Archive for Wednesday, March 30, 2005

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March 30, 2005

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County plans hearing on County Road 1055

Douglas County residents will have their formal say on proposed improvements along County Road 1055.

The county commissioners will have a public hearing on the matter at 6:35 p.m. today at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass. Commissioners will determine whether the project proceeds after a presentation and public comment.

County officials plan to replace a bridge near the Cedar Hill Gun Club, 918 East 1650 Road. Two curves directly south of the bridge also would be improved as part of the project, which has an estimated cost of $1.05 million.

The commissioners discussed the proposed improvements during a public meeting last month in Vinland. Residents raised questions about the project design and the need for road improvements.

Schools

Board meeting planned to consider resignation

Lawrence school board members will have a special meeting at noon Thursday to discuss a resignation offer from Quail Run School teacher Wayne Kruse.

Kruse has been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the teachers' union while he was its president and now faces criminal charges.

The district wants to fire Kruse but could only do so after completing a due process hearing. Kruse has offered to resign in exchange for continued salary through June.

Supt. Randy Weseman has said it might be easier and cheaper for the district to accept Kruse's resignation. Board members are expected to consider that option in their special meeting.

Crime

KU student reports parking lot assault

Kansas University police are looking for a man suspected of punching a female student in the face after she found him hunched over the door of her car in the parking lot of Oliver Hall.

The incident happened about 5:45 p.m. Monday. The student said she was approaching her car when she saw him leaning down next to the driver's side door.

She said, "Hey, that's my car," according to a report. He then turned, punched her under the eye and ran away toward 19th Street.

The student told police she had never seen the man before. There was no visible damage to the car, and it had not been entered.

Police are circulating a flier showing a composite sketch of the man.

Activities

Summer recreation guide now available

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department's Summer 2005 Activities Guide is now available, the department has announced.

The guide lists more than 450 programs for adults and children to participate in this summer. The book can be picked up at any Parks and Recreation facility. The book also will be distributed in Sunday's edition of the Journal-World. An online version of the guide is available at www.lprd.org.

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