Crime, Fire, Courts

Judge sentences Lawrence man to 28 months in prison for marijuana distribution
April 24, 2014
A 26-year-old Lawrence man will serve more than two years in prison after being convicted of multiple marijuana distribution charges.
Arizona man charged with multiple rape, sodomy counts in Douglas County to be tried as adult
April 24, 2014
Prosecutors will try as an adult an 18-year-old Yuma, Ariz., man charged last year with multiple sexual offenses.
Preliminary hearing set for suspect in fatal shooting
April 23, 2014
Dustin D. Walker is charged with first-degree murder in the March 8 shooting death of Patrick Roberts. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for May 20.
Federal jury gets first look at product at center of alleged $17M conspiracy, views surveillance of drug deal
April 23, 2014
Jurors in federal court on Wednesday got their first look at the substance allegedly at the center of a 43-defendant interstate conspiracy. Still on the witness stand, Lawrence Police Detective Mike McAtee opened two boxes containing one-pound, vacuum-sealed bags of high-grade marijuana purchased by an informant from one of the defendants, Los Rovell Dahda, in Lawrence in 2011. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence man to go to trial in felony drug case
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