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Affidavit: Kidnapping, beating of Lawrence woman with wrench and toy piano had adoption angle

Custody of the victim’s young child may have been the motive for two of four codefendants accused of the alleged brutal kidnapping, beating and blackmailing of a Lawrence woman last month, according to the recently released affidavit justifying the codefendants’ arrests. By Caitlin Doornbos

Preliminary hearing for Cedarwood Apartments homicide defendant continued until September

The preliminary hearing for an 18-year-old Lawrence man accused of killing a woman who lived two doors down from him at Lawrence’s Cedarwood Apartments has been continued until September.

Illegal firework violations can cost hundreds of dollars, jail time; police planning vigorous enforcement

Those looking to celebrate Independence Day with a bang may want to consider leaving the city limits if they want to avoid a hefty fine. Fireworks have been banned in Lawrence since 2002, but that didn’t stop many Lawrence residents last year from hosting their own backyard fireworks shows. In 2014, Lawrence police received 226 fireworks calls and issued 34 citations for illegal fireworks over the week of Fourth of July. By Caitlin Doornbos

Man charged in downtown stabbing; victim believes motive related to sidewalk donation

A 25-year-old man was charged with aggravated battery Monday in Douglas County District Court after allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old boy in the back of the neck around midnight on Sunday.

Defendant in alleged massage parlor human-trafficking case pleads not guilty; jury trials scheduled

A 51-year-old man charged with one count of aggravated human trafficking and one count of promoting the sale of sexual relations after a Lawrence massage parlor raid pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday.

52-year-old Lawrence man dies after garage fire

A 52-year-old Lawrence man died after firefighters found him inside his burning garage early Saturday morning, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said Monday.

One of five defendants in Lawrence home-invasion robbery sentenced to probation

Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin found Friday that one of five codefendants in a November 2014 home-invasion robbery in Lawrence met the criteria for a non-prison sanction for his crimes.

Wellsville man charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated battery after alleged attack at Douglas State Fishing Lake

A 23-year-old Wellsville man was charged Thursday with aggravated battery and aggravated robbery after allegedly attacking and robbing a man at Douglas State Fishing Lake early Wednesday morning.

Lawrence Super 8 owner charged with attempted first-degree murder in wife's stabbing

The owner of the Lawrence Super 8 motel on Thursday was charged with attempted first-degree murder after allegedly stabbing his wife in the business’ lobby Wednesday afternoon.

Wellsville man accused of attacking, robbing man at Douglas State Fishing Lake

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 23-year-old Wellsville man Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of aggravated robbery and aggravated battery after a man was allegedly attacked and robbed at Douglas State Fishing Lake early that morning, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sgt. Kristen Dymacek 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.