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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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Kansas regulation of massage industry might help prevent sex crimes, some leaders say
May 2, 2015
After two Lawrence residents with previous “promoting prostitution” convictions were charged Wednesday with multiple felonies in connection with alleged forced prostitution at a Lawrence massage parlor, some trade and government leaders say a state massage therapy licensure program might help prevent sex crimes in the industry.
U.S. attorney urges Kansas police to apply for body camera grant
04:56 p.m., May 1, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom in a news release Friday urged Kansas law enforcement agencies to apply for a new federal funding program designed to help outfit officers with body cameras, but local law enforcement officials say there are many factors to consider before implementing the technology in Lawrence.
Lawrence schools, police report no serious pre-graduation pranks
06:44 p.m., April 30, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
Nearing the school year’s conclusion in recent years, Lawrence High School and Free State High School students have been known to make headlines with senior pranks and student hijinks.
Two charged with human trafficking in alleged prostitution at Lawrence massage parlor
06:33 p.m., April 30, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
A Lawrence man and woman arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of crimes related to prostitution at a local massage parlor were charged Thursday in Douglas County District Court with multiple felonies, including aggravated human trafficking. By Caitlin Doornbos
Two arrested on suspicion of prostitution-related charges after police search Lawrence massage parlor
04:05 p.m., April 29, 2015 Updated 09:58 p.m.
A Lawrence man and woman were arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of crimes related to prostitution at a Lawrence massage parlor just off of Sixth Street, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said Wednesday.
McLinn’s request for new trial denied, will undergo mental health evaluation before sentencing
12:01 p.m., April 29, 2015 Updated 09:59 p.m.
Sarah Gonzales McLinn, convicted in March of first-degree murder in the death of CiCi’s Pizza owner Harold “Hal” Sasko, will undergo a mental health evaluation at Larned State Hospital before sentencing, Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin ruled Wednesday. The results of that evaluation could determine whether McLinn receives mental health treatment or goes to prison, perhaps for 50 years with no chance for parole.
Judge grants ‘own recognizance’ bond for Lawrence man charged with aggravated indecent solicitation of a child
05:16 p.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff on Tuesday granted an “own recognizance” bond for a 29-year-old Lawrence man charged with two counts of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.
Defendant in Cedarwood Apartments homicide ordered to wear GPS monitor if he posts bond
05:07 p.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild ordered at a hearing Tuesday that the man charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 7, 2014 homicide of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso must wear a GPS monitoring system if he posts bond after the prosecutor on the case said she had heard that the man could be a flight risk.
New trial sought for woman convicted of murder in CiCi’s Pizza owner’s death
01:41 p.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:50 p.m.
The attorney representing Sara Gonzales McLinn, 20, convicted of first-degree murder in the death of CiCi’s Pizza owner Harold “Hal” Sasko, is seeking a new trial. McLinn’s sentencing, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been delayed so that a hearing on the motion for a new trial can be heard.
Indian Hills residents concerned for safety after traffic diverted onto 27th Street
07:48 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
Residents of the Indian Hills neighborhood near 27th and Louisiana streets are asking city officials to take action to make their streets safer, and at a neighborhood meeting this week those officials vowed to try. Construction on the South Lawrence Traffic Way closed 31st Street and diverted city traffic to 27th Street. Resident Laura Gloeckner said their formerly kid-friendly neighborhood street has turned into a dangerous bypass for drivers looking to avoid the stoplights and traffic on 23rd Street.

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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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