gets probation

A 22-year-old former Kansas University student found guilty of aggravated sexual battery after handcuffing, fondling and kissing a classmate against her will was granted probation Wednesday for the crime.

Detectives, family testify about alleged break-in before Lawrence resident's shooting death

At the felony murder retrial of Dustin D. Walker, Lawrence Police Detective Randy Glidewell on Tuesday testified that he found what police believe to be evidence of a break-in at the scene of Lawrence resident Patrick Roberts’ shooting death.

SantaCon 2015

More than 100 people dressed as Santa — or close to it — gathered in front of the Sandbar, 17 E. Eighth St., Saturday afternoon as part of SantaCon Lawrence. The stop was part of the Santas’ mass, three-hour stroll through downtown.

Salvation Army Joy Shop

The Salvation Army held its annual Joy Shop on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The event, which helps families shop for children's toys and other holiday gifts, continues Friday.

Classic Christmas trees in Lecompton

Mary Miller and Cheri Miller, both of Overland Park, look over some of the 40 decorated Christmas trees at the Territorial Capital Museum, 640 E. Woodson Ave., in Lecompton.

Lawrence falconer Jack Stoddart preps for duck season

Longtime falconer Jack Stoddart, of Lawrence, works with his peregrine falcon, Sophie, while preparing for duck season.

Mini Pig

Kyle and Holly Whitney adopted their newest pet, a juliana potbelly pig named Gatsby, last December. Holly said she wanted a pet pig ever since she was a child. Now the couple live on the southeast side of Lawrence but hope to buy a new home with more land in the future so they can adopt more pigs.

Pianos Without Borders

12-year-old Teneill Childers is one of nine students at Eisenhower Middle School taking part in Piano Without Borders, a groundbreaking new initiative from the KU School of Music that remotely provides kids in need with private lessons.

2015 Lawrence Zombie Walk

Hundreds of zombies staggered from South Park through downtown Lawrence on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, during the ninth annual Zombie Walk.

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.