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Teen who took handgun to Lawrence High School convicted

Story updated at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019: A teen who took a handgun to Lawrence High School in February has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime in connection with the incident. The teen pleaded no contest to criminal use of weapons on Wednesday in Douglas County District Court, according to the district attorney’s office. His sentencing is scheduled for July 3. The boy was arrested Feb. 12 at LHS, ...

Man sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for shooting in Lawrence apartment

For shooting a Lawrence man with his own gun in his own apartment last year, a Kansas City, Kan., man has been ordered to nearly three years in prison. Rodney L. McNeal, 22, was sentenced Tuesday in Douglas County District Court. Judge Kay Huff sentenced him to 34 months in prison plus two years of post-release supervision. She said McNeal also must register as a violent offender for 15 years because the ...

Lawrence man, 1 other Kansas resident killed in Colorado crash

A Lawrence man was one of two Kansas residents killed in a wreck Sunday in Colorado. The fatal wreck happened about 2 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of West Alameda Avenue and South Kipling Street in Lakewood, a suburb of Denver, the Lakewood Police Department said Tuesday in a news release identifying the victims. Killed were Jesse Edmonds, 30, of Lawrence, and Jacob Bowen, 26, of Gardner, said John Romero, ...

Lawrence man charged with sex crimes against 8-year-old

Updated at 5 p.m. Monday A Lawrence man has been charged with sexually abusing an 8-year-old child for the past several years. Johnie L. Saluto, 30, was arrested Friday and held on $500,000 bond, according to jail records. The alleged abuse dates back to 2015, when the child was 4, according to the complaint, filed Monday in Douglas County District Court. Saluto is charged with four counts of aggravated ...

Panel interviewing Douglas County judge candidates this week

Ten nominees to replace retiring Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin are scheduled to be interviewed this week. The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission will interview candidates throughout the day Thursday, starting at 9:30 a.m., at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E 11th St. According to the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration, nominees are, in order of their ...

Unanswered questions, grief linger for parents of teen killed in ‘horrific’ fiery crash near Lawrence

Approaching two years since their 15-year-old son was killed in a fiery crash, a Lawrence couple say they’re still grappling with a lack of closure surrounding his death. They’re frustrated in part because they don’t feel anyone was held accountable for the incident — some key details of which remain a mystery. The crash that killed Dalton Hess remained under investigation for over six months but no ...

Charges allege that KU student threatened woman with shotgun in on-campus apartments

The former University of Kansas football player arrested on assault and battery charges this week threatened a woman on campus with a shotgun, formal charges allege. Kenny E. Bastida, 19, made his first appearance Thursday in Douglas County District Court, where his bond was set at $10,000, according to court records. Bastida was released from jail by Friday morning, jail records indicate. Bastida is charged ...

Teen sentenced to probation for stealing gun, providing to fellow student on LHS grounds

A teen has been sentenced to probation for stealing a gun from his father, which he then reportedly sold to a fellow student on Lawrence High School grounds. Douglas County District Court juvenile judge Bethany Roberts closed hearings in the teen’s case to the public, but according to the sentencing order requested by the Journal-World following his sentencing on Wednesday, the teen was sentenced to one year ...

Two teen suspects in Lawrence double shooting remain detained as court proceedings delayed

Two Topeka teens charged with attempted murder and robbery in the shootings of two brothers at Holcom Park remain in law enforcement custody, even as their next court hearings have been delayed until June. The teens had been scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court this week and next for scheduling hearings, but did not because the hearings were pushed back. Court records did not indicate why the ...

'A young man striving for virtue': KU Catholic center mourns student killed in crash on way to sign lease for fall semester

Dylan Garnett went to Mass at the Catholic center every day during his first year at the University of Kansas, and he’d planned to enter new leadership positions there this fall. Instead, the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center community is now mourning Garnett, after he was killed in a crash this week on Kansas Highway 10. “His faith was the most important thing in his life,” Campus Minister Emily ...

Recent KU football player arrested after reportedly pointing gun at woman on campus

A recent member of the University of Kansas football team was arrested overnight after a woman reported that he pointed a gun at her on campus. Kenny E. Bastida, 19, was arrested early Wednesday morning at Stouffer Place Apartments, 1835 Ousdahl Road, on suspicion of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property, according to Douglas County Jail records. A 19-year-old woman who is ...

One arrested after suspects wielding knife, bat reportedly attack man on front porch

A Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly attacking another man on his front porch, then returning to the same area again in a matter of hours and causing more problems. The incidents happened in the 1500 block of West 22nd Terrace. Lawrence police Sgt. Amy Rhoads said in an email that officers first responded shortly after 6 p.m., when the victim said two suspects he knew attacked him on his ...

Lawrence man charged with rape in fall 2018 incident

A Lawrence man has been charged with rape in connection with an incident last year. Gregory E. Esquivel, 22, of Lawrence, was arrested on the charges Tuesday and scheduled to make his first appearance in court Wednesday, according to jail and court records. He is charged with one count of rape, a felony, for allegedly raping a 22-year-old woman when she was unconscious or physically powerless, according to ...

Federal jury convicts KCMO man suspected in Lawrence sex assault of stalking massage workers, illegally possessing guns

A man accused of inappropriate sexual behavior at area massage parlors — including allegedly stripping naked and groping a worker at one in Lawrence — has been convicted of federal stalking and gun charges. The conviction of Robert J. Gross, 67, of Kansas City, Mo., is the latest installment in a criminal history that dates back decades and allegedly includes even more sinister crimes. “Gross has a ...

After plea deals in downtown Lawrence triple-murder case, DA wants co-defendants to testify against friend

The night he allegedly shot and killed three people on Massachusetts Street, Anthony L. Roberts Jr. came to Lawrence and left the scene of the crime with three other men from Topeka. All three of those friends may now testify against Roberts at his upcoming trial. Prosecutors have filed notice that they intend to subpoena Ahmad M. Rayton and Dominique McMillon, and Rayton has already been served with his ...

Affidavit: Teen nearly died after snorting, swallowing Xanax and other pills provided by Lawrence man

A 15-year-old boy nearly died after snorting and swallowing a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol he got from an older man he was partying with, a police affidavit says. The boy and his 16-year-old friend both passed out after taking the pills, drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana that night, according to the affidavit. While police were able to revive the 16-year-old at the scene, the 15-year-old was ...

Report of gunshots fired at Tee Pee Junction leads to drug, gun crime arrests

Law enforcement caught up with a vehicle that reportedly fired gunshots into the air near Tee Pee Junction overnight, and arrested two men with “large amounts” of drugs, cash and a stolen gun, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The incident started shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, when deputies responded to a report of shots being fired from a vehicle near the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 ...

Lawrence police stop hundreds during checkpoint on 23rd Street, make 5 DUI arrests

The Lawrence Police Department conducted a DUI checkpoint Thursday night, during which they stopped vehicles in the 500 block of West 23rd Street, near 23rd and Louisiana streets. Police made contact with a total of 317 cars during the check lane, which was set up from 10 p.m. through 3 a.m. Friday morning, Sgt. Amy Rhoads said, in an email. She said police administered 22 field sobriety tests and arrested ...

Lawrence area’s last Pearl Harbor survivor dies at 100

Story updated at 6:52 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2019: A man believed to be this area’s last Pearl Harbor survivor has died at age 100. Longtime Lawrence resident, U.S. Navy veteran and University of Kansas professor Vincent U. Muirhead died April 30, according to his obituary published this week. Muirhead was a rangefinder and optical officer on the USS Maryland when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in ...

Lawrence man charged with sex crimes against teen

A Lawrence man has been charged with sex crimes against a teen that allegedly occurred over a four-year period. Frank J. Martinez, 35, 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 felonies, according to a complaint filed Thursday in Douglas County District Court. The abuse allegedly ...