Jackson County Jean Peters Baker on KCNOVA (Kansas City No Violence Alliance) after a presentation on the organization to the Raytown Democratic Association at the regular June meeting. The distortion in the audio is due to the amount of cleaning needed to reduce street background noise.
The Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA) is a collaboration among several organizations committed to reducing violent crime in the urban core. It is spearheaded by a Governing Board consisting of the following organizations:
For more about KCNOVA, click HERE to visit their website.
Just in from the National Weather service. Severe thunderstorm, 60 mph winds and quarter size hail warning for Jackson County at 7:06 pm.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until midnight for Jackson County Mo.
Raytown is specifically mentioned on the NWS website ….
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY
UNTIL 700 PM CDT...
AT 636 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO
WAS LOCATED NEAR RAYTOWN...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH.
HAZARD...TORNADO AND GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL.
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.
IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE
TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BLUE SPRINGS...LAKE TAPAWINGO AND UNITY VILLAGE.
THIS WILL IMPACT THE FOLLOWING INTERSTATES...
I-70 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 11 AND 21.
I-470 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 7 AND 16.
||TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME…A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS…MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
Guest editorial by Nicole Nickens:
Teacher educators support higher standards for admission into teacher education programs, and value rigorous and valid assessment of education students. However, much controversy has arisen surrounding interpretation of the initial results of the new tests for future teachers.
Faulty conclusions are based on low pass rates by prospective teacher candidates on a series of new standardized licensure tests called Missouri Content Assessments.
When a test produces a very high fail rate, a good educator doesn’t say, “My students are all stupid,” but rather, “I did not adequately help my students understand this content” or “This instrument is not a valid measure of the content/skills I intended to measure.”
The first groups administered the Missouri Content Assessments took a test that is not a valid measure of what they learned in their education programs because the curriculum in those programs was aligned to Praxis, the testing series formerly used for licensure.
This is like teaching your teen to drive an automatic, and then expecting him to drive a stick shift during his driver’s test. Your teen understands how to drive and may actually be skillful, but he won’t be able to show off those skills using unfamiliar equipment.
Blaming the test takers for a high fail rate is as incorrect as assuming that the high pass rate on the previous licensure test indicated the test was “too easy”. Does a high pass rate automatically mean a test is too easy? Consider:
- University of Missouri reports that in their Physical Therapy program, the licensure examination [ultimate] pass rate is 100 percent according to Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (2010, 2011, 2012).
- Washington University in St. Louis boasts a 96 percent pass rate for Internal Medicine Board Exams 2012-2014.
- In Missouri, 88.34 percent of candidates with a bachelor’s degree in nursing passed the NCLEX Exam.
- For 2014, the first-time pass rate for the Missouri Bar Exam was 87.5 percent.
Using the logic of some state education leaders, it’s very easy to become a physical therapist, a doctor, a nurse or a lawyer in Missouri.
An alternate explanation for a high pass rate is that students must meet entrance criteria for any professional program in Missouri, including teacher education. Upon successful completion, they are well educated and thus well prepared for the exam.
Finally, there is no evidence yet to demonstrate these tests are technically sound in any way. The State Board also acknowledges biases against minority students, who represent the highest fail rates.
For these reasons, critics should step down. Teacher education is working hard to meet unreasonable timelines for implementing a system that is fraught with problems. We all want the same thing: quality education for all the children of Missouri.
Nicole Nickens lives in Lee’s Summit. She is a professor of Educational Psychology and department chair of Elementary & Early Childhood Education at University of Central Missouri and an executive board member of Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
This op-ed piece was written by one of my colleagues at UCM and also appears in the Kansas City Star today:
Scrappy was lost Saturday, June 20. He is 10+ years old and has survived a lot in his lifetime including a house fire. The family had just brought home a new puppy a few days before and she started to stray from the (fenced) yard. Scrappy went after her (we believe) and the two have not been seen since. The new puppy is Small blue/grey/silver boxer mix w floppy ears about 6-8 months old her tail is long her name is Mary.
His home is in the area of 87th and Blue Ridge. There is a $50 reward for him also.
Here are some pictures of him. Thank you so much for helping us get the word out. He means a lot to his family.
From the Raytown Police Dept.
Raytown Police are currently investigating several robberies that have manifested from Craigslist meetings within the last month. Each meeting was in the late evening hours between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Each meeting was to buy/sell electronics and each meeting was in a parking lot. Agreements were made between the buyer and seller to meet to exchange the property for money. The buyers were described as two black males in their late teens. A gun was displayed at two of the robberies while physical force was used during the third.
Raytown Police are encouraging its residents to be proactive when meeting with potential Craigslist buyer/sellers by following a few simple tips.
- Trust your instincts.
- Don’t go alone.
- Insist to meet at a public place such as a police department.
- Do not meet in a secluded area.
- Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.
- Be cautious when buying/selling high value items.
- Perform the transaction during daylight hours.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is.
- Tell a friend or family member about your intentions.
- Take your cell phone with you.
Raytown Police Chief James Lynch is offering the parking lot of the Police Station, 10000 E. 59th Street, as a meeting place for those interacting in Craigslist transactions. If you have any information on the Craigslist robberies please call 816-474-TIPS (8477).
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for an area that includes Raytown. The warning is in effect until 5:00 pm today.
From the Raytown Police Dept.
Two Raytown brothers have been charged in an alleged rape of a woman in her Raytown apartment, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Mark C. Hill and Matthew J. Hill, both born on 1/13/1998, faces a charge of Rape ro Attempted Rape 1st Degree.*
According to court records, the victim, 18, told Raytown Police who responded to the scene in the 9200 block of E. 54th Terrace in Raytown that the Hill brothers, who lived nearby, and at least one other man refused to leave her apartment after entering. They grabbed her and dragged her by the hair, stripped her and forced her to repeatedly have sexual intercourse over about an hour.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $100,000.
From other sources…
The victim named a third attacker so far only identified as James. The accused are claiming they had consent, but security footage from the accused’s apartment complex has an audio of the accused making statements that are contrary to their claims of consent.
City of Raytown and RH Johnson Company announce three new businesses coming to Raytown. AT&T is scheduled to open at 350 Highway and Gregory in late July. Great Clips and Dominos are scheduled for an early August opening.
RH Johnson Company is the owner and developer of the property. The property was formerly a mattress company but before that was a gas station. The property had to have some environmental work done because of the later owner before it could be developed. That work was completed and work to get a building for tenants was begun.
“We are pleased that these three organizations are coming to our city.” said Tom Cole, Economic Development Administrator. “We continue to build the strength of 350 Highway with a good assortment of businesses.”
Dominos has become more than a pizza restaurant. The new store design aims to put pizza front and center with a “Pizza Theater” format that will have pizza-making artists’ hand tossing dough and creating custom-made pies in front of seated guests. Their new menu also offers sandwiches, pastas, chicken wings, desserts and other appetizers.
Great Clips, a Minneapolis-based haircare company is the world’s largest salon brand creating more than 80 million haircuts each year. The salons are locally owned and operated. Great Clips offers many services and are open evenings and weekends. For convenience they also offer online check in.
AT&T mission is to connect people with their world. They provide products and services to make this happen.
The Raytown Police Department will host a Citizen’s Police Academy from September 9th to October 28th, 2015. The Citizen’s Police Academy gives citizens a chance to learn about the police department and how it operates. Topics covered during this 8 week program include: crime analysis, patrol operations, and many other police functions, units, and divisions. The instructors are the police officers and civilians that actually perform the work.
The academy sessions will be held on Wednesday nights, generally from 5:30 pm to 8:45 pm. It will be held at the Raytown branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL,) 6131 Raytown Road.
To register for the Academy:
• Visit the MCPL Events calendar (Raytown,) http://www.mymcpl.org/events
• Register in person at the Raytown MCPL
• Call the library at 816-353-2052, to register by phone
Upon registration, prospective participants will be contacted by the Raytown Police Department, which must complete a background check on all participants before confirming enrollment in this program. Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate in this program.
RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION
Thursday, June 18th, 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 speaker will be
Jean Peters Baker
Jackson County Prosecutor
Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue
President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431
MO State Senator 11th District
HOLD THE DATE
Saturday July 25th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
RDA Annual Picnic
Raytown Mayor Mike McDonough and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders at the last RDA meeting.
Sanders gave a presentation on the prospects for Light Rail in Jackson County by using idle railroad lines. Exec Sanders explained the unique advantage Jackson County and Raytown have given much of the route can be implemented on existing right-of-ways that the railroads have already agreed to sell at a fraction of what it would cost to develop for public transit from scratch.
Residents can now keep up with the Raytown Board of Aldermen meetings and Raytown Planning and Zoning Commission meetings from the comfort of their homes via the Internet. The City has entered into an agreement with Swagit Productions, LLC to provide live streaming video of the meetings mentioned above. Thanks to the new technology, meetings are available live through any computer, tablet or smart phone.
Residents have consistently asked for more access to live meetings. We believe streaming will help us reach more residents, business owners and others interested in Raytown.
One reason we chose Swagit Productions is because they are the leading provider of hosted audio/video streaming services for many other cities and government agencies. Swagit’s Extensible Automated Streaming Engine (EASE) solution is designed to provide the City with a full service streaming media framework that reduces the need for extra staff.
Meetings will run live on the City’s website, www.raytown.mo.us as well as continue to run on the City’s Cable Access Channel 7 from Comcast. The June 2, 2015 Board meeting was filmed as a test run and can be currently viewed on the City’s website.
“The test run went well and the system appears to be working fine,” said Brenda Gustafson, Public Information Officer for the City. “The City has been looking for a solution to increasing public access to the live proceedings. This seems to be a good cost-effective solution.”
Board meeting videos will be archived on the City’s website, allowing residents to view previous meetings. We will consider adding other meetings and events in the future.
“And, the neat thing is that the videos are indexed,” Gustafson said. “People can look at the agendas, which are posted online and go to the specific agenda item they’re interested in on the video.”
Previously, the meetings were filmed separately from the live broadcast on Channel 7. The film disc then had to be converted by the Information Technology Department which took a couple of days and then uploaded on YouTube by the Public Affairs staff. The meetings were not available to everyone until several days after the meeting. With this service meetings are available live and then uploaded automatically onto our Website for immediate access.
The June 2nd meeting can be viewed HERE
“Who ya’ gonna call? YOUR RAYTOWN Radio Hams!”
Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 27 & 28, 2015
Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Your Town’s “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.
Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 27-28, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Raytown ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities
This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week-long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.
“The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.”
The Raytown Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at 10000 E 59th Street Raytown,Mo (behind Raytown City Hall) on June 27 & 28. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio
license before the next disaster strikes.
Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Tln·ough the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!
New information from Jackson County EM, The Watch till 12:00 am includes strong winds and The storm warning continues until 5:00 am June 12th.
The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm watch until midnight tonight., Thursday June 11th.
Raytown is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 3:00 am.
Jackson County Emergency Management has issued a Flash Flood Watch from 4:00 pm Sunday, June 7th, to Monday, 7:00 am June 8th. Possible rain fall of 1″ to 3″ this evening.
The water main break was repaired sometime before 4:00 pm. The break was a little West of Harvard on 59th St. Here are some photos of the break and the repair efforts.
There has been a break in a Raytown Water Company water main. It is probably a major break as 1st reports have it effecting from 59th St. to 74th St. More on this as it comes in.