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November 29, 2001


Marker returned to its home

A little-noticed Lawrence monument that helped inspire a movie about the city's Civil War days has been returned to its site.

The monument was removed from the 900 block of New Hampshire Street to City Manager Mike Wildgen's office while a new city parking garage was built there. Construction of the garage was completed this month, and city officials said Wednesday the monument has been returned.

Lawrence historians said the monument was placed at the location in 1908 by Kansas University's American history department. It commemorated the deaths of the mostly unarmed recruits of the 14th Kansas Cavalry who were killed during William Quantrill's raid of Lawrence in August 1863.

The 12-inch granite monument is inscribed: "Here near a score of unarmed recruits were shot Aug. 21, 1863."

Deaths: Rural resident found dead at bottom of stairway

A rural Douglas County woman was found dead by relatives Tuesday morning at the foot of a stairway in her home, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday on the body of Harriet Larios, 55, Under-sheriff Bill Shepard said. Larios' death, however, is thought to have been an accident, Shepard said.

Sheriff's officers were called to Larios' home in the 1800 section of North 1600 Road about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

"It is still under investigation, but all indications are this is going to be an accidental death," Shepard said.

Results of the autopsy, performed by Frontier Forensics, Topeka, were not available late Wednesday.

Courts: KU students charged in ECM furniture thefts

Two Kansas University students were charged Wednesday in the theft of collectible Herman Miller furniture from Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave.

Steven Stewart, 22, Lawrence, is charged with one count of theft, and Aaron Jones, 22, Belleville, is charged with aiding and abetting theft.

On Nov. 14 Lawrence Police and the KU Public Safety Department received a tip about where to find furniture that had been taken from Nunamaker Hall. The furniture, plus a table from ECM, was recovered from a residence in the 300 block of West 12th Street.

Jones and Stewart have not been charged with the thefts of furniture from Nunamaker.

Stewart is to return to court at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 for a preliminary hearing. Jones is to be in court again today at 2 p.m. to set a preliminary hearing date.

Government: Lt. governor considered for Bush administration job

Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer is considering a job with the Bush administration.

Sherrer said he was asked by the White House to interview for a position with the Surface Transportation Board.

Sherrer said he didn't know if he would be selected to the STB or if he would accept the job.

His job-shopping sparked speculation whom Gov. Bill Graves would select as replacement. Some lawmakers predicted House Speaker Kent Glasscock, R-Manhattan, would be at the top of the list. Glasscock is running for lieutenant governor on a ticket led by Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall. Sherrer said speculation about Glasscock replacing him was nonsense.

Community service: Blood donors needed to replenish low supply

Community Blood Center is asking those donors it turned away after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to help replenish the blood supply, which is the lowest it has been since before the attacks.

Officials at the center, the primary supplier of blood services to all Topeka and Lawrence hospitals, said inventory has dropped from a five-day supply, which it had on-hand Nov. 12, to a two-day supply.

Lawrence and area donors can visit the local blood center at 535 Gateway Drive. Donors must be at least 17 years old, at least 110 pounds and in good health. To schedule an appointment, call (785) 843-5383.

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