Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pair charged in connection to shooting death

KANSAS CITY, KAN. —Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman charged Joshua Diaz with first degree murder in connection with the April 20, 2014, shooting death of Joaquin Patricio, which occurred in the 1000 Block of Cheyenne, in Kansas City, Kan.

Diaz is also charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Diaz is in custody in Jackson County, Mo., awaiting extradition. Bond was set at $500,000.00.

In addition, Gorman charged Meghan E. Patino, with one count of obstructing apprehension for prosecution. She was charged in the juvenile department of the district court.

Patino is in juvenile custody in Jackson County, Missouri.

 Both individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

KCK man charged with first degree murder

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- From the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office:
Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman late this afternoon charged Leopoldo Loya-Bustillos, a.k.a. Omar Loya Peinado, Hispanic Male, DOB: 02-01-82, with First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery in connection with the April 14, 2014, shooting death of Oscar Sanchez.

The shooting occurred at a bar in the 6500 block of Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. Sanchez was taken by private vehicle to the University of Kansas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Original police reports indicated that the shooting took place in the vicinity of Interstate Highways 70 and 635.

Loya-Bustillos is also charged with one count of Aggravated Battery in connection with shooting a second individual.

He is in custody in the Wyandotte County Jail in lieu of $1,000,000.00 bond.

He is presumed innocent  until proven guilty.

Wyandotte County students initiated into Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines:
  • LuDina Marney of Bonner Springs initiated into University of Missouri-Kansas City chapter
  • Govinda Koirala of Kansas City initiated into University of Missouri-Kansas City chapter
  • Bradley Hook of Kansas City initiated into University of Missouri-Kansas City chapter
These residents are among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

The Society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines.

Its mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

KCKCC to Host Jazz Summit April 23-25

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Kansas City Kansas Community College will be playing host to students from middle school, high school and college this week during the 2014 Kansas City Jazz Summit.

The summit is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 23 to 25 in the KCKCC Performing Arts Center, 7250 State Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

“The goal (of the Jazz Summit) is to attract jazz band, combos and choirs from across the United States and hopefully Canada, making Kansas City a destination location,” said Jim Mair, Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at KCKCC. “There will be great performances all three days, world class adjudication and on Thursday, there is the KC Heritage ‘Basically Basie’ competition with text voting - a first for jazz festivals.”

The Jazz Summit caters to jazz groups at the middle school, high school and college level in both competitive and non-competitive sessions. This not only includes bands, but choirs and combos as well.

There are three levels of participation. These include:
  • Jazz Summit. A non-competitive group where jazz groups perform for adjudicators. No winners are named, but outstanding groups and soloists are recognized. Groups that participate in this category receive a plaque or trophy.
  • Kansas City Jazz Heritage - “Basically Basie.” This is a competitive category on Thursday of the Jazz Summit. Groups are required to pick three songs from an established list of Count Basie repertoire. These selections must have been recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra. Judging is based on the authenticity and attention to detail. The top two groups will compete for audience voting, which is done by text message. The winning group receives a traveling plaque. Blue Valley Northwest High School has won the trophy the last three years.
  • Jazz Tyro. This is specifically designed for younger bands with little experience. Those that participate receive positive comments as well as a clinic following their performance.
“Band enrollment is up 60 percent,” Mair said of this year’s summit. “Bands are coming from South Dakota, St. Louis, Oklahoma and Wichita, Kan.”

Local schools attending the Jazz Summit include Piper, Basehor-Linwood, Turner, Lansing, Tonganoxie, Shawnee Mission East, Blue Valley Northwest, Olathe Northwest, Olathe North, Shawnee Mission Northwest and Johnson County Community College.

The KCKCC Jazz Ensemble will perform at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by the KCKCC Jazz Combo at noon. The KCKCC Standard Jazz Choir will perform at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

For complete schedules for all three days of the event, visit For more information or for questions, contact Jim Mair at or by phone at 913-288-7503.

Identity of dead body released by police

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Willie L. Henderson has been identified as the man discovered by Kansas City, Kan., police on Sunday.

Henderson, 36, was found in the 700 Block of 70th Terrace at 12:40 p.m. The cause of death is unknown at this point.

An investigation is on-going.

Steineger Family Estate Sale Offers Rare Items from Collector’s Trove


News release: 
One-of-a-kind antiques from Europe and the Middle East are the focus of an estate sale May 1 through 3 at the home of Sen. Jack Steineger.

Steineger, a lifelong Wyandotte County resident and long-time state senator, served in the US Foreign Service and was stationed overseas immediately following WWII. He and his wife, Margaret, collected a treasure trove of beautiful and rare furnishings during their seven years in Europe and the Middle East. Steineger died in 2012, and the family home and acreage is also for sale.

Steineger collected avidly upon his return to the US, and items for sale reflect his astute eye for beautiful, unique pieces, many of which are unusual American antiques. In addition, the Steinegers inherited from three relatives many antiques that are included in the sale.

Included in the sale are beautiful European paintings, china imported from England, European linens, hand-made American quilts, needlepoint chairs, a rare “drum” table with revolving shelf, inlaid wood tables, two antique American sofas, a clawfoot dining table, two imported English buffets, two American china cabinets, a library of more than 1,500 books, assorted kitchenware and furnishings, everyday linens and a rare Lipp and Sons baby grand piano imported from Germany.

The estate sale is being held by Dolly Wittman, Caring Transitions. Sale hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1st. The sale continues May 2nd (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and 3rd (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Steineger house, 6400 Valley View Rd., Kansas City, KS 66111. Hours and details are available on Wittman’s website at

A moving sale at the adjacent home of Steineger’s son, former Senator Chris Steineger and his wife, Shari Wilson, will be held at the same dates and times.  Information is available at  
The property, encompassing a two-story, four-bedroom house with pool, outbuildings, and approximately ten acres of land (including four buildable lots), will be listed for sale. Three adjoining houses on the estate, including a guest house, a rental house and a rental duplex, are also for sale. The agent for the properties is Thom Knowles, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, 816-589-1957.

"Growing from the Ground Up" event set for April 23

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- A meet and greet session of the parties launching an urban farm at 1045 Splitlog will be held tomorrow afternoon.

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