Crime, Fire, Courts

Teen accused in sex crimes with underage girls considers withdrawing plea
September 9, 2014
A teen who previously pleaded no contest to sex crimes involving one or more underage girls wants to consider withdrawing his plea. By Sara Shepherd
Man wanted in police officer killing skipped sentencing Friday in Lawrence for unrelated case
September 8, 2014
A man connected to Sunday’s Topeka police officer killing was supposed to be sentenced in another case Friday in Douglas County but didn’t show up for his hearing. By Sara Shepherd
Rollover crash kills man in Jefferson County
September 8, 2014
A 40-year-old man died Sunday after the pickup he was driving left the road and rolled an estimated four times in Jefferson County.
Lawrence, Douglas County say joint project for police headquarters, jail expansion unlikely
September 8, 2014
A big number is brewing in the world of Douglas County law enforcement. In November, Lawrence voters will go to the polls to decide whether to spend about $28 million to build a new police headquarters. Before the end of the year, Douglas County commissioners may hire an architect for what would be a multimillion dollar expansion of the county’s jail.By Chad Lawhorn
Suspect in shooting death of Topeka police officer apprehended in Lawrence; second person wanted in case found overnight
08:58 p.m., September 7, 2014 Updated 08:37 a.m.
A suspect in the shooting death of a Topeka police officer was apprehended in Lawrence Sunday evening, and a second person who was wanted in the investigation was found overnight near Linwood.
No big deal:’ the real consequences of dealing marijuana in Lawrence
September 7, 2014
Since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, many have adopted a nonchalant attitude about marijuana, thinking that if it’s legal there, it must be no big deal. But phrases like “it’s only pot” or “he just sells weed” are cringe-worthy to those in the criminal justice field, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said — not necessarily because of the drug itself, but because of the violent crimes that come along with the black market. By Caitlin Doornbos
Lawrence police looking for suspects in reported attempted aggravated robbery
September 6, 2014
Police are looking for two suspects in an attempted aggravated robbery reported in Lawrence on Saturday.
Car crashes into Lawrence salon Thursday
September 4, 2014
A vehicle ran into the west side of Images Salon and Day Spa, 511 W. 9th St., just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning, causing minor damage to the building, Sgt. Hayden Fowler of the Lawrence Police Department said.
KU chancellor responds to criticism about rape investigation
12:18 p.m., September 4, 2014 Updated 03:07 p.m.
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Thursday sought to calm criticism that the school failed to enact strong enough punishment against a student accused of rape. “The university’s administration, faculty, and staff have a responsibility to create an environment where everyone feels safe,” Gray-Little said in an email to students, faculty and staff. By Scott Rothschild
KU campus rape allegation under review by district attorney
September 3, 2014
District Attorney Charles Branson says his office will take another look at the possibility of filing charges in an alleged Kansas University campus rape after receiving new information related to the case. The 20-year-old victim, in a recent interview with the Journal-World, said she was raped in October in Lewis Hall, where she and her alleged attacker both lived. Then a freshman, she said she went to a party with him, drank heavily and returned to his room, where he had sex with her and continued after she asked him to stop. By Sara Shepherd
Man charged with aggravated battery after allegedly ramming van into sheriff’s vehicle near Clinton Dam
September 3, 2014
A 30-year-old Lawrence man was charged Wednesday with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer after allegedly ramming his van into a Douglas County Sheriff’s vehicle on the road crossing Clinton Dam Aug. 13.
Teens plead not guilty to attempted aggravated robbery charges
September 3, 2014
The three teenagers who allegedly skipped school in an attempt to rob a Lawrence gas station last Friday pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of attempted aggravated robbery.
Lawrence Police Foundation to host golf tournament to help purchase defibrillators
September 3, 2014
The Lawrence Police Foundation will host its third annual golf tournament at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Orchards Golf by Cobblestone, 3000 Bob Billings Parkway, to help purchase automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, for patrol cars.
Bomb squad determines downtown suspicious package ‘benign’
03:16 p.m., September 2, 2014 Updated 03:59 p.m.
Police blocked off 11th Street, from Massachusetts to Vermont streets, Tuesday afternoon after a suspicious package was reported near the Watkins Museum of History. After an hour-long investigation, authorities determined the object was “benign.”
With students back in Lawrence, police focus on reducing alcohol-related crime
September 1, 2014
As Lawrence awakens from its summertime slumber to welcome back Kansas University students who returned to campus last week, the Lawrence Police Department is getting strategic to keep up with the increase in population. While the general population must deal with heavier traffic or longer checkout lines, Lawrence police officers suddenly have thousands more responsibilities and people to keep safe, LPD spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.