WRITER: Chris Conde

Attorney for Lawrence man who threatened Free State High students with a rifle said he is expecting probation after plea agreement

The attorney for a Lawrence man now convicted of threatening students near Free State High School with a rifle said on Friday that the man was expecting probation after entering into a plea agreement with the state. The man, Maurice De’Anton Thomas Buckner, 33, was charged with one felony count of attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two felony counts of criminal threat against two juveniles ...

Man convicted this week of battering a corrections officer at jail is ordered to stand trial for allegedly punching deputy in courtroom

A man who was convicted on Monday of spitting in the mouth of a corrections officer was ordered on Thursday to stand trial for allegedly punching a deputy in the face during a trial in 2022. The man, John Timothy Price, 36, is charged in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of battering a corrections officer. The charge relates to an incident on Dec. 14, 2022. That week Price went to trial ...

Dispute over borrowed tool allegedly led to one man beating another with a hammer and other violence

A dispute over a borrowed tool led to a bout of violence that allegedly included a brutal beating with a ball peen hammer and an attempt to mow people down with a vehicle. The accused, Ronald Dwayne Walters, 50, of Lawrence, is charged in Douglas County District Court with one count of aggravated battery, one count of criminal threat and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, all ...

Affidavit: Resident at The Village refused to surrender his hatchet when entering and used it to smash office window

A man living at Lawrence’s Pallet shelter village allegedly refused to surrender his hatchet at the front office when returning to the site one night and then used it to smash an office window, causing an office worker to fear for his safety, according to Lawrence police. The man, Jesse Lee Green, 37, is charged in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of aggravated robbery, one felony count of ...

Judge allows man time to ‘arrange personal affairs’ before sentencing in fentanyl case, but he immediately goes on the lam and is arrested on suspicion of new crimes

A Lawrence man who entered a plea last month in connection with the overdose death of a young woman and who was given time to arrange his "personal affairs” before going to prison immediately went on the lam before being arrested for a burglary alleged to have happened the day before his plea. The man, Mason Duane Robinson, 28, was originally charged in Douglas County District Court with distributing a ...

Lawrence City Commission approves amnesty program for people with outstanding parking fines; it could begin this fall

The Lawrence City Commission approved an amnesty program on Tuesday that will provide relief to residents who have outstanding parking fines, and it could launch sometime this fall. Commissioners voted 4-0 on Tuesday, with Commissioner Amber Sellers absent, to approve the program, which is part of a larger strategy to decriminalize overdue parking tickets and develop better strategies for parking enforcement in ...