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Raytown School District hires Danielle Nixon as Director of Communications & Community Relations

The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Danielle Nixon as the Director of Communications and Community Relations. Nixon will begin her duties July 1, and replaces Cathy Allie, who will retire in June after 29 years in Raytown, the last nine in the director’s role.

Nixon earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Maryland, and was hired by the District in 2012 as the Assistant Director of Communications and Community Relations.  In addition to her communications duties, she serves as the Community Education Coordinator and Record Retention Team Lead.

“I came to Raytown with the hope and desire to become a part of and grow with the district and the community at large,” Nixon said.  “I’m excited for the opportunity ahead, and I look forward to continuing to serve our staff, families, and patrons.”

Before coming to Raytown, Nixon served as a Communications Specialist for a digital forensic contractor in Elkridge, Maryland. Additionally, she worked on social media and internal communications projects for the National Archives and Records Administration.

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Raytown South vs. Grandview boys junior varsity basketball game cancelled.

The Raytown South vs. Grandview boys junior varsity basketball game scheduled for Friday, February 19 has been cancelled. The varsity contest will now begin at 4:30 at South High.  Students will need a Grandview or Raytown South current ID to be admitted

Charges filed in Harry Stone’s Murder

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From Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecutor

May 13, 2012, Raytown resident Harry Stone, 60, was on a morning jog. He was on Blue Ridge Blvd when a dark car passed by near 67th Street. Someone in the passing vehicle shot Stone who collapsed alongside the road.

Nearly four years later, a Kansas City man who was 20 in May 2012 has been charged in connection with Stone’s murder, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Craig L. Brown, now 24 (dob: 6/25/1991) faces Murder 2nd Degree.*

According to court records, Stone was transported to an area hospital and in a dying declaration to a physician said two black males with “dreads” shot him. Stone died in surgery. Almost three years later, on Feb. 1, 2015, Craig L. Brown was in an auto accident near 43rd and Pittman Road in Kansas City. Police secured a pistol, a black Glock 19 semi-automatic, found in the vehicle’s glove box. In June 2015, detectives in the Kansas City Police Department crime lab test fired the gun taken from Brown’s vehicle and, according to the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, it matched the gun used to kill Stone.

Detectives from Raytown and Kansas City police tracked down the purchaser of the handgun, who lived in Kansas City at the time of Stone’s fatal shooting, according to court records.  She stated she purchased it for a boyfriend who is now in federal prison. Detectives interviewed that boyfriend. In November 2015, he identified Brown, known as CJ, as the person who shot Stone. He sold to Brown the gun purchased by his girlfriend in 2012, he told the detectives. Brown had dreads at that time.

Detectives, according to court records, located the owner of the vehicle passing Stone when he was shot. The vehicle in the video recovered from a nearby gas station was similar to a vehicle that had been stopped by Raytown and Kansas City police before and after the fatal shooting of Stone in Raytown. The vehicle belonged to Brown’s girlfriend.  In an interview with Raytown and Kansas City detectives, Brown identified the vehicle in the BP gas station video that captured Stone’s shooting as his girlfriend’s vehicle. He also stated he often drove the vehicle then, and another witness corroborated for police that Brown often drove the vehicle around the time that Stone was killed.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $250,000 secured.

 

Tragedy Strikes Raytown Sunday morning

An early-morning fire in an apartment building on 60th Street west of Raytown Road took the life of 5-year-old Jeremiah Roberts and left his grandmother Sharon Roberts and his 18-month-old brother Jabin in critical condition. It was reported by his Uncle Grady Lauderdale that Sharon Roberts has suffered burns over 70% of her body.  Jamie’s six-year-old brother Jacob escaped serious injury by crawling out a back door to safety after trying to help his little brothers. His uncle credits Jacob’s fire safety lessons in school with giving him the knowledge needed to survive.

Jeremiah was the son of Jacob and Kindra Roberts. A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family with expenses. The FBI is sending a fire investigator to help determine the cause of the fire. The Red Cross is providing assistance for the families displaced by the blaze.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with funeral expenses for Jeremiah Roberts, you can click HERE to go to the website.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the victims of the fire, you can click HERE to go to the website.

 

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Photo courtesy of the Raytown Fire District

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