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No witches or mummies this Halloween yet, but a big lizard spotted on 63rd Street

New Format for RaytownOnline

A recent upgrade in the WordPress software makes it incompatible with the appearance theme I have been using for the last 4 years. There will be a lot of changes until I get the site to where I want it.  The new theme is great, it lets you control almost everything, but it also makes you setup almost everything.  So it may be a while in perfecting.

Man Shot in Raytown

Police were called to the area of 74th Terrace and 75th Street, today (10-29-13,)  just before 3:00 PM in regard to the sounds of shots fired. When officers arrived they spoke with a witness who told them that one man had been shot and had left the scene in a private vehicle. It was then discovered that while the victim was en route to the hospital he was involved in a motor vehicle accident.  The victim was transported to a local hospital and his injuries are unknown.  A witness described a possible suspect vehicle as a white sports utility vehicle. The suspects are unknown at this time.

Anyone with information about this, or any other, crime is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 474-TIPS.

Vote NO on Jackson County Question 1

On Tuesday, November 5th, please go to the polls and vote NO on the proposed sales tax increase of 1/2 cent.  This tax increase is wrong on many levels.  

1. County sales tax is not the level to fund medical research.

2. Lack of over-site by elected of appointed representatives of the taxpayers. The taxpayers get one appointment, the hospitals and pharmaceuticals get 4 on the only board controlling the money that is not advisory. 

3. Lack of expert over-site on a scientific level. This type of endeavor needs over-site for the taxpayers that has a knowledge base able to evaluate the requests and proposal that is more suited for a government agency like the National Institute of Health,  not a local politician.

4. The taxpayer is expected to fund 100% of the overhead, yet big business will keep 80% of the profits if anything is discovered that is marketable. The proposed return on investment to the taxpayer is only 20% of the profits. 

5. Food and medicine are not exempt from this sales tax.

The Kansas City Star, League of Women Voters, NAACP, Kansas City Business Journal, the Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph and Freedom Inc. have all come out in opposition to this tax.  Every Jackson County Mayor that has been ask to support this tax has refused. 

RaytownOnline.com seldom takes an editorial position,  but this proposed tax is so wrong on so many levels that it required taking a stand in opposition.  The good result of this proposal is that it has united liberals and conservatives in opposition to it.  

Michael N. Downing

Editor RaytownOnline.com

Dunkin’ Donuts opened this morning at 5 am.

The Dunkin’ Donuts at 8820 E. 350 Highway opened this morning at 5 am. It will operate 24 hours, 7 days a week. A grand opening is planned for Nov. 8.  The multi grain bagel is excellent, coated with rolled oats and made for those that like taste and texture in bread.

 

Police Blotter for the week ending 11/1/2013

Blotter for 10/28/2013

Blotter for 10/29/2013

Blotter for 10/30/2013

Blotter for 10/31/2013

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)

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Raytown Cardinals defeats Platte County Pirates

Raytown South defeats Platte County  35 to 15 on the football field. The stats greatly favored South. Platte County had a brief rally in the middle of the game, but not enough to get close to Raytown South.  Raytown put three touchdowns on the board in the first quarter. 

Raytown Bluejays defeat Van Horn Falcons

Raytown handed Van Horn a decisive 37 to 18 defeat on the football field. The stats slightly favored Van Horn, except in actual scoring, where Raytown moved the ball when it counted.  Scoring for Raytown was dominated by Josh Drake, who scored 5 of the 5 Raytown touchdowns.  Kicker Aaron Spradley also had a good game, going 4 for 5 on extra points and 1 for 1 on field goals. 

High School Volleyball District Tournament (women)

Volleyball District Tournament Bracket
 
Tournament Dates:  10/28/2013 – 10/30/2013
Location: 2000 NW Ashton Dr., Blue Springs, MO 64015-1796
Host: Blue Springs High School – Frank Wheeler
 
Monday, Oct 28 @ 5pm Blue Springs (7-14)  vs  Raytown South (4-11-1) The winner will play  Truman (22-7-2) Tuesday, Oct 29 @ 5:30pm
 
Monday, Oct 28 @ 8pm Blue Springs South (13-11)  vs  Raytown (5-11-3) The winner will play Tuesday, Oct 29 @ 7pm
 
Championship game Oct 30 @ 6:30pm

Dedication of the tennis courts at Colman Park

Tennis court dedication

Photo courtesy of Raytown Parks and Rec.

Raytown police officer caught stealing evidence

A former Raytown police officer has been charged in connection with thefts of drugs and valuables from a Raytown police evidence room, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Justin M. Pool, 35, faces three felony counts of Theft of a Controlled Substance and two other felony counts of Theft of Property.*

The thefts occurred in January 2013, according to court records filed today. An investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control found missing valuables, including gold jewelry and controlled substances, including pills of Oxycodone. Pool was an officer in Raytown at the time.

The Raytown Police Department requested the Highway Patrol investigate after Raytown police began to suspect that thefts had occurred. Raytown police do not believe the loss of any evidence should impact any open criminal case.

The thefts were accomplished by checking evidence out on the pretext of photographing the evidence, then over the counter medication was substituted for the controlled substances and other objects were substituted for the more valuable jewelry. 

Prosecutors requested a bond of $50,000/10 percent or secured.

Herndon Center Fall Festival

Herndon fall festival 2013

Mawhirter to retire as Fire Chief

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On August 27, 2013 Fire Chief Rick Mawhirter announced his intent to retire effective December 31, 2013. The Board of Directors of the Raytown Fire Protection District is proud to announce that Fire Marshal, Matt Mace EMT-P, has been selected as the Interim Fire Chief for the Raytown Fire Protection District effective January 1, 2014. This will give Chief Mace the opportunity to work daily, one on one, with Chief Mawhirter until his retirement.

Mace became a paramedic in 1995 and started working for Raytown EMS in 1996. He came to the District as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 1999 and became the Fire Marshal in 2007. His experience working with City Hall, the Raytown Chamber, the Water Districts, local businesses and our citizens should prove to be beneficial to him in his new position. He has demonstrated the ability to go above and beyond what is asked of him and is always willing to do whatever he can to better the Department.

Mace, his wife Rachelle and their two children are proud to be residents of Raytown and have been very involved in the community.

The Board of Directors looks forward to a smooth transition after Chief Mawhirter’s retirement and is confident that Chief Mace will provide just that.

Rice-Tremonti House Fall soup & Crafts

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How to get caught by the police

How to get caught by the police
 
1. Steal a car
2. Give someone a ride in it to work
3. Use his phone to call a women tell her you are coming over soon.
4. Rob at gunpoint the person you gave a ride to.
5. Go visit the woman. 
6. Look out the window a lot when the police arrive and discover the stolen car.
 
That is the short and sweet of what is alleged that Brian A. King Jr of Kansas City Mo. and an unidentified juvenile accomplice did on Oct. 17th. After dropping off his passenger/victim, he is alleged to have driven a stolen automobile to Brittany Place Apartments at 87th and Utopia (pictured below), where 17-year-old Mr. King and his juvenile accomplice were detained and subsequently identified by the victim. .
 Brittany Place Apartments
 
Here is the official Raytown Police Department press release..

Raytown robbery

A Kansas City man faces felony charges in connection with a robbery Thursday in Raytown, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Brian A. King Jr., 17 (dob: 3/16/1996), faces Robbery 1st Degree.*

According to court records, the defendant pointed what appeared to be a gun at the victim, according to the victim, and stole the victim’s wallet. The victim escaped and ran into a business to seek help. Later, police found the victim’s wallet just a few blocks from the site of the robbery. The defendant and a juvenile suspect were taken into custody by Raytown police after a vehicle meeting the description of the car involved in the robbery was found in an apartment complex.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $100,000/10 percent.

 
 
 

Police Blotter for the week ending 10/25/2013

Blotter for 10/21/2013

Blotter for 10/22/2013

Blotter for 10/23/2013

Blotter for 10/24/2013

Blotter for 10/25/2013

New Dwayne Bowe Foundation fundraiser video

The Bowe Foundation fundraiser was a great event for Raytown and this video has some nice footage and photos that were not seen in previous articles. For all you Chiefs fans out there, enjoy.

Raytown and Raytown South football results.

The Raytown Blue Jays defeated Belton 45 to 21.  At 8:35 left in the first quarter Josh Drake made a 5 yard run for a touchdown and Aaron Spradley kicked the extra point. Belton tied the game up with about a minute left to play in the first quarter, but Josh Drake and  Aaron Spradley repeated their earlier performance about a minute into the second quarter.  Raytown  kept increasing their lead for the rest of the game. 

The Raytown South Cardinals lost to Lee’s Summit 7 to 31.  Lee’s Summit scored 1st with about 7 minutes left in the second quarter. Dion Williams had a great 65 yard run for a touchdown and Jordan Regan’s field goal kick was good, but by the time the Cardinals got their first points on the board, Lee’s Summit had already scored their second touchdown.  The Cardinals still had hope, but from the last part of the third quarter on, the game was dominated by Lee’s Summit. 

Kansas City Chiefs defeats Houston 17 to 16

The Chiefs are now 7 wins and 0 losses with their defeat of Houston today a few minutes before 6:30 pm.  The 17 to 16 win was closer than expected, but a one point win is still a win. 

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)

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Health Care Information, how to take advantage of Obama Care

Oct. 29th meeting at city hall about what you need to know to take advantage of Obama Care.

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Souper Saturday, November 2

shepcenterRaytown.21594645_logoWhat’s better than hot, homemade soup on a brisk November day?  You can enjoy this fall treat any time between 11 am and 2:00 pm Saturday, November 2, at One Spirit United Methodist Church, 7900 Blue Ridge Blvd in support of the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown.

Choose between homemade ham and bean or vegetable beef soup, accompanied by cornbread, crackers, dessert and a beverage, all for $7.00 per person.  Kid’s Meals are $3 with a hot dog instead of soup. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Office, 7900 Blue Ridge Blvd or the day of the event. 

All proceeds will go to support Shepherd’s Center of Raytown programs and services for older adults in the community.  Call 356-9000 with questions.

FALL BACK in Love

“FALL BACK in Love” Sunday, November 3, 2013, 10:45 a.m. at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Raytown. Join us for a special celebration of LOVE and MARRIAGE! Have the opportunity (at no cost) to renew your wedding vows during worship, then join us for a fun “wedding reception” following the service. Feel free to wear your wedding attire, and bring your camera for special photo ops!

Man Robbed at Gunpoint after Accepting a Ride

On 10-17-2013, just after 9:00p.m., Raytown Officers were called to a business in the 9400 block of 350 Highway in regard to a Robbery. The victim stated he had met the two suspects earlier in the evening at another business. The suspects offered to give him a ride and he accepted. Shortly after arriving at their destination, one of the suspects approached the victim and told him he forgot something in the car. When the victim returned to the car to retrieve the item, he was held at gunpoint and his wallet was taken. He gave the Officers information which led to the suspects being apprehended. It was determined the vehicle driven by one of the suspects had been stolen earlier in the day and was recovered in the 8600 block of Utopia Drive with the suspects. The suspects were taken into custody and the investigation is ongoing, charges are pending. The name of the suspects will not be released at this time and no injuries were reported.