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Voter rights groups appeal Kansas citizenship ruling
10:25 a.m., March 28, 2014 Updated 01:35 p.m.
Voting rights groups filed an appeal Friday of a judge’s order that federal election officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce state laws requiring new voters to provide documentation proving their U.S. citizenship. A court filing sent to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenges a ruling earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita. Melgren had ordered the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to immediately modify a national voter registration form to add special instructions requiring proof of citizenship for Kansas and Arizona residents.
Huelskamp response: Douglas County DA acted appropriately in inquiry into email NCAA ticket contest
March 27, 2014
In a response to an inquiry by the Douglas County district attorney into an email contest thought to have violated a state lottery law, Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s campaign backed away from suggestions of prosecutorial misconduct.
Murder retrial for Martin Miller to be scheduled in May; bond set at $250,000
March 27, 2014
A date for the retrial of a 2004 murder case is still at least more than a month away as Thursday’s trial setting in the case of Martin K. Miller was continued to May 1. Last month, the Kansas Supreme Court overturned Miller’s conviction based on an incorrect jury instruction. Miller, a former carpenter and Christian school leader in Lawrence, was convicted of first-degree murder for the July 28, 2004, death of Mary Miller, 46, at the family’s central Lawrence home.
Attorney: Sarah McLinn ‘has never denied’ killing former boss Harold Sasko; May preliminary hearing set
March 27, 2014
From the moment Lawrence police contacted her after she was found in Florida, Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn has never denied killing Harold Sasko, the 52-year-old Lawrence businessman found dead at his home in January, her attorney says. By Stephen Montemayor
Trial set for Lawrence man charged with attempted murder in Perry Park shooting
March 26, 2014
A 34-year-old Lawrence man will go to trial in June on multiple charges including attempted first-degree murder in connection with an early morning shooting last month.
26-year-old Lawrence woman to stand trial in February hit-and-run dispute
March 26, 2014
When police found the 26-year-old Lawrence woman who allegedly struck her boyfriend with his vehicle during a dispute last month, she too bore noticeable injuries, according to an officer’s testimony Wednesday.
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.