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Caitlin Doornbos (Crime/courts reporter)

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

Recent stories

Judge considers allowing man convicted of sex crimes to take back waiver of juvenile jurisdiction
06:23 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:28 p.m.
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff said she will consider allowing a 19-year-old Yuma, Ariz., man who pleaded guilty to multiple sex offense in June to take back his waiver of juvenile jurisdiction in the case.
Victim’s father suing man convicted in beer bottle death, party host for $1.5 million
06:05 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:39 p.m.
The father of Nicholas Sardina, 27, of Lawrence, who was killed in 2012 after being struck over the head with a beer bottle during a brawl at a house party, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man convicted of manslaughter in his son’s death and the woman who hosted the party.
Detective: Financial records caused initial suspicion of man charged with first-degree murder
04:09 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:40 p.m.
A Lawrence detective testified Friday that financial records found at the crime scene raised suspicions about Ronald Eugene Heskett, a 48-year-old Eudora man charged with first degree murder in the death of a disabled Lawrence man in his care.
Lawrence man bound over for trial after allegedly ramming van into sheriff’s vehicle
05:35 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 10:48 p.m.
A 30-year-old Lawrence man charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer after allegedly ramming his van into a marked Douglas County sheriff’s vehicle Aug. 13 on the road crossing Clinton Dam was bound over for jury trial after a Thursday preliminary hearing.
Jury trials pushed out for two co-defendants, one a pro baseball player, in Lawrence aggravated robbery case
04:58 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 10:43 p.m.
The jury trials for two Lawrence Free State High School graduates, one a minor league baseball player in the Boston Red Sox farm system, charged in a Lawrence home-invasion robbery were pushed out Thursday until May. By Caitlin Doornbos
Douglas County Commision approves Peaslee Center funding package
06:19 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved a package of funding for the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center, set to open this fall.
Woman testifies against former Haskell students in rape hearing
03:37 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
A 20-year-old woman testified Wednesday at a preliminary hearing that two fellow Haskell Indian Nations University students raped her in their dorm room during the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2014.
Firefighters extinguish basement fire in 1000 block of New Jersey Street
03:28 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
Firefighters extinguished a fire in the basement of a home in the 1000 block of New Jersey Street on Tuesday afternoon.
Jurors find McLinn eligible for ‘Hard 50’ sentencing
10:40 a.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:51 p.m.
Jurors on Friday found Sarah Gonzales McLinn, 20, of Lawrence, guilty of the premeditated, first-degree murder of Harold “Hal” Sasko. On Monday, they decided the killing was committed in an “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel manner,” allowing a judge to sentence McLinn to a mandatory minimum of 50 years in prison without eligibility for parole. By Caitlin Doornbos
Jury finds McLinn guilty of first-degree murder
09:15 a.m., March 20, 2015 Updated 05:01 p.m.
Jurors found Sarah Gonzales McLinn guilty of first-degree murder in the January 2014 killing of Harold “Hal” Sasko, Friday in Douglas County court. The jury deliberated for nearly five hours before determining that McLinn, 20, of Lawrence, was able to form intent when she used a long, black knife to slice the neck of Sasko, 52, of Lawrence, on Jan. 14, 2014. By Caitlin Doornbos

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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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