Platte County’s first murder in more than 18 months is a bizarre case, with the alleged killer–who is a teacher in an area school district–calling police in advance of the crime, telling a police dispatcher “I’m getting ready to kill someone.” Webber Douglas Gilmer, 54, of Kansas City in Platte County, is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Brian S. Harrell, 28. Gilmer is a landlord who police say was in a dispute with a tenant over back rent. The Landmark has learned that Gilmer is employed as a teacher in the Kansas City Missouri School District. A source within the school district confirmed Gilmer works with alternative students at the high school level.
In a groundbreaking agreement that proponents say can serve as a model for environmental groups and utilities working together, the Sierra Club, Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), and the Concerned Citizens of Platte County (CPCC) have agreed on a set of initiatives to offset carbon dioxide and reduce other emissions for the Kansas City-based utility.
The City of Platte City intends to apply for an enhancement grant to pay for beautification along the west side of Interstate 29 south of Hwy. 92. The grant would come from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). “This would provide for a grass area that is finish-mowed from the adjacent properties down to the toe of the slope,” said Keith Moody, city administrator.