Crime, Fire, Courts

Suspect arrested in Monday homicide; victim’s name released
04:21 p.m., May 27, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
Lawrence police on Wednesday afternoon arrested a suspect in connection with a fatal stabbing Monday in Lawrence. Police also on Wednesday announced the name of the victim as Tracy Dean Lautenschlager, 45, of Lawrence. By Caitlin Doornbos
Pet World owners vow to rebuild after fire destroys store, kills animals
Vigil scheduled for 8:20 p.m. Wednesday
06:22 p.m., May 26, 2015 Updated 09:37 a.m.
In the wake of a Memorial Day fire that killed an undisclosed number of animals and injured dozens more, members of the Lawrence community flocked Tuesday to the burned ruin of Pet World, 711 W. 23rd St., to mourn and show support for the business that brought them so much joy. A candlelight vigil at the store was scheduled for Wednesday evening.
No suspect identified in Monday’s fatal stabbing; K-9 unit investigates area
04:54 p.m., May 26, 2015 Updated 10:30 p.m.
Lawrence police detectives continued to work the scene Tuesday of a home at 700 Arkansas St., where investigators say a man was fatally stabbed Monday. By Caitlin Doornbos
Kansas marijuana bill hits roadblock in state Senate
May 26, 2015
A bill that would ease marijuana laws in Kansas has stalled in the state Senate and will likely not be considered further this year after its unexpected approval by the House.
Some greek organizations have had success with curbs on alcohol
May 25, 2015
When the Interfraternity Council at Purdue University in Indiana voted to ban all hard liquor from fraternity properties and chapter events this year, Purdue IFC President Matt Gebbie said the reaction from fraternity members was mixed. Kansas University’s IFC followed Purdue’s lead this month, banning hard alcohol from fraternity houses beginning this fall. Some say implementing hard-liquor bans will be effective; others say liquor-specific prohibitions don’t go far enough.
Pet World fire kills many small animals; python, some others survive
Community expresses heartbreak, support for popular store
01:17 p.m., May 25, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
An unknown number of animals died Monday in a midday fire at Pet World, 711 W 23rd St. Rescue workers brought out 20 to 30 tarantulas, many fish, a large python and other reptiles. In addition, Pet World’s tortoises and some feeder rats, a few hamsters and gerbils were safe in separate locations. The store’s mammals and birds died from smoke inhalation, Pet World’s owners said.
Lawrence police: One man dead following stabbing on Arkansas Street
Police followed trail of blood from Sixth Street restaurant to nearby home
08:25 a.m., May 25, 2015 Updated 07:11 p.m.
One man is dead following a stabbing Monday morning in the 700 block of Arkansas Street, Lawrence police said. Shortly after 6 a.m., police and medical personnel went to the parking lot of the McDonalds at 1309 W. Sixth St. after a 911 caller reported a person outside the restaurant was bleeding, Lawrence police Sgt. Trent McKinley said in a news release. The man, in his 40s, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he later died, McKinley said.
KU expert discusses biker gangs’ similarities to extremist groups
May 24, 2015
The outlaw motorcycle gangs that started Sunday’s deadly shootout in Waco, Texas, aren’t exactly extremist groups, but they share concerning similarities, a Kansas University expert says. Such biker gangs don’t exist for the purpose of pursuing political goals, and they may not have a fully elaborated ideology. However, they’re motivated by a similar “world view.” By Sara Shepherd
Eudora man ordered to stand trial on premeditated first-degree murder charge in death of disabled man
05:03 p.m., May 22, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
A 49-year-old Eudora man charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the Sept. 11, 2014, death of a disabled Lawrence man was ordered to stand trial and pleaded not guilty to the charge at a Friday court hearing.
Last of five codefendants pleads no contest in home-invasion robbery case, could receive probation
11:25 a.m., May 22, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
A 21-year-old Lawrence man who was the first of five codefendants to be arrested in connection with a Nov. 8, 2014, home-invasion robbery pleaded no contest Friday to two charges of robbery. Originally charged with aggravated battery, aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated robbery, Zachary John Pence pleaded no contest to the two robbery charges as part of a plea deal with the state.
36-year-old Topeka man charged in connection with pistol-whipping incident
05:34 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
A 36-year-old Topeka man was charged Thursday with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and interference with law enforcement after allegedly pistol-whipping his girlfriend and resisting arrest in Lawrence Wednesday night.
One of two men charged in alleged Haskell dorm rape pleads not guilty to all charges
04:15 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
A 19-year-old Anadarko, Okla., man pleaded not guilty on Thursday to all charges related to an alleged Nov. 15, 2014, rape in a Haskell Indian Nations University dorm room.
Chief Douglas County judge seals affidavit in alleged massage parlor human-trafficking case
11:52 a.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Chief Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild denied the Journal-World’s request that the court release the affidavit supporting the arrest of a 45-year-old woman accused of prostitution and human trafficking at a Lawrence massage parlor.
Lawrence man convicted of four home-invasion charges, acquitted of one
07:49 p.m., May 20, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
Jurors on the case against 21-year-old Gabriel “Gabe” Patterson decided Wednesday that the Lawrence resident was guilty of four out of five crimes with which he was charged in connection to a 2014 home-invasion robbery.
Martin Miller sentenced again to life in prison for wife’s murder
06:47 p.m., May 20, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
A 56-year-old Lawrence man convicted in a retrial last month of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his wife was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Wednesday, nearly a decade after the same judge issued the same sentence. By Caitlin Doornbos