Archive for Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Lawrence briefs

September 17, 2002


KU student in fair condition after fall at Learned Hall

A Kansas University graduate student is in fair condition after falling Monday in a classroom.

Preeti Krishnan was walking in Learned Hall when she tripped on a chair leg, fell and hit her head on the edge of a desk, said KU Police Lt. Schuyler Bailey.

Krishnan, who lost consciousness, was taken to the Lied Center parking lot, where a Life Star helicopter ambulance took her to KU Med in Kansas City, Kan.

Police investigate burglary, possible link to beating

Lawrence Police are looking for a burglar who may have taken $15,000 last week in an apartment burglary.

Police also are investigating the possibility the burglary may be related to the beating of a man later that day.

A man and woman called police early Thursday morning after discovering someone had entered their apartment in the 2300 block of Ridge Court while they were sleeping. Missing were the money, a video camera and digital scales. Police said they were unsure how the burglar got in.

The camera and scales were recovered later Thursday when officers searched a vehicle in the 2100 block of Terrace Road. Police would say only that an investigation led them to the vehicle. No arrests were made.

About 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the same area where the items were recovered, police investigated the beating of a 26-year-old Lawrence man. The man told officers he had been attacked by three men. The victim was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The attack is still under investigation, police said.

Final Baldwin art walk scheduled for Friday

Baldwin The Baldwin Community Arts Council's Art Walk season will serve up its finale with Cuppa Java from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday along High Street. Cuppa Java is a fund-raiser to help sponsor art walks, scholarships and other activities.

For a $6 donation patrons can buy a mug, dessert and beverage or a ticket to Espress Yourself for coffee.

The Art Walk also will feature a sidewalk exhibit of photography, watercolors, prismacolors, pastels, mixed-media works, stained glass, jewelry, sculpture and pottery.

Several businesses will remain open and show artwork: drawings by Carlisle, Forrest Waltman and Steven Graber at the Baldwin City Signal; works by Robbie Lamoreux at Espress Yourself; quilts at Stephens Realty; handmade jewelry at Discoveries; and ceramics by Scott Garrette, Victoria Garrette and Dan MacKinnon at Art Affair Gallery.

Heetco faces negligence suit

A rural Douglas County couple claim a propane company's negligence last spring caused them to suffer injuries in an explosion at their home.

Donald G. Griffin and his wife, Bonnie Griffin, are seeking damages in excess of $75,000 from Heetco Inc. They filed a lawsuit last month in Douglas County District Court.

The Griffins allege Heetco employees failed to conduct a check of the gas system in their home when delivering propane May 17.

The Griffins also name as defendants the manufacturers of a water heater in their home, AOSCO Inc., doing business as A.O. Smith Corp., Topeka. The Griffins say the heater was carelessly designed.

Donald Griffin suffered severe burns in the explosion and Bonnie Griffin suffered injuries and emotional trauma, the lawsuit said.

Monte Milstead, a spokesman for Heetco, declined to comment.

Experts to appraise antiques at meeting

A "Discover Your Antiques" appraisal fair will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.

Participants can have items appraised by eight experts: Roy Beers and Mike Baldwin, American Indian art and artifacts; Mark Bastion, glassware and pottery; Steve Cregut, watches and railroad memorabilia; Glenn Reed, Lawrence memorabilia, weaponry and militaria; Don Schaake, book sand paper items; David Solomons, decorative arts, coins, porcelain and glass; and Gary Strong, furniture, clocks and toys.

All appraisals are verbal. Individuals requiring written appraisals can make arrangements with individual appraisers.

A $10 donation is requested for each item or set of items appraised or $25 for three items.

To register to have items appraised, call the museum at 841-4109 before Saturday. Walk-ins are welcome and will be done at the first opportunity.

Mental-health support group plans book sale, symposium

Olathe Pathway to Hope, a nonprofit organization for people with mental illness and their families, is sponsoring several activities.

The group will offer a book sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at College Church of the Nazarene, 143rd Street and Mur-Len Road, Olathe.

A free mental health symposium will also be offered featuring five speakers, including David Holmes, professor of psychology at Kansas University. Speakers will present from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and again from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with a discussion and question-and-answer session from 11 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call (913) 856-6106 or (913) 244-8916.

Sierra Club meeting focuses on wetlands, trafficway

The Wakarusa Group of the Kansas Chapter of Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

The meeting will feature a presentation titled, "Haskell Baker Wetlands: Beauty and Battleground." Carey Maynard-Mooney will offer a brief history of Haskell Indian Nations University and explain parts of the South Lawrence Trafficway debate.

Photographs of the wetlands by Kyle Gerstner will also be shown.

ACT sign-up deadline nears

College-bound high school students in the Lawrence area face two deadlines for registration for taking the ACT assessment this fall.

Registrations are due Friday for the Oct. 26 test date. The test fee is $25 in Kansas.

Late registration deadline is Oct. 4, but there is an additional fee.

Students can get information from high school counselors or sign up online at

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