The Lawrence Crime Blotter

Illegal immigrants discovered during traffic stop

Joel Mathis

State troopers stopped a truck on the Kansas Turnpike Wednesday night -- and found nearly a dozen illegal immigrants inside.Patrol officials say the routine traffic stop started around 9:15 Wednesday night near the East Lawrence exit. A trooper pulled over a '99 Chevy truck for "failing to maintain a single ...

Office fire was intentionally set, officials say

Joel Mathis

Investigators determine a fire early Sunday at a Lawrence property rental office was intentionally set.The fire broke out just after midnight Sunday at Jayhawk Property Management. Fire Chief Mark Bradford stopped short of calling the fire arson -- saying more needs to be known about the reason the fire was ...

Woman gets prison for bank fraud

Joel Mathis

A Lawrence woman was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison in a bank fraud case.Sandra Diane Jeffress, 52, was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison for a check-writing scheme in which she signed unauthorized checks over to herself from Jayhawk Bowling Supply, where she worked.Her job ...

Trial ends with murder conviction for Belone

Joel Mathis

Jurors found Christopher Belone guilty on all charges today in the July death of Linda Begay.The convictions, including second-degree murder and kidnapping, could carry a sentence of up to 48 years, officials said. Sentencing will be in May.During closing arguments Tuesday morning in Belone's second-degree murder trial, prosecutors stressed a ...

Trial begins in beating death

Joel Mathis

Jury selection began this morning in the trial of a Lawrence man accused of beating and killing his girlfriend, 37-year-old Linda Begay.Assistant Douglas County District Attorney Trent Krug questioned potential jurors for more than two hours this morning in the trial of Christopher Belone, who faces charges of second-degree murder, ...

Two arrests in aggravated robbery

Joel Mathis

Two people are now in custody for an aggravated robbery that occurred early Tuesday in the 3900 block of Harvard Road.Tony Wayne Ashcraft, 30, rural Lawrence, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Lawrence Police and Douglas County Sheriff's officers. He was found at a rural residence, but the exact address wasn't ...

Arrest made in violent robbery

Joel Mathis

One person was arrested and two more are being sought by Lawrence Police following an early morning beating and robbery in the 3900 block of Harvard Road.Shortly after 3 a.m. today a 28-year-old Lawrence man told police he was followed home from a local club by two men and a ...

Suspects in home invasion still sought

Joel Mathis

Law enforcement report¢ Lawrence police are still asking for help from the public in identifying a suspect in what has been classified as an aggravated burglary early Saturday morning where two female KU students said they were held at gunpoint in an apartment near the KU campus.Officers were called to ...

Woman gets prison for hiring hitman

Joel Mathis

**A press release from the U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren:**TOPEKA, KAN. - Krista M. Harris, 21, was sentenced Thursday to 70 months in federal prison for trying to hire a man to kill her former boyfriend.She was sentenced during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Julie A. Robinson."Ms. Harris told an ...

Suspects sought in vandalism wave

Joel Mathis

Lawrence Police arrested three people and are looking for two more in at least 24 incidents of criminal damage that occurred overnight.No detailed information was yet available this morning as police continue their investigation, including the type of damage that was done. Police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said the damage was ...

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