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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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McLinn rejects plea offer; jury trial to begin March 16
04:45 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Sarah Gonzalez McLinn, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her roommate last year, rejected two versions of a plea deal this week, saying she’d rather try her case before a jury. The case is set for trial in two weeks.
Homicide defendant rejects plea offer, will stand trial March 9
03:52 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
Charged with first-degree murder during the commission of an aggravated burglary, Archie Lamont Robinson, 30, of Lawrence, will face his jury March 9, after rejecting Assistant Douglas County District Attorney Amy McGowan’s plea deal Friday.
Brief Friday morning police chase results in arrest
01:32 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Lawrence police and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department assisted Kansas University Public Safety officers Friday morning with a brief car chase that began on KU’s west campus.
Missouri man charged in Lawrence triple shooting near KU
04:08 p.m., February 26, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
A 22-year-old Grain Valley, Mo., man was charged Wednesday in the Feb. 8 shooting of three men in a home just south of the Kansas University campus. Caleb Kent Chrisman is charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated kidnapping after allegedly holding Phillip Hawley, Seth Peterson and Arthur Perez at gunpoint in an attempt to rob them of cash around 4 p.m. Feb. 8, court documents state. By Caitlin Doornbos
Driver and passenger in Pontiac Grand Am arrested after long police chase
11:57 a.m., February 26, 2015 Updated 10:14 p.m.
The Kansas Highway Patrol apprehended a man and woman Thursday afternoon after they allegedly led law enforcement on an hour and a half chase through east Lawrence and into Jefferson County.
Local day care closes after allegations of improper punishment, force-feeding
04:34 p.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
A Lawrence child care agency closed Friday after Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials alleged the owner had multiple violations, such as prohibited punishment, leaving young children unattended and force-feeding a small boy, going back to May 2014.
DA doesn’t charge Lawrence police officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, kidnapping charges
03:58 p.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
Pending additional investigation, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office decided Wednesday not to charge a Lawrence police officer who was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of domestic battery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, kidnapping and criminal threat.
Man accused of leading police on 80 mph chase through Lawrence faces multiple charges
05:08 p.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:07 p.m.
A man accused of leading Lawrence police on a chase that reached speeds of up to 80 mph through the middle of town Monday was charged Tuesday with attempting to elude officers, driving while his license was suspended and reckless driving.
Lawrence police officer arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, kidnapping charges
02:09 p.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
Lawrence police on Tuesday morning arrested one of their officers, 32-year-old William Jacob Burke, on suspicion of domestic battery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, kidnapping and criminal threat.
Preliminary hearing for man shot by police pushed out again because of uncooperative witnesses
12:00 p.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:10 p.m.
The preliminary hearing and arraignment of a Lawrence man charged with various offenses in three separate cases — aggravated assault of an officer, aggravated battery and DUI, eluding police, criminal threat, interference with law enforcement duties and battery of a law enforcement officer — was delayed once again after prosecutors said they have been unable to subpoena three witnesses needed to testify.

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Lawrence police officers interview a neighbor in the 1600 block of 19th Terrace, where a shooting took place Sunday afternoon.

One person is dead after a single-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2015, on westbound I-70 near Lecompton.

The driver of this Dodge pickup lost control Wednesday afternoon in a fatal accident on the snowy westbound lanes on Interstate 70.

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.

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