Crime, Fire, Courts

Some greek organizations have had success with curbs on alcohol
May 25, 2015
When the Interfraternity Council at Purdue University in Indiana voted to ban all hard liquor from fraternity properties and chapter events this year, Purdue IFC President Matt Gebbie said the reaction from fraternity members was mixed. Kansas University’s IFC followed Purdue’s lead this month, banning hard alcohol from fraternity houses beginning this fall. Some say implementing hard-liquor bans will be effective; others say liquor-specific prohibitions don’t go far enough.
Pet World fire kills many small animals; python, some others survive
Cause of midday fire not determined
01:17 p.m., May 25, 2015 Updated 08:33 p.m.
An unknown number of animals died Monday in a midday fire at Pet World, 711 W 23rd St. Lawrence emergency crews responded to fire and heavy smoke at the store at about 12:30 p.m. The store was filled with smoke for about 30 minutes before firefighters began removing some animals from the building, located in the Malls Shopping Center. Several veterinarians and a large crowd of bystanders gathered in the parking lot to offer assistance.
Lawrence police: One man dead following stabbing on Arkansas Street
Police followed trail of blood from Sixth Street restaurant to nearby home
08:25 a.m., May 25, 2015 Updated 07:11 p.m.
One man is dead following a stabbing Monday morning in the 700 block of Arkansas Street, Lawrence police said. Shortly after 6 a.m., police and medical personnel went to the parking lot of the McDonalds at 1309 W. Sixth St. after a 911 caller reported a person outside the restaurant was bleeding, Lawrence police Sgt. Trent McKinley said in a news release. The man, in his 40s, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he later died, McKinley said.
KU expert discusses biker gangs’ similarities to extremist groups
May 24, 2015
The outlaw motorcycle gangs that started Sunday’s deadly shootout in Waco, Texas, aren’t exactly extremist groups, but they share concerning similarities, a Kansas University expert says. Such biker gangs don’t exist for the purpose of pursuing political goals, and they may not have a fully elaborated ideology. However, they’re motivated by a similar “world view.” By Sara Shepherd
Eudora man ordered to stand trial on premeditated first-degree murder charge in death of disabled man
05:03 p.m., May 22, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
A 49-year-old Eudora man charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the Sept. 11, 2014, death of a disabled Lawrence man was ordered to stand trial and pleaded not guilty to the charge at a Friday court hearing.
Last of five codefendants pleads no contest in home-invasion robbery case, could receive probation
11:25 a.m., May 22, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
A 21-year-old Lawrence man who was the first of five codefendants to be arrested in connection with a Nov. 8, 2014, home-invasion robbery pleaded no contest Friday to two charges of robbery. Originally charged with aggravated battery, aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated robbery, Zachary John Pence pleaded no contest to the two robbery charges as part of a plea deal with the state.
36-year-old Topeka man charged in connection with pistol-whipping incident
05:34 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
A 36-year-old Topeka man was charged Thursday with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and interference with law enforcement after allegedly pistol-whipping his girlfriend and resisting arrest in Lawrence Wednesday night.
One of two men charged in alleged Haskell dorm rape pleads not guilty to all charges
04:15 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
A 19-year-old Anadarko, Okla., man pleaded not guilty on Thursday to all charges related to an alleged Nov. 15, 2014, rape in a Haskell Indian Nations University dorm room.
Chief Douglas County judge seals affidavit in alleged massage parlor human-trafficking case
11:52 a.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Chief Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild denied the Journal-World’s request that the court release the affidavit supporting the arrest of a 45-year-old woman accused of prostitution and human trafficking at a Lawrence massage parlor.
Lawrence man convicted of four home-invasion charges, acquitted of one
07:49 p.m., May 20, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
Jurors on the case against 21-year-old Gabriel “Gabe” Patterson decided Wednesday that the Lawrence resident was guilty of four out of five crimes with which he was charged in connection to a 2014 home-invasion robbery.
Martin Miller sentenced again to life in prison for wife’s murder
06:47 p.m., May 20, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
A 56-year-old Lawrence man convicted in a retrial last month of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his wife was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Wednesday, nearly a decade after the same judge issued the same sentence. By Caitlin Doornbos
Codefendants testify about brutal home-invasion robbery; victims can’t place defendant in apartment
06:49 p.m., May 19, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
Victims and codefendants in the home-invasion robbery trial of Gabriel Patterson, 21, of Lawrence, testified Tuesday about the terrifying events of the incident, but were unsure whether Patterson was inside when it occurred.
Victim in home-invasion robbery testifies that he was terrified by ‘guy in mask with a chair leg’
05:53 p.m., May 18, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
One of four victims in a Lawrence home-invasion robbery opened the trial Monday against 21-year-old Gabriel Alexander Patterson with his testimony about the early-morning hours of Nov. 8, 2014.
DUI check lane yields three arrests, multiple citations
03:49 p.m., May 18, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
A DUI check lane Friday night resulted in three arrests and multiple citations, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said Monday.
In honor of National Police Week, local law enforcement members share their career experiences
May 15, 2015
National Police Week culminated Friday in Peace Officers Memorial Day, designated by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 to recognize law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. In honor of the occasion and to get a glimpse into the lives of the people behind the badges, the Journal-World conducted a question and answer session with some of the officers who serve and protect the Lawrence community. By Caitlin Doornbos

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