Archive for Friday, December 7, 2001

Lawrence briefs

December 7, 2001


Car chase duo may have burglarized cars at KU

The Kansas University Public Safety Office believes two Tonganoxie men whom Lawrence law enforcement chased out of town early Tuesday may be responsible for a string of car burglaries in a KU residence hall parking lot.

At least seven vehicles were hit, according to KU police reports.

Four KU students reported that the convertible tops of their vehicles were cut between Sunday and Tuesday in the parking lot next to the GSP and Corbin residence halls, 11th and Indiana streets. The vehicles sustained thousands of dollars in damage, and more than $1,000 worth of items was taken.

Three other vehicles in the lot were vandalized.

KU and Lawrence police followed a vehicle Tuesday morning that sped away from the parking lot. The pursuit was called off west of Topeka, but a 16-year-old boy and 21-year-old man, both of Tonganoxie, were later arrested when they tried to exit the turnpike without a ticket at an El Dorado interchange.

Auction proceeds to benefit Haskell museum, center

Proceeds from an auction today at Haskell Indian Nations University will help the new Haskell Cultural Center and Museum when it opens next year.

A wide variety of items including pottery, artwork, jewelry and hand-embroidered jackets has been donated for the auction, which will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today in Stidham Union.

Items also will be available in a silent auction. Bidding already has begun on those items, which are on display in the union.

Proceeds from food sold at the auction, which is being sponsored by Haskell's Cultural Preservation Committee, also will go toward operating costs at the new center.

Construction on the building began last spring, said Haskell archivist Bobbi Rahder, and should be completed by the end of January.

The center will house historical documents and photographs of Haskell's 117-year-history as well as the university's museum collection, which has been in storage, Rahder said.

Two motorists toss BB gun back, forth on Iowa Street

Traffic was disrupted for about 20 minutes Thursday evening at a busy Lawrence intersection after police received reports of motorists exchanging gunfire.

Witnesses reported around 7:20 p.m. that men in two cars headed northbound on Iowa Street from 23rd Street may have been shooting at each other, Lawrence Police Lt. Steve Zarnowiec said. Witnesses never saw a weapon but heard popping noises and saw blue flashes, Zarnowiec said.

Officers closed in on the vehicles a Honda driven by an 18-year-old Lawrence man and a Cutlass Supreme driven by a 19-year-old Lawrence man at Sixth and Iowa and found a BB gun in the Cutlass, Zarnowiec said. The suspects said they had tossed the gun from one car to the other but had not fired it, Zarnowiec said.

Police found no evidence of shots fired.

No citations were issued or arrests made, Zarnowiec said. Police are investigating the event as disorderly conduct.

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