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The Raytown School District hires administrators for 2016-2017

The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of administrators of for the 2016-2017 school year.
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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.

 

 

 
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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.

 
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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.

Raytown man charged today in father’s stabbing

Man Charged After Stabbing Father

stabbed fatherThe 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.

Prosecutors have requested a bond of $250,000.

Controversy over Raytown Wall Mart and taxes makes the local TV News

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.

 

House Fire in area of 70th terrace and Hedges

A house fire in the area of 70th terrace and Hedges Thursday evening has left a local woman hospitalized in critical condition and cost the lives of her pets.

Public Library food for fines program

Help some one in need and pay off those old late book fines at the same time.


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Board of Aldermen Meeting on April 19, 2016

I have had a couple of phone calls asking if I had any video from the April 19th 2016 meeting. They both indicated that they were not able to see it live and not able to find it on the city website. The video is available at City Hall so without editorial comment, here is the link to that video.

Click HERE to go to the Raytown City Hall location of the video.

Missing Person Alert Dylan Stickley

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Wynn Twins (Dancin’ 2 Wynn Dance Team) Wins Regional

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Wynn Twins

(Dancin’ 2 Wynn Dance Team)

Wins Regional

The D2W dance team recently competed at Midwest regionals. With 36 divisional entries the team brought home 22 1st place, 12 2nd place, and 1 3rd place.

Top Honors won were:

Overall High Score Female Solo

Overall High Score Male Solo

Overall High Score Line Category, and

Overall High Score Production Category

Special Awards won by the  team were:

Most Aspiring Dancer

Best Technical Execution

Most Entertaining,

And Best Costume.

All 36 entries qualified for the national Competition in Florida this summer, and all 19 soloists qualified for the STARS competition that coincides with Nationals. They must score in the top high score division to compete for the STAR dancer of the year. This is the first time that all soloists qualified.

Ms. Wynn quoted, “I am so proud of our team, staff, and choreographers. We are honored to represent Raytown, Missouri for the past 38 years.”

Raytown High School Senior Dominique Hampton Missouri State Champion Wrestler

Raytown High School Senior Dominique Hampton placed first in the Class 4, 220 pound division of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Wrestling Championships. Hampton made Bluejay history by becoming the school’s first state wrestling champion in 48 years.

“Domo did a spectacular job this weekend and this year,” Wrestling Coach Peter McDavitt said.  “He maintained his composure in very close matches throughout the tournament.  He is an intelligent young man who works just as hard in the classroom and demonstrates leadership and a positive attitude in everything he does.  I couldn’t be more pleased with him and for him.”

On his way to the championship, Hampton, whose season record was 44-6, defeated Dylan Gillete from Francis Howell Central, Kyle Stein from Lee’s Summit West, Solomon Jackson from McCluer North, and Mason Costa from Lindbergh.

Hampton’s classmate, Raytown High Senior Braden Best, placed 5th in the 182-pound competition, and is the school’s first two-time state medalist in over 30 years. Going into the state competition, Best boasted a record of 50-4.  He lost in the first round to Donovan Benetti of Nixa, wrestled back to defeat Timothy Ghormley of Melville, defeated Dustin Jones of Lindbergh and Adrian Palmer of Lebanon, lost to Elias Vaoifi from Fort Osage, and defeated Trey Storey of Blue Springs for 5th place.

Raytown High finished 17th with 35 points overall.

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Police Still Seeking Witnesses to Motor Vehicle Accident

Raytown Police are looking for any witnesses of a Motor Vehicle Accident, involving injuries, at Blue Ridge Boulevard and Sterling, last Thursday (03/24/2016,) at approximately 3:40 p.m. The crash involved two vehicles, a pickup truck and a sport utility vehicle. A power pole was knocked down during the crash. Two people suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Nobody involved fled the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

Traffic Investigators request that anyone that may have witnessed the crash call Officer Sheets at 816-737-6112.

Murder Suspect Sought by Police

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Raytown Police are asking the public for information on the whereabouts of Malcolm D. Johnson, a 26 year old Kansas City man. Johnson has been charged with Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action, in connection with the shooting death of Monteario Hogan, 22 years old, which occurred on October 24, 2014, at a shopping center in the 5200 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard, in Raytown, Missouri.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call the Raytown Police Department at 816-737-6020 or the T.I.P.S. Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477.)

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Raytown School District hires Danielle Nixon as Director of Communications & Community Relations

The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Danielle Nixon as the Director of Communications and Community Relations. Nixon will begin her duties July 1, and replaces Cathy Allie, who will retire in June after 29 years in Raytown, the last nine in the director’s role.

Nixon earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Maryland, and was hired by the District in 2012 as the Assistant Director of Communications and Community Relations.  In addition to her communications duties, she serves as the Community Education Coordinator and Record Retention Team Lead.

“I came to Raytown with the hope and desire to become a part of and grow with the district and the community at large,” Nixon said.  “I’m excited for the opportunity ahead, and I look forward to continuing to serve our staff, families, and patrons.”

Before coming to Raytown, Nixon served as a Communications Specialist for a digital forensic contractor in Elkridge, Maryland. Additionally, she worked on social media and internal communications projects for the National Archives and Records Administration.

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Raytown South vs. Grandview boys junior varsity basketball game cancelled.

The Raytown South vs. Grandview boys junior varsity basketball game scheduled for Friday, February 19 has been cancelled. The varsity contest will now begin at 4:30 at South High.  Students will need a Grandview or Raytown South current ID to be admitted

Charges filed in Harry Stone’s Murder

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From Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecutor

May 13, 2012, Raytown resident Harry Stone, 60, was on a morning jog. He was on Blue Ridge Blvd when a dark car passed by near 67th Street. Someone in the passing vehicle shot Stone who collapsed alongside the road.

Nearly four years later, a Kansas City man who was 20 in May 2012 has been charged in connection with Stone’s murder, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Craig L. Brown, now 24 (dob: 6/25/1991) faces Murder 2nd Degree.*

According to court records, Stone was transported to an area hospital and in a dying declaration to a physician said two black males with “dreads” shot him. Stone died in surgery. Almost three years later, on Feb. 1, 2015, Craig L. Brown was in an auto accident near 43rd and Pittman Road in Kansas City. Police secured a pistol, a black Glock 19 semi-automatic, found in the vehicle’s glove box. In June 2015, detectives in the Kansas City Police Department crime lab test fired the gun taken from Brown’s vehicle and, according to the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, it matched the gun used to kill Stone.

Detectives from Raytown and Kansas City police tracked down the purchaser of the handgun, who lived in Kansas City at the time of Stone’s fatal shooting, according to court records.  She stated she purchased it for a boyfriend who is now in federal prison. Detectives interviewed that boyfriend. In November 2015, he identified Brown, known as CJ, as the person who shot Stone. He sold to Brown the gun purchased by his girlfriend in 2012, he told the detectives. Brown had dreads at that time.

Detectives, according to court records, located the owner of the vehicle passing Stone when he was shot. The vehicle in the video recovered from a nearby gas station was similar to a vehicle that had been stopped by Raytown and Kansas City police before and after the fatal shooting of Stone in Raytown. The vehicle belonged to Brown’s girlfriend.  In an interview with Raytown and Kansas City detectives, Brown identified the vehicle in the BP gas station video that captured Stone’s shooting as his girlfriend’s vehicle. He also stated he often drove the vehicle then, and another witness corroborated for police that Brown often drove the vehicle around the time that Stone was killed.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $250,000 secured.

 

Tragedy Strikes Raytown Sunday morning

An early-morning fire in an apartment building on 60th Street west of Raytown Road took the life of 5-year-old Jeremiah Roberts and left his grandmother Sharon Roberts and his 18-month-old brother Jabin in critical condition. It was reported by his Uncle Grady Lauderdale that Sharon Roberts has suffered burns over 70% of her body.  Jamie’s six-year-old brother Jacob escaped serious injury by crawling out a back door to safety after trying to help his little brothers. His uncle credits Jacob’s fire safety lessons in school with giving him the knowledge needed to survive.

Jeremiah was the son of Jacob and Kindra Roberts. A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family with expenses. The FBI is sending a fire investigator to help determine the cause of the fire. The Red Cross is providing assistance for the families displaced by the blaze.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with funeral expenses for Jeremiah Roberts, you can click HERE to go to the website.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the victims of the fire, you can click HERE to go to the website.

 

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Raytown High School’s fall musical, Oklahoma! opens

You Cain’t Say No to Oklahoma!

“There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,” sings Curly as the audience gets their first glimpse of Oklahoma!, the first musical of the 2015-2016 school year produced by the Raytown High School Theatre and Music Departments, running Nov. 19-21. Oklahoma! is a lively and hilarious musical that premiered on Broadway on March 31, 1943, and has won numerous awards, including the Olivier awards for Outstanding Musical Production, Best Set Design, and Best Theatre Choreographer.

The show is set in early 1900’s Oklahoma, before it was made the 46th member of the Union, and follows the story of Laurey, Curly, and their friends as the Box Social approaches. Featuring songs such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Kansas City,” “Cain’t Say No,” “Out of My Dreams,” and “Oklahoma!,” this show is full of musical numbers to remember.

The main cast includes Zach Kujath as Curly McLain, Emma Drace as Laurey Williams, Julianna McCarroll as Aunt Eller, Caleb McCarroll as Jud Fry, Raynesha Green as Ado Annie, Braden Best as Will Parker, Israel Hanke as Ali Hakim, and Richard Jones as Andrew Carnes.

The Raytown High School theatre, under the direction of Mrs. Katie Kolster, continues its season with The Odd Couple showing Feb. 25-27, 2016, and Hairspray, April 14-16, 2016. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office before and after school, or before the performance. To receive the advanced rate, one may also email Kathleen.kolster@raytownschools.org to reserve.

Students: $5. General Admission: $7 in advance/reserved, $8 at the door.

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Special Musical Guest Val Fagan at Blue Ridge United Methodist Church Sunday

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Val will be joining BRUMC for the 10:00 a.m. worship service. 5055 Blue Ridge Boulevard, KCMO, 64133.

Benefit Concert for REAP honoring Al Brown

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The ROYALS win the World Series

The Royals trailed until in the 9th inning KC was able to tie the score 2 to 2 and then finish the 9th without the Mets scoring. The game continued in extra innings until at the top of the 12th inning the Royals put 5 more runs on the scoreboard and finished the bottom of the inning by holding the Mets from adding any runs.  It was a nail biting game until the 9th.  To say that this team never gives up is an understatement.

THE RICE-TREMONTI ANNUAL FALL SOUP & CRAFTS

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THE RICE-TREMONTI HOME
8801 E. 66th Street
358-7423

ANNUAL FALL SOUP & CRAFTS
NOVEMBER 7th and 8th
  11:00-4:00 pm
$7.00

Enjoy a selection of homemade soups and pies
Local crafters and unique items available for sale

 

The Royals win the series

The Royals defeated the Blue Jays 4  to 3. to win the American League title and advance to the World Series. The World Series starts here on Tuesday.

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The Kansas City Royals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 14 to 2. This puts the Royals up 3 games to 1 and they only need 1 more win to win the series and earn a place in the World Series.

Raytown Farmer’s Market to finish season with a Bang

October 31st will be the last day for this seasons Raytown Farmers Market. The plan to have a Harvest Festival, with Arts and Crafts for kids , Face Painting, and a photo booth,  It is located at 6210 Raytown Road, across the street from the library.  On my last visit I noticed some nice produce and some very soft alpaca hats.

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Alpaca hats, knitted and also felted versions, a lot softer than wool.

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Produce and jam from Pepper Berries Urban Farm

Jackson County, KCATA Agree to Funding Deal to Purchase Rock Island Corridor

Jackson County, KCATA Agree to Funding Deal to Purchase Rock Island Corridor

Jackson County nears deal with Union Pacific

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and Kansas City Area Transportation Authority President and CEO Joe Reardon announced a cooperative agreement today that will provide the financing necessary for the future acquisition of the 17.7 miles of the Rock Island Corridor from Union Pacific Railroad.

“This is an historic step forward for our entire community. The significance of this announcement, and its potential to shape our county’s growth for generations to come, cannot be overstated,” said Sanders.

Dozens of supporters attended the announcement at the Truman Sports Complex, including community leaders, proponents of walking and biking, trail enthusiasts, and transit supporters. Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Raytown Mayor Mike McDonough, and Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads, whose communities will be directly affected, attended the announcement to show their support.

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“Imagine being able to leave your seat at the top of Arrowhead Stadium and get home before most cars leave the parking lot,” said Sanders. “Imagine the economic development in Kansas City, Raytown and Lee’s Summit spurred by trailheads and transit stops. Imagine connecting to the Katy Trail so that you can ride a bike from the Truman Sports Complex to the St. Louis Arch.”

The Rock Island project has received federal support in the past, and is ready for even more. U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver hopes support comes soon.

“This announcement is a major step forward for our community,” said Cleaver. “This partnership shows the federal government what local communities can do with leaders like Mike Sanders and Joe Reardon. Now it is time for the federal government to do its part and support worthy projects like the Rock Island corridor.”

KCATA will provide part of the funding to acquire the corridor. The KCATA Board of Commissioners approved the cooperative agreement at a meeting shortly before the announcement.

“The opportunity to secure this invaluable corridor for public access and future transportation and development will benefit our entire region for years to come. We are excited about our partnership with Jackson County. I applaud Mike Sanders for his efforts to secure the Rock Island Corridor over the last four years without which we would not be where we are today,” said Reardon

While discussions with Union Pacific continue, the parties announced that they are nearing a final agreement.

“All major issues involving the acquisition of the Rock Island corridor have been agreed to. We anticipate having a final agreement very soon” said Sanders. “In addition, $10 million in federal funds has already been set aside to help clear the way for future construction on the trail.”

“Union Pacific is proud to be a partner in this project with Jackson County,” said Lindsey Douglas, Director of Public Affairs – KS & MO for Union Pacific. “We have addressed the major points related to the purchase of the Rock Island line and expect to finalize the agreement soon.”

The corridor extends from the Truman Sports Complex southeast to Lee’s Summit. With plans already in place to extend the Katy Trail from Windsor to Pleasant Hill, only a small gap will remain to connect the corridor with the Katy Trail.

“Connecting the Rock Island corridor to the Katy Trail will make that trail one of the longest in our country,” said Sanders. “The economic impact of the Katy Trail on mid-Missouri has been immense, generating almost $20 million annually for local economies.”

Over 56,000 residents, 23,000 households and 25,000 jobs are within one mile of the Rock Island corridor.