The Raytown Police activated the H.E.A.R. Program Monday, March 3, 2014, in response to the extremely cold temperature. H.E.A.R. is the Health Emergency Assistance Registry, with the purpose of providing assistance to at-risk residents, who are registered in the program, during times of weather emergencies (including extreme temperatures, hot or cold, and storms.)
The service is free to qualifying Raytown residents, which could include the disabled, elderly and frail, or those relying on a health device powered by electricity.
During times of weather emergencies, including extreme temperatures and storms, the Raytown Police will activate the program. Department members will try to make contact with those registered in the program, either by phone or at their residence, to check their welfare and offer any assistance.
Anyone wishing to enroll in the H.E.A.R. Program must first complete an application. Applications may be obtained in person at Police Headquarters, by phone request at 816-737-6124, or online, at http://photos.raytownpolice.org/H.E.A.R.%20Brochure.pdf.
Michael Taylor was executed for the murderer of Ann Harrison at 12:01 am today. Taylor was pronounced dead at 12:10 am Feb. 26th 2014.
The suspect in custody has been charged with 1st Degree Murder and he has been identified as 42-year-old Falonzo Davis. Mr. Davis has also been charged with armed criminal action. The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Steven L. Jones.
It is alleged that motivation was the victim keeping company with the shooters wife.
The following is alleged in the charges filed by the Jackson County Prosecutor.
Upon receiving a text message that the victim was driving the shooters wife and children to school, the shooter retrieved his gun from a local pawn shop. He then drove to his son’s school, arriving at 10:04 am and waited. At 10:27 am the victim arrived in a vehicle with the shooters wife and son as passengers. Mr. Davis sprinted to the victims car, there was a confrontation, the victim attempted to flee, but ran into a parked vehicle.
Mr. Davis then argued with his wife, until his son intervened. At that point Mr. Davis walked over to the wrecked car, opened the driver’s door, shot Mr. Jones, put the gun and two clips on top of the car and waited for the police to arrive.
At about 10:40 am today there was a shooting in the parking lot next to the Raytown Success Academy on 350 Highway. There is one person dead and one person in custody. The victim has not been identified, but is described as a black male. At present the police are investigating to determine if the person in custody was the shooter. No students were involved, no students were in danger and no school building was entered. The students are being evacuated to the 1st Baptist of Raytown Church to await their parents picking them up.
Thanks to KCTV5 for providing code to embed their video
Photos by Larry Edwards, RaytownOnline.com Crime and Traffic Reporter
Click HERE for Video on KSHB Channel 41
On the afternoon of Monday, 02-17-14, Raytown Police were called regarding a drive by shooting in the 8800 block of 86 Street, into a house. An eight year old girl, who was in the house, was injured by broken glass. The injury was non-life threatening. A vehicle that may be connected to the incident has been located nearby. A person has been taken into custody, but has not been charged. The investigation is ongoing.
Raytown Police were called to the 5900 block of Harris Ave. on Wednesday afternoon, 02-12-2014 around 4:00 p.m. in regard to a disturbance in the neighborhood. While Police were en route a United States Postal Worker was delivering mail on his normal route when he was confronted by the man involved in the original disturbance that Police were called on. The man reportedly confronted the Postal Worker with a knife. At that time Police arrived on the scene and the man ran into a house barricading himself inside. A woman was inside the same house. She came out without incident and shortly after the man did as well. No one was hurt during the incident. The man was arrested and an investigation of the incident is underway. No charges have been filed as of yet.
Raytown Chief of Police Jim Lynch has announced the promotion of Michelle Rogers to Captain, the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Captain in the Department’s history.
Captain Michelle Rogers has 24 years of law enforcement experience. Captain Rogers began her career at Raytown in the Records and Detention Unit in 1989. She became a police officer for Raytown in 1992.
In 1995, she was assigned to the Jackson County Drug Task Force, where she was the lead undercover Detective in numerous drug investigations. In 1999, Captain Rogers was awarded the COMBAT Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, for her contributions related to the investigation and prosecution of retail merchants involved in the volume sale of pseudoephedrine.
In 2000, Captain Rogers returned to Raytown for six months in patrol and then to Investigations for six years as a Detective and two years as a Corporal. In 2008, Captain Rogers was awarded the Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year, based on career achievement in investigations.
She was promoted to Sergeant in 2009, where she spent two years as a Patrol Sergeant. She also spent two years in the Professional Standards Unit before being promoted to Captain of Administrative Services on January 12th, 2014.
“We congratulate Captain Rogers on her promotion,” said Chief Lynch, “and know that she will continue to serve the City of Raytown with dedication, integrity and professionalism.”
Raytown Chief of Police Jim Lynch has announced many successful events and achievements accomplished by the Raytown Police Department, and Department members, over the course of 2013.
During the year 2013, the Raytown Police Department continued in its efforts to enhance its service to the residents of Raytown. Events, programs, and initiatives were held to enhance communication and cooperation with our residents.
Raytown Youth Court produced its first graduating class from its training program, moving the program ever closer to being fully implemented (it is fully implemented now.) Youth Court allows teens to participate in the judicial system by actually trying cases. It gives offenders a chance to be responsible for what they’ve done, while being judged by their peers. This produces a positive peer pressure.
The Raytown Police Department continued its use of online resources, including social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, to enhance communication with the public. Raytown Police have also hosted tweet-alongs, which are virtual ride-alongs, in which a Police Public Information Officer tweets updates and photos of Police activities, answers questions, and opens dialogue. The tweet-along gives an inside look at Police work.
Those online and social media resources included:
Facebook (events, photos): https://www.facebook.com/RaytownPolice
Twitter (real-time news, info): https://twitter.com/raytownpd
WordPress (press releases): http://piorpd.wordpress.com/
Blogspot (crime analysis): http://raytownpolice.blogspot.com/
Nixle (emergency alerts): http://local.nixle.com/city-of-raytown—police-department/
Raidsonline (crime mapping): http://www.raidsonline.com/
The Raytown Police Crime Analyst, Kyle Stoker, continued to provide crime mapping so that residents could be better informed of criminal trends and activity in Raytown neighborhoods and crime prevention.
Twice in 2013, the Police Department hosted Drug Take Back Days, which helped prevent pill abuse and theft by collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Between the two events, 860 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were collected for proper disposal. The Police Department continued to provide a “Drug Take Back” receptacle in the lobby of Police Headquarters for its residents.
The Raytown Police Department hosted a National Night Out event in the summer of 2013. The event generated support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, as well as strengthened neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
All Crisis Negotiators assigned to the Raytown Police Department Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) received certification from the widely acclaimed International Association of Hostage Negotiators (IAHN). This certification was the result of successful completion of three phases of training that included an observed practical exercise to verify the skill level of each team member.
Director of Communications James Brafford was selected to be the Secretary of the Missouri chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International.
In cooperation with Verizon Wireless, a new radio tower was erected, which, when fully functional, will enable the Police Department to communicate with other agencies and mutual aid response teams in emergencies.
The Department hosted two Citizen’s Police Academies in 2013. Participants gained a further understanding of police work, training, equipment, and an overall better understanding of the Raytown Police Department.
One of the Department’s officers, Officer Thomas Greer, received the Raytown Police Department’s Lifesaving Award, for his efforts in clearing the airway of a choking 12 day old baby girl.
Another officer, Officer Shawn Didde, received the Raytown Police Department’s Officer of the Year Award, for his overall professionalism, and his efforts in DWI Enforcement, including making 33 DWI arrests, many of which resulted in Felony charges.
During weather emergencies in 2013, extreme temperatures or storms, in summer and winter, Department personnel checked on the well-being of those registered in the Health Emergency Assistance Registry (H.E.A.R.) The service is free to Raytown residents who qualify, including those with a disability, the elderly, or those that rely on a health device that is powered by electricity.
The year 2014 will see continued efforts by the Raytown Police Department to provide and maintain a safe community by developing strong community partnerships and serving with professionalism, trust, and integrity.
The Raytown Police have implemented their Youth Court program. The Raytown Youth Court will process cases involving first time, misdemeanor, juvenile offenders. The local youth court will reduce the number of referrals to Jackson County Family Court, which will allow that court to focus on more serious crimes. The Youth Court is a diversion program that is vetted and endorsed by Family Court.
The program is peer-based. Offending juveniles will have an opportunity to be judged by their peers, using the power of positive peer pressure. Raytown Youth Court mirrors the judicial system, in that there will be a judge, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, court clerk, and bailiff. Those roles are staffed by trained, juvenile volunteers. A group of those volunteers have recently graduated from the training program.
Not only is the program valuable to the offender, but to the participants as well. Volunteers get the opportunity to see firsthand, on a smaller scale, how our judicial system works in the United States of America.
Raytown Democratic Association’s guest speaker for January was Raytown’s Chief of Police, Jim Lynch. Chief Lynch pointed out a variety of programs that the Raytown Police Department provides for the community. The video is Chief Lynch’s entire presentation.
On Wednesday, 01-29-2014, retired Raytown Police K-9 “Aik” was euthanized at a Raytown veterinarian clinic, due to deteriorating health.
Aik von der Berger-Ranch, “Aik,” a German Shepherd, was born on November 2nd, 2001, in Jena, Germany, in a litter of 9 pups. In March of 2003, he came to the United States to begin his training as a Police K-9. Aik was trained in narcotic detection, building search, obedience, aggression control, and article search.
Aik began his service with the Raytown Police Department on August 27, 2003. The next day, Aik and his handler, Michael Klein, assisted the Jackson County Drug Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Drug Enforcement Agency, in detecting 185 pounds of Marijuana, which was hidden in a crate of items bound for Kansas City. The Marijuana had an estimated street value of $120,000.
Aik worked alongside patrol officers in Raytown and surrounding cities and counties. He assisted many city, state, and federal agencies, including schools, with narcotics detections and other duties. He participated in many public demonstrations within Raytown and across the Kansas City metro area.
Aik received the Raytown Police Department’s Distinguished Service Award in December of 2006, in recognition of his performance above and beyond his duties.
K-9 Handler Michael Klein retained possession of Aik, when he was decommissioned from department service in February of 2010, which was customary.
Aik was surrounded by friends and family when he died.
The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that Michael Taylor will we executed on February 26th. Michael Taylor and Roderick Nunley were convicted of the 1989 abduction, rape and murder of 15-year-old Ann Harrison.
For more on this click HERE for a KMBC 9 article.
One person was shot in the lower abdomen at the McDonald’s located at 87th Street and Blue Ridge Blvd. last Saturday at about 7:00 pm.
The video is courtesy of Fox4 news.
On 12-28-13 (Saturday) Two cars were involved in an altercation. Witness reported hearing what they thought to be gun shots. An Officer in the area saw a car with what looked like bullet holes. Two people in the car had unknown injuries, and were taken to local Hospitals. The investigation is continuing.
If you have any information about this or any other crime, please call the TIPS HOTLINE at 474-TIPS (8477).