WRITER: Mackenzie Clark

Lawrence murder victim’s best friend testifies, alleges domestic abuse in victim's marriage

Story updated at 7:02 p.m. Thursday, Sept 19: A few months before she was murdered, 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso came to work with a black eye, her best friend testified Thursday morning in Douglas County District Court. Blanca Estela Galeana Aviles testified through an interpreter that she had worked with Mosso at both her jobs, at Comfort Inn and McDonald’s, for just less than a year. The two were ...

KU football player charged after arrest with teen girls in bar

A University of Kansas football player was charged Tuesday following an incident at a popular student bar in Lawrence. Thomas Patrick Barrett, now 21, was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Jayhawk Cafe, commonly known as the Hawk. Two 17-year-old girls were also inside the business and “in possession of what is believed to be alcohol,” Sgt. Amy Rhoads of the Lawrence Police Department ...

Charles R. Tingler Jr., pictured in September 2019

Lawrence man charged with sexual exploitation of a child

A Lawrence man has been charged with a child sex crime in connection with alleged activity in 2016. Charles Ray Tingler Jr., 46, was charged Tuesday with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child — level 5 felonies — according to online court records. The charges allege that on June 7, 2016, Tingler possessed images that portrayed a child under 18 “shown or heard engaging in sexually explicit ...

Investigator gives jury photo walkthrough of crime scene in Lawrence murder case

Bright yellow photo tents labeled with black numbers lay next to footwear impressions in blood, butter knives and little jewels in crime scene photos shown to a jury for a Lawrence murder trial Wednesday. The tiny yellow jewels, which dotted a corner of an apartment’s bedroom and bathroom floors, are believed to have come from a bracelet the victim was wearing at the time of her death. Justina Altamirano ...

2 people steal cutout of Chiefs quarterback Mahomes, get into car accident, Lawrence police say

Two suspects reportedly stole a lifesize cutout of the Kansas City Chiefs’ star quarterback, fled the scene and wound up in a car accident, according to information from Lawrence Police Department spokesman Patrick Compton. Just after noon Monday, Lawrence police officers were handling a two-car injury accident at Ninth and Missouri streets when they received a call from dispatch about an alleged theft from ...

Lawrence man charged with attempted murder, attempted rape

A Lawrence man was charged Monday with first-degree attempted murder and attempted rape, according to Douglas County District Court records. The circumstances surrounding the arrest were unclear, but 30-year-old Raju Tamang allegedly tried to kill a victim by strangling her with a phone cord but failed or “was prevented or intercepted in executing said crime,” according to the charges in his case. He ...

Husband of Lawrence murder victim wants to stay in U.S. only until case wraps, he testifies

Story updated at 7:33 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17: A Lawrence murder victim’s husband says he had no agreement to allow him to stay in the United States as long as he cooperated with prosecutors in the trial for the man they say killed his wife. To the contrary, 31-year-old Felipe Cantu Ruiz wants to go back to Mexico. Cantu Ruiz said if his lawyer asked the Douglas County district attorney’s office to allow ...

Lawrence teen charged with child sex crime

A Lawrence teen was charged Tuesday with a sex crime against a child. Cristopher Z. Moland, 18, was charged in Douglas County District Court with one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child younger than 14, according to court documents. The document alleges that on June 4, Moland engaged in “lewd fondling or touching” of a child who was 10 years old at the time. The charge is an off-grid ...

Lawrence murder victim’s husband recounts alleged infidelity, lack of trust in relationship

Iliatenco, Guerrero, is a small town in Mexico with strong Catholic values, Felipe Cantu Ruiz testified of his hometown Monday in Douglas County District Court. Many people from that town now live in Lawrence, and in the months prior to his wife’s murder, he was afraid that they would find out about the affairs she was having, he said. Justina Altamirano Mosso, 19, was found dead Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, on ...

2 Lawrence men arrested separately on suspicion of child sex crimes

A 46-year-old man and an 18-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of child sex crimes Monday in Lawrence, according to the Douglas County Jail booking log. The 46-year-old man was arrested at 4:20 p.m. Monday in the 2100 block of Haskell Avenue, but his address is in the Jayhawk Mobile Home Court in the 1400 block of East 15th Street, near the East Lawrence Recreation Center, the booking log shows. The man ...

Lawrence murder victim’s husband believed she was pregnant at time of her death, he testifies

Story updated at 5:44 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2019: At the time of Justina Altamirano Mosso’s death, her husband believed she was pregnant with a “bastard child,” he testified Friday. Mosso was 19 when she was found murdered in the bathroom of the apartment she had shared with her husband at 1727 W. 24th St., Lawrence’s Cedarwood Apartments. Officers testified Thursday that they had found her slumped ...

Wichita man killed in single-vehicle crash near Iowa Street and Stratford Road

Story updated at 9:18 a.m. Wednesday A Wichita man was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash late Wednesday, Lawrence police said. Lawrence police were called to the area of Iowa Street and Stratford Road around 9:55 p.m., police said in a news release Thursday morning. Officers found that 52-year-old Silvestre Guebara had died when his pickup truck left northbound Iowa Street, struck a tree and rolled ...

Cousin testifies about last time she saw Lawrence murder victim alive

Story updated at 8:18 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12: Though Olivia Flores’ memory has faded in the nearly five years since her cousin was found murdered, she recalled telling her not to leave — to come back and have supper. But Justina Altamirano Mosso, 19, never returned, and it wasn’t until two days later that police found her body on the floor of her bathroom, slumped against the wall and bathtub, her face ...

Lawrence man, 56, gets probation for providing drugs that nearly killed teen

A Lawrence man who was set to go to trial for giving a teen drugs that nearly killed him was convicted Wednesday and sentenced to three years of probation. Dana S. Wingert, 56, of Lawrence, pleaded no contest to two counts of endangering a child, two counts of unlawful administration of a substance, one count of unlawfully hosting minors consuming alcohol and two counts of battery, according to Cheryl Wright ...

Lawrence police report 23 DUI arrests from recent campaign; 574 citations issued

Lawrence police during a recent campaign reportedly made 23 arrests for suspected driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. From Aug. 15 through Labor Day, Sept. 2, the “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” campaign resulted in 1,019 law enforcement contacts, according to numbers provided by Officer Shawn Gross of LPD. Extra officers were on patrol to seek out drivers who showed signs of impaired driving ...

Lawrence police: Man injured in possible shooting near 24th and Louisiana streets

Lawrence police were called to a local hospital around 9:10 p.m. Tuesday regarding a “possible shooting,” according to Sgt. Amy Rhoads, public affairs officer. A male victim told police he was inside his vehicle at a parking lot in the 2400 block of Louisiana Street when an unknown man approached, raised a firearm and fired, Rhoads said via email. She said the victim suffered injuries that were not ...

With jury selected, Lawrence murder trial to proceed

In the last few moments of the afternoon Wednesday — the third day of a murder trial that is expected to last three weeks — attorneys selected eight men and seven women to serve on the jury. On trial is defendant Rontarus Washington Jr., 23, who is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in connection with the Nov. 7, 2014 death of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso. Mosso was found ...

Lawrence police: Gun fired but no injuries in armed robbery

Story updated at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday A gun was fired during an armed robbery Monday in northern Lawrence, but no one was injured, police say. Police responded to a home in the 1300 block of George Court around 7:37 a.m. Monday, according to Sgt. Amy Rhoads, public affairs officer for the Lawrence Police Department. The neighborhood is north of the intersection of Michigan Street and West Second Street. “It ...

Georgia man convicted in Lawrence ‘Purge’ mask robbery

The second of four men charged in connection with a series of robberies in February and March of 2018 has been convicted. Corey Tremain Allen, 31, of McDonough, Ga., pleaded no contest Tuesday, and Judge Kay Huff found him guilty of three felony charges: robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threat. On Feb. 20, 2018, Allen and Justice L. Dent, whose case is pending, allegedly knocked ...

Prosecutor questions jury pool about graphic photos, domestic violence, biases in Lawrence murder trial

Into the second day of jury selection in a murder trial, prosecutor C.J. Rieg began to question potential jurors about their biases, views on the criminal justice system, personal experiences and ability to tolerate graphic imagery. The jury will hear the state’s case against Rontarus Washington Jr., 23. He is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in connection with the Nov. 7, 2014 death ...