Public Safety

29-year-old Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of four sex crimes against children

A 29-year-old Lawrence man was booked into the Douglas County Jail early Wednesday on suspicion of four sex crimes, according to the jail’s booking log.The man was taken into custody around 4:20 a.m. on suspicion of indecent liberties with a child, rape, aggravated indecent liberties with a ...

Murder charges filed against man accused of raping 100-year-old woman

Wichita ? The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office has filed murder charges against a man accused of raping a 100-year-old woman, who died three weeks after the alleged attack.The district attorney’s office said Tuesday that 36-year-old Kasey Nesbitt has been charged with first-degree ...

High-speed chase leads Lawrence officers into Johnson County

Lawrence police engaged in a high-speed chase on Kansas Highway 10 after a vehicle failed to stop for a Lawrence officer early Monday morning.Just before 4 a.m., a Lawrence police officer attempted to stop an eastbound vehicle traveling around 75 mph near the intersection of 23rd Street and ...

Abortion rights group challenges new Kansas restrictions

Wichita ? An abortion-rights group challenged Kansas’ first-in-the-nation ban on a second-trimester procedure that anti-abortion activists describe as dismembering a fetus.The lawsuit filed Monday in Shawnee County District Court by the Center for Reproductive Rights asks the court to declare ...

KU law class on human trafficking helps real-world victims

Victims of human trafficking face overwhelming obstacles in escaping their captors for good. In more cases than one might think, what they need more than anything else is a lawyer.With this in mind, Kansas University clinical associate professor Katie Cronin taught KU’s first Human ...

Pedestrian hit by vehicle, airlifted from Sixth and Iowa late Thursday night

A pedestrian was taken by air ambulance late Thursday to a Topeka hospital after a vehicle struck him on West Sixth Street, Lawrence police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said Friday.Emergency responders were dispatched to the 1800 block of West Sixth Street around 11:15 p.m. to a report of a man ...

First of five home-invasion robbery defendants sentenced to 3.5 years in prison

The first of five co-defendants convicted on charges related to a violent home-invasion robbery in November 2014 was sentenced Thursday to three and a half years in prison.Driskell Alan Johnson, 20, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of aggravated robbery after forcefully entering an ...

Suspect arrested in Monday homicide; victim’s name released

Lawrence police on Wednesday afternoon arrested a suspect in connection with a fatal stabbing Monday in Lawrence.Police arrested 33-year-old Joshua Lee Back, of Jefferson County, Wednesday after the man “ran from a residence” in Jefferson County and “left the area in a stolen vehicle,” ...

Pet World owners vow to rebuild after fire destroys store, kills animals

In the wake of a Memorial Day fire that killed an undisclosed number of animals and injured dozens more, members of the Lawrence community flocked Tuesday to the burned ruin of Pet World, 711 W. 23rd St., to mourn and show support for the business that brought them so much joy. A candlelight ...

No suspect identified in Monday’s fatal stabbing; K-9 unit investigates area

Lawrence police detectives had not identified a suspect Tuesday but continued to search for clues at a crime scene at 700 Arkansas St., where investigators say a man was fatally stabbed Monday morning.Emergency workers responded to a call just after 6 a.m. Monday of a man in his 40s bleeding ...

Kansas marijuana bill hits roadblock in state Senate

Topeka ? A bill that would ease marijuana laws in Kansas has stalled in the state Senate and will likely not be considered further this year after its unexpected approval by the House.The bill would decrease penalties for marijuana possession, order a state study of industrial hemp and allow ...

Pet World fire kills many small animals; python, some others survive

An unknown number of animals died Monday in a fire at a Lawrence pet store.Lawrence emergency crews responded to fire and heavy smoke at Pet World, 711 W. 23rd St., at about 12:30 p.m. The store was filled with smoke for about 30 minutes before firefighters began removing some animals from the ...

KU expert discusses biker gangs’ similarities to extremist groups

The outlaw motorcycle gangs that started Sunday’s deadly shootout in Waco, Texas, aren’t exactly extremist groups, but they share concerning similarities, a Kansas University expert says. Such biker gangs don’t exist for the purpose of pursuing political goals, and they may not have a ...

One of two men charged in alleged Haskell dorm rape pleads not guilty to all charges

A 19-year-old Anadarko, Okla., man pleaded not guilty on Thursday to all charges related to an alleged Nov. 15, 2014, rape in a Haskell Indian Nations University dorm room.The man is charged with two counts of rape and one count of sodomy following allegations that he and his then-Haskell dorm ...

Lawrence man convicted of four home-invasion charges, acquitted of one

Jurors on the case against 21-year-old Gabriel “Gabe” Patterson decided Wednesday that the Lawrence resident was guilty of four out of five crimes with which he was charged in connection with a 2014 home-invasion robbery.Patterson was convicted of three counts of aggravated robbery and one ...