Lawrence crime

One of five defendants in Lawrence home invasion pleads guilty
March 18, 2015
Driskell Alan Johnson, a defendant accused with four men in a home invasion in Lawrence in November, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated robbery.
Lawrence police investigating report of road rage
05:11 p.m., March 18, 2015 Updated 08:40 p.m.
Lawrence police are investigating a case of road rage that occurred Tuesday afternoon in the 2200 block of Iowa Street.
Murder trial: McLinn describes killing Sasko in police interview
09:37 a.m., March 18, 2015 Updated 08:43 p.m.
Sarah Gonzales McLinn, 20, of Lawrence, appears emotionless while confessing to the brutal slaying of 52-year-old Harold “Hal” Sasko in a video of her police interview following her arrest in Florida last year. McLinn is charged with intentional, premeditated murder in the Jan. 14, 2014, death of Sasko, a Lawrence resident. McLinn lived with Sasko at the time of his death and had previously worked for him at Sasko’s CiCi’s Pizza restaurant. By Caitlin Doornbos
McLinn trial: Years of sexual abuse caused multiple personality disorder, defense says
01:10 p.m., March 17, 2015 Updated 07:08 p.m.
Sarah Gonzales McLinn, 20, of Lawrence, suffered years of sexual abuse, ultimately leading to dissociative identity disorder, or multiple personalities, her attorney Carl Cornwell told jurors Tuesday morning. McLinn is charged with intentional, premeditated murder in the Jan. 14, 2014, death of Harold “Hal” Sasko, 52, of Lawrence. McLinn lived with Sasko during the time of his death and had previously worked for him at Sasko’s CiCi’s Pizza restaurant. By Caitlin Doornbos
Lawrence man, woman return from Vegas to face charges in connection with triple shooting
06:34 p.m., March 16, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
A man and woman who were arrested in Las Vegas are back in town and now stand charged with multiple crimes in connection with February’s triple shooting on 19th Terrace. Robert A. Long, 24, and Rachael A. Hampton, 20, both of Lawrence, were apprehended March 5 in Las Vegas after a warrant went out for their arrest. The pair were booked into the Douglas County Jail Sunday night and formally charged in Douglas County District Court on Monday. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence man charged with murder in death of woman at Cedarwood apartments
05:32 p.m., March 16, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
A man suspected of killing a woman who lived two doors down from him at Lawrence’s Cedarwood apartments has been formally charged with murder. Rontarus Washington Jr., 18, who was arrested in January in Mississippi, made his first appearance Monday in Douglas County District Court, where he was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in connection with the killing. By Sara Shepherd
McLinn trial: Jury selection begins in CiCi’s Pizza owner slaying case
11:30 a.m., March 16, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson and defense attorney Carl Cornwell began jury selection Monday morning in the first-degree murder trial of Sarah Gonzales McLinn, 20, of Lawrence. By Caitlin Doornbos
Robinson guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated burglary
11:45 a.m., March 13, 2015 Updated 08:52 p.m.
A jury on Friday found 30-year-old Archie Robinson, of Topeka, guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in the shooting death of 39-year-old Patrick Roberts, of Lawrence. Prosecutors allege that Robinson kicked in the door to Roberts’ Lawrence home around 3 a.m. March 8, 2014, with co-defendant Dustin Walker, tried to steal money and marijuana from Roberts and shot him when he didn’t comply.
First-degree murder case goes to jury Friday
04:50 p.m., March 12, 2015 Updated 10:53 p.m.
At the final day of testimony in Archie Robinson’s first-degree murder trial Thursday, jurors viewed surveillance footage of the defendant minutes before Patrick Roberts’ shooting death wearing a shoe found at the crime scene.
Woman testifies defendant admitted involvement in homicide
06:05 p.m., March 11, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
The mother of defendant Archie Robinson’s children testified at his first-degree murder trial Wednesday that Robinson told her he was involved in 39-year-old Patrick Roberts’ shooting death because he was “being greedy.”
Patrick Roberts’ fatal shot fired 2 to 3 feet away, coroner says
06:10 p.m., March 10, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
At the first day of testimony in Archie Robinson’s first-degree murder jury trial Tuesday, Douglas County Deputy Coroner Altaf Hossain testified that the fatal shot that killed 39-year-old Patrick Roberts, of Lawrence, last year was fired less than 3 feet away from the victim. By Caitlin Doornbos
Jury selected in Robinson’s first-degree murder trial
06:07 p.m., March 9, 2015 Updated 08:25 p.m.
After about six hours, prosecutors and the defense selected a jury Monday for the case of a 30-year-old Topeka man charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary.
26-year-old man charged in connection with alleged drive-by shooting on Iowa Street
04:19 p.m., March 9, 2015 Updated 08:29 p.m.
A 26-year-old Mission man was charged Monday with criminal discharge and possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana in connection with an alleged drive-by shooting Saturday.
A full docket: three first-degree murder jury trials set for March
March 8, 2015
Over the next five weeks, Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin will preside over three nearly back-to-back first-degree murder jury trials. Here’s a look at the upcoming cases set for trial beginning Monday. By Caitlin Doornbos
Rolling disturbance’ with shots fired reported on Iowa Street early Saturday
01:07 p.m., March 7, 2015 Updated 02:09 p.m.
A Mission, Kan., man is in the Douglas County Jail after a “rolling disturbance” on Iowa Street about early Saturday.