at a loss for news
week-by-week account of
the past year in Platte County
Not surprisingly, 2001 proved to be another year full
of interesting events and news stories in Platte County.
Here's a summary of the news as it appeared in the pages
of The Landmark.
- An investigation is underway regarding more than $3,000
being misappropriated in the Platte County Circuit Clerk's
- Platte County officeholders chosen in the November
election are sworn in: Janet Waddell, public administrator;
Christine McQuitty, county assessor; Richard Anderson,
sheriff; Steve Wegner, county commission; Bonnie Brown,
treasurer; and Michael Short, county commission.
- Local filings were reported for the school board and
local elections across northern Platte County.
- Marquee is installed in front of the Platte County
R-3 School District. Cost of the sign was $40,000.
- Senator Kit Bond will recommend Todd Graves for U.S.
Attorney for the district that includes Kansas City.
- Work began on the addition and renovation to the Central
Platte Fire District building on Main Street in Platte
- Platte County states Clay County's problems with funding
their part of the trail plan will not affect the county's
- Alan Lowry, Platte County R-3 school resource officer,
announces his resignation.
- James Detmer, 44, is sought after a family dispute
turned into the murder of his father, 72-year-old, Wilber
Detmer at his home in Parkville.
- The Platte County budget shows a 15 percent increase
for 2001 over the budgeted expenditures for 2000.
- The dedication for the new auditorium at the Platte
County R-3 High School is set for Jan. 18. The auditorium
will be named the Wilson Center for Performing Arts and
can seat 750 people.
- 19-year-old, Dana M. Fisher and 19-year-old, Robert
J. Calaman, are charged with endangering the welfare of
a child in the second degree in the death of their eight
week old Platte City baby.
- Mike Guinn announced he will serve the remaining school
year as the school resource officer for Platte County
- North Platte third grade teacher, Cathy Hubble attends
the ball for the swearing in of President George W. Bush.
- Platte County middle schools are honored for their
impressive MAP scores at the board meeting. Also, the
$8.5 million bond issue was finalized and will go before
voters in April. The bond includes: a two-story addition
at Paxton, expansion of the high school cafeteria, addition
of a band room, renovation of the Northland Career Center,
roof improvements to Barry School and other miscellaneous
- Katherine L. Perkins, 36, of Kansas City, KS, is charged
with a Class C felony of stealing traffic money from the
Platte County Circuit Clerk's office. Bond was set at
- The Hubbard family of Lansing, KS, donates a lift to
the diesel mechanics program at the Northland Career Center.
- Three of North Platte's MAP scores are in the top ten
categories for junior high social studies, high school
math and high school science.
- Kansas City area Taco Bell restaurants, including the
Platte City location, are cited by the U.S. Department
of Labor for several instances of violations of the child
- Platte County and North Platte announced their candidates
in celebration of Winter Sports Week.
- Platte City PTA announces the February Festival for
Friday, Feb. 16 at Paxton School.
- Platte City Police Department purchased a small highly
technical camera that's able to take 1,500 pictures in
a short period of time. The camera will be offered to
businesses at no charge to help curb crimes of theft.
- Northland Regional Ambulance District (NRAD) announces
it would like to be in its new facility by Oct. 1.
- Platte County R-3 Courtwarming royalty are crowned,
they are: King, Todd Jaros and Queen, Deidra Bridger.
- The public will receive an update on Platte City's
120-day Capital Improvement Program on Feb. 15.
- The Titanic Exhibition is set to premiere at Union
Station from April 14-Sept. 9.
- Seven individual champions lift the Pirates to their
second straight state wrestling title. Individual winners
were: 103-Brett Rolofson, 140-Jake Fisher, 152-Bobby Fisher,
160-Kiel Giese, 171-Zach Sherman, 189-Chase Verdoorn and
- The City of Platte City announces that the Highway
92 construction project will begin soon. Traffic signals
will go in at 4th Street and Highway 92.
- A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway
92 and Winan Road east of Platte City killed 38-year-old,
Renee Collis on Feb. 14 around 11:45 a.m. after being
struck in the driver's side by a 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass
driven by 23-year-old, Charlie Newton of Peculiar.
- An agreement between the Platte County Sheriff's Department
and the City of Dearborn states the sheriff's department
will provide Dearborn with an average of 20 hours per
week of law enforcement for $13.85 an hour.
- Congressman Sam Graves visits third graders at Siegrist
during his education tour.
- An attempted robbery turned murder at an apartment
in Parkville. Killed was Rusty D. Clinton, 22. Cornelle
D. Williams, 20, was charged with second-degree murder
and armed criminal action. Bond was at $250,000.
- The Platte County R-3 School Board adopts a resolution
calling for a special election on an $8.5 million general
- Parents of an eight-week-old Platte City baby that
died in the parents' bed were sentenced to misdemeanor
charges of endangering the welfare of a child. They were
sentenced to one-year probation for each, with a special
condition of drug and alcohol screening and treatment
directed by probation officials.
- Platte County R-3 celebrates Dr. Seuss' 97th birthday.
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Todd Graves and Platte
City Mayor Frank Offutt joined in the celebration.
- Captain Ken Wilson, commander of Platte County Sheriff's
Department announced he will begin as Smithville Chief
of Police on March 16.
- Mary Jo Everhart of Platte County Health Department
was elected as 2000-2002 vice president of the Missouri
Public Health Association (MPHA) and the Missouri Department
of Health Director's Advisory Council 2000-2001 vice president.
- Platte County R-3 will perform the musical "Grease"
on May 3-5 at the Wilson Performing Arts Theatre.
- A volunteer firefighter for the Central Platte Fire
Department was involved in a one-vehicle accident responding
to a call in Platte City. He lost control of his Jeep
Cherokee and ended up in a ravine near Second and Vine
- The Platte County Sheriff's Department Crisis Negotiation
Team was able to safely conclude a hostage situation outside
of Parkville. Kenneth J. Simpson, 40, surrendered to authorities
after a seven-hour incident.
- Camden Point Board of Alderman formed a committee to
research $200,000 in park outreach grant money available
through the county this year.
- The Platte County Pirate Band is invited to represent
the state of Missouri for the 2001 Independence Day Parade
in Washington, D.C.
- Weston Board of Aldermen hear concerns regarding a
sign ordinance at a public hearing.
- Alley work begins on the alleys between Second and Third
Streets north of Main Street in Platte City. The project
is a small part of the Capital Improvements Program of
- New census figures show Platte City's population at
3,866. This figure is up 31 percent since the 1990 count.
- Charges are upgraded against 40-year-old, Kenneth Simpson,
who held his estranged wife hostage at gunpoint in Parkville.
He is charged with kidnapping and armed criminal action.
Bond is $100,000, cash only.
- A change of venue request was granted for Katherine
L. Perkins, 36, former Platte County Circuit Court Clerk,
accused of stealing more than $2,000 in traffic court
money between Oct. 1, 1999 and May 31, 2000.
- Voters will decide on two bond issues for funding Phase
3 and 4 of Platte City's Capital Improvement Program.
- Three candidates seek two open spots on the R-3 school
board: Lee Ann Fadler, Bob Shaw and Jeff Hayes.
- North Platte third graders learn about tall tales in
recognition of Tall Tales Day.
- North Platte sixth graders graduate from the DARE program,
after learning how to "Just Say No" at the year
- Voters say yes to bond issue questions by Platte City
and Platte County R-3 School District. The school's $8.5
million no-tax increase bond issue passed with 85 percent
approval from voters. Platte City's bond issue does bring
a tax increase of 10 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
The $4 million general obligation bond issue for street
improvements passed with 69 percent of voters in favor.
The second bond was a revenue bond for water and sewer
improvements. No tax increase was associated with the
costs being paid through connecting fees assigned to those
benefiting from the improvements. The $1.4 million revenue
bond was approved by 65 percent. R-3 school board seats
were won by: Lee Ann Fadler and Bob Shaw; R-1 school board:
Louis Bentin, Jr. and Kevin Cook; West Platte: George
'Zim' Hull and Annette Annie Nutt.
- The county commission looks at a tourism tax to fund
the county's Convention and Visitors Bureau.
- Medical examiners try to determine a body found in a
field near the intersection of Highway 92 and North Winan,
six miles east of Platte City.
- Peter Oseguera, Jr., 11, of Dearborn overcomes AVMS
(arterio-veinous malformation), a rare brain condition.
- The Landmark gives $1,000 this year to local PTA groups
as a part of the paper's school service program.
- Mayor Frank Offutt proposes to rework the way the city
oversees park money and facilities after disappointment
in the current park boards lack of long-range plan and
concern over legality of current set-up of the city's
1/2 cent sales tax for parks.
- Platte County public works director Dale Thomas, addresses
the commission regarding Kansas City's plan to construct
a new water line in the Kansas City system from Ferrelview
to Dearborn that would provide water for Platte County
rural water districts No. 2, No. 4 and No. 9, Dearborn
and Camden Point.
- Board of Aldermen halt Mayor Frank Offutt's proposal
to dismantle the park board arrangements and create a
new parks "department" for the city of Platte
- North Platte plans a new addition to house a weight
room, wrestling area and locker room at the high school.
- Members of New Market Christian burn this existing
church mortgage, approximately $28,000 at a ceremony.
The church paid off the loan after three years by help
of fundraisers, originally they anticipated the mortgage
would be paid off in 7-10 years.
- Platte County R-3 names the prom King, Brian Koechner
and Queen, Danielle Steiner.
- A chemical spill closed Highway 45 between Dyestore
and Route H in Platte County for over five hours.
- A liquid petroleum gas pipeline exploded in a field
along Highway 273 between Platte City and Weston, sending
fireballs an estimated 300 feet into the air.
- County commission hears opposition of a proposed development
south of Platte City on 136th Street south of Broken Bridge
subdivision. The preliminary plat calls for 163 homes
to be built on nearly an 80-acre tract owned by James
- Prosecutors charge former Parkville teacher for allegedly
engaging in sex acts with a 14-year-old male student.
Charged with eight felonies is 29-year-old, Rachelle L.
Hernandez with four counts of second degree statutory
rape and four counts of second degree statutory sodomy.
- Former Platte County Circuit Court Clerk Katherine
L. Perkins enters a guilty plea for stealing $2,000 in
traffic court money.
- A lobbying effort by Platte County Sheriff Dick Anderson,
attempting to impact state legislation appears to have
failed after using public money-not direct taxpayer money
to pay lobbyists fighting to attach an amendment to a
bill passed by Missouri House of Representatives.
- Platte County area schools prepare for graduations.
North Platte-May 13, Platte County R-3-May 20 and West
- Over 100 individuals gather to hear comments for and
against the proposed Farley development issue. The commission
voted to table the proposed zoning change.
- Board of Aldermen announced alderman John Kurtz as
the park liaison.
- The pipeline that ruptured last week between Weston
and Platte City is back in service. Crews replaced about
100 feet of pipe including the five-foot long rupture.
- Construction of a new regulation size softball field
may begin this summer with Platte City Athletic Association,
Platte County R-3 School and Platte City Parks and Recreation
all contributing to the project. The field would be located
north of Siegrist and west of the districts existing ball
- Fire equipment was stolen from the Central Platte Fire
Department: eight leather fireman helmets and one complete
bunker firefighter gear.
- Matt Henderson is hired by Camden Point's board of
aldermen as the new police chief.
- Valerie French is named the winner of The Landmark's
English Award for 2001.
- Platte City sees a major surge in fast food businesses
with the building of Wendy's and the openings of the Pizza
Shoppe and Mr. Goodcents coming soon.
- DWI charge against county clerk, Sandra Krohne, is plea
bargained in Savannah's municipal court.
- The widening project of Highway 92 is set for an August
completion as announced by the Platte City board of alderman.
The City of Platte City also transferred $400,000 from
the 2001 budget into the capital improvement fund to cover
- Platte County R-3 may be accredited with distinction
after meeting 10 out of 11 overall criterion on the last
Missouri School Improvement Plan report.
- Planning and Zoning try to determine where growth can
continue by examining the rural character of the unincorporated
part of Platte County.
- Criminal charges in Maryland against former Platte County
R-3 state champion wrestler, Jeremy Duncan, have been
reduced. He now faces misdemeanor charges of one count
of disorderly conduct, one count of disturbing the peace
and five counts of reckless endangerment. Originally he
was charged with a felony charge of first degree malicious
- Opposition continues over the proposed Farley subdivision
south of Platte City.
- The Landmark begins its 137th year of publication.
It is the oldest newspaper in Platte County and one of
the oldest in the state of Missouri.
- Groundbreaking will be held for KCI-Expo Center on June
4. The building will feature 70,000 square foot of exhibition
hall of open space, six meeting rooms, a general assembly
room, a multi-purpose room, a permanent deli and full-catering
service. The KCI-Expo will be located at the Northwest
Plaza Circle south of the Wyndham Garden Hotel off I-29.
- Dearborn volunteer firefighter, Travis Brown, died after
responding to a fire at the intersection of Highway B
and Malcolm Lake Road, allegedly set by Edgerton-Trimble
volunteer firefighter, Jason Hendrix. Brown was killed
after being thrown from a tanker truck that overturned
responding to the call. Hendrix is held on $20,000 bond
and plead not guilty to second degree arson charges.
- The 2000 U.S. Census Bureau stats report Platte County
experienced a growth of approximately 28 percent in population
- Mayor Frank Offutt signs proclamation recognizing July
4 as Platte County R-3 High School "Pirate Pride"
Marching Band Day.
- Former Platte County Circuit Court Clerk, Katherine
Perkins, is sentenced to five years probation in a Clay
County court after being granted a change of venue. She
was charged with a Class C felony for stealing $2,000
in traffic fines, earlier she plead guilty.
- Jason Hendrix appeared in Platte County Circuit Court
where he pled not guilty and the bond was raised to $250,000
after additional charges were added. Charges of murder
in second degree (Class A felony); arson in second degree
(Class C felony); property damage in first degree (Class
D felony); five Class B misdemeanors for fires set since
May 15. A preliminary hearing date is set for July 10.
- Farley withdraws his rezoning request for a subdivision
south of Platte City for 163 homes on an 80-acre tract
- 150 law enforcement officers and deputies from Platte
County learned how to enter a building track down a shooter
during active shooter training courses.
- July 4th celebration is planned for Platte City. The
events include: pancake breakfast, 5K fun run/walk, bicycle
rodeo, 3-on-3 basketball tourney and sand volleyball tourney,
facepainting and crafts for kids, food concessions, craft
sale, flag raising ceremony and a fireworks show.
- Preliminary plans are underway for the construction
of a water line from Ferrelview to Dearborn. The line
will bring water from the Kansas City Water Services Department
to Water Districts No. 2, 4 and 9 and the cities of Dearborn
and Camden Point. The projects estimated completion date
is August 2002.
- Weston Board of Aldermen approve a ten percent water
rate increase for the City of Weston.
- "Camping for a Cause", a week-long fundraiser
raised more than $11,000 for Travis Brown's wife, Tammy
and their five children, after losing Travis as he was
responding to an arson fire allegedly set by Edgerton-Trimble
volunteer firefighter, Jason Hendrix. Travis was a volunteer
firefighter for the Dearborn fire department. Brown was
killed after the pumper truck he was riding in overturned.
- Platte County R-3 School District receives accreditation
with distinction from the state of Missouri. It's the
highest honor that a school district can hold in the state
of Missouri, and only 26 percent of the districts receive
- Partnerships begin to develop between entities toward
creating a community center in Platte City.
- The Freedom Festival, Camden Point, celebrates the
Fourth of July with various activities.
- A judge finds probable cause for Jason Hendrix to stand
trial for murder in the second degree, a Class A felony,
in the death of Dearborn volunteer firefighter Travis
Brown, as well as other charges.
- Board of Aldermen approves Platte City hair salons
to allow licensed massage therapists to do business in
the hair salons.
- Hot temperatures may be to blame for a train derailment
between Weston and Iatan along Hwy. 45 on July 4.
- Platte County's assessed valuation increased to $1.2
billion for tax year 2001. The increase is nearly $79
million over 2000.
- Platte County fair is underway with five days of fun
- Platte County considers asking voters to approve up
to a five percent hotel sales tax to help support Platte
- "Field of Dreams" event is announced for
July 28 at Strickland Family Farm near Weston.
- Platte County fair comes to an end with the crowning
of Natalie Moyer of Kansas City as the 2001 Platte County
- Platte County R-3 High School will install 11 new security
cameras to keep a close watch on the entries, auditorium
and key traffic areas of the high school.
- Platte County commissioners Betty Knight and Steve
Wegner attended the National Association of Counties Convention
- Platte County "Field of Dreams" comes alive
as former Royals players and local athletes compete against
Ghost Players from Dyersville, Iowa on Roger Strickland's
farm by Weston.
- Jason Hendrix seeks a change of venue in the case of
the death of Travis Brown.
- Platte City Board of Aldermen discuss the revitalization
of downtown Platte City.
- Platte County road districts don't want the responsibility
of some roads in the county transferred to their districts,
instead they want them to remain under the county roads
- "America's Most Wanted" TV shows brings in
58 calls in search for James W. Detmer, 44, who's charged
with the murder of his father, Wilbur Detmer, 72, of Parkville
on Jan. 10.
- President George W. Bush formally nominates Todd Graves
for U.S. Attorney for Missouri's Western District.
- State law regarding water pollution control adds a
new fee to Platte City water service.
- A two-year-old court case alleging violations of states
open meetings and open records law is over after a judgment
degree says Camden Point's Fire Board unintentionally
violated the law.
- The Landmark launches its interactive website.
- Platte County will hold a public auction of delinquent
- NRAD moves into their new location along Hwy. 92 near
Eggen's Hardware in Platte City.
- James Farley and residents work on a compromise for
a zoning deal.
- Weston city treasurer announces the city won't see
a tax rate increase this year.
- Oak Park High School coach admits to having sex with
a girl from his basketball team.
- Platte County Sheriff's Department announces James
W. Detmer's truck was found abandoned in Atlanta, Ga.
He's charged in the second degree death of his father,
Wilbur Detmer of Parkville.
- Platte County Sheriff's Department deputy, Tom Taulbee
is chosen as the North Platte R-1 school resource officer.
- Brian Nowotny, director of Platte County Parks and Recreation,
says the proposed community center will be one of several
efforts planned with the sales tax money.
- John Hall, director of Northland Career Center, is
honored by NCC and the Missouri Association for Career
and Technical Education (ACTE).
- Congressman Sam Graves visits with local senior citizens
regarding medicare and social security.
- Pirate Hall of Fame names this year's inductees: Jerre
Blankenship, David Clevenger, J. Michael Hartegan, Loneta
Wilson Schmollinger and Bill Williams.
- Board of Aldermen announce an increase of tax and trash
rates for residents of Platte City.
- A group meets to discuss the downtown revitalization
of Platte City.
- Mid-America Regional Counsel (MARC) announces the 911
software and hardware will receive an upgrade for the
eight-county Kansas City region.
- Platte Countians react with patriotism following the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
- Mark Harpst, superintendent of Platte County R-3, urges
the community center committee to think big regarding
the community's and districts needs of the proposed facility.
- A high speed chase following a robbery of an antique
store in Weston, involves officers firing shots at the
suspect, Matthew R. Graham, 31, Bonner Springs, KS.
- Three local firefighters from the Central Platte Fire
District respond to efforts following the terrorist attacks
on the World Trade Center in New York.
- Todd Graves is sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for Western
District of Missouri.
- Brad Kavanaugh is appointed as acting prosecutor of
- Platte County R-3 School District announces a public
forum to discuss the community center and gather input
and reactions from residents.
- Governor Bob Holden announced Tammy Glick will be named
Platte County Prosecutor.
- Platte City Board of Alderman approved an ordinance
authorizing the sale of $2 million in general obligation
- North Platte crowns the 2001 Homecoming Royalty: King
Nathan Boyd and Queen Jessica Goodlet.
- KC Wolf visits Platte County elementary students with
a message of self-esteem.
- The Platte City Athletic Association (PCAA) fears stormwater
drainage problem may be so severe that next year's youth
ball season is threatened.
- Steve Wegner, county commissioner, undergoes heart
- Platte County R-3 High School announces this year's
- Farley area hog farmer, Gary Oberdiek, may face opposition
from area residents on a proposed hog farm expansion project.
- Platte City mayor, Frank Offutt, announces he'll form
a committee to look at concerns of stormwater drainage
- Bonnie Glick is names the 2001 Platte County R-3 Homecoming
Queen. Jeff Wooldridge is named 2001 Homecoming King.
- Platte County R-3 school resource officer, Mike Guinn
gives his letter of resignation.
- Platte County R-3 board answers questions and concerns
regarding the proposed community center at a forum.
- Platte County R-3 announces the implementation of the
Character Council program at the high school.
- Platte County holds a dedication ceremony for the new
civic center that was recently renovated to house the
city's police department and municipal court.
- Weston celebrates their annual Applefest event.
- Barbara Whitters shares her passion for doll houses
with The Landmark in a special feature article.
- Platte City Mayor Frank Offutt, appoints a stormwater
drainage commission to review the current situation.
- Tammy Glick is sworn in as the Platte County Prosecutor
with nearly 200 people in attendance.
- Platte County commission approved Jim Farley's request
to rezone a tract of land for a 158-single family lot
subdivision south of Platte City after months of opposition.
- A Clay County judge denies Jason Hendrix's request
for a change of venue.
- City of Platte City and the Platte City Athletic Association
debate over the stormwater drainage issue.
- Platte County Administration Building installs a security
station at the entrance of the building.
-Children's Academy preschoolers visit Platte City Main
Street businesses on Halloween morning.
- Martin Pope, Platte County R-3 High School teacher,
is honored with the Fall 2001 Fox 4 Crystal Apple Award.
- The City of Platte City reports new data regarding
the curbside recycling program says it's off to a great
- Platte County Commission implements an additional court
surcharge to provide operating expenses for victims of
- Platte County Pirates football team is one win away
from defending the Class 3A state title.
- West Platte Blue Jays advance in state playoff action
for the first time since 1973, when that team advanced
past quarterfinal action.
- North Platte and West Platte Schools join together
to honor the veterans of our country in the annual Veterans
Day program at North Platte High School.
- The Pirates defeat Carl Junction to advance to the state
title game in defense of their Class 3A Championship.
- A 2000 study published in Expansion Management Magazine
rates Platte County R-3 as the third top district in the
Kansas City metro area on the Missouri side.
- Platte County Regional Sewer District 2002 rate study
says the 2001 rate increase for customers will be less
than two percent.
- Platte County Pirates celebrate their second consecutive
Class 3A title over New Madrid Central.
- West Platte Blue Jays clinch their first ever Class
1A State Championship Title.
- Paul Whitters is honored with the Truman V. Glenn Memorial
- Burglaries strike rural areas of Platte County and may
have a connection to burglaries in Buchannan County.
- Edgerton is struck by a series of fires and vandalism
- Platte County R-3 Vision 2007 Committee meets to determine
the districts five-year strategic plan.
- Siegrist Elementary collects warm clothes to donate
to the United Services Christmas Store in Platte County.
- The Central Platte Fire District faces some problems
within the department between personnel.
- Platte City police discover a meth lab at a local motel.
- A population increase causes the City of Platte City
to change the voting wards.
- Platte County runningback, Zach Sherman is honored
with the Frank Fontana Memorial Award by Kansas City metro
- Dave Brooks announces he will run for Platte City mayor.
- Three local teenagers are injured in a one-vehicle
wreck on Hwy. 92 east of Platte City.
- Congressman Sam Graves talks with The Landmark about
this past year's session and the events of Sept. 11.
- Weston Board of Alderman vote to move the city hall
to a renovated Burlington Northern Train Depot, now owned
by the City.
- Dearborn Fire Protection District receives a new pumper
tanker. The truck will be dedicated to the memory of former
volunteer firefighter, Travis Brown.
- Platte County R-3 board hears about surveyors comments
regarding the possibility of a county not being able to
support both the Platte City and Parkville proposed community
- Platte County R-3 board scales back an originally proposed
$750,000 softball stadium to an estimated $300,000 stadium
to meet the district's budget.
- Platte County Commission terminates an 1/8 cents retail
sales tax, used for Union Station improvements.