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Raytown South Middle School Jazz Band members win awards

On Saturday, February 25, the Raytown South Jazz Band participated in the 37th Annual Central Missouri Jazz Festival held on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Over 40 bands performed and judges’ ratings. The Raytown South Middle school jazz band was among 10 middle school and junior bands that performed. They received ratings of 1+, 1++, and 1++, and were selected as the top middle school band the judges had heard that day.

Eight individuals received outstanding musicianship awards based on their individual performance. Eighth Graders receiving awards were Callan Searcy on guitar, Isaac Barkley on piano, Savaria Goodman on alto saxophone, Daija Davis on tenor saxophone, Michael Hudspeth on trombone, and Josh Williams on trumpet.

7th graders receiving awards were Andrew Hoaglan on electric bass and TaMiya Strickland on baritone Saxophone.

The band is under the direction of Brenda Kueck.

Raytown Teen Recovering from Gunshot Wound to the Head

Tre Smith, an 18 year old Raytown man, was the victim of gun fire last Sunday (02-26-2012) in Raytown. The teen is listed in stable condition and is recovering at an area hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening at this point, but he is still being watched closely. The events leading up to the shooting are still under investigation by Raytown Detectives. There are no suspects in custody and none have been identified.

Raytown & Raytown South debate results

The Raytown High School and Raytown South High School debate teams recently competed in the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference Tournament held at Truman High School. Raytown High School was third overall and Raytown South High school was first overall and second in the Debate Championship.

For Raytown High School Claire Robison was 2nd in Congressional Debate, Blake Shepheard was 3rd in Congressional Debate, Carl Hayter Sirls was 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation, Paige Keeton was 4th in United States Extemporaneous Speaking, and Emma Givens was 4th in Oration.

Additionally, Josh Ethridge was 4th in Lincoln Douglas Debate, Jackson Bonifeld was 4th in Congressional Debate, Paige Keeton and Cory McAlister were 4th in Public Forum Debate, Paige Keeton was 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Josh Ethridge was 4th in International Extemporaneous Speaking.

Fifth place finishers were Erica Bess in Dramatic Interpretation, Samantha Causey in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Jackson Bonifield and Claire Robinson in Policy Debate. Lilli Rodriguez was 6th in International Extemporaneous Speaking.

For Raytown South, individual winners and first team all conference were Joseph Bennett and Joseph Summers in Public Forum Debate, Michael Daniels and Daniel Worthington in Public Forum Debate, David Easley and Amanda Mesa in Policy Debate, Garrett Poorman in United States Extemporaneous Speaking and in Original Oratory.

Additional winners were Daniel Worthington in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Michael Daniels and Joseph Summers in Duo Interpretation, Courtney Leathers and Daniel Worthington in Duo Interpretation, Joseph Bennett in Humorous Interpretation, Daeshawn Webb in Prose, and Bryana Cozart in Poetry.

Second team All Conference honors went to Courtney Robinson and Nick Scarcello in Public Forum Debate, Joseph Bennett in Storytelling, Joseph Summers inUnited States Extemporaneous Speaking, David Easley in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Suzi Hamilton in Prose, and Ethan Wilkins in Dramatic Interpretation.

Additionally Bryson Kenworthy finished 5th in storytelling, and LaSha Sanders took 5th in Student Congress.

The Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris, and the Cardinals are coached by Matt Good.

Raytown Fire has busiest day of the year

From 7:00 on February 27th till 7:00 on February 28th the Raytown Fire Protection District responded to 16 calls for service. Nine were life threatening medical calls, seven were fires, and one was a structure fire.

House Fire in Raytown Sparks Interest with The Narcotics Unit

Raytown Fire personnel were called to the 11300 block of 77th Terrace early Tuesday morning (02-28-2012) to investigate the report of house fire. The Fire Department extinguished the fire and no injuries were reported. While Fire Investigators were determining the cause of the fire they located narcotics inside the house. Raytown Narcotics Investigators were called to the scene to investigate. There are no suspects in custody and the fire was not suspicious in nature.

OnStar Information Leads to Brief Stand Off and Stolen Auto Recovery

A tip from OnStar led Raytown Police to a residence this morning (February 28th, 2012) at about 10:30 to look for a stolen car. That car, and another Officers believed to be stolen, were thought to be in the garage of that house in the 8800 block of 52nd Terrace. The car had been stolen earlier in the morning from a local dealership. Detectives tried to talk to somebody by telephone and were told they would not be allowed inside the house. Officers surrounded the house to await a search warrant. After a brief standoff, five (5) people surrendered without incident. Detectives are questioning those people, but no one has been charged. Officers are awaiting a judge’s decision on a search warrant.

Raytown Seniors make a difference by volunteering

A recent Kansas City Star article focused on the volunteer efforts of Raytown Seniors.

Former police officer Bob Kreitler, Ethel and Bill Atkins were spotlighted for their efforts helping children.

Click HERE to read the whole article in the Kansas City Star.

RaytownOnline.com thanks Capt. Ted Bowman for bring this article to our attention.

Police Blotter for the week ending 3/2/2011

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Raytown School District hires four administrators

The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of four administrators for the 2012-13 school year.

Marlene Devilbiss will be Principal at Eastwood Hills Elementary. Devilbiss has been with the district for 17 years in the capacity of classroom teacher, Title I reading instructor and coordinator, Literacy Coach, and Director of Extended Learning and Federal Programs.

Danielle Miles will be Principal at Blue Ridge Elementary. Miles has been with the District since 2006 and has served in the capacity of classroom teacher and Administrative Intern at Laurel Hills and Spring Valley Elementary schools. Miles replaces Principal Dave Trewhitt, who is retiring.

Lori Forte will be Principal of Raytown Success Academy, the district’s Alternative School. Forte has been with the district since 2008 and has served in the capacity of Summer School Principal, and Special Education Process Coordinator and Behavior Coach.

Shunton Hammond will be an Assistant Principal and Activities Director at Raytown South High School. Hammond comes to Raytown from the Grandview School District, where he was a high school assistant principal and high school principal.

Shooting in Raytown sends one teen to the hospital

Kansas City Missouri Police were called to the 8600 block of 52nd Terrace late Sunday (02-26-2011) afternoon to investigate a report of a person shot. When Kansas City Police arrived they found a man in his late teens with a gun shot wound to his head. The teen was rushed to an area hospital where he is listed in stable condition. The teen’s friend, who was with him at the time of the shooting, said they were in their car driving on Blue Ridge Cutoff around 55th Street in Raytown when someone fired a gun at them from another car. No names have been released. Raytown Detectives are investigating the shooting which is on going.

Crash Closes Mo 350 Highway Saturday Morning

From a RPD press release…

Emergency responders in Raytown were forced to close west bound Missouri 350 Highway Saturday morning (02/25/2012) after a serious traffic crash at the intersection with Sterling Avenue destroyed a car and injured the driver. Police report that a Chevrolet Avalanche traveling west on the highway struck a Ford Focus stopped at the intersection. The driver of the Ford had to be extricated from the car by Firefighters before being taken to an area hospital. Emergency crews closed the highway shortly after the accident occurred a little before 9:30 Saturday morning and worked until about 11:30 before they were able to reopen the roadway to west bound traffic. The driver of the Avalanche was reported to have received minor injuries. The driver of the Focus was treated in a local hospital and reported to be in stable condition with unknown injuries. No names have been released and the crash is still under investigation.

The Sunday Funnies

Relax Inn killer of Michelle Seale pleads guilty and is sentenced today

George W. Powell pleaded guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter and Armed Criminal Action as a prior/persistent offender. In a plea agreement, Power was sentenced to 21 years on the manslaughter and 3 years on the armed criminal action, with sentences running concurrently.

Powell had been charged with Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action in the death of Seale, whose body was found July 10 in a room of the Relax Inn on Blue Parkway. She had been stabbed multiple times.






Previous RaytownOnline.com articles on this crime.



Independence Career Criminal Unit gets their man after barricade in Raytown

Raytown Police were requested by the Independence Police Career Criminal Unit to assist them in the 9100 block of 52nd Street early Thursday (02-23-2012) evening. Career Criminal Officers surrounded a house where a known Parole violator and robbery suspect was barricaded inside. After a short time the wanted person came out of the house and was taken into custody without incident. The wanted person’s name has not been released.

Fleeing suspects caught


From the Raytown Police Dept. Press release


Stealing tires then “burning rubber” through Raytown lands two thieves in jail

 Raytown, Missouri – Raytown Police were called to investigate the report of a man stealing tires at a local car tire dealer in the 9800 block on 350 Hwy during the early afternoon on Thursday (02-23-2012). The man and his partner left in a Suburban full of new tires. Police spotted the Suburban and attempted to stop it. The Suburban fled from police and a short car chase ensued. The two thieves inside the Suburban stopped and then ran on foot opposite in directions through a busy neighborhood at 78th Terrace and Raytown Rd. Both were captured. One of the men, 42 year old Quincy Marchbanks from Kansas City, was arrested for multiple outstanding warrants. The driver of the Suburban was also arrested, but a decision about charges from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office is still pending.

End of update


A vehicle was stopped at about 1:30 PM today and suspects were apprehended. All the Raytown Police would state was that this was in response to a local larceny of a business. The chase ended just East of Raytown Road on 78th Terrace. It appears that there were at least 2 suspects, maybe more. The presence of police cars on 78th Street and the late arrival of a police car containing what appeared to be a suspect in the back seat may mean that at least 1 suspect fled North before being apprehended.

Again, all that was confirmed by a member of the Raytown Police Department at this time is that there was a larceny at a local business.  RaytownOnline.com was advised to check the Police information website tomorrow for more details.


Raytown father gets custody of his son after a long legal battle

Craig Lentz finally has been awarded custody of his son after 7 years. His son Noah was adopted without Mr. Lentz’s consent in 2004.  RaytownOnline.com reported on the custody dispute almost exactly one year ago.


This new video on the battle is from FOX 4 Kansas City and we thank them for providing the embedding code that allows RaytownOnline.com to add the video to this article.

For more on this click HERE to read the FOX 4 Kansas City article.

Income Tax help for seniors


The huge response to this program has resulted in the program filling up. Hopefully the AARP will do this again soon.

AARP tax representatives will be at Raytown Mid-Continent Library, 6131 Raytown Road to help seniors with moderate incomes with questions and preparation of their tax forms at 10 a.m. on Monday the 27th of Feb.

Rice Tremonti Soup & Craft Days

LaRay Jenkins pleads guilty

 LaRay Jenkins, 45, pleaded guilty today to involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in connection with the 2010 murder in Raytown of his wife, Diana Jenkins.


 As part of the plea agreement, Jenkins was sentenced to 15 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and 3 years for the ACA count, to be served concurrently.


Diana Jenkins, 45, died in March 2010 from gunshots at her home in Raytown. Court documents filed when Jenkins was charged with his wife’s murder revealed that the victim had told police that her husband had been smoking crack. Jenkins told detectives he didn’t intend to shoot his wife.

Police Blotter for the week ending 2/24/2011

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Garage Fire Damages Raytown Home

A fire in the garage of a house located on Hardy Ave., late  Sunday evening (Feb. 19, 2012) caused about $45,000 in property damages and destroyed two cars in the garage.



(The after picture and the following text are from a Raytown Fire Department press release)

KCFD dispatch received a call for a reported structure fire at the residence. The reason KCFD received the 911 call instead of the Raytown dispatch center is still being investigated and may be related to the 911 call being made from a cell phone. KCFD dispatched according to the automatic aid agreement that both departments entered into two years ago. This means citizens benefit from having the closest fire truck responding regardless of which department’s name is on the door. KCFD pumper 43 arrived at the scene first to find smoke and flames emanating from the garage. Three occupants had safely exited the structure and were found at their predetermined meeting place in the front yard. Both Raytown and KCFD crews utilized two 1¾” attack lines to bring the fire under control, and managed to rescue the family dog from the structure unharmed.

Ballenger Family takes refuge with the crocodiles while gorrillas are loose

The Ron Ballenger family got to see a lot off the crocodiles while waiting for the all clear for roaming gorillas at the Kansas City Zoo.  The Ballenger family joined others in the crocodile house for safety at the zookeepers direction.

Click HERE to read the KC Star article on the incident.


Raytown Superintendent Allan Markley says give the KCMO School DIstrict a chance

In a interesting article in the Kansas City Star, Raytown Superintendent Allan Markley is quoted as stating…

“Some will argue they’ve had a chance for 30 years,” Raytown Superintendent Allan Markley said. “But their feet haven’t been held to the fire the way they are now. If everyone is ready to rally behind them, they should be given the chance.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/19/3439864/scenarios-swirl-for-kc-district.html#storylink=cpy

Board of Aldermen agenda for 2/21/2012

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Web Packet

Work Session Agenda

Work Session Web Packet

There will be a 6:00pm work session this week.

Williams Chili Seasonings Donates $1,000 to Raytown High School

The “Ultimate Chili Challenge” was held at Raytown High School last night where five teachers – one from each department – competed for the best chili concoction during halftime of the varsity basketball game for a monetary grand prize to put towards his/her department. Assistant Principal, Brad Drace, sampled the unique chili concoctions and chose the spicy, beefy chili recipe made by Social Studies teacher, Kevin Page. His secret ingredient? Raytown High School pride and, of course, Williams Chili Seasoning.  Clicking on the photos below will result in a much larger view.

Raytown High School Assistant Principal Brad Drace quickly samples the teachers’ chili concoctions during halftime of the varsity basketball game.


(L to R): Social Studies Teacher, Kevin Page, won $500 to put towards the Social Studies Department; Assistant Principal Brad Drace proudly displays the other check for $500 for Raytown High School. In total, Williams Foods donated $1,000 to Raytown High School.