Stephen Montemayor (News Features, Education Reporter)

I write news features and profiles while also covering education in Lawrence and the surrounding area. Previously, I served as the Journal-World's crime and courts reporter and earlier spent nearly two years as community sports editor for The World Company's weekly newspapers and websites in Northeast Kansas: The Basehor Sentinel, Bonner Springs Chieftain and Shawnee Dispatch. I've worked as a reporter and photographer for The Shawnee Dispatch, covering education and general assignment stories. I also interned for, where I — among performing other tasks — consumed a ghost pepper on camera. Prior to joining the company, I served as editor-in-chief, sports editor and a reporter during five semesters with The University Daily Kansan at Kansas University. I'm a Mission native and graduate of Shawnee Mission North High.

Recent stories

KU professor studies vital role of insects in keeping planet alive
August 24, 2014
Were an alien lifeform to look down on this planet from outer space, it wouldn’t see us as a planet of mammals scurrying about on two legs or four. No, said Michael Engel, a Kansas University professor and senior curator with the department of ecology and evolutionary biology. Ours would be considered a planet of six-legged critters. By Stephen Montemayor
Osher institute hopes 10-year anniversary coincides with new grant
August 24, 2014
Kansas University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will celebrate its 10th anniversary this fall. But director Jim Peters hopes the Nov. 14 party at the Lied Center will have a double cause: welcoming the institute’s second $1 million grant. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence twins, associate found guilty of conspiracy in $17 million federal drug case
11:50 a.m., July 23, 2014 Updated 04:56 p.m.
A 12-person federal jury on Wednesday found Lawrence twins Los Rovell Dahda and Roosevelt Rico Dahda and associate Justin Cherif Pickel, of California, guilty of conspiracy after a monthslong $17 million drug conspiracy trial.
Centro Hispano seeks to help rising number of underserved Spanish speakers
July 20, 2014
Inside a small blue house near downtown, the art of making sure people don’t fall through cracks is practiced daily. Latino immigrants — both documented and undocumented, Spanish speakers and those whose primary tongue is indigenous — have come to Centro Hispano since 2006 for bilingual mental health services, case management or even help trying to parse bureaucratic language in legal documents or applications. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence City Band playing on without finale’s cannon for second year
July 16, 2014
For a second year, the Lawrence City Band’s summer concert series concluded without the boom of a cannon. Still, bombs burst in the sky above.
Deliberation in federal drug conspiracy trial of Lawrence twins, associate to resume next week
04:52 p.m., July 15, 2014 Updated 07:17 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, KAN. — A verdict in the long-running $17 million drug conspiracy trial of Lawrence twins Los Rovell and Roosevelt Rico Dahda, and California associate Justin Pickel, will have to wait at least one more week. By Stephen Montemayor
School board discusses how potential new police headquarters has implications for district land use
July 14, 2014
The Lawrence Police Department is not the only institution in town awaiting news as to whether a new police headquarters will gain approval. If the estimated $30 million facility becomes reality, a domino effect affecting Lawrence Public Schools could be possible. By Stephen Montemayor
No verdict in federal drug conspiracy trial; jury deliberation resumes Tuesday
July 11, 2014
Unable to reach a verdict by the weekend, a 12-member jury will continue deliberating Tuesday in the $17 million federal drug conspiracy trial of two Lawrence twins and their California associate. By Stephen Montemayor
$17M federal drug conspiracy trial now in jury’s hands after closing arguments
06:06 p.m., July 10, 2014 Updated 07:17 a.m.
A case complex from the start — $17 million, 43 defendants, thousands of pounds of marijuana — concluded with closing arguments rife with analogies. Now, a 12-member jury must decide the fate of two Lawrence twins and their California associate standing trial in federal court since April. By Stephen Montemayor
$17M federal drug trial of Lawrence twins, associate going to jury soon
July 9, 2014
The long-running federal drug conspiracy trial of Lawrence twins Los Rovell Dahda and Roosevelt Rico Dahda, and their California associate, Justin Pickel, is expected to be handed over to the jury as early as Thursday. By Stephen Montemayor

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Recent photos

Lawrence police officers investigate a robbery Saturday at Truity Credit Union, 3400 West Sixth St. Police vehicles blocked off entrances to the parking lot and an officer remained outside the building to meet any incoming customers.

Police responded to calls of a shooting at Lawrence Gymnastics and Athletics at 4930 Legends Drive.

Kyle T. Flack, 28, appeared in Franklin County District Court on Thursday for a pre-trial hearing. Flack faces charges of capital murder, first-degree murder, rape and criminal possession of a firearm in the deaths of Andrew Adam Stout, 30, Steven Eugene White, 31, Kaylie Kathleen Bailey, 21, and Bailey’s 18-month-old daughter, Lana-Leigh.

Free State High head football coach Bob Lisher served as an assistant coach on the East all-star team for Saturday's Kansas Shrine Bowl at Washburn University in Topeka.

Free State High grad Tye Hughes waits to be introduced at the beginning of Saturday's Kansas Shrine Bowl game at Washburn University in Topeka.

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