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January 11, 2005

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Federal indictment issued in bank robbery

A Lawrence man was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury on one count of bank robbery in the Dec. 3 holdup of a Lawrence credit union.

Ervin R. Crow, 36, already faces a bank robbery charge in Douglas County District Court, but that charge likely will be dropped now that the U.S. Attorney's Office has taken action, Dist. Atty. Charles Branson said.

Crow has been held in the Douglas County Jail since his arrest several hours after the robbery at Midwest Regional Credit Union, 1015 W. Sixth St. Lawrence Police arrested Crow at a shopping center at Sixth Street and Kasold Drive. His bond is $70,000.

No customers were present and no employees were injured when a man wearing sunglasses and a stocking cap entered the credit union and demanded money from a teller.

Although witnesses didn't see a gun, they saw an outline of what could have been a gun under the suspect's jacket, police said.

According to the federal indictment, Crow "used force, violence and intimidation" to take $3,062 from the credit union.

If convicted, Crow faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Bald eagles topic of library program

Michael Watkins, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will discuss bald eagle nests in Kansas at 7 p.m. today at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Watkins will explain how bald eagles once again nest and raise their young in this area after being placed on the endangered species list in 1967.

The free program is a preview of Kansas Eagle Day, which is Jan. 23.

Annual chili feed honoring MLK today

New York School is offering a chili feed today to honor Martin Luther King Jr. The federal holiday in honor of the civil rights leader is next week.

The 18th annual feed will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today in the school gym.

The school is at 936 N.Y.

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