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Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - April 6, 2015, Lawrence, Kansas L awrence & S tate L awrence J ournal - W orld l LJWorld. com/ local l Monday, April 6, 2015 l 3A Woman dies in UTV accident A woman is dead following a utility terrain vehicle accident that occurred southeast of Lawrence late Saturday night, said Lt. Steve Lewis of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in a press release. About 10: 45 p. m., deputies responded to the report of a UTV accident in the 900 block of East 1587 Road. Daniel Vantuyl, 40, and his wife, Lori Vantuyl, 35, were traveling in the four- seat Arctic Cat UTV on the road in front of their residence, Lewis said. The cause of the accident is being investigated. It is believed Daniel Vantuyl was operating the UTV when he lost control, and it crashed after rolling. A LifeStar helicopter was called to transport Lori Vantuyl, but she was pronounced dead prior to transport. Daniel Vantuyl was transported by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with non- lifethreatening injuries. This incident is the second fatality in 2015 involving a crash of a utility or all- terrain vehicle on area county roads. Man arrested on suspicion of battery Police arrested a 20- year- old man on suspicion of battery of a Lawrence police officer early Sunday morning. Ryan Anthony Branch, of Mansfield, which is about 6 miles southeast of Garden City, was arrested after allegedly punching the officer in the face, said Lawrence police Sgt. Myrone Grady. The incident occurred when the officer attempted to break up a fight between Branch and another man about 2 a. m. in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street, Grady said. The officer was handcuffing Branch when he was punched in the back of the head by the other man, who then fled, Grady said. When the officer turned back around to face Branch, Branch allegedly punched him twice in the face, Grady said. The other man was not located. Branch was in the Douglas County Jail with no bond on suspicion of battery of a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and possession of a suspended or fake driver’s license on Sunday, according to the Douglas County Sherriff’s Office booking log. BRIEFLY and dance organizer Jon Rossillon. The monthly dances, which started in the early 1970s, have featured many bands over the years, but Arnie Johnson has been a staple since the beginning. The hall was a little different in those days, though. “ Back then, you could bring your own bottle ( of alcohol),” says Caroline Chinn, a patron of the dances since the 1980s. “ It used to be that by 7: 30, it was standing room only. A lot of the regulars still come, though.” Though times have changed, the music hasn’t, says patron Gordon Riley, who’s been attending the dances for 45 years. Johnson and his band specialize in country music but will take requests, too. “ When ( the dancers) walk in the door, I know what they’re looking for,” Johnson explains. After more than four decades, he has won a loyal group of fans, who are really more like close friends, he admits. “ The crowds are as great as ever,” Johnson says. “ The volume isn’t the same, but they’re good people.” The hall is his favorite place to play, he says, because of the people. Many of the patrons agree, recounting fond memories of those they’ve encountered there. Some couples even first met as dance partners at the hall. “ I asked him to dance, and we’ve been dancing ever since,” Marilyn Lewallen says of her husband, Ron, whom she met in 1997. “ We had our wedding reception here.” Rich Johnson, Arnie’s son and bandmate, who has helped his father with the equipment since Rich was 9 years old, says the hall feels like a member of the family. “ You walk in like it’s your home,” Rich says. “ It’s going to be sad when it’s gone. It’s been a part of my life for so long.” Dance CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A John Young/ Journal- World Photos ARNIE JOHNSON RAISES AN ARM after his band finished their final set Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus building, 2206 E. 23rd St. Johnson has been a regular performer at the building for the past 45 years. Handwritten lyrics from Arnie Johnson’s song book Uber urges Brownback to veto bill upping costs T opeka — Ride- hailing company Uber says it will be forced to pull out of Kansas if the governor signs a bill increasing regulations on its drivers. The dispute over the bill, which passed both chambers Thursday, has grown increasingly acrimonious as a deluge of protest emails from the company’s users temporarily disabled the Legislature’s email server. Republican Rep. Scott Schwab, who led the work to amend the bill at the conference committee stage, said he was irritated with Uber’s tactics and accused its representatives of lying to him during the process. “ The frustration I’ve had dealing with Uber, which I’ve been — my analogy is that it’s like trying to paint an ice cube, nothing sticks to them,” Schwab said. Uber connects drivers to riders through a mobile app and announced in March that it had reached an agreement with several national insurance companies on a policy framework that would fill in gaps in the network’s driver insurance coverage. It has proposed model legislation to the states to make it official. The model proposal provides liability insurance throughout the period that Uber drivers are using the app, but it “ intentionally excludes additional coverage options such as collision and comprehensive insurance,” according to a study released Monday by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The Kansas bill would require some drivers for Uber and other ride- hailing companies to provide proof of those types of broader insurance, and would also require them to undergo background checks through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Uber spokeswoman Lauren Altmin said that both requirements are onerous for Uber because it is primarily a technology company providing the platform for riders and drivers to connect and shouldn’t be expected By Nicholas Clayton Associated Press LEGISLATURE Please see UBER, page 4A Galleries open through April 12. ENJOY ONE LASTLOOK BEFORE RENOVATION BEGINS. SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART WWW. SPENCERART. KU. EDU

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