Crime, Fire, Courts

State warns residents about tax debt fraud
August 20, 2014
The Kansas Department of Revenue is warning taxpayers about fraud schemes involving tax debt.
Kansas City man sentenced to 49 months in Brothers Bar & Grill shooting
August 19, 2014
Marck Edward Fristoe Jr., 21, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced to 49 months in prison for aggravated battery and criminal discharge of a firearm Tuesday after pleading guilty to the charges in June, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said.
New trial date for man accused in crash that cost student his legs
August 19, 2014
A new trial date has been set for a man charged in connection with a wreck that caused a Kansas University student to lose his legs.
Gonzalez sentenced to 32 months in prison for 2012 beer bottle death
04:54 p.m., August 19, 2014 Updated 06:30 p.m.
Justin P. Gonzalez was sentenced Tuesday to 32 months in prison after being convicted in June of involuntary manslaughter in the 2012 death of Nicholas Sardina.
Law enforcement officers in Lawrence don’t use body-mounted cameras
August 19, 2014
If you’re in Lawrence, don’t expect to have your every interaction with a law enforcement officer recorded on video. The Lawrence Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Highway Patrol do not use body-mounted cameras. Many people around the country have been calling for the increased adoption of the devices in the wake of the recent shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, which was not recorded, has led to continued protests and rioting in the St. Louis suburb.
Man killed by police in Wichita suburb
August 19, 2014
A Kansas police chief says an officer responding to a domestic disturbance shot and killed a man in suburban Wichita.
Bond reduction denied for two charged in Aug. 14 burglaries
August 19, 2014
Douglas County District Court Judge Peggy Kittel on Tuesday denied bail requests from two of the four men police have linked to an Aug. 14 string of burglaries. Stephen Thompson, 21, of Parker, asked Kittel to reduce his bond from $30,000 to $1,500 so he could take care of a sick child at home, his attorney, Elbridge Griffy IV, said. Kittel denied Thompson’s request because of his 2011 burglary conviction in Linn County.
Hearing set for man shot by Lawrence police in June confrontation
August 19, 2014
A preliminary hearing was set Tuesday for a 23-year-old Lawrence man charged with aggravated assault and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Charges dropped in weapons-related incident
August 18, 2014
Charges have been dismissed in the case of a Lawrence man whom police arrested in June on suspicion of aggravated assault and endangering a child.
Lawrence woman, 33, charged with two counts of child endangerment
August 18, 2014
A Lawrence woman has been charged with two counts of child endangerment after allegedly leaving her young children alone for up to two hours last weekend. Cecilia Augustina Gutierrez, 33, made her first appearance Monday, via video, in Douglas County District Court, where Pro Tem Judge James George entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf and set a bond of $1,500.
Two-alarm fire damages home in North Lawrence
01:29 a.m., August 17, 2014 Updated 02:59 p.m.
Firefighters are on the scene of a two-alarm fire in North Lawrence Sunday morning.
Police: No missing person in Lawrence, Friday night search just being ‘extra careful’
August 16, 2014
In the end police determined that it was just a case of clothing left in a park, but on Friday night Lawrence police and the Kansas Highway Patrol conducted an exhaustive search by helicopter near Naismith Valley Park.
Lawrence police, KHP searching with helicopter for ‘possible missing person’ after reported screams in Naismith Valley Park
10:42 p.m., August 15, 2014 Updated 11:09 p.m.
Lawrence police were conducting a prolonged search with a helicopter for a “possible missing person” near Naismith Valley Park late Friday night.
Lawrence woman doing 50-mile trail run in honor of friend who was shot to death
August 15, 2014
Raven Rajani didn’t know Justin Sneegas for that long. But the time she spent with him had a big impact on her. By Giles Bruce
Pair accused in Lawrence Memorial Day shooting to have separate trials
August 15, 2014
A man and woman charged with attempted first-degree murder of a man after a Memorial Day shooting on U.S. Highway 59 will not have a joint jury trial after appearing before Douglas County District Court Judge Peggy Kittel on Friday afternoon.