Lawrence crime

One of five defendants in home-invasion robbery case rejects plea offer, will stand trial
11:43 a.m., May 14, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
A 21-year-old Lawrence man accused of involvement in a November 2014 home-invasion robbery rejected a final plea offer Thursday and will stand trial on Monday.
Lawrence man, 31, indicted on wire fraud charges in connection with alleged credit card scheme
09:46 a.m., May 14, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
A 31-year-old Lawrence man was indicted Wednesday on ten counts of wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release Thursday.
Sheriff’s office seeking public’s help in investigation of fatal accident
02:54 p.m., May 13, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help with its investigation into a fatal accident Sunday on North 1500 Road, according to the department’s Facebook page.
Two charges added, one dismissed for one defendant in rape case
12:56 p.m., May 13, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
One of two men accused of a November 2014 rape in a Haskell Indian Nations University dorm room was charged Wednesday with two additional counts in connection with the incident and another count was dismissed following a decision by Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin.
Lawrence residents report Commerce Bank debit cards compromised in security breach
07:16 p.m., May 12, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
Carl Bradbury, director of consumer card product for Commerce Bank, said Tuesday that about 1,500 customers in various states were affected by a “merchant’s” security breach. So far, four Lawrence residents have reported to the Journal-World that their cards were comprised.
Registered sex offender charged with aggravated indecent solicitation of a child after downtown incident
06:44 p.m., May 12, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
A 42-year-old registered sex offender was charged Tuesday with aggravated indecent solicitation of a child after allegedly asking a preteen girl at a downtown Lawrence restaurant to follow him to the men’s restroom.
Lawrence resident who was convicted of downtown peeping pleads no contest to attempted rape, aggravated sodomy
May 12, 2015
A 37-year-old Lawrence resident who was convicted last year of downtown dressing-room peeping charges pleaded no contest Tuesday to attempted rape and aggravated criminal sodomy.
Registered sex offender arrested after allegedly asking preteen to follow him into restroom at Lawrence restaurant
05:02 p.m., May 11, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
A 42-year-old registered sex offender and Lawrence resident is in the Douglas County Jail after allegedly asking a child at a downtown restaurant Sunday to follow him into the men’s restroom, Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said Monday.
Law enforcement policy, training offer guidance on potentially lethal situations
May 9, 2015
Last Sunday could have gone horribly wrong. Over the course of one hour, one man punched a Lawrence police officer in the face and tried to flee, and another threatened three officers with a knife, Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said. Both situations, if handled differently, could have escalated to the use of deadly force by the police. Instead, the suspects were arrested with no guns fired, a result of officers calmly following department use-of-force policies, McKinley said.
Police say Salina girl killed in mistaken identity shooting; former Lawrence man charged
07:08 p.m., May 8, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
Police say 17-year-old Allie Saum wasn’t the person Macio Palacio intended to shoot when he allegedly sprayed bullets at a passing pickup truck Wednesday night, but he killed her nonetheless. On Thursday morning, Salina Police Chief Brad Nelson announced the arrests of Palacio, 22, on charges of felony murder and four teenagers on charges of conspiracy to commit murder. Palacio, formerly of Lawrence, was the subject of a May 2011 feature story about his attendance at St. John’s Military School in Salina.
Lawrence man, Red Sox farm player found guilty in November robbery case
04:08 p.m., May 7, 2015 Updated 10:57 p.m.
Originally charged with burglary and four counts of aggravated robbery, Lawrence residents Cody Kukuk, 22, and Yusef Kindell, 21, accepted plea deals on Thursday to lesser charges related to their involvement in a Nov. 8, 2014, burglary near the Kansas University campus.
Man charged with multiple felonies after alleged Wal-Mart shoplifting leads to weapons standoff with police
May 4, 2015
A 27-year-old transient man was charged Monday with aggravated assault, theft and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer after an alleged shoplifting attempt at a Lawrence Wal-Mart ended with a standoff with police.
Alleged fugitive from Mississippi charged with indecent solicitation of a child in Douglas County
05:19 p.m., May 4, 2015 Updated 10:04 p.m.
A 28-year-old transient man was charged Monday with one count of indecent solicitation of a child and one count of obstruction of the legal process.
Teen sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for sex crimes
01:37 p.m., May 4, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
A Yuma, Ariz., teenager who pleaded no contest to three sex crimes in Douglas County District Court last year was sentenced Friday to 7 ½ years in prison, according to court records.
Kansas regulation of massage industry might help prevent sex crimes, some leaders say
May 2, 2015
After two Lawrence residents with previous “promoting prostitution” convictions were charged Wednesday with multiple felonies in connection with alleged forced prostitution at a Lawrence massage parlor, some trade and government leaders say a state massage therapy licensure program might help prevent sex crimes in the industry.