WRITER: Chris Conde

Judge denies motion to change venue in case of ex-Lawrence police officer accused of rape

A Douglas County District Court judge on Friday denied a request from a former Lawrence police officer accused of rape to try his case in a different venue. The ex-officer, Jonathan Gardner, 41, of Tonganoxie, requested the change of venue because, as he argued through his attorney John DeMarco, he could not get a fair trial in Douglas County because the case had become too well-known. However, Judge Sally ...

After a year on the run, man deemed incompetent in Douglas County to face charges for armed robbery and battery on a law enforcement officer

A man arrested after a year on the run from police was deemed incompetent Wednesday in Douglas County District Court to stand trial in an armed robbery case and in another case alleging battery on a law enforcement officer. The man, Casey Lamont Williams, 25, of Scranton, Kansas, appeared in court via Zoom from his cell at the Douglas County Jail. He was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for one felony count ...

Lawrence man charged with aggravated assault after allegedly trying to hit people with his car

A Lawrence man was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly tried to hit two people with his car and rammed another vehicle Tuesday evening. Daniel Martinez Sanchez, 19, is charged in Douglas County District Court with two felony counts of aggravated assault and one misdemeanor count of criminal damage, according to charging documents. Police responded around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday to a subject ...

Lawrence receives 2.5 inches of snow, National Weather Service says

The National Weather Service reports that 2.5 inches of snow fell overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning in Lawrence, though temperatures in the mid-30s had diminished that amount by midmorning. Weather over the next few days is expected to be calm, with highs in the low 30s and increasing to the mid-40s by Friday, said meteorologist Matt Flanagan with the NWS in Topeka. He said that on Saturday night a ...

Second brother sentenced for 2021 incident with gun at downtown Lawrence bar

The second brother involved in an incident in which a gun was discharged at a bar in downtown Lawrence was sentenced to probation on Monday. Chance S. Gosewisch, 26, of Lee's Summit, Missouri, was originally charged with one felony count of aggravated assault with a firearm, according to charging documents. As part of a plea agreement he signed in December 2022, Gosewisch pleaded to a lesser felony count of ...

Man accused of engaging in armed standoff at apartment charged with aggravated assault and burglary

A Lawrence man accused of engaging in an armed standoff with police earlier this week was charged Wednesday in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of aggravated assault with a firearm and one felony count of aggravated burglary. The man, Shawn Anthony Daniels, 41, was arrested around 2 a.m. Tuesday after a nine-hour standoff at the Naismith Place apartment complex in the 1500 block of West 25th ...

Lawrence community organizer and activist charged with aggravated battery, fails to appear in court

Updated at 4:27 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023 A Lawrence community organizer and one-time prominent student activist at the University of Kansas is facing a charge of aggravated battery. The woman, Trinity Carpenter, 36, is charged in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of aggravated battery, according to charging documents, though few details about the incident were immediately available. The ...

Woman who had a detainer from immigration officials is released from Douglas County Jail

A woman in the Douglas County Jail who had a detainer from immigration officials was released on Monday pursuant to a judge's order. The order, a writ of habeas corpus signed by Judge Carl A. Folsom III, was issued on Friday after the woman’s defense attorney, Samuel Allison-Natale, filed a petition for the writ after discovering the woman would be held on an immigration detainer after she bonded out of jail ...

DA dismisses charges against 5 men accused of stealing alcohol at gunpoint at south Lawrence apartment complex

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office dismissed burglary and robbery charges on Thursday after a preliminary hearing for five men who were accused of breaking into an apartment in south Lawrence and taking liquor and beer at gunpoint. The men, Malachi Samuel Thomas, 22; Trevon Andrew Anderson, 19; Isaiah Jawone Mabry, 21; Blake William Brown, 21; and Nasir Rahman Ali Penny, 20, were each charged with ...

Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and burglary after 9-hour standoff

Updated at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023 Lawrence police locked down a central Lawrence apartment complex for nearly nine hours Monday night during a standoff with a man who allegedly threatened multiple people with a gun. The suspect, Shawn Anthony Daniels, 41, of Lawrence, was arrested around 2 a.m. Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated assault using a deadly weapon and aggravated burglary, according to the ...

Douglas County sheriff seeks legal advice on handling warrants from federal immigration officials that are not signed by a judge

Story updated at 7:11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20: The Douglas County sheriff is seeking legal advice on when he must comply with warrants from federal immigration officials, but in the meantime a woman who could be facing deportation continues to be held in the local jail. The issue arose this week in the case of a woman who was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge, but before she could bond out of jail, the ...

Lawrence man convicted in child pornography case; 13 counts dismissed as part of plea agreement

A Lawrence man entered a no contest plea in a child pornography case on Friday in Douglas County District Court as part of a deal in which an additional 13 felony counts were dropped. Bruce Stanley Springsteen, 65, was facing 14 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child, according to charging documents, but entered a plea to just one count of the lesser felony of attempted exploitation of a child. ...

Lawrence man who led downtown chase convicted of fleeing from police and assaulting an officer

A Lawrence man who led police on a chase in downtown Lawrence, narrowly missing pedestrians, in the summer of 2021 was convicted on Friday in Douglas County District Court of fleeing from police and assaulting a law enforcement officer. The man, Nicholas Scott Atwell, 33, was originally charged with aggravated burglary, interference with law enforcement, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and two ...

Lawrence man pleads no contest to confronting officers with an assault rifle and other crimes at pool hall

A Lawrence man pleaded no contest Wednesday to confronting police with an assault rifle and smashing the windows out of a car at a Lawrence pool hall, among other crimes. The man, Jesse Lamont McDonald, 33, was originally charged in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a Norinco SKS 762x39 caliber rifle, one felony count of criminal use of ...

Lawrence Restaurant Week to showcase unique dishes from more than 40 restaurants; event runs from Jan. 19 through Jan. 29

Lawrence Restaurant Week kicks off Thursday, and that means limited-time menus and unique dishes will be popping up at restaurants all over the city. The annual showcase lasts 10 days and includes more than 40 restaurants that will be serving new, special dishes alongside their usual offerings. It's intended to appeal to adventurous people who want to try something different, as well as people who just want a ...

Lawrence man acquitted on charges of raping two women after a New Year's Eve party

A Lawrence man was acquitted on Tuesday by a Douglas County jury on charges of raping two women after a New Year's Eve party in 2020. The man, Chastleton Jordan Malone, 24, was charged with three felony counts of rape of a person who is unable to consent, according to charging documents. The charges are in connection with an incident in the early-morning hours of Jan. 1, 2020, when Malone went home with two ...

Lawrence police ask for public’s help in locating a wanted man who is possibly armed with a gun

The Lawrence Police Department asked for the public’s help on Friday to locate a man who allegedly stole a car in Topeka and a box truck in Lawrence. Police said they believe the man may be dangerous and armed with a gun. According to a social media post from the Lawrence Police Department, Derrick James Davidson, 31, is suspected of stealing a car in Topeka and driving it to Lawrence, then abandoning the ...

Woman who died at city-run campsite for people experiencing homelessness died of alcohol-related illness, other issues; no foul play suspected

A woman who was found dead in November at the city-run campsite for people experiencing homelessness died of a suspected alcohol-related illness and possible drug intoxication and hypothermia, according to a report from the Douglas County coroner. Susan Ford, 53, was found dead on Nov. 21, 2022, in a tent at the city-run campsite for people experiencing homelessness at 141 Maple St. in North Lawrence. ...

Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in stabbing incident

A Lawrence man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder in connection with a stabbing that was reported in December, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log. Christopher Coty Maier, 35, was arrested at around 7:45 a.m. Friday by Lawrence police in the 900 block of Vermont Street, according to the booking log. Court records show that Maier has yet to be formally charged with the ...

Douglas County district attorney, sheriff continue to battle over whether sheriff must produce personnel records of officers

A dispute between the Douglas County district attorney and the sheriff is continuing, with the DA issuing more subpoenas seeking testimony about the credibility of officers in the sheriff's department. Douglas County Sheriff Jay Armbrister continues to object to those subpoenas as an overreach on the part of the district attorney. All this comes after a Douglas County District Court judge late last month ...