Crime, Fire, Courts

Lawrence woman charged with aggravated battery a no-show in court
October 30, 2014
Douglas County District Court Judge Jack Murphy issued a warrant for the arrest of a Lawrence woman charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after she failed to appear in court Thursday.
Death penalty sought in Jewish center shootings
October 29, 2014
Defense attorneys for a Missouri man accused of killing three people outside of two Jewish centers in Kansas say prosecutors are planning to seek the death penalty against him.
Lawrence man indicted on federal child pornography charges
October 29, 2014
Tyler B. Padden, 33, of Lawrence, was indicted Wednesday on federal child pornography charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Lawrence police plan DUI checkpoint Halloween night
October 29, 2014
It’s not just trick-or-treaters Lawrence drivers will have to look out for Halloween night, the Lawrence Police Department plans to conduct a DUI check lane from 11 p.m. Friday into 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location in town.
Lawrence Police: Investigation continues in Kappa Sigma sexual assault allegations
October 29, 2014
Detectives continue to investigate sexual assault allegations at the Kansas University chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity about a month after KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little approved placing the fraternity on interim suspension, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Trent McKinley said Tuesday.
Once-convicted murderer Martin Miller’s retrial put on hold
October 28, 2014
A Lawrence man once-convicted of his wife’s murder plans to ask the Kansas Supreme Court to force the Douglas County District Court to disqualify the Douglas County District Attorney’s office as prosecuting agency in his retrial.
Jury trial set for Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in March apartment shooting
October 27, 2014
Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin scheduled a Feb. 9 jury trial Monday for Dustin D. Walker, 30, of Lawrence, who is charged with first-degree murder in the March shooting death of a man in his own apartment.
Four of 18 indicted plead guilty in alleged methamphetamine conspiracy linked to Mexican cartel
October 27, 2014
Four of the 18 defendants indicted by a grand jury last year on suspicion of involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy that involved using a rural Douglas County home as a manufacturing hub have pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.
Westboro church seeks to intervene in marriage lawsuit
October 27, 2014
The Topeka-based church founded by the late Fred Phelps, Sr., said in a court pleading that same-sex marriage “will bring great woe and harm to this state.” The church is seeking to intervene in a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. By Peter Hancock
Man on bicycle struck by car at intersection of 19th and Louisiana streets
October 27, 2014
A man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Monday after being struck by a vehicle while he was riding his bicycle at the intersection of Louisiana and 19th streets.
Haskell wants Title IX efforts to affect sexual, domestic violence across Indian Country
October 26, 2014
More American Indian and Alaska Native women have been raped than any other specific race, according to this year’s White House report on sexual assault. Overall, the report says, few rapists are strangers. There aren’t many violent crimes reported at tiny Haskell Indian Nations University. But school leaders say the culture of sexual and domestic violence — and reluctance to report — that many students encounter back home does find its way to campus. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence man shot by police in June arrested Friday in domestic violence case
October 25, 2014
A 24-year-old Lawrence man who was arrested in July on one count of aggravated assault against a police officer was arrested Friday on suspicion of domestic violence.
Brownback selects McCabria as district judge in Douglas County
03:10 p.m., October 24, 2014 Updated 05:39 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback announced Friday that he selected Senior Assistant Douglas County District Attorney James McCabria to fill the vacancy created when Judge Michael Malone retired.
Journal-World files motion to open sealed arrest affidavits
October 24, 2014
Two Douglas County District Court judges have sealed the arrest warrant affidavits of three men charged with rape. The Lawrence Journal-World on Friday filed a motion to challenge the decision to close the first of the affidavits, citing a new state law that presumes that an arrest warrant is a public document after an arrest occurs.
Woman pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in Memorial Day shooting case
October 24, 2014
Originally charged with attempted first-degree murder after helping to arrange the shooting of a man on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence on Memorial Day, Brittany Nicole Smith, 22, pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.