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Crime, Fire, Courts

Firefighters investigating cause of house fire on West 21st Street
06:19 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 08:24 p.m.
Investigators are working to find the cause of a fire that destroyed much of a house at 2040 West 21st St. on Monday night.
Bond amounts set on case-by-case basis
March 1, 2015
When reviewing bond amounts set for defendants in Douglas County, it can be a bit confusing. While one defendant charged with a DUI may receive a $250 bond, another may get a $500 bond. That’s because according to Kansas statute, the decision is left entirely up to the judge. Judges must base their decision on a number of factors, balancing the defendant’s needs with the safety of the community, but there are no official guidelines of which crimes come with what bond amounts. By Caitlin Doornbos
Lawrence police seek two suspects in Feb. 8 triple shooting; family issues statement
12:25 p.m., February 28, 2015 Updated 04:01 p.m.
The Lawrence Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating two suspects in the triple shooting that occurred three weeks ago near Kansas University’s campus. Arrest warrants have been issued for the suspects, Rachael Ann Hampton and Robert Alan Long. They are believed to be armed and are considered dangerous, police said. By Rochelle Valverde
McLinn rejects plea offer; jury trial to begin March 16
04:45 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Sarah Gonzalez McLinn, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her roommate last year, rejected two versions of a plea deal this week, saying she’d rather try her case before a jury. The case is set for trial in two weeks.
Homicide defendant rejects plea offer, will stand trial March 9
03:52 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
Charged with first-degree murder during the commission of an aggravated burglary, Archie Lamont Robinson, 30, of Lawrence, will face his jury March 9, after rejecting Assistant Douglas County District Attorney Amy McGowan’s plea deal Friday.
Brief Friday morning police chase results in arrest
01:32 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Lawrence police and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department assisted Kansas University Public Safety officers Friday morning with a brief car chase that began on KU’s west campus.
Missouri man charged in Lawrence triple shooting near KU
04:08 p.m., February 26, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
A 22-year-old Grain Valley, Mo., man was charged Wednesday in the Feb. 8 shooting of three men in a home just south of the Kansas University campus. Caleb Kent Chrisman is charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated kidnapping after allegedly holding Phillip Hawley, Seth Peterson and Arthur Perez at gunpoint in an attempt to rob them of cash around 4 p.m. Feb. 8, court documents state. By Caitlin Doornbos
Driver and passenger in Pontiac Grand Am arrested after long police chase
11:57 a.m., February 26, 2015 Updated 10:14 p.m.
The Kansas Highway Patrol apprehended a man and woman Thursday afternoon after they allegedly led law enforcement on an hour and a half chase through east Lawrence and into Jefferson County.
DA doesn’t charge Lawrence police officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, kidnapping charges
03:58 p.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
Pending additional investigation, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office decided Wednesday not to charge a Lawrence police officer who was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of domestic battery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, kidnapping and criminal threat.
Man accused of leading police on 80 mph chase through Lawrence faces multiple charges
05:08 p.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:07 p.m.
A man accused of leading Lawrence police on a chase that reached speeds of up to 80 mph through the middle of town Monday was charged Tuesday with attempting to elude officers, driving while his license was suspended and reckless driving.
Lawrence police officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, kidnapping charges
02:09 p.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
Lawrence police on Tuesday morning arrested one of their officers, 32-year-old William Jacob Burke, on suspicion of domestic battery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, kidnapping and criminal threat.
Preliminary hearing for man shot by police pushed out again because of uncooperative witnesses
12:00 p.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:10 p.m.
The preliminary hearing and arraignment of a Lawrence man charged with various offenses in three separate cases — aggravated assault of an officer, aggravated battery and DUI, eluding police, criminal threat, interference with law enforcement duties and battery of a law enforcement officer — was delayed once again after prosecutors said they have been unable to subpoena three witnesses needed to testify.
Man in custody after police chase that reached 80 mph in central Lawrence
03:55 p.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
An armed carjacking suspect led Lawrence police on a chase that reached speeds up to 80 mph in the middle of town this afternoon. Police took the suspect into custody after about 10 minutes, when his vehicle came to a stop on Kasold Drive near Bob Billings Parkway.
Salvation Army visitor uncooperative after stabbing, police say
February 23, 2015
Lawrence police say the stabbing victim from a fight at the Salvation Army was uncooperative when he was detained in the downtown parking garage near Ninth and New Hampshire streets on Friday.
Kansas legislators take up measures targeting Kansas Judiciary
February 21, 2015
As the mid-point of the legislative session approaches, Kansas lawmakers will turn their focus to measures that could bring big changes to the Kansas court system. Two constitutional amendments have already advanced that would change the way Supreme Court justices are chosen. Another would lower the mandatory retirement age for judges, automatically removing several sitting judges from the bench. By Peter Hancock

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