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Archive for Monday, June 10, 2002

Local Briefs

June 10, 2002

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3-year-old is fifth fatality from Newton car crash

Newton Five people were killed and one critically injured in a fiery crash involving two pickups on a rain-slicked stretch of U.S. 50, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon about two miles west of Newton when an eastbound pickup, driven by Gerald D. Fisher Jr., Hutchinson, hydroplaned and slid sideways across the center line, the patrol said. It was hit on its passenger side by another pickup.

Fisher, 37, died in the crash along with his wife, Pamela S. Fisher, 43, and another passenger, Tiffany Matthews, 15, Mulvane. The driver of the other pickup, John E. Murray Jr., 58, Wichita, also was killed.

A 3-year-old boy, Jarod Fisher, Hutchinson, who was riding in the pickup driven by Fisher, died early Sunday at Wesley Medical Center.

Murray's wife, Jonita C. Murray, the only passenger in the other vehicle, was in critical condition Sunday at Wesley, a hospital official said.

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Fatality: Train kills father, daughter

Gardner An Edgerton man and his toddler daughter were struck and killed by a train early Sunday in southern Johnson County, the Sheriff's Office said.

Sgt. Brad Brown of the Johnson County Sheriff's office said Joshua C. Owens, 21, apparently laid down on the train tracks in Gardner with his 20-month-old daughter, Salina M. Owens, in his arms.

Officials said a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was heading west when an engineer spotted something on the tracks about 200 feet away. As the train got closer to the object, the man sat up, but there wasn't enough time to stop, Brown said.

Family members said Joshua Owens and the toddler's mother, Heather Fuller, argued at a home in Edgerton in the hours leading up to the deaths.

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Government: County to review tuition bills

Douglas County commissioners today will consider paying $27,450 to cover tuition bills at six community colleges and Washburn University.

Under state law, the county must pay $12 for each credit hour a county resident enrolls in at a community college or Washburn. The payments are made directly to the schools.

The commission's meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.

In other action, commissioners are scheduled to:

Consider a request from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to help finance continuation of a program to help manage and prevent teen pregnancies.

Meet in executive session with the county's attorney to discuss potential litigation.

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Fund-raiser: Car show organizers raise $200 for purse-theft victim

Four members of the Lawrence Street Rod Assn. collected just 34 cents shy of $200 Saturday for Sarah Miller, the Lawrence widow whose purse was stolen at a cemetery on Memorial Day, at the Wizard Run car parade on Massachusetts Street.

The group decided to chip in the extra change to make it an even $200.

Tom Wilkerson, Rod Run chairman, said the group also put a bucket out Sunday at the Fourth Annual Wizard Run car show at Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, but he hadn't counted the donations yet.

Wilkerson, who owns Jayhawk Spirit, 935 Mass., said his store planned to give an additional $300 to Miller.

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Gasoline Prices: Pump Patrol seeks best deal

The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.25 at several Lawrence locations.

If you find a lower price, call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price.

Or visit the Pump Patrol message board at www.ljworld.com/section/gasoline.

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