Archive for Thursday, December 30, 1999

JULY SUMMARY

December 30, 1999

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Getting around town was no easy task in July. With street projects tying up traffic in many parts of the city and temperatures soaring into the triple digits, many people tried to find ways to stay indoors.

It also began costing more to drive in Kansas when a 2-cent per gallon motor fuel tax took effect to help pay for the state's new Comprehensive Transportation Program.

A Lawrence family returned home from the annual Fourth of July fireworks display to find their home on the 2000 block of Massachusetts riddled with bullet holes. A neighbor was arrested and charged with the shooting, but the family moved out of the home for fear of their personal safety after the suspect was released on bond.

Traffic was shut off through the heart of downtown in July when the city's utility replacement project reached the intersection of Ninth and Massachusetts. The work ended up taking longer than expected and many merchants got upset after learning the streets would remain closed through the back-to-school rush in August.

The project also forced the Bourgois Pig, 6 E. Ninth Street, to close for several weeks when vibrations from the jackhammering rattled the foundation of the building.

July also brought an end to another downtown business. Chet Johnson Furniture closed its doors when the building was sold to a new landlord who raised the rent on the property by 850 percent.

The Lawrence city commission passed new a new leash law in July requiring animals to be kept on leashes or inside fenced yards when they are outside. The ordinance sparked controversy when citizens learned it applied to cats as well as dogs.

A 1990 armed robbery at the Magic Wok was back in the news in July when Phaymany Nouansacky, the last of six suspects in the case, was brought back to Lawrence after being arrested in Utah.

A store clerk was raped during an armed robbery of a Payless ShoeSource store July 2. Two weeks later, the FOX network's "America's Most Wanted" program aired a story about the suspect, 38-year-old Terry McIntyre, who was finally arrested in Kansas City, Mo., in September and now faces federal charges.

Efforts to revitalize the eastern edge of downtown got a boost in July when city commissioners approved a new version of the Downtown 2000 redevelopment project that includes plans for a new $6 million building for the Lawrence Arts Center.

An explosion ripped through the Heetco, Inc., propane distributorship July 30, injuring one person. Kim Groenhagen, 35, who was walking nearby when the explosion happened, suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body.

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