Crime, Fire, Courts

KU student to stand trial in piano-handcuff sexual battery case
05:39 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:06 p.m.
A 22-year-old Kansas University senior was bound over for trial Friday on charges of aggravated sexual battery and criminal restraint.
Appeals court upholds Lawrence man’s sentence for drug possession
02:29 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:10 p.m.
Eric Waggoner was convicted of drug possession in 2013 and was sentenced to nearly three years in prison, plus another year of post-release supervision, based partly on a prior conviction as a juvenile in 1993. The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday upheld that sentence. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Supreme Court clarifies standard in overturning DUI conviction
01:54 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:16 p.m.
In a 6-1 ruling, the Supreme Court said one of the three standardized field sobriety tests is too unreliable to give an officer probable cause to believe a driver is intoxicated. The court overturned the conviction of a Wichita man and remanded his case back to the district court. By Peter Hancock
Wichita residents will vote on marijuana proposal in April
January 30, 2015
Wichita officials say they are expecting a fight with the state if Wichita residents approve an ordinance that would lower penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Man in critical condition after early-morning shooting; suspect arrested after high-speed chase
01:03 a.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:14 p.m.
Lawrence police have booked Dashawn C. Clayborn, 22, of Kansas City, Kan., into the Douglas County Jail in connection with a Lawrence shooting that left a 27-year-old man in critical condition Friday morning.
Man charged with sexual battery in connection with Kansas University dorm room incident
02:24 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
A 20-year-old Kansas City man and former Kansas University student was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor sexual battery in connection with an April incident in a KU residence hall.
Douglas County man appealing status as violent sexual predator
January 28, 2015
A Douglas County man who has been judged as a violent sexual predator will ask the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday to overturn that conviction. By Peter Hancock
Defense wins right to psychological report at trial in slaying of CiCi’s Pizza owner
10:00 a.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 11:06 p.m.
A Douglas County district judge ruled Wednesday that statements a 20-year-old woman made to her psychologist could be admitted during the woman’s trial on charges of first-degree murder. Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn is accused of killing Harold M. Sasko, 52, McLinn’s roommate and the owner of CiCi’s Pizza restaurants in Lawrence and Topeka.
New two-lane Wakarusa roundabout may be a little confusing at first, but it’s safer, city official says
08:26 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:34 p.m.
The Wakarusa roundabout intersecting Inverness and Legends drives has been twisting traffic in the three weeks since its completion. City Engineer David Cronin said that’s the reason roundabouts are preferable to traffic lights or four-way stops: safety. The roundabout’s design keeps speeds low and reduces the number of “conflict points,” or opportunities for collision, thus reducing the likelihood of an injury accident, Cronin said. By Caitlin Doornbos
Judge orders expungement of dismissed Hashinger Hall rape charges
04:59 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
Douglas County District Judge Barbara Huff signed orders Tuesday expunging the dismissed charges of rape off the records of two 21-year-old men who were accused in September of sexually assaulting two Kansas University students.
Wichita council puts marijuana issue on April ballot
01:52 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:58 p.m.
Wichita voters will get to vote on easing marijuana penalties for first-time offenders, but what will happen to the measure even if it passes remains unclear because state law still makes pot possession illegal.
No arrests yet in Sunday morning stabbing; police seeking public’s help
03:07 p.m., January 26, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
Lawrence police continue the search Monday for suspects in a stabbing that left a 19-year-old man with serious injuries early Sunday morning.
Kansas courts now in center of partisan politics
10:15 p.m., January 25, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
Judges in Kansas are finding themselves increasingly at the center of partisan political fights, an unusual position for the state courts. And that’s likely to continue as Gov. Sam Brownback calls for changing the way state Supreme Court justices are chosen. Some argue that the courts need to become more accountable to the public, but other legal experts say the proposed changes would not help. By Peter Hancock
Police asking for tips in Sunday morning stabbing
02:47 a.m., January 25, 2015 Updated 12:51 a.m.
Lawrence Police are investigating after a 19-year-old man was stabbed during a robbery attempt early Sunday morning. Officers were dispatched to West Sixth Street and Monterey Way just after 2:20 a.m. on a reported stabbing.
Kansas attorney general asks court to clarify school finance ruling
January 23, 2015
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the three-judge panel handling the school finance lawsuit didn’t explain what facts it relied on in its ruling that said current funding for schools is unconstitutional. He is asking the panel to revise its Dec. 30 opinion, which will delay any review by the Kansas Supreme Court. By Peter Hancock