Monday, September 4, 2017

Dog, five cats killed in Lee's Summit fire

Lee's Summit Fire Department

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO-- On Saturday, September 2, 2017, at 11:22 a.m. the Lee's Summit Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 632 SE Jonathon Avenue.

The occupant of the house arrived home and smoke was coming from the house. No one else was home. The caller reported multiple pets in the home.

When the fire department arrived, smoke was visible from the front of the one-story raised ranch house. All of the occupants were safe outside.

Fire crews entered the house and quickly knocked down a fire in the kitchen. A search of the structure confirmed the house was unoccupied. Firefighters did locate a dog and five cats; they did not survive the fire. The fire was under control by 11:30 a.m.

The fire damage was contained to the kitchen. Smoke and heat damaged the remainder of the house.

Lee’s Summit Animal Control was contacted to remove the pets from the home.

The fire originated in the kitchen. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Olathe police investigate shooting at apartment complex

Olathe Police Department

OLATHE, KAN. - On September 3rd, 2017, at approximately 8:13 PM, Officers were dispatched to the 16900 block of West 127th St. on a report of a Shooting. Upon arrival, officers did not locate a victim.

Officers later located the victim at a local hospital suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.
This case remains under investigation by the Olathe Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call (913) 971-7500 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-8477.

Donations of much-needed items accepted in KCKCC Field House through Friday


KANSAS CITY, KAN. - Athletes and coaches at Kansas City Kansas Community College have joined in the initiative to aid in the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts in Houston.

Everything from water and personal hygiene items to diapers and cleaning products are being collected for shipment to Houston.

The collection of donated items will continue through Friday. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so by bringing goods to the Softball Office in the KCKCC Field House at the north end of the campus at 7250 State Avenue. The office will not be open Labor Day but will be accepting items during the day Tuesday through Friday.

In addition to the Lady Blue Devil softball team, the women’s and men’s basketball teams and women’s soccer team have joined in the undertaking along with the Building and Grounds Department which will handle the packing and shipping of the donated goods.

“They are in great need of diapers of all sizes, including adults; baby food and formula and new unused undergarments,” said KCKCC assistant softball coach Tiffany Jennings. “We’re also collecting such items as bottled water, blankets, cleaning products including Lysol wipes, pet food, non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products and more.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kansas City T-Bones nip Gary Southshore, 3-2

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Kansas City 3, Gary Southshore 2 

The Kansas City T-Bones wasted no time in taking the lead on Saturday night, as LF Kyle Petty drove in a run in the first with a single. The Railcats tied the game in the fifth inning, but the T-Bones answered in the bottom of the frame to take a two-run lead. 1B Kevin Keyes and RF Dexter Kjerstad connected on two straight RBI singles to give the T-Bones a lead they would not relinquish. The Railcats only scored once more as the T-Bones held on for the narrow victory. RHP Luis Paula had a strong showing in the win as he went 6.2 one-run innings. Paula (5-2) allowed a run on three hits and struck out five batters. Keyes finished 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI in the win.

Cleburne 5, St Paul 1

The Railroaders took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning en route to their 40th victory of the season on Saturday night. The Saints scored a run in the first to make it a 2-1 game and then neither team scored again until the eighth inning when the Railroaders added three more runs to take a 5-1 lead. The score held as they won 5-1. 2B Maikol Gonzalez and DH Pichi Balet contributed two hits each for the Railroaders. Balet also knocked in two runs on the night. RHP Laetten Galbraith pitched six one-run innings and allowed just five hits to earn his first win of the year.

Wichita 3, Texas 2

The Airhogs and Wingnuts exchanged blows on Saturday night and went into the eighth inning tied at two. In the eighth RF Richard Prigatano hit a RBI single to give the Wingnuts their go-ahead run. RHP Ryan Kussmaul nailed the door shut in the ninth by pitching a scoreless inning to earn his third save of the season for the Wingnuts. RHP Mike DeVine pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn his third save of the season. DH Zac Fisher had a strong game in the victory as he hit his ninth home run of the season and knocked in two on the night.

Winnipeg 8, Fargo-Moorhead 2

The Goldeyes easily disposed of the Redhawks on Saturday night as they scored four runs in the eighth inning to extend their lead to 7-2 in the eventual 8-2 victory. DH David Bergin led the way for the Goldeyes as he collected two hits, scored once and knocked in three runs on the night. CF Reggie Abercrombie also had a multi-hit game in the win, as he went 3-3, scoring once and knocking in a run. RHP Mikey O''Brien cruised to his ninth win of the season as he allowed two runs (one earned) in 6.2 innings of work. O''Brien (9-4) allowed eight hits, walked a batter and struck out three in the win. Three relief pitchers went the last 2.1 innings to give the Goldeyes their 51st win of the season.

Lincoln 10, Sioux City 4

The Explorers took a 1-0 run into the fifth inning before the Saltdogs exploded for a three-run inning to take a two-run lead. CF Joe Robbins had the big play of the inning as he connected on a double that scored two runs. In the sixth LF Brandon Jacobs hit a two-run double and scored on the next play from a C Brent Dean two-run home run. The Saltdogs took a menacing 7-1 lead en route to the six-run victory. 1B Nathaniel Maggio had a strong performance as he connected on his fifth home run of the season and collected three hits on the night. LHP Bennett Parry pitched six innings to earn his second win of the year. Parry allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out seven batters in the win.

Sioux Falls 2, Salina 1

After taking Friday night''s series opener the Stockade looked to be in control again as they scored in the second inning and maintained a one-run lead into the fifth. However, the scripts flipped when 1B Chris Jacobs blasted a solo home run to tie the game. In the seventh with the score still tied and runners on second and third, RF Jabari Henry scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. RHP Grady Wood closed out the final two innings to earn the complete game victory. Wood (8-2) allowed just a run on two hits and struck out ten batters to give the Explorers its 39th win of 2017.

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Kansas Water Authority Approves Budget Priorities in Pittsburg

TOPEKA, KAN. - This week the Kansas Water Authority (KWA) met in the city of Pittsburg for their August meeting.

Over the two days the KWA participated in a tour and business meeting. The members toured multiple projects in the area from the city’s water treatment plant to the remediated mine sites that are supported in coordination with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, both sister agencies and ex-officios of the KWA.

The KWA received updates on vital water projects in the state including a reservoir feasibility study and modeling effort in the Lower Republican River Basin, a Lower Quality Water Summit, and ongoing research coordination efforts to address water issues. The KWA approved the Kansas Water Office (KWO) to enter into negotiation discussions for the Wolf Creek Marketing Contract that will expire this year. State Water Plan Fund budget priorities for the coming fiscal years were approved and new members were appointed to each of the 14 Regional Advisory Committees. As part of the Kansas Water Vision the KWA also heard updates from seven of the Regional Advisory Committees on implementation of their regional priority projects.

The KWA also took action to support the bill introduced by Congressman Ron Estes (KS-4) H.R. 3383, which would designate the Wichita-Valley Center Flood Control Project as the M.S. “Mitch” Mitchell Floodway. M.S. Mitchell served on the Authority for three terms, and held many other positions related to water resource management. As the flood-control superintendent, he was a key figure in the success of the “Big Ditch.” A notice of support will be sent to members of the Kansas Congressional Delegation on behalf of the KWA.

The KWA is responsible for advising the Governor, Legislature and Director of the Kansas Water Office on water policy issues. They also ensure that water policies and programs address the needs of all Kansans as well as serve as advisors of the Kansas Water Vision and Kansas Water Plan. The KWA was established in 1981 and consists of 13 voting members who are appointed by the Governor or Legislative leadership. State agency directors serve as ex-officio members.

The next meeting will be held in McPherson, Kansas October 10, 2017. KWA meetings are held throughout the year and for additional information and other upcoming meetings, visit
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Man found dead inside vehicle in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO. - At approximately 12:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, officers were called to the area of 33rd St and Wabash in Kansas City, MO. regarding a shooting.

Police discovered a black male in his mid 30s after arriving on the scene. He was found in a car in the area and pronounced dead shortly after.

Police have no suspect information available at this time.

For those with information about the case, please contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Young but talented Lady Blue Devils open with four straight home contests


KANSAS CITY, KAN. - It's opening day Tuesday for Kansas City Kansas Community College’s young but very promising women’s soccer team.

The Lady Blue Devils will kick off the 2017 season with four straight home matches starting Tuesday against State Fair at 7 p.m. Dodge City will follow Sunday at noon with Blue River Sept. 1 and the Jayhawk Conference opener against Neosho County Sept. 5, both at 5 p.m.

For Shawn Uhlenhake, its season No. 2 as head coach but only his first full season of recruiting and he’s landed a bevy of 15 high school standouts, all but one from Kansas schools.

“Our goal is to change the culture of the program and I think this is a good first step with the players we’ve brought in,” says Uhlenhake. “The majority of the freshmen played in the first or second divisions of their club league play and most were team captains and team leaders.”

With nine returning sophomores and one transfer, Uhlenhake has built the depth the Blue Devils lacked a year ago. “We identified holes from last year and filled them with quality players,” he says. “This provides a lot of competition for training, something we did not have last year.”

With more depth, the competition for starting positions is even more heated – competition that should begin to sort itself out in the three home non-conference games starting the season. “By the time conference play starts, we should have a good idea of who we want on the playing field,” says Uhlenhake.

The fiercest competition starts in goal where three freshmen – Jessica Hill of Shawnee Heights, Morgan Longstreth of Olathe Northwest and Caitlin Cordes of Wichita East – are locked in a battle for starting job.

Sophomore captain Bailey Zinser of Lansing and freshman Carmen Rush of De Soto will anchor the defense along with sophomores Brenna Stoffle of Leavenworth and Shaytel Nieto of Sumner Academy and freshmen Mike’e Odell of SM North, Audrie Wooten of Olathe North, Joanna Filbert of Tonganoxie and Shayla Lee of Benton High School.

Veteran Marisol Rangel of Sumner and freshmen Madison Plake of DeSoto and Natalie Zink of Leavenworth will be the mainstays at midfield where they’ll be joined by sophomores Emilie Lutz of Toronto, Canada; Joseline Oregon of SM North and Ana Suarez and Alejandra Jiminez, both of Sumner; and freshmen Trinity Rosberg of SM North and Katelynn Danzer of Springfield, Mo. The Blue Devils lost two other top midfield prospects in Kaitlyn Rose of Bonner Springs and Micayla Nemnich of Topeka Seaman, both of whom suffered torn ACL’s in high school. Both will redshirt this season.

Marivel Gomez of Jarrel, Tex., returns at forward where she’s being challenged by freshman Itzel Almanza of JC Harmon and Joanna Filbert of Tonganoxie and Bishop Ward sophomore Serena Ortiz, a transfer from Missouri Western.

The Blue Devils are coming off a 5-7 season. It’s the most wins in a single season for the young program and now Uhlenhake wants to take it to a higher level. “Our goal is to make the playoffs for the first time in history,” he says. The Blue Devils play a 17-game schedule with a record 11 home contests. “Butler County is the heavy favorite in the Jayhawk Conference and Johnson County is always in the conversation,” says Uhlenhake. KCKCC will play home-and-home games with all six Jayhawk rivals, Allen County, Neosho County, Coffeyville, Cowley, Butler and JCCC.

Uhlenhake is being assisted by Katie Kelly, a collegiate All-American at Marquette, who played professionally for five years; and Kenny Mayer, who is coaching the goalkeepers after working with goalkeepers with the Kansas City Comets. 

Very young lot of freshmen on the field. Good provide lott comeptionat for trainining, have depth, something we did not have last year.

Best competition – 3 freshmen all competing, Jessica Hill, Morgan Lognstreth and Caitlin Cordes. Real strength.

DEFENDERS – Carmen Rush; Madison Pi8ke midfielder, MNatalie Zink MF; top scoer, Marivel Gomez from last year; Itzel Almanza, scoring leader from Harmon.
All Kansas but two.

FORWARD – Marivel Gomez, Itzel lbackup – Lost 2 to torn ACL who would have hlepd at end of high school seasons.

DEFENDERS – Bailey Zinzer and Carmen Rush anchor the defense. Milke’e O’Dell aDurie Wooten, Joanna Filbert, Brenna Stoffle. Shayla Lee. Shaytel Nieoto

MIDFIELDERS - Madison Plake, Natilie Zink, Return Marisol Rangel mainstays. Emile Lutz, Alejandra Jiminez, Trinity Rosberg Joseline Oregon, Ana Suarz Danzer