Congressman Sam Graves and Majority Whip Sen. Roy Blunt met with Major Jim Tenpenny of Platte City last week while visiting Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan. Both Graves and Blunt spent their Memorial Day recess with an esteemed bipartisan delegation visiting U.S.. troops and meeting top military and civilian leaders in Afghanistan, Germany, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey and Ukraine.
A Platte City man perhaps narrowly avoided being burned to death after concerned passersby dragged his unconscious form away from his burning 2004 Jeep Wrangler on Friday at about 3 p.m. Edward Willis, 30, lies in critical condition at the North Kansas City Hospital after a two car head-on collision on Hwy. 92 about 1.5 miles east of Platte City. Willis has been in intensive care since being flown by medical helicopter to North Kansas City Hospital. The fiery impact occurred a bit east of Jackson Animal Clinic, slightly to the east slope of a steep hilltop.
The Platte County Commission unanimously endorsed a $13,919 grant from the state to support the county’s victims’ advocate office. The victims’ advocate works in the Platte County Prosecutor’s Office and provides guidance and support to victims of rate, assaults, murder and other crimes of violence. Jill Brockman, the county’s victims’ advocate, and prosecutor Eric Zahnd attended the commissioners’ work session. Brockman served about 400 crime victims last year, Zahnd said.