It has been a bit of a rough year for former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Bill Maas, but he caught a break this week. Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd announced Wednesday morning that his office would not file charges against Maas, who served as a radio and television sportscaster after his playing days. Maas, 45, of Lee’s Summit, was arrested at KCI Airport in Platte County last week after he tried to board a plan with a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag. Zahnd said “Missouri law currently makes it impossible to prosecute someone who tried to carry a gun on a plane unless that person was going to commit a crime. I first asked the legislature to fix this loophole in 2004 and I hope lawmakers will change the law soon.” Two months ago Maas ran into problems with the law in Illinois, where he was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
The Tour of Missouri bicycle race started on Tuesday with an 85-mile trek. The largest portion of the route went through Platte County and the course traveled through Parkville and Platte City before returning to Kansas City. Spectators lined much of the route through Parkville and Platte City.
The Landmark grabbed six awards in this year’s Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Awards were announced Saturday at the MPA Convention held in St. Louis.