Public Safety

Police: Lawrence man shoots through neighboring apartment while clearing gun

An 18-year-old Lawrence man could face municipal charges of unlawfully discharging a firearm after he admitted that his gun discharged while he was clearing it and the bullet went through a neighbor's apartment.Lawrence police reported that officers were dispatched to an apartment building in ...

Lecompton man pleads no contest to sexually abusing two girls

A Lecompton man was convicted Wednesday, following a plea deal, of two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child for sexually abusing two girls.The man, Garry J. Wells, 54, entered a Douglas County courtroom in shackles for what was scheduled to be a preliminary hearing to determine ...

2017: Douglas County tallied more homicides than any year in past decade

This year began peacefully enough, but at the end of June, the killings began.Douglas County has now tallied its most homicides in a single year in at least a decade, according to 2017 counts provided by law enforcement agencies.All 10 of those happened in the last six months.Two incidents ...

KU medical student and her father among 3 killed in plane crash over Indiana

A University of Kansas School of Medicine student and her father were killed in a small-plane crash Saturday in Indiana. Amy Cantilena, 31, of Potomac, Md., was killed when the single-engine Cessna aircraft piloted by her father, 63-year-old Louis Cantilena, crashed around 9 p.m. Saturday ...

October KU residence hall rape investigation closed without charges

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to file charges in an October case in which two University of Kansas students allegedly raped the same woman in her dorm room.Prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges against the two men, according to the KU police ...

Smoking materials caused mobile home fire that killed dog, investigators say

Improperly discarded smoking materials caused last week's mobile home fire in which a dog was killed, Lawrence fire officials said. Following the fire department’s investigation, the Dec. 12 fire at a mobile home at 1908 E. 19th St. has been ruled accidental, caused by improperly discarded ...

KU law professor confirmed as U.S. attorney for District of Kansas

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Wednesday evening to confirm University of Kansas law professor Stephen McAllister as the next U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas.That office is part of the Justice Department and is in charge of all federal prosecutions in Kansas. He succeeds Tom Beall, ...

Man shot during home-invasion robbery at west Lawrence apartment

A man was shot Wednesday night in a home-invasion robbery at his west Lawrence apartment, according to Lawrence police. Officers were dispatched to the shooting about 8:45 p.m. at an apartment in the 4500 block of Wimbledon Drive, where they found a 21-year-old male who lived there with a ...

Affidavit: Face tattoos helped identify suspect in armed home invasion, sex crime

Victims of an armed home invasion robbery and sex crime in May told police that their attacker had tattoos on his face — specifically, an “angel wing” tattoo under each eye.That description helped Lawrence police identify Elmoses Blackwell, 27, of Denver, as the suspect, according to an ...

Document reveals federal government paid $13K to settle Haskell student’s lawsuit

The United States paid a former Haskell Indian Nations University student $13,000 to drop what remained of her lawsuit against the school and the federal government, according to a settlement agreement obtained by the Journal-World.The lawsuit stemmed from the woman’s dealings with Haskell ...

Stolen car leads police on chase through East Lawrence; officer hurt during arrest

A Lawrence man was arrested early Sunday morning in East Lawrence after he reportedly fled from law enforcement officers in a stolen car.The incident happened shortly before 7:30 a.m., when a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a Honda Civic that was driving with no lights on ...

Infant hurt in head-on wreck in Jefferson County

A 2-month-old baby was injured in a wreck Thursday in Jefferson County. The crash happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 24 about 2 miles east of the U.S. 24 and U.S. 59 junction, according to a preliminary report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. A Subaru Legacy driven by a ...

Jury convicts Lawrence woman of robbing pedestrian

A jury on Wednesday convicted a Lawrence woman for her role in robbing a man as he walked near the University of Kansas campus in January.Stacey N. Ballard, 24, was found guilty of one count of aggravated robbery, a felony, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said, in a news ...

Jury trial set for April to decide 3-year-old Cedarwood Apartments murder case

A jury trial for the man accused of murdering a 19-year-old Lawrence woman at Lawrence’s Cedarwood Apartments in 2014 is now set for April 30.That trial date falls more than three years after Rontarus Washington, 21, was arrested and jailed in connection with the killing.Previously scheduled ...