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Man charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault in alleged domestic violence incident

James Roy Bell Jr., 29, of Lawrence, was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault in Douglas County District Court Tuesday in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident over the weekend.

Woman charged in connection with alleged Douglas State Fishing Lake attack and robbery

The Douglas County District’s Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged a second person in connection with a June 24 armed robbery and beating of a man at Douglas State Fishing Lake.

Lawrence man charged with raping two children under age 10

A 39-year-old Lawrence man accused of raping two girls while they were in day care was charged Monday. The man, William Joseph Ellis Jr., was charged in Douglas County District Court with two counts of rape of a child under the age of 14. Prosecutors alleged at Ellis’ first court appearance Monday afternoon that he had sex with two victims over “more than a year.” By Caitlin Doornbos

Man, 28, faces trial in alleged indecent solicitation of 14-year-old shelter resident

A 28-year-old man accused of trying to entice a 14-year-old fellow Lawrence Community Shelter resident to have sex with him was bound over for trial Monday.

Missouri man in wedged-truck incident charged with DUI, recklessness and driving while a habitual violator

The Missouri man accused of drunkenly ramming a Chevy truck up a sidewalk and onto a pedestrian railing in North Lawrence Thursday was charged Friday with three misdemeanors in connection with the incident.

Trial set for 36-year-old man accused of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and buying sexual relations

A jury trial for a man charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child and buying sexual relations was set for Oct. 26.

Preliminary hearing rescheduled for 4 charged in alleged brutal kidnapping

The preliminary hearings for four defendants charged in the case of the alleged kidnapping and brutal abuse of a Lawrence woman in June were pushed out to a later date on Thursday.

Former KU teaching assistant aims to withdraw plea to attempted rape, aggravated criminal sodomy charges

The attorney for a 37-year-old Lawrence resident who pleaded no contest in May to attempted rape and aggravated criminal sodomy told Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny that he plans to ask the court to withdraw his client’s plea.

Man charged with downtown rape appointed new attorney — his third since September

A second attorney for a 52-year-old man charged with one count of rape of a person incapable of giving consent in connection with a June 15, 2014, incident in downtown Lawrence withdrew from his case Wednesday.

ACLU to host public conversation at Lawrence library about civil liberties

On July 28, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas will host a conversation about the status of civil liberties in the state and across the nation with ACLU of Kansas’ executive director, Micah Kubic.

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.

Violin students perform in South Park

Students of Lawrence violin teacher Julie Holmberg perform in front of family and friends, Friday, June 26, 2015, in South Park.

Picking Sweet Corn

Lowell Neitzel and others at Bismark Gardens, 1616 N. 1700 Road, started picking sweet corn Thursday to get what's left of a head start on the area's increasingly hot temperatures.