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Lawrence courts

KC man to stand trial on attempted second-degree murder, battery charges following December downtown shooting
March 25, 2014
Marck E. Fristoe will stand trial for charges of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery in connection with a Dec. 21 downtown dispute that resulted in a bystander being shot in the hip. Fristoe pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday after a preliminary hearing at Douglas County District Court. District Judge Kay Huff bound Fristoe, who is in jail on a $150,000 bond, over for a July 16 trial expected to span three days.
Ruling: Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood funds
March 25, 2014
An appeals court has overturned a federal judge’s order that forced Kansas to keep funding two family planning clinics despite a state law aimed at stripping a Planned Parenthood chapter of federal money.
Trial set after 33-year-old Lawrence woman pleads not guilty to cocaine charges
March 25, 2014
April Oakes, a 33-year-old Lawrence woman charged with multiple counts of distributing cocaine, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.
Man sentenced to probation for January Sandbar Subs break-in
March 21, 2014
A 34-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest to criminal trespassing and theft charges in connection with a break-in earlier this year at Sandbar Sub Shop, 745 New Hampshire St.
Huelskamp calls Douglas County district attorney’s letter ‘prosecutorial misconduct,’ exploring legal options
March 20, 2014
Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s campaign released a second statement Wednesday in response to a letter sent by Charles Branson on Tuesday that expressed concern over a contest promoting a chance to win NCAA men’s basketball tournament tickets in exchange for a contribution of at least $10.
Preliminary hearing scheduled for Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in March shooting
March 18, 2014
The 29-year-old Lawrence man accused of shooting another man to death at his apartment earlier this month returned to court Tuesday to schedule a May preliminary hearing.
Ex-officer’s lawsuit moving forward
March 15, 2014
A wrongful termination and discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Lawrence police sergeant who was fired in the wake of a ticket-fixing scandal is moving forward despite requests to dismiss the complaints filed by the city of Lawrence and Police Chief Tarik Khatib. In January, a federal judge denied most of a request by the city and Khatib to dismiss claims from Michael Monroe that include termination without due process and racial discrimination.
Lawrence man to be sentenced for marijuana distribution
March 14, 2014
A Douglas County District Judge found a 25-year-old Lawrence man guilty of two counts of marijuana distribution after a plea hearing on Friday.
29-year-old Lawrence man sentenced to 43 months in prison for drug distribution
March 14, 2014
A 29-year-old Lawrence man will serve 54 months in prison after having pleaded guilty to cultivation or distribution of controlled substances. District Judge Paula B. Martin sentenced Kirby K. Bell to 43 months with the department of corrections stemming from a plea agreement last month.
Longtime local court translator sees growing need for his services
March 14, 2014
When Oscar Marino moved from Venezuela to Lawrence for college more than 30 years ago, he could take only English-as-a-second-language courses during his first semester at Kansas University. Within a decade, he was in Douglas County District Court, helping to translate terms that made up a language of their own. By Stephen Montemayor
Victim describes being shot multiple times in Perry Park confrontation; suspect facing trial
March 12, 2014
Anthony Wisdom showed up at L.R. “Dad” Perry Park hoping face-to-face conversation would be enough to quell a beef, he told the court Wednesday. In case things escalated, he took off his glasses and started stretching. That did not prepare him for what happened when a man he identified as JD Turner arrived. By Sara Shepherd
Flack ordered to stand trial in Ottawa quadruple homicide case
02:56 p.m., March 12, 2014 Updated 06:50 p.m.
All four victims of a quadruple homicide here last year, including a mother and daughter thought to have been killed moments apart, died of shotgun blasts, a coroner said Wednesday before a judge ordered 28-year-old Kyle T. Flack to stand trial for the homicides. District Judge Thomas Sachse’s ruling came after two days of testimony featuring details about DNA matching Flack’s at the crime scene and on a discarded shotgun.
Testimony in Flack trial: Defendant discussed killing one of four victims; toddler’s body was found in creek
12:43 p.m., March 11, 2014 Updated 06:33 p.m.
Kyle Trevor Flack, the 28-year-old Ottawa man accused of killing four people in rural Ottawa last year, told a detective that he killed Steven White during a dispute between White and Andrew Stout, according to testimony during Tuesday’s still ongoing hearing. By Stephen Montemayor
Judge overturns board’s revocation of doctor’s license
March 10, 2014
A Kansas judge has overturned the state medical board’s revocation of a doctor’s license over her referrals of young patients for late-term abortions.
Prosecutors seeking Hard 50 sentences in Franklin County quadruple murder case
March 1, 2014
Prosecutors have announced plans to pursue a Hard 50 sentence for two first-degree murder charges against an Ottawa man accused of killing four people in rural Franklin County last year. By Stephen Montemayor