Archive for Saturday, August 18, 2001

Local briefs

August 18, 2001


Model stagecoach line installed at the Eldridge

The first stagecoach line to operate out of Kansas made stops at the Eldridge Hotel and was run by the Eldridge Brothers.

To commemorate that bit of local history, a model stagecoach complete with horses was installed Friday in the lobby of the historic hotel.

"It's another visual aid to help tell the history of our area," said Rob Phillips, general manager of the hotel.

The wooden model, built by an Oklahoma City man, measures about 4 feet long and includes four horses the same number the Eldridge brothers used to pull their stagecoaches, Phillips said.

Above, Bill Duncan, left, builder of the stagecoach, Nikaela Zimmerman, project researcher and Watkins Community Museum Director Steven Jansen inspect the stagecoach Friday at the hotel.

Trespassing: Intruder disturbs 19-year-old

A woman was awakened early Friday morning when a man entered her residence and began touching her as she slept, Lawrence Police said.

The intruder fled the house in the 1100 block of Kentucky when the 19-year-old woman yelled at him, Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said.

The man entered the house shortly after 3 a.m. through an open window, Pattrick said. There were five women living in the house, he said. All were Kansas University students ages 18 to 20.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 20s. He had short hair and a stocky, overweight build, the woman said.

The suspect fled through a back door, and no arrest has been made.

Crime: Foul play suspected in death of elderly resident at home

Columbus A man was in custody Friday after the death of a woman whose body was found in her home, police said.

Margaret Barrett, 74, was found dead Thursday night. Police said there were signs of forced entry at her house and someone had taken her car. Police did not say how the woman died.

Barrett's car was seen about 8 a.m. Friday in Pittsburg. Police there chased the vehicle into Cherokee County on U.S. Highway 69. The car stopped after hitting a Cherokee County Sheriff's deputy's car about one mile east of Columbus, authorities said.

The man driving the car was taken into custody. No charges had been filed by Friday afternoon.

Gasoline costs: Pump patrol finds low prices

The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.35 per gallon at Citgo, 2005 W. Ninth St.

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 to join our Pump Patrol message board.

Kickoff Mixer scheduled at Memorial Stadium

The Chamber of Commerce, KU Football, Jayhawk Business Partners and the Quarterback Club will play host to a football season Kickoff Mixer from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Stadium.

To listen to Coach Terry Allen speak on the upcoming season and meet KU's new Athletic Director, Allen Bohl, guests can gather on the west side of the stadium in the Ward Family Scholarship Suites, where they can also watch the Jayhawks practice and get in the spirit with the Crimson Girls and Jayhawk mascot. Afterwards, participants can take a tour of the locker rooms.

There is no charge for the function, and reservations are not required. For more information, call 865-4406.

Collision injuries leave one in serious condition

Two people were injured one seriously shortly before 2 a.m. Friday in a two-car collision at Eighth and Kentucky streets, Lawrence Police said.

Jason Habiger, 23, Lawrence, was taken by LifeFlight air ambulance to Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he was in serious condition Friday, a hospital spokesman said. He was initially taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical.

Habiger was a passenger in a 1992 Acura driven by Jaimee Dixon, 21, of Lawrence. Dixon was taken by Fire & Medical to LMH, where she was in good condition Friday.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 1997 Nissan, was identified by police as Raegan Copp, 23, Lawrence. She declined medical treatment.

Copp was driving the Nissan westbound on Eighth when it pulled in front of the Acura driven by Dixon, which was southbound on Tennessee, police said.

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