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Crime, Fire, Courts

Eudora man, 39, charged with indecent liberties with child
05:01 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
A 39-year-old Eudora man was charged Tuesday with one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
Ex-technology director for city of Lenexa gets prison term for fraud
January 20, 2015
The former technology director for the city of Lenexa has been sentenced to prison for fraud.
Martin Miller’s retrial in murder case to stay in Douglas County, judge rules
11:06 a.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
The retrial of a Lawrence man convicted in 2005 of murdering his wife will take place in Douglas County after his lawyer asked for a change of venue, District Judge Paula Martin ruled last week.
Lawrence Walgreens robbed early Monday
January 19, 2015
Lawrence Police are investigating after a man robbed the Walgreens store at West Sixth Street and Kasold Drive. Police were called to the store shortly before 3:30 Monday morning after the suspect had fled the store.
KU cites $3.9M for law enforcement training center as a top legislative priority
January 17, 2015
Kansas University hopes the Legislature will find another $3.9 million a year to offset lower-than-projected revenue for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, which the university runs in western Kansas as part of its continuing education program. With the state facing a massive budget shortfall this year, that’s a tall order. But KU and center leaders say not getting the money could put the center at risk for defaulting on bond payments and force “catastrophic program and personnel cuts.” By Sara Shepherd
More teleconferencing coming to Douglas County courtrooms this year
January 17, 2015
Douglas County Courts will complete their move into the teleconferencing age by the end of the year, District Court Chief Judge Robert Fairchild said. The court plans to install Polycom high-definition teleconferencing systems in the three courtrooms that don’t already have them, Fairchild said. Three of the six courtrooms have teleconferencing systems. By Caitlin Doornbos
Jefferson’s owner: Building too damaged for fire investigators to enter
05:31 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
One day after a fire produced thick clouds of smoke covering downtown, Jefferson’s restaurant remained taped off while the rest of the 700 block of Massachusetts Street had mostly returned to normal. By Elliot Hughes
Mississippi officials unsure when homicide suspect may have extradition hearing; accused was victim’s neighbor
January 16, 2015
Officials in Washington County, Miss., where 18-year-old Rontarus Washington Jr. was located and arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of a 19-year-old Lawrence woman, said Friday that they do not know when an extradition hearing may take place.
20-year-old Perry man arrested on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child
01:15 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 20-year-old Perry man on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child Thursday, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log.
Lawrence homicide suspect rejects plea deal, will face jury Feb. 9
January 15, 2015
A 30-year-old Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in the March shooting death of 39-year-old Lawrence resident Patrick Roberts will face a jury trial Feb. 9 after rejecting a plea deal offered by prosecutors Thursday.
Man arrested in connection with November murder of 19-year-old Lawrence woman
04:59 p.m., January 15, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
Lawrence police have arrested a man in connection with the November homicide of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso. Lawrence Police Department detectives, along with U.S. Marshals, arrested Rontarus Washington Jr. Thursday morning on suspicion of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in connection with Lawrence’s latest homicide, LPD spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said. Washington, a former Lawrence resident, was arrested without incident in Greenville, Miss.
Jefferson’s suffers ‘extensive damage’ from fire, smoke
Downtown streets closed for about four hours
11:09 a.m., January 15, 2015 Updated 06:06 p.m.
A fire at Jefferson’s restaurant shut down a portion of downtown Lawrence for about four hours Thursday after fire crews responded to flames and heavy smoke billowing from the building at 743 Massachusetts St.
Court upholds expulsion of KU law student over criminal past
02:21 p.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 10:02 p.m.
A federal appeals court has upheld the expulsion of a student at the Kansas University School of Law who lied about his criminal history on his application.
Preliminary hearing and arraignment set for Lawrence man charged in three cases since being shot by police in June
11:58 a.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 09:59 p.m.
The preliminary hearing and arraignment of a Lawrence man charged with various offenses in three separate cases — aggravated assault of an officer, aggravated battery and DUI, eluding police, criminal threat, interference with law enforcement duties and battery of a law enforcement officer — was pushed to a later date after two witnesses were unable to attend the preliminary hearing set for Tuesday.
New hearing set for homicide suspect in home health care death
11:08 a.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 10:03 p.m.
The next hearing for homicide suspect Ronald Eugene Heskett, 48, has been scheduled for Feb. 17.