Public Safety

5 people shot in downtown Lawrence; 3 dead

Lawrence Police are investigating after at least five people were shot — three fatally — just before 1:40 Sunday morning in downtown Lawrence, according to a news release from Officer Derrick Smith.The exact location of the multiple shooting wasn't clear but police had blocked off ...

Former Lawrence mayor begins federal prison sentence

Former Lawrence mayor Jeremy Farmer reported to a federal prison this week, part of his punishment for stealing money from a food bank he led, according to federal officials. Farmer is now at the Administrative U.S. Penitentiary Thomson, located in Thomson, Ill., according to the Federal Bureau ...

Police arrest third man in connection with fatal shooting at Lawrence Motel 6

Police have arrested a third man in connection with a fatal shooting in early September at a North Lawrence motel.Ramone Singleton, 22, of Kansas City, Kan., was arrested Wednesday night in Kansas City, Mo., according to a news release Thursday from the Lawrence Police Department.Singleton will ...

Judge seals affidavit in Lawrence motel murder case

A judge has sealed the affidavit supporting the arrest of a murder suspect in this month’s fatal shooting at a North Lawrence motel. “The release of the affidavit would interfere with a prospective law enforcement action, criminal investigation or prosecution and could jeopardize the safety ...

Lawrence police arrest woman in connection with reported stabbing

One person was stabbed Monday night during a domestic disturbance in northern Lawrence, police say. Lawrence police officers were dispatched to a report of a stabbing about 10:10 p.m. in the 500 block of North John Doy Court, Officer Derrick Smith of the Lawrence Police Department said in an ...

Kansas municipal courts to undergo scrutiny; Lawrence judge on committee

Judge Scott Miller of the Lawrence Municipal Court will serve on a committee that will review the operation of municipal courts throughout the state, including their policies on setting bonds, fines and fees.Kansas Chief Justice Lawton Nuss announced the committee's membership Monday after ...

Hiawatha man arrested after police pursuit early Saturday morning

A Hiawatha man was being held in the Douglas County jail in connection with a police pursuit early Saturday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office booking log.Cullen Allen Harrell, 24, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of possession of stolen property, attempting ...

Gunshots fired near eastern Lawrence bar; one man wounded, witnesses uncooperative

A 33-year-old man was admitted to an area hospital with an apparent gunshot wound after a shooting Friday night in Lawrence, police said in a news release.The shooting was reported at 11:37 p.m. Friday at Playerz Sports Bar, 1910 Haskell Ave.By the time officers arrived on scene, there was ...

Man found guilty of molesting teen in 2012 Douglas County court case

A man was convicted of child sex crimes this week in Douglas County, in a case that until recent months had been frozen for five years with a warrant out for the suspect’s arrest.Pedro I. Martinez, 44, pleaded no contest Thursday to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and ...

Florida man charged with child sex crime in Douglas County

A Florida man appeared in Douglas County District Court this week to face a charge of sexual exploitation of a child.Sean T. Wenger, 32, of Keystone Heights, Fla., made his first court appearance in the case on Tuesday, according to the district attorney's office. Wenger was charged June 27 ...