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August 11, 2001

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Crime: Church fire may be arson

A fire damaged a vacant church early Friday morning at 256 N. 1600 Road near Stull, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department said.

The fire is thought to have been arson, but no other information was available about how it was set, a sheriff's report said.

The fire started in the rafters of the church, which at one time had been the United Methodist Church, the report said.

Firefighters from Kanwaka Township responded about 4:25 a.m. and extinguished the blaze. No damage estimate was listed.

Awards: 6News earns AP honor

Continuing coverage of the Costa Rican murder of Kansas University student Shannon Martin earned 6News the Kansas Associated Press Story of the Month Award for July.

The 6News team reported on the news conference by Martin's mother, Jeanette Stauffer of Topeka, before she met with Costa Rican President Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

Reporter Tina Terry quoted Stauffer saying if the investigation into the killing did not speed up, she would ask schools to stop sending students to Golfito, the city where her daughter was killed. 6News followed with reports on Stauffer's Washington meeting and her return to Topeka.

"It's quite an honor to bring home this award," News Director Cody Howard said. "Our news team has worked hard to bring the latest details of this tragic story to our viewers, and it's nice to be recognized as tops among our peers."

Accident: Driver injured in car wreck

A Topeka woman was injured early Friday morning when the car she was driving went off U.S. Highway 40 five miles west of Lawrence and struck a tree, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Minerva Arreola, 29, was taken by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical to Lawrence Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.

Arreola was driving a 1990 Toyota east on the highway, the Highway Patrol said. The accident occurred about 6:20 a.m.

Trooper Brad Runyan, above, investigated the accident scene.

Gasoline costs: Pump patrol finds low prices

The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.24 per gallon at numerous Lawrence locations.

If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price. Or go to www.ljworld.com/section/gasoline to join our Pump Patrol message board.

The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.24 per gallon at numerous Lawrence locations.

If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price. Or go to www.ljworld.com/section/gasoline to join our Pump Patrol message board.

Eudora resident killed during car accident

A Eudora man died Thursday evening at a Kansas City, Kan., hospital from injuries suffered during an automobile accident Wednesday night.

Davy R. Knifong, 27, Eudora, was the only person in the 1997 GMC Sonoma when it went off East 2000 Road, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department said.

Knifong's fiancJillian Wohlgemuth, Eudora, said Knifong shot himself in the head while driving away from a friend's house, then struck several trees while traveling at a high rate of speed.

The Sheriff's Department would not confirm Wohlgemuth's account of the accident, pending a coroner's report on the cause of death.

The accident occurred about 8 p.m. near the intersection of North 1200 Road, about a mile south of Eudora.

Knifong was taken to Kansas University Medical Center by air ambulance.

He had two young children, Davy Jr., 10, Eudora, and Tyler Venn Pack, 5, Overland Park.

"They're sad, and they know he's gone," Wohlgemuth said. "I don't think it's really sunk in yet."

She said Knifong had struggled with depression.

Lone Star Lake road reopens

The road across the Lone Star Lake dam reopened Friday.

County Road 1-W had been closed while reconstruction of the lake's spillway took place during the past several months.

The $1.15 million project was needed because the spillway, which carries away excess water from the lake, had eroded over the years from high waters and flooding. In the last decade, the lake flooded at least three times.

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