Friday, January 30, 2015

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Basehor-Linwood improves to 12-0 after 66-43 win against De Soto


By NICK SLOAN, nick@kansascitykansan.com

BASEHOR, KAN. ---- Coming into the season, one of the biggest question marks for the Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team was the guard position.

Having lost most of their guards from the 19-4 sub-state championship last year, some wondered how this year's group would do.

Joshua Brazeal pleads guilty in car crash that killed KCK woman

Kansan Staff Report

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Joshua Brazeal pleaded guilty in connection to the death of a local woman who was killed during a police chase in Wyandotte County.

He pleaded guilty this week to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm.

Police pulled him over on Aug. 19 after discovering he was driving a stolen vehicle.

Speeding off from police at 18th and Central, Brazeal eventually crashed into a Toyota Camry on the 3800 Block of Haskell Ave. Geraldine Strader was thrown from the Toyota Camry and later died at the hospital. She was 79 years old.

A second woman was also injured.

Kansas Attorney General's office warns of invoice scam

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today warned consumers to be on the lookout for fake invoices for services or products not ordered.

They are likely being generated from disreputable companies perpetrating fraud.

KANSAS CITY TRAFFIC: Bulls are on the move in Lenexa


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Wonder what happened to the three bulls that used to romp happily in the grassy median along K-10 just west of I-435?

Four high school students hit by vehicle

Kansan Staff Report

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Four high school students were hit by a vehicle Friday afternoon on the 1300 Block of Troup Avenue.

REGIONAL NEWS: Johnson County Transit to be managed by KCATA starting February 1

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- For the first time in more than 30 years, Johnson County Transit will be managed by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.

Johnson County Government and KCATA officially approved the new partnership in December, to be effective Feb. 1, 2015.

KCATA will be responsible for the administration and management of all Johnson County Transit services.

However, The JO’s routes, bus stops, drivers, vehicles and fares are not changing with this new agreement. The JO will still contract with First Transit, and the same First Transit operators will continue to drive the same JO buses and the same bus routes. Customers can still expect the same level of quality transit service for daily commutes.

This management consolidation will result in greater efficiencies and cost savings for Johnson County.

The major component of the savings are personnel costs, which results directly from KCATA utilizing existing staff, in greater purchasing power for things such as fuel, and efficiencies in the areas of regional planning, communications and finance. This is a management consolidation only. Johnson County Government will maintain policy and budget decisions.
Although fares and passes will remain the same, there is a regional fare study taking place, separate from this effort, which could eventually affect fares throughout the region.

However, short- and long-term, the consolidation will result in integrated route planning, communications and customer services that meet the needs of current and future customers.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Bishop Ward announces new volleyball coach

Courtesy of Bishop Ward High School

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Bishop Ward High School proudly welcomed Kerry Austin as the new head volleyball coach on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Austin is excited to usher in a new day for Cyclone Volleyball. Coach Austin grew up in North Kansas City and attended William Jewel College and brings the experience he has gained from more than forty years of coaching. Previously, he coached at Shawnee Mission North and is a coach for the Kansas City Twisters club volleyball team.

“Everyone is excited that Coach Austin has joined the Bishop Ward family as our new Head Volleyball Coach," said Bishop Ward Athletic Director, Greg Duggins.  "He combines many years of club and high school coaching experience. His philosophy on fundamentals, hard work and team spirit is recognized in the volleyball community. Currently, Coach Austin’s club team is having great success early in their club season."

New orthopedic surgeon brings sports medicine expertise to Wyandotte County

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Nick Aberle II, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with expertise in sports medicine and shoulder surgery, has joined Providence Medical Group Orthopedics, Kansas City, Kan.

His office is located on the Providence Medical Center campus at 8919 Parallel Parkway, Suite 360. He is accepting new patients at 913-596-3940.

Dr. Aberle is excited to join the new practice dedicated to serving the orthopedic needs of Wyandotte County.

“One of the things that appealed to me about Providence is that the hospital has the advanced resources necessary to perform state-of-the-art orthopedic surgery, yet has a close-knit, collegial staff,” Dr. Aberle says. “Together, we can meet the community’s needs for orthopedic care.”