Archive for Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Lawrence briefs

October 15, 2002


Driver faces charges after striking pedestrian

A Lawrence woman was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday after a man was struck by a car on Tennessee Street near 12th Street.

Rachel M. Zavarse, 21, 3814 Overland Drive, was taken to the Douglas County Jail for driving under the influence, having an open container of an alcoholic beverage and failure to report an accident.

Lawrence Police said John E. Shed, 20, 2001 W. Sixth St., was injured when he was struck while standing by his car. The suspect, driving a 1985 Volkswagen GTI, continued a short distance after striking Shed, police said.

Shed was taken by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Zavarse was released from jail about 6 a.m. Sunday on $850 bond. She is to appear Oct. 30 in Lawrence Municipal Court.

Officers question suspect for impersonating marshal

A U.S. marshal making a routine traffic stop?

That's what authorities say someone wanted two men to believe when they were stopped in their car about 1 p.m. Friday at 31st Street and Ousdahl Road.

The men, 21-year-olds from Baldwin and Lawrence, became suspicious and called Douglas County Sheriff's officers after the incident.

A suspect was found later Friday in the area of the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, officers said. The suspect was questioned, and officers confiscated a red light of the type normally used on emergency vehicles, handcuffs, a badge and a BB pistol.

No arrests have been made. Information will be sent to the Douglas County District Attorney's office when the investigation is completed.

Closed-captioning business receives federal grants

Lawrence-based Caption Services of Kansas will receive more than $376,000 in federal grant money to fund closed captioning for television news programs.

The money will come in the form of three grants, which will help Caption Services provide real-time captioning for television programming from different regions. Program director Anne Schulman will oversee the grants.

The grants pay for captioning of government cable channel KCCG in Kansas City, public information programming on KCTV5 in Kansas City and WCVE in Richmond, Va., and educational news stations in New York City, Oklahoma City and Lincoln, Neb.

Olathe, Shawnee teachers to represent area in contest

Teachers in Olathe and Shawnee will represent the Lawrence-area district in the 2003 Kansas Teacher of the Year competition.

Ruth Ann Gharst, a fifth-grade teacher at Cedar Creek School in Olathe, and Jada Kohlmeier, a social studies teacher at Mill Valley High School in the DeSoto district, were named Region 3 finalists. Both received $2,000 from Security Benefit Cos. and the $1,000 Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker Award for Excellence in Education.

Gharst and Kohlmeier were among six teacher of the year semifinalists in the region, which covers Kansas' 3rd Congressional District.

Another semifinalists was Clara "Jeanne" Averill, an English and theater teacher at Lawrence High School.

The Kansas competition is coordinated by the Kansas State Department of Education. The 2003 winner will be selected Nov. 16 from finalists in the state's four regions.

State bar association elects new vice president

Members of the Kansas Bar Assn. have elected Michael Crow, Leavenworth, vice president for 2002-03.

Crow is past president and director of Leavenworth County Bar Assn., and is a member of American Bar Assn. He previously served on the Advisory Committee on Criminal Law for the Kansas Judicial Council and is a member of the First Judicial District Court Nomination Commission.

Crow graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1973 and set up a solo practice in 1974 in Leavenworth. From 1978 to 1982, he represented the 41st District in the Kansas House of Representatives.

ACT registration deadline approaching

Nov. 8 is the postmark deadline to register for the ACT Assessment test to be given Dec. 14. Late registrations will be accepted until Nov. 21 with an additional fee.

The ACT is a curriculum-based academic achievement test. Colleges use the test, along with GPA, extracurricular activities and personal background, in admissions and placement decisions.

To find out more about the test, see

KU vice chancellor elected to national health board

Donald Hagen, executive vice chancellor of the Kansas University Medical Center, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers.

Hagen, who has been at KU since 1995, was elected to the 10-member board Oct. 4 during the association's annual meeting.

The association, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health professions, biomedical and health services research, and health care delivery. More than 100 academic health centers are members.

KU professor wins national history award

A Kansas University professor has won a national award for his biography of John Wesley Powell.

Donald Worster, professor of history, won the 2002 Caughey Western History Assn. prize for his book, "A River Running West."

Powell led the 1869 expedition that put the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River on American maps.

Worster will receive the award Oct. 18 during the association's annual banquet and conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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