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8:52 AM CDT on October 27, 2016
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Partly cloudy skies with gusty winds. High 81F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
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Mostly sunny skies. Record high temperatures expected. High 72F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
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Showers in the morning with isolated thunderstorms arriving in the afternoon. High 69F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

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Steve Mock Memorial part II

On Tuesday at 6:30 pm Raytown’s Mayor unveiled the memorial to Alderman Steve Mock.  The memorial sits in front of a Sweetbay Magnolia tree also planted in remembrance.


Steve Mock memorial Sweetbay Magnolia



This is what the flowers will look like in the Spring.


Video of the memorial services.

Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus Concert to benefit Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus

Concert to benefit Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

Saturday, November 5, 2016
4:00 pm

Blue Ridge United Methodist Church 
5055 Blue Ridge Boulevard 
Kansas City, Missouri 64133 


Steve Mock Memorial Tree and Monument Dedication

October 18, 2016, 6:30 PM, Raytown City Hall

The City of Raytown will host a dedication ceremony to commemorate the life and civic leadership of Alderman Steve Mock who passed away earlier this summer.

The ceremony will occur with the Mock family and City leaders on the east lawn of Raytown City Hall near the staff entrance to the building. Please join us as we dedicate a tree and monument in his honor.

Aldereman Steve Mock and Clarice Titus

Aldereman Steve Mock and Clarice Titus

Raytown man arrested in Brookside


Raymond C. Hoblia

A 35 year old Raytown resident Raymond C. Hoblia was arrested in the Brookside area of Kansas City. A man in the 400 block of W. 59th Terrace saw Hoblia trying to open a sliding door side of his home. The he called police. Officers already nearby responded. The officers found the suspect in a nearby house. A K-9 officer was brought in and apprehended Hoblia who was hiding in a bedroom closet.

While all the news refers to Hoblia as a Kansas City man, the charging documents give his address in the 5900 block of Kentucky Ave. which is in the heart of Raytown. Hoblia has felony convictions in 2001 for Robbery and Armed Criminal Action and another conviction in 2011 for Burglary. Both these convictions were for crimes committed in Jackson County, MO.

RaytownOnline thanks FOX 4 for providing code to embed their video in this article.

Rice-Tremonti Lawn party

Rice-Tremonti Lawn party: Ice cream, live music, Buffalo Soldiers and crafts

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The Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home will hold an old-fashioned lawn party on the grounds of the Rice-Tremonti Home on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2-6 p.m. The 1844 era farmhouse is located at 8801 E. 66st St. in Raytown. Admission is free for the afternoon event and ice cream will be served and homemade jams and bread will be for sale.

Three Americana/Folk music acts are on the schedule. The Shortleaf Band will play at 2 p.m.; the duo of Betse & Clarke will perform at 3:30 p.m. and Kelly Hunt will play at 4:30 p.m. Each group will evoke the sounds of yesteryear in contemporary stylings. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, sit back and enjoy the entertainment.

In addition, historic re-enactors of the Kansas City-Leavenworth area chapter of the National 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association, or Buffalo Soldiers, will be present to explain how African-American cavalry soldiers played a big role in “taming the West” in the 19th century. The Buffalo Soldiers were members of the 10th Cavalry formed at Fort Leavenworth in 1866. They protected settlers during the westward expansion. Members of the group will be present throughout the afternoon and will give a talk at 3:30 p.m.

A talented group of crafters will sell their hand-made wares to attendees. Participating crafters include: Beyond Scentsations, soy candles and wax melts; Serendipity Dish, unique towel sets for kids; Revamp By Lady Dunn, one of a kind jewelry; Hum-A-Long Ranch, alpaca wool goods; Cassie’s K-9 Bakery, homemade dog treats; Designs By Downing, quilts, children’s bibs and aprons; Soapnotica, handmade soaps and lotions made to pamper you and your skin and Ailina Jewelry, handmade jewelry of stones, crystal, glass and metal beads. More are expected to sign up. No fees for crafters!

Of course, the Friends of Rice-Tremonti will serve homemade ice cream to cap off a fun afternoon outdoors. Yes, it’s all  free, but donations are always welcome as the not-for-profit group is responsible for all upkeep and preservation costs of maintaining this 172-year-old westward trails and Civil War landmark. Tours of the house and Aunt Sophie’s cabin will be held during the afternoon.

For more information contact Leigh Elmore, president of the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home Assn., 816-510-8179.

Police identify suspect in home theft video

A 91 year old Raytown resident was robbed recently in her home.  After items in the home started disappearing, the woman’s son installed a surveillance system in the home and the theft was caught on video.

RaytownOnline thanks KCTV for providing code to embed their coverage of this.

Click HERE for the full KCTV article

Raytown Online endorses Jessica Podhola for State Senate

jessicaJessica Podhola is probably the best prepared 1st time politician running for office.  She has lived in the district for many years, unlike her opponent who moved into the district when it became apparent that there would be an open seat in this district.  Jessica has worked for progressive Democratic values for decades and has worked with Raytown Democrats.

I am not going to mince words, the choice is between a smart and hard-working person of character who is running a campaign dependent on a lot of shoe leather and a machine politician who was moved into the district to serve the interests of his patron political machine.

For more on this race click HERE for an excellent article in the PITCH.

Raytown Online endorses Bonnaye Mims

b onnaye at the capitolBonnaye Mims may have only 2 precincts in Raytown, but she lives in one of them and is a frequent speaker at the Raytown Democratic Association. Her reports on Jefferson City are second only to Tom McDonald’s in frequency.  She is not beholding to any political machine, she is beholding to the people in her district.  Mims is hard-working and extremely well versed on educational issues.

RaytownOnline Endorses Jerome Barnes for State Rep.

12931301_234329426915681_5495450049754522011_nJerome Barnes stands out as the only candidate who has a history of both working for our community and working for the Democratic Party. He is the only candidate that is not a stranger to working for Democratic issues and Democratic candidates.

He is a regular at the Raytown Democratic Association monthly meetings, where he keeps the membership updated on issues and events concerning the Raytown School District in keeping with his role as a member of our School Board.

Mr. Barnes has a long history of dealing with rules and regulations as a member of the US Army, the Postal Service, and the Raytown School Board. He is known for doing his homework and this experience and attention to detail will serve us well in Jefferson City.

Mr. Barnes chose Raytown to raise his family in 30 years ago and has a 30 year record of community service that has entailed working with people from all walks of life.

Missouri House District 28 Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters and the Raytown Chamber of Commerce held a candidates forum for the Missouri House 28th District earlier this week.  All six candidates were in attendance.  RaytownOnline.com made a video recording of the forum.  Due to the closeness of the election, to save time, the normal amount of editing to pretty up the footage has not been done. There is about 10 minutes where the view is only the moderator at the podium, when the preferred view would be the candidates. This is at almost the end of the video and the reason is simple, I made a mistake during the file transfer process and did not catch it before the originals were deleted from the camera.  Everything is there, just some of it is not the preferred view.


Raytown Park Board meeting of 7/18/2016

The Raytown Park Board meeting started out with a significant amount of public comment, mainly about Super Splash.  More on this in another post.

Here is the video…

Raytown Mourns the Passing of Steve Mock

 Raytown has lost one of the Best, Steve Mock. His dedication to community service was unmatched. From sitting on the Board of Aldermen, and various City committees, to working for REAP and other local charities.  Mr. Mock was a rock of stability on the Board of Alderman, the Best Egg-Fest Bunny in costume for the children and humble enough to patrol our streets and highways for litter.

Steve spent his life working to make Raytown a better place and he will be sorely missed.


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Aldermen Steve Mock and Joe Creamer

Aldermen Steve Mock and Joe Creamer

Ward 5 aldreman Steve Mock and daughter

Ward 5 aldreman Steve Mock and daughter

Alderman Steve Mock and Chamber President Vicki Turnbow

Alderman Steve Mock and Chamber President Vicki Turnbow

Aldereman Steve Mock and Clarice Titus

Aldereman Steve Mock and Clarice Titus

More on the recent burglary

Two KC men charged in Raytown burglary that ended in gunfire on July 3, 2016, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Arnett W. McNeal Jr., dob: 6/6/1971, faces Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer in the 1st Degree, and Burglary in the 2nd Degree, while Saintino J. Garner, dob: 3/18/1996, faces Burglary in the 2nd Degree.*

According to court records, the defendants told Raytown Police Department detectives that they entered the home and grabbed a change jar, a handgun and other items. When police entered the residence, Arnett said he panicked. Police video showed McNeal grabbed a gun and pointed it, then the officer fired at McNeal.

The incident remains under investigation.

From the Police Report review of the body cam.

(Det. YYY is reviewing the tape in this report)

Office XXX walked up to the  door that led inside the house. Inside the house the lights were. illuminated . Det. YYY  saw an entry way with what appeared to be a washer and dryer just inside and to the left. Det. YYY saw what appeared to be glass on the entry way door and a single broken window pane out of the door. Officer XXX walked inside the threshold. Del. YYY immediately saw two black males inside a kitchcn that was directly inside the entry way. The two black males had items in their hands. One male wearing a red colored sweatshirt appeared to be holding clothing while the other male wearing a grey colored sweatshirt appeared to be holding ajar of some sort.

The male in the red colorcd sweatshirt was latcr identified as Saintino J. Garncr a black male born, 03·18- 1996.  The male in the grey colored sweatshirt was later identified as Arnett Waymon McNeal Jr. a blaek male born, 06-06- 1971.

Officer XXX yelled “Hands! Gel on the ground! Gel on the ground both of you! “As Officer XXX was giving commands McNeal grabbed what appeared to be a black colored handgun kitchen table that he was standing next to.  McNeal grabbed the gun with his left hand and pointed  it at Officcr XXX.  Officer XXX fired one gunshot at McNeal. McNeal dropped the gun and remained standing. Officer XXX gave both McNeal and Garner commands to get on the ground. Both complied and laid down on the floor. Officer notified Police Headquarters that ” shots were fired”.  McNeal said, “You shot me”. Officer XXX asked where McNeal was shot. McNeal responded with , ” In the stomach” . Officer XXX notified  he needed an ambulance.

Officer XXX placed McNeal in handcuffs. Officer XXX asked someone if they could handcuff Garner. Det. YYY  then saw Officer ZZZ in the kitchen placing handcuffs on Garner.

Officers Confront Home Invaders

raytown-police-looking-for-graphic-designer-to-design-new-logo-patchAt approximately 9:41 PM Raytown officers responded to a residential burglar alarm in the 6200 block of Ralston. When the officers arrived they found two men inside the house. When the officers confronted the men, one of them pointed a hand gun at the officers. One of the officers fired once and struck one subject in the abdomen. The man who was struck was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the other was taken into custody. The officers were not injured. The officer involved was placed on leave while the investigation continues

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 1:15 am. 60 mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail.

Received from Raytown Police at 12:56 am.


Tornado watch

The NWS has issued a tornado watch for the entire KC metro until 10pm tonight

Thunderstorm watch

The national weather service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 5am Wednesday for Jackson County.


Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown

Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

Our speakers will be
Jerome Barnes
Candidate MO State Representative District 28

Winston Apple
Candidate MO Lieutenant Governor

President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431


Raytown High Graduation to be held outdoors tonight

raytown_schoolsRaytown High’s graduation ceremonies WILL be held outdoors tonight. Despite the forecasted rain, the senior class desires to try to have the ceremonies outdoors.  Leaving the ceremony outdoors rather than moving it inside allows as many families and friends as possible to see the graduates receive their diplomas. Moving the ceremony inside severely limits seating capacity for attendees. Staff will continue to watch the most updated forecasts, and there is a possibility that the ceremony could be slightly delayed if rain chances appear to be lessening somewhat later.

Severe thunderstorm Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm Watch for Jackson County until 8:00 PM. Potential heavy rain, hail, high winds.

Norfleet 5th Grade Recorder Club performance

The Norfleet 5th Grade Recorder Club performed with the Raytown Community Symphonic Band on Sunday, April 24 at the Raytown Arts Festival.

Four Norfleet students, two Norfleet teachers, and one guest student performed on the song “Recorder Rock” with the band accompanying.

“The students did a great job, and the audience loved the song,” Instructor Sarah Eckhoff said.  nf_recorder_club1024

Those pictured from left to right are: Sarah Eckhoff (music teacher), Sebastian Gibbs (from Blue Springs), Olivia McCarroll, Felicia Storm (5th grade teacher), Ben Gippner, Aspen Sanders, and David Thompson (seated).

What all the fuss is about

What is the core issue in a lot of these recent letters/press releases is that the Fire District is asserting that they are not getting their fair share of tax revenue. Get being loosely defined and both not getting money and being charged too much in some cases. This is about the TIF tax abatement for what can be called the Wal-Mart development. The details are complex, and since I am personally not a lawyer, tax accountant, or knowledgeable in TIFs and the details of the Wal-Mart TIF, I am very hesitant to judge the merits of either sides arguments.

Even the flow of money is complex, in that in some cases instead of not getting money, the Fire District is paying from the taxes it gets back to the city to pay for its share of the TIF. Is the amount correct, should they be liable for all phases of the project, did they agree to some aspects, is their explicate agreement requires? These are all questions that may take a judge to decide in the end.

Somewhere there is a quote about sitting on the fence getting you shot by both sides, but I cannot seem to find it.

Man Arrested, then Charged, After Sexual Assault

Released by the Raytown Police Dept.

michael_PageThe office of Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney, has charged Michael S. Page, a 36 year old Raytown man, with the sexual assault of a woman in the yard of a residence in the 8600 block of Hawthorne Avenue, yesterday afternoon, 05-04-2016. Minutes after the police arrived at the scene, Raytown police officers and detectives located Page and took him into custody.


From Jackson County charging documents

In a statement to the Raytown detectives Page admitted to arranging a meeting with the victim in an area he was familiar with (but not his residence) on a website.

After the attack, Page stated that he rode his bike to his residence in the 9900 block of E. 85th St and ditched the mask and hoodie he wore along with the victims cell phone.

He then got back on his bike intending to ride it to his ex-fiancee’s residence and was subsequently apprehended by the Raytown Police Dept.

Appendum to Raytown Fire District press release

The following support document was attached to the press release from the Raytown Fire District.

Click HERE to read the Districts request for a meeting with Raytown City officials and employees.


Fire District press releasae

from chief

May 5, 2016

Release from the Office of the Fire Chief:

The Raytown Fire Protection District will hold a public informational hearing regarding our concerns with the 350
Live Tax Increment Financing project on June 6th at 7:00 pm. The purpose of this meeting will be to explain the
District’s position on the issue and provide our citizens with facts to substantiate this position.

On April 28th, the Fire District requested that the City of Raytown participate in this hearing (attached document
titled 350 Highway TIF Issues – Raytown Fire Protection District). On April 29th, this invitation was rejected by the
City of Raytown’s Attorney Joe Willerth, who stated “I do not think it is in the public interest for an entire Fire
District Board and the entire Raytown Board of Aldermen to sit down and review extensive detailed financial
records in an open public meeting or attempt to negotiate the resolution of any outstanding pending issues
initially in an open public meeting.”.

Since September of 2015, the Raytown Fire Protection District has made numerous attempts with city officials to
address our concerns with this project. With few exceptions, these attempts have been met with resistance,
incomplete or missing documentation and an overall unwillingness to address our central issues. At the core of
this debate is the belief that the City misled the Fire District in 2007 and has not upheld their side of the 2007
agreement since.

In 2007, the Fire District entered into an agreement with the City to participate along with the other taxing
entities on the 350 Live TIF Project. The Fire District’s participation was based on the City agreeing to comply
with Missouri Statutes and the governing documents of the TIF project. These requirements include:

• The submission of accurate annual financial reports to the State of Missouri
• The production of annual reports describing the progress of the TIF district for public distribution
• Conducting regular public hearings and the passage of resolutions to continue the TIF project
• The captured sales taxes from all jurisdictions were to be used exclusively to fund the public
improvements and other reimbursable project costs that are within public easements and rights-ofway
and will ultimately be owned and maintained by the city or another public entity
• Providing the Fire District with detailed and accurate information to substantiate billing requests

The Fire District has investigated this matter and contends that the City of Raytown has failed to meet the
preceding requirements.

The concerns expressed by Joe Willerth are not without merit. We agree, and are willing to limit participation to
selected representatives from both the City and the Fire District. Given its significant financial implications for
our community, we believe the public deserves to be informed and included in the conversation regarding this
issue. Our invitation to the city remains open and we hope they accept our amended offer to participate in the
June 6th, public hearing.

Thank You,

Matt Mace

Fire Chief