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Crime scenes in Lawrence may all be linked together by a hatchet

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A Lawrence man woke up early Sunday morning to a man standing in his bedroom doorway with a hatchet. That’s the story FOX 4 originally went to Lawrence to cover on Monday.

Turns out, the case just kept getting stranger. The University of Kansas Law School student was not the guy to mess with.

“Oh yeah, I’m a Marine,” he said.

But Sunday morning he woke up to a frightening surprise, a man with a flashlight and a hatchet.

“Rubber handle and a steel blade,” he described.

The two exchanged words and the guy ran off. As we drove through the neighborhood where it happened, we found Hilary Edwards. Late Sunday afternoon, Hilary saw a hatchet resting against the tree in her yard.

“Just happened to see the axe by the tree, I had no idea what it was or what it’s for. I called my husband, I said, ‘Is that your axe?’” Edwards explained.

Silver Alert canceled: Missing 75-year-old Kansas man located

UPDATE: Donald Cook has been found and is in the hospital.

PRINCETON, Kan. — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office hopes someone can help them find Donald Eugene Cook, 75, who was last seen Wednesday, April 16 at his home in rural Franklin County.

Information provided in the Silver Alert says Donald Cook was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness and was upset by the diagnosis.

He left his home at 836 Kentucky Road at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, but did not tell his spouse where he was headed. Donald wears glasses. At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing gray, baggy sweatpants, black tennis shoes and possibly a t-shirt, unknown color. He was wearing a black coat with pictures of horses on the back, and his name “DON on the front and “Cook’s Ranch” written on the back of the coat. He may have also been wearing a hat with KU or OU o the front.

Insurance coverage to be provided for families of children with autism

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Some Kansas parents who have children with autism will soon receive insurance coverage for their kids, thanks to a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Sam Brownback.

Kansas becomes the 34th state in the nation to require that insurance companies provide coverage for autism. The new law is expected to affect 250 children next year. And another 750 kids in 2016.

Jill Robinson, of Lenexa, says the law means help is on the way for her four-year-old son, Oliver, who was diagnosed with autism more than two years ago.

Without the coverage, Robinson says therapies for her child cost more than $60,000 a year. She says that’s not affordable, even for upper middle class households like hers.

Don “Red Dog” Gardner rewarded for community service

LAWRENCE, Kan. — He’s in his 70′s, but young at heart, and now his thousands of hours of volunteering to help others stay young at heart are being recognized.

Don “Red Dog” Gardner is a Lawrence fixture and an inspiration too.

“That one I was proud of, and to be truthful, I even voted one time for myself,” said 75-year-old Gardner, who is the Kansas winner of the Home Instead Senior Care service award. “I’m just overwhelmed!”

Gardner is being recognized for his dedicated community service, including his work with Red Dog’s Dog Days, a free community fitness program for Lawrence residents.

“It helped kids get in better shape,” said Gardner. “What I used to always tell the kids, if I told them to do it, I could do it. Not anymore!”

TJ Everett, who has been participating in Dog Days since he was seven, admires Gardner.

Head for the Cure donates $65,000 to KU Cancer Center

In a special presentation, the University of Kansas Cancer Center received $65,000 from the Head for the Cure Foundation on Friday.

That’s 20 per cent of its KC 5K Run proceeds, which had a record turnout last year with more than 5,100 participants.

Most proceeds from the Head for the Cure 5K go to the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative, but last year the Head for the Cure board of directors committed to granting the 20 per cent to KU Cancer Center to demonstrate Head for the Cure’s support. In 2013, Head for the Cure granted a total of $375,000 to the BTTC.

The KU Cancer Center is now one of 23 ‘high-profile’ hospitals that are part of the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative research network.

Lawrence police seek bank robbery suspect

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Police are investigating after a man robbed a credit union in Lawrence.

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Robbery suspect

Shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, police responded to the report of a bank robbery said to have taken place at the Trinity Credit Union in the 3400 block of W. 6th Street in Lawrence.

New testing platform in Kansas victimized by “information bombing” says developer

KANSAS CITY — In the past, the Kansas State Assessments have been multiple choice. The State Department of Education is testing a new computer system that allows students to be more interactive, and made it clear that this year was a field test of this new system. They expected some glitches just like when they began online testing in 2003.

The director of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation that developed the new testing platform for the Kansas Department of Education is Marianne Perie. She says there is nothing wrong with the test or the program itself, but they have been the victims what she calls “information bombing.”

“I think the interesting thing was we had a really good day last Wednesday and a really good day Monday, and those were the next two days we got hit,” she said.