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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.

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New book by Lawrence resident and national TV show co-host features local crimes, preaches personal responsibility

Brian Russell analyzes some of the most headline-dominating crimes across the country on national news networks like Fox News and HLN, but in his recently released book the Lawrence resident says society can learn a lot about personal responsibility — and the lack thereof — from Douglas County cases.

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Push is on to make police investigation records public; Leach family hopes to see son's police file after 27 years

The more than 27-year-old case file on the disappearance of Randy Leach, a Linwood high school honor student, must be thousands of pages. But it's impossible to know because the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office and the KBI who investigated the long-ago mystery refuse to release the records even to Leach's parents, Harold and Alberta Leach.

Federal meth conspiracy case linked to Mexican cartel in Douglas County continues two years later

In 2013, 18 people thought by law enforcement officials to be connected with a Mexican drug cartel were indicted by a grand jury on suspicion of involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy that involved using a rural Douglas County home as a manufacturing hub. Two years later, the case is ongoing. Some of the defendants have pleaded to charges and been sentenced, while others have not yet resolved their cases.

Night of Terror: Affidavit reveals alleged back-to-back home invasions before sexual assaults on Nov. 7

The night of terror ended with police discovering two naked women screaming in the streets of central Lawrence. By 10:52 p.m. Nov. 7, Lawrence police had already been to three residences in the 800 blocks of Alabama, Maine and Missouri streets within the past half hour reporting a white man armed with a gun had forced his way into their homes. But what they would hear from the two women would take the investigation to a new level.

Event teaches community how to help fight human trafficking

About 20 community members filled a small meeting room at the Lawrence Public Library on Tuesday to learn about human trafficking in Lawrence. Elizabeth Moffitt, human trafficking program coordinator for the Willow Domestic Violence Center, explained the pervasiveness of the crime within Douglas County — a fact most attendees found jarring.

Mistrial declared in retrial after jurors again unable to reach a decision in felony murder case

For the second time, jurors in a felony murder case against Dustin D. Walker could not reach an agreement after hours of deliberation.

Eudora man gets more than 16 years in prison for strangulation death of disabled home-care client

The Eudora man who strangled his disabled home-care client to death in September 2014 was sentenced Friday to more than 16 years in prison for the crime.

Walker felony murder retrial: Closing arguments scheduled for Friday

Jurors will likely be handed the case Friday in the retrial of Dustin D. Walker, who is charged with felony murder in the March 2014 shooting death of Lawrence resident Patrick Roberts. It took the jurors on Walker’s first trial 12 hours to reach their partial decision, but his co-defendant’s jury in March took just one hour to convict him of both aggravated burglary and felony murder.

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Sexting not uncommon among teens in Douglas County, DA says, but consequences differ on case-by-case basis

Cañon City, Colo., officials are debating the best ways to deal with the teens implicated in a scandal in which minors allegedly snapped nude images of themselves and shared them with others. Do you charge kids with crimes that could require them to register as sex offenders, or do you order therapy and counseling to correct the problem? Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said those are questions his office considers often. Branson said he sees a case involving minors exchanging sexually explicit images “at least once every other week.” When it comes to Kansas law, there is “no gray area” as to whether the act of exchanging sexually explicit photos of those under 18 is illegal, Branson said.

Regents call for tuition hike

• Anticipating another round of budget cuts, the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved a 6 percent tuition increase for many students at Kansas University. • Even though funding was stripped from an appropriations bill, members of the Kansas ...

Lawrence resident hopes Iranian crisis ‘plants seed’

Today's weather: Afternoon highs will top out at 97 degrees with a heat index of well over 105. We'll see only a few passing clouds in the sky along with a light wind out of the south between five and ...

Police make arrests in connection with attempted murder

• Police arrested a 15-year-old Lawrence boy and his 60-year-old father early Tuesday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in connection with an attack on the boy’s mother. • City commissioners said Tuesday that concerns are mounting about the city’s ...

Car chase spans two counties, two arrested

We’ll have a chance of morning sprinkles before skies clear for the afternoon. Expect a high near 83 with a south wind that gusts to 30 mph. Overnight temperatures will drop to 58. Winds remain strong from the south at ...

Polls open at 7 a.m. for city, school elections

Another cold start to the morning, but highs will warm up into the mid 50s under mostly sunny skies. Temperatures cooling off into the lower to mid 30s overnight under mostly clear skies. Even warmer Wednesday, with highs climbing into ...

City to pay at least $1M for needed dam repair

In today's weather: Temperatures will creep to 65 this afternoon, thanks to moderate sunshine and a strong south wind between 10-20 mph. Evening temperatures will remain mild with a low of 40, a south wind between 5-15 mph and partly ...

Student detained after bringing explosive device to school

Today's forecast: Today.... Blustery and overcast. A few flurries. Highs in the upper 30s. North winds 20-30 mph. Tonight.... Cloudy with a few flurries early. Cold. Lows in the lower teens. Today's headlines: A sixth-grader at Tonganoxie Middle School is ...

KU hopes to avoid budget pitfalls during legislative session

Today's forecast: The morning hours see a slight chance for rain and even a few wet snowflakes before drying out in the afternoon hours. The high temperature makes it up to 42° early in the day before a strong north ...

Uncertainly swirls around 2009 economy

Kids are back to school this morning in many places and they'll need to layer up this morning. Temperatures shouldn't be so bad by the afternoon. We'll see sunny skies and highs in the upper 30s. We should see an ...

District attorney wants to reimburse property crime victims

Another sunny day, but winds will switch to the north, causing temperatures to tumble this afternoon. Early highs today will be around 52 degrees. Lows tonight under clear skies will dip down to 21 degrees. In today's news: The Douglas ...

Salvation Army stabbing victim airlifted

A man who was stabbed at the Salvation Army, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, is airlifted to a nearby trauma center.

May 13 court appearance

Suspect Kyle Flack enters goes from the Franklin County Jail to court Monday, May 13, during his court case in which he's charged with four counts of murder.

Pastor speaks at vigil

Scott Dickinson, pastor at Cherry Street Wesleyan Church in Ottawa, addresses a crowd of about 400 at Forest Park in Ottawa May 10. Dickinson and several others spoke at the vigil in honor of four homicide victims.

Sheriff announces discovery of body

Sunday around 1 a.m., Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards announces police believe they found the body of missing toddler Lana Leigh Bailey. The discovery was made Saturday evening in Osage County

Robbery suspect

Surveillance video from a Dec. 13 robbery at Cheers Liquor, 1414 West 6th Street. The video, from the Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru window, shows the suspect crossing Sixth Street before he covered his face and approached the liquor store to the west. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective MT Brown at 785-830-7449 or call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 843-TIPS(8477).

Elijah Taylor's death

Lt. Jim Norton of the Salina Police Department discusses the death of 21-year-old Kansas University student Elijah Taylor. According to witnesses, Taylor had smoked a form of synthetic marijuana before he jumped into oncoming traffic on Interstate 135 in Salina. Taylor collided with a van and died the same day at a Wichita hospital.

Wide variety of synthetic drugs available in Kansas

From what's known as "bath salts" to synthetic marijuana-like substances, Kansas and the county have seen a wide range of synthetic drugs during the past three years. Jeremy Morris, a forensic scientist with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, shows some of the drugs they've tested in his lab.

Dangers of synthetic drugs

Jeremy Morris, a forensic scientist with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, says there's no way to know what users are actually getting when they buy synthetic drugs. Morris was one of the first scientists to tests the substances when they popped up in the area in late 2009.

Eyewitness I.D. process changes

The Topeka Police Department, like many across the country, has updated their policy for eyewitness photo identifications. In the past, police often used a single sheet with six photos, known as a "six-pack." But research has found witness accuracy improves when shown photos one at a time. Det. Larry Falley of the Topeka Police explains the advantages of the new policy.

Intersecting lives: A serial rapist and an innocent man

Joe Jones, a Topeka man wrongfully convicted of a 1985 rape, and others involved with the case, talk about learning the true suspect's identity almost 27 years later.