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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.

Trial continued for one of two in alleged Haskell rape case; court to take up possible prosecutorial, police misconduct

The jury trial for a former Haskell Indian Nations University student charged in an alleged November 2014 rape was continued Thursday amid allegations that prosecutors improperly shared sealed evidence with police investigators. By Caitlin Doornbos

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

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.

Lawrence man who was pro baseball player sentenced to 3.5 years in violent home-invasion case

Cody Scott Kukuk, who was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2011, was sentenced Tuesday to 3.5 years in prison for his part in a violent home-invasion robbery. By Karen Dillon

First of five home-invasion robbery defendants sentenced to 3.5 years in prison

The first of five co-defendants convicted on charges related to a violent home-invasion robbery in November 2014 was sentenced Thursday to three and a half years in prison.

Last of five codefendants pleads no contest in home-invasion robbery case, could receive probation

A 21-year-old Lawrence man who was the first of five codefendants to be arrested in connection with a Nov. 8, 2014, home-invasion robbery pleaded no contest Friday to two charges of robbery. Originally charged with aggravated battery, aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated robbery, Zachary John Pence pleaded no contest to the two robbery charges as part of a plea deal with the state.

Two charges added, one dismissed for one defendant in rape case

One of two men accused of a November 2014 rape in a Haskell Indian Nations University dorm room was charged Wednesday with two additional counts in connection with the incident and another count was dismissed following a decision by Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin.

New trial sought for woman convicted of murder in CiCi's Pizza owner's death

The attorney representing Sara Gonzales McLinn, 20, convicted of first-degree murder in the death of CiCi's Pizza owner Harold "Hal" Sasko, is seeking a new trial. McLinn's sentencing, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been delayed so that a hearing on the motion for a new trial can be heard.