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February 15, 2005

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Pair rack up purchases on stolen credit cards

Lawrence Police are looking for two women who were using several stolen credit cards Monday to purchase about $1,000 worth of merchandise at local businesses.

The credit cards were in a purse taken in an automobile burglary Monday morning in the 3400 block of West 24th Street.

The women went to businesses that included liquor and tobacco stores, Wal-Mart, 3300 Iowa, and Target, 3400 Iowa.

The women are described as white and ranging in age from 18 to 25. Both appeared to have long reddish-blonde hair.

They were thought to be driving a white, four-door Buick or Pontiac Grand Am-style car.

One of the women had her hair tied up with a pink handkerchief. She was wearing a pink sweater and blue jeans. The second woman was wearing a white tank top and yellow pants. She had tattoos on her arms and wrists.

Anyone who sees the women or has information about them is asked to call police dispatchers at 841-7210 or Crime Stoppers at 843-TIPS. Callers to the tips line may remain anonymous.

County to study haz-mat travel patterns

Douglas County commissioners on Monday unanimously accepted a grant to fund a study regarding how hazardous chemicals and materials are transported through the county.

Douglas County Emergency Management received a $19,800 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The county agreed to provide a 20 percent match of $3,960. Paula Phillips, director of emergency management for the county, said the match would be covered by emergency management staff members' work on the report.

The grant would be used to study the types of hazardous materials that travel through the community by road, train and air, how much is coming through the county and possible transportation risks involving the material.

Eudora council accepts official's resignation

The Eudora City Council accepted City Administrator Mike Yanez's resignation at Monday night's meeting with a 4-1 vote. The council also decided to let Yanez out of his contract in 45 days instead of his contractual obligation of 60 days notice.

Yanez has accepted the position of city administrator in Tonganoxie.

Council member Scott Hopson voted against releasing Yanez and said he should finish out his contract. "He entered into a contract, and he should be man enough to finish it through," he said.

Mayor Ron Conner said it was time to begin the search for a new city administrator. Yanez was Eudora's first city administrator and served almost three years.

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