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Caitlin Doornbos (Crime/courts reporter)

Caitlin Doornbos is the crime and courts reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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KU student to stand trial in piano-handcuff sexual battery case
05:39 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:06 p.m.
A 22-year-old Kansas University senior was bound over for trial Friday on charges of aggravated sexual battery and criminal restraint.
Man charged with sexual battery in connection with Kansas University dorm room incident
02:24 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
A 20-year-old Kansas City man and former Kansas University student was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor sexual battery in connection with an April incident in a KU residence hall.
Defense wins right to psychological report at trial in slaying of CiCi’s Pizza owner
10:00 a.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 11:06 p.m.
A Douglas County district judge ruled Wednesday that statements a 20-year-old woman made to her psychologist could be admitted during the woman’s trial on charges of first-degree murder. Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn is accused of killing Harold M. Sasko, 52, McLinn’s roommate and the owner of CiCi’s Pizza restaurants in Lawrence and Topeka.
New two-lane Wakarusa roundabout may be a little confusing at first, but it’s safer, city official says
08:26 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:34 p.m.
The Wakarusa roundabout intersecting Inverness and Legends drives has been twisting traffic in the three weeks since its completion. City Engineer David Cronin said that’s the reason roundabouts are preferable to traffic lights or four-way stops: safety. The roundabout’s design keeps speeds low and reduces the number of “conflict points,” or opportunities for collision, thus reducing the likelihood of an injury accident, Cronin said. By Caitlin Doornbos
Judge orders expungement of dismissed Hashinger Hall rape charges
04:59 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
Douglas County District Judge Barbara Huff signed orders Tuesday expunging the dismissed charges of rape off the records of two 21-year-old men who were accused in September of sexually assaulting two Kansas University students.
No arrests yet in Sunday morning stabbing; police seeking public’s help
03:07 p.m., January 26, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
Lawrence police continue the search Monday for suspects in a stabbing that left a 19-year-old man with serious injuries early Sunday morning.
Sin tax increases could hurt wallets, but unlikely to curb vices, Lawrencians say
January 24, 2015
In the town named the most hungover city in America this month by Business Insider, Gov. Sam Brownback’s new tax proposition, which would raise taxes on alcohol and tobacco products to balance the state budget, would have little effect on vices, but a big impact on pocketbooks, some Lawrencians said. To aid against the projected budget shortfalls of more than $710 million in the current budget and in the next fiscal year, Brownback suggested increasing the cigarette and tobacco product tax trifold and the alcohol tax by 50 percent. Under his plan, the state would raise $394 million over a period of two years, the Associated Press reported earlier this month.
Lawrence man, 63, sentenced to 18 years after confessing to sexual encounters with 11-year-old boy
04:42 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 01:23 p.m.
Larry D. Kelley, 63, of Lawrence, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty in December to aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Kelley admitted to “multiple incidents of sexual contact” with a Lawrence boy between January 2012 and November 2013, according to the affidavit supporting his arrest. The boy was 11 years old when the abuse began.
Man convicted in accident in which KU student lost his legs gets three-year sentence
04:09 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Former Kansas University student Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, was sentenced to three years in the Douglas County Jail Thursday after being convicted in December of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a fellow KU student his legs.
Lawrence police continue search for alleged Walgreens robber
05:48 p.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Lawrence Police continued to search Wednesday for a man who allegedly robbed the Lawrence Walgreens at 34221 W. Sixth St. near Kasold Drive, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.

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A Lawrence Police Department armored vehicle in the driveway of a home where a shooting suspect was believed to be barricaded inside.

Firefighters respond to heavy smoke and reports of fire at Jeffersons, 8th and Massachusetts streets, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

Firefighters investigate smoke and reports of fire at Jeffersons, 8th and Massachusetts streets, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

Flames engulf a structure at 1678 E. 1100 Rd., shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.

Couples applying for marriage in Kansas may now select "bride," "groom" or "spouse" labels on applications. This application from Nov. 13, 2014, is set up for two grooms.

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