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Democrats induct two into Hall of Fame
Active workers honored for years of service

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

Amid the soft chatter of a silent auction Saturday, Sharon Aring and Kathy Bray visited with a crowd of Platte County Democrats.

Aring, of Smithville, and Bray, of Kansas City, are well-known Platte County political figures. Much of the work they do for candidates and the Democratic party is behind the scenes, but both are well known for their involvement.

Sharon Aring

Kathy Bray

It came as no surprise to Democrats that these public servants were honored by the Platte County Democratic Central Committee for their longtime active participation in local politics. For more on story.

Life lessons on display from the Series champs

(EDITOR’S NOTE: As you know by now, the Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series four games to one over the New York Mets. Chris Kamler penned the following piece on this Royals team)

by Chris Kamler
Landmark staff

Baseball is heart.

That’s what the game is when you boil it down. It’s about heart. Of course, that’s kind of a BS phrase. What the heck does heart mean? How can you quantify “heart?”
Look at the 2015 Kansas City Royals.

Baseball is, of course, a conglomeration of thousands of little things. Little tweaks. Little adjustments. Mechanics. Repetition. You can hit a baseball 1,000 times and it will never land in the same place twice. You can pitch a baseball 1,000 times and never quite get a pitch to zip the same way. For more on story.

Eric Hosmer was among the Royals who were celebrated by an estimated 800,000 Royals fans gleaming with pride Tuesday as they watched the best team in baseball ride through the downtown streets of Kansas City. The 2.3-mile parade route began at the Power and Light District and looped through the downtown area before ending at Union Station. At the intersection of Ninth and Grand Boulevard, fans gathered 30-feet deep hoping to catch a glimpse of their men in blue. Crowds cheered as blasts of confetti sailed through the air. Parade-goers braved heavy traffic and limited parking to celebrate the Royals' four games to one triumph over the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series.

Paden sentenced to 50 years
Prosecutor troubled by letters of support for confessed abuser
Platte County Presiding Circuit Court Judge James Van Amburg oversaw the sentencing hearing for Darren L. Paden, 52, lower right, last week. The judge sentenced Paden to 25 years each on two counts of first degree statutory sodomy involving a victim under the age of 12. By law, those sentences must be run consecutively, resulting in a prison sentence of 50 years. Press pool photos by Keith Myers/ Kansas City Star

A Dearborn man who sexually abused a girl over the period of a decade, beginning when she was five or six years old, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Darren L. Paden, 52, received the sentence on Friday after pleading guilty to two counts of first degree statutory sodomy in August.

But Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said something was different—and deeply troubling—about the case: the number of community members who continued to disbelieve the young girl, even though the defendant admitted his guilt within the first couple of hours of his police interview and then pleaded guilty.

“There are certainly a few good people in this community who have offered support to this young victim,” Zahnd said. “It is shocking, however, that many continue to support a defendant whose guilt was never in doubt. If it takes a village to raise a child, what is a child to do when the village turns its back and supports a confessed child molester?” For more on story.


Man says LSD made him tamper with rental car
Parkville QuikTrip on target for summer opening
Breaking barriers
Parkville listed in top places to open business
Site of 2012 murders goes up in flames

Park Hill hiring fewer local graduates
Site of 2012 murders goes up on flames
Computer repairman accused of coercion
Fatal motorcyle crash shuts down I-29

Sungwoo says he’ll never forget the love from KC
Major road project set near elementary school
Manufacturer bringing 375 jobs to Platte County
City ponders economic incentives at I-435/45
Landmark top local winner in state contest
KC minimum wage effort struck down

Crime, education, growth addressed by Sly James
KC man jumps out of moving patrol car
Suspect gets vehicle stuck on railroad tracks
Same-sex ruling topic for speaker at Park
ESPN film has ties to KC, The Landmark
New regulation targets Main Street properties
QT pledges money to intersection work
City will change traffic court rule

Health care at jails coming under fire
Proposed dog kennel nipped by commission
Cade Springston accused of assaulting female
Man resists, tells police he is a cage fighter
Historic log home will be preserved

City sets wage amount, legal fight expected
Carjacking attempted at Shops at Boardwalk
Weston man, 63, accused of shooting dog
Search firm to cost school more than $21,000

Minimum wage getting maximum attention
Tenants air complaints
Court ruling favors same-sex marriage
Inaccurate signage puts students at risk
Boggs pleads guilty to secod DWI

County hands over operation of golf course
Cigarette tax hike sought for childhood education
Jail expansion being proposed again
State grant will aid local marketing effort
Charged with exploiting minors via electronics

Over 12% of county residents 'food insecure'
School spends $7 million annually on benefits
Man who planned to rape child free on bond
Park Hill interim leader base salary is $194k
Major sidewalk projct to begin in Platte City

'Personnel investigation' preceded Springston's exit
Disturbance reported at Springston home
Former Weston judge accused of another DWI
Pirates Cove owner gets 20 years in prison
QuikTrip proposal pushed ahead by board

Text message leads to arrest in sexual assault
R-3 tax hike approved
Park Hill's plan opposed by two board members
COMING SOON: Sprouts will feature natural, organic foods
Daniel Bunge wins Landmark Bracket Battle
Suspect being sought in stolen gun incident

Kamler book signing event March 27 at The Landmark
Woman charged with domestic assault
Suspects in hotel shooting released
Kemper is preferred choice to run Shiloh
Alleged meth user arrested after chase
Hutsler responds to city's accusations
State won't audit Parkville tax district

Groups want liquor cards eliminated
Man charged with shooting wife in knee
Arrests made in hotel theft/gunfire case
Plant could bring 300 new jobs to Riverside
R-3 board extends contract for Reik
Dairy Farmers of America moving out of Platte County

Sleeping hotel guest struck by stray bullet

Woman shot in leg, suspect shot by police
City wants more attractive parkways
Four firms offer county golf course
Centers switching to healthy snack options
Local police units are well-funded

Man stabbed in fight outside Weston bar
Park Hill guilty of ethics violations
Platte County employees lated for 1.5% pay increase
Filings tricklin in for city, school posts
Accused of stealing from his employer

Twin Springs killing may be drug-related
Arrested in connection with pair of burglaries
Stolen credit cards lead to charges
Jury trial scheduled in child porn case

Park Hill studying its long range needs
Robinson pleads to lesser charge, gets probation
Transportation, isolation are worries for elderly
Ex-wife accused in murder of Cammisano
City's share of Kentucky extension is $316,000

Golf course, anyone? County seeking offers
New judge named for Robinson case
Two seek appointment to Parkville board
New hotel coming to Platte County
Lack of development in NID is a concern
Facing felony charges in theft of liquor
Charged with possession and resisting arrest
Active night for I-29 driver
City sees alarming increase in burglaries

Pickers gets picked by burglars
Truck driver charged in death of motorist
Riverside man accused of child molestation
Homicide case unsolved

KCK man arrested for odometer fraud
Mayor yet to acdquire bridge repair estimate

WAR VET: 'It was a great honor to serve'
A look inside military correctional facility
R-3 scores in bottom half of comparison
Embattled school leader steps down

Reik defends, explains R-3's low test scores
Kansas City man charged with felony DWI
Cost of county health benefits won't change

Former Park Hill official under fire at Smithville
Grand jury issues new charges in fatal crash
Arrested after claiming to be a DEA agent
Platte City businesses hit by recent burglaries
Landmark earns six awards in state contest

FedEx driver tried to stop his rolling truck
Pedestrian killed on I-635 near Argosy
R-3 considers tax increase vote in April
Parkville alderman arrested for DWI
Bank of Weston hit by armed robber
Libraries now using self-checkout system

FedEx worker crushed by his own truck
Move frees money for domestic violence shelters

Inspector says bridge is good
Investigation continues in death of KCI gift shop worker
Murder suspect also faces local charges
Photographers will soon be invading Platte City

Robinson makes court appearance in DWI case
Bridge making waves

No election this year to realign half cent park tax
Accused of pointing rifle at I-29 traffic
Jail chairman fires more verbal bullets
Study: sports compelx not the answer at I-435


Speaking in KC, Obama says economy is improving
Judge dismisses lawsuit brought by Chapel Ridge foes
Will voters get a chance to realign park tax?
Committee: No jail expansion needed
Schieber rolls Plunkett; Armstrong beats Boyer

County HR director arrested for DWI
Firm envisions 300-acre project east of Interstate 29
Is answer to jail question in basement?
R-3 coach charged with murder
L.C.'s Hamburgers heavily damaged by fire
Platte Landing Park now open

Carter resigns as mayor at Weston
City has developer interested in eastside
KC man killed in I-635 crash
Jail committee members exchange angry words

The Landmark. Begins its 150th year
FliP: Not much difference in academic growth
Coach at R-3 remains in Clay County jail
Baker not yet taking Weston alderman spot

Homicide reported in Northland
Missing man's body, truck found in pond
Sports park study will cost $40,000
Drug suspect fights with deputy
Last day of school at Park Hill is May 30

Local doctor wins bracket contest
On split vote, Central Platte buys new fire truck
Proposed Quik Trip now in doubt

Four candidates for three open spots at R-3
Quint Shafer named associate circuit judge
Military man facing local criminal charges
R-3 chooses high bidder for auditing

Nowotny fires Kunce
Administrator not required to live in Platte City
Court asked to dismiss Chapel Ridge lawsuit
A recruiting success
Brown to step away after one term in office

School break-in causes $50k loss
Parkville to seek $1,000 restitution from Vikings
Official excited about KC's convention opportunity
City floats idea of selling sewer system
Schieber will run for presiding commissioner

More hotel rooms needed for KC's bid

At odds at R-3
Charged with making false bomb report
Jail bookings increase by 2.6% in '13
Effectiveness of school's FLiP being questioned

Grantham moving from Zona Rosa spot
Study suggests $21 million county jail expansion
City will have water, sewer rate study done

Patron questions R-3 board about finances
Plunkett says he'll run for presiding spot

Holden files for R-3 school board
Value of city-targeted property assessed at $94k
Park Hill will put tax hike on ballot
Sewer rates to rise by 3% at Parkville

The Owens Lee Hull Justice Center
County clerk won’t seek re-election
County budget brings disagreement
Event kicks off county’s 175th year

One county worker getting pay increase
Decision on school tax levy vote expected to be made Jan. 9
Downtown Master Plan complete: Now what?
Changes add costs to Platte Landing Park
Platte County will note 175th year in 2014

Victim found after reported shooting
Free water still an issue at Parkville
New 'Landmark People' book hits the shelves

Chiefs' star busted by Riverside police
It's time to fill Van Amburg's old spot
No more free water
Six vehicle crash injures five on I-29
Some employee health benefit costs drop
Vacant building fire being investigated

Hey, where have all the books gone?
Concerns over QT proposal heard
Closing out an open road bond credit card
Some employee health benefit costs drop

A hidden treasure
Charged after death of Park Hill student
KCI business leaders want more from sheriff
No salary hike for officeholders
Quik Trip seeks a Parkville location

Landmark wins state for Best News Series
Chapel Ridge foes hire Quitmeier as attorney
Parkville trying to fix its technology woes

JRay's owner charged in child porn case
Parkville schedules special election
Packed house discusses future of KCI
Six-year-old found riding tricycle on Main St. unattended

Honoring 'Hotshots' who lost their lives
Neighbors oppose housing development
City proposes mayor become 3-year term

City feels let down in new park plan
Charged with selling illegal explosives
Nine apply to replace Judge Abe Shafer
New city clerk hired at Parkville

Judge's ruling upsets prosecutor
Platte City wants 35 acres east of I-29

Board chooses lower cost option for web site

County golf course lost $333k in 2012
City staff wants $28k for web redesign
Mandatory retirement coming soon


Drama surrounds damaged home

Taxpayers can protest real estate values
Hwy. 9 landscaping project fertilized with dollars
Expansion of trails set for Rt. 152, Line Creek

Suicidal man flees, causes fiery crash
Todd Graves will assist privacy protection probe
The Landmark begins 149th year of continuous publication

Concealed weapon permits, gun sales on the rise
"They call me a hero. Heroes don't brag'
Man charged with assault at stalking

Bill Hankins wins Bracket Battle
Alleged sex offender posed as police officer
Parkville's use tax proposal goes down to defeat
Road Tax Cruises
Water, sewer rates will be increased
Hwy. 9 corridor will see some changes

MAYOR: Development must not bring tax hike
New boat ramp estimated at $700k
Older low-speed vehicles must be inspected

Purse-snatcher gets six year jail term
Home damaged by fire
Candidates discuss issues facing Park Hill district
Absentee voting now offered for April 2 election

A change in culture?
Fleeing suspects captured
Deputy crashes vehicle in pursuit of suspect
Super Bowl party turns deadly at Riverside
PH student arrested

Student who had gun in school now in custody
County will add four employees
Commission split on road tax ballot language
Central Platte payments to firefighters listed
City spends 2.5 hours in closed door meeting
Man with guns detained by police

Employee pay raises, new positions in budget
Big drop in DWI arrests, traffic tickets in city
Sex crime suspect still on the loose
Fire board purchases $32,000 Chevy Tahoe
Man charged with forgery in local case
Prostitution charge vs. principal dismissed

Missouri delegation split on ‘fiscal cliff’ votes
High speed chase ends in arrests
Dearborn man, son charged with sex crimes
Bids being taken for fire department audit

Cold Case: Charged in rapes from ‘92
Charged with murder of woman found at park
Fifteen days in jail, $125k in restitution
Filing now open for city, school positions

Man gets probation after assaulting officer
Pay hike of five percent suggested at county
An uncertain time for many small businesses
Resident believes police are targeting him
Monday meeting to deal with police controversy


Local election is a clean sweep for Republicans
Business owner asks for exception to sign ordinance
Speed limit lowered on Hwy. 45 stretch
City, fired employee negotiating severance

Administrator Fired
Woody dies at age 58
Sanchez responds to resignation speculation
Yard waste facility regulations established

KCP&L: Burrowing animals causing outages
Enrollment at Park Show 2.3% increase
Christian, Cox battle in race for assessor
Father Christmas will note 25 years at Weston

Local household income is down 5% since 2008
City still studying adult business regulations

Local circuit court judges get positive reviews
Domestic assault charge filed against Platte City man
Eight-time drunk-driver gets 15 years in slammer
Dusenbery’s push to cut tax levy by 1 cent fails
Warrior Dash event okayed on split vote
Former Weston judge guilty of DWI charge

Former Weston judge guilty of DWI charge
School ponders drug testing for students
Men sentenced for robbing Five Guys
Trail extension opens in south Platte

Platte City property owners, residents invited to give comments
Man charged in local purse-snatching ordeal
Lathrop man killed in wrong-way crash
Marijuana seized at local motel
Meth lab suspected in cabin at resort
Search warrant idea pulled from agenda
Columbia issues 2-5 search warrants a month

New search warrant law proposed
‘Piggyback Bandit’ visits Platte County
Search warrant idea yanked from agenda
In culinary sense, she’s ‘pushing it to the edge’
Local pastor accused of being ‘peeping tom’


City puts ousted mayor back in service
'Felony lane gang' member gets probation
Treasurer candidates have varied approach

Court papers offer details
Homeless man charged with robbing bank
Family of victims stunned, heartbroken
Mayor ousted

Personal property value up, real estate down
From ‘The Garage’ to ‘The Big Show’
Charged with assault of police officer
Will chamber find calm after the storm?
Tuition will increase at Park University
Technology work coming to R-3 at over $400K

Owner of B&B says her business is good for city
New alert system sounds warnings to cell phones
Stephens will lead Platte County EDC

NRAD hires new executive director

Tracy talks golf carts; Patrol not a fan of idea

Campbell withdraws as Lemasters’ attorney

One-tank trip: Omaha for some AAA baseball
Technology work coming to R-3 at over $400K

Attempt to tighten golf cart law fails
County pays $8,800 to get out of Annex

'Let this be a warning'

Accused killer says no to Landmark time
NRAD halts project after criminal charge
Plunkett stepping away, Soper stepping up

Sheriff's department gun recovered by ATF
Ron Paul draws big crowd in KC
Both sides file motions in zoo-related lawsuit
NRAD halts project after criminal charge

End of an Annex
R-3 tax hike would be $342 on $300K home
Mother: Arson suspect was on way to recovery
Armed man robs Bank Midwest
Springston accepts Park Hill's job offer
Raid of meth lab brings three arrests

Park Hill's selection and process critiqued
Santorum carries Platte, wins state
Sexual misconduct policies on front burner

Skull determined not to be from a recent death
Auditor: County budget philosophy not sustainable
Man's best friend

R-3 puts tax hike question on ballot
Skull found near Waldron studied by authorities
High profile cases advance

Accused killer to be back in court Tuesday
Plenty of city, school board races on tap
'Mystical' medical clinic on the way to Parkville
Nothing is off the table

Murder arrest made
Is O'Dell a serial killer?
Evidence outlined in documents
Sheriff and prosecutor get their requested funds
Proposed budget: no salary hike for workers
Wallaby not welcome back inside city limits

Panel wants more info on Boggs' DWI case
Charged with robbing bank at Smithville

Owen steps forward as sheriff candidate
Candidates filing for open city positions
Ken Wilson will run for state representative

Significant pay raises given at city of Parkville
County absorbs 10% hike in insurance
Weston gives $20,000 toward levee repair
County picks independent audit firm

Attorney's DWI case gets controversial

Landmark Christmas party ready on Friday
School will ask for 60-cent tax increase
Man dies in one vehicle accident

Riverside's mayor delivers a cheer
Domestic dispute leads to lockdown of schools
Weston still battling effects froom flood
Methane gas found at site of new school

Four day school week idea being floated
Three candidates for city post
Respondents don't want shorter summer break
Wheel man in drive-by shooting pleads guilty

No pay hike for county officials
Night-time art festival coming to Parkville
KCK man charged with trafficking drugs
Parkville Commons bonds refinanced

Young girl missing
Alderman against ‘slapping signs up’
Friends: Loss of job led to tough times
Parkville puts on hold on adult businesses

Campbell stepping away as Parkville city attorney
New alderman could be in place by Oct. 25
Grandview man found dead at Riverside
Park Hill won't take KC transfer students

Who will be chosen as next city attorney?
In double fatality, male driver across center line
After an interesting year, Cook gives up his post
On split vote, school wants swimming pool

Three months later, sandbags going away
Captain Johnson's actions included 'weekend fund'
Zoo tax issue not on Platte County ballot
Commissioners cut property tax levy in half

Local crime spree
No criminal charges against captain

Teacher accused of having sex with student

3 Guys in a Garage talk sports on the radio

Metten will quit as city administrator
Sheriff suspends Cpt. Steve Johnson; Johnson then announces 'retirement'
Police say illegal items removed from local store






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Ernest, Ben, and Glen Harris invite you to join them for their mother, DOROTHY NAYLOR'S 100TH BIRTHDAY PARTY on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22. OPEN HOUSE - 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Hoover Christian Church, 15180 B. Highway, Platte City, MO 64079.
Consider writing a special "Dorothy" memory in a birthday card for her to enjoy, or please send a card if you are unable to attend!

A ‘safe, vibrant’ corridor sought
for Hwy. 92

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

Motorists voiced concerns and made recommendations over a stretch of highway in Platte City last week at a public meeting held at the Shiloh Springs Golf Course.

D.J. Gehrt, city administrator, encouraged residents and business owners in the Platte City area to share their thoughts on how to improve the Highway 92 Corridor. This was the beginning step in the formal planning process to improve the corridor spanning from Route 273 at Tracy on the west to Bethel Road on the east.

The city is teaming with Mid-America Regional Council and the Missouri Department of Transportation to study the existing road conditions and solicit feedback from stakeholders to develop a suitable five-year plan for the corridor. For more on story.

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