Crime, Fire, Courts

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
Defendent 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.
Pedestrian struck on Ninth Street Monday remains at KU Hospital; investigation ongoing
December 12, 2014
A pedestrian struck Monday near Ninth Street and Emery Road remained at Kansas University Hospital Friday, a hospital official said, after being transported by air ambulance in critical condition following the accident.
Lawrence physician sentenced in tax-evasion case
08:43 a.m., December 12, 2014 Updated 12:18 p.m.
A Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored the “Atkins Diabetes Revolution” has been sentenced to three years and five months in federal prison for tax evasion, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Friday.
Preliminary hearing set for men charged in alleged Haskell rape
December 11, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin set a March 25 preliminary hearing Thursday for two men charged in connection with the alleged rape of a woman in a Haskell Indian Nations University dormitory last month.
Lawrence man sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for filing false tax return
December 10, 2014
A 31-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to 30 months – or two and a half years – in federal prison Wednesday for filing a false tax return, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.
Kansas law enforcement looking at ‘fair and impartial’ policing
December 10, 2014
Kansas is not changing the way it trains officers in light of recent furor over events in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, but law enforcement trainers in the state have started a conversation about the importance of “fair and impartial policing” to avoid situations of racial discrimination in police work.