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Movies in the Park

raytown parks logoFriends of Raytown Parks is proud to announce new business, Players Paradise, will sponsor the upcoming Movies in the Park, Sandlot, on July 7 a Colman Park. Players Paradise is an indoor batting cage operation that will open in the former Laurel Lanes at 9628 E 350 Highway, in September 2012. Before the movie, KC Metro Youth Sports will sponsor a home run derby for the kids with wiffleball bats and foam balls on the basketball courts. Friends of Raytown Parks will host Buck Night Concessions. Pre-movie Home Run Derby starts at 8:15 pm and the movie starts at dusk, 9:15 pm. Families are sure to have a ball this Saturday night during the All-Star Game playoffs!

Son of a Bandit Premiere Book Signing!

Son of a Bandit Premiere Book Signing!
Join Ralph A. Monaco II at Wild About Harry
July 5th from 5:30 – 7:00 

 Location: 104 West Maple,
(The Historic Independence Square)
Son of a Bandit, Jesse James & The Leeds Gang Update!

      In less than one month since its official debut and distribution, Son of a Bandit, Jesse James & The Leeds Gang has already garnered literary recognition and top sales acclaim.
John Newman Edwards Literary Award On June 10th the Friends of the James Farm awarded the book’s author, Ralph A. Monaco, II, the coveted John Newman Edwards literary award for the non-fiction story of Jesse James, Jr., the Son of a Bandit.
Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for May 2012   
On June 26th Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, announced that Son of a Bandit, Jesse James & The Leeds Gang had made the list of the top ten best-selling titles for May 2012 as based upon the combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore.
About theBook
The book takes the reader on a journey through the tangled and much confused life of Jesse James, Jr., the kid who for the first six years of his life thought his name was Tim. Young Jesse didn’t even know he was the son of Jesse James or that his own name was Jesse Edward James until the day after his bandit father had been killed. The book begins with the tragic death of Jesse James as seen through the eyes of a young child who had heard the reverberations of the fatal gunshot and had watched his father die in the arms of his widowed mother and concludes with some challenging questions about the myths and legends surrounding the bandit Jesse James himself.  Whether young Jesse James was victimized by the reputation of his parentage or by his own personal struggles, the author develops a psychological profile and thorough case study analysis of the true life story of the man who grew-up and spent his entire life under the shadows and mythology of his infamous father.

Did Jesse Jr. follow the career path of his late pa by becoming a bandit who robbed a Missouri Pacific Railroad train in the Leeds area of Kansas City on September 23, 1898? Or was the James boy permanently and irrevocably stained by the sins of his father?  It is certainly unquestioned that Jesse James, Jr. was subjected to living out his days as the son of a bandit.

While the book is historical, it reads as a novel and its appeal is not a limited one. It is a must read for James historians and those interested in the saga of the James Gang as they will gain much from this non-fiction work. The book will also be inviting to those interested in psychological profiling, true crime, criminal law, courtroom intrigue and family drama. Even the general reader in turning each page will be as fascinated by the story no differently than how contemporary readers at the turn of the 20th Century poured through newspapers stories back then.  Everyone is invited to board the journey through the life and time to capture the Son of a Bandit, Jesse James & The Leeds Gang.

City Administrator’s Report for 6/29/2012

City Administrator’s Report
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Human Resources

Personnel actions for the month of June 2012; Bryan Holt has been promoted to PW Operations Supervisor (replacing Steve Wright) effective June 17th; Office Melvin Norrington resigned effective June 24th however will stay on as a reserve officer; and Officer Josh Kriegh resigned effective July 5th.

Information Technology

The Mayor, Board of Aldermen and Management Team have all obtained their new PC tablet for the City’s electronic, paperless agenda initiative. This program forefront the transformation of enterprise resource management toward cloud computing and processing of agenda packets provided for Board of Aldermen meetings.

The wireless Service Set Identifier (SSID) access points at City Hall (upper level) have been merged into one. The wireless distribution network, with single SSID, will enable end users to traverse throughout the upstairs departments without the need to reattach to multiple SSIDs, depending on SSID Wi-Fi signal strength. Each department, as well as the council chambers, conference room, lobby area and employee break room is Wi-Fi enabled and protected behind the City’s network firewall with advance data encryption.

Public Works

With the extreme heat concerns this week, crews tried to complete all outside strenuous work by 2:00pm each day to prevent any heat related illness.

Crews work towards completing pothole and curbing repairs along the major routes in Raytown before the All-Star week. Street sweeping is the last item to be addressed, work will continue into next week.

The sign crew has addressed many line of sight issues throughout the city in the past few weeks. The main goal is to ensure all stop and yield signs are visible from a safe distance. If you notice a sign is not visible please contact the main office at 737-6012.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

July 3 – Board of Aldermen Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm

The Raytown student charged with rape will not be tried as adult

The court’s juvenile officer recommended that the student not be charged in adult court and Judge Justine Del Muro  scheduled the student’s trial in the court’s Family Justice Center on August 8th.

Click HERE to read more on this story in the Kansas City Star.



$10,000.00 Reward Increase for Information on Homicide of Harry Stone

Mother’s Day 2012 was a day the Stone family will never forget. Their beloved husband, father and brother was gunned down while jogging in the early morning at 67th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard in Raytown. There has not been an arrest in his homicide but the Stone family is hoping to change that with raising the reward money.

Family, friends and private donors have contributed an additional $8,500.00 to the reward fund in the case which now stands at up to $10,000.00 for information leading to an arrest. Nancy Gash, sister of the victim, is available for media requests at 816-716-2967.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Greater Kansas City TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477), TIPS may also be submitted electronically at KCcrimestoppers.com, or by texting TIP452 and you information to 274637 (CRIMES). Information leading to an arrest in the case could be eligible for up to $10,000.00 in reward money. ALL INFORMATION IS ANONYMOUS


Armed Bank Robber Caught

An Arrest has been made in the Blue Ridge Bank & Trust attempted bank robbery last Saturday (06-23-2012) in Raytown.

Eric L. Smith, 33, of Kansas City, was charged in a three-count criminal complaint that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo. The complaint charges Smith with attempted armed bank robbery, use of a firearm during a crime of violence and assaulting a federal officer.


Neighborhood Garage Sale

Neighborhood Garage Sale

Date: June 30th, 2012

Time: 8 am to 4 pm

Location: 58th Terrace between Woodson and Sterling (1 block north of 59th St.)

Description: Multiple family garage sale. Furniture, clothing (men, women, youth, young adult, baby), baby items, toys, etc.

Police Blotter for the week ending 6/29/2012

Blotter for 6/25/2012
Blotter for 6/26/2012
Blotter for 6/27/2012
Blotter for 6/29/2012

Raytown Based Group Helps Animals in Need

Jade’s Mission is a new animal Outreach/Rescue group based in Raytown. We provide basic necessities such as dog houses, food, flea meds, light weight tie outs (to get them off their heavy chains), fly bags & ointment & educate pet owners on responsible pet ownership. We cover Kansas City & the surrounding areas. Our goal is to reach the neglected animals & change their lives one animal at a time.

If you know of an animal in need please contact us at

Phone 816-737-8574

Heat Advisory

The Raytown Police Department has issued a heat advisory that applies to the metro area and is in effect till 8 pm.

Stay cool and stay hydrated today.

Chief Jim Lynch will be seek re-election

City Marshal/Police Chief Jim Lynch is pleased to announce that he will be seeking re-election in the April 2013 Municipal Election. Lynch was first elected April 3rd 2001, and has been an employee of the Raytown Police Department for 32 years.

In a statement Chief Lynch said, “It’s been a pleasure to serve as Chief for the last eleven years. I am looking forward to continue serving in the future and working with everyone in our community.”

Chief Jim Lynch

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)

Armed Man Attempts to Rob Raytown Bank

At about 10:00AM this morning (06-23-12), Raytown Police received several 911 calls about Blue Ridge Bank and Trust, located in the 6200 block of Raytown Trfwy., being robbed and shots fired. When officers arrived the bank security officer stated he was confronted by an armed black man who then demanded his weapon. The security officer then fired shots in the man’s direction. The man then fled on foot and it is believed he returned shots. There are no known injuries. The suspect is described as a black male, in his 20’s or 30’s, bald, wearing a white & blue plaid long sleeved button down shirt and jeans.

The Raytown Police and the FBI continue to investigate. Anyone with information on the person shown in the photos below or with any information in regard to this crime should call the Raytown Police Department at (816) 737-6020 or the local FBI Office at (816) 512-8200.


City Administrator’s Report for 6/22/2012

City Administrator’s Report
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator


The Raytown Arts Council has announced their 2012 Summer Musical “CINDERELLA” based on the book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and the music of Richard Rogers. Performances are at 7:00pm on both July 13th and 14th and a 2:00pm matinee on July 15th at the Robert B. Atkin Performing Arts Center, 6019 Blue Ridge Boulevard (Raytown High School – South Door). Ticket sales begin Monday, June 25th, at the Raytown Hy-Vee Store; prices are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and $5 for children 12 and under.

Community Development

Staff (Community Development and Public Works) submitted applications this week for 2013-2014 Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) and Surface Transportation Program (STP) grants. The applications submitted concern the Downtown Streetscape Phase 2 (Blue Ridge Blvd. from 60th Terrace to 63rd Street); 59th Street Sidewalks (From Blue Ridge Blvd. to Woodson Avenue), Highway 350 Bicycle-Pedestrian Trail Phase 2 (from immediately east of Maple Avenue to Raytown Road) projects, and replacement of the 83rd Street bridge. Each of the grant applications requires a twenty percent (20%) local match. The City will find out which, if any, of the grant applications are approved later this year.

The Construction Permit for interior finish of the planned Chipotle restaurant (located at the intersection of Gregory Boulevard and Highway 350) has been issued and inspections for the underground plumbing were completed this week. Rough-in plumbing, framing and electrical inspections for the other two tenant spaces within the building were also performed this week.

Public Works

After completing seven interviews with two external and five internal candidates and then contemplating the decision for several weeks Bryan Holt was promoted to the position of Public Works Operations Supervisor this week. The position was vacated by Steve Wright who retired earlier this year. Bryan’s former position was that of a crew leader. Congratulations Bryan!

An example of how simple things can make a big impact. This week public works repainted the islands downtown in an effort to address the little details before the all-star game. It is surprising how much impact a little yellow paint can have. The Public Works crews will be working to repaint the islands on Raytown Road between 350 Highway early Saturday morning to avoid heavy traffic.

The minor renovation at city hall to provide more court records storage is nearly complete. Heating and air conditioning vent revision and carpet is all that will remain next week.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

June 26 – Fire Board Meeting; Station 1, 9:00am

Raytown High School wins recognition in Debate & Forensics

The Raytown High School Debate and Forensic Squad attended the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Indianapolis June 10-15. The school was recognized by the National Forensic League for participation in their 30th National Tournament.

Raytown High School became a member of the National Forensic League in 1967 and this year’s tournament also marked their 20th consecutive trip to nationals.

At the tournament, Carl Von Hayter Sirls competed in Dramatic Interpretation and Josh Ethridge competed in Student Congress-Senate. Josh was elected to the position of Presiding Officer in the competition.

The Talking Blue Jays are sponsored by Mark Harris.


Multi Family Garage Sale

The dates are June 22nd and 23rd. It will be located on the 10000 block of 80th Street here in Raytown. Times are 7:30am-6:00? There will be something for everyone of all ages. Items like antique fishing lures, poles, etc; clothing in girls plus; fancy dresses in sizes 16 and 18.

Shepherd’s Center 2012 Garden Tour

The second round of this takes place today from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. I will be out taking photos of the two gardens I did not get to this morning. There will be a lot more photos on RaytownOnline.com, but here are three to get you interested in coming out for the show.

Perry Morris by a 200+ year old Bur White Oak.

If you think these are a lot of succulents and cacti, the greenhouse is filled with unusual examples.

Yard Sale

Yard sale at 9109 E. 68th Terr.  Friday, June 22, 9-6 and Saturday, June 23, 9-12.  Steel desk, several televisions, clothing, mini-refrigerator and much more.

The Raytown South Debate & Forensics Squad win BIG

The Raytown South Debate and Forensics Squad had record-breaking success at the National Forensic League National Tournament on June 11-15, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The squad won the school’s first ever School of Excellence Award for Debate by accumulating 67 rounds of competition.  Only 19 schools nation-wide earned this designation. 

Seniors Joseph Bennett and Joseph Summers took 2nd place in the nation in Public Forum Debate, earning 9,000.00 in scholarships from the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation.  Over 250 teams competed in Public Forum Debate this year. 

Senior Ethan Wilkins also took 2nd place out of over 190 students in Expository speaking, earning a 500.00 scholarship from the University of Western Kentucky.  Senior Garrett Poorman took 7th place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, an event in which there were over 250 competitors. 

Seniors Michael Daniels and Daniel Worthington received an award for placing among the top 30 Public Forum Debate Teams in the nation. 

The Raytown South Speech and Debate team was coached by Matt Good and Maureen Wood.


Pictured from left: Joseph Bennett, Joseph Summers, Garrett Poorman, Coach Matt Good, and Ethan Wilkins, all from Raytown South.

Police Blotter for the week ending 6/22/2012

Blotter for 6/18/2012
Blotter for 6/19/2012
Blotter for 6/20/2012
Blotter for 6/21/2012
Blotter for 6/22/2012

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)

City Administrator’s Report for 6/15/2012

City Administrator’s Report FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Community Development

Staff, along with Alderman Creamer, Chief Lynch, and the Police Department met with residents of the Gregory Heights Home Owners’ Association on Monday evening, June 11th. Information was provided on the city’s property maintenance codes, animal control regulations, enforcement processes. The Police Departments Neighborhood Watch Program and crime statistics were also discussed. Along with the Police Department, we are working together to provide information at other neighborhood meetings in Raytown. If interested in either hosting or attending a future meeting, please contact either John Benson

(737-6075) in Community Development or Marilyn Fleming (737-6018) in the Police Department.

Over the past two weeks Andy Boyd, Building Official, has attended seminars on the 2012 International Electrical Code and on significant changes between the current International Building Code (IBC) adopted by the city and the 2012 IBC. In addition to providing Mr. Boyd with professional training, these seminars are a part of the process that Community Development is undertaking, leading up to the proposed adoption of new construction codes for the City of Raytown. Mr. Boyd’s certifications and maintaining current construction codes have an impact on residential and commercial property insurance rates in Raytown. Therefore updating the city’s construction codes may, in part, help prevent insurance rate increases for residents and businesses in Raytown.

Public Works

The minor office renovation to reconfigure Public Works offices and provide Court with more records storage area has begun. The bulk of the construction work is completed, with painting and carpet to be completed within the next couple of weeks.

Staff has delivered front end contract documents to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) for review of the Downtown Streetscape grant project.

Staff is working with the new company, Players Paradise, at the old Laurel Lanes bowling alley, to find a solution to a storm water concern; this is a coordinated effort between both public and private parties.

Crews cleaned 14,500 feet of sanitary sewer line; repaired 7 storm water structures and cleaned storm drains near 350 Highway and Arlington; did tree trimming for signs and line of sight issues; placed 18 tons of asphalt patch (16.5 tons on streets to be resurfaced this fall and 1.5 tons on potholes); performed routine bulb and sign replacement; and replaced monument light bulbs at Center Gateway and on the railroad bridge; and the Mechanics Shop completed the preventive maintenance schedule, identified and completed some minor vehicle repairs.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

June 18 – Park Board Meeting; Park Office, 7:00pm

June 19 – Board of Aldermen Closed Session; Council Chambers, 6:15pm

June 19 – Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm

June 21 – Council on Aging Meeting; Council Conference Room, 4:15pm

June 21 – Human Relations Commission Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm

Raytown South graduates making news in collegiate track

Raytown South graduates have been making a name for themselves as collegiate track team members, including one who has a good shot at the upcoming Olympics.

Maurice Mitchell, from Florida State University, made an outstanding showing at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Competition. Mitchell was an individual champion in the 200 meters, his second time winning that event. Mitchell also captured the indoor title in the same event.

Additionally, Mitchell was a member of the 4x100M Relay team which captured second, and personally finished third in the open 100M by 50/1000th of a second. At Raytown South, Mitchell was a four time state champion. He is expected to be well-represented at the Olympic Trials on June 22.

Marquis Cushon, from Pittsburgh State University, captured 9th in the nation at NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships in the Triple Jump, with a jump of 49 feet, 9 inches. Cushon narrowly missed All-American status if he had been able to place 8th or higher.

At Raytown South, Cushon was a State Champion in and a third place finisher in the triple jump and a member of four Sectional and District Champion relay teams.

Alex Sanders, of Johnson County Community College, who has signed to run at the University of Alabama next year, finished sixth in the 100 M, ran on the 4x100M Relay that finished 4th, and ran on the 4X400 M Relay team which finished 9th in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Outdoor Championships. Sanders earned three Coaches All-America honors in the National Junior College Athletic Association season.

While at Raytown South, Sanders was a 3rd and 5th place finisher in the Missouri State Track Championships in the 100M in 2009 and 2010.

Maisha Mitchell, of Johnson County Community College, was a member of a record setting 4X100M Relay team, at 47.76 seconds, good enough for 7th in the NJCAA Outdoor Championships. Mitchell was a 2nd place finisher at the Missouri State High School meet in the 400 M Run in 2010.


Raytown Arts Council sponsors “An Evening of German Lieder”

The Raytown Arts Council is sponsoring “An Evening of German Lieder” on June 29, 2012. The event is open to the public, and will feature a traditional German dinner at 6 PM followed by the concert at 7 PM. The charge for the dinner is $10. There is no charge for the concert, however donations are most welcome.

The songs are all on poems of Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (13 December 1797-17 February 1856). Heine was one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century. He was also a journalist, essayist and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry.

The songs in this concert were all composed by Don Forsythe, who has written, among many other works, 169 songs on the poems of Heine.

The soloist is Clifton Dancy accompanied by Robert Forsythe at the piano and Alyse Stoll on flute.

The Turners German American Hall is located at 512 Borg Avenue, on the old Richards-Gebaur AFB grounds in Belton MO.

Kid’s Day at Kenagy Park, June 21 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Stable-T Farms will be bringing their petting zoo to the park for the kids to enjoy! A police car, fire truck and ambulance will also be there for the kids to explore. Open to all ages.