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40 years ago: Officials seek injunction to close Gaslight Tavern

October 22, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 22, 1971:

  • Kansas Atty. Gen. Vern Miller and County Atty. Mike Elwell were preparing to file an injunction seeking to designate the Gaslight Tavern, 1241 Oread, as a "common nuisance" and to have it closed. The injunction cited violations of state laws governing narcotics and dangerous drugs as the reason for the request to close down the tavern. If the business were found to be a public nuisance and were closed down, the period of its closure could extend from three months to two years, Elwell said.
  • Two minor fires were reported at Kansas University's McCollum Hall. In one instance, a junior told KU police that he had placed some clothing in a washer at about 2 a.m. and had left for a short time, returning to find the clothes and the contents of a wastebasket on fire. Officers had termed the fire arson. The other blaze had been in a trash chute in the east wing of McCollum on another night.

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