Crime, Fire, Courts

Man critical, suspect still at large following early-morning shooting
01:03 a.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 04:47 a.m.
Lawrence Police are investigating after a 27-year-old man was shot at least once at an address near Wellington Road and Steven Drive. Officers were called shortly before 12:40 Friday morning. On arrival officers located a person with a gunshot wound to the back and a second possible wound to the jaw.
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
Lawrence man, 63, sentenced to 18 years after confessing to sexual encounters with 11-year-old boy
04:42 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 01:23 p.m.
Larry D. Kelley, 63, of Lawrence, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty in December to aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Kelley admitted to “multiple incidents of sexual contact” with a Lawrence boy between January 2012 and November 2013, according to the affidavit supporting his arrest. The boy was 11 years old when the abuse began.
Man convicted in accident in which KU student lost his legs gets three-year sentence
04:09 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Former Kansas University student Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, was sentenced to three years in the Douglas County Jail Thursday after being convicted in December of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a fellow KU student his legs.
Lawrence police continue search for alleged Walgreens robber
05:48 p.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Lawrence Police continued to search Wednesday for a man who allegedly robbed the Lawrence Walgreens at 34221 W. Sixth St. near Kasold Drive, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.
Man convicted in beer-bottle death free from prison pending appeal
05:33 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
A 23-year-old Mission man sentenced in August to 32 months in prison after a Douglas County jury convicted him in June of involuntary manslaughter in the 2012 death of Nicholas Sardina is free on a $50,000 appeal bond.