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Crime, Fire, Courts

26-year-old Lawrence woman to stand trial in February hit-and-run dispute
March 26, 2014
When police found the 26-year-old Lawrence woman who allegedly struck her boyfriend with his vehicle during a dispute last month, she too bore noticeable injuries, according to an officer’s testimony Wednesday.
Pinckney residents invite mental health, public safety leaders to discuss safety
March 26, 2014
From the front door of their home along Sixth Street in the Pinckney Neighborhood, Melinda Toumi and her family have seen intoxicated drivers, fights, drug activity and a dead man on the sidewalk. “I really feel like it’s a mental health issue,” Toumi said. “We really have a unique opportunity to address this.” Confronted by periodic episodes of crime, often involving suspicious people trespassing on property, Pinckney residents are considering the source of the incidents and how best to deal with them. By Stephen Montemayor
Police investigating rash of gasoline thefts dating back to September; 10 this month
March 25, 2014
Lawrence police are investigating a dozen incidents in which gasoline has been stolen from parked vehicles, which began in September and last occurred as soon as earlier this month.
KC man to stand trial on attempted second-degree murder, battery charges following December downtown shooting
March 25, 2014
Marck E. Fristoe will stand trial for charges of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery in connection with a Dec. 21 downtown dispute that resulted in a bystander being shot in the hip. Fristoe pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday after a preliminary hearing at Douglas County District Court. District Judge Kay Huff bound Fristoe, who is in jail on a $150,000 bond, over for a July 16 trial expected to span three days.
Ruling: Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood funds
March 25, 2014
An appeals court has overturned a federal judge’s order that forced Kansas to keep funding two family planning clinics despite a state law aimed at stripping a Planned Parenthood chapter of federal money.
Trial set after 33-year-old Lawrence woman pleads not guilty to cocaine charges
March 25, 2014
April Oakes, a 33-year-old Lawrence woman charged with multiple counts of distributing cocaine, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.
Topeka man sentenced in drug robbery at Lawrence McDonald’s
March 24, 2014
A Topeka man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison on Monday for his role in a drug-related robbery at a Lawrence McDonald’s last June, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office.
One person injured during dispute at Pool Room
March 22, 2014
One person was treated for head injuries that police say were consistent with being struck with a baseball bat following an early morning disturbance at the Pool Room, 925 Iowa St.
Three KC men arrested on suspicion of drug, gun offenses, fleeing police
March 22, 2014
Three Kansas City, Mo., men were booked into Douglas County Jail between Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning on suspicion of multiple gun and drug crimes in addition to attempting to elude police.
Police have two in custody, looking for one more after pursuit in southwest Lawrence
04:57 p.m., March 21, 2014 Updated 05:16 p.m.
Lawrence police are looking for a man who was one of at least three to flee following an attempted car stop near 27th and Inverness Friday afternoon.
Former KU football player, one of four charged in May 2013 robbery, sentenced to probation
March 21, 2014
District Judge Paula Martin sentenced Christopher Omigie to one year of probation on Friday, which he will serve while pursuing graduate school in Texas. Omigie pleaded guilty in January to an amended charge of felony theft, reduced from his initial aggravated robbery charge. By Stephen Montemayor
Man sentenced to probation for January Sandbar Subs break-in
March 21, 2014
A 34-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest to criminal trespassing and theft charges in connection with a break-in earlier this year at Sandbar Sub Shop, 745 New Hampshire St.
Huelskamp calls Douglas County district attorney’s letter ‘prosecutorial misconduct,’ exploring legal options
March 20, 2014
Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s campaign released a second statement Wednesday in response to a letter sent by Charles Branson on Tuesday that expressed concern over a contest promoting a chance to win NCAA men’s basketball tournament tickets in exchange for a contribution of at least $10.
Douglas County district attorney writes congressman over concern about NCAA Tournament ticket lottery email
March 18, 2014
An email sent by U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp offering a chance at winning NCAA Basketball Tournament tickets in exchange for campaign contributions was a felony violation, according to Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson.
Preliminary hearing scheduled for Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder in March shooting
March 18, 2014
The 29-year-old Lawrence man accused of shooting another man to death at his apartment earlier this month returned to court Tuesday to schedule a May preliminary hearing.