WRITER: Mackenzie Clark

76-year-old man dies at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center; natural cause suspected

Story updated at 1:29 p.m. Friday: A 76-year-old man died of apparent natural causes Friday morning at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, according to Lawrence police. First responders were dispatched around 8:22 a.m. to 4706 Overland Drive “regarding a medical emergency involving a possible drowning,” Sgt. Amy Rhoads, public affairs officer, said via email around 9:30 a.m. Friday. “Officers and ...

Future uncertain for Lawrence Blade & Timber after fire; one more chance to throw axes this weekend

After a fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage at 809 Massachusetts St., the fate of the ax-throwing business that occupied the building is uncertain. “We're waiting for details of the investigation to conclude before making any final decisions about the future of Blade & Timber Lawrence,” Jessie Poole, communications coordinator for the business, said via email. “However, we've advised our ...

Woman convicted in Eudora baby’s murder requests probation or shortened sentence

Carrody M. Buchhorn is facing nearly 10 years in prison for the murder of an infant in her care. She’s asking the judge to grant probation. Jurors found Buchhorn, now 45, guilty of second-degree murder in the Sept. 29, 2016, death of 9-month-old Oliver “Ollie” L. Ortiz. She has been in the custody of the Douglas County Jail, and her sentencing has been pending since the verdict came on July 26, 2018. ...

Police investigate armed robbery in northwestern Lawrence

Lawrence police are investigating after a report of an armed robbery in northwestern Lawrence Thursday night. At about 10:43 p.m. Thursday, police responded to the 5400 block of Rock Chalk Drive. Victims told officers that a man entered the residence with a handgun and demanded personal property, department spokesman Patrick Compton said via email Friday afternoon. The victims said the man left the area in ...

Lawrence man’s sentence for 2017 robbery near KU campus cut by half after remand by appeals court

A Lawrence man’s prison sentence was cut by more than half Thursday, following the state appeals court's reversal of his conviction and remand for a new trial. John Timothy Baker, now 35, was accused of robbing a 23-year-old Lawrence man at gunpoint on Jan. 8, 2017, near West Campus Road and West Hills Terrace. The intersection is on the northwestern edge of the University of Kansas' main campus in Lawrence. ...

Lawrence woman facing felony charges after alleged fight while cooking

A Lawrence woman has been charged with multiple felonies after an alleged altercation while cooking. Roslyn Michelle Colum, 37, was arrested the evening of Friday, Nov. 8, at Lawrence’s Graystone Apartments, in the 500 block of Graystone Drive. A group of people were cooking “when a disagreement between two female individuals became physical,” Lawrence Police Department spokesman Patrick Compton said ...

Man wanted to buy drugs and instead was shot by ‘Howie Da G’ at Lawrence McDonald’s, court documents allege

A Lawrence man reportedly went to a fast food restaurant’s parking lot to buy drugs, but he ended up getting shot by a man known as “Howie Da G,” court documents allege. Lawrence police were dispatched to McDonald’s, 1309 W. Sixth St., at 6:25 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, regarding a man being shot in the stomach. There they found a 50-year-old man with “significant injuries” from a gunshot, police have ...

2 contract workers rescued from capsized raft on Kansas River at Lawrence

Story updated at 1:37 p.m. Wednesday: First responders rescued two contract workers from a capsized raft in the Kansas River near Lawrence's Burcham Park Wednesday morning. Officers were dispatched to the area, 200 Indiana St., when two men were seen hanging on to a capsized raft in the river, Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads said in an email. The two were contractors performing maintenance on the water ...

Lawsuit over KU men’s basketball ticket brokerage headed for trial

A ticket broker’s lawsuit seeking to keep confidential the details of its agreement with Kansas Athletics Inc. is set to go to trial before a judge next year. Overland Park-based Tickets for Less LLC is the exclusive broker for Kansas men’s basketball tickets, the Journal-World has reported. The company filed the lawsuit in December 2018, hoping to keep what it argues are “trade secrets” under wraps. ...

Suspect in shooting at Playerz bar has died, Lawrence police say

The suspect in a shooting outside a Lawrence bar over the weekend has died, police said Wednesday. Terry Dean Scearce III, 30, of Lawrence, suffered life-threatening injuries in connection with the shooting, which occurred just after 2 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Playerz Sports Bar, 1910 Haskell Ave. Scearce allegedly shot a man and a woman; however, Scearce was reported to have suffered the most ...

Man convicted in Lawrence hit-and-run crash sentenced to probation, must serve 60 days in jail

A 26-year-old man convicted in a hit-and-run accident that left multiple people injured on May 19, 2017, was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months of probation. Andrew A. Walden, formerly of Iola, admitted to police that he rear-ended a broken-down Dodge Neon that several people were trying to push in the lanes of the 900 block of West 23rd Street, then kept on driving, according to a police affidavit in the case. ...

Judge: Plaintiff suing City of Lawrence over Queens Road taxing districts has 2 weeks to find attorney

A Lawrence man suing the city over Queens Road taxing districts has two weeks to secure an attorney, a judge ruled Tuesday, or the entire case could be dismissed. In January, Kurt Schaake, a Queens Road homeowner, filed a lawsuit against the City of Lawrence in Douglas County District Court claiming that the taxing districts are arbitrary and capricious and therefore out of line with state law, the ...

Colorado man convicted in Lawrence armed robbery spree, sex crime gets slight sentence reduction

A Colorado man appealed and got about two years and four months shaved off his sentence because of a technical change to his criminal history score. Elmoses Blackwell, 29, of Denver, was sentenced Sept. 21, 2018 to 25 years and six months for his charge of aggravated criminal sodomy and two counts of robbery. He had pleaded no contest to the crimes in exchange for other charges — including aggravated ...

Lawrence, Douglas County law enforcement work 18 accidents on snowy Monday; 1 man seriously injured

Story updated at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11: Local law enforcement worked 18 accidents during Monday’s wintry weather, and one involved serious injuries. Around 7:20 a.m., Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash in the 400 block of U.S. Highway 40, Public Information Officer Jenn Hethcoat said via email. The area is about 4.5 miles west of Interstate 70’s interchange ...

Investigation still underway in shooting that injured 3 at Playerz; person who says she was tending bar describes fear

After a shooting injured two victims and a suspect early Sunday, Lawrence police had released little information by Monday afternoon; however, various people associated with the bar spoke out on social media about the violent incident. Police were dispatched to Playerz Sports Bar, 1910 Haskell Ave., around 2 a.m. Sunday after the shooting in the bar’s parking lot. A man and a woman were both injured, and a ...

Lawrence man filmed women in his bathroom without their knowledge, affidavit alleges

A video found on a man’s cellphone shows him setting the phone down on his bathroom counter and, shortly thereafter, a woman undressing and getting into the bathtub, court documents allege. Andrew Lark Parsons, 31, of Lawrence, was arrested Sept. 18 and charged Sept. 27 with two counts of breach of privacy, court records indicate. The charge is a low-level felony. The Journal-World requested and recently ...

Man charged in shooting at Lawrence park sentenced to time served in less severe case; second trial pending

A Lawrence man who still has a shooting case pending in Douglas County District Court has been sentenced in a lesser case to time he’s already served. A jury found in August that Michael Alexander Hormell, 20, fired gunshots into a home in the 400 block of North Street on Jan. 24, 2018. Five adults and two children were inside but none was injured, according to a news release that the Douglas County district ...

Man arrested in Lawrence after allegedly being spotted wearing mask, carrying rifle

Lawrence police made an arrest Saturday after a caller reported a masked man walking around with a long gun, according to court documents. Larry D. Robinson, 40, of Lawrence, is facing charges of criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm under the influence and driving under the influence, according to court records. The police affidavit supporting Robinson’s arrest ...

Woman charged in connection with alleged burglary, battery at KU sorority chapter house

A woman has been charged in connection with an alleged violent incident at a University of Kansas sorority chapter house. Court documents allege that Sarah Nicole Morgan, 43, entered the Delta Delta Delta house at 1630 Oxford Road and battered an employee there. She is charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated battery “in any manner whereby great bodily harm, disfigurement or death could be ...

Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of rape

Story updated at 6:42 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8: A Lawrence man was arrested on suspicion of rape Friday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log. Douglas Yoshida Tong, 52, was booked into the jail on a probable cause warrant at 4:30 p.m. Friday in connection with a Jan. 15, 2018, incident, the booking log indicates. Tong made bond shortly after his arrest, the booking log indicates. He was ...