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Lawrence crime

Stolen vehicle crash causes gas leak at Lawrence apartments
February 21, 2015
Some residents of a Lawrence apartment complex were briefly evacuated Saturday because of a gas leak caused by a stolen vehicle, according to Lawrence police.
Highway 59 shooter sentenced to 18 years in prison
04:58 p.m., February 20, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
A 25-year-old Lawrence man found guilty in January of attempted second-degree murder was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison. Originally charged with attempted first-degree murder in the Memorial Day shooting on Highway 59 of Skylar Workman, 24, of Lawrence, Edward “E.J.” Parker pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in a plea deal with the state.
Appeals court upholds Lawrence man’s murder conviction
01:47 p.m., February 20, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Christopher Belone, of Lawrence, was convicted of beating his girlfriend Linda Begay to death in 2006. His first conviction was overturned by the Kansas Supreme Court, but after a new trial he was convicted a second time of unintentional second degree murder. The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday upheld the second conviction. By Peter Hancock
Man stabbed at Lawrence Salvation Army, airlifted to hospital
01:20 p.m., February 20, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
One man was stabbed during a fight that broke out about 1 p.m. Friday between an employee and a visitor to the downtown Salvation Army office, 946 New Hampshire St.
KU student shooting victim remains hospitalized; suspects still at large
05:37 p.m., February 18, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
A Kansas University student remains hospitalized a week and a half after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during a home invasion altercation, Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said Wednesday.
Judge to decide whether evidence of Martin Miller’s pornography, mistress can be presented
05:51 p.m., February 17, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
The attorney of Martin K. Miller, convicted of killing his wife 10 years ago, argued Tuesday that evidence of Miller’s extramarital affair, use of pornography and siphoning of his children’s college savings accounts should not be admissible in his client’s March retrial.
Lawrence man, father sentenced for selling synthetic marijuana out of Lawrence-born business
05:17 p.m., February 17, 2015 Updated 09:56 p.m.
A 34-year-old Lawrence man and his Tonganoxie father were sentenced Tuesday to more than seven years in federal prison after launching a “global sales and supply network” for synthetic marijuana, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Jury reaches partial verdict in Walker murder trial
12:00 p.m., February 16, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
Jurors in the case of a man accused of killing 39-year-old Patrick Roberts, of Lawrence, during an aggravated burglary arrived at a partial verdict Monday, after about 11 hours of deliberation.
Lawrence murder trial jurors yet to reach decision
February 13, 2015
After more than nine hours of deliberations Friday, jurors deciding the case against Dustin D. Walker, 30, of Lawrence, could not reach a decision, taking a recess for the weekend.
KU, Lawrence police draft agreement on sexual violence procedures
February 13, 2015
A new agreement between Kansas University and the Lawrence Police Department aims to firm up how the two should — and shouldn’t — work together when it comes to sexual violence investigations. They’ve unveiled a memorandum of understanding, which the City Commission is expected to approve Tuesday night. By Sara Shepherd
Suspect dies after police chase ends in Kansas City, Kansas
12:17 p.m., February 13, 2015 Updated 04:22 p.m.
A carjacking suspect has died after he was shot by police following a chase.
Lawrence police investigating two Thursday armed robberies
11:53 a.m., February 13, 2015 Updated 05:02 p.m.
Lawrence police are investigating two reports of armed robberies committed Thursday with handguns, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said Friday.
Defendant in murder case takes stand, says death was accidental result of drug deal gone wrong
February 12, 2015
Charged with first-degree murder, Dustin D. Walker told jurors Thursday that he was buying marijuana with his cousin from Patrick Roberts on March 8, 2014, when Roberts’ brother tackled Walker’s cousin, a struggle broke out and Roberts was fatally shot by accident.
Mother of defendant’s children testifies it was her gun used in homicide
February 11, 2015
The mother of two of Dustin D. Walker’s children on Wednesday testified at his first-degree murder trial that it was her gun that was used to kill Lawrence resident Patrick Roberts, and jurors heard excerpts from Walker’s police interrogation explaining his accounts of the fatal morning.
Topeka man pleads guilty to aggravated theft and burglary charges
February 11, 2015
A Topeka man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to aggravated burglary and theft charges stemming from crimes he committed in Lawrence in 2013, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said in a release.