Crime, Fire, Courts

Judge hears more pretrial motions in 1997 rape case
April 18, 2014
A Douglas County judge heard more pretrial motions Friday in the case of a man accused of raping a Kansas University student in 1997. By Giles Bruce
Prosecutor previews federal $17M drug case as monthslong trial of Lawrence twins begins
April 18, 2014
The woman leading the prosecution of three men standing trial in federal court in a $17 million drug conspiracy case called Friday’s opening statement the “preview to a motion picture.” And, in this case, the title is “Operation Living Large #2.” By Stephen Montemayor
Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings
01:26 p.m., April 18, 2014 Updated 02:04 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities say a man has been charged with 18 felony counts in connection with about a dozen recent random highway shootings that have wounded three people in the Kansas City area.
Defendant ordered to Larned for evaluation
April 18, 2014
Ronnie Kapfer, 71, was declared incompetent to stand trial on charges of sexual battery. He will spend up to 90 days at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility for further evaluation and treatment to determine if he can ever become competent. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence man sentenced to 59 months for sex crimes
April 18, 2014
Jerry Leon Criqui was sentenced to nearly five years in prison for having unlawful sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl. He could be released in as little as 44 months. By Peter Hancock
Tonganoxie man charged with possession of child pornography
April 17, 2014
A Tonganoxie resident previously convicted of second-degree murder, as well as aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, has been charged in federal court with possession of child pornography.
Second trial in 1997 rape case to proceed after judge denies motions to dismiss
April 17, 2014
Robert E. Grey will stand trial a second time on May 1. In 2012, a Kansas Court of Appeals panel overturned his 2009 conviction when it found that prosecutorial misconduct deprived Grey of a fair trial. Grey, who was sentenced to 26 years in prison, remains in jail on a $500,000 bond. By Stephen Montemayor
County sets public hearings for new fire districts in Palmyra and Willow Springs townships
April 16, 2014
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday adopted preliminary resolutions establishing new fire districts in Palmyra and Willow Springs townships.
Federal trial set to begin in $17 million drug trafficking case
April 16, 2014
Jury selection begins Thursday in Kansas City, Kan., for a trial in a multimillion-dollar drug conspiracy case that included 43 defendants, several with Lawrence ties. Two Lawrence twins accused of helming a drug distribution ring in Lawrence from 2005 to 2012 are among the three remaining defendants who will stand trial. All others have accepted plea deals and may testify in a trial that is expected to last at least until June. By Stephen Montemayor
Motions hearing for 2012 manslaughter retrial postponed; victim’s father files suit
04:38 p.m., April 15, 2014 Updated 05:12 p.m.
Justin P. Gonzalez, 22, of Mission, will again stand trial next month for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Feb. 25, 2012, death of Nicholas J. Sardina, a 27-year-old Lawrence man. Sardina’s father, Joseph Sardina, has also filed a separate wrongful death suit against both Gonzalez and the host of the party at which his son was struck in the head with a beer bottle. By Stephen Montemayor
Suspect in Lawrence Subway armed robbery still unidentified
April 15, 2014
Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police spokesman, said the suspect remained unidentified as of late Tuesday morning. On Monday, Lawrence police described the suspect as a black male from 23 to 35 years old and wearing a “Carhartt-type jacket” and a black baseball cap with a red brim.
Supremacist appears in court on murder charges
10:51 a.m., April 15, 2014 Updated 02:07 p.m.
OVERLAND PARK — An avowed white supremacist has made his first appearance in court on charges he killed three people in a shooting spree at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.
Police searching for Subway armed robbery suspect
April 14, 2014
Lawrence police are searching for a suspect related to an armed robbery of a Subway along the 1600 block of W. 23rd St. Monday morning.
Jewish congregations in Lawrence increase security for Passover services
April 14, 2014
After news broke about the shooting spree that killed three people at a Jewish community center and retirement complex in Overland Park, leaders of Jewish congregations 35 miles away in Lawrence began taking measures to heighten security at upcoming Passover events. By Nikki Wentling
Police pursuit in west Lawrence ends in crash, arrest
April 14, 2014
A 34-year-old Lawrence man fled police early Monday morning after being pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The short chase ended with the man crashing his car into parked vehicles in the driveway of a Lawrence home, according to police.