Archive for Thursday, June 23, 2011

40 years ago: Jail escapee located

June 23, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 23, 1971:

  • The trusty who had not returned to the Douglas County Jail after an approved errand was back in jail after having been discovered riding in a car that was stopped about four miles east of Lawrence. The driver claimed that he had picked up Charles Girton as a hitchhiker near Olathe. Girton was then taken to county court, where he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of jailbreak. According to Undersheriff Dallas Murphy, Girton was "not currently a trusty."
  • Out on the Kansas Turnpike, a special display was being set up in the Howard Johnson Restaurant at the Lawrence Service Area. The goal of the display was to "give passers-through a good idea of what we have to offer" in Lawrence and at Kansas University, said Bill Gaut, manager of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.

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