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Archive for Friday, April 30, 2004

Regional briefs

April 30, 2004

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Grand jury indicts Lawrence brothers

Kansas City, Kan. -- Lawrence twins Roosevelt and Los Dahda, both 22, were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on drug and weapons charges. They are being held in federal custody.

Roosevelt Dahda was charged with one count of making a false written statement to a gun dealer; two counts of receiving firearms while he was under indictment for a felony in Douglas County; possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; and two counts of using firearms during a drug trafficking crime.

Los Dahda was charged with one count of making a false written statement to a gun dealer and one count of possession of a sawed-off shotgun that had not been registered.

The charges follow a monthlong investigation into the brothers by the Lawrence Police Department and the joint city-county Drug Enforcement Unit.

Meals on Wheels plans 'blossoming' fund-raiser

Meals on Wheels is planning a "Blossoming Banquet" weekend fund-raiser at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka.

The fund-raiser, which is the 13th annual Sumptuous Settings event to benefit Meals on Wheels, will feature a flower-filled tearoom with refreshments, and an exhibition room including a garden setting and a tribute to explorers Lewis and Clark.

The tearoom will be open 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The displays will be open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Advance tickets are $6 at Capitol Federal Savings and Loan and Commerce Bank locations. Admission at the door is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Adult tickets are for either the tearoom or the exhibitions. Children's tickets include both.

Proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson counties, a service that provides meals to people who are elderly, homebound or have disabilities.

Vinland plans events for Founders Day

The Vinland community will celebrate its fifth annual Founders Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Vinland Elementary School south of Lawrence.

Events will include corncob-toy making, pioneer stories and games, maple snow cones and a covered wagon exhibit.

For more information, call (785) 594-3912.

Shriners plan parade with music, clowns

Topeka -- Arab Shriners will have their Spring Ceremonial on Saturday in Topeka.

Events include the Shriners' parade beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Kansas Avenue in downtown Topeka. The parade will feature a band, miniature cars and clowns.

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