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Caitlin Doornbos (Crime/courts reporter)

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

Recent stories

Lawrence couple killed in RV crash in southwestern Illinois
12:31 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 04:48 p.m.
Authorities say a Lawrence couple died Monday in a fiery crash along Interstate 64 in southwestern Illinois.
Homicide victim’s ex ordered to appear at preliminary hearing; affidavit sheds more light on the killing
06:39 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
The 26-year-old ex-lover of homicide victim Justina Altamirano Mosso was ordered Monday to appear for the preliminary hearing of the Lawrence man charged in the death after the defense in the case said evidence suggests he could be “the real killer.” By Caitlin Doornbos
Lawrence woman’s identity stolen, IRS receives forged tax return form in her name
April 19, 2015
Lawrence resident Nancy Hause was suspicious when she received a letter purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service’s “Identity Verification Service” asking for more personal information to process her 2014 tax return. The thing is, Hause had gotten an extension from the IRS and hadn’t yet filed her tax return, she said, so she worried the letter was a scam. As it turns out, the letter was real, but her instincts were still correct in that she may be a victim of a crime.
Police: Two complaints against officers found to have merit in 2014
10:45 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
None of the complaints from members of the public against Lawrence police officers in 2014 was found to have merit after investigation, according to a report released this month by the Lawrence Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability. Two complaints from police department employees were found to have merit and officers were disciplined.
Topeka man, 30, sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for involvement in Lawrence man’s murder
04:45 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
A 30-year-old Topeka man found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary last month was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 20 years. A jury in March found Archie Robinson guilty in the March 8, 2014, shooting death of 39-year-old Patrick Roberts, of Lawrence. Prosecutors Amy McGowan and Alice Walker argued that the death was an aggravated burglary gone wrong.
Kansas City Chiefs president talks leadership, values at KU
09:23 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Mark Donovan, president of the Kansas City Chiefs, told community members and Kansas University School of Business students Wednesday night to be humble, aware leaders at the 46th annual J.A. Vickers Sr. and Robert F. Vickers Memorial Lecture series.
Free State, LHS students come together for ‘good, clean’ ping-pong madness
05:19 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
Halfway through April, March Madness is still in full swing for Lawrence High School and Free State High School students watching and competing in a homegrown ping-pong tournament. By Caitlin Doornbos
Cat struck by arrow at Lawrence mobile home dies; police investigating
04:14 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
Lawrence police are investigating after responding to a report of an injured cat that had been struck by an arrow Monday night beneath a mobile home at 101 N. Michigan St., police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.
Retired Lawrence firefighter killed in Reno County crash
02:43 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
A 52-year-old former Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical firefighter died late Saturday after a one-vehicle accident near Turon, Reno County Sheriff’s Capt. Darrian Campbell said Tuesday.
One of three cases is dismissed against Lawrence man shot by police in June
11:41 a.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
One of three cases against a 24-year-old Lawrence man shot by police in June after allegedly leveling a shotgun at an officer was dismissed Tuesday after witnesses to the case failed to show for the man’s preliminary hearing for the third time.

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Recent photos

Lawrence fire crews respond to heavy smoke and flames at Biggs on Mass, 719 Massachusetts, around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Home at 2040 Louisiana St. fully engulfed in flame Monday evening.

Firefighters work to control flames at 2040 Louisiana St. Monday evening.

Standing in a flooded curbside, a firefighter surveys the scene after the flames are fully extinguished around 7 p.m. Monday.

A house at the corner of 21st and Louisiana streets is on fire Monday evening.

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