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.
Jessica 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.
Bonnaye 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.
Jerome 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.
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 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.
Aldermen Steve Mock and Joe Creamer
Ward 5 aldreman Steve Mock and daughter
Alderman Steve Mock and Chamber President Vicki Turnbow
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.
At 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
Raytown 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.
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.
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 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.
The 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.
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
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
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.
As many of you may know, it recently came out that 7 of our 10 Alderman have taken part in secret meetings with the Fire District. The content of these meetings is still a mystery as The Disgraceful 7 will not discuss it with staff or you, their constituents. That is precisely the reason they are being investigated by the Missouri Attorney General’s office. Congratulations to the three Alderman( Steve Mock, Bill VanBuskirk and Jim Aziere) for not being part of this group.
I addressed the board through public comment at the last regularly scheduled meeting and let them know of what I thought and warned if they used their position to try to intimidate me I refuse to back down. So, with that I am going to tell you about my next story.
As many of you know I served 8 years on The Board of Alderman representing Ward 1 but am not currently in an elected capacity. I spent 8 years working with staff and other Alderman to try to make Raytown a better place. I found the staff at City Hall when I had questions in regards to any question I had with anything involving the community. I have set back as I am no longer an Alderman and observed the new board as they lead the community. This is where I want to take things a new direction.
I have had many conversations with people to the every day workings at City Hall and they have brought up to some disturbing revelations into the way the board is working with the professional staff at City hall. The ringleader of the disturbing treatment of staff would be the one and only Jason Greene; he believes that gotcha moments and the use of his henchmen is the way to work with staff. He uses Steve Meyers and Mark Moore to intimidate whomever is around that might disagree, whether it be staff or other Alderman. All of this while your Mayor Mike McDonough sits at City Hall for the entire day every day.
The treatment of staff is so bad that a friend confided in me that they were talking to an employee of City Hall and this person started crying because of the treatment they had seen staff members receive from the 3 listed above. I find that disgraceful! Now there are those that would argue the job of the Alderman is to ensure that staff perform to their highest level possible and that would be correct. However, if you condone the kind of activity at City Hall, put yourself in the position of the employees there. I know of nobody that wants to be in a position where they don’t know where the next attack is coming from.
These elected officials are supposed to be the leaders of our fine community but where is the leadership in idly standing by and watching the mistreatment of other human beings. I believe that Mike McDonough is a very good person but is being pulled by a faction of very selfish people who want to impose their will on the good people of Raytown. I call on our Mayor to stand up and show us the leadership we elected him for.
As a side note I have filed a complaint on all of the Disgraceful 7 with the Missouri Ethics Commission to let them determine if there is any wrong doing. There has been analysis from other news sources in regards to the matter but they are not the experts.
Beginning several months prior and throughout the last two weeks, there has been a great deal of discussion regarding the Raytown Live TIF District on 350 Highway including the obligation of the Fire District in regards to the project and the TIF’s success and long term viability. Passed unanimously in March of 2005 by the Board of Alderman in place at that time, there was great hope for the TIF then.
While many TIF districts across the state and the nation implemented in the last 10 years have failed or are struggling, the Raytown Live TIF District is still progressing. No one could have predicted the economic downturn that followed the approval of the TIF, and admittedly it has been slower in growth than projected. However, at no time since the TIF’s inception has the City missed a payment or required additional input from any entity outside the original agreement.
Through a review of audited numbers and future projections, the City is optimistic that the District will continue to meet the necessary revenue requirements for the life of the debt. The City has made no additional funding requests of any other taxing entities outside the original agreement.
Some of the reasons for the City’s optimism in being able to continue to meet debt requirements on the TIF are as follows:
The city of Raytown currently has no General Obligation debt. Standard & Poor, who are paid to review and rate debt issuances, issued the city an A+/Stable rating in September of 2015.
To date, no additional funds outside of original pledges have been spent out of the City’s General Fund for the TIF.
Current TIF reserves are sound. The TIF fund started out with 3.8 million, and it has now grown to over 4 million dollars.
The City of Raytown is working to help fulfill the TIF’s original promise in attracting business and residents to the area.
While many current Aldermen and the current Mayor were not a part of voting for the TIF, moving forward, they are looking for a strategy to deal with any burden to the budget IF—and only IF—it becomes necessary. Their goal is for the City and all its entities to remain solvent and to maintain a budget that does not adversely affect services. They are working hard to safeguard taxpayer money.
In 2007 the Fire District entered into an agreement with the City to participate fully with the other taxing entities on Project Area #1, which includes Wal-Mart. State statutes govern the remaining participation. The Fire District has since asked the City to release it from the Project Area #1 agreement retroactively, but the City has a duty to protect the bond holders and the taxpayers of Raytown and cannot allow that change 8 years later.
Per State Statute the Fire District was required to participate in Project Area #2; however, the Fire District has requested to not participate at all in this area. Missouri State Statute 99.848 allows for any district providing emergency services to request at least 50% but not more than 100% of that district’s tax increment to be refunded.
Until November of 2014 the Fire District had not previously asserted its claim for consideration by the City. While not required to honor this request retroactively, the City did calculate the amount of refund the District would be owed since the activation of Project Area #2. The City subsequently applied that refund amount of $8,096.32 to the amount owed the City by Raytown Fire.
Going forward the City will work with the Fire District to formalize their request as required by law and apply the 50% refund amount considered and presented to Raytown Fire on numerous occasions during the initial implementation of the TIF District.
“I am dedicated to moving this city forward and to monitoring this TIF District just as we monitor all parts of our budget and spending,” Raytown Mayor Mike McDonough said.
“Granted the TIF may not have been productive as those who supported it hoped, but we have to deal with it and it is still progressing.”
Click HERE for a PDF file from Standard & Poor dated Sept. 2015 concerning this matter.
The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of administrators of for the 2016-2017 school year.
Amy Cusumano will serve as the Director of Special Education. Cusumano currently serves as the Assistant Director for Special Services and has been with the district for over 15 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Avila University and received her Master of Science in Educational Administration and Educational Specialist degree in Special Education Administration from the University of Missouri. Her duties will begin on July 1, 2016.
Kevin Easley will be the Director of Transportation. He will replace Director Dennis Robertson, who retired in February. Easley currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Raytown Middle School and has worked in the district for over 10 years. Prior to his role at Raytown Middle, Easley served as a science teacher at Raytown South Middle. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University. His duties begin on July 1, 2016.
Brooke Rohlfing will be the Assistant Director of Communications and Community Relations. Rohlfing currently serves as the Broadcast Production Specialist for the Park Hill School District. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Missouri Southern State University and her Master of Arts in Communication from Missouri State University. Her duties will begin on June 1, 2016.
The office of Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney, has charged Kevon M. Jones, a 21 year old Raytown man, with the stabbing of his father at their residence in the 8600 block of East 83 Street, last night, 04-25-2016. Jones was taken into custody at the scene.
A 21-year-old Raytown man has been charged in connection with his father’s assault and stabbing, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Kevon M. Jones faces Domestic Assault in the 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action.*
According to court records, Raytown police found the 46-year-old victim at his residence. The defendant told police officers that he stabbed his father but had no reason to do so except he was angry.
Thanks to local channel 41 for providing the code to link to their segment on this matter.
RaytownOnline met with Chief Mace on this matter and he present documentation supporting his position that was inches thick. We are still waiting for digital copies from the Fire District to analyze, as an hour meeting was not enough given the depth of the material. I hope to provide links to the material and supporting State documents for reader when it becomes available.