WRITER: Mackenzie Clark

Shawnee man pleads down, gets probation after arrest with gun in Lawrence

Story updated at 1:19 p.m. Friday In a case that wrapped up within a month of the initial arrest, a man has pleaded and been sentenced to probation for criminal use of a weapon. Markivius C. Woods, 26, of Shawnee, was arrested and charged after his bag was searched during a traffic stop on the University of Kansas campus. An officer with the KU Police Department stopped a Ford Escape at the intersection of ...

Lawrence skateboarder injured during arrest charged with 3 misdemeanors

A Lawrence skateboarder who was injured in a June incident that sparked an internal investigation at the Lawrence Police Department is now facing charges in connection. Duc Tran, 43, of Lawrence, was charged Friday in Douglas County District Court with two class A misdemeanors: interference with law enforcement and assault of a law enforcement officer. He was also charged with failure to obey lawful order of a ...

KU student arrested on suspicion of rape

A University of Kansas student has been arrested on suspicion of rape, according to online records. A 19-year-old man with an address in Kansas City, Mo., was arrested Thursday at the KU Office of Public Safety in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred in January, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log. KUPD Division Chief James Anguiano said a student reported on Tuesday that she was ...

Sentencing delayed again for Lawrence man convicted of molesting 11-year-old

Sentencing was delayed Thursday in the case of a Lawrence man who has pleaded no contest to a child sex crime. Robert W. Copas, 37, of Lawrence, was charged in July 2017 with aggravated indecent liberties with a child. In March, he pleaded no contest to the same charge but as a less severe felony, the Journal-World has reported. Copas was first set to be sentenced in April, but that was delayed after his ...

Lawrence murder case, pending since 2014, set for trial next week

A long-running murder case is set to go to trial next week in Douglas County District Court — nearly five years after the victim was found dead in her Lawrence apartment. Rontarus Washington Jr., 23, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso, who was found stabbed and bludgeoned in the bathroom of her apartment in the 1700 block of West 24th ...

Man charged in connection with burglary of Islamic Center of Lawrence

A man has been charged in Douglas County District Court in connection with a burglary reported Aug. 13 at the Islamic Center of Lawrence. Amadou Oury Bah, 32, was charged Thursday with two felonies: burglary of the center, at 1917 Naismith Drive, and theft of at least $1,500 but less than $25,000. He also faces one misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property for allegedly damaging a screen and lock at ...

Lawrence man charged with groping young girl waives preliminary hearing, working on plea

A 36-year-old Lawrence man charged with multiple sex crimes against a child has waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and his defense attorney said she thought the case would be resolved through a plea agreement. Frank J. Martinez is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, all off-grid level felonies, and two counts of indecent liberties with a child, both lower-level ...

Tennessee man charged in alleged chase with baby, guns in truck bound over for trial

A man who allegedly led law enforcement on an on- and off-road chase on Aug. 11 was bound over for trial Wednesday. Kenneth Jeremy Leedom, 32, of Woodbury, Tenn., is charged with four felonies: aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer, aggravated endangering of a child, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and theft/possession of stolen property, according to the complaint filed against ...

Lawrence man charged with attempted murder convicted of lesser offenses through plea deal

A Lawrence man who had been charged in multiple cases in Douglas County District Court, the most serious of which involved attempted second-degree murder, has entered a plea deal to lessen the severity of his charges and dismiss some others. Alfred D. Sanders, 47, on Wednesday pleaded no contest to six felonies: three counts of aggravated assault and one count each of criminal discharge of a firearm, possession ...

Suspect in Islamic Center of Lawrence burglary booked into Douglas County Jail

The suspect who was reportedly captured on surveillance footage burglarizing the Islamic Center of Lawrence has been booked into the Douglas County Jail, online records indicate. Amadou Oury Bah, 32, was arrested at the jail in Omaha, Neb., taken back to Kansas and then booked into the Douglas County Jail on Wednesday afternoon. Lawrence police identified Bah as the man in surveillance footage from the ...

Lawrence police investigate death downtown; no foul play suspected

Police are investigating a death near the Lawrence Public Library, but no foul play is suspected. Police were called to the 700 block of Vermont Street at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday regarding a “possible deceased subject on the sidewalk,” Sgt. Amy Rhoads, public affairs officer, said via email Tuesday morning. The investigation was in its preliminary stages, Rhoads said Tuesday morning, but she later confirmed ...

Affidavit: Gardner man reportedly asked driver on K-10, ‘Do you want to get shot?’

A Gardner man threatened a man and two children on a highway in Douglas County before leading law enforcement on a pursuit through traffic, an affidavit alleges. Seth A. Kenney, now 20 but 19 at the time of the alleged incident, has been charged in Douglas County District Court with four felonies: three counts of aggravated assault and one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. The ...

Lawrence man drove around exposing himself to children and KU students, affidavits allege

Over a span of just more than 24 hours in August 2018, a Lawrence man drove around exposing himself to several women and two children, police affidavits allege. David Daniel Schumock, now 28, was arrested in November 2018 and charged with four counts — one felony and three misdemeanors — of lewd and lascivious behavior. The charges stem from four reported incidents in which Schumock was reportedly ...

Report: Cyclist failed to yield in accident at 17th and Kentucky; driver was eating KFC

A cyclist injured in an Aug. 16 collision with a Toyota Corolla didn't stop at the stop sign on 17th Street before attempting to cross Kentucky, witnesses told police. In addition, the driver of the Corolla was reportedly eating a meal from Kentucky Fried Chicken — an officer wrote that he found a half-eaten bowl of mashed potatoes on the front passenger seat. The cyclist, a 30-year-old woman with a ...

Lawrence man charged with arson made no attempt to alert neighbors, affidavit alleges

A Lawrence man burned aerosol cans inside his apartment, starting a fire in a building where other tenants were sleeping, but he made no attempt to alert his neighbors, according to court documents. Benjamin Cody Roberts, 28, was arrested July 1 and charged the next day with felony aggravated arson in connection with an incident at his apartment near Michigan and Sixth streets. The Journal-World requested ...

Lawrence man reportedly headed to strip club after alleged assault with gun at downtown business

A 23-year-old Lawrence man was arrested at a strip club early Saturday morning on suspicion of an alleged aggravated assault at a different business about an hour prior. Sgt. Amy Rhoads, public affairs officer for the Lawrence Police Department, told the Journal-World via email that officers responded to a business in the 700 block of New Hampshire Street around 12:30 a.m. Saturday regarding a disturbance with ...

Lawrence man charged with alleged violent sex crime, battery

A 34-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Friday and later charged with a violent sex crime, according to police and the Douglas County Jail booking log. Just before 1 a.m. Friday, Lawrence police officers were called to the 700 block of Lincoln Street to reports of a disturbance possibly involving a sex crime, Sgt. Amy Rhoads said via email. Officers took a man into custody at the scene. Rhoads said LPD could ...

Sheriff’s office IDs Lawrence man killed in accident west of Eudora; 21-year-old was a KU student

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has verified the identity of a man who was killed in a single-vehicle crash in July. Avery Mojica, 21, of Lawrence, was the only occupant of his vehicle, heading northbound in the 1300 block of East 1900 Road around 11:45 p.m. Friday, July 26. The vehicle then left the road just north of Kansas Highway 10 and the Twin Oaks Golf Complex west of Eudora, Jenn Hethcoat, a ...

Lawrence police: 2 attempts to avoid arrest lead to arrests

Two men allegedly attempted to avoid being arrested Thursday in separate Lawrence incidents, and they may have made things more difficult for themselves as a result. At 1:50 a.m. Thursday, an officer tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction near 11th and Massachusetts streets, Sgt. Amy Rhoads, public information officer for the Lawrence Police Department, told the Journal-World via email. The vehicle ...

Police identify Lawrence woman, 24, killed in accident; investigation continues

Police have released the name of the woman who died after an accident on the night of Aug. 20. Elizabeth Ann Allen, 24, of Lawrence, was riding her moped in the 2700 block of Haskell Avenue when a pickup truck hit her, police said. Officers were called to the scene around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, after multiple calls saying that a pedestrian may have been hit by a vehicle, police said. Allen died as ...