Crime, Fire, Courts

No arrests yet in Sunday morning stabbing; police seeking public’s help
03:07 p.m., January 26, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
Lawrence police continue the search Monday for suspects in a stabbing that left a 19-year-old man with serious injuries early Sunday morning.
Kansas courts now in center of partisan politics
10:15 p.m., January 25, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
Judges in Kansas are finding themselves increasingly at the center of partisan political fights, an unusual position for the state courts. And that’s likely to continue as Gov. Sam Brownback calls for changing the way state Supreme Court justices are chosen. Some argue that the courts need to become more accountable to the public, but other legal experts say the proposed changes would not help. By Peter Hancock
Police asking for tips in Sunday morning stabbing
02:47 a.m., January 25, 2015 Updated 12:51 a.m.
Lawrence Police are investigating after a 19-year-old man was stabbed during a robbery attempt early Sunday morning. Officers were dispatched to West Sixth Street and Monterey Way just after 2:20 a.m. on a reported stabbing.
Kansas attorney general asks court to clarify school finance ruling
January 23, 2015
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the three-judge panel handling the school finance lawsuit didn’t explain what facts it relied on in its ruling that said current funding for schools is unconstitutional. He is asking the panel to revise its Dec. 30 opinion, which will delay any review by the Kansas Supreme Court. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence man, 63, sentenced to 18 years after confessing to sexual encounters with 11-year-old boy
04:42 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 01:23 p.m.
Larry D. Kelley, 63, of Lawrence, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty in December to aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Kelley admitted to “multiple incidents of sexual contact” with a Lawrence boy between January 2012 and November 2013, according to the affidavit supporting his arrest. The boy was 11 years old when the abuse began.
Man convicted in accident in which KU student lost his legs gets three-year sentence
04:09 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Former Kansas University student Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, was sentenced to three years in the Douglas County Jail Thursday after being convicted in December of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a fellow KU student his legs.
Lawrence police continue search for alleged Walgreens robber
05:48 p.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Lawrence Police continued to search Wednesday for a man who allegedly robbed the Lawrence Walgreens at 34221 W. Sixth St. near Kasold Drive, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.
Man convicted in beer-bottle death free from prison pending appeal
05:33 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
A 23-year-old Mission man sentenced in August to 32 months in prison after a Douglas County jury convicted him in June of involuntary manslaughter in the 2012 death of Nicholas Sardina is free on a $50,000 appeal bond.
Eudora man, 39, charged with indecent liberties with child
05:01 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
A 39-year-old Eudora man was charged Tuesday with one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
Ex-technology director for city of Lenexa gets prison term for fraud
January 20, 2015
The former technology director for the city of Lenexa has been sentenced to prison for fraud.
Martin Miller’s retrial in murder case to stay in Douglas County, judge rules
11:06 a.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
The retrial of a Lawrence man convicted in 2005 of murdering his wife will take place in Douglas County after his lawyer asked for a change of venue, District Judge Paula Martin ruled last week.
Lawrence Walgreens robbed early Monday
January 19, 2015
Lawrence Police are investigating after a man robbed the Walgreens store at West Sixth Street and Kasold Drive. Police were called to the store shortly before 3:30 Monday morning after the suspect had fled the store.
KU cites $3.9M for law enforcement training center as a top legislative priority
January 17, 2015
Kansas University hopes the Legislature will find another $3.9 million a year to offset lower-than-projected revenue for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, which the university runs in western Kansas as part of its continuing education program. With the state facing a massive budget shortfall this year, that’s a tall order. But KU and center leaders say not getting the money could put the center at risk for defaulting on bond payments and force “catastrophic program and personnel cuts.” By Sara Shepherd
More teleconferencing coming to Douglas County courtrooms this year
January 17, 2015
Douglas County Courts will complete their move into the teleconferencing age by the end of the year, District Court Chief Judge Robert Fairchild said. The court plans to install Polycom high-definition teleconferencing systems in the three courtrooms that don’t already have them, Fairchild said. Three of the six courtrooms have teleconferencing systems. By Caitlin Doornbos
Jefferson’s owner: Building too damaged for fire investigators to enter
05:31 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
One day after a fire produced thick clouds of smoke covering downtown, Jefferson’s restaurant remained taped off while the rest of the 700 block of Massachusetts Street had mostly returned to normal. By Elliot Hughes