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Crime, Fire, Courts

Kansas University Police begin using body-mounted cameras
August 28, 2014
As Kansas University students returned to campus on Monday, the KU Police Department began using body-mounted cameras to record interactions during patrol shifts, KUPD Captain James Anguiano said.
Fire officials: Smoking materials caused Sigma Chi fire
August 28, 2014
Investigators determined that improperly disposed of smoking materials caused a Tuesday fire at the Sigma Chi fraternity house, 1439 Tennessee St., Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief Shaun Coffey said Thursday.
Fantasy football illegal in Kansas
12:06 p.m., August 28, 2014 Updated 05:11 p.m.
People participating in fantasy football leagues in Kansas might be breaking the law, a state official said Thursday. Referring to fantasy football leagues that involve money or prizes, “We consider them to be illegal,” said Judith Taylor, general counsel for the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.
$50,000 bond set for man charged in connection with Tuesday high-speed chase
August 27, 2014
A $50,000 bond was set Wednesday for a 38-year-old Lawrence man who was arrested after allegedly leading Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and the Kansas Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase Tuesday that ended in a soybean field.
46-year-old Lawrence man sentenced to life in prison for child porn crimes
August 26, 2014
A 46-year-old Lawrence was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years for multiple counts related to child pornography, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said. Michael J. Limburg was convicted in April of 10 counts of promoting sexual performances and four counts of possessing child pornography following an investigation into the case in 2012, Branson said.
Crews respond to fire at Lawrence manufacturing company
August 26, 2014
A paint booth inside a Lawrence manufacturing company combusted Tuesday, setting a portion of the building aflame briefly.
Firefighters put out structure fire at Sigma Chi fraternity
02:31 p.m., August 26, 2014 Updated 02:31 p.m.
Firefighters responded to a structure fire at Sigma Chi fraternity house, 1439 Tennessee, just before noon on Tuesday. Crews had the fire under control by 12:30 p.m. and were continuing to look for hot spots as smoke cleared.
New app helps addicts stay on path to recovery
August 25, 2014
Temptation is always lurking, Jerry Hassler said, poised to nudge you back into drug and alcohol abuse.
Lawrence man sentenced to 21 months in prison for role in hotel arson
August 25, 2014
A 57-year-old Lawrence man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for setting a North Lawrence motel on fire this spring. District Judge Sally Pokorny handed down to the ruling Thursday afternoon, also sentencing Coker to 12 months of post-release supervision.
Lawrence man receives 47 months after January handgun incident
August 25, 2014
A 29-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to 47 months in prison on Monday in regards to a January incident that left one man injured with a gunshot wound.
Lawrence couple’s organization making strides in HIV-stricken community
August 24, 2014
When Jenny Peck and Geoff Knight arrived in Tanzania in 2006, their area’s HIV rate was about 35 percent but virtually no one was seeking treatment for it. Less than 10 years later, they say, 2,500 people are in treatment.
Ottawa shooting victim’s aunt said he wanted officers to shoot
10:57 a.m., August 24, 2014 Updated 11:02 a.m.
The aunt of the 18-year-old Ottawa man who was killed by authorities Saturday evening said on Sunday her nephew suffered from a range of medical issues and wanted officers to take his life.
Man taken to hospital after Lawrence apartment fire
August 22, 2014
One man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital in serious condition after suffering from smoke inhalation following a brief fire at the Prairie Ridge Place apartments, 2424 Melrose Place, Friday afternoon.
Lawrence woman pleads no contest in scissor stabbing
August 22, 2014
Originally charged with attempted second-degree murder, Shelly Michelle Hammer, 39, of Lawrence, pleaded no contest Friday to an amended charge of aggravated battery after stabbing a woman with a small pair of scissors in June.
23-year-old Lawrence man pleads not guilty to aggravated battery, drug charges
August 22, 2014
A 23-year-old Lawrence man pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated battery and multiple drug charges Friday. Jacob Christopher Hunt is charged with possession of marijuana and intending to distribute at least 3.5 grams of methamphetamine and cathinone, a stimulant known as “bath salts” in its synthetic form.

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