Sunday, May 15, 2016

Six years of treating Royals players and their fans

University of Kansas Medical Center

KANSAS CITY, Kan. ---- Six Years of Treating Royals Players and Their Fans The Royals are back in town, hoping to get back to their winning ways.

When you go to a game at Kauffman Stadium, chances are you don’t think much about the other team that calls the stadium home…the healthcare workers who staff the first aid stations. But this team is every bit as important as the one on the field.

For the sixth season, The University of Kansas Hospital is taking care of, not only the players on the field, but the fans in the stands, with dozens of health professionals who staff two first aid stations.

They handle anything from sunburns to scrapes…to other more serious injuries and conditions. Dr. Vince Key, an orthopedic surgeon with the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at The University of Kansas Hospital, is also the head team physician for the Royals.

In the video, he talks about what it’s like taking care of, not just the major league team, but players from all of the Royals minor league teams, and the baseball academy in the Dominican Republic.

He also explains why taking care of the fans can be even more challenging than taking care of the players, but why doing both is, as he puts it, “A labor of love.”

The video also includes Dr. Key examining a player and shots of two first aid workers making their rounds through the stadium.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

KCUR 89.3 Celebrates 30 Years of The Fish Fry With Chuck “Haddock” Haddix

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – KCUR will celebrate Chuck “Haddock” Haddix!

It will be his 30 year anniversary hosting The Fish Fry and we’re throwing a public radio party at Knuckleheads’ Saloon on Thursday, March 24th.

For the past 30 years KCUR has presented The Fish Fry, a virtual public radio party in your living room every Friday and Saturday night on KCUR 89.3. It’s been a labor of love for host Chuck “Haddock,” who has served up of the best in blues, R&B, soul, jumpin’ jazz and zydeco since 1985. KCUR is proud to have The Fish Fry as one of its signature programs.

“The Fish Fry is out of the music mainstream,” Haddix said. His playlists back up that claim. The musical offerings range from Buckwheat Zydeco, Aretha Franklin and Big Joe Turner to James Brown, Maria Muldaur and Stevie Ray Vaughn. The ability to take different types of music and pull out the elements that best reflect our “Kansas City style” takes talent and passion.

The anniversary party’s going to swing! The Danielle Nicole Band w/Katy Guillen & The Girls are the featured performers.  The Danielle Nicole Band has toured with Buddy Guy and George Thorogood, while Katy Guillen & The Girls have been called “the next big thing coming out of Kansas City.” Together they bring a hard-driving, rousing style of blues that will create the ultimate party atmosphere.

Knuckleheads Saloon is at 2715 Rochester St, Kansas City, Missouri. Tickets are $20 and are available at http://www.kcur.org/fishfry

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Five Kansas City based artists each to receive unrestricted $10,000 cash awards


KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to announce five recipients of the 2016 Charlotte Street Awards.

The 2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award Fellows are Madeline Gallucci, Rodolfo Marron III, and Shawn Bitters. The 2016 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellows are J. Ashley Miller and Eddie Moore. ​​Each artists will receive an unrestricted cash award of $10,000.

The 2016 Charlotte Street Award Fellows were selected through competitive processes beginning with open calls for applications from artists based in the five-county Kansas City Metro Area.

Artists selections were made by a panel of jurors consisting of renowned and qualified arts professionals. Jurors participated in in-person interviews, presentations, and studio visits, resulting in the selection of 8 finalists for the Generative Performing Artists Awards and 10 finalists for the Visual Artist Awards.

The Visual Artist Awards panel included Erin Dziedzic, Curator and Head of Adult Programs at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO); Rita Gonzalez, Curator and Acting Department Head at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, California); Nicole Caruth, Artistic Director, Exhibitions and Public Engagement at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, Nebraska); James McAnally, Co-Director & Curator at the Luminary, Executive Editor at Temporary Art Review (St. Louis, MO).

The Generative Performing Artist Awards panel included Steve Dietz, Founder, President, and Artistic Director of Northern Lights.mn (Minnesota); Glenn North, nationally recognized Performance Poet (Kansas City, MO), Du Yun, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist and Performance Artist, Founding Member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Artistic Director of MATA (NYC); and Suzanne Ryanstrati, Dancer, Director, Choreographer, & Educator (Kansas City, MO).

The work of the Visual Artist Awards Fellows will be featured in the 2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition opening September, 2016 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art at the Crossroads—the latest organization to partner with Charlotte Street for the Visual Artist Awards Exhibition. The exhibition will be curated by Kemper Museum Curator and Head of Adult Programs, Erin Dziedzic. Public performances of work by the Generative Performing Artist Awards Fellows will be promoted by Charlotte Street throughout the year.

Former Topeka Store Clerk Sentenced In Armed Robbery of ATM Attendant

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A former Topeka store clerk was sentenced Tuesday  to 24 months in federal prison for helping to plan an armed robbery of a man whose job was to stock ATMs with cash, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Ahmad Salim Salti, 21, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. In his plea, he admitted the crime occurred while he was a clerk at the Low Cost Plus convenience store at 3101 S.E. 6th in Topeka.

On Sept. 16, 2014, Topeka police were called when a masked gunman brandishing a firearm entered the store just as the victim was beginning to fill an ATM. The gunman – later identified as Pattrick J. Towner, assaulted the victim and took the money. He also took the keys to the victim’s van and escaped in the vehicle.

Investigators learned that Salti had helped to plan the robbery. Salti gave Towner the date and time the victim would come to fill the ATM.

Co-defendant Pattrick J. Towner has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

Grissom commended the Topeka Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag for their work on the case.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Former State Magistrate Judge Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $24,000

WICHITA, KAN. – A former state district magistrate judge in southeast Kansas pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling approximately $24,000, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Bill W. Lyerla, 64, Galena, Kan., pleaded guilty to six counts of wire fraud. In his plea, Lylera admitted he embezzled the money from the Kansas District Magistrate Judges Association while he served as an elected treasurer for the organization. In the state system, magistrate judges conduct first appearances and preliminary examinations of felony charges and hear felony arraignments, as well as performing other judicial duties. Lyerla was a magistrate judge for the state’s Eleventh Judicial District from 1991 to his resignation in 2014.

In his plea, he admitted that as treasurer for the judges association he had authority to write checks to pay for the organization’s legitimate expenses. He used that power to fraudulently write checks payable to himself on the association’s bank account.

Sentencing is set for July 6. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on each count. Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett for their work on the case.

Restaurant Manger Sentenced For Harboring Undocumented Workers

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A man who managed a restaurant in Ottawa, Kan., was sentenced Tuesday for harboring undocumented workers, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

He was sentenced to six months in federal custody, followed by six months home confinement and a fine of $4,000. After serving his sentence, he will be on supervised release for three years.

Alex Sanchez, Jr., 36, who was the manager of El Mezcal Mexican Restaurant in Ottawa, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of harboring undocumented workers for commercial advantage. In his plea, he admitted that in 2011 he paid a fine of $22,589 fine when Immigration and Customs Enforcement found him in violation of rules for I-9 employee eligibility verification forms.

Despite the fine, he continued to employ workers in 2012 who he knew were not legally in the United States. He provided housing for the undocumented workers and paid them in cash.

Grissom commended Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin Wood for their work on the case.

Missouri Man Sentenced for Theft, Lacy Act Violations

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Missouri man was sentenced Tuesday to two years on federal probation, during which he is prohibited from hunting, for stealing a tractor and hunting in Kansas in violation of the federal Lacy Act, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. In addition, he was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, and $6,894 in restitution.

Thomas Morgan, 31, Blue Springs, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines and one count of violating the Lacy Act, which prohibits interstate transportation of wildlife that was illegally taken.

In his plea, Morgan admitted a Rice County deputy stopped him in November 2013 after Morgan had been hunting deer in Stafford County without a license or deer permits. Morgan had been illegally hunting in the dark. Investigators found deer heads in his car. A search warrant at his home turned up heads, antlers, skulls and capes of deer.

During the investigation, agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service learned Morgan was involved in the theft of a Kubota tractor in Miami County. The tractor was found at Morgan’s residence.

Grissom commended the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, the Rice County Sheriff’s Department, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Washington High School alum graduates from basic military training

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- U.S. Air Force Airman Nicholas J. Schwab graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Schwab is a 2015 graduate of Washington High School, Kansas City, Kan.