Public Safety

Martin Miller’s retrial in murder case to stay in Douglas County, judge rules

The retrial of a Lawrence man convicted in 2005 of murdering his wife will take place in Douglas County despite his request for a change of venue, District Judge Paula Martin has ruled.A Douglas County jury convicted Martin Miller in 2005 of first-degree murder in the July 28, 2004, death of ...

Lawrence Walgreens robbed early Monday

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.Employees described the suspect as a white male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches ...

Coyotes reported within Lawrence, likely due to a cold winter

The recent cold and lean months are responsible for an increased coyote presence within Lawrence city limits, local ecology officials say. However, Lawrencians need not be afraid of the more active canines.Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley said Animal Control officers regularly hear of ...

1 person injured in rollover accident at Sixth and Missouri

One person was transported to the hospital after a rollover accident at Sixth and Missouri streets about 9:30 a.m. Sunday.Sgt. Myrone Grady of the Lawrence Police Department said the driver of a Acura that was westbound on Sixth Street got his boot caught in the accelerator, causing him to lose ...

KU cites $3.9M for law enforcement training center as a top legislative priority

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 ...

More teleconferencing coming to Douglas County courtrooms this year

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 ...

Jefferson’s owner: Building too damaged for fire investigators to enter

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.Investigators from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical worked at the rear of the building ...

Lawrence homicide suspect rejects plea deal, will face jury Feb. 9

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.Dustin D. Walker is accused of shooting Roberts after kicking in the ...

Man arrested in connection with November murder of 19-year-old Lawrence woman

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 ...

Jefferson’s suffers ‘extensive damage’ from fire, smoke

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. Thick smoke filled Jefferson’s around 11 a.m. and poured out of the top of the ...

City commissioners get earful on why police headquarters plan failed

From Rock Chalk Park to too many anecdotal stories about leaking roofs, Lawrence voters had a lot of reasons for voting against a $28 million police headquarters plan in November. At the first of two scheduled “listening sessions,” Lawrence city commissioners on Wednesday evening heard ...

Court upholds expulsion of KU law student over criminal past

Wichita ? 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.The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed on Tuesday the district court's summary judgment against former law student Robert ...

New hearing set for homicide suspect in home health care death

The next Douglas County District Court hearing for homicide suspect Ronald Eugene Heskett, 48, has been scheduled for Feb. 17.Heskett, who reportedly told investigators he helped his home health care client Vance “Van” Moulton kill himself with a bath towel, was originally to appear in ...

Lawrence police offering sign-on bonus for officers who speak Spanish

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 is especially encouraging Spanish-speakers to apply, offering a $750 bonus upon ...

KU law professor argues before U.S. Supreme Court

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 ...

Lawrence firefighters must also battle homes with outdated construction

Throughout the winter months, firefighters often see an increase in the number of house fires, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said.Some of those fires are worse than others, and the framing method used when the home was built can have a big impact on the severity of a ...