WRITER: Mackenzie Clark

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 ...

Lawrence police: 1 woman taken to hospital, 1 arrested after altercation while cooking

One woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after an altercation Friday, according to Lawrence police. Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Graystone Drive around 4:40 p.m. Friday in reference to a disturbance, department spokesman Patrick Compton said via email. “A group of individuals were cooking when a disagreement between two female individuals became physical,” Compton wrote. One ...

Tennessee man charged in chase with baby, stolen guns in truck agrees to plea

Updated at 11:38 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8: A man who allegedly led law enforcement on an on- and off-road chase with stolen guns and a 9-month-old baby in his truck agreed to a plea Thursday. Kenneth Jeremy Leedom, 32, of Woodbury, Tenn., was charged Aug. 12 with four felonies: aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer, aggravated endangering of a child, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer ...

Lawrence man pleads guilty in kidnapping, sex crime case

The second of two co-defendants in a Lawrence kidnapping and sex crime case pleaded guilty to two felony charges Thursday in Douglas County District Court. John Brown, 51, of Lawrence, was initially charged with kidnapping, a felony, as well as unlawful administration of a substance and battery, misdemeanors, the Journal-World has reported. On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated battery, a ...

Leavenworth man charged in connection with shooting at Lawrence McDonald’s

Story updated at 10:23 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8: A Leavenworth man was formally charged Thursday afternoon with two alleged crimes in connection with an Oct. 25 shooting that injured a man at a Lawrence McDonald’s. Howard Collins Levite Jr., 27, was charged with aggravated battery and attempted aggravated robbery, both midlevel-severity felonies. Lawrence police were dispatched to the reported shooting at 6:25 ...

Osage County: No new information available on woman found bound, unconscious in Lawrence

Close to five days after a woman was found bound and unconscious in Douglas County, the law enforcement agency investigating the incident had no further information to share Thursday. The Journal-World reported Sunday morning that the woman had been found around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in a white Silverado at the building that previously housed the Lawrence school district’s Wakarusa Valley School. ...

Man reportedly stabbed in altercation in Lawrence

A man was stabbed in an altercation Monday night near West Fourth Street and McDonald Drive, according to Lawrence police. Police were dispatched to the hospital around 10:20 p.m. Monday. A man said he'd been involved in a physical altercation with two male suspects and one of the male suspects stabbed him with a knife, Sgt. Amy Rhoads, LPD public affairs officer, said via email Monday morning. The man was ...

Two former employees sue Baldwin City, alleging age and sex discrimination

Two former employees of Baldwin City have filed lawsuits against the municipal body, both alleging that they faced discrimination on the basis of sex and age and that they were wrongfully terminated. Tamara Hagerman, 57, a former administrative assistant for the city, and Amanda Croucher, 45, a former meter reader, have both filed lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Hagerman ...

Charles R. Tingler Jr., pictured in September 2019

Lawrence man pleads no contest to lesser child porn charge; likely faces 32 months in prison

A Lawrence man who reportedly told police he viewed child pornography not for arousal but “as a form of art” pleaded no contest to a lesser charge Tuesday in Douglas County District Court. Charles R. Tingler Jr., 46, was initially charged Sept. 17 with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. He also faced a charge in a separate case for alleged interference with law enforcement at the time his arrest ...

Damage from Blade and Timber fire in downtown Lawrence estimated at $100K

A fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage at 809 Massachusetts St., which housed the business Blade and Timber. “The initial damage estimates were $75,000 on the structure with an additional $25,000 in contents,” Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief of Administration Tom Fagan told the Journal-World via email Monday. The fire is still under investigation, Fagan said. Blade and Timber ...

Jury finds Topeka man guilty of raping 15-year-old at Lawrence house party

Story updated at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4: A Douglas County jury on Monday found a 22-year-old Topeka man guilty of rape after a day of deliberations. Jordan K. Ross was accused of raping a 15-year-old Lawrence girl at a house party in August 2017. He was 19 at the time. He was charged in January 2018 with rape by force or fear, a level-1 felony. Prosecutors later added the charge of aggravated indecent ...

Lawrence police: Investigation into fatal stabbing forwarded to district attorney

The Lawrence Police Department has forwarded its investigation into a fatal stabbing on to the Douglas County district attorney, Officer Shawn Gross told the Journal-World via email Monday. John M. Minoglio, 40, of Lawrence, died shortly after 5 p.m. Oct. 20 after he was stabbed during an altercation with another man in front of a home in the 1900 block of Massachusetts Street, the Journal-World has reported. ...

Woman found bound, unconscious southwest of Lawrence

Story updated at 1:32 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3: A woman was found bound and unconscious inside a vehicle at the school district’s Wakarusa Valley building late Saturday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. At the request of the Topeka Police Department, deputies went to the school around 11:30 p.m. Saturday for an adult welfare check, said Jenn Hethcoat, public information officer for the ...

Charles R. Tingler Jr., pictured in September 2019

Man allegedly told Lawrence police child porn was not for arousal, but ‘a form of art’

A Lawrence man reportedly told police that child pornography they allegedly found on his devices was not for arousal, but rather “as a form of art,” according to court documents. Charles R. Tingler Jr., 46, was charged Sept. 17 with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child — midlevel-severity felonies. He is also facing a charge in a separate case for alleged interference with law enforcement at the ...

Douglas County sheriff's deputy brings home women's title from charity boxing match

Three Lawrence-area first responders trained for months in preparation for an annual boxing fundraiser, and one of them brought home a championship belt. Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Cooper won her match against Tracey Mauna, a Clay County, Mo., juvenile officer, on Saturday, Oct. 26. Guns N Hoses, an annual charity event, pits area law enforcement officers against firefighters in boxing matches ...

Lawrence man charged with exploitation of child, trading child porn

A Lawrence man was charged Thursday in Douglas County District Court with three counts related to child pornography. The charging document alleges that 23-year-old Jordan L. Brantley employed, persuaded, enticed or coerced a child under 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of promoting a performance, between July 17, 2017, and Feb. 4, 2018. It also alleges that he traded child pornography ...