Monday, April 20, 2015

Announcing the 2015-16 Lied Center of Kansas Season

LAWRENCE, KAN. ---- The Lied Center of Kansas will announce the 2015-16 season at the Friends of the Lied Season Announcement Party on Sunday, April 26.

The season includes blockbusters like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, MAMMA MIA!, Branford Marsalis Quartet and many more exciting performances.

During the season, KU Jazz Ensemble 1, KU Symphony Orchestra, KU Wind Ensemble and members of the University Dance Company will each perform with world-renowned artists on the Lied Center stage. New this season is the Just Friends Jazz Series.

As part of the series, three jazz performances will take place in the Lied Center Pavilion, which will be transformed into an intimate club setting. The only patrons eligible to purchase tickets to these exclusive events are Friends of the Lied.

KANSAS CITY METRO TRAFFIC ALERT: I-35 Pavement Reconstruction Project for April-December 2015 in Johnson County

OLATHE, KAN. ---- The project work for this weekend, April 18-19, has been rescheduled to now take place on Monday, April 20 due to rainy weather this weekend. The lane and ramp closures are as follows:

At 4:00 a.m. on Monday, April 20, one lane of southbound I-35 will be shifted to the northbound side of the highway, then at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 20, the second lane of southbound I-35 will be shifted to the northbound side of the highway.

All I-35 traffic will be carried on the existing northbound lanes separated by concrete barrier while the southbound lanes are reconstructed.

Once the mainline traffic has been switched at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 20, the Santa Fe Street/135th Street to southbound I-35 entrance ramp and the southbound I-35 to Old U.S. 56 exit ramp will be CLOSED to all traffic. Marked detours will be provided for the ramp closures.

Updated daily traffic information for this project and for the entire Kansas City Metro Area can be viewed at:

KANSAS CITY METRO TRAFFIC ALERT: Multiple bridge improvements set to get underway on Interstate 29

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Due to a delay in materials being delivered, the multiple bridge improvements on I-29 will begin Tuesday, April 21 instead of the original date of Monday, April 20.

Crews will close the right lane on northbound I-29 between Route 45 to Barry Rd. 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 21.

Motorists should prepare for delays as crews work to rehabilitate 12 bridges along the I-29 corridor between I-435 and I-635 beginning Tuesday, April 21 and continuing for 6 months.

Work will cause lane reductions, narrow lanes, and ramp closures.

Motorists should use alternate routes such as I-435 and US 169. The following impacts will be underway;
  • Two lanes of I-29 will be maintained in each direction between 112th Street and Route 45 (64th Street).
  • I-29 will be reduced to one lane at the KCI Airport entrance at exit 13 (Route D (Cookingham Drive) for each direction for 80 calendar days.
  • The ramp from eastbound Route 152 to southbound I-29 will be closed for the duration of the project.
  • I-29 lanes will be narrowed at the bridge locations.
  • Temporary lane closures may be encountered on Route D (Cookingham Drive), 112th Street, Tiffany Springs Parkway, Barry Road, 72nd Street, and Route 45 (64th Street) during off peak hours.
Motorists who are utilizing Kansas City International Airport (KCI) should make the appropriate adjustments to meet departure and arrival times. All work is weather dependent.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

KCK man charged with unlawful possession of a firearm

U.S. Department of Justice

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Carlos Byron, 59, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 30, 2015 in Kansas City, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Kansas City (Kansas) Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask is prosecuting.

Byron is innocent until proven guilty.

Kansas City T-Bones announce 2015 promotions and giveaways

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – As the Kansas City T-Bones prepare for their home opener on Friday, May 22, the club has announced its promotions and events schedule for the 2015 season.

For 2015, the nightly promotions and ways to save on tickets have returned, along with a large offering of giveaways and special guests.

“Our promotions staff, including Joe Goll and Jeff Husted, has come up with some great new ideas, you’ll see a return of the fan favorites, plus we have reached back in the vault to bring back some fun nights from our history,” said T-Bones vice-president and general manager Chris Browne. “Included in that, we’re working on a nightly steak and beer special like in our early years. I think the fans are going to like it. I’m looking forward to ‘Fun…Well Done’ at CommunityAmerica Ballpark this summer. Stay tuned!”

Besides free parking for every game, this season’s promotions and special events include:


T-Bones T-Shirt: On Opening Day, Friday, May 22, against Lincoln, the first 2,000 fans will receive a T-Bones T-shirt, presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union.

T-Bones Magnet Schedule: On Tuesday, May 26 against Sioux City, the first 5,000 fans will receive a T-Bones Magnet Schedule, sponsored by Smile Generation.

T-Bones Cowbell: Heritage Tractor presents a T-Bones cowbell giveaway for the first 1,500 fans on Saturday, June 6 vs. Amarillo.

T-Bones Jersey: The ever-popular T-Bones jersey giveaway, sponsored by Savers, is Tuesday, July 7, for the first 2,000 adults, against Grand Prairie.

Jake Blackwood Bobblehead: On Tuesday, July 21 against Gary SouthShore, the first 2,000 fans will receive a bobblehead of Kansas City native and T-Bones player Jake Blackwood, presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union.

Youth Jersey: The first 1,000 kids 12 and under on Sunday, July 26 against Winnipeg, will receive a special T-Bones jersey sponsored by Savers.

T-Bones Hat: On Tuesday, August 18 vs. Amarillo, the first 2,000 fans will receive a T-Bones hat, sponsored by Sheet Metal Local #2. (Incidentally, that happens to be the return of our popular “Elvis Tribute Night.”)

T-Bones Helmet: Bringing back an old-school favorite, the first 1,500 fans at the game on Tuesday, September 1 against Laredo, will receive a plastic T-Bones replica helmet, presented by Safelite Autoglass.


Claudia Wells: On Friday, June 5, actress Claudia Wells, who played Michael J. Fox’s girlfriend Jennifer Parker in the movie “Back to the Future,” will be at CommunityAmerica Ballpark for “Back to the Future” Night, presented by Savers.

“Mr. Stinky Feet”: Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove will perform throughout the 11:05 a.m. game on Wednesday, July 8 against Grand Prairie.

Brian McRae: The Kansas City Royals’ No. 1 draft pick in 1985 and star centerfielder Brian McRae will make an appearance on Wednesday, July 22, as part of the Principal Financial Dreams Tour.

Buddy Biancalana: Royals 1985 World Series hero (and former David Letterman guest) Buddy Biancalana will be at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Friday, August 7, as the T-Bones celebrate the 1980s.


Monday: Kids eat free by CommunityAmerica Credit Union. The first 2,000 kids 12 and under receive a voucher for a free hot dog, bag of chips and lemonade.

Tuesday: Giveaway nights and beer specials.

Wednesday: Post-game catch on the field by Coventry Health Care; Price Chopper Wednesdays: Show your Price Chopper Card and receive a GA/Berm ticket for $2 off.

Thursday: “Throwdown Thursday” with $1.25 beers.

Friday: Appearance by the Falcon Skydiving Team.

Saturday: Post-game Fireworks by CommunityAmerica Credit Union.

Sunday: Pre-game player autographs by Savers; Savers Sundays: Show your Savers Club Card and receive $2 off Berm tickets; post-game kids run the bases by Price Chopper.


In addition to the fireworks every Saturday night, there will be Memorial Day fireworks after the game against Lincoln on Sunday, May 24; fireworks after the “CACU Members Night” game on Tuesday, June 9 vs. Fargo-Moorhead; and Independence Day weekend fireworks following the July 3 and 4 games against Gary SouthShore. In all, there will be 11 scheduled fireworks nights.

All of the above promotions, dates, and giveaways are subject to change. More great promotions and events are being developed. The current complete promotions list is attached or it can be seen at

All tickets are on sale now by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

Kansas City Man Drove Getaway Car In Five Bank Robberies

U.S. Department of Justice

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A Kansas City man pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of taking part in five bank robberies in Kansas and Missouri, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Dale Williamson, 35, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to five counts of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted driving a getaway car in the following bank robberies.
  • April 24, 2014, UMB Bank, 6252 Raytown Road, Raytown, Mo.
  • May 12, 2014, First Bank of Missouri, 7001 North Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, Mo.
  • May 22, 2014, Bank of America, 15811 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, Kan.
  • May 30, 2014, Commerce Bank, 9501 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kan.
  • May 30, 2014, Commerce Bank, 3606 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, Mo.
 Sentencing is set for July 6. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of 55 months in federal prison. Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble for their work on the case.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tickets now available for KCKCC’s Jazz Cabaret

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Jazz music will be filling Kansas City Kansas Community College at the end of this month as it hosts the annual Jazz Cabaret.

The Jazz Cabaret is at 6 p.m. April 23 in Upper Jewell on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, children over five-years-old and seniors 60 and over.

Music will be provided by the KCKCC Jazz Combo and Vocal Jazz Ensembles. In addition, it will feature a catered dinner by Wyandot BBQ, complimentary drinks and a silent auction. The event is a fundraiser for student travel.

“The Jazz Cabaret is a collaboration of multiple departments on campus, and it is funded for the first time this year by the Francis Family Foundation (with special thanks to Dr. Cherilee Walker, who pursued the funding),” said John Stafford, director of Choral Activities at KCKCC. “Audience members will be able to enjoy a wonderful jazz experience with catered dinner and live music for two hours, all based in Wyandotte County. There will also be a Silent where audience members have a chance to purchase wonderful items (including a trip and jewelry) as part of the event. The organization of Cabaret isn't possible without the help of Barbara Clark-Evans, Director of the Intercultural Center.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the Music Department for educational traveling opportunities. The KCKCC Jazz ensembles will travel to Louisville, KY in January to perform at the 2016 Jazz Educators Network's JENerations Festival.

For more information, contact John Stafford at 913-288-7137 or by email at

Homegrown KCKCC golfers in best performance of spring


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City Kansas Community College’s corps of homegrown golfers threw a scare at the elite of Jayhawk Conference Monday.

Turning in their best performance of the season at Alvamar in Lawrence, the Blue Devils led the first 18 holes of the second Jayhawk Designated Tournament of the spring before settling for second behind Dodge City – but ahead of another perennial conference power, Hutchinson, which won the first Designated Tournament.

Dodge City rallied with a 313-305-618 total followed by KCKCC, 310-319-629 and Hutchinson 316-315-631. Garden City finished fourth at 634 followed by Barton County, 639; Allen County, 675; and Coffeyville, 684.

Freshman Marc McClain of Bonner Springs led the Blue Devils, tying for fourth with a 78-76-154, while Charlie Rinehart of Piper was ninth (76-80-156), Alex Forristal of Olathe East 16th (78-82-160) and Montanta Fasching of Piper (87-76-163) and Seve Sites of SM Northwest (78-85-163) tied for 18th.

“We hit the ball pretty good and got it close, especially the first 18 when we had four of the low nine scores,” said KCKCC Coach Gary Shrader. “The greens had just been aeriated so putting was difficult all day. The thing I really liked is that we finished second with all Kansas kids, no international players or transfers which says a lot for golf in the state.”

The Blue Devils will renew their Jayhawk Conference rivalry Sunday and Monday when the conference championship will be decided at Sand Creek in Newton.