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Recent Surge in Car Larcenies

Raytown police have noted a recent surge in the number of car larcenies (items stolen from inside a vehicle) over the last several weeks. Most are occurring overnight in residential areas. The area between Gregory north to 63rd St & Blue Ridge Cutoff east to Raytown Rd as well as 56th St north to the city limits east of Raytown Rd (see attached map) have been hit the hardest.

Since June 1st, 2012 we’ve had at least 75 cars broken into, though not every car had something stolen. Over 70% of those had been left unlocked with valuable property inside. Only a small percentage involved actual damage to get in the car. In most cases, the thieves take whatever items are inside, but electronics and purses/wallets are the most frequently stolen items. We’ve made several recent arrests of teenage males, but the thefts continue, indicating that there are probably multiple independent groups committing the same types of crime. Several citizens have reported seeing groups of teenage males “roaming” their streets at night and prowling cars. Officers have been directed to patrol hot spots during peak times if they are not on another call, but residents are always there even when we can’t be. Help yourself and your neighbors by keeping an eye out. If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please call and report it. You can call 911 in an emergency or the non-emergency line at 816-737-6020.

We strongly encourage citizens to always park their cars in a garage if available and if driveway or street parking is unavoidable to always lock your car doors and take any items inside. As stated above, the thieves will take anything that is inside, including things that have no value to them but that may be of great importance to you like work materials/ID badges, clothes and paperwork. It’s possible for a thief to gain access to the house by using the garage door opener left in the car. Don’t make yourself an easy target by leaving your car unlocked!

Annual Book Sale

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Annual Book Sale

Friday, September 21

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 22

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown

(Across from Blue Ridge Elementary School)

Fiction, Gardening, Science Fiction, Childrens,

Nonfiction, Religious, and more!

If you have books to donate or would like to volunteer to sort and set up, call the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown office at 816-356-9000.

Break Time Club

Free Respite Care through Breaktime Club of Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

The Breaktime Club program invites older care recipients with some limitations to enjoy a program which engages the body, mind and spirit. Caregivers are able to find comfort in the fact that their loved ones are enjoying a day of social interaction. The Breaktime Club provides respite  for caregivers each Monday, empowering them to respond to their own needs and enhancing their ability as caregivers.

The Breaktime Club meets every Monday at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church 5055 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm and includes a hot lunch.  There are no cost or residency requirements to participate in this program. Funding is provided by Shepherd’s Center of America and Mid America Regional Council Department of Aging.

A Caregiver’s Support Group meets the second Monday of each month at 9:30 at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church. Caregiver resources are shared by professionals in the field of aging to assist in caregiving knowledge. Each month a different speaker is featured. For additional information please contact the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown at 816-356-9000 or Program Director Dianne Morris at 816-353-3155.

The Breaktime Club is one of several programs and services of the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown. The Shepherd’s Center of Raytown offers many programs that enable older adults to discover opportunities for continuing intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. These programs include: Adventures in (Lifelong) Learning, Exercise Group, Book Club, Bridge/Cards Group and Tai Chi Chih. In order to assist in aging in place for older adults, Shepherd’s Center of Raytown also provides the following services: Meals on Wheels, Senior Companion/Respite Care, Telephone Reassurance, Handyman Repair and Wheels that Care transportation assistance.

Bark in the Park 2012

ROC Fitness Center of First Baptist Raytown, will host this year’s Bark in the Park Dog walk on Saturday, September 8 from 9am – 1pm at C. Lee Kenagy Park, located at 79th Street & Arlington, Raytown MO.

Bark in the Park is a fun filled day for the whole family. Enjoy a beautiful walk through the park with your canine companion, browse vendor booths with the latest in pet products and services, meet adoptable dogs, and much more!

From 9:30am – 10:30am, KC Wolf will be visiting! Dog Obedience Group will be providing agility demonstrations from 9am – 1pm, along with other demos from Greater Kansas City Dog Training Club and Doggie Do Right Training.

Enter free contests such as Best Tail Wag, Best Costume, Bark & Howl, Wackiest Dog Trick, and Best Kisser Contests to win a trophy. Be sure to take in some of the other exciting and entertaining activities including games for dogs.

There is no fee for this event. Goody bags will be available while supplies last.

Additional information: http://www.rocfitness.org/barkinthepark/default.htm

Raytown School District asks for a daytime curfew

The Raytown Board of Aldermen has been ask to pass a daytime curfew for student under 17 years of age. The curfew would run from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday. This may well be discussed in the next Board of Aldermen meeting on Sept. 3rd.

Thanks to KCTV5 for providing the embedding of their video on this story.

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EMS Blood Drive, August 31

Raytown Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will sponsor a blood drive from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the training room of the EMS building. The blood collected by the drive will be distributed by the Community Blood Center for the needs of area hospitals. About 580 pints of blood are required daily to meet local needs.

Make an appointment online at: http://esavealifenow.org and enter sponsor code, raytownems, or call to make an appointment. Contact Kim Lasage, 737-6030.

Raytown EMS
10020 E 66th Terrace
Raytown,MO 64133

Raytown Middle School Student admits to rape

The male student admitted to raping a 13 year of girl in the Raytown Middle School last Feb. 27th. The Judge ordered that he be placed in the custody of the Division of Youth Services.

The student is now 16 years old, but was 15 at the time of the rape. He  entered an admission of guilt to felony sexual assault on August,  8th 2012.

Police Blotter for the week ending 8/31/2012

Blotter for 8/27/2012

Blotter for 8/28/2012

Blotter for 8/29/2012

Blotter for 8/30/2012

Blotter for 8/31/2012

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)

Raytown Board of Aldermen 08/21/2012 meeting part 3

The August 21st meeting of the Raytown Board of Aldermen part that is after the board’s recognition of the Raytown School Districts  good work till the end of the public portion of the meeting.

Raytown Board of Aldermen 08/21/2012 meeting part 2

The August 21st meeting of the Raytown Board of Aldermen part that is the board’s recognition of the Raytown School Districts  good work.

Raytown Board of Aldermen on 8/21/2012 meeting Part 1

The August 21st meeting of the Raytown Board of Aldermen from the begining through the public comment section.

Raytown Times publisher is at home and doing well

Randy Battagler is recovering at home from a recent hospitalization. He is doing well and sounds well and in good spirits on the telephone.  Mr. Battagler was busy this morning writing  next week’s column for the Raytown Times.

Car Taken by Unknown Assailants

At approximately 9:20 PM on August 23rd, 2012 Raytown officers were sent to the 7700 block of Raytown Road on an armed robbery. The victim was approached by two men armed with a gun and told to lie on the ground. The two men took a wallet and the victims 2007 Silver Kia Sportage. They left northbound on Raytown Road. No description of the robbers was available.

If you have any information about this or any other crime, please call the TIPS HOTLINE at 474-TIPS (8477).

City Administrator’s Report for 8/24/2012

City Administrator’s Report
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Community Development

The construction permit for the fuel pump canopy and underground fuel tanks for the Hy-Vee Convenience Store was issued this week by the Building Department. The building and site improvement permits have not been issued as of yet.

EMS

There is a Community Center Blood Drive scheduled for next Friday, August 31st, from 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Willard H. Ross Emergency Medical Services Building. Appointments can be scheduled online at www.esavealifenow.org or by calling 737-6030. Those who attempt to donate blood will receive a certificate for a FREE Papa Murphy’s pizza.

Information Technology

All network performance, server operations, Government Channel system related AV recording and playback data systems, security door locks, and city website are operational and have not experienced any downtime this week.

Parks & Recreation

The Raytown Artists’ Association will sponsor their 6th Annual Art Show at St Paul’s Church of the Nazarene (8500 E 80th Terrace) from 9:30am to 5:30pm on August 24th thru 26th. The Artists’ Reception and Awards will follow today’s showing at 6:30pm. Attendees can shop for prints and gift cards of artist’s original works and participate in the silent auction of donated works, proceeds to benefit the 2013 Raytown High School Art Scholarship; admission is free.

Public Works

The Light Weight Aggregate Seal Coat project bid was held this past Tuesday, with only one bid received from Vance Brothers. The bid was slightly below budgeted amounts and will be present to the Board at the September 4th meeting.

Crews placed 28.5 tons of asphalt patch in preparation for the Light Weight Aggregate Seal Coat project, with two streets remaining on the list, painted pavement markings at 3 locations, cleaned 19,648 feet of sewer lines, and spent the majority of today inspecting storm inlets and drainage channels for debris. The focus was in response to the forecasted storms the weekend; 1 to 3 inches of rain has been predicted for the Raytown area.

The concrete curb, sidewalk, and pavement replacement project is progressing ahead of schedule in fact the contractor is anticipated to complete all concrete work sometime next week.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

August 28 – Fire Board Meeting; Station 1, 9:00am
August 31 – Community Blood Drive; EMS Building, 3:00 – 6:00pm

Former area Woman in the news again for new criminal charges

Sandra S. Triebel faces felony drug charges after police found a mirror, straw and pipe in her possession that had methamphetamine residue on them.  Triebel was stopped in Chillicothe for running a stop sign, which led to the police discovering the items.

Click HERE for more on this story from the Kansas City Star.

Sandra S. Triebel was charged with supplying alcohol to a minor and allowing a minor to consume alcohol at a Halloween party she hosted in 2009.  Kenneth S. Blake II was at that party and after leaving the party he crashed into another vehicle. Blake’s blood alcohol was about twice the legal limit. Laura B. Reynolds died as a result of  Blake’s car crashing into the vehicle she was a passenger in. 

Click HERE for more on the previous story in RaytownOnline.com.

Police Blotter for the week ending 8/24/2012

Blotter for 8/20/2012

Blotter for 8/21/2012

Blotter for 8/22/2012

Blotter for 8/23/2012

Blotter for 8/24/2012

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)

Let’s Move Camp Supporters

The names of the front row from left to right.  (click on the photo for a larger view, click again for a very large view)

Police Chief Jim Lynch, Alderman Jim Aziere, Entertainer Ronald McFadden, Fire Fighter Jason Ramey, Wynn Twins Owner and Let’s Move Supporter Jann Wynn, Elijah Thomas, Dr. Allan Markley, KMBC’s Larry Moore-Dream Factory, Tony Richardson – Former Chiefs Player, Alderman Charlotte Melson, Jackson County Deputy Ray Heck, Carmen Kraus, Danielle Wraybec – Former Dream Factory Recipient and Wynn Twins Team Member.

From the Let’s Move Camp fundraiser for Larry Moore and the Dream Factory

Kids, elected Raytown officials, and the School Superintendent work it at the Let’s Move Camp fundraiser in Raytown.

Firefighters vs Police for Charity

The Raytown firefighters competed in a dance auction for the Let’s Move Camp Fundraiser for Larry Moore and the Dream Factory. The winner was determined by money votes for the fundraiser. The vote ended in a tie. RaytowOnline would have to say that it was a hard call. The firefighters had a couple star performers, but were lacking in their backfield. The Police had the cutest team with an even overall good quality performance and leadership that was wise enough to leave the dancing to younger members. We applaud the Fire Marshall for being a good sport, but advise him to keep his day job.  

This video is best viewed in full screen mode. The quality is High Definition. Select 720HD from the menu that appears when you click on the (change quality) gear button on the lower right side. Then click on the full screen button on the lower far left.  Most of the shorter videos on RaytownOnline are now High Definition.

Elijah Thomas sings the National Anthem


Elijah Thomas performs the National Anthem for the Let’s Move Camp fundraiser for Larry Moore and the Dream Factory in Raytown.

City Administrator’s Report for 8/17/2012

City Administrator’s Report
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

 

Community Development

Construction continues on the Chipotle restaurant in the Gregory Square Shopping Center at Highway 350 and Gregory Boulevard. A construction permit was issued and work began this week on the interior finish for the Game Stop store. In addition, interior construction plans were also received and are being reviewed for the planned Jimmy Johns restaurant.

The Community Development Department, Public Works Department, Raytown Fire Protection District and the Missouri Department of Transportation Department have all approved the construction plans and public improvement plans for the planned Hy-Vee Convenience Store to be constructed at 9401 E. Highway 350, which is located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Highway 350 and Maple Avenue. Staff is awaiting Hy-Vee and their contractors to obtain the construction permits for the project.

Three sets of 2012 International Construction and Property Maintenance Codes that are now available for public review; one in the City Clerk’s Office and two in the Building Department. In addition, staff has provided information on the city’s web site regarding the proposed code updates that are being considered as well as a comment form that persons can use to provide written comments and questions regarding the proposed codes.

EMS

Staff has begun instructing its 17th Emergency Medical Technician Program; the previous class finished in July with almost a one hundred percent (100%) pass rate.

The department recently applied for and received a grant from Firehouse Subs for over $30,000. This grant was used to purchase two Autopulse automated CPR devices. These devices are used to provide continuous CPR to patients who have suffered cardiac arrest. While conventional CPR is always appropriate, there are often times when this must be stopped to move patients from room to room or down a flight of stairs. Anytime there is a delay or pause in CPR, this is a disadvantage to the patient. With this new device, CPR can be performed on a continuous basis with no need for interruption. Raytown EMS is being recognized and a dedication event is being held to display the device on Wednesday August 22, 2012 at 3:30pm at the Firehouse Subs restaurant at 4167 Sterling Avenue in Kansas City.

There will be a Community Center Blood Drive, Friday, August 31st, 3:00 to 6:00pm at the Willard H. Ross Emergency Medical Services Building. Schedule your appointment online www.esavealifenow.org or call 737-6030. Those who attempt to donate blood will receive a certificate for a FREE Papa Murphy’s pizza.

Parks & Recreation

The Raytown Artists Association will sponsor their 6th Annual Art Show at St Paul’s Church of the Nazarene (8500 E 80th Terrace) from 9:30am to 5:30pm on August 24th thru 26th. The Artists’ Reception and Awards will follow Friday’s showing at 6:30pm on August 24th. Attendees can shop for prints and gift cards of artist’s original works and participate in the silent auction of donated works, proceeds to benefit the 2013 Raytown High School Art Scholarship; admission is free.

Public Works

Crews have placed 13.5 tons of asphalt patch in preparation for the Light Weight Aggregate Seal Coat project; cleaned 16,157 feet of sewer lines; painted pavement markings at 3 locations; continue milling asphalt for the installation of intersection markings and have swept 34 lane miles.

The concrete curb, sidewalk, and pavement replacement project is ahead of schedule. The contractor has completed much of the work in the northern areas of the city and is progressing to the south work areas.

Staff will be conducting a preconstruction meeting with Superior Bowen Asphalt Company, Inc. regarding the asphalt overlay project to establish an anticipated September start date.

Water main breaks continue at an elevated rate due to soil movement caused by the dry weather. Staff anticipates water main break activity to remain above normal for the next several months. Crews will continue to verify compliance with right-of-way construction standards at all locations.

The Kansas City water main contractor has completed the water main installation work along Woodson. The contractor is still working in the area completing landscaping and roadway restoration work.

The school zone flashing lights were turned on late Wednesday in preparation for the start of school on Monday, August 20th.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

August 20 – Park Board Meeting; Park Office, 7:00pm
August 21 – Chamber Morning Coffee; Historical Society Museum, 7:30am – 8:30 am
August 21 – Board of Aldermen Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm

Judge issues a split decision on the Kansas City student transfer case

Jackson County Judge Brent Powell ruled that the transfers would violate Missouri’s Hancock Amendment for North Kansas City, Lee’s Summit and Independence, but would not violate the unfunded mandate prohibition of the law for Raytown and the Blue Springs school districts.

The decision seems to be based on the projected payments to Raytown and Blue Spring’s being slightly more than the cost of providing services to the transferring students. The projected costs to the other three district were significantly larger then the projected payments.

There is still significant differences between Kansas City and the other school districts. Kansas City wants to make monthly payments and place many restrictions on who is eligible to transfer at their expense.

It is probably that this ruling will be appealed and that this aspect and broader issues in this matter will wind up before the Missouri Supreme Court.

Editorial

Given the Kansas City School District’s past performance in making payments to the Independence School District, Raytown School District needs to take strong legal steps to insure that the District gets paid.  The Kansas City students deserve a quality education and it is both the right thing and a good thing for Raytown to assist in making sure this happens, but not at the expense of our current students. Kansas City needs to step up and pay for the additional costs educate their residents and not place barriers in the way of students wanting to transfer.

This situation in far from being resolved and probably will drag on for months.

Michael N. Downing

Raytown Missouri Police Join National Crackdown To Reduce Impaired Driving Fatalities

If you drink and drive in Raytown, Missouri beware, the Raytown Police Department is joining with law enforcement throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign August 17 to September 3, 2012.

The strong nationwide impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb alcohol impaired driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend (6 p.m. Sept. 3- 5:59 a.m. Sept. 7).

Raytown Police Officers will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

It is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter.  Despite these laws, in 2010 more than 10,000 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was impaired.

On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America.   Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  By joining this nationwide effort, the Raytown Police will help make Raytown’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.

During the Labor Day weekend in 2010, 147 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 or higher.  Of those fatalities, 80 percent occurred from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.

Among 18- to 34-year-old drivers killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the 2010 Labor Day weekend, 54 percent were alcohol-impaired.

It is illegal to drive impaired, and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel. But if someone does choose to drive impaired, they will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.

Violators face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.