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Archive for Saturday, October 28, 1995

TV CREW TICKETED AT STULL CEMETERY

October 28, 1995

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A news crew from a Topeka television station learned the hard way Thursday night that trespassing isn't allowed in the Stull Cemetery.

A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched about 8 p.m. to the cemetery, 260 N. 1600 Rd., after a neighbor reported that a white van was in the cemetery, according to the sheriff's report.

When the deputy arrived, he found Betty Lou Pardue, co-host of "Take 5" on WIBW Channel 13 in Topeka, and two men. The crew apparently had been in the cemetery shooting video for a story.

Though "No Trespassing" signs are posted, visitors come to the cemetery throughout the year because of a legend that it is one of the gateways to hell.

Pardue and the men, whose names were not available, were cited for criminal trespassing.

Contacted Friday, Pardue confirmed she had been in the cemetery and had been ticketed. She declined to identify the men who were with her or to make additional comment.

A Lecompton man who serves on the cemetery's board of directors said he had talked to Pardue at the cemetery but that no one had asked for permission to shoot video in the cemetery.

"We don't give permission for anybody to be out there," said the man, who asked that his name not be used.

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