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CIVIL CASES FILED
December 4, 1991
A Lawrence woman is suing a Lawrence apartment complex in connection with injuries stemming from a fall on the apartment grounds. Judith Foster filed the lawsuit against the Malls Olde English Village Enterprises, also known as the Malls Olde English Village Apartments, Melvin J. Huxtable Jr., Herbert Weidensaul, Gary Stephenson and unknown others responsible for repairing and maintaining exterior plumbing and landscaping of the apartments. Foster’s lawsuit, which seeks damages of more than $50,000, alleges she stepped in a hole and “seriously injured her leg and other portions of her body” on the apartment grounds on Dec. 15, 1989. Foster’s attorney, Jane Frydman of Lawrence, said Foster also injured her back in the accident. Foster also claims that her injuries are permanent and progressive. A Parsons man has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the estate of the man who killed his mother. Ronald Darren Fleming, 26, through his guardian, filed suit against the estate of Hilton W. Nuffer for damages of more than $50,000 for “mental anguish, suffering or bereavement, loss of society, companionship, comfort or protection, loss of parental care, training, guidance or education and for reasonable funeral expenses” of $3,271. On May 5, 1991, Hilton Nuffer and Christa K. Nuffer, Fleming’s mother, were found dead at their Lawrence home. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department determined that Hilton Nuffer killed his wife and then committed suicide.
FOR THE RECORD DISTRICT COURT CRIMINAL CHARGES FILED
December 4, 1991
Zachary Smith, 18, 1403 Tenn., was charged Tuesday with a felony count of aggravated robbery in connection with a Nov. 24 incident at the Town and Country Market Store, 501 W. Ninth. Lawrence police allege that Smith, wearing a pair of pantyhose over his head, walked into the convenience store and demanded that the two clerks behind the counter give him money from the cash register. Smith reportedly displayed a small handgun during the robbery. No one was injured and police have not found a weapon. Bond is set at $15,000, and Smith remained in the Douglas County Jail this morning. A preliminary hearing has been set for next Wednesday. Jose Peregrino, 27, Kansas City, Kan., was charged Tuesday with a felony count of theft. Douglas County sheriff’s officers arrested Peregrino on Monday when they found out he was driving a car that had been reported stolen by a Kansas City, Mo., man. Bond was set at $7,500, and a preliminary hearing is set for Monday.
JORDAN EAGER FOR HOME TURF
December 4, 1991
Kansas point guard Adonis Jordan played basketball for two years at Cleveland High in Reseda, Calif. Reseda, located northwest of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, is about an hour from Long Beach, site of Saturday night’s Kansas-Long Beach State game.
FESTIVAL OF TREES RAISES $21,425
December 4, 1991
Lawrence residents Tuesday bid on 52 uniquely decorated Christmas trees at the annual Festival of Trees auction, generating more than $21,000 in funds for a local children’s shelter. “It’s the most we’ve ever raised,” said Judy Culley, executive director of The Shelter Inc., which provides emergency services for children.
TONY LANDS TWO BERTHS
December 4, 1991
Tony Sands had to fight for a spot on his St. Thomas High football team. After four years on the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., school’s varsity squad, he became the leading rusher in Broward County history.
KU POLICE GIVEN NEW INFORMATION ON THEFT
December 4, 1991
The investigation into Saturday night’s theft in an Allen Fieldhouse locker room continues today as Kansas University police are working with new information about the suspect. KU Police Lt. John Mullens said a woman offered additional information Tuesday about the suspect, and that a reworked composite drawing was being prepared. He said the woman was driving into a parking lot northwest of Allen Fieldhouse, when she almost hit a duffel bag that a man had thrown over the construction fence in the parking lot.
S POST FILLED BY DESOTO BOARD
December 4, 1991
After discussing the qualities and characteristics necessary in a new superintendent, the DeSoto School Board decided Monday the perfect candidate already held the top job. Board members unanimously decided to offer the superintendent’s position to Marilyn Layman, who has served as interim superintendent since July 1. Terms of her contract will be negotitated.
SALES WENT FLAT IN THIRD QUARTER, TAX REPORT SAYS
December 4, 1991
Business for Douglas County merchants appears to have been flat in September, according to sales tax collection reports issued this week by the Kansas Department of Revenue. During the month, Douglas County businesses collected $2.173 million of the state’s 4.5 percent sales tax, an increase of 8.83 percent over September 1990 receipts. However, the Revenue Department cautioned that the report overstated the percentage changes for September-to-September comparisons.
LILLIAN L. USBORNE
December 4, 1991
Memorial services for Lillian L. Usborne, 87, Tonganoxie will be Dec. 14 at the Greece Baptist Church in Rochester, N.Y. The body was cremated. Mrs. Usborne died Monday, Dec. 2, 1991, at the Brandon Woods Retirement Community in Lawrence.
EUGENE R. HOWARD
December 4, 1991
Funeral services for Eugene R. Howard, 47, of Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, followed by burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, with the Rev. William Dulin officiating. Mr. Howard died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1991, at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., of natural causes.
WOODROW R. CLARK
December 4, 1991
Services for Woodrow Riley Clark, 78, Perry, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Perry United Methodist Church with the Rev. Barbara Moore officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Perry. Mr. Clark died Monday, Dec. 2, 1991, at the home of a daughter in Topeka.
MARK L. MOHLER
December 4, 1991
Funeral services for Mark Leslie Mohler, 31, Shawnee, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Shawnee Mission Baptist Temple, Shawnee, followed by graveside services and burial at 2 p.m. Friday in Pleasant Hill Cemetery west of Centropolis. Mr. Mohler died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1991, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.
KU RESEARCHERS RECEIVE FUNDING FOR ELDERLY STUDIES
December 4, 1991
Several Kansas University faculty and staff members have received funding for studies that include home repair, health care, home sharing and physical fitness for the elderly. The research awards were made through the newly established Richard L. Schiefelbusch Gerontology Research Development competition, according to R. Mark Mathews, acting director of the KU Gerontology Center.
LOCAL MARKET TO SEE SLIGHT JOB GROWTH
December 4, 1991
Despite its no-growth forecast for Midwestern employment, Manpower Inc.’s survey of 30 Lawrence employers predicts a modest expansion in the local job market during the first quarter of 1992. Nancy Slabaugh, manager of the Lawrence Manpower office, said the local survey found 20 percent of employers planning to add staff during the January-March period, 17 percent forecasting labor force reductions and 63 percent expecting no changes.
LIONS DONATE TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
December 4, 1991
Although the checks being donated Tuesday were imaginary ones, the benefits they will bring to Lawrence children will be very real. The Lawrence Lions Club on Tuesday donated money to three organizations that help children. Its treasurer, in bed with the flu, wasn’t able to bring the ceremonial checks to The Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass. But representatives of the three groups didn’t seem to mind when Walt Kihm, club president, presented them with “invisible checks” and the promise of a more substantial offering to follow.
CITY MULLS CHANGING FEE STRUCTURE
December 4, 1991
The Linwood City Council Tuesday discussed a new policy for charging building permit fees, taking into consideration the size of the small community and the types of buildings likely to be constructed there. Ellenor Large, city clerk, said the council reviewed the policy, which was drafted by the Linwood Planning Commission. Rather than charging a building permit fee based on the cost of the structure, the proposed policy calls for a fee based on the number of square feet, she said.
WOMAN STILL CRITICAL FOLLOWING ACCIDENT
December 4, 1991
At least four Haskell Indian Junior College students who were in an accident in New Mexico on Monday were en route to Lawrence this morning, a Haskell spokeswoman said. But one person who was seriously injured remained hospitalized today.
SCHOOL ANTAGONIST TO MEET WITH FINNEY
December 4, 1991
Gov. Joan Finney has agreed to meet with a Eudora woman who has voiced outrage at the educational system. Connie Ford, who speerheaded an effort to audit the school district’s financial records, will discuss her concerns with the governor at 1:45 p.m. Friday in Topeka.
OFFICIALS SEEING MORE BAD CHECKS
December 4, 1991
Although the Lawrence economy hasn’t been hit with large-scale layoffs and other hardships, the recession may be making its mark through an increase in the number of bad checks local residents are writing. Hard numbers on the volume of insufficient funds checks circulating in Lawrence aren’t easy to come by. Spokesmen for local banks, who say they don’t track the number of insufficient funds items they handle, say an increase in the load this year if there’s been one at all is slight.
KUMC TO TEAM UP IN FIGHT AGAINST CANCER IN HUNGARY
December 4, 1991
Kansas University Medical Center officials didn’t purposely title a $2.33 million project to help Hungarian children POOH, as in Winnie the Pooh, but when it was all said and done, they were glad they did. Federal and med center officials announced Tuesday that they hope to turn childhood cancer around in Hungary through the Pediatric Oncology Outreach to Hungary (POOH) project. The med center was one of 10 American universities to receive a grant from the State Department through the Agency for International Development.
MED CENTER BLACKMAIL
December 4, 1991
It is difficult to understand the reasoning or logic of some Kansas legislators. Time and again, the public has reason to believe they have witnessed the ultimate display of questionable, backward thinking by some of the state’s lawmakers only to be surprised by an even more outrageous example of twisted logic. The newest evidence of such thinking is a bill, proposed by an Atwood representative, which would cut state financing for the Kansas University Medical Center by 10 percent if the center can’t recruit, force or entice a greater number of graduates to enter the school’s family practice program.
S WISHES COME TRUE WITH DREAM FACTORY COMPUTER
December 4, 1991
In the hospital late this summer, recovering from his most recent surgery, Ryan Walker began kindergarten on a computer. Learning from number- and letter-recognition games, he quickly advanced and asked for more complicated programs. After he returned home, more than anything, Ryan wanted a computer of his own.
LOCAL ATTORNEY CLOSES PURCHASE ON STONE CHURCH
December 4, 1991
Arthur Anderson, a local attorney, announced Tuesday that he has purchased the Old English Lutheran Church from Allen Realty Inc., ending three years of debate on the fate of century-old church. The purchase ends the threat of demolition for the church but doesn’t close the door on legal wranglings over how the city handles demolition permits.
S FOOTBALL COACH NEXT SEASON
December 4, 1991
After a one-year sabbatical, a rejuvenated Charlie Richard announced Tuesday he will return as Baker’s football coach next season. Richard took a leave of absense last December, following Baker’s 27-3 loss to Peru State in the NAIA quarterfinals.
PROGRAM PUTS YOUTHS IN TUNE WITH BAKER
December 4, 1991
The halls are alive with the sound of music at Baker University’s music preparatory school. In its second year, the program pairs Baker music students with elementary, junior high and high school youngsters for private lessons on musical instruments or in voice training.
JAYHAWKS JAM SHOCKS
December 4, 1991
The three-point line, Kansas’ women’s basketball players say, is the last thing on their minds. Hmmm. Then how do you explain a team record for three-point baskets in KU’s 72-43 thumping of Wichita State on Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse?
LOCAL WOMAN FIGHTS U-TURN TICKET
December 4, 1991
If you’re driving on Massachusetts Street and see a parking space on the opposite side of the street, you might want to resist the temptation to make a U-turn into the space. The maneuver might put a traffic ticket in your future.
ALICE W. GOINS
December 4, 1991
Services for Alice W. Goins, 88, formerly of Lawrence, are pending at Rumsey Funeral Home. She died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1991, at the Care Inn in San Marcos, Tex.
PLAN THREATENS KU MED CENTER FUNDS
December 4, 1991
Lawmakers are likely to debate a proposal that would cut funding for the Kansas University Medical Center unless more medical students enter the family practice program. The bill, proposed by Rep. Fred Gatlin, R-Atwood, is a reflection of lawmakers’ frustrations in developing policies that attract more doctors to rural areas.
HOSPITAL REPORT
December 4, 1991
Bryan and Kristy Shackelford, Lawrence, a girl, Tuesday. Pam and Steve Kincaid, Lawrence, a girl, today.
MOTION ASKS CONFESSION BE NULLIFIED
December 4, 1991
A Lawrence attorney, suggesting that police violated his client’s rights in eliciting a confession, wants the confession withheld as evidence in a February murder trial. In a written motion filed in Douglas County District Court, defense attorney James Rumsey said that Kenneth L. Morris’ confession to the murder of a Lawrence man and any other evidence in the confession obtained by Lawrence police should not be used as evidence in the trial.
CITY SENDS BAR ORDINANCE BACK FOR STRICTER CONTROLS
December 4, 1991
After two hours of debate at their Tuesday meeting, Lawrence city commissioners sent back the latest draft of a controversial ordinance regulating local drinking establishments and private clubs for more changes. “The (state) Alcoholic Beverage Commission has encouraged us to adopt an ordinance like this, but the ordinance we have before us may not be perfect yet,” Commission Bob Schulte said.
T READY TO CALL IT CAREER
December 4, 1991
Those who would matter-of-factly stick a fork in the professional baseball career of Steve Jeltz might be using a utensil with rubber prongs. If Jeltz is done, he doesn’t sound like it.