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Civic-minded Volunteers Needed

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown invites you to join out committed group of volunteers in helping provide services to Seniors living within the boundaries of the Raytown School District. Most volunteers work a set schedule of approximately three hours, one day per week.

  • Office Volunteers. Open shifts: Tuesday 1 – 4 pm; Wednesday 9 – 12 & 1 – 4; Thursday 1 – 4; Friday 9 – 12. This job involves answering phones, scheduling rides for medical appts., giving information from resource book, give information about upcoming events.
  • On-call Wheels that Care Drivers. Scheduled at least 48 hours in advance, when one of our seniors needs a ride to a medical appointment. Time needed varies, appointments average one hour plus travel time.
  • Substitute Meals on Wheels drivers. Regular driver positions are currently filled (generally one day per week). Substitute drivers are needed when a regular driver is ill or unavailable. Prepackaged meals and beverages are picked up from a central location and delivered to clients within the boundaries of the Raytown School District.

All volunteers must pass a background check. Drivers also must have a valid drivers license, and a licensed and insured vehicle. Training provided.

For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator by email: volcoordinator@sbcglobal.net or by phone: 816-356-9000.

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Seeking New Director

Seeking an energetic, motivated individual to serve as Executive Director of Shepherd’s Center of Raytown. This half-time (20 hour per week) position will work closely with the Board of Trustees to provide strategic leadership, manage staff and volunteers, and oversee the successful operation of our services for Raytown Seniors, including the Meals on Wheels program. Qualifications include experience working with nonprofit, public sector, or community organizations. Bachelors degree (preferred) or commensurate experience in public administration, human or social services. To apply, please submit resume and a list of three references to: jdowning2300@yahoo.com

David de la Fuente of Star Companies, Inc. in Raytown wins 1st place in National Insulation Installation Competition

Insulation professional, David de la Fuente of Star Companies, Inc. in Raytown, Mo. secured the title and $10,000 grand prize at the 15thannual America’s Best Installer competition on Oct. 14. De la Fuente competed against 26 insulation installers from across the country in the skill-based competition at the EXDO Event Center in Denver.

De la Fuente exceeded the performance of his competitors in the fast-paced competition which consisted of installing JM formaldehyde-free insulation batts into mock home structures. Expert judges evaluated each competitor based on real job site criteria, including workmanship and install quality, speed, material use, and reaction to different obstacles, such as pipes, vaulted ceilings and electrical outlets.

The competition also recognized second-place winner, Noe Castillo of Denver-based Rocky Mountain Insulation, with a $5,000 cash prize. A third-place $3,500 cash prize was awarded to Shawn Elliot of Charlotte, N.C.-based Standard Insulating Companies and a fourth-place $2,500 cash prize was awarded to Jose Varela-Garcia of Olathe, Kan.-based Henges Insulation

Additional cash prizes were awarded to the following competitors from the preliminary rounds of competition:

  • Diego Campana-Baquero of A+ Insulation, Edwardsville, Kan. ($1,000)
  • Leonel Lora of American Residential Products, Orlando, Fla. ($1,000)
  • Doel Vazquez of Wisconsin Insulation Services, Menomonee Falls, Wis. ($1,000)
  • Travis Vandenbogart of Comfort Pro Insulators, Little Suamico, Wis. ($1,000)
  • Jake Milner of G5 / Insul USA, Nixa, Mo. ($500)
  • Rafael Rodriguez-Loya of Nelligan Insulation, Lynchburg, Va. ($500)
  • Alex Franco of Homeowner’s Insulation, Colorado Springs, Colo. ($500)
  • Justin McCabe of Northwind Insulation, Orchard Park, N.C. ($500)

Police say Jungerman not a suspect

From KMBC 9 NEWS

“During a police briefing on Thursday, authorities said detectives have talked to the owner of the van. They said the owner is not in custody, not a person of interest nor a suspect.

Raytown resident suspect in Brookside homicide

Police are looking for Raytown resident David Jungerman as a suspect in the murder of 30-year-old attorney Tom Pickert in front of the victim’s Brookside home. Mr. Pickert was a prominent Kansas City lawyer who recently won his client a 5 million dollar judgment against Mr. Jungerman.   Jungerman’s 1997 white Chevy van was seen fleeing the scene and has since been found.  click HERE for KCTV5 coverage on this story.

KCTV5

Ambulance response time update.

Sources in the Raytown School District stated that the call for ambulance services went out at 7:12 and that video footage show the arrival of the ambulance at 7:27.  By doing the math, and deducting the 7 minutes response time, we have 8 minutes for dispatch to take the call and relay it to a Raytown EMS unit.

More on this if and when I learn more facts.

 

Raytown beats Raytown South 35-14

Raytown broke a long loosing streak against rival Raytown South with a decisive 35 to 14 win on Friday.

RaytownOnline.com received multiple calls about the game, but not about the score. The calls were about the amount of time it took an ambulance to take an injured Raytown High player away for medical attention.

One call claimed it took 45 minutes for the ambulance to arrive, but research indicates that was not the case, closer to 20 minutes was the actual amount of time that passed.  The injury took place 3 minutes into the game.  The game started at 7:00 pm.  Given this, the probable time of the injury was between 7:04 and 7:08, depending on how much time passed with the game clock not running.

Photos received from people attending the game show the ambulance at 7:28 pm.  (see below)

Sources at Raytown City Hall report that the EMS log indicates a 7 minute response time.  What is not known is how long it took the coaching staff to decide to call an ambulance. Requests to the School District for this information have yet to be responded to.

Normally 911 calls would be routed to the Raytown Police Dept. dispatch and they relay this to the EMS unit.  Normally this would also be relayed to the Raytown Fire District and they also would respond. Sources in the Raytown Fire District have no record of a call coming in on this incident.

These are the facts to the best of my knowledge.

Raytown Town Hall meeting on the budget

The Raytown Board of Aldermen moved their regular meting to 6:pm on Tuesday, Sept. 5th 2017 to have a town hall meeting on the proposed budget at 7:00 pm.

The town hall meeting was packed, with people seated in a spill over room, watching it on TV. At least 80% of the crowd seemed to be supporters. friends, police, or their family members.  While the meeting at times got loud and there was some heckling, the actual numbers of disruptive people were a small minority of the people attending and the Mayor did a decent job of settling them down.

City manager Cole did an overhead projector presentation of the details of the budget and the information table had plenty of copies of data from past years. The audience submitted questions with the aldermen and Mr. Cole responding to them. After that there was a public comments and questions from the podium. You can view the meeting video by clicking HERE.

The almost sole issue in the town hall meeting was the reduction of the amount of funds the Raytown Police Dept. requested.  The Raytown GeneraL fund has a projected income of 10 million and the police requested 7 million of it. The 7 million is above and beyond the 2.7 million from the Public Safety Sales Tax and the Capital Sales Tax.

The primary argument for the 7 million for the police was, give the police what they are asking for or we will not be safe. The primary position by the aldermen was, we don’t have the money. In truth the Aldermen could have given the police 2 million more, by draining the contingency funds, but that would have been a one year fix that would have left the City seriously weakened for any emergency that might occur. Once the fund is drained, there would be nothing left for the next year.  Other areas addressed by the audience were crime rates and crime spillover (implied KCMO residents not staying in their area), low property taxes, TIF mistakes. I did not have enough battery power to video tape the entire meeting, but do have audio for almost all of the meeting, and probably better than the city’s recording. I will post the audio and may be able to post specific requested video if it is earlier in the meeting.

Town Hall on budget 2017 audio

I am not interested in dwelling of all the negative statements about Raytown that were made to instill fear and justify expenditures. The bottom line is we cannot spend what we do not have.  We need to work to promote Raytown and Raytown businesses to increase tax revenues and every department in the city needs to tighten it’s belt.  Below are two charts that show the proposed budget and historical spending by department.

 

Raytown Arts & Music Festival 2017

One of the best events in Raytown is the annual Arts & Music Festival. If you missed it, to bad for you. Here is a small sample to entice you to show up next year.

The music kicked off with the Wildwood Boys. Here is a sample of their Music…


Millage Gilbert delivers some great old school blues.

Kjug Guitars had a nice selection of affordable guitars reconditioned guitars for sale.

Jewelry artists were well represented

Knitting and Crouchet art/craft was on sale as well.

Raytown’s State Rep. Jerome Barnes in front of the delicious food serving Lutfi”s truck.

Yellow Naped Amazon Parrot

Randy Battagler has passed away

Raytown has lost one of the best this week.  He will be greatly missed. Below are photos of Randy covering the Martin Luthor King celebration, a political event and the Raytown Fishing Derby.

The known details of his passing are at the end of this article in a copy of the police report.

 

Randy Battagler

On 08/23/17 around 9:54 AM, officers were dispatched to the 5200 block of Blue Ridge Blvd., regarding a motor vehicle crash. Upon arriving the officers observed that only one pickup truck was involved and that the crash appeared to be minor.  It was discovered that the driver of the pickup truck appeared to have suffered a medical emergency, causing the crash.  Officers discovered that the driver was not breathing and CPR was initiated.  The driver of the pickup truck, identified as Randall Battagler, a 65 years old man, of Raytown was transported to an area hospital where he later died.

Ian McCarthy captured

Ian McCarthy was captured 7 or 8 miles south of Clinton Mo. on Highway U near Truman Lake. McCarthy was on foot and with a gunshot would. He Has been charged with the slaying of Clinton Officer Michael.

 

Robbery at 87th St. Phillips gas station

Murder suspect at large

Ian McCarthy has been charged with the murder of Clinton MO. police officer Gary Michael. The shooting occurred in Clinton MO. at about 10:45 pm on Sunday August 6th. Clinton is about an hour Drive South East from Raytown.

Click HERE for a KMBC channel 9 article on this news.

Flash Flooding Causes Closures in Jackson County

Strong storms and heavy rain Saturday night have forced the closure of roads and recreation areas in Jackson County. Residents are encouraged to avoid these areas for their safety.

All three major trails – Little Blue Trace, Longview and Lake Vista – are closed to the public. Crews are posting signs at all trailheads and access points to alert residents. Once the flood waters recede, crews will evaluate the damage and begin the necessary work for re-opening.

In addition, Longview Beach is closed today and activities at the 122nd and Blue River Soccer Complex have been cancelled. Leagues at the Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex will continue today as scheduled.

Drivers will also not have access to some roads in Jackson County due to high water. Road closed signs have been posted at the following locations:

Old Highway 40

Nebgen Road

Hardsaw Road

Gillespie Road

Old Pink Hill Road

Duncan/Howell Road

Seymour Road

 

Jackson County crews have worked efficiently and effectively over the past week conducting clean-up and repairs following storms and flooding on July 27. They will continue to closely monitor these locations and take the required action in an effort to make them safely accessible to the public.

 

Look for any updates online and via Twitter @JacksonCountyMO

Police respond to armed robbery with shots fired at local loan store

Police were called to the 7300 block of Raytown Road on 06-06-2017 at around 1:30 P.M., after a robbery was reported at a local loan company. It was reported that a subject approached the business from the south on foot. Upon entering the business the subject displayed a hand gun and demanded money. As the subject fled the scene he fired shots in an unknown direction. Witnesses stated that the suspect left in black newer model Chevrolet Camaro in an unknown direction.

The man was described as standing between 6’00” and 6’04” with a thin build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans and had a red bandana.

There were no injuries reported. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Tips Hotline, at 474-TIPS.

Shepherd’s Center Annual Garden Tour

FREE Musical Theater Workshops

Blue Ridge Blvd. United Methodist Church
5055 Blue Ridge Boulevard, KC MO, 353-1435

presents a week of FREE Musical Theater Workshops beginning Sunday, June 11 for “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT”. (June 11-16, 5:30-8:00pm culminating in **one performance only!** Saturday, June 17 at 7:00pm. Involve the whole family, bring friends and relations! Attend all the workshops to learn the show, then at the end of the week perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s upbeat musical that tells the biblical story of Joseph and his many-colored coat.

Workshops are free, open to all ages, no audition required.

Please register on our websitewww.blueridgechurch.org
General admission tickets to the performance on June 17 are $10 and are available now through the church office Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00am-12:00noon and 1:00-4:00pm or on Sunday morning.

Press Release From Representative Jerome Barnes

LAWMAKERS PASS $27.75 BILLION STATE OPERATING BUDGET

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on May 4 granted final approval to a $27.75 billion state operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year that eliminates services for many elderly and disabled Missourians and slashes funding for higher education while providing local public schools a relatively modest funding boost. The Senate had passed most of the 13 appropriations bills that make up the operating budget for 2018 fiscal year, which begins July 1, but was still working on final passage of the remaining bills in advance to a May 5 constitutional budget deadline.

Bonnaye Mims wins forced recount

Diane Krizek’s call for a recount resulted in Phylis Goforth gaining a vote, but no change in Bonnaye’s or Diane’s count and no change in the result.

Benefit dinner for Officer Tom Wagstaff TODAY

Eggstravaganza 2017 part 1, the Parade

It was a nice celebration and parade. The wind was so strong that even a pro windscreen was not enough.

Raytown School Board election results

Jackson County Kansas City Total
*ELIZABETH PLANK 2,016 1415 3,431
*TERRY LANDERS 1,914 1394 3,308
*RICK MOORE 1,681 1165 2,846
DOROTHY ROBERTS 1,401 1104 2,505
ALONZO BURTON 1,175 1227 2,402
WRITE IN 29 65 94
  • winners

City of Raytown Election results

* winner

Ward 1

*Frank Hunt    285
Greg Walters  261

Ward 2

*Jason Greene 394
Loretha V Hayden 252

Ward 3

*Ryan Myers 283
Janet Emerson 229

Ward 4

*Bill Van Buskirk 441
Chuck Henss 182

Ward 5

*Bonnaye Mims 236
Diane Krizek  231
Phylis Goforth 151


The Judge and Marshal were unopposed

 

Vehicle Taken in Armed Carjacking Located by KCMO Police

Vehicle Taken in Armed Carjacking Located by KCMO Police

Update: Kansas City, MO- Shortly after a female was carjacked in Raytown, MO, the Kansas City, MO Police located the victim’s vehicle. After a short pursuit, the vehicle crashed into a building in the 2600 block of Truman Road. One male was apprehended and transported to a local hospital. Detectives are not releasing his name at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

On 4-4-17, at approximately 2:50 p.m., Raytown Police Officers were called to the Raytown Schools Education and Conference Center located at 10750 E. MO 350 Highway, Raytown, MO 64138 on a reported carjacking that had occurred. The female victim reported that a white male followed her from the building to her vehicle. The male pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded the keys to her vehicle. The suspect left westbound from the area in the victim’s vehicle. There were no injuries reported. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477)

Dirty Tricks in Raytown Politics

Parties unknown claimed to Facebook that my endorsements were abusing and managed to get them deleted.  To read my Endorsements and decide for yourself if there is an iota of abuse or abusive language in my endorsements, you have to go to this website if you are reading this one facebook. Everyone else, please share my endorsement post.

Michael N. Downing