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May 27, 2004

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Mojo's restaurant owes $91,000 in back taxes

Mojo's owes.

The downtown restaurant, known for serving up spicy Buffalo-style chicken wings, owes more than $91,000 in state sales and withholding taxes from 2001 to 2004. That's according to documents filed recently in Douglas County District Court by the Kansas Department of Revenue.

James Langford, owner of Mojo's, 714 Vt., said some of the taxes accumulated as a result of the restaurant's move in 2001 from its original location at 805 Vt.

According to the filings, the restaurant owes $11,281.49 in withholding tax and $80,171.82 in sales tax.

Fighting results in transients' arrests

Three transients were arrested and taken to jail Wednesday afternoon after a fight broke out at the I-70 Business Center, 921 N. First St.

A knife and chain were involved in the fight, police said, but no one was taken to the hospital.

A fourth transient was arrested and taken to jail on unrelated charges.

Speed called factor in Baldwin crash

Five teenagers were injured after their vehicle went too fast over a railroad crossing Tuesday afternoon in west Baldwin.

The blue Ford Escort went airborne and ran off into a ditch near Lawrence Street, said Jeff Dingman, Baldwin's city administrator.

The car then collided with a tree.

Emergency responders were called to the scene at 4:55 p.m. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Battalion Chief Bill Stark said three patients were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, one was taken to University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., and one was treated and released.

John Brown expert, descendant to speak

The author of a book on John Brown and a descendant of the abolitionist will be among the speakers at an event tonight at the Dole Institute of Politics on Kansas University's west campus.

Merrill D. Peterson, who wrote the 2002 book "John Brown: The Legend Revisited," will speak at 7 tonight in the institute's Simons Family Media Center.

Also speaking are Elaine Caldwell, a descendant of Brown who now lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Betty Schermer, a great-great-granddaughter of August Bondi, part of Brown's entourage.

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