Crime, Fire, Courts

Trial for man charged in alleged downtown sexual assault moved to November
03:06 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Previously scheduled to begin May 4, the trial for a 53-year-old Lawrence man charged with aggravated sexual battery and aggravated criminal sodomy was pushed out on Friday until Nov. 2.
Lawrence man and woman charged after allegedly knocking woman to ground, kicking her
05:17 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
A Lawrence man and woman were charged Thursday in connection with a Jan. 4 altercation that left a 34-year-old Lawrence woman with “severe but non-life-threatening injuries,” Lawrence police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said.
Trial rescheduled for Lawrence man whose first-degree murder case ended in hung jury
12:57 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
The retrial for a Lawrence man whose first-degree murder case ended with a hung jury in February was rescheduled Thursday for August after a new attorney was appointed to the defense.
Fire breaks out in Kansas University’s Fowler Shops
April 21, 2015
Some Kansas University students were evacuated from their classes Tuesday afternoon after a fire broke out on the third floor of the Fowler Shops Building, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
Student’s motion in Hall v. KU case trumpets ‘academic transparency’
01:06 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
The Kansas University student trying to obtain a business teacher’s emails has submitted a formal motion in the lawsuit over her records request, urging the court to let her have the documents. “The academic question is whether Plaintiff is speaking for himself or promoting an agenda, and possibly profiting, by or for, some outside source,” her motion says. By Sara Shepherd
Homicide victim’s ex ordered to appear at preliminary hearing; affidavit sheds more light on the killing
06:39 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
The 26-year-old ex-lover of homicide victim Justina Altamirano Mosso was ordered Monday to appear for the preliminary hearing of the Lawrence man charged in the death after the defense in the case said evidence suggests he could be “the real killer.” By Caitlin Doornbos
Abuse, neglect now main reasons Kansas removes children from homes
10:18 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:39 a.m.
Abuse and neglect are the primary reasons children are being removed from their homes in Kansas, which is a change from the past, according to figures from the Department of Children and Families.
Ex-lawmaker faces sentencing for fraudulent campaign loans
April 20, 2015
A former Kansas legislator is scheduled to be sentenced for defrauding a bank to help fund his political activities.
Lawrence woman’s identity stolen, IRS receives forged tax return form in her name
April 19, 2015
Lawrence resident Nancy Hause was suspicious when she received a letter purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service’s “Identity Verification Service” asking for more personal information to process her 2014 tax return. The thing is, Hause had gotten an extension from the IRS and hadn’t yet filed her tax return, she said, so she worried the letter was a scam. As it turns out, the letter was real, but her instincts were still correct in that she may be a victim of a crime.
Ex-lawmaker faces sentencing for fraud to finance campaign
April 19, 2015
A former Kansas legislator is due to be sentenced for defrauding a bank to help fund his political activities in a federal case that highlights the state’s lax state campaign finance laws.
Lawrence woman charged with assault after accidentally stabbing self in text message fight
April 18, 2015
A Lawrence woman was arrested Friday after allegedly wielding a knife in a fight over text messages at an eastside apartment complex, according to Lawrence police.
Lawrence firefighters respond to house fire near Kennedy Elementary School
05:28 p.m., April 18, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Lawrence firefighters are responding to a house fire in the 1500 block of Davis Road, near Kennedy Elementary School.
Police: Two complaints against officers found to have merit in 2014
10:45 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
None of the complaints from members of the public against Lawrence police officers in 2014 was found to have merit after investigation, according to a report released this month by the Lawrence Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability. Two complaints from police department employees were found to have merit and officers were disciplined.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office accepting applications for its sixth Citizen’s Academy
April 17, 2015
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has begun accepting applications for its sixth Citizen’s Academy, sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Steve Lewis said in a news release Friday.
Kansas Supreme Court to consider marijuana ballot dispute
April 17, 2015
The state’s highest court has taken up the dispute over the legality of a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession.