Lawrence courts

Hashinger Hall rape case dismissed; judge rules affidavits will remain sealed
December 19, 2014
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office on Friday dismissed rape charges against two men, both 21 and one a Kansas University student, which stemmed from two women’s allegations that they were sexually assaulted at Kansas University’s Hashinger residence hall. By Caitlin Doornbos
Judge finds man guilty of DUI, drug possession in accident in which KU student lost his legs
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff found Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, guilty of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a Kansas University student his legs.
New jury trial date set for woman charged in slaying of Cici’s Pizza owner
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin set a new jury trial date for a 20-year-old Lawrence woman charged with first-degree murder in the January death of Cici’s Pizza franchise owner Harold M. Sasko. Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, previously scheduled for a Jan. 5 court date, will now face her jury on March 16.
Two men arrested after high-speed chase Saturday morning
December 15, 2014
A 24-year-old Pittsburg man was charged Monday with attempting to elude a police officer, cocaine possession, DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through eastern Lawrence early Saturday morning.
Leavenworth man sentenced to 36 months in prison for Lawrence home-invasion robbery
December 15, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny sentenced a 19-year-old Leavenworth man Monday to 36 months in prison for an August home-invasion robbery in south Lawrence. Darvon Thomas, who was originally charged with aggravated robbery, pleaded no contest to robbery as part of a plea deal in October.
Judge considers sealing probable cause arrest affidavit of Eudora man charged with first-degree murder
December 12, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel is considering sealing the probable cause affidavit justifying the arrest of a man charged with the September homicide of his home-care client.
Preliminary hearing set for men charged in alleged Haskell rape
December 11, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin set a March 25 preliminary hearing Thursday for two men charged in connection with the alleged rape of a woman in a Haskell Indian Nations University dormitory last month.
Kansas law enforcement looking at ‘fair and impartial’ policing
December 10, 2014
Kansas is not changing the way it trains officers in light of recent furor over events in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, but law enforcement trainers in the state have started a conversation about the importance of “fair and impartial policing” to avoid situations of racial discrimination in police work.
Judge considering case against man charged in accident in which KU student lost his legs
December 10, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff heard arguments Wednesday during the bench trial of Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, who is charged in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a Kansas University student his legs.
Douglas County District Court to go paperless in January
December 9, 2014
Beginning Jan 5., all attorneys practicing in the Douglas County District Court will have to go paperless when submitting documents to the court clerk’s office by using an electronic filing system, Douglas County District Court Clerk Douglas Hamilton said.
23-year-old Lawrence woman charged in aggravated battery case arrested on suspicion of six new charges
December 8, 2014
A 23-year-old Lawrence woman charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in connection with an August disturbance when she allegedly hit another woman with a brandy bottle was arrested Monday on suspicion of six new charges.
Former assistant D.A. James McCabria sworn in as Douglas County District Court judge
December 8, 2014
Former senior assistant Douglas County district attorney James McCabria was sworn in to his new position as Douglas County District Court judge Monday, filling the vacancy created by Judge Michael Malone’s August retirement.
Police release details on ‘large disturbance’ that led to arrests of KU basketball, football players
December 8, 2014
Lawrence police released details Monday about the events that led to the arrests Sunday morning of Kansas University basketball forward Jamari Traylor, 22, and KU football wide receiver Rodriguez Coleman, 22. By Caitlin Doornbos
Trial continued for woman accused of slaying Cici’s Pizza franchise owner
December 4, 2014
Both the prosecution and defense on the case of a Lawrence woman who confessed to nearly decapitating Cici’s Pizza owner Harold M. Sasko and writing on the wall in his blood in January requested Thursday to push off the trial from its previously scheduled Jan. 5, 2015 date.
Kansas Supreme Court declines to disqualify DA’s office in Martin Miller case
December 3, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court has declined once-convicted murderer Martin Miller’s request to have the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office disqualified as the prosecuting agency in his retrial after it was revealed that witness and son Matthew Miller, 22, had been living with senior assistant district attorney Eve Kemple’s son in her home.