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Raytown High Debate Team News

Raytown High’s Talking Bluejays debate team recently competed in two tournaments.

Returning debaters participated in one of the state’s largest varsity tournaments held at Parkview High School in Springfield, Missouri.  Senior Tamela Hill, the only undefeated entry, placed 1st in the Championship Division of Lincoln-Douglas Debate.  Senior Sarah Holloway and Junior Israel Hanke placed 3rd in the Regular Division of Public Forum Debate

First-year debaters participated in the Patriot Novice Round Robin at Truman High School.  Freshman Isabella James placed 3rd in Humorous Interpretation, Senior Anthony Roebuck and Sophomore Ashley Johnson placed 4th in Policy Forum Debate, Sophomore Anisah Marshall placed 6th in Storytelling, and Sophomore Jessica Madrid placed 6th in Prose Reading.

The Talking Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris.

Charter Commission Education Committee to meet

A meeting of the  will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 at the City Hall.

They will be discussing the ways to educating the public and the avenues that will be used to do so.

Police Arrest Man That Demanded Drugs

Raytown Police responded to a pharmacy in the 7500 block of Raytown Road, Friday (01-23-15), in regard to a “nature unknown” call. Upon arrival, officers learned that a man had approached the pharmacy counter and demanded prescription drugs, with a threatening demeanor. Officers quickly apprehended the man, who was attempting to leave the store. The man did not display or mention a weapon, when demanding the drugs, and there were no injuries.

The identity of the 29-year-old Kansas City man will not be released until charges are filed in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Ross drops out of the Fire Board Race

The election for The Raytown Fire District board seat is now no contest.  Incumbant Willard Ross has decided not to run for re-election. That leaves candidate Richard Tush with a sure win.

Shelton named Associate Superintendent

shelton240The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Steve Shelton as the Associate Superintendent of Operations.  Shelton will replace Brian Blankenship who passed away in 2014.

Shelton has served in the Raytown School District for the past twelve years in a variety of capacities, including Raytown High School principal, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, and most recently Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

“ I am very excited to continue to serve the district in this new capacity,” Shelton said.  “Having lived and worked in Raytown for more than 12 years, I know what a wonderful staff and students we have.”

Shelton earned his Bachelors in Biology Education from Ottawa University and was recently named to the university’s Hall of Fame.  He earned his Masters from Emporia State University in School Leadership, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Study from the University of Kansas.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Shelton in a new role,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Allan Markley said.  “He is familiar with our staff and community and I look forward to working with him on the operations side of the district.”

Shelton is a Past President of the Raytown Rotary Club and has served as Secretary of the Raytown Educational Foundation.

Police Blotter for the week ending

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The Raytown Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration for 2015

The video and photos in this article are courtesy of Donna Barnes.  The regular photographer (myself) was in the Chicago area attending services for a friend and was unable to attend the celebration. Emails to the editor (editor@raytownonline.com) identifying individuals in the photos would be welcome. 

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Rev. John Wiley

 

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Mayor Bower with MLK award winning essayist Bekki Bottoms

Miss Bottoms was presented to the Raytown Board of Aldermen on Jan. 20th. Her portion of the meeting starts at the 7:33 point. The video embedding is programmed to start at that point but may not work in all systems.

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Alderman and Candidate for Mayor Pat Ertz and wife Shari

 

 

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The celebration started with the Boy Scout Troop #428 posting the Colors. 

The rest of the programming for the celebration.

 

Final Cadidates for Raytown Fire District Board

Richard Tush

Willard Ross
(incumbant)

Final candidates for Raytown School District

Two of these three candidates will be elected for a three year term. ?

Order on ballot:

Kristie Lynn Collins-Delarber
Incumbent – Elected ’06, ’09, ‘12
(Bd. Pres. ’09-’10 to the present)

Amy Beth Tittle
Incumbent – Elected ’06, ‘09, ‘12
(Bd. VP ’09-’10 to the present)

Thomas Granger Estlund

Final list of candidates for the City of Raytown

FILING FOR OFFICE
April 7, 2015 General Municipal Election

Mayor – 4 year term expiring April 2019
Pat Ertz
Michael McDonough

City Collector – 4 year term expiring April 2019
Kathie Schutte

Alderman Ward I – 4 year term expiring April 2019
Joe Creamer
Karen Black
Greg Walters

Alderman Ward II – 4 year term expiring April 2019
Jim Aziere
Chris Rathbone
Steve Guenther

Alderman Ward III – 4 year term expiring April 2019
Mark Moore
Ryan Myers
Sterling L. Brown

Alderman Ward IV – 4 year term expiring April 2019
Mary Jane Van Buskirk
Steve Meyers

Alderman Ward V – 4 year term expiring April 2019
Barry Park
Eric Teeman

Police Blotter for the week ending 1/23/2014

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Investigation into Liquor Store Robbery Continues

Raytown Police continue to investigate the robbery of a liquor store in the 6500 block of Raytown Road, which occurred on 01-02-2015. Two black males entered the store, demanded money and one of the males struck a female employee, which knocked her down. One of the males displayed a gun. When a male employee attempted to activate the alarm, he fell to the ground. The two suspects left the store. The male employee was transported to an area hospital for treatment to a wound to his head.

The male employee initially told the responding officers that he thought he tripped, causing him to strike his head, however, it was later discovered that he had most likely suffered a grazing gunshot wound to his head. He was treated at the hospital and has since been released.

The male suspects are described as being about 6’ tall, thin build, wearing dark clothing.

Raytown Police investigators believe that the liquor store robbery suspects may have been involved in other crimes, and have been diligently working with other law enforcement agencies to bring this case to a successful conclusion, which has restricted the release of information until today. We thank our community members that have remained patient through this process. The investigation into this robbery is ongoing, so in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, and potentially others, no other information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information about this robbery, or any other crime, is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (8477).

Annual Board of Education Academic Evening

slepitzaThe Raytown School District will host the 28th Annual Board of Education Academic Evening celebration on March 5.  The invitation only event will honor approximately 250 juniors and seniors students from Raytown and Raytown South High School who have maintained a 3.5 to 4.0 Grade Point Average throughout high school.

The evening, sponsored in part by local financial institutions, will feature Dr. Ronald Slepitza, President of Avila University, as the speaker. Slepitza earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and is the 14th president of Avila.

Avila has undergone an unprecedented period of growth and improvement under Slepitza’s leadership, including $30 million in capital improvements and renovations.  Avila is currently at its highest enrollment in its history.

In addition to serving as a university president, Slepitza serves on the President’s Advisory Council of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, is a member of the Board of Trustees of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and is chair of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri. He is a leader in a local Rotary Club and is active in a variety of other service organizations.

Raytown Police Chief Jim Lynch Letter to the editor

Raytown Police Correct Inaccurate Police Pension Information

 Raytown, MO – Raytown Police Chief Jim Lynch took an opportunity today (01-06-15) to correct inaccurate information regarding the Raytown Police Pension, which was published in the December 17, 2014 issue of the Raytown Times.  The inaccurate information was listed at the top of page 4, in volume 5, issue 40.

The opinion article, written by Randy Battagler, refers to officers potentially collecting “double pay.”  Officers may only earn a maximum benefit of 60% of their pay (life annuity.)  Those that serve our city longer, wait to receive their pension benefit and retire later, will receive a higher monthly payment.  If an officer retires earlier, their monthly pension payment is lower.  Similar to Social Security benefits, the monthly payment is impacted by how soon an officer retires, after reaching retirement eligibility age.  Taking an early retirement means a lesser monthly payment, and waiting to retire means an increased monthly payment.  However, the maximum benefit, 60%, does not change.  Some officers may have other retirement income, unrelated to the Raytown Police Pension, which could include Social Security, military retirement benefits, and individually-owned income products (IRA’s, etc.)

Mr. Battagler asserted that, “Without contributions from participants the fund had fallen well short of the amount it needed to be solvent.”  There were many factors that impacted the unfunded liability of the Police Pension, including stock market downturns and intermittent payments by former city finance directors.  The unfunded liability must still be paid, regardless of the City moving the Police Officers to LAGERS.    In fact, the LAGERS plan costs more (approximately 12% of payroll) than the former Police Pension plan (approximately 8%.) Even after the unfunded liability has been paid, the LAGERS plan, which has added benefits including cost of living adjustments, will be more expensive than the Police Pension plan.

Mr. Battagler also said that “without the change the city could have faced bankruptcy.”  That is simply not the case.  It was the belief by some that the former Police Pension plan was unsustainable, which prompted the discussion, and subsequent change, not the threat of the plan failing or causing bankruptcy.

In fact, the Police Pension plan is performing very well in the current economic environment.  Since 2008, when the stock market downturn hurt almost every pension plan, the Police Pension plan funded status has increased every year, with contributions decreasing or remaining the same as a percent of pay in that same period.

Chief Lynch is committed to transparency and openness.  The Raytown Police Pension Board meetings have always been, and remain, open meetings.  The schedules of Pension Board meetings are posted in the Police Department lobby, as well as the Police Department News blog, RPD News Room (http://piorpd.wordpress.com/) for the public and media to view any time.

Police Vehicle Struck While Investigating an Accident

Raytown Missouri-On Wednesday 01-14-15, at about 6:40 P.M., while investigating a vehicle crash at the 9600 block of E. 350 Hwy, a marked Police vehicle was struck by another vehicle, while the Officer was inside his vehicle. The Officer was transported to a local hospital via ambulance for an evaluation as a precaution. The driver of the other vehicle was taken into custody and alcohol may have been a factor in that crash. The Raytown Police Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the incident

The Charter Commission Public Comment Session

On Jan. 9th at City Hall, the Raytown Charter Commission held the first of two scheduled sessions focused on public comment.  The layout had the podium facing the Commission and well in front of the audience. In order to video record a better view than the back of the person commenting, the camera was placed in a location and left recording a fix picture of the podium for the entire meeting. It should be noted that The editor of RaytownOnline.com pacticipated in the public comments.


 

Editorial Comment

One of the benefits of owning a news website is that you get the last word. I am taking advantage of that benefit to get the last word. A large portion (some of which is listed below) of the qualifications for Chief of Police are vague.  Qualifications for any office should be precise and not open to debate on what meets the requirement. The term “considerable knowledge” is very imprecise.  The attorney that the Commission hired made the point that if lawsuits arouse over whether someone met these vague qualifications, it would not be the city that would be getting sued, and that the suits would likely fail. That is likely correct, but it does not cover all undesirable consequences and side effects of the vagueness, possible legal liabilities that this leaves an elected official open to, and possible costs bother financial and in the potential public fights that may ensue. 

The only benefit to this potential for a public fight in the courts and in the campaigns, would be that it could lead to sensational news copy for the media. I am willing to forgo that benefit. I may report controversy and scandal, but prefer not to encourage it. 


 

vi. Candidates for the Chief of Police shall also possess:

1) considerable knowledge of the principles of modern police
administration and police methods;
2) considerable knowledge of the principles and accepted good practices
and procedures as applied to patrol, traffic control, criminal investigation, and
crime prevention;
3) knowledge of the standards by which the quality of police service is
evaluated and the use of police records and their application to police
administration;
4) knowledge of the types and uses of the weapons, automotive
equipment, and the equipment used for communications, personal safety, and
digital information management in modern police work;
5) knowledge of the functions of federal, state, and local jurisdictions and
authorities as they relate to police work; and
6) ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other
city officials, state, county, and federal authorities, civic leaders, and the general public.

Raytown High Chess Team Wins 1st Place

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 Front (LR): Iylana Petway, Nathan Barber, Chance Prosser, Vinzent Guthrie
Back (LR): DaVaun Williams, Jacob Wilkinson, Ian Hunter, Jordan Fuller, Jacob Pryor

Raytown High School’s chess team recently won 1st place at the LINC Winter Chess Tournament.  Junior DaVaun Williams took home the 1st place individual trophy, and Senior Ian Hunter placed 6th in the individual competition.

“The students were electrified with excitement when they were awarded 1st place at the Chess Tournament,” Science Teacher and Chess Team Sponsor Kim Lemons said.  “These students strive for excellence by attending practice every week, working on weekly puzzles for homework, and playing chess games outside of practice.

Held at Fire Prairie Upper Elementary, 17 area schools were represented in the competition.

The team will compete in the Rockhurst Chess Tournament on Saturday, January 24. “The students are polishing their skills as they prepare for the Rockhurst tournament this month,” Lemons said.  The team also plans to compete in LINC tournaments in April and May.

Nominations sought for Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame

raytown_schools Nominations are being sought for the Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2015. This will be the tenth class inducted, and induction weekend is set for September 17 and 18, 2015.

Those being nominated must be a minimum of 30 years of age, and should have shown exceptional achievement in their career or life’s pursuits. A downloadable PDF nomination form is available on the school district website or in hard copy at the District Administration Building located at 6608 Raytown Road, Raytown, MO 64133.   Nominations are due by February 2 and can be mailed or delivered in person to the District Administration Building.

“My favorite part of the Alumni Hall of Fame is watching the students see where their start in Raytown can take them,” Director of Communications and Community Relations Cathy Allie said. “Many of our Raytown Quality Schools alumni go on to have great success in their careers.  We are grateful to those who take the time to nominate a family member, friend, or peer because nominations are what keep this program alive.”

For questions about the nomination process or previous classes, please visit http://www.raytownschools.org/hof/Pages/default.aspx or call the district offices at 816.268.7000 and ask for the Community Relations department.

Martin Luther King Day Celebration

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Please join us for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Event:                         Raytown MLK Celebration

Date:                          Sunday, January 18, 2015

Time:                          3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Location:                    Graceway  5460 Blue Ridge Cut-Off, Kansas City, MO  64133

Organizers:                Barker Memorial Cathedral of Praise ? Graceway ?Raytown Chamber of Commerce ? Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance ? City of Raytown Human Relations Commission

Event Contact:          Pat Jackson  816-820-4746

Program Highlights

  • This will be the 18th annual MLK Celebration in Raytown to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, build community and help others!
  • Keynote speaker will be John Wiley of The River Church
  • Raytown City Mayor David Bower will issue a Proclamation
  • A dramatic reading of King’s “I have a dream” speech by 8 community members, including the Raytown Chief of Police, Jim Lynch.
  • Winners of the “MLK Today” essay contest will be announced. Students were charged to propose a project that would further Dr. King’s vision in our own community today.  Graceway will donate up to $3,000 and 1,000 volunteer hours to implement the winning project.  The winning student will receive a Google Nexus 7 Tablet.
  • Maxine “Queen Mother” McFarlane will bring down the house with her annual rendition of “Pass it On”
  • A Community Choir drawn from the faith communities across Raytown will participate.
  • Other faith and civic leaders will participate.

Raytown Democratic Association Meeting

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION

MEETING NOTICE

 Thursday, January 15th, 2015 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

Winston Apple

Covering additional ways to move legislation forward


Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

Contact

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

Next meeting is February 19th
Our speakers will be

Lauren Gepford
Executive Director, Jackson County Democratic Committee

One of Shawnee gun store robbers matches name and age of Raytown youth

A search of CaseNet reveals a individual matching the full name and age of one of the 4 people arrested in the Shawnee gun store murder. Public files list a Deanthony Armond Wiley with a birth date of 1995 as living in Raytown.   RaytownOnline is investigating whether any of the other three individuals charged in the case have connections to Raytown.

The individuals in custody are Hakeem Willie Malik, 18, Londro Emanuel Patterson, 19, Deanthony Armond Wiley, 19, and Nicquan Ke-Aaron Midgyett, 19.

For more on this story, click HERE and HERE to read articles on the Kansas City Star website.

 

Pat Ertz is running for mayor

Pat Ertz
9802 E. 79th Terrace
Raytown, MO 64138
816-356-8233
Email: kyertz@msn.com
Website: patertz.com

Dear Fellow Raytown Residents and Friends,

This letter is to inform you that I have filed to run for Mayor of Raytown. As Alderman for the past 8 years, it has been a privilege and honor to serve the residents of Raytown. We have made tremendous positive accomplishments, and with your support, I plan to continue to help Raytown be safe, clean and prosperous. Growing our tax base through redevelopment in both downtown and along the 350 Highway corridor, will continue to be one of my foremost concerns.

I am a 25-year citizen of Raytown, and have been an active member of our community. I’ve served on Board of Directors of the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce where I also served as Chair of the Board in 2012 , Raytown School District’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee, member of the Raytown Rotary Club where I head the Community Service Committee, the Raytown arm of the Truman Heartland Foundation, and the Summer Lunch Program at Raytown Christian Church.

As you can see, I am committed to a progressive Raytown future, and will work tirelessly to see that the best is yet to come for our city. Here is where I could use your support….elections cost a great deal of money and I am in the process of raising campaign funds. No contribution is too small; any contribution of $100 or less does not require disclosure of your name on my campaign reports. I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer in this endeavor.

I also need volunteers for campaign-related activities, such as stuffing envelopes, visiting with voters, displaying yard sign, etc. Please let me know if you can help in any way.

Thanks for your support. I look forward to working with you toward continued success in our city of Raytown.

Sincerely,

Pat Ertz


Editor’s note, this was received  9 days ago, my bad on overlooking  it.

Truck stolen on Hardy Ave

From the Police Blotter we have this, “Officers were dispatched to a vehicle that had been stolen from a residence and was being followed by a witness. The vehicle wrecked and the occupants fled, but were not captured. The vehicle was recovered and released to the owner.”

From a reader of RaytowOnline we have this information, “Had a vehicle stolen on Hardy Ave last night 1230am 3 black males took off after wrecking the truck on Blue Ridge. They had also grabbed items from porches of surrounding homes.”

 

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