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4 years after slaying, Lawrence homicide victim’s phone may finally be unlocked

A couple of weeks after finding the body of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso, stabbed and bludgeoned in an apartment bathroom, police found her phone. It was up on the roof of the same apartment building, wrapped in a white ankle sock, then stuffed inside a brown sock, detectives ...

Haskell Cultural Center and Museum to close indefinitely after grant expires

Haskell Indian Nations University’s Cultural Center and Museum will close indefinitely after its operating grant expires on Friday, according to a university official. “We have been working diligently to secure more funding in order to reopen it later this semester,” said Julia Good Fox, ...

Douglas County commissioners direct staff to proceed with jail expansion design

Douglas County staff got a consensus from commissioners Wednesday evening to move forward on design plans for an estimated $23 million to $25 million expansion of the local jail. Interim County Administrator Sarah Plinsky asked the commission to determine that the latest proposed design ...

Man sentenced to 17 months for shooting teen amid ‘Roman candle war’

A Lawrence man has been ordered to serve 17 months in prison after being convicted in a shooting that injured a 17-year-old girl. Rashan Gill, 21, was sentenced Tuesday in Douglas County District Court for the incident that took place in the early morning hours of July 5, 2018. On that night, ...

Even on their days off, climbing arborists hang out in area trees

Even on winter days, arborists around Lawrence are ascending taut ropes high into trees. When the branches are bare, it’s easier to examine a tree, making this a busy time for certified arborists. While some arborists keep their feet firmly planted on the ground, others work from a bucket ...