Archive for Tuesday, April 20, 1993

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LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
April 20, 1993
Police reports — A 33-year-old Lawrence man reported Friday that a man he did not know pointed a shotgun at him and told him to enter a parked vehicle at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of Ohio. The man told police he was walking on Ohio and was stopped by two men standing near a car parked in the street. One of the men, the victim said, began talking to him while the other suspect walked behind the victim, pointed a shotgun in his back and began pushing him and ordering him to get inside the car. The victim said he refused to get into the vehicle. The suspects drove away when another vehicle began approaching on Ohio, a police spokesman said. The suspects’ car was described as a 1980s, four-door, white Chevrolet Chevette or Citation. No arrests have been made.
SOUND OFF
April 20, 1993
Q: I’ve noticed recently that the roadway at the intersection of Sunnyside and Naismith is very poor and has a lot of potholes. It makes it look like Iraq after all the bombings. Is there any thought of anything being done at this intersection? A: There’s been plenty of thought, said Stephen Helsel, an associate director of facilities operations at Kansas University. There just isn’t any money.
LOCAL YOUTH LEAGUES BUCK NATIONAL TRENDS
April 20, 1993
Who says bowling isn’t a popular youth sport? Contrary to trends, participation in youth bowling leagues at Royal Crest Lanes is increasing, Mike Miller reports.
MCLOUTH MAN SHOT DURING DISPUTE
April 20, 1993
A rural McLouth man was shot in the neck early this morning during a domestic dispute at his home, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Robert Hefner said officers responded to a call at 3:02 a.m. today about 3 miles south of McLouth, where Lowell “Rex” Shafer, 35, had been shot with a .38-cailber semi-automatic pistol. Shafer was being treated in the emergency room at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., at press time.
HIGH WATER ALTERS RIVER CLEANUP PLANS
April 20, 1993
Recent rains haven’t exactly been cleansing for organizers of Saturday’s tribute to Earth Day, the River Area Cleanup ‘93. The Kansas River’s rushing waters already submerged a targeted cleanup site. Dredging of 20 tons of muck and mire from a tributary was postponed after the banks couldn’t support heavy machinery.
HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER GETS 1-YEAR TERM
April 20, 1993
A 24-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced this morning to a year in jail on a conviction stemming from a November 1991 car-bicycle accident in which the former director of the Kansas Union at Kansas University was injured. Michael Armstrong was sentenced to the maximum jail term on a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident. Armstrong pleaded no contest on Feb. 18, 1993, and was found guilty of the charge.
EVERETT TURNER
April 20, 1993
Services for Everett Allen Turner, 96, Camp Verde, Ariz., will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Washington Creek Church of the Brethren in southwest Douglas County with the Revs. Doris Fawl and Ralph Hodgden officiating. Burial will be in Washington Creek Cemetery. Mr. Turner died Saturday, April 17, 1993, at Camp Verde.
TARPY
April 20, 1993
Services for David “Scott” Tarpy, 34, Neosho, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Clark Funeral Home in Neosho with the Rev. Jon Pickup officiating. Burial will be in Muncie Chapel Cemetery near Wheaton, Mo. Mr. Tarpy died Monday, April 19, 1993, at a hospital in Joplin, Mo., from an illness he had since November.
LMH TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE BILLS
April 20, 1993
The status of major health-related legislative issues will be discussed at Wednesday’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees meeting. The progress of health-care reform plans in the Legislature, bills on the collection of health-care data and workers compensation reform are all scheduled to be discussed.
HEALING ARTS BOARD DENIES COMPLAINT
April 20, 1993
The executive director of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts said the board could do nothing about a Lawrence resident’s complaint about her doctor because the incident did not violate the Healing Arts Act. “She asked to be referred to a chiropractor,” said Larry Buening, executive director of the board. “The physician involved felt she would be helped by an orthopedic surgeon. Failure to refer a patient to a particular doctor does not violate any of the act.”
HISTORIC TRAINS BACK ON TRACK
April 20, 1993
All aboard! The Midland Railway Historical Assn.’s excursion train will kick off its seventh year of operation from the historic Baldwin Depot Saturday, leaving the station for 8-mile roundtrip rides to “Nowhere” at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The trains will run weekends and holidays through October, said Wayne Kuchinsky, historical association president.
GTA UNION HEARING POSTPONED AT KU
April 20, 1993
A hearing scheduled for Monday on a request by Kansas University graduate students to form a union has been postponed for the second time. The continuance was granted until Sept. 20 by the Kansas Public Employee Relations Board.
S FIRST WOMAN DENTIST, ACCEPTANCE WAS LIKE PULLING TEETH
April 20, 1993
Lucy Hobbs Taylor, whose persistence won her a place in history as the first woman in the world with a doctor of dental surgery degree, moved to Lawrence in 1867, four years before the Kansas Dental Assn.’s first annual meeting. The KDA will recognize Taylor’s accomplishments this week at its 122nd annual meeting at the Lawrence Holidome. This year’s theme: “Women’s contributions to dentistry in the past and future.”
GRAHAM SERVICES
April 20, 1993
Services for Dr. Barney Dan Graham, 64, Lawrence, were this morning at First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Donald Dunn officiating. Burial will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt. Mr. Graham died Saturday, April 17, 1993, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
T GIVE OUT CARD NUMBERS
April 20, 1993
Lawrence police are reminding residents not to give out their long-distance telephone calling card numbers to strangers. In a police report on file today, an 84-year-old Lawrence man reported that he was called about 3 p.m. Saturday at his home by a man who claimed to be an investigator for a telephone company.
CONTINUITY IS GOAL OF BANK MERGER
April 20, 1993
Officials of Commerce Bancshares Inc. say their Lawrence banking operation will retain a measure of autonomy that will allow the Kansas City, Mo.-based banking concern to serve the needs of the local market. “It will have a local board of directors so there will be continuity,” said Jonathan Kemper, vice chairman of the Commerce Bancshares holding company and president and chief executive officer of Commerce Bank of Kansas City.
NELLIE MISTLER
April 20, 1993
Services for Nellie Alice Wright Mistler, 86, Leavenworth, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Mount Muncie Cemetery. Mrs. Mistler died Monday, April 19, 1993, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. She was active in Girl Scouts, serving as a leader, secretary of the council and deputy commissioner. She also was active in the Parents Teacher Assn. and was a skilled bowler.
TRAGIC OUTCOME
April 20, 1993
There are no winners in the horrible Waco, Tex., Branch Davidian tragedy — only sadness, questions and enough blame to spread around to everyone involved in the terrible loss of life. It is difficult for the majority of Americans to understand or justify the actions of David Koresh, leader of the Davidian compound, and most Americans don’t have access to the information the led government officials to devise and approve the plan to batter the compound and inject tear gas into the structure.
HARKER PITCHES LAWRENCE PAST LANCERS
April 20, 1993
The two toughest decisions in Brad Harker’s recent past were made without him having much input. The first was his doctor’s decision to operate on Harker’s injured foot, a move that ended his basketball season early and put his baseball season in jeopardy.
ONE ALLEY, NO WAITING
April 20, 1993
Don’t mourn the passing of Royal Lanes. Royal Crest, with its 40 lanes, is serving the needs of Lawrence bowlers just fine. “Everybody that wants to bowl is bowling, I guarantee you,” said Carol Graves, Royal Crest’s manager.
CUT IN JOBS CREATION BRINGS GRANT RECONSIDERATION
April 20, 1993
A catalog company that received approval from the Douglas County Commission for a development grant application will ask again Wednesday after cutting by two thirds the number of jobs it hopes to create. Catalog Holdings Inc., which moved its customer service division here in January from Yonkers, N.Y., received approval from the commission for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant application in December.
KU AFFIRMATIVE ACTION HEAD COMES FROM WASHINGTON JOB
April 20, 1993
A Western Washington University administrator today was appointed as Kansas University’s affirmative action director, KU officials announced. Maurice Bryan Jr. was selected from five finalists. He’s been director of the Center of Equal Opportunity at Western Washington in Bellingham since 1990.
HOSPITAL REPORT
April 20, 1993
DISMISSALS Kelly Heston and baby girl, Lecompton.
BALDWIN PURSUES HOUSING FUNDS
April 20, 1993
The Baldwin City Council took another step Monday in the process to apply for housing rehabilitation funds for the town’s low- to moderate-income residents. To apply for a 1993 Housing Rehabilitation Community Development Block Grant through the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing, the city must submit detailed pre-applications of residents interested in receiving some of the grant money to fund improvements to their homes. Council members Monday agreed to hire Carrol E. Clark, city superintendent in Denison, to inspect the houses of pre-applicants for potential uses of the grant money. His reports will be included in the city’s grant application.
SOUND OFF
April 20, 1993
Q: Is there any truth to the rumor that Central Junior High School will not be putting the cafeteria on the first floor as the district advertised before the school bond issue in November? A: Central Junior High School Principal Dan Jaimes said it is still a goal to move the school’s cafeteria from the third-and-a-half floor to the first floor and to add a student commons. However, whether the $5 million slated for the school’s renovation will be enough to finance that project has not yet been determined. Jaimes said a good part of the renovation funds will go toward upgrading the school’s electrical system, addressing exterior problems, adding air conditioning and bringing the school into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
LAND DISPUTE LANDS IN FRONT OF APPRAISERS
April 20, 1993
Richard and Sherryl Wright say they deserve top dollar for their land at 33rd and Iowa, which the city wants for a frontage road to serve a new Wal-Mart. The Wrights and Gerald Cooley, city attorney, presented their cases during a public hearing Monday before three court-appointed appraisers, who must decide by month’s end how much the city should pay for the half acre of land.
WEATHER DAMPENS PACE OF CONSTRUCTION
April 20, 1993
Down the rain gutter. That’s where many early plans for spring construction in Lawrence have gone, say those whose building projects have been stalled by a near double dose of April showers.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHOULD BEWARE OF AIDS RISKS, RADIO LISTENERS TOLD
April 20, 1993
A Monday night radio call-in show demonstrated Douglas County’s awareness of AIDS and HIV as a nurse, social worker, doctor and a person infected with HIV answered questions and provided information on dealing with the disease. The Douglas County AIDS Project sponsored the discussion on KLWN-1320 AM as part of its Red Ribbon/AIDS Awareness Week.
STALLINGS TOP CANDIDATE FOR ILLINOIS STATE JOB
April 20, 1993
At least one source says Kevin Stallings is the leading candidate for the vacant Illinois State basketball opening. Stallings, who has worked as an assistant on Roy Williams’ Kansas staff the past five years, reportedly was to meet with Illinois State’s players today in Bloomington, Ill.
JURY RETURNS MANSLAUGHTER VERDICT
April 20, 1993
A 22-year-old Lawrence man was convicted late this morning of voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter in the November 1992 shootings deaths of two Topeka men. Jurors in the first-degree murder trial of Stephen Bradley Perdue returned the verdict about 11:45 a.m. today after deliberating for about 7 hours and 45 minutes.
UNCOVERING THE PAST
April 20, 1993
Just as everyone else in Lawrence will be shaking the winter blahs next month, Stephanie Coleman plans to be lying on a beach in Miami soaking up the sun. Coleman won her trip to Miami after submitting an essay about her experiences as a bookseller in Lawrence to the American Booksellers Assn.