Caitlin Doornbos (Crime/courts reporter)

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

Recent stories

Lawrence homicide suspect claims death was an assisted suicide, arrest affidavit says
December 22, 2014
Lawrence’s latest homicide arrest occurred after the suspect, Ronald Eugene Heskett, 48, told investigators he helped victim Vance “Van” Moulton kill himself with a bath towel, according to an affidavit released by the court Friday.
Police say train death was not an accident
December 22, 2014
Officials have determined the death of a person killed from being struck by a train Sunday was not an accident, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said Monday.
Three-hour armed standoff at Village Square Apartments ends in suspect’s arrest
01:08 p.m., December 22, 2014 Updated 05:48 p.m.
Lawrence police took a man into custody after a nearly three-hour armed standoff Monday at Village Square Apartments, in the 1500 block of West Eighth Terrace.
Gas drops below $2 a gallon at Lawrence stations
07:58 a.m., December 22, 2014 Updated 05:16 p.m.
Gas prices have dropped below $2 a gallon at several Lawrence filling stations and convenience stores.
Lawrence artist’s ‘meaningful’ gemstone necklace line picked up by Urban Outfitters
December 21, 2014
Megan Roelofs’ personal mantra is “Life keeps getting better and better.” And for the Lawrence occupational therapist and jewelry artist, it seems to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Her handmade gemstone necklace line was picked up by Urban Outfitters this year. Her unique wearable art features leathers intricately woven around gemstones, shells and other natural elements. By Caitlin Doornbos
Hashinger Hall rape case dismissed; judge rules affidavits will remain sealed
December 19, 2014
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office on Friday dismissed rape charges against two men, both 21 and one a Kansas University student, which stemmed from two women’s allegations that they were sexually assaulted at Kansas University’s Hashinger residence hall. By Caitlin Doornbos
Woman charged after near accident, cellphone theft
December 18, 2014
A woman arrested Wednesday after allegedly stealing a man’s phone following a near car accident was charged Thursday with one count of battery and theft.
Judge finds man guilty of DUI, drug possession in accident in which KU student lost his legs
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff found Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, guilty 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 Kansas University student his legs.
New jury trial date set for woman charged in slaying of Cici’s Pizza owner
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin set a new jury trial date for a 20-year-old Lawrence woman charged with first-degree murder in the January death of Cici’s Pizza franchise owner Harold M. Sasko. Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, previously scheduled for a Jan. 5 court date, will now face her jury on March 16.
Defendant testifies against codefendants, one a pro baseball player, in Lawrence aggravated robbery case
December 17, 2014
Originally charged with burglary and four counts of aggravated robbery, a defendant in a case involving five men who are accused of entering a home, battering its residents and stealing marijuana and cash Nov. 8 testified against his codefendants at a preliminary hearing Wednesday as part of a plea deal lessening his charges.

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Recent photos

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.

Police suspect foul play in a death investigation at Cedarwood Apartments, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.

Lawrence teenagers Rueben Wesley, from right, Kayla Clouse and Khoza Simpson-Banda were first in line at outside Urban Outfitters for the sidewalk sale. They snagged their place at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Patriotic Lawrencians learn about Lawrence veterans on a cemetery tour July 4, 2014.

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