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Archive for Saturday, September 8, 2001

Lawrence briefs

September 8, 2001

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Naked, masked figure seen by joggers near 1-70

A man wearing nothing but a black ski mask startled two female joggers Tuesday evening in northern Lawrence.

The women, both age 22 and from Lawrence, reported the incident Wednesday to Lawrence Police. They said they saw the man by a support pillar underneath Interstate 70.

The women said they saw the man about 6 p.m. while they were jogging to the north on the Kansas River levy east of the river. The women turned around and ran in the opposite direction after they saw the man, police said.

The man wasn't doing anything but standing there, the women told police. He was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall and weighing 160 to 180 pounds.

No arrest has been made.

Suspect arrested after hiding cocaine on Dillons shelf

A man who allegedly tried to hide a small amount of crack cocaine on a grocery store shelf was arrested Thursday night by Lawrence Police.

About 9:30 p.m. officers were called to Dillons, 1740 Mass., about a man who had been banned from the store, a police report said. The report did not say why he was banned. A store security official had seen the 22-year-old Lawrence man in the store and ordered him out, police said.

When police arrived, they went to the area of the store where the suspect had been approached and found the crack cocaine behind some items on a shelf.

KU professor receives national journalism award

A Kansas University journalism professor has received the presidential award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications in Columbia, S.C.

Susanne Shaw was honored for coordinating representatives from various media and journalism organizations to work together to set standards that assess journalism and mass communication programs. She is executive director of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

She received the award last month at the association's national convention in Washington, D.C.

Board of Zoning Appeals OKs center's parking garage

The city's Board of Zoning Appeals Thursday night approved two variances that will allow the Saint Lawrence Catholic Center to go ahead with plans for a new parking garage.

The center, 1631 Crescent Road, is in a neighborhood zoned for single families and is, therefore, required by city code to have side yards of at least 50 feet, said Brian Pedrotti, staff planner.

To accommodate a new 175-space parking garage, the center applied to encroach down to 30 feet on one side and within 10 feet of the southeast corner of the property, Pedrotti said.

City planning staff recommended both variances, Pedrotti said.

Despite opposition from some residents of the surrounding neighborhood, the board approved the variances.

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