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Golf course, anyone?
County seeking offers

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

The Platte County Commission is soliciting requests for proposals to outsource the golf program management services at the county owned and operated 122-acre golf course.

The proposal will also allow respondents to present offers to make a lease-purchase offer on the course, county officials said.

Brian Nowotny, Platte County parks and recreation director, said next year the county will have the option to pay off the outstanding bonds stemming from the original purchase of the Shiloh Springs Golf Course. Funding derived through the voter approved half cent parks sales tax will allow the bond to be paid in full three-years ahead of schedule. For more on story.

Unsolved mystery: Money vanishes
from treasurer’s office

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

More than $1,200 in cash is reported missing from the Platte County Treasurer’s office. A criminal investigation is conducted by the sheriff’s department. A now-former county employee becomes the focus of the investigation, and a statement of probable cause against her is presented to prosecutors. A special prosecutor from Clay County declines to file charges, determining that the “burden of proof is not present to get a conviction.”

That’s what has quietly played out under wraps inside the Platte County government complex since early September.

The Landmark learned of the situation in recent days, and on Friday put in an open records request for all the investigative reports and documents related to the case. The sheriff’s department responded to the newspaper’s request in timely fashion, turning over nearly 70 pages of documents to The Landmark late Tuesday afternoon. For more on story.

New judge named for
Robinson case

Arresting officer says county’s HR director is
‘a danger to the community’

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

A new judge has been appointed in a high profile felony DWI case in Platte County.

Rex Gabbert, judge in the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District, has been assigned to hear the case against Mary Robinson, the director of human resources for Platte County and the wife of Platte County Auditor Kevin Robinson.

Mrs. Robinson faces the felony DWI charge as a persistent offender. According to court documents, she has three previous DWI convictions in New York under a former last name.

She was arrested in late June at DWI checkpoint in Platte City, where authorities say her blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.

Court records indicate Robinson will be arraigned in front of Gabbert on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. in Division I courtroom at the Platte County Courthouse.

Robinson’s initial appearances on the charge had come in associate circuit court in front of Judge Quint Shafer. All felony cases are eventually advanced to circuit court, and initially Robinson’s case had been assigned to Platte County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Fincham. For more on story.

Two seek appointment
to Parkville board

Welch leaving; Wylie, Lock interested

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

Two people have indicated an interest in seeking the appointment to replace Kendall Welch, a Ward 3 alderman at Parkville who has indicated she’ll resign later this month to move out of state.

City officials have indicated that Nan Johnston, mayor, will appoint someone to fill Welch’s vacated chair in early January. The newly-appointed spot would then be up for public election in the municipal election scheduled for April.

Alderman David Jones has been assigned by the mayor to lead a review of the applicants and make a recommendation to the mayor for the appointment. The mayor then makes an appointment subject to approval by the full board of aldermen.

Jones says interviews of applicants will occur the week of Dec. 15, with a recommendation to the mayor and board by Dec. 22. Welch’s last meeting is scheduled to be Dec. 16. For more on story.

New hotel coming to Platte County
Towneplace Suites to feature 102 rooms

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

The development of a brand new four-story hotel along the I-29 corridor in Platte County took a gigantic step forward Tuesday.

Roger Cassity with Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting sat before the City Plan Commission of Kansas City and requested approval to amend a preliminary plan.

The amendment will change a three-acre lot on the west side of NW Plaza Circle from a two-story office building to a four-story hotel.

The preliminary development proposal recently submitted calls for the construction of a 55,995 square foot hotel with approximately 102 rooms.

The rooms will range in size from a 309-square foot studio to a 592-square foot two-bedroom. For more on story.

Lack of development in
NID is a concern
Parkville will be responsible
for any shortfall in payments

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

Development was the topic of conversation in Parkville on Tuesday night. More specifically the lack of development on the property around the intersection of Highway 45 and Interstate 435.

The first bond payments are due in 2015 to pay for improvements, which were constructed through two Neighborhood Improvement District (NID) projects. For more on story.

Facing felony charges in
theft of liquor

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

Charges have been filed against a man who allegedly stole 10 bottles of liquor from Woods Mini Mart in Platte County.

Authorities say Clarence Jenkins of Leavenworth entered Woods Mini Mart on two separate occasions and stole nearly $180 worth of liquor off the shelf.

The Platte County Prosecutor's Office charged the 61-year-old with a class C felony of burglary in the second degree and a class D felony of stealing. The alleged crimes occurred days apart.

According to court documents, Jenkins entered Woods Mini Mart just after 3 p.m. on April 18. While inside the store, he allegedly proceeded to enter an “employee-only” section that was closed off to the general public. For more on story.


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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City sees
increase in
Platte City
annual stats

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

Burglaries in Platte City are up an alarming 74 percent.

That's according to statistics compiled by the Platte City Police Department. The numbers were distributed to the city's elected officials and posted online last month.

From Oct. 26, 2013 through Oct. 26, 2014, the Platte City Police Department received 34 reports of burglary. That is a 74% increase from the previous year.

During the previous 12-month period, Platte City police received merely nine reports of burglary and only eight reports of burglary during Oct. 26, 2011-Oct. 26, 2012.

Carl Mitchell, chief of police, said burglaries are up and thefts are down.

“We had a spree of burglaries for about a two month period and that has put us up,” said Chief Mitchell. For more on story.

Active night for
I-29 driver

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

A St. Joseph man faces multiple charges after allegedly creating a traffic disruption and later damaging a state trooper’s patrol vehicle on Interstate 29 in Platte County Friday night.

Charged with a felony count of property damage and a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated is Vincent G. Deangelis, 24.

At about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Missouri State Highyway Patrol Trooper K. Jeffers was dispatched to check for a careless and imprudent driver in a red pickup on southbound Interstate 29 near the 38 mile marker. The truck was reportedly stopping in the middle of the roadway. For more on story.

and resisting

Police say suspect
fled before
being captured

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

A 44-year-old man served to be quite a hassle during his arrest.

Just after 2 a.m. on Aug. 18, Deputy Brian Hollandsworth of the Platte County Sheriff’s Department scanned the license plates of a blue Volvo parked at a gas pump in the lot of Phillips 66 near the intersection of NW Prairie View Road and NW Northwood Road in southern Platte County, states court documents.

The scan served as a red flag, revealing to authorities an associated warrant. The driver of the vehicle identified herself as 41-year-old Shannon Johnson and the passenger identified himself as 44-year-old Joseph Franklin. For more on story.

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