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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.

Lawrence resident stepping down as chief judge of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Lawrence resident Mary Beck Briscoe announced Monday that she will step down as chief judge of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, effective Sept. 30.

Douglas County district judge wins prestigious Kansas Women Attorney's Association award

Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny received the Kansas Women Attorney’s Association’s prestigious Jennie Mitchell Kellogg Achievement Award at the organization’s annual conference July 17.

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.

Court rules for gay couples in Kansas tax case

A Shawnee County District Court judge said Friday that the Department of Revenue's former policy of not allowing same-sex married couples to file joint tax returns was unconstitutional. The department had argued that the issue is moot, since that policy was rescinded last month after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal nationwide. But Judge Frank Theis said the federal ruling means the state's policy was always unconstitutional, and the two couples involved in the case must be allowed to file amended tax returns going back three years. By Peter Hancock

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.

2 charged after niece rescued from sweltering car in Kansas

Two people have been charged on suspicion of leaving their 2-year-old niece inside a sweltering car at a shopping center parking lot in Merriam.

Kansas man sentenced for 17th drunken driving conviction

A 59-year-old eastern Kansas man has been sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty in his 17th drunken driving case.

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.