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Victim’s family anxious after Raytown murder suspect released on house arrest

Tynan Mullen is charged with first-degree murder  of 19 year old Riley McCrackin. Mullen and three others killed  McCrackin behind the pool hall in Downtown Raytown.

Click HERE for more information on this from Fox4.

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Raytown Library Closed due to COVID-19

The Mid-Continent Public Library Raytown Branch will be closed until further notice due to potential COVID-19 exposure.

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Men Charged in Connection to Shooting That Left Teen Dead

From Raytown Police Dept

The Office of Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney, has charged two men in connection with a shooting that left a teen dead. Michael Richardson, an 18-year-old Kansas City man, was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Armed Criminal Action. Sean Hill Jr., a 21-year-old Grandview man, was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Armed Criminal Action. The charges stem from a shooting in Raytown on 06-30-2020, which left a teenage male dead.

From Jackson County Prosecutor

According to court records, Raytown police responded on June 30, 2020, to the 6200 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard on a reported shooting and found a deceased 15-year-old victim in the parking lot. A second person nearby was wounded by gunfire. Seven persons were soon found in a nearby vacant building. Video surveillance showed that three of them had tampered with evidence at the scene prior to Raytown Police arriving there. Richardson, who was among those in the vacant building, told police detectives that he discharged a weapon. Hill also acknowledged he had a gun and when asked about the shooting stated, “Don’t y’all shoot at …when they shoot at y’all? Ain’t that how it’s supposed to go?”

The fatal shooting of the 15-year-old victim and the wounding of another victim Tuesday night remain under investigation.

Click HERE for a link to the charging documents from the Jackson County Prosecutor

Michael Richardson

Sean Hill Jr.

Shootings Leave One Teen Dead

 At about 8:30 p.m., tonight (June 30, 2020,) Raytown Police responded to multiple calls of shots fired in the area of Raytown Plaza, a shopping center in the 6100 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard. Upon arriv

al, police officers found a teen male who had been shot and was deceased. He was at a smoke shop near the corner of East 63 Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard. Police also found two adult males at the opposite end of the shopping center, who were transported to an area hospital. One of those two males had been shot, but it was unknown if the other male had been shot. Their condition was unknown.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-TIPS (8477.)

2001 Raytown, Missouri Homicide – Reward Increase

The Raytown, Missouri Police Department and the Greater KC Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline are seeking the public’s help in identifying those responsible for the November 15, 2001 homicide of Craig Lasley in the 8600 block of Oxford Avenue.

Mr. Lasley (pictured) was found deceased in his home. An additional reward has recently been added to the case bringing the current reward up to a possible $5,000.00 for anonymous information leading to a felony arrest or charges.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Greater Kansas City TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477), TIPS may also be submitted electronically at http://www.KCcrimestoppers.com, or by downloading our NEW mobile app, P3TIPS, on Google Play or the Apple iOS stores for FREE. Information leading to an arrest and/or filing of charges could be eligible for up to $5,000.00 in reward money. ALL INFORMATION IS ANONYMOUS.

* A program of the KC Metropolitan Crime Commission

Raytown Schools get parents involved on potential plans for fall amid COVID-19

Raytown Schools get parents involved on potential plans for fall amid COVID-19

Jackson County releases recovery plan phases 2 & 3

  • click on image of the plan,  or download it, it is legible if displayed full size.

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. – in consultation with Jackson County Health Department Director Bridgette Shaffer, MPH – today is announcing guidelines for phases two and three of the Jackson County Recovery Plan. Phase two guidelines are scheduled to take effect on June 1 but is subject to change based on local data of COVID-19 transmission in our community and key metrics being satisfactorily met.

A start date has not yet been determined for phase three, however, each phase is estimated to last at least 14-28 days.

“Our community understands the serious nature of this virus and continues to be diligent in protecting themselves and others from further spread of COVID-19. Their actions are allowing us to continue the reopening of our economy,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “I want to specifically thank the Mayors of eastern Jackson County for their input and partnership over the past few weeks.  They are deeply connected to the residents of their cities and have played an instrumental role in allowing us to re-open as quickly, safely and effectively as we have.”

Highlights of phase two include:

  • Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed
  • Capacity limits for non-essential businesses, places of worship, weddings and funerals increase to 50% of the lowest occupancy load
  • Community centers, theaters, interior leisure venues, swimming pools and higher education campuses can reopen with limits
  • Graduations, organized/youth sports, overnight summer camps can resume with limits
  • Fairs, parades, festivals, playground equipment and K-12 schools remain closed

All open facilities are required to complete, post and follow social distancing procedures. In addition, the County strongly recommends that all residents stay six feet from others, encourages seniors and vulnerable populations to stay at home, working remotely if possible, and wearing a mask or face covering when in public.

 The Jackson County Health Department has prepared the phased-approach recovery plan that is focused on protecting the health and safety of residents, while beginning a safe and sensible path to economic recovery for all of Jackson County.

The Health Department will provide detailed guidance in the coming week. An overview guide of the Jackson County Recovery Plan can be found at www.jacksongov.org and www.jacohd.org.

 

MCPL Summer Library Program Kicks Off May 26

MCPL Summer Library Program Kicks Off May 26 

“Imagine Your Story” During 2020 Summer Library Program for Kids, Teens, & Adults 

Greater Kansas City, MO – Mid-Continent Public Library is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its annual Summer Library Program, which encourages children to remain intellectually engaged while they are out of the classroom. From May 26 through July 31, participating kids and teens can earn free books and win great prizes by reading, attending virtual Library programs, and taking part in educational activities at home. Adults can also get in on the fun by modeling good reading behaviors.

This year’s theme, “Imagine Your Story,” invites participants to use their imaginations to explore new places and stories, allowing them to discover new worlds and perhaps gain inspiration for the future!

“Everyone knows that reading is important for growth and development, but stories can also serve in an aspirational capacity, showing kids different kinds of people and places that perhaps they could one day be a part of,” said Haley Lefholz, Youth Services Librarian at MCPL. “Whether their dream is to become a superhero or a super doctor, reading allows children to utilize their imaginations and explore new ideas.”

As in previous years, Summer Library Program participants can also win special prizes from the Library’s community partners, including the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas City Symphony, and Science City. Participants who earn 1,000 points will also have the choice of another free book or a free t-shirt from Big Frog Custom T-Shirts. Kids and teens can earn points by:

  1. READING! (Reading is required to complete the program.)
  2. Completing fun, age-appropriate, educational activities at home (A complete list of learning activities is available online.)
  3. Attending virtual programs on the Library’s MCPL360 Facebook page 

While the Library’s branches remain closed to the public, participants are encouraged to use MCPL’s new curbside service to obtain physical reading materials, or to access digital materials through the Library’s website.

To find out more about Mid-Continent Public Library’s 2020 Summer Library Program, including instructions on how to enroll and participate, visit mymcpl.org/Dream.

State Rep. Jerome Barnes interviewed about his violence against referees law

 

 

Coach, referee pulled apart after punches thrown at youth basketball tournament in Lee's Summit

Raytown Mourns the Passing of Dale Paul Kensinger

 

Kensinger, Dale Paul of Newton, MA, formerly of Raytown, MO (January 15, 2020), age 78

Beloved husband of Jeannette (Pollard) for 46 years, devoted father of Elizabeth (Jon), loving grandfather of Juliet, uncle to Pam, Paul, John  Donna) Schwarm and Linda (Dave) Yelen. He is preceded in death by his sister and brother-in law, Betty (Al) Schwarm.

Dale was born on June 1, 1941 in Bakers’ Summit, PA, to the late Paul and Mabel Kensinger. He attended Morrison Cove High School, Juniata College, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He served as a Captain during the Vietnam War in the Air Force JAG Core at the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, NE. He worked for the Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C. and in Kansas City, MO. After his retirement, he became the inaugural director of the Low Income Tax Clinic at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Later, when he moved to Newton, he volunteered weekly at the Tax Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School in Jamaica Plain, MA. He was a 2018 recipient of the ABA Tax Section Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award.

Dale was an avid reader, American history buff, lover of classical music, and baseball enthusiast. He enjoyed visiting different parts of the United States and savored time outdoors, whether working in the yard, reading on the porch, or taking his granddaughter to local parks, farms, and wildlife sanctuaries.

Funeral services will be held at 10am on Thurs Jan 23 at the Church of St Ignatius of Loyola, 28 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA.

Fresh Fruit (and Nuts) Friday at Sutherlands

Have you see this van?

A video of a porch pirate stealing a package was uploaded to RING. While there was no good shot of the pirates face, the Van he was a passenger in seems to be identifiable. The back right side window are has some sort of logo or signage and the rear door seems to be unique. Here is a picture of some frames of the video.

Family of 10 left homeless by teens crashing stolen SUV into their house.

There was a flurry of alerts on the Ring Doorbell app the other night wondering what a loud boom was caused by. Well the mystery has been solved.  Teens stole a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen from Landmark Jeep in Independence and proceeded to crash it into a home near 53rd and Pitmann.  For more on this from Fox4KC..

Teens crash stolen SUV into Raytown home, displacing family of 10

 

Election Nov. 5th 2019

SAMPLE BALLOT
CITY OF RAYTOWN, MISSOURI
SPECIAL ELECTION
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019
QUESTION 1
Shall the City of Raytown, Missouri continue to impose an existing sales tax at a rate of one-eighth (1/8) of one percent for the purpose of funding Local Parks/Storm Water Control within the City for a term of five (5) years? The monies received from the Local Parks/Storm Water Control sales tax shall be distributed with Local Parks receiving seventy-five percent (75%) and Storm Water Control receiving twenty-five percent (25%) for their respective functions.
YES
NO

Kansas City woman caught on video slashing on police cars in police parking lot after she was arrested the day before.

Eunice Fisher slashed the  tires on eight police vehicles in the  Raytown Police Department parking lot the day after her arrest on another matter.

Video tape of her in the act led to a quick arrest. 

For more on this click HERE for KCTV5 coverage of this story.

Man Barricades Himself After Shooting

On Sunday afternoon, 10-13-19, at about 1:13pm, Raytown Police responded to a residence in the 8800 block of East 85th Street, after receiving a call of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found one gunshot victim deceased at the residence. The victim had been shot outside the residence by a known suspect, who ran to the area of 8500 block of Kentucky and barricaded himself inside his residence. Police are currently on the scene at that residences attempting to make contact with the suspect.

UPDATE

The suspect is in custody but has not been charged at this time. Detectives are continuing to investigate.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

 

Raytown park where 17-year-old was killed now one of five parks getting security guards

From FOX4KC.com

Raytown park where 17-year-old was killed now one of five parks getting security guards

State Rep. Jerome Barnes Town Hall Meeting part 2 Medical Marijuana

This meeting took place months ago, and I am sorry it took me so long to recover it. The information is still valid and hopefully of interest to the readers.

Police Seek Person of Interest Relating to Early Morning Homicide

Police are asking the public for information regarding the whereabouts of Jordan T. Coleman, a 22-year-old bi-racial man. Coleman is a person of interest relating to the early morning homicide that occurred in Raytown on July 20, 2019.

Police ask anyone with information about Coleman’s whereabouts, or this incident, to call the Raytown Police at 816-737-6020.

On the morning of July 20, 2019, at 6:19 AM, Raytown Police received a call to the 10700 block of E. 59 Street regarding the sound of shots fired and a crashed vehicle. Officers arrived and found Christopher L. Stanford deceased in the crashed car. Police continue to investigate. No arrests have been made relating to this investigation and there is no other information that can be released at this time.

Former president of Raytown school board charged with theft of school funds


From a Jackson County Prosecutors press release…

The former president of the Raytown School Board, who stepped down in May, faces a criminal charge of stealing Raytown school district funds while she was on the school board, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Kristie L. Colllins, dob: 2/16/1967, faces the Class D felony of Stealing.*

According to court records filed today, while she was president of the Raytown School Board, Kristie L. Collins used a purchasing card issued to her by the Raytown School District to make fraudulent purchases. The school board commissioned an audit commissioned by an accouting firm after questions were raised by the school district’s finance office regarding transactions submitted by the defendant. The district purchasing policy states that under no circustances can the cards be used for unauthorized or personal purchases. An accouting firm documented more than $4300 in fraudulent purchases. In May 2019, the defendant was informed of the investigation. The next day she resigned. In her resignation letter, she wrote “I have made mistakes. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that, and I have tried to correct them when possible. Some I cannot correct, only apologize for and ask forgiveness.”

Click HERE for the charging document.

 

Car Show in July

RAYTOWN C-2 SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY

The Raytown C-2 School District announces a Board of Education vacancy. Residents who wish to be appointed to the vacancy shall apply at the superintendent’s office located at 6608 Raytown Rd., Raytown, MO. Applications will be accepted until June 24, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. The appointee will serve until the next school board election, when a director shall be elected for the unexpired term. For more information, contact Rachel Johnston, Board Secretary, at 816-268-7008.

Click HERE for District policy PDF on vacancies.

Click HERE for a PDF of the application form to fill vacancy.