Raytown Police responded to a pharmacy in the 7500 block of Raytown Road, Friday (01-23-15), in regard to a “nature unknown” call. Upon arrival, officers learned that a man had approached the pharmacy counter and demanded prescription drugs, with a threatening demeanor. Officers quickly apprehended the man, who was attempting to leave the store. The man did not display or mention a weapon, when demanding the drugs, and there were no injuries.
The identity of the 29-year-old Kansas City man will not be released until charges are filed in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.
Raytown Police continue to investigate the robbery of a liquor store in the 6500 block of Raytown Road, which occurred on 01-02-2015. Two black males entered the store, demanded money and one of the males struck a female employee, which knocked her down. One of the males displayed a gun. When a male employee attempted to activate the alarm, he fell to the ground. The two suspects left the store. The male employee was transported to an area hospital for treatment to a wound to his head.
The male employee initially told the responding officers that he thought he tripped, causing him to strike his head, however, it was later discovered that he had most likely suffered a grazing gunshot wound to his head. He was treated at the hospital and has since been released.
The male suspects are described as being about 6’ tall, thin build, wearing dark clothing.
Raytown Police investigators believe that the liquor store robbery suspects may have been involved in other crimes, and have been diligently working with other law enforcement agencies to bring this case to a successful conclusion, which has restricted the release of information until today. We thank our community members that have remained patient through this process. The investigation into this robbery is ongoing, so in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, and potentially others, no other information will be released at this time.
Anyone with information about this robbery, or any other crime, is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (8477).
Raytown Police Correct Inaccurate Police Pension Information
Raytown, MO – Raytown Police Chief Jim Lynch took an opportunity today (01-06-15) to correct inaccurate information regarding the Raytown Police Pension, which was published in the December 17, 2014 issue of the Raytown Times. The inaccurate information was listed at the top of page 4, in volume 5, issue 40.
The opinion article, written by Randy Battagler, refers to officers potentially collecting “double pay.” Officers may only earn a maximum benefit of 60% of their pay (life annuity.) Those that serve our city longer, wait to receive their pension benefit and retire later, will receive a higher monthly payment. If an officer retires earlier, their monthly pension payment is lower. Similar to Social Security benefits, the monthly payment is impacted by how soon an officer retires, after reaching retirement eligibility age. Taking an early retirement means a lesser monthly payment, and waiting to retire means an increased monthly payment. However, the maximum benefit, 60%, does not change. Some officers may have other retirement income, unrelated to the Raytown Police Pension, which could include Social Security, military retirement benefits, and individually-owned income products (IRA’s, etc.)
Mr. Battagler asserted that, “Without contributions from participants the fund had fallen well short of the amount it needed to be solvent.” There were many factors that impacted the unfunded liability of the Police Pension, including stock market downturns and intermittent payments by former city finance directors. The unfunded liability must still be paid, regardless of the City moving the Police Officers to LAGERS. In fact, the LAGERS plan costs more (approximately 12% of payroll) than the former Police Pension plan (approximately 8%.) Even after the unfunded liability has been paid, the LAGERS plan, which has added benefits including cost of living adjustments, will be more expensive than the Police Pension plan.
Mr. Battagler also said that “without the change the city could have faced bankruptcy.” That is simply not the case. It was the belief by some that the former Police Pension plan was unsustainable, which prompted the discussion, and subsequent change, not the threat of the plan failing or causing bankruptcy.
In fact, the Police Pension plan is performing very well in the current economic environment. Since 2008, when the stock market downturn hurt almost every pension plan, the Police Pension plan funded status has increased every year, with contributions decreasing or remaining the same as a percent of pay in that same period.
Chief Lynch is committed to transparency and openness. The Raytown Police Pension Board meetings have always been, and remain, open meetings. The schedules of Pension Board meetings are posted in the Police Department lobby, as well as the Police Department News blog, RPD News Room (http://piorpd.wordpress.com/) for the public and media to view any time.
Raytown Missouri-On Wednesday 01-14-15, at about 6:40 P.M., while investigating a vehicle crash at the 9600 block of E. 350 Hwy, a marked Police vehicle was struck by another vehicle, while the Officer was inside his vehicle. The Officer was transported to a local hospital via ambulance for an evaluation as a precaution. The driver of the other vehicle was taken into custody and alcohol may have been a factor in that crash. The Raytown Police Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the incident
A search of CaseNet reveals a individual matching the full name and age of one of the 4 people arrested in the Shawnee gun store murder. Public files list a Deanthony Armond Wiley with a birth date of 1995 as living in Raytown. RaytownOnline is investigating whether any of the other three individuals charged in the case have connections to Raytown.
The individuals in custody are Hakeem Willie Malik, 18, Londro Emanuel Patterson, 19, Deanthony Armond Wiley, 19, and Nicquan Ke-Aaron Midgyett, 19.
For more on this story, click HERE and HERE to read articles on the Kansas City Star website.
From the Police Blotter we have this, “Officers were dispatched to a vehicle that had been stolen from a residence and was being followed by a witness. The vehicle wrecked and the occupants fled, but were not captured. The vehicle was recovered and released to the owner.”
From a reader of RaytowOnline we have this information, “Had a vehicle stolen on Hardy Ave last night 1230am 3 black males took off after wrecking the truck on Blue Ridge. They had also grabbed items from porches of surrounding homes.”
The Raytown Police Department reports ice on the road in the area of 53rd and Hedges at 4:57 pm Jan. 8th. The also report the water company has shut off services to a residence due to a leak. It is presumed from this report that the leak caused the icy road surface in that area.
From a Raytown Police Dept. Press Release
On December 16th, members of the Raytown Police Department gathered for our annual Awards Ceremony. This event is held to honor and recognize employee accomplishments and service to the City of Raytown. This year’s award winners:
OFFICER OF THE YEAR
Det. Jimmy Wolsey
Detective Wolsey was nominated and selected for Officer of the Year for many reasons, including his attitude, work ethic, and contribution to the mission of the Raytown Police Department.
Detective Wolsey does not hesitate to work through long, complex investigations and has spent many hours to further a cold homicide case as well as several other recent homicides and high priority cases this year. He truly enjoys his work, and it shows in his positive attitude that he brings to work every day.
Detective Wolsey has also taken on a substantial amount of duties and responsibilities outside out of his primary assignment, including Crisis Negotiations and Public Information Officer. Detective Wolsey is quick to help other detectives with their cases and shares his experience and knowledge with new detectives, both during their training periods and after. Detective Wolsey is a part of a great unit of detectives that work well together and is an asset to the Unit and the department as a whole.
It is with our gratitude that we recognize Detective Jimmy Wolsey as our Officer of the Year.
RESERVE OFFICER OF THE YEAR
Officer Jeff Keith
Officer Keith started his career with the Raytown Police Department on September 10th, 1979 and retired on February 11th, 2012 and remained on as a reserve officer for the department. Since retiring, Officer Keith has assisted in the Records Unit whenever they needed shift coverage.
In addition to his work in the Records Unit, Officer Keith has always assisted in the Detention Unit and Property & Evidence Room. In May 2014, Officer Keith helped the Detention Unit demolish and remove old cabinets and furniture and install the new counters and storage. He also began training in the Property & Evidence Room so he could fill in for the Evidence Technician while she is on maternity leave.
Officer Keith is always willing to serve at a moment’s notice and assist in various units throughout the department. It is commitment, dedication, and enthusiasm that make him a valuable asset to our Department and it is with our gratitude that we recognize Officer Keith as our Reserve Officer of the Year.
CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR
Kyle started his career with the Raytown Police Department as the crime analyst in 2010. He has proved to be a major asset to the Investigations Unit and invaluable to the success of the Department. He always makes himself available and places everything to the side to help with a current situation that needs to be addressed. He played a key role in helping to solve all three homicides in 2014 by gathering intelligence on dozens of suspects, witnesses, and victims. Kyle has created flow charts, timelines and has assisted outside agencies with their work regarding a group of over 30 subjects who have been involved in multiple homicides and shootings throughout the Kansas City metro area, including at least three shootings in Raytown. In addition to his regular duties, Kyle is also a valuable member of the Crisis Negotiation Team. He is the current President of the Mid-America Regional Crime Analysis Network (MARCAN) and the Training Director for the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) and has been a key in the development of the new Raytown Police Department Website. It is with our gratitude that we recognize Kyle as our Civilian of the Year.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
After attending the first New Citizen’s Academy in 2012, Todd stepped up to volunteer for future Citizen’s Academies, National Night Out events, and helped with any project that was presented to him. Late in 2013 he applied for and was accepted into the “Volunteers in Police Service” Program. Todd has worked on a variety of projects for the department while simultaneously working a full time job and handling family obligations. For example, he has worked with Property & Evidence Technician Beth Bennett to help with entering property information. Todd has volunteered for over 70 hours this year, saving the department valuable time and resources. It is with our gratitude that we recognize Todd as our Volunteer of the Year.
Officer Frank McDevitt
(The Lifesaving Award is granted to any member of the Department for a successful effort in saving a human life, which involved exceptional courage or performance.)
On Halloween night of this year, officers were told via police radio about a possible intoxicated driver traveling southbound on Raytown Rd and they began to search the area. As they searched in area of Raytown Rd and Gregory Blvd, they saw a car driving south that was on fire. The car came to a stop in the middle of the intersection where it continued to burn.
Officer McDevitt was one of the first officers on the scene. With complete disregard for his own safety, he took decisive action immediately and ran up to the driver’s side door. The driver was still inside the car and not reacting to the fire, even though the passenger side was completely engulfed in flames. Officer McDevitt had only moments to open the door, unbuckle the seat belt, and physically pull the driver out of the car to safety, before the driver’s compartment was fully engulfed in flames.
It was found that the driver of the car was highly intoxicated and without the response and actions of Officer McDevitt, he would have certainly been severely burned or even killed by the fire. It is with his selfless actions in mind that we are proud to present Officer Frank McDevitt the Life Saving Award.
Malcolm D. Johnson, 25 from Kansas City, has been charged with the Oct. 24th murder of Monteario Hogan. Mr. Hogan was found lying on the pavement behind the Family Dollar Store at 5242 Blue Ridge Blvd at about 10:00 PM. Witnesses stated that the victim had earlier lifted his shirt to display a gun during an argument in the nearby McDonald’s and that Johnson arrived later in response to a phone call from a party to the disagreement.
From the Raytown Police Dept. Nov. 25th press release.
A 25-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Monteario Hogan in Raytown on Oct. 24, 2014, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Malcolm D. Johnson, dob: 8/14/1989, faces Murder 2nd Degree, Armed Criminal Action.*
According to court records, Hogan was found lying outside a Family Dollar Store in the 5200 block of Blue Ridge Blvd in Raytown. Witnesses told Raytown Police that they observed Johnson shooting at the victim and get into a vehicle and leave at a high rate of speed.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $250,000.
The charges against Johnson were filed earlier this month but not released until today. He was recently taken into custody.
Raytown Police Chief Jim Lynch announced today that Raytown Police Sergeant Michael “Mike” McDonough, will be retiring after serving the residents of Raytown for 40 years. Sgt. McDonough’s retirement date is 01-02-2015.
Sgt. McDonough first started working for the City of Raytown in the Street Department, in 1974. In August 1975, Sgt. McDonough started his police career as a district patrol officer, later becoming a detective, a fire investigator, and has been the Sergeant over the Detention Unit, Investigations and then Traffic, where he currently serves. He has worked in almost every facet of police work. Among his career accomplishments, are Raytown Police Officer of the Year and the Lifesaving Award from the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association. Sgt. McDonough also received the Raytown Fire District James Schneider Award for Lifesaving.
Sgt. McDonough was the recipient of a 2014 Truman Heartland Community Foundation Outstanding Citizen Award. The Outstanding Citizen Award honors area citizens in our communities who, thanks to their service and charitable support, have made significant contributions to the places where we live and work.
Sgt. McDonough is the Secretary of the Raytown Police Benefit Fund. During his tenure, the Fund has been involved in many fundraising events. In the last ten years, nearly $150,000.00 has been raised for local charities including Hope House, Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP), Raytown Educational Foundation, Shriner’s Hospital, and Truman Heartland Community Foundation.
Sgt. McDonough is a past Board Member of the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home and current Board Member of REAP, and remains very involved with REAP’s events and efforts.
Sgt. McDonough, nearly lifelong Raytown resident, was elected to the Raytown Charter Commission, where he has joined other Commissioners in writing, and later proposing, a Charter for the City of Raytown.
The man found shot by Raytown Police in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 5200 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard on Friday Night, 10-24-2014, has been identified as Monteario Hogan, 22 years old, of Kansas City, Missouri. The Raytown Police are actively investigating the incident, and there are no persons of interest in custody.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 816-474-TIPS.