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Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Garden Tour house #2

Beci Bosley & Yael Abouhalkah have a very interesting and natural-feeling garden. The pictures give you a sense of the color and style, but the reality is more impressive. The photographs cannot show how all the parts go together so harmoniously. This garden reflects a large amount of work.

Raytown Board of Aldermen meeting 06/21/2011

Part 1 runs up to the consent agenda

part 2 is the legislative session

Raytown Police have had a busy time recently

Shots Fired at Vehicle
Raytown Police responded to a report of a shooting into a vehicle which occurred in the area of Blue Ridge Boulevard and Elm St., last Saturday (06-25-11) a little after midnight. The occupants of the vehicle reported that shortly after they left a party in the area of 63rd Street and Manchester in Kansas City, Missouri they noticed they were being followed by a dark colored Ford Explorer. The Ford Explorer was driven by an unknown black male. The Ford Explorer then pulled up next to them and the driver displayed a handgun and fired at the victim’s vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle was last seen headed west on Blue Ridge Boulevard. The victim’s vehicle sustained damage, but the occupants were not injured.

Victim Robbed in His Home
Raytown Police responded to a report of a Robbery at a residence in the 6000 block of Farley, last Saturday (06-25-11) just after 5:00 a.m. The victim reported that a female, whom he was familiar with, and two males he did not know came to his home to look at items he had for sale. During the contact, the males assaulted him and robbed him of property including his vehicle. The two male suspects have yet to be identified. The first male suspect was described as a white male, in his early thirties, with a heavy build, wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt. The second male suspect was described as a white male, in his late thirties, approximately 6’ tall, with a medium build. The victim suffered minor injuries that did not require medical attention.

Police Respond on a Home Invasion
Raytown Police were called to a residence in the 5400 block of Ditzler last Sunday morning (06-26-11) a little after 1:30 a.m. The victims reported that while they were sleeping, two unknown black males wearing masks forced their way into the residence. The males threatened the victims with guns and kept asking for a person who the victims were not familiar with. When the suspects could not find the person they were looking for, they took property belonging to the victims then fled the residence. The first suspect was described as a black male, about 6’ tall, wearing a black jacket and black pants. The second suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5’8” tall, wearing dark baggy clothing. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-TIPS.

Police Blotter for the week ending 7/1/2011

Blotter for 6/27/2011

Our Men in Blue really earned their paychecks this last weekend. The police blotter is a little more than 3 pages (3 pages + 1 report) and it is not mostly traffic stops.

Blotter for 6/28/2011

Blotter for 6/29/2011

Blotter for 6/30/2011

Blotter for 7/1/2011

The Sunday Funnies

City Administrator’s Report for 6/24/2011

City Administrator’s Report


FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator


The West Gate Division of the Missouri Municipal League will meet Thursday, July 21, 2011 and Blue Springs is the host city, reservations can be made by contacting the City Clerk no later than July 14th.

John Benson will be serving as the Interim Community Development Director and can be reached at
737-6075 during business hours; the interim appointment will establish the proper chain of command and provide smooth operation of Community Development Department.

Public Works
Building renovations continued this week with the finish of interior painting, exterior painting is on hold until KCP&L can install the new electrical service and the entry vestibule is taking shape and should be completed next week.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted with APAC Kansas Inc. and KTU Constructors for the replacement of two bridges over 350 Highway on 67th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard. Both bridges will be closed and detours established, information can be found at http://www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity/major_projects/Safe_and_Sound_Jackson.htm. The current schedule is for construction to start on July 22nd.

Crews have been performing asphalt patches in advance of the light weight aggregate seal program and completed a street patch after the installation of the new water service at the public works building; replaced thermoplastic markings at two intersections and have continued with re-striping of lane markings near intersections; jet washed 10,498 feet of sanitary sewer main and completed 5,000 feet of video inspections; ditched and cleaned the areas of 65th Terrace and Overton and 57th and Maywood.

The cost of fuel held steady this week; average cost of diesel fuel was $3.45 and unleaded was $3.22.

Kids Day at Kenagy Photos

The event seemed well attended and the kids seemed to enjoy the firetruck and the animals the most. There was also a police car with an officer and T-Ball to swing at. The regular park equipment also saw plenty of use.

The Petting Zoo was provided my Stable T Farms 913-334-5888. They do educational programs for children and are available for schools, day care centers and other similar venues and events.

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Garden Tour house #1

Vickie & Larry Graham’s Garden features a variety of day lillies and hostas.

Clicking once will expand an image to 480×360 click a second time and see a 1024×768 view

Check in each week as a new garden from the tour is featured

Sharp-Eyed Resident Alerts Police to Burglars Leaving the Scene of the Crime

A resident summoned Raytown Police on Tuesday afternoon, June 7th after discovering their home in the 9300 block of E. 81st St. had been burglarized. The resident had left home for less than fifteen minutes and returned to see a suspicious car pulling away from the curb in front the house. Suspicion aroused, the resident was able to note a description of the car, the four people in it and the license plate number as the car left. Upon then discovering the home broken into, the resident immediately telephoned police with all that had been seen.

The thorough description allowed responding officers to identify the suspect vehicle when they encountered it turning onto 350 Hwy. Officers stopped the car near Gregory Blvd. Two of the four people in the car immediately got out and were confronted by officers. However, the remaining occupants then fled in the car. As officers arrested the first two suspects, another responding police car located the fleeing suspect car and attempted to stop it. The car fled South on Raytown Rd. An officer pursued the car to 87th St and then west to I-435. The suspect driver could not maintain control and crashed the car on the I-435 on-ramp. The driver jumped out and fled on foot, leaving the passenger in the car complaining of injury. The passenger was taken into custody and treated at a local hospital where he refused treatment. Property from the burglarized home and a loaded pistol were found in the car and seized by the officers.

Officers tracked the driver of the car to a motel west of the interstate where the Kansas City and Raytown Police Departments organized search teams. The motel was searched and the suspect eventually located hiding in a laundry room cabinet on the motel’s top floor. He was taken into custody without further incident. All four were eventually taken to the jail at Raytown Police Headquarters pending the filing of criminal charges.

PART II The Charges and the Photos

All four were arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court on June 8th and turned over to the Jackson County jail in lieu of bond:

Domonica F. Williams, a twenty four year old Kansas City woman, was charged with Second Degree Burglary and Stealing in connection with the event. Her bond was set at $50,000.00.

Donovan L. Haliburton, a twenty six year old Kansas City man, was also charged with Second Degree Burglary and Stealing. His bond was set at $50,000.00

Darius D. Maggard, a twenty three year old Kansas City man, was charged with Second Degree Burglary and Stealing with a bond set at $75,000.00

Charles E. Williams, a twenty year old Kansas City man, was charged with Second Degree Burglary, Stealing and Resisting Arrest by Fleeing and Creating a Risk of Serious Injury or Death to Others. His bond was set at $75,000.00

Juvenile Reports Robbery in Park was the Work of Another Juvenile

Raytown Police were called to Kenagy Park on Sunday the 12th of June to investigate the report of a robbery. A juvenile reported that he was held up at gunpoint by another juvenile. The victim reported that the suspect followed him into a restroom where the incident occurred. The victim and suspect were known to each other. The only loss reported was a cell phone, which was later recovered from a different juvenile and returned to the victim. No injuries were reported and police will release no further information about the identities of those involved because of their age.

Ann Harrison Tournament results

The Ann Harrison tournament was very successful. The tournament was filled to capacity with 32 teams participating. The St. Joe Rockers won first place in the 10 and under division. GR Storm teams won the 12U, 14U and High School divisions.

Despite rain delays in the morning, the fields were perfect and ready to play by noon thanks to lots of volunteers.

Ann Harrison’s parents and relatives cooked hamburgers and hot dogs all weekend. Lots of t-shirts were sold and a laptop computer was raffled. I have not heard a total yet for the weekend, but I expect it was a really good donation year as the crowd was large.

Angela Cook
Raytown Girls Softball

Raytown PD & Sheriff’s Patrol Team Up

Raytown Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Patrol Team Up in Special Enforcement Effort

The Raytown Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Patrol concentrated joint forces in the southwest corner of Raytown last Saturday night (June 18th, 2011) to target hazardous drivers and fugitives from justice. Sheriff’s Deputies and Raytown Police Officers met at Raytown Police Headquarters Saturday evening and executed a pre-planned effort concentrated in the neighborhoods west of Raytown Road to James A. Reed Road, between 83rd and 87th Streets. The team descended upon the neighborhoods with motorcycles, patrol cars, unmarked cars and a van. They spent the evening patrolling the neighborhoods in search of all manner of traffic violators, especially those whose driving habits could be considered hazardous. The effort was made possible by grant funding to combat hazardous moving violations.

The evening’s effort resulted in fifty eight cars being stopped. Over a hundred citations were issued, including twenty nine for violations considered hazardous. Eleven drivers with suspended or revoked driver’s licenses were caught behind the wheel; and twenty six uninsured motorists were cited. A total of seventeen people had to be booked into jail, including one illegal alien who was turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities for deportation procedures.

Technology played a role in the success of the evening. Radio communications between the both police departments and the Raytown 911 Center were accomplished through new interoperable radio technology. But perhaps more interesting, was the Sheriff’s Patrol cruising the streets with a specially equipped car that “read” vehicle license plates and checked them against police databases. It instrumental in serving seventeen outstanding arrest warrants. The equipment conducted one thousand, two hundred license plate scans, yielding thirty “hits” for possible wanted persons.

In addition to supplementing the number of traffic officers, Deputies also manned a prisoner transport van to handle arrests and keep officers working the enforcement operations. A total of thirteen officers from both agencies took part. The team was independent of the regular compliment of patrol officers working that evening. Sergeant Mike McDonough, the Raytown Traffic Unit Supervisor, called the evening “an overall success” and praised the Deputies that teamed with his crew.

Raytown Business Robbed at Gunpoint

Raytown Police responded to a reported robbery of a business in the 9200 block of East 350 Hwy., last Saturday (06-18-11) afternoon a little before 2:30 p.m. The clerk reported that two suspects entered the store and appeared to be looking at merchandise. A short time later, the first suspect pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. The first suspect was described as a light complected black male, about 6’ tall, wearing a red and white hat with a KC logo on it, white tee shirt, and blue jeans. The second suspect was described as a skinny light complected black male, wearing a white tank, blue jeans, and a hat. After taking money and merchandise, the suspects fled eastbound on foot. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-TIPS.

Police Blotter for the week ending 6/24/2011

Blotter for 6/20/2011

Blotter for 6/21/2011

Blotter for 6/22/2011

Blotter for 6/23/2011

Blotter for 6/24/2011

Congressman Cleaver’s BBQ

Congressman Cleaver held his annual BBQ picnic and fundraiser Saturday afternoon at his home  just two blocks West of Raytown. The crowd was large, but almost a perfect fit for the space and seating. The music was very good, but a bit loud, which distracted from conversation and networking. There was plenty of great BBQ, so no one left hungry. 

Congressman Cleaver delegated the cooking to Gates BBQ, but rumor has it that the backyard preparation and cleanup was his personal contribution to the event preparation.  The yard looked so perfect that Raytown Online inquired about his availability for yard work, but decided to not pursue it after a rate was quoted.



Board of Aldermen agenda for 6/21/2011

Click here for the agenda

The Sunday Funnies

City Administrator’s Report for 6/17/2011

City Administrator’s Report


FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Economic Development
Save-A-Lot Grocery opened on Thursday, June 16th. As you will recall, the project is a component of an overall redevelopment/353 plan for the entire Center 63 retail center. A draft Memorandum of Understanding (development agreement) is currently being reviewed by staff and legal counsel. As promised to the Board of Aldermen in January, a final draft of the agreement will be provided to the Board prior to execution.

Sutherland Lumber Company project is advancing as construction and demolition are currently underway in the former Wal-Mart building. Earlier in the year, Sutherland’s was granted a variance from the Board of Zoning Adjustments to allow for a thirty-five foot tall monument sign. The firm recently withdrew that variance application seeking to simply increase the size of the sign on the front of the building. The BZA granted the request. As such, a large monument sign will not be erected in front of the store. Sutherland’s is still targeting a Fall 2011 opening date.

Received notification from the Missouri Bureau of Emergency Medical Services Department that Raytown EMS received a one hundred percentile(100%) scoring during the renewal inspection for the City’s ambulance service license. This five year review includes areas such as policies and procedures, patient protocols, narcotic oversight, equipment, and quality assurance programs.

Additionally, on Wednesday, June 15th, Raytown EMS was recognized by Governor Jay Nixon for their efforts during the initial response phase to the Joplin, Missouri tornado disaster.

Parks & Recreation
ANN HARRISON MEMORIALTOURNAMENT 2011 will be held June 17th – 19th at the Little Blue Trace Park, 87th St and 350 Hwy. It is for “C” teams in all age groups from 10U to 18U and is a USSSA qualifier and points are to be awarded. Registration is limited to 30 teams, currently there are 26 teams registered. Entry fee is only $135 with no gate fee. ALL proceeds go to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. To get more information or to sign up, go to www.fcsangels.com and click on the “Ann Harrison” tab. The tournament is sponsored by the Raytown Girls Softball League

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
June 20 – Park Board Meeting; Park Office, 7:00pm
June 21 – Board of Aldermen Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm

Joplin Tornado Disaster Relief

First Baptist Raytown will continue taking a truck filled with disaster relief supplies accompanied by a group of workers to help Joplin recover from the damage caused by the tornado. FBR is partnering with College Heights Christian Church  in Joplin. We hope you will partner with us in any way you can.

We are collecting cleaning supplies, personal care items, work gloves, non-perishable foods, non-electric can openers, trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, baby wipes, diapers, miscellaneous baby goods, and paper goods (plates, cups, napkins, forks, spoons, knives). NO CLOTHING PLEASE! We are also accepting financial donations, checks made payable to First Baptist Raytown with Joplin Relief written in the memo.

Collection Site: We will be collecting these items under the steeple during the assigned hours or you may drop off items anytime in the White Barrels set in the lobbies of FBR.

Collection Times: 
June 15-June 29
Wednesday 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For more information on what we are collecting, to sign up for an upcoming trip to Joplin or to volunteer at the collection site visit the website www.firstbaptistraytown.com/fia/

Gail McCann Beatty and Tom McDonald at RDA meeting

Missouri State Representatives Gail McCann Beatty District dist. 43 and Tom McDonald District dist. 49 spoke at the monthly meeting of the Raytown Democratic Association. They updated the crowd on what has been happening at the State Capitol and how it would impact Raytown.

Save-a-Lot opens in Raytown

June 16th at 8 AM Save A Lot opened its doors for business in Raytown for the first time. A visit to the new store showed …..

A well populated parking lot

It was not full, but it was filled to a level that would make most any business happy for an opening day.


A nice clean store front


A helpful and pleasant greeter

Fresh produce

and a clean, well organized store with a very simple look about it that is Save-a-Lot’s image.

This store should make many people in the area who do not drive (like some of the residents of Bowen) happy and help fill a grocery void in the middle of Raytown.

FOX4’s strange coverage of Raytown EMS

A Raytown Ambulance responded to a 911 call from Shear Precision in 3 minutes.  A customer was having a stroke.  She was taken to a local hospital and is recovering.  The doctors at the hospital that if it had taken longer to get her to them, she would have died. This part does not seem to be disputed by anyone.

What is in dispute is the whether the lady having a stroke was treated in a professional manner by the responding EMS providers. She claims the paramedics insisted she walk to the ambulance, but later complains about being thrown onto the bed (cot) and jerked around while being carried.

When Raytown Online asked several employees from Shear Precision and neighboring businesses, they responded that the paramedics unloaded a cot and she was transported to the ambulance on it. A neighboring business owner stated to Raytown Online that  he watched the whole event and that the paramedics were fast and professional and took 6 minutes to evaluate the situation, load the patient and leave.

The lady’s story is inconsistent, but she was recalling events that happened while having a stroke, so there is a very good chance that she is recounting what she thinks happened.

Being startled and uttering the word sh** is not the same as cussing at someone or cussing them out. It may not be perfect behavior, but it is understandable behavior and does not warrant all this indignation.

What seems strange is FOX4’s spin on this story. They gave very limited coverage to the EMS point of view.  Mr. Cushman stated that he was interviewed for 45 minutes by FOX4, yet only one sentence appears from him in the article and nothing from the paramedics, firefighters, or the neighboring business owner, whose account to Raytown Online seems to confirm Mr. Cushman’s account.  FOX4 did not point out the inconsistencies in the woman’s story (from the video that they have since removed from their site), and they added the words “at her” to her videotaped assertion that the paramedic uttered a curse word. If they wanted to be accurate they would have stopped at cursed, or said he cursed in her presence, but by adding those two little words “at her” they spin it so that it sounds like the paramedic cussed the patient out.

Is this fair and balanced or is this sloppy sensationalism? You be the judge.

Raytown South Grad Murder in KCMO still not solved

Two years ago Raytown South Graduate Ricky Jones was murdered in Kansas City on 31st Street. Someone shot into a crowd he was in that had just finished playing basketball near Milton Moore School on 31st Street. Ricky’s parents have paid for a billboard asking for tips on the identity of the murderer.

For more on this click HERE for a FOX4 news story/

Kids Day at Kenagy

Raytown Parks and Rec has invited Stable –T– Farms to bring their petting zoo to the park on Thursday June 23rd! This is a free event at Kenagy open to all ages, 10am-1pm, Come on by Kenagy (79th & Arlington) on this day to join the fun and let the kids enjoy the park and all there is to offer. The Raytown Fire Dept., and EMS will also be there with equipment for the kids to explore. Day Cares or large groups, please call ahead to schedule a time for your group.

 For more information on the event call the Raytown Parks office at 358-4100.

Police Blotter for the week ending 6/17/2011

Blotter for 6/13/2011

Blotter for 6/14/2011

Blotter for 6/15/2011

Blotter for 6/16/2011

Blotter for 6/17/2011