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Meeting resolves wrong address incident

August 5, 2005

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The Lawrence Journal-World has answered concerns expressed by a woman whose apartment was burglarized following a wrong address appearing in a paid legal advertisement.

"At a meeting Monday with (tenant) Kristen Bryan, everything was resolved to the complete satisfaction of all parties involved," said Ralph Gage, chief operating officer of The World Company, owner of the Journal-World.

"Although we had no legal responsibility to do anything, we wanted to do the right thing," Gage said, adding that he was appalled by the burglary. "Our company hasn't stayed in business for more than 100 years by shirking its responsibilities."

"It has been settled fairly, and I'm satisfied," Bryan said Thursday.

Bryan arrived at her Tennessee Street apartment on July 26 and saw people loading up cars with her things. She confronted them and was shown the legal ad stating that if the items in the apartment went unclaimed by July 28, they would be thrown away. The ad contained the wrong address.

Bryan reported to police that she lost more than $3,500 worth of possessions.

Lawrence Police said the case was being handled as a burglary and theft. There was no forced entry into the apartment. There was no update Thursday on the investigation.

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