KU student assaulted on her way to class
Authorities were searching for a man who grabbed and punched a 21-year-old Kansas University student as she headed to class, KU police said Friday. The victim had been walking into Haworth Hall, at the northeast entrance, when she was approached by a man who attempted to talk to her, KU Department of Public Safety Lt. Schuyler Bailey said.
When the woman ignored him and kept walking, the suspect grabbed her by the shoulder, Bailey said. The woman broke free, but the suspect grabbed her a second time and punched her once in the face, Bailey said. She managed to get away and ran inside Haworth to her classroom.
The suspect was described as a white man about 20 to 25 years old, about 6 feet tall and about 215 pounds. He had clean-cut, spiked hair and wore a black shirt with white lettering and blue jeans. He also carried a dark-colored book bag, police said.
Anyone with information was asked to call the KU Public Safety Office at 864-5900 or KU Crime Stoppers at 864-8888.
Schwarz Road traffic temporarily blocked
Drivers will have a harder time getting onto Schwarz Road from Sixth Street, thanks to a temporary traffic diverter installed this week.
The diverter was installed halfway across the road, allowing southbound vehicles to leave Schwarz onto Sixth Street while denying access to northbound traffic.
City officials say about 800 vehicles flow through the neighborhood every day. Neighborhood residents hope the diverter will cut that number in half.
Residents had asked the city to turn Schwarz into a one-way street from Lawrence Avenue to Sixth Street, but officials persuaded the neighborhood to try the temporary diverter first.
The diverter will be in place 90 days so the city can monitor the impact on traffic before a permanent solution is considered.
Off the street
Oread Neighborhood schedules cleanup
The city of Lawrence and Oread Neighborhood Assn. are coordinating efforts to clean and repair some of the streets and alleys in the area adjacent to the Kansas University campus.
And they're asking that vehicles be moved off the streets while some of the work is being done - or risk having the vehicles towed. The affected area is from Mississippi to Kentucky streets, from 11th to 14th streets. Streets will be swept Monday through Friday. No-parking signs will be posted the day prior to the sweeping. The litter pickup and alley cleaning will be Friday. Potholes will be repaired the week of March 19. The streets will be open to traffic during the project. Completion of the work hinges on favorable weather conditions.
KU honors Lawrence's superintendent of schools
Kansas University has honored Lawrence's superintendent of schools for his work and the long-standing relationship between KU and Lawrence schools.
Supt. Randy Weseman was honored Sunday at a Spencer Research Library reception hosted by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway. Among the guests was Weseman's high school teacher and mentor, Albert Cook of Dighton.
Weseman, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees at KU and is a doctoral candidate there, was named superintendent last year. He has served the district since 1976 when he was a high school history, economics and government teacher.