Crime, Fire, Courts

Topeka man who was found naked at scene charged in girlfriend’s death
September 29, 2014
A Topeka man who police say was naked and bloody before his arrest is charged with premeditated first-degree murder in this girlfriend’s death.
Up to $5,000 reward offered in pelican shooting
September 29, 2014
Two groups are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to a conviction in the shooting of seven American white pelicans in Kansas earlier this month.
KU police seek six men in connection with strong-arm robbery on campus
September 29, 2014
Kansas University police are looking for multiple suspects after a strong-arm robbery on campus early Sunday morning. The victim was on foot on Lilac Lane, east of Fraser Hall, about 2:15 a.m. when six men approached, punched him in the face and stole his phone and wallet. By Sara Shepherd
Firefighters investigating suspicious fire in southeast Lawrence
08:12 a.m., September 28, 2014 Updated 11:01 a.m.
Firefighters are investigating a suspicious fire in southeast Lawrence on Sunday morning.
Judge rules statements by Lawrence man accused of first-degree murder allowed in court
September 26, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin ruled Friday that incriminating statements made by a Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in connection with a March apartment shooting are admissible in court.
Lawrence officer says he shot resident in self-defense; resident to stand trial on aggravated assault charge
11:29 a.m., September 26, 2014 Updated 02:12 p.m.
The 24-year-old Lawrence man shot by Lawrence police in June after allegedly pointing a shotgun in the direction of his father and an officer was bound over for trial Friday on a charge of aggravated assault on a police officer following a preliminary hearing.
Lawrence, Tonganoxie men convicted of selling synthetic marijuana out of downtown Lawrence shop
September 25, 2014
Jonathan Sloan, 33, of Lawrence, and his father, Clark Sloan, 55, of Tonganoxie, were convicted Thursday in federal court of trafficking synthetic marijuana out of retail stores in Lawrence and Tonganoxie, the U.S. District Attorney’s office said.
Suspect Carlton Grass booked into Douglas County Jail and charged with rape
11:35 a.m., September 25, 2014 Updated 04:15 p.m.
Carlton Mathew Grass, 52, of Tulsa, was booked into the Douglas County Jail Wednesday morning on suspicion a June 15 rape in downtown Lawrence.
22-year-old Lawrence man pleads guilty to raping a child
September 24, 2014
Fred Eugene White Jr., 22, of Lawrence, pleaded guilty to one count of rape of a child under the age of 14 Wednesday after reaching a plea agreement with the state.
Lawrence businessman admits embezzling $1 million
03:31 p.m., September 24, 2014 Updated 05:26 p.m.
A 55-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling approximately $1 million from his company and business partners over a 10-year period, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Naked man arrested at scene of Topeka homicide
11:42 a.m., September 24, 2014 Updated 12:42 p.m.
Topeka police have found a woman’s body while detaining a man who was running around his neighborhood naked.
Eudora man gets probation in child abuse cases
September 23, 2014
A Eudora man accused of physically harming two infants was sentenced to two years of probation on Tuesday.
Interviews underway to choose next Douglas County District Court judge
September 23, 2014
Interviews are underway to decide the next Douglas County District Court judge. On Tuesday morning a nominating commission, chaired by Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen, began one-on-one interviews with the 11 applicants for the position. Rosen said he expects to publicly announce two to three finalists on Thursday. By Sara Shepherd
Prosecutors concerned by Kansas Supreme Court felony ruling
09:01 a.m., September 23, 2014 Updated 03:31 p.m.
Some Kansas prosecutors say a state Supreme Court ruling could lead to the release of more than 200 dangerous inmates who would have their sentences reduced.
Sheriff: Driver steals police vehicle
September 22, 2014
A Kansas sheriff says a deputy pulled over to help a stranded motorist, who stole the officer’s vehicle and led officers on a chase.