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Lawrence crime

Mississippi officials unsure when homicide suspect may have extradition hearing; accused was victim’s neighbor
January 16, 2015
Officials in Washington County, Miss., where 18-year-old Rontarus Washington Jr. was located and arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of a 19-year-old Lawrence woman, said Friday that they do not know when an extradition hearing may take place.
20-year-old Perry man arrested on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child
01:15 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 20-year-old Perry man on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child Thursday, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log.
Lawrence homicide suspect rejects plea deal, will face jury Feb. 9
January 15, 2015
A 30-year-old Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in the March shooting death of 39-year-old Lawrence resident Patrick Roberts will face a jury trial Feb. 9 after rejecting a plea deal offered by prosecutors Thursday.
Man arrested in connection with November murder of 19-year-old Lawrence woman
04:59 p.m., January 15, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
Lawrence police have arrested a man in connection with the November homicide of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso. Lawrence Police Department detectives, along with U.S. Marshals, arrested Rontarus Washington Jr. Thursday morning on suspicion of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in connection with Lawrence’s latest homicide, LPD spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said. Washington, a former Lawrence resident, was arrested without incident in Greenville, Miss.
Preliminary hearing and arraignment set for Lawrence man charged in three cases since being shot by police in June
11:58 a.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 09:59 p.m.
The preliminary hearing and arraignment of a Lawrence man charged with various offenses in three separate cases — aggravated assault of an officer, aggravated battery and DUI, eluding police, criminal threat, interference with law enforcement duties and battery of a law enforcement officer — was pushed to a later date after two witnesses were unable to attend the preliminary hearing set for Tuesday.
New hearing set for homicide suspect in home health care death
11:08 a.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 10:03 p.m.
The next hearing for homicide suspect Ronald Eugene Heskett, 48, has been scheduled for Feb. 17.
Lawrence police offering sign-on bonus for officers who speak Spanish
05:34 p.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
The City of Lawrence is offering a $1,500 sign-on bonus for police officers who speak fluent Spanish, the Lawrence Police Department announced Monday. The city is seeking to fill open police officer positions and especially encouraging Spanish-speakers to apply, offering a $750 bonus upon hire and a $750 bonus upon successful completion of training.
Lawrence police arrest 39-year-old man on suspicion of indecent liberties with a child
12:18 p.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:04 p.m.
Lawrence police arrested a 39-year-old Platte City, Mo., man Friday on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
Douglas County criminal defense attorneys important to process
January 10, 2015
As a criminal defense attorneys, Sarah Swain is one of many in Lawrence who to fight hard in order to ensure the justice system works, Kansas University Law professor and director of KU’s Project of Innocence and Conviction Remedies Jean Phillips said. Phillips, who Swain worked for in law school as a student intern, said defense attorneys ensure that the fact-finders have all of the information available. “If you really believe that juries are the ultimate finders of guilt, they can’t make that decision without all of the facts,” Phillips said. “There are times when the state just doesn’t have all the facts and you have to find more information. The only person who is going to do that is the defense attorney.” By Caitlin Doornbos
Lawrence man found guilty of attempted murder; co-defendant sentenced to 100 months in prison
05:08 p.m., January 9, 2015 Updated 10:03 p.m.
A 25-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted second-degree murder and a 21-year-old Eudora woman was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Friday for their involvement in the Memorial Day shooting on Highway 59 of Skylar Workman, 24, of Lawrence.
Police: 4 people shot, 1 killed in botched robbery at Shawnee gun store
03:40 p.m., January 9, 2015 Updated 04:38 p.m.
Police say three suspects and a business owner have been injured by gunfire in a botched robbery at a suburban Kansas City gun shop.
Lawrence police: Wanted man threatens officers with knife at Wal-Mart
05:31 p.m., January 8, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
A 24-year-old Oskaloosa man who had a felony warrant for his arrest is in the Douglas County Jail Thursday after using a knife to threaten Lawrence police officers attempting to arrest him just before midnight at Wal-Mart, 550 Congressional Drive.
Petitions to reduce marijuana penalties submitted in Wichita
08:39 a.m., January 8, 2015 Updated 10:02 a.m.
Supporters of an effort to reduce the penalties for being caught with small amounts of marijuana in Wichita have delivered petition signatures to the city for a second time in the hopes of putting the issue to a public vote on April 7.
Alleged Oread burglar accused of stealing championship ring, Favre jersey
05:43 p.m., January 5, 2015 Updated 09:29 p.m.
Michael Tyrone Hill, 27, of Lawrence, is accused of entering two Oread neighborhood homes on Christmas Day and stealing a Brett Favre football jersey and a Major League Soccer championship ring, according to court documents.
Lawrence Police Foundation completes goal to outfit each police car with an automated external defibrillator
02:33 p.m., January 5, 2015 Updated 09:28 p.m.
A more than two-year initiative to outfit every police vehicle in Lawrence with an automated external defibrillator, or AED, was celebrated Monday morning at the Lawrence Police Department.