Archive for Tuesday, October 31, 2000


October 31, 2000


City recommends times for trick-or-treating

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is asking parents to keep their goblins safe tonight by abiding by trick-or-treating recommendations.

Trick-or-treaters should make their house calls between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and homeowners should keep their porch lights on during those times to assist the Halloween beggars, department officials said.

Parents also are encouraged to accompany children on their treat-seeking and to inspect all candy before it is consumed. Youngsters are cautioned to go to familiar neighborhoods, use sidewalks and only approach houses with porch lights on.

Fatal crash

Resident pleads no contest in death of fellow KU student

A Kansas University student pleaded no contest in the death of a fellow student in an August "road rage" accident.

Alex Wolfson, Omaha, Neb., appeared Friday in Leavenworth County District Court on a misdemeanor count of vehicular homicide.

On Aug. 12, Wolfson, 19, was at the wheel of a car carrying Laura Leftwich, 18, Skokie, Ill. Prosecutors say Wolfson and another driver Billy Breedlove, 43, of Kansas City, Mo. were traveling west on Interstate 70 east of Lawrence. Wolfson and Breedlove began jockeying for position on the highway, passing each other and then slowing down.

On the final pass, authorities said, Wolfson pulled his car behind Breedlove in the passing lane, and Breedlove slammed on the brakes.

Wolfson swerved to miss Breedlove's car, lost control, and was struck by a semitrailer truck that was following the two cars. Leftwich died a day later from injuries from the accident.

Leavenworth County Atty. Frank Kohl said Wolfson's no-contest plea avoids an admission of guilt, which could be used against him in pending civil litigation by Leftwich's family.

Wolfson is scheduled for sentencing at 9 a.m. Dec. 8. Breedlove, also charged with vehicular homicide, faces a court hearing Nov. 8.

Planning commission

Hearing on zoning proposal prompts dozens to speak up

Wednesday's public hearing on how many unrelated people should be allowed to live in a single-family residentially zoned home is sure to be a long one.

The meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets, has prompted 36 people to sign up for speaking times in advance. They are split about evenly between supporters and opponents.

Others will be allowed to give input after 9:30 p.m.

Each individual is allowed three minutes. Those representing groups will be given five minutes.

Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners have been asked by the Lawrence City Commission to make recommendations on two proposals that would reduce the number of unrelated people allowed from four to two.

Higher education

Kansas University program featured in industry journal

The Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program at Kansas University is the cover story of the October issue of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, an internationally respected industry journal.

The article focuses on the KARS Great Plains Regional Earth Science Applications Center, which is being supported by the NASA Earth Science Enterprise.

The center uses data from NASA satellites to create images and maps monitoring land use and forest, crop and range conditions.

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