Crime, Fire, Courts

Police: Two complaints against officers found to have merit in 2014
10:45 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
None of the complaints from members of the public against Lawrence police officers in 2014 was found to have merit after investigation, according to a report released this month by the Lawrence Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability. Two complaints from police department employees were found to have merit and officers were disciplined.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office accepting applications for its sixth Citizen’s Academy
April 17, 2015
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has begun accepting applications for its sixth Citizen’s Academy, sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Steve Lewis said in a news release Friday.
Kansas Supreme Court to consider marijuana ballot dispute
April 17, 2015
The state’s highest court has taken up the dispute over the legality of a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession.
Topeka man, 30, sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for involvement in Lawrence man’s murder
04:45 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
A 30-year-old Topeka man found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary last month was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 20 years. A jury in March found Archie Robinson guilty in the March 8, 2014, shooting death of 39-year-old Patrick Roberts, of Lawrence. Prosecutors Amy McGowan and Alice Walker argued that the death was an aggravated burglary gone wrong.
Cat struck by arrow at Lawrence mobile home dies; police investigating
04:14 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
Lawrence police are investigating after responding to a report of an injured cat that had been struck by an arrow Monday night beneath a mobile home at 101 N. Michigan St., police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.
Retired Lawrence firefighter killed in Reno County crash
02:43 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
A 52-year-old former Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical firefighter died late Saturday after a one-vehicle accident near Turon, Reno County Sheriff’s Capt. Darrian Campbell said Tuesday.
One of three cases is dismissed against Lawrence man shot by police in June
11:41 a.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
One of three cases against a 24-year-old Lawrence man shot by police in June after allegedly leveling a shotgun at an officer was dismissed Tuesday after witnesses to the case failed to show for the man’s preliminary hearing for the third time.
Anthem subsidiaries face lawsuit in Kansas over data breach
April 13, 2015
A former candidate for Kansas governor said Monday that he and other attorneys who are suing two subsidiaries of Anthem Inc. can show that individuals were harmed after hackers breached the health insurer’s computer networks.
Judge considers ordering Eudora man to trial on first-degree murder charge
06:34 p.m., April 10, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel said she needs time to review evidence before she can rule whether a 49-year-old Eudora man charged with first-degree murder should be bound over for trial.
FBI: Topeka man plotted suicide bomb attack at Fort Riley
12:16 p.m., April 10, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
A 20-year-old man accused of planning a suicide attack at Fort Riley was arrested Friday while trying to arm what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb near the Kansas military base as part of a plot to support the Islamic State group, federal prosecutors said.
Kansas AG asks top state court to void Wichita pot ordinance
April 10, 2015
Kansas’ attorney general asked the state’s top court Thursday to nullify a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession because it conflicts with state law.
Man accused of quadruple murders blamed ‘Omar and Chewy’ for the killings, according to court testimony; records end up sealed
04:23 p.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
After Kyle Flack was arrested in the 2013 brutal killings of three adults and a toddler near Ottawa, he blamed “Omar and Chewy,” two men he said he met in prison, prosecutors told a Franklin County judge during a hearing Wednesday. But authorities determined that “Omar and Chewy” did not exist after investigators checked prison records and conducted background checks, said Victor Braden, a Kansas deputy attorney general who is working with the Franklin County county attorney to prosecute the case. In addition, the court has sealed most of the court file after it said it wouldn’t. By Karen Dillon
Jury finds Martin Miller guilty of first-degree murder in retrial
11:35 a.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 05:11 p.m.
Jurors on Wednesday found Martin K. Miller guilty of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his wife, nearly a decade after he was convicted of the crime in a previous trial. By Caitlin Doornbos
Wichita seeks ruling on legality of marijuana initiative
09:14 a.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
A day after Wichita voters approved a ballot measure that would reduce the penalties for small amounts of marijuana, the city asked a court to rule on the legality of the proposed changes, which had already drawn a warning from the state attorney general.
Martin Miller retrial: Pathologist said there is ‘no way’ Miller’s wife died by homicide
01:22 p.m., April 7, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Well-known pathologist Cyril Wecht on Tuesday testified at the retrial of Martin Miller, 56, that there was “no way” Miller’s wife’s 2004 death was a homicide. By Caitlin Doornbos