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May 29, 2004

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Hearing set for driver facing fourth DUI charge

The preliminary hearing for a habitual drunken driver charged with hitting a pedestrian on 23rd Street has been scheduled for June 22 in Douglas County District Court.

Jeffrey D. Carlson, 31, Lawrence, is charged with aggravated battery, fourth-time driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.

Prosecutors allege he was driving with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit of .08 on May 17 when he struck and injured a 22-year-old Lawrence woman with a Jeep Cherokee.

The wreck happened in the 1500 block of West 23rd Street.

The pedestrian suffered cuts and bruises and was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Infrastructure

Road, bridge bids approved by KDOT

Topeka -- The state highway department Friday announced it had approved a $7.6 million bid to resurface and grade two miles of U.S. Highway 40, part of which is Sixth Street in the city of Lawrence.

The work will occur from Kansas Highway 10 east to the Champion Lane intersection and then east to Folks Road, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The contract was awarded to Hamm Inc. of Perry. Work will start this summer.

Bids also were approved for bridge repair projects in Jefferson County -- $234,948 on Kansas Highway 16 at Brush and Peter creeks and $167,164 on Kansas Highway 92 at Fishpond Creek. Both bids went to Wildcat Construction Co. Inc. & Subsidiaries.

Kansas University

Jayhawk Boulevard to be closed for work

A steam tunnel replacement project at Kansas University will close Jayhawk Boulevard for almost a week while contractors construct a bypass road for vehicles.

Jayhawk Boulevard from 13th to 14th streets will be closed from noon Tuesday through 8 a.m. June 7. During that time, workers will build a temporary one-lane road to accommodate southbound traffic for the duration of the project. Gold parking permits will be honored in the Mississippi Street Parking Garage, a news release from University Relations said.

During work, the tunnel addition will close 14th Street between Jayhawk Boulevard and Alumni Place.

The project will replace a steam tunnel that an inspection revealed was unstable.

Forbes field

Breakfast to raise funds for museum

Topeka -- The Combat Air Museum at Forbes Field will offer a biscuits-and-gravy fund-raiser today.

The breakfast, which costs $3, will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The museum is at Hangars 602-604 "J" Street at Forbes, which is in south Topeka on U.S. Highway 75.

Oral histories

Newspaper, 6News solicit veterans' war stories

Douglas County's war veterans have stories to tell and we want to hear them.

As the July 3 dedication of the Douglas County Memorial of Honor draws near, the Journal-World and 6News invite those veterans to share stories of their service through oral history interviews. Those interviews will be featured in stories leading to the memorial dedication, and permanently preserved in expanded form in an online special section.

To participate, call staff writer Joel Mathis at 832-7126 or e-mail him at jmathis@ljworld.com. The deadline to participate is June 25.

Gasoline prices

Pump Patrol seeks deals

The Journal-World has found gasoline prices as low as $1.94 a gallon at Presto Phillips 66, 602 W. Ninth St.

If you find a lower price, call the Pump Patrol at 832-7154.

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