Crime, Fire, Courts

Lawrence man bound over for trial after allegedly ramming van into sheriff’s vehicle
05:35 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 10:48 p.m.
A 30-year-old Lawrence man charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer after allegedly ramming his van into a marked Douglas County sheriff’s vehicle Aug. 13 on the road crossing Clinton Dam was bound over for jury trial after a Thursday preliminary hearing.
Jury trials pushed out for two co-defendants, one a pro baseball player, in Lawrence aggravated robbery case
04:58 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 10:43 p.m.
The jury trials for two Lawrence Free State High School graduates, one a minor league baseball player in the Boston Red Sox farm system, charged in a Lawrence home-invasion robbery were pushed out Thursday until May. By Caitlin Doornbos
Plaintiffs seek to block new Kansas school funding plan
01:31 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 10:52 p.m.
Plaintiffs in an ongoing school finance case asked a three-judge panel in Topeka on Thursday to block implementation of a new school funding plan that Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Wednesday. By Peter Hancock
Woman testifies against former Haskell students in rape hearing
03:37 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
A 20-year-old woman testified Wednesday at a preliminary hearing that two fellow Haskell Indian Nations University students raped her in their dorm room during the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2014.
Firefighters extinguish basement fire in 1000 block of New Jersey Street
03:28 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
Firefighters extinguished a fire in the basement of a home in the 1000 block of New Jersey Street on Tuesday afternoon.
Pastor has close encounter with gunshot while on Sunday morning bike ride
05:19 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:49 p.m.
Pastor Jeff Barclay of Christ Community Church says he was confronted by a gunman Sunday morning before church services.
Lawrence man sentenced to 7 years in synthetic marijuana case
05:08 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
A Lawrence man who helped create a global market for synthetic marijuana and other designer drugs was sentenced Monday to seven years in federal prison.
Jurors find McLinn eligible for ‘Hard 50’ sentencing
10:40 a.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:51 p.m.
Jurors on Friday found Sarah Gonzales McLinn, 20, of Lawrence, guilty of the premeditated, first-degree murder of Harold “Hal” Sasko. On Monday, they decided the killing was committed in an “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel manner,” allowing a judge to sentence McLinn to a mandatory minimum of 50 years in prison without eligibility for parole. By Caitlin Doornbos
Feds charge two Lawrence women with illegal meth activity
March 20, 2015
Two Lawrence women have been charged with illegal methamphetamine activity, federal authorities said Friday.
Jury finds McLinn guilty of first-degree murder
09:15 a.m., March 20, 2015 Updated 05:01 p.m.
Jurors found Sarah Gonzales McLinn guilty of first-degree murder in the January 2014 killing of Harold “Hal” Sasko, Friday in Douglas County court. The jury deliberated for nearly five hours before determining that McLinn, 20, of Lawrence, was able to form intent when she used a long, black knife to slice the neck of Sasko, 52, of Lawrence, on Jan. 14, 2014. By Caitlin Doornbos
Duplex fire in northwest Lawrence
02:22 a.m., March 20, 2015 Updated 02:57 a.m.
Lawrence firefighters are quickly brought a duplex fire under control in the 3900 block of Overland Circle this morning.
Lawrence contractor charged in scheme to pay undocumented workers
01:46 p.m., March 19, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
A Lawrence contractor and five others have been charged in a scheme to pay undocumented workers, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced Thursday.
Psychologist: McLinn has multiple personalities, compares herself to Jeffrey Dahmer
09:24 a.m., March 19, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
One of Sarah Gonzales McLinn’s multiple personalities killed Harold “Hal” Sasko, of Lawrence, “as an act of love” toward another of her personalities, psychologist Marilyn Hutchinson said in the third day of testimony in McLinn’s first-degree murder trial. By Caitlin Doornbos
Sheriff’s office investigating allegations of missing money from Wakarusa Township fireman’s fund
10:06 p.m., March 18, 2015 Updated 09:54 p.m.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating allegations about money missing from a fund associated with the Wakarusa Township Fire Department, a spokesman said. On Wednesday, Gerald Dwyer, a Wakarusa Township board member, told the Journal-World that a sheriff’s investigator spoke to him about three or four weeks ago about money missing from the so-called firemen’s fund.
One of five defendants in Lawrence home invasion pleads guilty
March 18, 2015
Driskell Alan Johnson, a defendant accused with four men in a home invasion in Lawrence in November, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated robbery.

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