Crime, Fire, Courts

Lawrence man to go to trial for felony drug offense
April 22, 2014
A 29-year-old Lawrence man will plead not guilty to felony possession of drug paraphernalia.
Trial set for Lawrence man in connection to March stabbing
April 22, 2014
A 49-year-old Lawrence man will go to trial on June 25, facing aggravated battery charges in connection to a March stabbing near Burcham Park.
Attorneys downplay defendants’ roles in alleged $17M drug conspiracy as federal trial continues
April 22, 2014
One attorney said Tuesday that once a federal trial expected to last until June is complete, what involved the biggest drug bust in Lawrence history will be revealed to not be “one big happy family engaged in one conspiracy.” By Stephen Montemayor
Prosecutors will seek death penalty against Kyle Flack in quadruple Ottawa homicide
09:47 a.m., April 22, 2014 Updated 02:01 p.m.
Prosecutors on Tuesday announced that they would seek the death penalty against Kyle Trevor Flack in connection with a quadruple homicide in Franklin County. By Scott Rothschild
Police: Lawrence man stole roommate’s truck, crashed it into parked vehicle
April 21, 2014
A Lawrence man was arrested and booked into Douglas County Jail on Sunday morning on suspicion of taking his roommate’s truck and crashing it into a parked vehicle, according to police.
Police: Man with hatchet breaks into home, flees when resident wakes up
April 21, 2014
Early Sunday morning, a Lawrence resident was woken by a man standing in his bedroom holding a flashlight in one hand and a hatchet in the other, police said.
Lawrence man, 18, charged with pot possession, held on $22,000 bond
April 21, 2014
An 18-year-old man is being held on a $22,000 bond after officers with the Lawrence Police Department discovered a “significant amount” of marijuana in his vehicle Friday night, according to police.
Judge hears more pretrial motions in 1997 rape case
April 18, 2014
A Douglas County judge heard more pretrial motions Friday in the case of a man accused of raping a Kansas University student in 1997. By Giles Bruce
Prosecutor previews federal $17M drug case as monthslong trial of Lawrence twins begins
April 18, 2014
The woman leading the prosecution of three men standing trial in federal court in a $17 million drug conspiracy case called Friday’s opening statement the “preview to a motion picture.” And, in this case, the title is “Operation Living Large #2.” By Stephen Montemayor
Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings
01:26 p.m., April 18, 2014 Updated 02:04 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities say a man has been charged with 18 felony counts in connection with about a dozen recent random highway shootings that have wounded three people in the Kansas City area.
Defendant ordered to Larned for evaluation
April 18, 2014
Ronnie Kapfer, 71, was declared incompetent to stand trial on charges of sexual battery. He will spend up to 90 days at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility for further evaluation and treatment to determine if he can ever become competent. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence man sentenced to 59 months for sex crimes
April 18, 2014
Jerry Leon Criqui was sentenced to nearly five years in prison for having unlawful sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl. He could be released in as little as 44 months. By Peter Hancock
Tonganoxie man charged with possession of child pornography
April 17, 2014
A Tonganoxie resident previously convicted of second-degree murder, as well as aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, has been charged in federal court with possession of child pornography.
Second trial in 1997 rape case to proceed after judge denies motions to dismiss
April 17, 2014
Robert E. Grey will stand trial a second time on May 1. In 2012, a Kansas Court of Appeals panel overturned his 2009 conviction when it found that prosecutorial misconduct deprived Grey of a fair trial. Grey, who was sentenced to 26 years in prison, remains in jail on a $500,000 bond. By Stephen Montemayor
County sets public hearings for new fire districts in Palmyra and Willow Springs townships
April 16, 2014
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday adopted preliminary resolutions establishing new fire districts in Palmyra and Willow Springs townships.