Crime, Fire, Courts

Kansas capital case rulings prompt legislative ire, concern about how justices are appointed
July 28, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court’s decision to overturn two brothers’ death sentences for a robbery, rape and killing spree are likely to fuel another push by conservative Republicans to give the governor and legislators more say in how the justices are chosen.
Lawrence man arrested in connection with late-night stabbing
10:52 p.m., July 27, 2014 Updated 09:42 a.m.
Lawrence police arrested Raphael Robinson, 24, of Lawrence on suspicion of attempted second degree murder on Monday morning. Robinson was taken into custody in the 2500 block of Redbud Lane after an investigation into a late-night stabbing incident.
Lawrence man convicted twice of raping Kansas University student sentenced to 25 years in prison
July 25, 2014
A 41-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday after a retrial in May found him guilty for a second time of raping a Kansas University student in 1997. Judge Michael Malone sentenced Robert E. Grey to 300 months in prison, the least amount of time possible under Kansas sentencing guidelines, for the rape of a young woman 17 years ago. The new sentence is 16 months shorter than the one Judge Peggy Kittel issued after Grey’s first conviction in 2009. By Caitlin Doornbos
23-year-old Lawrence man charged with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cathinone
July 23, 2014
A 23-year-old Lawrence man was charged Wednesday for possession of marijuana and intending to distribute methamphetamine and cathinone, a stimulant known as “bath salts” in its synthetic form.
Lawrence twins, associate found guilty of conspiracy in $17 million federal drug case
11:50 a.m., July 23, 2014 Updated 04:56 p.m.
A 12-person federal jury on Wednesday found Lawrence twins Los Rovell Dahda and Roosevelt Rico Dahda and associate Justin Cherif Pickel, of California, guilty of conspiracy after a monthslong $17 million drug conspiracy trial.
Conflicting testimonies delay decision on rape trial
July 22, 2014
After conflicting accounts at a preliminary hearing of the events that led a Lawrence man to be charged with aggravated human trafficking and rape, Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin said she would issue a written opinion rather than decide Tuesday whether the case should go to trial.
31-year-old Lawrence man charged with two counts of raping child under age of 14
July 22, 2014
A 31-year-old Lawrence man made his first appearance in court Tuesday after being booked into the Douglas County Jail on Monday on suspicion of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in May.
Act of vandalism totals Douglas County Senior Meals vehicle
July 21, 2014
Douglas County Senior Meals is down a vehicle after an act of vandalism earlier this month totaled a Subaru Outback the program used to deliver meals to local seniors. By Giles Bruce
Third sentencing ordered for man who put kids in dryer
July 21, 2014
A Hutchinson man convicted of putting two children in a hot clothes dryer as punishment will be resentenced for the third time.
Lawrence resident hosts show, analyzes crime on network television program
July 20, 2014
To some Lawrence residents, Dr. Brian Russell might just be a friendly stranger walking his tiny white dog down Massachusetts Street, but to millions of Investigation Discovery viewers, he’s the expert co-host of the network’s primetime crime program, “Fatal Vows.”
5-year-old killed in chase, shootout
July 19, 2014
A Kansas police chief said Saturday it’s unclear who fired the shot that killed a 5-year-old girl during a shootout between his officers and a man suspected of abducting her. Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens identified the slain girl as Cadence Harris of Leavenworth. She was killed Friday night after a police chase that started in Platte County, Mo., ended at a construction site in Leavenworth.
Detective recounts man’s confession to U.S. Highway 59 Memorial Day shooting
12:25 p.m., July 17, 2014 Updated 12:52 p.m.
A detective recounted a Lawrence man’s confession to shooting a man on U.S. Highway 59 during the conclusion of the preliminary hearing for the pair charged with attempted first-degree murder.
Kansas court names new judicial commission members
July 17, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court has named a legislator and two district court judges to the commission that reviews complaints against judges.
Witness: 12-year-old struck by car in downtown Lawrence ‘flew 30 feet’
05:53 p.m., July 16, 2014 Updated 08:52 p.m.
A 12-year-old Lawrence girl is in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle in the crosswalk of 11th and New Hampshire streets.
Messy romance, owed money among issues in Memorial Day shooting on Highway 59
01:13 p.m., July 16, 2014 Updated 06:20 p.m.
A preliminary hearing Wednesday revealed messy romantic relationships and money owed among those allegedly involved in a Memorial Day shooting on Highway 59 that left a Lawrence man seriously injured and two charged with attempted first-degree murder. By Caitlin Doornbos