From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 30, 1987:
- Friends and neighbors of a rural Perry family were horrified to learn of the deaths of Linda Taylor and three of her children, ages 8, 6, and 4, when a freight train had collided with their pickup truck at a Union Pacific crossing northeast of Lawrence. The 14-year-old son who had been driving the vehicle was, along with his two brothers, listed in fair condition at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
- Lawrence police, who had picked up three possibly rabid skunks in the last three days, issued a warning to the public not to handle any wild animals or pets that appeared ill or exhibited behavior such as staggering or foaming at the mouth A 14-year-old North Lawrence girl had been advised by her physician to begin the series of rabies shots after having handled a baby skunk this week. The girl had picked up the skunk, which had appeared ill, wrapped it in a towel and brought it to show her mother. The girl had not been bitten, but it was feared that she might have come into contact with the disease through its saliva.