Crime, Fire, Courts

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.
Lawrence police offering sign-on bonus for officers who speak Spanish
05:34 p.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
The City of Lawrence is offering a $1,500 sign-on bonus for police officers who speak fluent Spanish, the Lawrence Police Department announced Monday. The city is seeking to fill open police officer positions and especially encouraging Spanish-speakers to apply, offering a $750 bonus upon hire and a $750 bonus upon successful completion of training.
Lawrence police arrest 39-year-old man on suspicion of indecent liberties with a child
12:18 p.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:04 p.m.
Lawrence police arrested a 39-year-old Platte City, Mo., man Friday on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
KU law professor argues before U.S. Supreme Court
11:47 a.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
Kansas University law professor Stephen McAllister appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, arguing on behalf of more than 20 states, including Kansas, in a case involving alleged price fixing of natural gas and authority between state and federal governments, KU spokesman Mike Krings said.
Lawrence firefighters must also battle homes with outdated construction
January 11, 2015
Throughout the winter months, firefighters often see an increase in the number of house fires, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said.
Douglas County criminal defense attorneys important to process
January 10, 2015
As a criminal defense attorneys, Sarah Swain is one of many in Lawrence who to fight hard in order to ensure the justice system works, Kansas University Law professor and director of KU’s Project of Innocence and Conviction Remedies Jean Phillips said. Phillips, who Swain worked for in law school as a student intern, said defense attorneys ensure that the fact-finders have all of the information available. “If you really believe that juries are the ultimate finders of guilt, they can’t make that decision without all of the facts,” Phillips said. “There are times when the state just doesn’t have all the facts and you have to find more information. The only person who is going to do that is the defense attorney.” By Caitlin Doornbos
Lawrence man found guilty of attempted murder; co-defendant sentenced to 100 months in prison
05:08 p.m., January 9, 2015 Updated 10:03 p.m.
A 25-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted second-degree murder and a 21-year-old Eudora woman was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Friday for their involvement in the Memorial Day shooting on Highway 59 of Skylar Workman, 24, of Lawrence.
Police: 4 people shot, 1 killed in botched robbery at Shawnee gun store
03:40 p.m., January 9, 2015 Updated 04:38 p.m.
Police say three suspects and a business owner have been injured by gunfire in a botched robbery at a suburban Kansas City gun shop.
Lawrence police: Wanted man threatens officers with knife at Wal-Mart
05:31 p.m., January 8, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
A 24-year-old Oskaloosa man who had a felony warrant for his arrest is in the Douglas County Jail Thursday after using a knife to threaten Lawrence police officers attempting to arrest him just before midnight at Wal-Mart, 550 Congressional Drive.
Petitions to reduce marijuana penalties submitted in Wichita
08:39 a.m., January 8, 2015 Updated 10:02 a.m.
Supporters of an effort to reduce the penalties for being caught with small amounts of marijuana in Wichita have delivered petition signatures to the city for a second time in the hopes of putting the issue to a public vote on April 7.
Court tosses age-discrimination lawsuit against Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems
January 7, 2015
A federal judge has tossed out the remaining age discrimination claims in a long-running lawsuit against the Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems.
Alleged Oread burglar accused of stealing championship ring, Favre jersey
05:43 p.m., January 5, 2015 Updated 09:29 p.m.
Michael Tyrone Hill, 27, of Lawrence, is accused of entering two Oread neighborhood homes on Christmas Day and stealing a Brett Favre football jersey and a Major League Soccer championship ring, according to court documents.