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Federal jury gets first look at product at center of alleged $17M conspiracy, views surveillance of drug deal

Jurors in federal court on Wednesday got their first look at the substance allegedly at the center of a 43-defendant interstate conspiracy. Still on the witness stand, Lawrence Police Detective Mike McAtee opened two boxes containing one-pound, vacuum-sealed bags of high-grade marijuana purchased by an informant from one of the defendants, Los Rovell Dahda, in Lawrence in 2011. By Stephen Montemayor

Attorneys downplay defendants' roles in alleged $17M drug conspiracy as federal trial continues

One attorney said Tuesday that once a federal trial expected to last until June is complete, what involved the biggest drug bust in Lawrence history will be revealed to not be “one big happy family engaged in one conspiracy.” By Stephen Montemayor

Prosecutor previews federal $17M drug case as monthslong trial of Lawrence twins begins

The woman leading the prosecution of three men standing trial in federal court in a $17 million drug conspiracy case called Friday’s opening statement the “preview to a motion picture.” And, in this case, the title is “Operation Living Large #2.” By Stephen Montemayor

Second trial in 1997 rape case to proceed after judge denies motions to dismiss

Robert E. Grey will stand trial a second time on May 1. In 2012, a Kansas Court of Appeals panel overturned his 2009 conviction when it found that prosecutorial misconduct deprived Grey of a fair trial. Grey, who was sentenced to 26 years in prison, remains in jail on a $500,000 bond. By Stephen Montemayor

Federal trial set to begin in $17 million drug trafficking case

Jury selection begins Thursday in Kansas City, Kan., for a trial in a multimillion-dollar drug conspiracy case that included 43 defendants, several with Lawrence ties. Two Lawrence twins accused of helming a drug distribution ring in Lawrence from 2005 to 2012 are among the three remaining defendants who will stand trial. All others have accepted plea deals and may testify in a trial that is expected to last at least until June. By Stephen Montemayor

Motions hearing for 2012 manslaughter retrial postponed; victim's father files suit

Justin P. Gonzalez, 22, of Mission, will again stand trial next month for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Feb. 25, 2012, death of Nicholas J. Sardina, a 27-year-old Lawrence man. Sardina’s father, Joseph Sardina, has also filed a separate wrongful death suit against both Gonzalez and the host of the party at which his son was struck in the head with a beer bottle. By Stephen Montemayor

Kansas budget could force court furloughs

State court officials are unsure whether a Kansas budget approved this year by the Legislature will allow them to avoid furloughs for employees, while still providing additional funding for operations and a new document system. The Associated Press

Lawrence man, 48, pleads no contest to 'sexually motivated' aggravated battery

A 48-year-old Lawrence man charged with rape and aggravated kidnapping in July 2013 pleaded no contest to aggravated battery Friday following plea negotiations.

19-year-old charged with rape pleads not guilty; plea deal possible

A 19-year-old Lawrence man pleaded not guilty to rape Thursday in Douglas County District Court on a charge filed in February that accused him of sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl in October 2013.

Tonganoxie man to be sentenced for 2013 Lawrence Bank robbery

A 43-year-old Tonganoxie man will be sentenced next month for his role in a 2013 Lawrence bank robbery. Randy Ashworth pleaded no contest to felony robbery Thursday in Douglas County District Court for the Feb. 13, 2013, robbery of Lawrence Bank, 100 E. Ninth St. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing but waived the hearing after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

A car chase trial, the city's homeless population, Tiller donations and football

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a flash flood watch for Northeast Kansas from 1 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday. A slow-moving front and plenty of humidity will lead to high storm chances, mainly during the afternoon ...

Parkinson takes over as Kathleen Sebelius heads to Washington

A strong surge of moisture will provide the fuel for thunderstorms to quickly develop and overspread the area. Some of these storms could dump torrential rainfall. With saturated soils, water will quickly run off into area watersheds. Flash Flood Watches ...

Guilty pleas entered in Burger King robbery

Sunny and comfortable weather in the forecast today with a high of 67 degrees. Winds will be out of the NW around 10 mph. Partly cloudy skies overnight and cool, with lows dipping into the mid 40s. Even warmer weather ...

West side of town has more voters going to the polls

A strong east wind and scattered showers will dominate the day. The chance of showers picks up toward the evening. Look for a high of 59 degrees with a gusty east wind between 15 and 30 mph. The wind and ...

Topeka woman leads cops on county chase

Today's forecast: Cold, topping out at around 37 degrees with a chance of snow. Topping our news today: A Topeka woman hits and injures a Lawrence police officer during a high-speed chase; a jury convicts a Lawrence man of stabbing ...

City's water, sewer intake a concern

Today's forecast: Strong winds and much colder temperatures will dominate the day. Expect a high of only 41 degrees with a north wind between 15-25 mph and gusts near 30. That strong wind will keep the wind chill into the ...

Animal health campaign targets pudgy pooches, tubby tabbies

Dense fog will burn off as we head into mid-morning leaving us with a mostly sunny sky for the afternoon. Look for a daytime high of 89 degrees with the wind picking up out of the south between 5-10 mph ...

District Attorney Charles Branson files for third term

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces he will seek a third term in office.

Landowner Files Lawsuit over Trees Cut from Property Without Permission

Douglas County landowner Mike Capra talks about the events leading up to a lawsuit he has filed against a neighbor he believes cleared over 60 trees from his property to sell for firewood.

Drug offenders in Lyon County get a second chance with courts drug program.

Drug offenders in Lyon County get a second chance with the help of a strict program that helps some offenders get a straight and a new life.

Try Your Luck in Small Claims Court

Lawrence Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn gives us a look at what one could expect when trying your luck in small claims court.

New Douglas County Judge Kay Huff talks to LJWorld.com

New Douglas County Judge Kay Huff talks with Journal-World reporter George Diepenbrock.

Lawrence man bound over for trial after prelim hearing

A Lawrence man accused of a hit and ran accident involving a pack of bicyclists is bound over for trial. Scott Young's preliminary hearing was held Wednesday afternoon. Several witnesses took the stand, including the victim, as 6News reporter Theresa Freed explains.

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Judge Jean Shepherd: Each of these cases is about someone's life

Retiring Douglas County family court Judge Jean Shepherd talks about the cases she's heard and the children she's met over her career, and gives her advice for anyone taking her place.

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Suspects charged in shooting incident

Four Topeka residents were charged in court Wednesday for their involvement in a Monday morning shooting. The four people involved planned the robbery before committing the crime.