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May 28, 2003

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Teen bicyclist injured in wreck with SUV

A bicyclist suffered injuries late Monday night when he collided with a sport-utility vehicle on West Sixth Street.

David L. Prosser, 17, was flown by air ambulance to KU Med, Kansas City, Kan. His condition wasn't available Tuesday night.

Police said he was leaving the parking lot of Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St., about 11:45 p.m. Monday when he struck the side of a westbound Chevrolet Blazer driven by Douglas Reynolds, 22, Lawrence.

Prosser suffered "internal bruising and minor fractures," according to a police report.

Lawrence schools: Reception to honor outgoing LHS principal

Parents, teachers and other community members will honor outgoing Principal Dick Patterson tonight for his nine years of service at Lawrence High School.

A reception for Patterson will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. Second St.

Patterson, a Topeka resident who became principal at LHS in 1997, plans to take a job in July as principal of the Auburn-Washburn school district's alternative high school program.

Steven Nilhas, superintendent of the Hill City school district for the past four years, will replace Patterson at LHS.

Meanwhile, LHS Associate Principal Tammy Heenan of Topeka accepted a job as principal of Robinson Elementary School in the Topeka district. She had been a finalist for the LHS principalship.

Police: Senior citizen reports being sexually assaulted

Lawrence Police are investigating allegations that a 79-year-old man forced an 81-year-old woman to perform a sex act late last week.

The incident happened about 1:45 a.m. Thursday in the southwest portion of the city, but because of concerns about protecting the victim's identity, police would not say whether it happened in a nursing home or a private residence.

Police said the two were acquaintances.

Commuting: Stull Road reopens Stull Road is back in business.

The popular commuter route between Lawrence and Topeka reopened to traffic during the Memorial Day weekend, nine months after being closed for reconstruction.

"People have been having to use (U.S.) Highway 40 and Interstate 70," said Keith Browning, Douglas County public works director. "This gives everybody one more option back."

The $1.4 million project rebuilt much of a 2.3-mile section of Stull Road, formally known as County Road 442. The road typically carries about 3,600 vehicles a day.

Contractors widened lanes, added shoulders, smoothed out hills and filled valleys from County Road 1029 west to the Fox Run subdivision, less than a mile east of Stull.

King's Construction Co. Inc. of Oskaloosa still has some work remaining, most involving roadside ditches. Pictured above is Rick Clark, of RFB Construction in Cherokee, seeding grass Tuesday along the road.

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