Archive for Friday, August 17, 2012

25 years ago: Arson suspected in O’Connell Ranch fires

August 17, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 17, 1987:

  • Police today were inspecting two possible cases of arson at the O'Connell Youth Ranch, where a fire had destroyed a barn on the previous afternoon. Another fire, which had occurred the previous week, had caused damage to the ranch's kitchen. Nobody had been injured in either incident; the teenage boys living at the ranch had been on a backpacking trip in Colorado with their teaching parents and administrator Al Negen.
  • Students undergoing the enrollment process at Kansas University this week were being assured that, while every possible class slot might not be open to them, they would be able to enroll in classes that would allow them to make process toward their degree. Meanwhile, temporary campus housing was being used for an overflow of students. "End rooms" and study rooms were being pressed into service, while 12 students were doubling up in the three two-person apartments in McCollum Hall.


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