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THE PRICE OF CRIME
February 5, 1992
With today’s expanding climate of crimes and misdemeanors, it is not difficult to understand why American retailers have become increasingly concerned about losses by theft, such as stealing by employees and the growing numbers of shoplifters. But it is also easy to see why merchants must walk such a tightrope regarding arrest and prosecution. A classic case in point is the Massachusetts Supreme Court justice who was mistakenly arrested on suspicion of switching price tags on a purse so she could buy it for $12. The justice, Ruth I. Abrams, has received a formal apology from Filene’s Department Store in Boston for the error and feels that “I have been vindicated.”
02-05-92
February 5, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
T SEE VICTIM USE DRUGS
February 5, 1992
The former director of Kansas University’s affirmative action office testified today he was with a Lawrence man the night before the man was found severely beaten and didn’t see the victim using illegal drugs. James Turner, former KU affirmative action director, testified in the first-degree murder trial of Kenneth Lee Morris today that he did not observe Danny Davis use illegal drugs the night before Davis was found beaten.
KU STUDENT REPORTS SODOMY
February 5, 1992
A 20-year-old Kansas University student reported that a man she did not know sodomized her early Tuesday in an alley near 12th and Louisiana. Lawrence police said the attack occurred about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday while the woman was jogging north from her home in the 1200 block of Louisiana to a friend’s house.
MAN CONVICTED OF DRUG CHARGES
February 5, 1992
A 35-year-old Lawrence man was convicted in federal court Tuesday of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in connection with a drug-trafficking offense. A jury found Vincent A. Perdue guilty after a two-day trial that ended Tuesday.
MAXWELL IHRIG
February 5, 1992
Maxwell J. Ihrig, 69, Santa Fe, died Jan. 23, 1992, at the Ponce de Leon Retirement Center here. The body was cremated. A “Bronze Niche” gravestone was placed at the Military Cemetery in Santa Fe.
LILLIAN BAUR
February 5, 1992
A memorial service for Lillian J. Baur, 79, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Alvamar Country Club. The services will be conducted by the Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship. Cremation is planned, and burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery. Mrs. Baur died Dec. 7, 1991, after being struck by a van at Iowa Street and University Drive. She willed her body to the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
RAYMOND BARBEE
February 5, 1992
Services for Raymond Barbee, 78, rural Overbrook, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Tibbitts-Griffin Funeral Chapel in Topeka. The Rev. Jay Yeager will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mr. Barbee died Monday, Feb. 3, 1992, at a Topeka hospital after he suffered an apparent heart attack at his home.
GEAN KIRK
February 5, 1992
Services for Gean Jesse Kirk, 54, Pueblo, were held Monday here. Mr. Kirk died of leukemia Friday, Jan. 31, 1992, in Pueblo.
UNITED WAY SELECTS DRIVE CHAIRMAN
February 5, 1992
A member of the Lawrence-Douglas County planning staff has been named chair of the 1992-93 United Way of Douglas County fund-raising campaign. Diane Mullens today was officially named to the post by the United Way board of directors. In an interview Tuesday, Mullens said personal events in her life have made her aware of needs in Lawrence.
LINWOOD CHANGES BUILDING PERMIT FEES
February 5, 1992
The cost of a building permit in Linwood took a dive Tuesday night when the Linwood City Council approved a new fee schedule, said Mayor Arlene Pritchard. Rather than charging a building permit fee based on the cost of the structure, the new policy calls for a fee based on the number of square feet.
FUNDING PACT ON WAY, OFFICIAL SAYS
February 5, 1992
A draft of a contract spelling out the state’s funding commitments for construction of a regional juvenile detention center in Douglas County should be sent to the county today, a state official said. Dave O’Brien, manager of community resource development for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, said the draft was based on recent discussions with the Kansas Development Finance Authority.
FAMILY STILL UNDECIDED ON WATER ISSUES
February 5, 1992
A representative of the family that owns the Bowersock Mills and Power Co. said today that he had not decided whether to pursue his effort to get more water flowing over the Bowersock Dam in Lawrence. Stephen Hill, the representative, also said he did not know when a decision would be made whether to exercise Bowersock’s vested water rights.
FIVE MEN CHARGED IN THEFT OF GOAT
February 5, 1992
Five men have been charged in Douglas County District Court with misdemeanor counts of unlawful deprivation of property in connection with a Nov. 8 incident in which a goat was taken from a Kansas City, Mo., residence. Mark Knopke, Jason Long, John Perry, Ryan Waxse and Andrew B. Goldenberg, all Kansas University students at the time, have been charged in the incident. Prosecutors allege that the men took the goat from a Kansas City, Mo., residence and brought it to the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house, 1537 Tenn., where they lived.
CITY TO DRAFT NEW FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH KPL
February 5, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners asked the city manager Tuesday to negotiate a new franchise agreement with the local electricity utility. The current franchise agreement with KPL Gas Service, which supplies electrical service in the city, will expire June 1, said Mike Wildgen, city manager.
FEMINISTS REFLECT ON KU GAINS, SEEK NEW ACTIVISM
February 5, 1992
A member of the February Sisters, a feminist group that took over a Kansas University building in 1972 and made six demands of the KU administration, said the women didn’t ask administrators for anything they shouldn’t have been doing anyway. On Feb. 4, 1972, a group of women blockaded themselves inside the East Asian Building, a three-story wooden structure at 1332 La. that since has been torn down. They called for an affirmative action plan for KU, a free day-care center, a women’s health center, an autonomous women’s studies department, the appointment of a woman administrator and “an end to grossly unfair employment practices at KU.”
CITY FED UP WITH STRAYS
February 5, 1992
The Lecompton City Council is doggone fed up with stray and pet dogs running loose through the community. The council discussed the problem during Monday’s meeting and warned residents that the animals will be picked up and taken to the Jefferson County Veterinary Clinic in Perry, said Susie Hackathorn, city clerk.
VIENNA BOYS CHOIR SETS CONCERT DATE AT BAKER
February 5, 1992
A quintet from one of the nation’s top jazz education schools and a choir with worldwide acclaim will perform concerts this month at Baker University. The University of North Texas Faculty Jazz Quintet will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Baker’s Rice Auditorium.
LOCAL ID CHECK DRAWS PROTEST
February 5, 1992
The director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control division wouldn’t comment today about a Lawrence attorney’s accusations that the ABC unlawfully searched a Lawrence woman last weekend. The attorney, Don Strole, on Tuesday sent a letter to the ABC complaining about a bar check the agency allegedly conducted Saturday night at the The Jazzhaus of Lawrence, 926 Mass., involving Joey Kate Martens, 23, Lawrence.
SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT RESIGNS
February 5, 1992
The Lawrence school board Tuesday night released Lawrence School Supt. Dan Neuenswander from his contract so he could take the job of school superintendent in Pittsburg, a move he said “presents me with a new and different challenge professionally.” The board unanimously accepted Neuenswander’s resignation. Neuenswander, who came to Lawrence in 1984, had informed board members this weekend that he had been offered the job in the southeast Kansas district.
WATER TRANSFER PROPOSALS FACE LEGISLATIVE MINES
February 5, 1992
If today’s Senate committee hearing is any indication, a bill designed to modify state water transfer law isn’t going to flow rapidly through the Legislature. One member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Janis Lee, D-Kensington, aggressively questioned a major supporter of the bill, Stephen Hurst, director of the Kansas Water Office.
BOARD DISCUSSES GOALS FOR 1992-1993
February 5, 1992
Promoting greater parental involvement in education and being responsive to committee recommendations on facilities and technology are two short-term goals of Lawrence school board members. During a follow-up to a study session held last week, the board Tuesday night had a preliminary discussion of school district goals for the 1992-93 school year. The board will formally adopt a set of goals later.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS KICK OFF AT KU
February 5, 1992
African-Americans must expand their knowledge of black history beyond the borders and timelines set by western civilization texts, a Kansas University professor said Tuesday. J.H. Kwabena Nketia, professor of music history, addressed about 25 people who gathered in the Kansas Union to open Black History Month activities on campus.
KU FANS PRESS WILLIAMS DURING SPECIAL RADIO PROGRAM
February 5, 1992
Some came to get inside information about recruiting, Richard Scott’s free throw woes and the strategy for Saturday’s game with Oklahoma State. Others came in to congratulate Roy Williams, Kansas University head basketball coach, on his team’s 17-1 record.
SIGNING CEREMONIES ALL BUT HISTORY WITH COACHES RESTRICTED TO CAMPUS
February 5, 1992
Jim Moore is disappointed. And doubtless he isn’t alone. The two-time all-state end from Garden City is just one of thousands of high school football players across the country who signed a national letter of intent today with little or no fanfare.
HOUSING PROJECT BEHIND SCHEDULE
February 5, 1992
Work on new federally funded housing for low- and moderate-income families has fallen weeks behind schedule because of a dispute between the Lawrence Housing Authority and its contractor. The housing authority ordered the contractor, Ruf Construction Co., to stop work on the homes last fall after finding dozens of construction flaws in the units.
SHARING EXPERIENCES, PARENT TO PARENT
February 5, 1992
Raising a child with Down syndrome, a hearing impairment, mental retardation or other disabilities brings parents in touch with frustrations and joys specific to their situation. Talking with another parent who has faced similar challenges often helps alleviate the sense of isolation. This philosophy has led to Parent to Parent, a national program recently launched locally through the Northeast Kansas Education Service Center (NEKESC), based in Oskaloosa and Lecompton. The program matches parents of children with special needs with trained volunteer parents who share similar experiences.
HOSPITAL REPORT
February 5, 1992
BIRTHS Katy and Melvin Lanthier, Lawrence, a boy, Tuesday.
LAUNDRY MOVING TO OLATHE PLANT
February 5, 1992
Cintas Corp. will close its uniform laundry operation in Lawrence and offer its 50 local employees jobs at a new plant in Olathe. Bruce Keil, general manager of Cintas’ Lawrence operations, said the company planned to move the local laundry into a new $3 million, 40,000-square-foot production and distribution center in Olathe. The building is scheduled for completion at the end of this year.
BOARD STARTS PLOTTING SEARCH STRATEGY
February 5, 1992
Several Lawrence school board members think five months is plenty of time to find a new superintendent, but one board member proposes hiring an interim superintendent to provide more time for selecting a permanent successor to Lawrence School Supt. Dan Neuenswander. The board Tuesday night held a preliminary discussion on finding Neuenswander’s replacement shortly after approving his resignation, which will be effective June 30. Neuenswander will become superintendent in the Pittsburg school district.
CLIPPERS TO NAME BROWN
February 5, 1992
Barring some unforeseen circumstance like Larry Brown changing his mind the former Kansas University coach will be named coach of the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. That’s the word from Brown’s friend and business associate Doug Compton of Lawrence who spoke with Brown on Tuesday night.
COLSON, TROJANS POP LIONS, 75-65
February 5, 1992
A Weekend at Bernies? No thanks. One evening was more then enough for Lawrence High. Topeka High center Bernie Colson was a less-than-hospitable host Tuesday night, scoring a season-high 30 points and leading the Trojans to a 75-65 win over No. 3-ranked LHS in boys basketball at the Troy gym.
PANEL
February 5, 1992
The homeless problem is growing, even in Lawrence, and the country has lacked the political will to get at the real causes of homelessness, members of a panel said Tuesday at Kansas University. “It’s not getting better. The figures in Lawrence are going up. There are very few services for women and children in Lawrence,” said Jeannie Blankenship of the Lawrence-Douglas County Coalition for the Homeless.
WOODLING COLUMN
February 5, 1992
Sorry, KU told Moore, we can’t drive you there Every so often, a talented high school athlete who aspires to become a doctor goes through the Kansas University recruiting process. Jim Moore, for instance.