Public Safety

Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council names its leader

A former captain in the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has been named coordinator of the 5-month-old Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.Robert Bieniecki was introduced Tuesday at a meeting of the coordinating council. He will start his duties Monday in the position that ...

Latest Douglas County court filings for Aug. 8, 2016

Latest Douglas County court filings for marriages, divorces, bankruptcies, foreclosures and tax liens.MarriagesAbigail Ruth Bartlow, 22, Baldwin City, and Collin John Case, 24, Lawrence.Derek Mead, 22, Lawrence, and Caree Morley, 24, Lawrence. Kelly Bacon, 23, Lawrence, and Adrian Trujillo, 27, ...

Douglas County clerk hopes court decision won’t further confuse voters

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said Monday that he's ready to carry out the Aug. 2 primary on schedule, even with a court decision last week that changes the rules regarding who is eligible to vote in which races.But he said his biggest concern about the primary is that the recent steady ...

Latest Douglas County court filings for Aug. 1, 2016

Latest Douglas County court filings for marriages, divorces, bankruptcies, foreclosures and tax liens.MarriagesJaime Becker, 31, Lakewood, Colo., and Ryan Cochrane, 33, Lakewood, Colo. Mayra Madera Martinez, 34, Lawrence, and Noe Mora Gonzalez, 34, Lawrence.Barry M. Coleman, 54, Lawrence, and ...

Woman’s body found in Topeka hotel room

Topeka ? Topeka police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a motel room.Emergency crews were called to the hotel Saturday by a hotel guest reporting finding the body in a third-floor room.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that police identified the victim as ...

Stepfather of infant found in trash faces attempted murder, abuse charges

Nearly three weeks after an infant girl was found abandoned and seriously injured in an apartment complex’s trash, police say the child’s stepfather will face criminal charges.Marquis Jamall Young, 27, of Lawrence, will face charges of attempted first-degree murder and child abuse, said ...

Man sentenced in Kansas for stealing Texas man’s identity

Wichita ? A Texas man whose life was ruined by a convicted child sex offender who stole his identity saw his impostor sentenced Monday in Kansas, a final courtroom step as he repairs the havoc the decades-long ordeal caused.“I have carried his burden for too long,” Marcus Calvillo told the ...

Manhunt north of Lawrence leads to arrest of suspected car thief

One man was arrested Monday after an hourslong manhunt north of Lawrence, police said.Justin Price, 36, was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of felony fleeing and eluding and possession of stolen property, said Sgt. Kristen Dymacek of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. After ...

Latest Douglas County court filings for July 25, 2016

Latest Douglas County court filings for marriages, divorces, bankruptcies, foreclosures and tax liens.MarriagesBryan M. Chester, 43, Lawrence, and Jennifer Parreira, 45, Lawrence.Olivia Rankin, 25, Lawrence, and Francisco De La Torre, 25, Lawrence.Thomas M. Watgen, 55, Lawrence, and Carol ...

Suspect in Kansas police captain’s death appears in court

Mourners gathered Friday at a Kansas civic center to remember a slain police captain, hours after the 20-year-old man accused of killing him made his first court appearance on charges carrying a possible death penalty.Jamaal Lewis wore an anti-suicide prison smock during his initial Wyandotte ...

Four injured after Lawrence police chase leads to crash south of turnpike exit

Four people were injured Wednesday afternoon after a vehicle fleeing from Lawrence police collided with another car south of the Kansas Turnpike exit on McDonald Drive.The incident began around 4 p.m. Wednesday after turnpike authorities alerted Lawrence police to a stolen tag that had been ...

Trial begins for Lawrence man accused of threatening a police officer with a shotgun

The trial for a Lawrence man shot by police after he allegedly leveled a shotgun at an officer in June 2014 is underway.Zachary James Ortiz, 26, faces one felony count of aggravated assault and another count of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. His trial, which is scheduled to ...

Armed man robs Dollar General in North Lawrence; suspect at large

Lawrence police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred Monday afternoon in North Lawrence.A man, armed with a gun, robbed the Dollar General at 1001 N. Third St. around 2:30 p.m., Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads said. No one was injured during the robbery, and the suspect ...

Latest Douglas County court filings for July 18, 2016

Latest Douglas County court filings for marriages, divorces, bankruptcies, foreclosures and tax liens.MarriagesBrooke Plummer, 24, Lawrence and Joshua Wolfe, 28, Lawrence.Jack Walliser, 27, Mundelin, Ill., and Alicia Ring, Marysville.Matthew Brock, 27, Blue Springs, Mo., and Jacqulyn Smith, 26, ...

Police arrest one suspect in three armed robberies, killing of dog in Lawrence

Kansas City, Kansas, police have arrested one suspect in a string of Lawrence armed robberies that left one dog dead in June.Pierre Percy Walker, 19, was arrested July 3 on suspicion of aggravated robbery in Kansas City, said Wyandotte County Sheriff's Lt. Kelli Bailiff. Walker is currently ...

KU Crime Blotter: June 27 through July 10

The following incidents were reported to the Kansas University Office of Public Safety between Monday, June 27, and Sunday, July 10. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported. (Instead of weekly, the Journal-World is publishing the KU Crime Blotter every two weeks during the summer ...

Latest Douglas County court filings for July 11, 2016

Latest Douglas County court filings for marriages, divorces, bankruptcies, foreclosures and tax liens.MarriagesJuan Lopez Reyes, 40, Topeka and Lorena Reyes Lopez, 40, Topeka.Puyin Bai, 27, Lawrence and Joanna Wagner, 26, Lawrence.Claire Magee, 32, Lawrence and Michael Deleo, 32, ...