WRITER: Mackenzie Clark

Lawrence police: K-10, 6th Street 3-vehicle accident report not yet complete

Lawrence police provided little new information Tuesday on an accident that injured three people the previous evening at Kansas Highway 10 and West Sixth Street. First responders were dispatched to the three-vehicle crash around 6:10 p.m. Monday, the Journal-World reported. One person was taken by air ambulance to an area hospital with serious injuries, police said, and two others were taken by ambulance to ...

Missouri man accused of stealing grease in 2 Lawrence cases back in court

A man who stands accused in two grease theft incidents is back in Douglas County District Court this week after recently missing hearings in his case. Byron P. Aston, 29, of Springfield, Mo., was first charged Feb. 27 with low-level felony theft for allegedly stealing more than a ton of used cooking grease from bins behind three downtown Lawrence restaurants. In a second case, prosecutors allege that Aston ...

Woman convicted of killing Eudora baby sentenced to 10-plus years; parents tell court about devastation of losing child

Story updated at 1:13 p.m. Monday: More than three years after a 9-month-old boy was found unresponsive at a Eudora day care, the woman convicted of his murder has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison. Carrody Melissa Buchhorn, now 45, was found guilty of second-degree murder on July 26, 2018. Her bond was revoked that day, and she has been in custody at the Douglas County Jail since. Buchhorn’s ...

Man sentenced to almost 5 years in Lawrence ‘Purge’ mask robbery case

A man convicted in connection with a robbery in a series that took place in Lawrence in early 2018 was sentenced to just short of five years in prison Monday in Douglas County District Court. Corey Tremain Allen, 31, of McDonough, Ga., pleaded no contest Sept. 10, and Judge Kay Huff found him guilty of three felony charges: robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threat. Allen and ...

2 adults, 2 children injured in 4-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 40 west of Lawrence

Updated at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 Four people were believed to have suffered injuries after a multivehicle accident west of U.S. Highway 40 and Kansas Highway 10 Sunday evening, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. A report from the KHP says a Saturn Ion driven by Justin David Rupnicki, 27, of Topeka, was on U.S. Highway 40 and stopped to turn south on East 800 Road around 5:50 p.m. Sunday. The ...

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 ...