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83-year-old gets 36 months probation for securities fraud in Lawrence
September 12, 2014
An 83-year-old man received 36 months of probation for running a fraudulent investment scheme in Lawrence.
Coroner: Lawrence man’s death caused by electrocution, fall
September 12, 2014
Douglas County Coroner Erik K. Mitchell confirmed Friday that 54-year-old Thomas Richard “Dick” Sheppard’s July 18 death was accidental, caused by electrocution and subsequent fall.
Bomb squad secures suspicious object at Douglas County courthouse
09:57 a.m., September 12, 2014 Updated 12:32 p.m.
The Douglas County courthouse was evacuated and the bomb squad called Friday morning after a suspicious object was reported outside. Shortly after noon, the object was secured without incident, and the area around the courthouse was reopened.
Body of man found near Kansas River Aug. 31 identified as 57-year-old Lawrence resident
September 10, 2014
Lawrence Police have identified the body of a man found dead near the Vermont Street bridge over the Kansas River last month as 57-year-old Mark Kemberling, of Lawrence. By Caitlin Doornbos
Handcuffed suspect ran onto Turnpike, escaped troopers
September 9, 2014
A handcuffed man who ran onto the Kansas Turnpike before heading for the grass, jumping a fence and escaping Monday was still at large Tuesday afternoon. By Sara Shepherd
Teen accused in sex crimes with underage girls considers withdrawing plea
September 9, 2014
A teen who previously pleaded no contest to sex crimes involving one or more underage girls wants to consider withdrawing his plea. By Sara Shepherd
Man wanted in police officer killing skipped sentencing Friday in Lawrence for unrelated case
September 8, 2014
A man connected to Sunday’s Topeka police officer killing was supposed to be sentenced in another case Friday in Douglas County but didn’t show up for his hearing. By Sara Shepherd
Rollover crash kills man in Jefferson County
September 8, 2014
A 40-year-old man died Sunday after the pickup he was driving left the road and rolled an estimated four times in Jefferson County.
Lawrence, Douglas County say joint project for police headquarters, jail expansion unlikely
September 8, 2014
A big number is brewing in the world of Douglas County law enforcement. In November, Lawrence voters will go to the polls to decide whether to spend about $28 million to build a new police headquarters. Before the end of the year, Douglas County commissioners may hire an architect for what would be a multimillion dollar expansion of the county’s jail.By Chad Lawhorn
Suspect in shooting death of Topeka police officer apprehended in Lawrence; second person wanted in case found overnight
08:58 p.m., September 7, 2014 Updated 08:37 a.m.
A suspect in the shooting death of a Topeka police officer was apprehended in Lawrence Sunday evening, and a second person who was wanted in the investigation was found overnight near Linwood.
No big deal:’ the real consequences of dealing marijuana in Lawrence
September 7, 2014
Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, many have adopted a nonchalant attitude about marijuana, thinking that if it’s legal there, it must be no big deal. But phrases like “it’s only pot” or “he just sells weed” are cringe-worthy to those in the criminal justice field, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said — not necessarily because of the drug itself, but because of the violent crimes that come along with the black market. By Caitlin Doornbos
Lawrence police looking for suspects in reported attempted aggravated robbery
September 6, 2014
Police are looking for two suspects in an attempted aggravated robbery reported in Lawrence on Saturday.
Car crashes into Lawrence salon Thursday
September 4, 2014
A vehicle ran into the west side of Images Salon and Day Spa, 511 W. 9th St., just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning, causing minor damage to the building, Sgt. Hayden Fowler of the Lawrence Police Department said.
KU chancellor responds to criticism about rape investigation
12:18 p.m., September 4, 2014 Updated 03:07 p.m.
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Thursday sought to calm criticism that the school failed to enact strong enough punishment against a student accused of rape. “The university’s administration, faculty, and staff have a responsibility to create an environment where everyone feels safe,” Gray-Little said in an email to students, faculty and staff. By Scott Rothschild
KU campus rape allegation under review by district attorney
September 3, 2014
District Attorney Charles Branson says his office will take another look at the possibility of filing charges in an alleged Kansas University campus rape after receiving new information related to the case. The 20-year-old victim, in a recent interview with the Journal-World, said she was raped in October in Lewis Hall, where she and her alleged attacker both lived. Then a freshman, she said she went to a party with him, drank heavily and returned to his room, where he had sex with her and continued after she asked him to stop. By Sara Shepherd