Archive for Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Lawrence briefs

October 22, 2002


Shots fired at party

An argument between two men ended in gunfire early Sunday during a party at The Teepee, 1400 N. 1850 Road, Douglas County Sheriff's officers said.

No one was injured and the suspect, an unidentified man, had left the area by the time officers arrived, Undersheriff Bill Shepard said.

The argument began shortly after 3 a.m. when one of the men didn't like the way the other was looking at him, Shepard said. The suspect pulled out a 9 mm Glock pistol and fired five or six shots into the ceiling, Shepard said.

The suspect then gave the gun to a woman and left. A bouncer at the party took the gun from the woman and gave it to sheriff's officers when they arrived, Shepard said.

County commissioners to review road issues

On- and off-road issues are scheduled to drive discussion during Wednesday's meeting of the Douglas County Commission.

Commissioners will receive a report summarizing information about traffic accidents on rural county roads during 1999, 2000 and 2001.

The report will be presented by Keith Browning, the county's public works director and leader of the county's Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

Commissioners also will consider approving a resolution that would give Browning authority to approve deviations from the county's established construction standards for road entrances. Deviations would be allowed on a case-by-case basis and only if Browning determined that adherence to the standards would involve increased risk to property or public safety.

The meeting is set for 6:35 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.

Police arrest suspect after fight at bar

One man was arrested and another took an ambulance ride to the hospital after a fight about 1:30 a.m. Saturday at a downtown Lawrence bar.

Police were called to Raoul's Velvet Room, 815 N.H., after a fight erupted over who was allegedly taking quarters placed on a pool table, a report said.

A 29-year-man suffered a cut to the head after a 21-year-old man struck him with a drinking glass, police said. The victim was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and no information was available on his condition Monday.

Police arrested the suspect, and charges were pending.

Chemists converge on KU

More than 600 chemists and chemistry students are expected this week at Kansas University for the Midwest meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Scientists from seven states including Kansas will make more than 330 presentations during the event, which is Wednesday through Friday at the Kansas Union.

Topics include the use of chemistry to benefit the environment, use of technology for pharmaceutical chemistry and developments in chemistry. For more information, call 864-3586.

Wood Oil burglarized

About 90 cartons of cigarettes, several packages of chewing tobacco and money were taken early Friday in a burglary at Wood Oil Co., 920 N. Second St.

A piece of plywood by an air conditioner was pried off to gain entry to the store, police said. In addition to cigarettes and tobacco, about $300 in cash inside a money bag was stolen, police said.

The burglary occurred between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. while the store was closed and no employees were present, police said.

Losses were listed at $5,142.

Symposium session to examine historic case

The landmark Topeka school desegregation case will be the topic of a National Bar Assn. symposium Friday at Kansas University.

"Brown v. Board of Education Revisited" is the focus of the opening session of the association's annual Wiley A. Branton Issues Symposium. The session is from 10 a.m. to noon in Green Hall at KU and is free and open to the public.

The symposium is part of the association's board of governors meeting, which is Wednesday through Sunday at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

The association represents more than 20,000 black lawyers, judges, educators and law students. Its current president, Malcolm Robinson, is a 1975 KU law graduate and Dallas attorney.

Van driver hits pedestrian

A Lawrence man was in fair condition Monday night at a Kansas City, Kan., hospital where he was being treated for injuries suffered when he was hit by a van.

Just before 9 a.m. Monday Stanley Rogers, 49, was walking north across Clinton Parkway at its intersection with Kasold Drive when he was struck, Police Lt. David Cobb said.

Patricia Smith, 47, Lawrence, was driving south on Kasold and turning east onto Clinton Parkway on a green light when her van struck Rogers, Cobb said.

Smith told officers the early-morning sun made it difficult to see Rogers, Cobb said. Police have not charged her with any traffic violations.

Rogers was taken to KU Med, Kansas City, Kan., by LifeNet air ambulance, Cobb said. A 69-year-old San Diego man who was with Rogers was not hurt.

Hospital quarantined after smallpox scare

Leavenworth A Leavenworth County hospital emergency room was temporarily quarantined Monday after a man came in with what a doctor thought might have been smallpox but turned out to be chicken pox.

The patient's doctor at St. John Hospital and Medical Center "saw some things with the lesions that are not common with chicken pox," said Alan Humphries, an administrator with the Leavenworth County Health Department.

But tests showed that the 34-year-old man had chicken pox, said Joy D. Moser, spokeswoman for the state Adjutant General's office

"In light of today's climate, this was an appropriate and prudent thing to do," said Gregg Madsen, an administrator with the hospital.

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