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December 5, 2000

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Transient found guilty of June bank robbery

Topeka A federal jury on Monday convicted a 36-year-old man of robbing a Lawrence bank.

Authorities said Carl Dixon, listed as a transient at the time of his arrest, walked into the Emprise Bank at 23rd and Haskell streets on June 30 and demanded money from a teller.

When she questioned him, he reached for his waistband as if to indicate he had a gun.

Dixon faces up to 20 years in prison without parole. Sentencing is scheduled for March 2.

Silver Haired Congress election is today

Election of representatives to the National Silver Haired Congress will be today at polling sites throughout the state.

The senior voters will select one senator and four representatives.

Polling sites are the senior meal centers in Douglas, Jefferson and Shawnee counties, where voting will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Polling locations in Douglas County are, in Lawrence: Babcock Place, 17th and Massachusetts streets; Douglas County Senior Center, 745 Vt.; and Edgewood Homes, 1600 Haskell; in Baldwin, Baldwin Senior Center; in Eudora, Eudora Pinecrest Apartments; and in Lecompton, Lecompton United Methodist Church.

Polling locations in Jefferson County are Oskaloosa Hannah Apartment and Valley Falls Senior Center.

Residents of the counties who are 60 or older are eligible to vote.

Red Cross to meet tonight

The Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross will have its annual meeting at 7 p.m. today in Room D of the United Way Building, 2518 Ridge Court.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information call Caroline Arter, interim executive director, at 843-3550.

Workshop to focus on elder mistreatment

A workshop about elder mistreatment will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Maner Conference Center, 17th and Western streets, Topeka.

Participants in "Elder Mistreatment: Complexity, Competency, Compassionate Intervention" will have the opportunity to understand, assess and assist self-neglecting older adults, review case studies and develop an intervention plan, according to Mainstream Inc., which is sponsoring the workshop.

The workshop is appropriate for adult protective services case workers, community service providers, in-home service case workers, law enforcement personnel and others committed to protecting people who are elderly.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday and the fee is $50 per person.

For more information or to register, call Mainstream Inc. at (800) 582-1428.

Arts center to sell cookies by the pound this weekend

Holiday treats can be purchased by the pound at the Lawrence Arts Center Preschool Cookie Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the center, 200 W. Ninth.

By special invitation, LAC members and LAC Preschool families will visit the cookie sale from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Saturday's event will close early if all cookies are sold.

Proceeds will be used to bring guest artists into the classrooms and to purchase equipment.

Hospital offers support group for new parents

Lawrence Memorial Hospital will offer a free support group for parents and their newborns under 6 months of age from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Parents as Teachers Office, 1919 Del.

According to LMH, "Baby Talk" is an opportunity for new parents to receive helpful information in a supportive environment and share tips with other parents.

The session will focus on garage and home safety.

Admission is free, but enrollment is required. For more information or to enroll, call ConnectCare at 749-5800.

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