Archive for Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Local briefs

August 28, 2001


Accident: Boy pinned under car

A 14-year-old Lawrence boy was flown to a Kansas City, Mo., hospital Sunday after a car that was up on blocks for repairs rolled forward and fell on him, law enforcement and medical officials said.

Brian Poverlyn was in fair condition Monday at Children's Mercy Hospital, a spokeswoman said. He was flown there by LifeNet helicopter.

Douglas County Sheriff's officers and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel responded about 11 a.m. to the Larry Kay residence, 1763 N. 200 Road, rural Baldwin.

A car on blocks rolled forward and pinned Poverlyn underneath it. Kay said Monday he thinks the boy was working on a stubborn bolt when the car rolled.

Kay said he was able to jack the car up while medical personnel were called.

No other information about the incident was available.


Underground Railroad mural dedicated at Cordley School

A new mural at Cordley School is a bigger-than-life exhibit of courage.

The mural by Lawrence artist Dave Loewenstein will be dedicated during the school's open house at 7 p.m. Sept. 5.

The 20-foot by 20-foot mural depicts the interaction of the Rev. Richard Cordley, a Congregational minister and former Lawrence school board member, and a run-away slave, Lizzie.

In 1859, the 22-year-old woman escaped to Canada with the assistance of Cordley and his wife. Lizzie hid in the Cordley home, located about 2023 Vt., until passed to others on the Underground Railroad.

The mural at Cordley School, 1837 Vt., portrays present-day school children learning about Lizzie and the Cordleys.


Fatality: Driver found dead in pickup

A 57-year-old Douglas County man was found dead inside a pickup that had run off the road into the ditch, Douglas County Sheriff's Lt. Kathy Tate said Monday.

The man's identity was not released because his family had not been notified, she said.

A passerby noticed the truck in a ditch about 100 yards south of 554 E. 850 Road and called the Douglas County Sheriff's Department around 4 p.m. Monday, Tate said. Medical personnel determined the man was dead at the scene.

"The cause of death is not known at this time; however, no foul play is suspected," Tate said.


Gasoline costs: Pump Patrol finds low prices

The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.639 per gallon at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets.

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.

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