Crime, Fire, Courts

Woman who was raped, burned in Wichita dies
November 22, 2014
A 36-year-old woman who had been sexually assaulted and set on fire died Saturday morning, police said, just over a week after she was found in a Wichita park with severe burns on more than half her body and cuts on her head.
Lawrence man, 29, arrested on suspicion of indecent liberties with a child
November 22, 2014
A 29-year-old Lawrence man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
Kansas appeals court orders new sentence in double fatal on Hwy. 18
November 22, 2014
A Kansas appeals court on Friday ordered a lower court to resentence a former Kansas State University student who was placed on probation and house arrest after driving drunk and killing two people in a head-on collision. Miles Theurer was 23 on May 14, 2012, when he drove in the wrong lane through a construction zone along Kansas 18 while returning to Manhattan after a night of drinking at a Junction City strip club.
Not our ways’: Haskell president reacts to alleged rape in campus dorm
November 20, 2014
This has been a difficult week at Haskell Indian Nations University. Emotions are running high on the small campus after two male students were arrested and charged with raping a female student last weekend in a residence hall. Haskell cannot brush this under the rug, said university President Venida Chenault, who reacted to the assault in an interview this week with the Journal-World. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence woman, 29, shot to death in Springfield, Mo., quadruple homicide
November 20, 2014
A 29-year-old Lawrence woman was shot to death in a quadruple homicide at a Springfield, Mo. motel room Saturday morning, Springfield Police Department spokeswoman Cora said. Danielle Joanna Keyes and Springfield residents Lewis Green, 44 and Trevor Fantroy, 43, were pronounced dead inside their motel room, after Springfield police responded to a call of multiple people who “appeared to be injured” at about 7:46 a.m. Saturday, Scott said.
Lawrence man, 45, arrested on suspicion of pointing gun at two people outside East Lawrence bar
November 20, 2014
Lawrence police arrested a 45-year-old Lawrence man on suspicion of two counts of aggravated assault late Wednesday after responding to a report of a disturbance with weapons at Playerz Sports Bar, 1910 Haskell Ave.
Two Lawrence men, one a pro baseball player, arrested in California on aggravated robbery warrants out of Douglas County
November 19, 2014
Two Lawrence Free State High School graduates, one a minor league baseball player for the Boston Red Sox, were arrested in Long Beach, Calif., Monday on outstanding robbery warrants out of Kansas, Long Beach Police Department spokesperson Nancy Pratt said Wednesday.
Jury trial begins for Lawrence man charged with attempted second-degree murder
November 19, 2014
The jury trial began Wednesday for a Lawrence man charged with attempted second-degree murder after a May stabbing in North Lawrence.
KU, fraternity leaders at odds over progress of sexual assault investigation
November 18, 2014
Kansas University officials this week underlined the severity of sexual assault allegations at a fraternity and said members’ lack of cooperation is drawing out KU’s investigation. KU and police continue to withhold details — even from fraternity leaders — about what reportedly happened at the Kappa Sigma house over homecoming weekend, with KU describing it only as “allegations of multiple instances of sexual misconduct.” But Tim Caboni, KU’s vice chancellor of public affairs, reiterated Tuesday that KU considers the allegations both serious and organizational in nature. By Sara Shepherd
Police identify homicide victim at Cedarwood Apartments as 19-year-old woman
06:42 p.m., November 18, 2014 Updated 06:57 p.m.
Lawrence police detectives have identified the female victim from the Nov. 9 suspicious death at Cedarwood Apartments as Justina Altamirano Mosso, 19.
KU says fraternity’s lack of cooperation is hindering sexual assault investigation
November 18, 2014
Kansas University officials on Tuesday cited lack of cooperation by a fraternity accused of sexual assault as the reason KU’s investigation is taking so long. By Sara Shepherd
Fraternity accused of sexual assault says it poses no threat and KU should lift suspension
November 17, 2014
With Kansas University’s investigation taking longer than expected, a fraternity accused of sexual assault is no longer agreeable to remaining suspended indefinitely. On Nov. 24, Kappa Sigma representatives plan to appear at a hearing where they’ll try to convince KU the fraternity does not pose a danger to campus and should have its interim suspension lifted while KU completes its investigation. By Sara Shepherd
Fire officials: Smoking materials caused Ohio Street fire
05:54 p.m., November 17, 2014 Updated 06:07 p.m.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical investigators have determined that Improper discarding of smoking material caused the fire at an apartment complex at 1224 Ohio St. last week, LDCFM spokeswoman Division Chief Eve Tolefree said Monday.
Two men, one a Haskell football player, charged with rape, sodomy of student
November 17, 2014
Two men from Anadarko, Okla. were charged Monday in connection with the rape of a woman in a Haskell dormitory Saturday. About 4:45 a.m., police responded to reports of a sexual assault at the university’s campus, 155 E. Indian Ave. A woman there reported being forcibly raped by two suspects who were known to her, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman.
Former KU student expelled for tweets not allowed to return to KU until Court of Appeals makes decision
November 17, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild has denied Kansas University’s request to reconsider his ruling that reversed the school’s expulsion of a former student for a series of tweets he sent about an ex-girlfriend.