Archive for Sunday, September 1, 2013

40 years ago: Stolen typewriters, parking-meter crime, and a delayed opening for Babcock Place

September 1, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 1, 1973:

  • The opening of Babcock Place, the federally funded housing development for the elderly, had been delayed. An accumulation of "little things" gone wrong had surfaced during a recent two-day inspection by federal officials, delaying the planned phased-in opening of the project for at least three weeks. Bill Bywater, director of the Lawrence Housing Authority, said that the inspection had revealed problems such as broken windows, paint smudges, and other items in need of repair.
  • Two men were arrested this week by Lawrence police on charges of stealing from parking meters. The men, from Wakarusa and Topeka, had been spotted opening parking meters in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street. They were charged with grand theft, a felony charge, and misdemeanor charges of illegally opening the meters and illegally having a key to open them.
  • Two typewriters and a calculator had been stolen recently from faculty offices in Snow Hall at Kansas University. According to the police report, an olive green electric Smith-Corona typewriter valued at $201 had disappeared from Room 419, which had been locked overnight. Earlier in the week, another Smith-Coronoa electric typewriter and a Zeiss Contaflex camera valued at $240 had been reported missing from another room in the building, and a desk calculator worth $100 had been stolen from another locked office. The business manager of the biological sciences department said that increased security measures were to be taken.


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