A motorcyclist suffered head injuries and was helicoptered late Thursday to the Kansas University Medical Center after he was struck in a hit-and-run accident west of Sixth and Kasold.
Witnesses said a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee exiting the Westridge Shopping Center struck the motorcycle, which was traveling east on Sixth. The Cherokee left the scene, drove around the back of the strip mall, and was seen exiting on Kasold.
Lawrence Fire & Medical Batallion Chief Bill Stark said the man's injuries were considered to be critical.
The accident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday.
Cocker spaniel injured
in apparent shooting
A 14-year-old cocker spaniel is recuperating after apparently being shot with a pellet gun this week
Jo Blevins was in her back yard with her two dogs about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday when Manna Emanuella walked up to her and fell down.
``She didn't squeal or anything; she just crumpled at my feet,'' Blevins said. ``She bled for hours.''
Blevins cleaned the wound and bandaged Manna, who was swollen on Wednesday. The dog appeared to be fine on Thursday.
Blevins, who lives in the 3600 block of Crestview, said she saw a man hiding in the shadows of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3655 W. 10th. Although she didn't see a gun, the man ran when Blevins looked at him.
``I'm not sure it was a pellet gun, but it didn't sound like a bullet going off,'' she said.
Ric Averill to perform
at public library
Lawrence's Ric Averill will kick off the Lawrence Public Library's summer activities for youths at 11 a.m. Saturday with his performance of ``Dizzy Dramatics.''
Averill is a well-known performer in the community, noted for his work with children through his Seem-to-Be Players.
For more information, contact Jan Irving or Joyce Steiner in the library's youth services department at 843-3833.
The clerk at a local convenience store thwarted a robbery attempt when he refused to hand over cash to a woman early Thursday.
Lawrence police reported that the woman at about 12:20 a.m. walked into Total Petroleum, 501 W. Ninth, and told the clerk she was there to rob the business.
She demanded cash and said she was armed, but the clerk told her he wouldn't give her anything unless she showed him the alleged weapon.
The woman left the business on foot.
There were no injuries.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-TIPS.