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Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - March 28, 2015, Lawrence, Kansas Coming Sunday in the Journal- World: a 12- page voters guide with profiles and more on candidates for Lawrence City Commission and school board. Four states file response in gay marriage case. 1B J ournal - W orld LAWRENCE ® LJWorld. com 75 cents SATURDAY • MARCH 28 • 2015 Partly cloudy Today’s forecast, page 10A High: 55 Low: 38 Business 2A Classified 6C- 11C Comics 7A Deaths 2A Events listings 6A, 2C Horoscope 12C Opinion 9A Puzzles 12C Sports 1C- 4C Television 10A, 2C USA Today 1B- 6B INSIDE Vol. 157/ No. 87 28 pages City Commission candidate Stan Rasmussen is seeking to assure voters he’s not unduly influenced by out- of- town campaign donations. Page 3A Campaign questions Join us at Facebook. com/ LJWorld and Twitter. com/ LJWorld Richard Gwin/ Journal- World Photo CHASE BECKER, DIRECTOR OF LITURGICAL MINISTRIES at Corpus Christi Catholic School, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway, works on a Paschal candle, which is a symbol of Christ during the Easter season. Its main features include a cross, marking it as a symbol of Christ; the alpha and omega ( first and last letters of the Greek alphabet), acknowledging for Catholics that Christ is the beginning and the end; and the year. Lighting the season Get in the spring of things. Fertilizer 101 in Garden Variety, 5A Records prompted murder suspicions A Lawrence detective testi fied Friday that financial records found at the crime scene raised suspicions about Ronald Eugene Heskett, a 48- year- old Eudora man charged with first- degree murder in the death of a disabled Lawrence man in his care. Heskett worked as a home health care attendant for Vance “ Van” Moulton, 65, who had cerebral pal sy. Moulton was found dead of as phyxiation Sept. 12, 2014, at his residence at Prai rie Ridge Place Apartments, 2424 Melrose Lane. Douglas County Coroner Erik Mitchell testified at a preliminary hearing Friday that a “ consistent area of compression surrounding his entire neck” had caused the asphyxiation. Heskett initially described the death as an assisted suicide, offi cials said, but investigators quick ly suspected otherwise. Lawrence Police Department Detective Randy Gladwell testi fied that when he arrived to inves tigate the scene he found Moulton lying on his side in bed with a towel around his head. Once he received a warrant, Gladwell said, he began to search. Heskett had said he found Moulton’s body. While searching for evidence, Gladwell said he was informed By Caitlin Doornbos Twitter: @ CaitlinDoornbos Civil suit targets Gonzalez, party host The father of Nicholas Sardina, 27, of Lawrence, who was killed in 2012 after be ing struck over the head with a beer bottle during a brawl at a house party, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man convicted of manslaughter in his son’s death and the woman who hosted the party. Gonzalez, 23, of Mission, hit Sardina, 27, of Lawrence, over the head with a beer bottle during a brawl at a party hosted by Whitney Beck, of Overland Park, in the 300 block of West 14th Street in the early morning hours of Feb. 25, 2012. Gon zalez had argued that he was trying to protect a friend under attack by Sardina. Prosecutors said Gonzalez used excessive force in striking Sardina, who later died from his injuries. Gonzalez was convicted in June of invol untary manslaughter in the death of Sardina. In August, he was sentenced to 32 months in prison but was released in December on an appeal bond. The first trial in December ended in a hung jury. The retrial ended June 5 with a conviction for Gonzalez. Sardina’s father, Joseph Sardina, is seek ing $ 1.5 million from Gonzalez and Beck for damages associated with his “ mental By Caitlin Doornbos Twitter: @ CaitlinDoornbos Financial documents allegedly found in backpack led to scrutiny, detective says Heskett Please see RECORDS, page 2A BEER BOTTLE DEATH Victim’s father seeks $ 1.5 million for ‘ mental anguish’ Gonzalez Please see GONZALEZ, page 2A Colorado defends pot law, says states free to legalize weed D enver — States are free to legalize marijuana, Colo rado argued Friday in a filing to the U. S. Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit from neigh boring states that have asked the na tion’s highest court to shut down Colo rado’s pot law. The filing marks the first time Colorado has defended legal marijuana in writing. The federal govern ment did not sue to block the state’s 2012 vote to legal ize pot for all adults over 21. Colorado said that Nebras ka and Oklahoma should sue the federal government for not enforcing the Controlled Substances Act, not other states. Colorado said the states’ “ quarrel is not with Colorado but with the federal govern ment’s” approach to letting states experi ment with pot law. “ Nebraska and Oklahoma filed this case in an attempt to reach across their borders and selective ly invalidate state laws with which they disagree,” Colo rado argued. Because federal drug law By Kristen Wyatt Associated Press C OURTS Please see POT, page 2A T here is news about Lawrence getting its own version of a river walk. No, it won’t be as elaborate as the famed river walk in San Anto nio, but construction is set to begin soon on a new riverside trail just north of downtown. City commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday are set to approve a nearly $ 108,000 bid to build a new trail running along the south bank of the Kansas River connect ing Constant Park and Burcham Park. In case you absent- mindedly left your Lawrence parks guide on your bedside table, Con stant Park is the piece of green space just north of Sixth and Kentucky streets. Burcham Park is the long park in Pinck ney neighborhood that runs all the way down to Second and Indiana streets. There already is a make- shift trail that runs through the woods along the river, but plans call for this new trail to be highly improved. Parts of the trail will be concrete, while others portions will be crushed asphalt. When completed, it is expected to be appro priate for both walkers and bikers. The trail will connect with one in the Sandra Shaw Park, the new park near Second and Maine streets on the site of the former VFW property. As we previously have reported, the Sunflower Foundation is providing about $ 50,000 in grant money for the project. The city will use sales tax dollars to pay for the rest. Lawrence- based R. D. Johnson Excavation submitted the low bid. In what is becoming a bit of a concerning trend, the city project only attract ed two bidders. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department Chad Lawhorn clawhorn@ ljworld. com Town Talk Plans for river trail shaping up VOTERS GUIDE Please see TRAIL, page 2A

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