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Says university overstepped bounds and discriminated against him
A man whom the University of Kansas expelled after finding he sexually harassed and stalked female students is now suing KU, claiming the university overstepped its bounds, and is asking a judge to nullify KU’s discipline. The same man also filed a second lawsuit alleging he was discriminated against when he wasn’t hired for a student position with the KU police department, further alleging that a KU police deputy chief violated his privacy and “stalked” him after he applied.
District attorney not preparing to take guns away, says domestic abusers must comply with new law themselves
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says he has no plans to start sifting through old domestic violence convictions in order to file new charges against anyone who is now illegally possessing a firearm.
In serious cases, orders to state psychiatric hospital adds months or more to time in custody
Elija M. Walker bashed out a couple windows of a downtown Lawrence storefront, and picked up a felony charge for criminal damage to property. Walker was in custody of the Douglas County jail 11 months for the non-violent crime before the district court finally resolved his case, late last year. Behind the lengthy delay: court orders to ensure Walker was mentally fit to participate in the criminal proceedings against him. Walker’s case is one of an apparently growing number of instances where court-ordered competency evaluations pause inmates’ criminal cases — sometimes for just a few weeks, or in extreme examples for over a year.
Complex, often compounding, court cases are behind most of these inmates’ lengthy stays
There’s a man who’s been in custody of the Douglas County Jail more than three years and counting, with his trial not set to begin for another five months. Two others have been in custody more than two years, one with a court case still pending and another who’s serving a sentence. A number of others have been inmates for more than one year. Who are these inmates, and why have they been in custody so long?
Next week, local experts will talk about what’s being done in Douglas County to address sexual trauma and abuse in the community — from supporting victims to handling criminal cases.
Former South teacher fails to appear in court after arrest on criminal trespass, disorderly conduct charges
Chris Cobb, the former South Middle School teacher who was arrested last month after a reported outburst at the school, has missed his first appearance in court.
North Lawrence standoff suspect ordered back to prison for string of crimes while out on probation, bond
The man who started a nearly six-hour police standoff last summer at a North Lawrence trailer park has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.
Judge rejects self-defense argument in Lawrence doorway shooting death, orders man to stand trial for first-degree murder
Within the half hour leading up to Bryce Holladay’s death, evidence presented to a court showed that Steven A. Drake III messaged two people saying he was about to get a gun and shoot Holladay.
Defendants in downtown Lawrence murder case will face jury together; trial delayed until later this year
The three defendants in the Massachusetts Street murder case will go on trial as a group, a judge ruled Tuesday. But it’s not going to be in May as previously planned.
Jury trial in 2014 Cedarwood Apartments homicide now scheduled for September
Rontarus Washington Jr. has now been in custody of the Douglas County jail more than three years, the longest of any inmate there. Meanwhile, the pending murder case against him continues to balloon in complexity.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces he will seek a third term in office.
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 the help of a strict program that helps some offenders get a straight and a new life.
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 with Journal-World reporter George Diepenbrock.
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.
Much warmer weather is on the way
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.
Spectacular Weather For The Weekend
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.