WRITER: Mackenzie Clark

Slain Lawrence woman was mother of 5, animal lover; police, prosecutors provide no new information

A 41-year-old Lawrence woman whose death is the subject of a homicide investigation was a mother of five and grandmother of one, according to her obituary. The woman, Jennifer Marie Mosby, was found dead in her home last week. She was born in Ottawa, and she received a certificate in office management from Flint Hills Technical College in Manhattan, according to her obituary from a Topeka funeral home. She is ...

Eudora man bound over for trial in alleged kidnapping of senior relatives

A Eudora man will face trial this spring for several felony charges, including kidnapping and aggravated robbery involving two relatives, both in their 80s. The two relatives testified Monday in Douglas County District Court that Raymond P. Stilley, 32, had broken into their home late in the evening on July 12, 2020, woke them up and demanded money and bank cards from them before taking them as “hostages” ...

Douglas County defendants who are in custody could see jury trials in February

Long-delayed jury trials could resume under a recent administrative order in Douglas County District Court, at least for defendants who are in custody. However, as of Thursday, records from the court and the Douglas County Jail indicated that only two cases scheduled for February jury trials fit that criteria. Chief Judge James McCabria issued the administrative order Wednesday, stating that any trials ...

Homicide reported in Lawrence; suspect in custody, police say

A 41-year-old Lawrence woman is dead as the result of a homicide, according to Lawrence police. Police learned of a possible homicide when they were contacted by Topeka police Wednesday, LPD spokesperson Patrick Compton said. In an unrelated investigation, Topeka PD learned that a Lawrence man may have been involved in the recent killing of a woman in Lawrence, Compton said. Officers found Jennifer Marie ...

Leeway Franks owners grateful for community’s support after burglary; investigation is ongoing

Lee and K Meisel didn’t let a recent burglary at their restaurant and butcher shop hold up business for long, though the emotional impact is lingering and the investigation is still underway. However, the married business partners who own Leeway Franks and Leeway Butcher, 935 Iowa St., told the Journal-World that the community has rallied around them since they discovered the robbery Friday morning. Some ...

Lawrence man who solicited sex with teen girl sentenced to 38 months in prison

A Lawrence man was sentenced Monday to 38 months, or just more than three years, in prison for commercial sexual exploitation of a child. A jury found Joshua F. Sinnard, now 40, guilty following a trial in January 2020. The victim, a 17-year-old girl, had been communicating via Snapchat with a user named “Wammajamma,” whom the victim believed to be a 15- or 16-year-old girl from Baldwin City, according ...

Lawrence police find suspected explosives during home search

Story updated at 5:34 p.m. Monday: Lawrence police called in assistance for possible explosives that officers found during a search of a home Monday, according to a department spokesperson. Officers were executing a search warrant at a home near the intersection of Kasold Drive and Harvard Road when they found what they believed could be “unexploded military ordnance,” said Patrick Compton, spokesperson ...

Man who was readying AK-47 at bar closing time in Lawrence sentenced to 16 months

A man who officers believed was readying a semi-automatic assault rifle around closing time in a popular Lawrence bar district was sentenced Thursday to 16 months in prison. The judge told him that he or police officers could have lost their lives, and “that is something that none of us can stomach thinking about.” Dayson G. Kelley, 19, of Topeka, was arrested in the early hours of Friday, Feb. 28, after ...

Lawrence man to face trial in child sex crime case

A Lawrence man will stand trial in a child sex crime case that has been pending for almost a year, a judge ruled Wednesday. Bryon L. Brouhard, 22, was initially charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy. At the prosecutor’s request, Douglas County District Court Judge Amy Hanley bound Brouhard over on three counts of the same charge after a preliminary hearing. Two young boys reportedly told a ...

Detective testifies about conversations with homicide victim's husband in Rontarus Washington Jr. murder case

A detective testified Tuesday about meetings with a homicide victim’s husband that, apparently, the defendants’ attorneys were never aware of in a case that’s been pending for six years. Rontarus Washington Jr., 24, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in connection with the November 2014 death of his neighbor, 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso. Washington’s attorneys, Adam ...

Lawrence police officer accused of injuring skateboarder and falsifying report resigns, department says

An officer who has been accused of fracturing a skateboarder’s elbow during an arrest and of lying under oath in a separate case has resigned from the Lawrence Police Department. Former officer Brad Williams’ resignation went into effect Wednesday, Jan. 6, according to LPD spokesperson Patrick Compton, who did not indicate a reason for the resignation. Williams had made only two arrests since mid-June ...

Black joy, a ‘love project’ and food security: Lawrence racial equity grant recipients share goals

Now that Clare Nderagakura is at a point where she can take care of herself, she wants to give back to the community that has supported her and helped her grow. Her “love project,” Clare’s Community Closet, aims to provide basic needs such as clothes and toiletries for people without housing, families with low incomes and anyone else who needs something they know they can’t afford, she said. ...

Judge sentences Lawrence man to prison in burglary case, notes that ‘someone should apologize’ for his difficult childhood

A man was sentenced to 45 months in prison Friday in a burglary case that was “unorthodox” from the beginning, as the judge described it. Dandre M. Cordray, 20, was charged in December 2019 with 14 felonies — five counts of aggravated burglary, five counts of theft and four counts of burglary of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with three counts of misdemeanor theft. Just a couple of weeks later, he ...

Douglas County court to delay jury trials through January

Jury trials that were set to begin this month in Douglas County District Court are going to be postponed, the chief judge said Thursday. The court has a plan approved by the state Office of Judicial Administration and by Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health to resume holding jury trials safely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Trials were set to begin Monday, Jan. 11, using the Flory Meeting Hall at the ...

Two injured in crash, roads closed near 9th and Alabama streets

Two people were injured in a single-vehicle crash at Ninth and Alabama streets in Lawrence on Thursday afternoon, according to police. The vehicle struck a tree at the northeast corner of the intersection, said Patrick Compton, spokesperson for the Lawrence Police Department. The driver was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, Compton said. He said the passenger in the vehicle was ...

2 men charged in connection with reported shooting in Lawrence

Story updated at 4:25 p.m. Friday Two men have been charged in Douglas County District Court in connection with a reported shooting. Lawrence police arrested Camdon J. Collins, 18, and Jaren B. Collins, 19, both of McLouth, Thursday evening on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, according to jail records. However, both were charged Friday with one count of a less severe felony, criminal discharge of a ...

Rewriting its stance on criminal justice, League of Women Voters of Kansas emphasizes incarceration alternatives, other measures

The League of Women Voters of Kansas has drafted a rewrite of its nearly 50-year-old position statement on criminal justice to emphasize alternatives to incarceration, offender wellness and the elimination of systemic bias. Marlene Merrill, co-chair of the league’s Position Update Committee, said during a virtual meeting Tuesday that the new draft compared with the current position was “really almost like ...

Lawrence teen accused of shooting gun at occupied vehicle

A teenager has been charged in connection with an alleged exchange of gunfire between people in vehicles in Lawrence. Officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of Louisiana Street just before 1 a.m. Monday for a reported disturbance with weapons, Lawrence Police Department spokesperson Patrick Compton told the Journal-World via email Monday. Officers spoke to witnesses at the scene who heard gunfire, but it ...

Men use social media in attempts to sexually target Lawrence teens, affidavits allege

Two Lawrence men have been arrested after allegedly using Facebook and Snapchat to not only solicit underage girls, but to also find out where they live, according to recently released documents in their court cases. Jared C. Spears, 28, of Lawrence, has been charged in Douglas County District Court with electronic solicitation, a high-severity felony, and stalking, a misdemeanor. Michael K. Aller, 31, of ...

Boy sentenced for bringing loaded gun to Lawrence High School

Story updated at 5:44 p.m. Monday: A teen who reportedly brought a gun to Lawrence High School last year has been sentenced to time served. The boy, a 14-year-old student at the time, stole a 9 mm handgun from a parent in December 2019, according to court documents. On Jan. 8, 2020, another student at Lawrence High School reported that the boy might have brought a weapon to school, according to a news release ...