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Kansas Supreme Court orders hearing to determine whether rapist and murderer is mentally competent to be executed

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld the capital murder conviction of a south-central Kansas man convicted of murdering a college student in 2007, but remanded the case back to district court for a hearing to determine whether he is mentally competent to face the death penalty.

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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.

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City report says violent crime in downtown Lawrence has more than doubled; commission to consider police cameras on Mass. Street

With new data showing that violent crime has sharply spiked in downtown Lawrence since 2015, city leaders are due to take a serious look at whether cameras should be added along Massachusetts Street.

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South Middle School principal provides new details on former teacher's alleged outburst, arrest; says no individuals were threatened

Last Thursday, students and staff at South Middle School were put on lockdown after a former teacher allegedly turned up at the school unannounced and reportedly drunk, making a scene that culminated in his arrest.

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Police chief says department takes pride in 'nice guy' reputation; rejects idea that 'friendly' policing emboldens criminals

Earlier this month, the Journal-World published a story revealing some interesting perceptions from Lawrence’s young people and bar-going crowd regarding crime in the city’s nightlife scene. Namely, folks in their twenties hailing from nearby communities described Lawrence as a magnet for those looking to take advantage of outsiders perceive as a more laidback attitude toward disorderly behavior.

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Strong community ties key, says Lawrence police chief as he discusses body cameras, firearm simulators, other initiatives

Strengthening ties between police officers and the community they serve is the “key” to public safety, Lawrence Police Chief Gregory Burns Jr. told the crowd gathered Thursday at the Watkins Museum of History.

Lawrence man accused of shooting occupied car is charged with attempted 2nd-degree murder

A Lawrence man was charged Tuesday in Douglas County District Court with attempted murder, in connect an incident early Monday in which he allegedly shot into a car carrying three people on Iowa Street.

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Don't blame Topeka: Nightlife violence a Lawrence problem, local bar-goers say

People say some trouble comes because local police are too lenient

The argument has been raised again and again: It’s not Lawrencians responsible for their city’s uptick in violent crime; it’s troublemakers from neighboring communities, some say, with Topeka seemingly shouldering most of the blame.

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Kansas Supreme Court upholds murder conviction and sentence for Sarah McLinn

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld the first-degree murder conviction and Hard-50 sentence for Sarah Gonzales McLinn for the brutal 2014 slaying of Harold Sasko in Lawrence.

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Pinckney PTO launches campaign to restore vandalized mural; district plans to install security camera

Just weeks after Pinckney Elementary School staff returned from winter break to find their school’s tunnel vandalized, parent volunteers are well on their way to restoring the defaced passageway and its colorful mural.

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.