Crime, Fire, Courts

Hashinger Hall rape case dismissed; judge rules affidavits will remain sealed
December 19, 2014
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office on Friday dismissed rape charges against two men, both 21 and one a Kansas University student, which stemmed from two women’s allegations that they were sexually assaulted at Kansas University’s Hashinger residence hall. By Caitlin Doornbos
Judge sets February trial date in odd Kansas ID theft case
December 19, 2014
A judge has set a trial date in the case of a Mexican man accused of legally changing a U.S. citizen’s name to his own.
Woman charged after near accident, cellphone theft
December 18, 2014
A woman arrested Wednesday after allegedly stealing a man’s phone following a near car accident was charged Thursday with one count of battery and theft.
Judge finds man guilty of DUI, drug possession in accident in which KU student lost his legs
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff found Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, guilty 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 Kansas University student his legs.
New jury trial date set for woman charged in slaying of Cici’s Pizza owner
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin set a new jury trial date for a 20-year-old Lawrence woman charged with first-degree murder in the January death of Cici’s Pizza franchise owner Harold M. Sasko. Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, previously scheduled for a Jan. 5 court date, will now face her jury on March 16.
Police: Near accident between car and bicycle results in stolen phone
December 17, 2014
A 29-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Wednesday under suspicion of aggravated robbery after a man’s phone was stolen following a near car accident.
KU puts fraternity on probation for sexual misconduct as investigations into multiple alleged perpetrators, victims continue
December 17, 2014
Kansas University placed a fraternity on probation for two years, saying it violated the KU code by engaging in sexual misconduct. The action, announced Wednesday, caps KU’s current investigation of Kappa Sigma as an organization. But the university and police continue to investigate multiple individuals thought to have victimized multiple women. By Sara Shepherd
Defendant testifies against codefendants, one a pro baseball player, in Lawrence aggravated robbery case
December 17, 2014
Originally charged with burglary and four counts of aggravated robbery, a defendant in a case involving five men who are accused of entering a home, battering its residents and stealing marijuana and cash Nov. 8 testified against his codefendants at a preliminary hearing Wednesday as part of a plea deal lessening his charges.
Lawrence police arrest two FSHS students in connection with graffiti cases
04:08 p.m., December 17, 2014 Updated 04:44 p.m.
Lawrence police have arrested two Free State High School juniors in connection with graffiti vandalism at the city’s two public high schools and other properties around the city.
Crews fight fire at Baldwin City home
December 15, 2014
The Baldwin City Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1017 Grove St.
Two men arrested after high-speed chase Saturday morning
December 15, 2014
A 24-year-old Pittsburg man was charged Monday with attempting to elude a police officer, cocaine possession, DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through eastern Lawrence early Saturday morning.
Leavenworth man sentenced to 36 months in prison for Lawrence home-invasion robbery
December 15, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny sentenced a 19-year-old Leavenworth man Monday to 36 months in prison for an August home-invasion robbery in south Lawrence. Darvon Thomas, who was originally charged with aggravated robbery, pleaded no contest to robbery as part of a plea deal in October.
Lists show 37 registered offenders at Kansas universities during fall semester; 5 at KU
08:36 a.m., December 15, 2014 Updated 01:59 p.m.
Thirty-seven registered criminal offenders are enrolled or employed at the six state universities in Kansas, a newspaper analysis has found.
Lawrence considers code changes as a result of fire at pet boarding business
December 13, 2014
Lawrence city officials are reviewing fire and dog services codes to determine whether amending them could help prevent kennel fires like the one on Nov. 29 that killed at least three dogs and injured others. By Karen Dillon
Judge considers sealing probable cause arrest affidavit of Eudora man charged with first-degree murder
December 12, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel is considering sealing the probable cause affidavit justifying the arrest of a man charged with the September homicide of his home-care client.