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Thursday, 18 February 2021 06:50

Two Teen Girls Die in Crash in Pleasant Hill

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Two teens from Pleasant Hill Missouri, Reyna Oliver and Chloey Schorr, passed in a car wreck yesterday on 7 highway. According to official police reports, Schorr was traveling Northbound on 7 and a 2020 Freight Liner and 2017 Jeep were traveling Southbound. Schorr crossed a centerline of the road and side swiped the Jeep. Schorr's vehicle started rotating and was struck by the Freight Liner. Both girls were pronounced dead on the scene by firefighter, Jake Williamson, at 5:50 pm. 

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Parson announced that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Energy Crisis Intervention Program will improve assistance offered to eligible low-income Missourians.

“We are very pleased to announce this improvement to the Energy Crisis Intervention Program, especially given the extreme winter weather our state is currently facing,” Governor Parson said. “Since many Missourians remain in crisis for subsequent months, paying only the minimum to keep a low-income household out of crisis tends to prolong the situation. Now, we can make it faster and easier to resolve a household’s crisis situation.”

When a household’s energy source has been shut off or is at risk of disconnection, the winter Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), which runs November through May, pays the minimum amount needed on the fuel bill to get the household out of crisis. Starting this winter, ECIP will pledge the maximum disconnect amount (up to $800) toward an eligible participant’s owed balance.

“Winter can be especially harsh for low-income Missourians, and we must do all that we can to assure they can heat their homes to remain safe and healthy,” said Missouri Department of Social Services Acting Director Jennifer Tidball.

In FY2020, Missouri provided $78.6 million in LIHEAP assistance to over 108,000 households. In addition to meeting the income criteria, low-income Missourians must also meet the following criteria to be eligible for winter heating assistance through LIHEAP:

  • Be responsible for paying home heating costs,
  • Have $3,000 or less in bank accounts, retirement accounts, or investments, and
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted for permanent residence.

It is very important for low-income Missourians who have received a disconnect notice or know a disconnect notice is coming to get help now to prevent service disconnection at a later date. To learn more about the LIHEAP program, view this short video. Missourians can submit the LIHEAP application form online.

Missourians in need of information on LIHEAP, Food Stamp, Medicaid, Child Care Subsidy, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefit programs can visit dss.mo.gov. Individuals can also apply for these services 24/7 online by visiting MyDSS.mo.gov.

Missourians with questions not specific to an individual’s case can use the DSS Virtual Assistant for immediate answers to basic questions 24 hours a day. Phone assistance is also available, call 855-FSD-INFO or 855-373-4636 Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Missouri Services Navigator also has information on over 2,800 programs and services available in the state. 

Saturday, 13 February 2021 07:37

Protect Your Pipes from Freezing

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From the City of Raymore:

We’ve got at least another week of freezing temperatures hanging around. Sustained frigid temps can freeze water pipes, which is not only inconvenient, but could lead to burst water pipes and a big, costly mess.

✔️ First, make sure that the cover for the water meter pit in your yard is closed securely. This will help keep cold air from freezing your meter.

✔️ Open cabinet doors under your sinks to get warm air circulating around those pipes, especially if your sink is located on an exterior wall.

✔️ Keep a trickle of cold water running through your faucet. This trickle should be a steady but small stream about the size of the lead in a pencil. Allowing the faucet to be on prevents pressure from building up in the system, which is the cause of burst pipes. (To run a small trickle for 24 hours costs less than 25 cents.)

✔️ Know where your main shut-off valve is located in case of an emergency. This can help you avoid a costly mess if a pipe should burst.

✔️ If a pipe freezes, never use an open flame to thaw it. Use a hair dryer, light bulb or heat tape. When in doubt, call your plumber.

For more tips: http://bit.ly/3jFLvjw

Saturday, 13 February 2021 07:07

Don’t Let Your Car Get Stolen

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From the Harrisonville Police Department:

Old Man Winter is going to hit us all right between the eyes this weekend, and as it gets colder outside, people should be especially careful of motor vehicle thefts. From January 1st to today we have had 7 stolen motor vehicles, 3 of those were vehicles left running or had the keys in the vehicle, at either the victim’s home or at a business. According to safewise.com the average price for a remote start is $118.85, which is A LOT lower than what it will cost you if your car is stolen. Leaving your vehicle running unattended is a bad idea even if you are planning to make just a quick stop. So, we are asking that you try and keep our Officers out of this crazy cold weather as much as possible and keep you from the heartbreak from stepping outside and realizing someone has driven away in your vehicle. Please Lock your vehicles and don’t leave them unattended while warming them up. From all of us at HPD, stay safe and warm this weekend.

Monday, 25 January 2021 10:39

MO Governor State of the Union Address

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(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Governor Mike Parson will give the 2021 State of the State Address on WednesdayJanuary 27 at 3 p.m. 

Due to COVID-19, attendance in the House Chamber will be limited. The speech will be live-streamed on Governor Parson's Facebook page and the State of Missouri Facebook page. An overflow area to view the live-stream will be located in the 1st Floor Rotunda. 

Vehicle Stolen from Raymore Recovered During Pursuit

Cass Co – Around 10:00 pm Thursday, deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit attempted to stop a 2002 Ford F250 truck on Prairie Lane and E 155th Street near Raymore for speeding.

The driver increased his speed and continued driving north onto Pryor Road crossing 150 Highway. At one point, the driver drove into the oncoming lane of traffic nearly striking another vehicle.

The Cass County Deputy with a Grappler equipped vehicle was able to capture the vehicle on Pryor Road near South West Hook Road. The vehicle was brought to a stop a short time later and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.

The vehicle was confirmed stolen from Raymore, Missouri on January 7, 2021. The driver Eric C. Shope, 40, Kansas City was arrested and transported to the Cass County Jail for active warrants that include municipal warrants in Belton, Sugar Creek, Failure to Appear Possession of Drugs in Excelsior Springs, Mo. and Felony Possession of Controlled Substance in Jackson County.

Today the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office charge Eric C. Shope with Class D Felony Tampering with Motor Vehicle – 1st Degree, and Class E Felony Resisting/Interfering with Arrest, Detention or Stop Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury/Death.

The judge in the case issued Eric C. Shope a Signature (ROR) bond.

 

At approximately 9:40 p.m. on January 4, 2021, employees heard gunshots outside the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A Headquarters, 504 SE Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, Missouri. The preliminary investigation revealed troopers inside the building responded to an exterior doorway where a subject was observed holding an assault-style rifle. The subject approached the main entrance to the building and fired multiple shots. Troopers gave the suspect verbal commands, but the suspect failed to comply. Troopers engaged the suspect in gunfire and struck the suspect. The suspect sustained non-life-threatening injuries; he was transported to a hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, where he remains in stable condition. The troopers involved in the shooting and the radio operators inside the building were not injured.

Troopers located the suspect’s vehicle within the parking lot and noticed a suspicious package inside it.
The Lee’s Summit Police Department’s bomb squad responded to help secure the vehicle’s contents. The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time. The Kansas City (Missouri) Police Department is assisting investigators in processing additional evidence at a residence in Kansas City.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control’s investigation is ongoing.

 

Saturday, 02 January 2021 15:36

Year in Review 2020

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The year of 2020 has left an immense mark in so many people's lives and is definitely one that most will never forget. We all entered this past year full of hope and envy for the luck this number would bring, while we were so blind to what was ahead of us. 

 In January, we started our local paper with a fresh-new owner, ready to take charge, and learn just how much hard work and self-discipline taking on this business would take. While not much in Pleasant Hill was new, much news came throughout the country, On January 3rd, Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force, was assassinated from an airstrike ordered by Commander in Chief, Donald Trump. Almost two weeks later on January 16, President Trump's impeachment trial was started and approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. Only a few days later, America lost the beloved basketball star, Kobe Bryant, and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, who had tragically died in a helicopter crash on January 26th.

 February started with the U.S. Senate taking a vote for Donald Trump's impeachment trial which was acquitted on the 5th of the month. The Kansas City Chiefs had made a comeback, winning the Super Bowl on February 2nd for the first time since 1970, leading Patrick Mahomes to be crowned Most Valuable Player. Along with these, the Covid-19 pandemic was an uprising taking its first American victim.

 March started as a month of great potential. Our show choirs were thriving, with Hillside's show bringing home 5th runner up from the Heart of America competition and grand championships from every other competition last year, and the high school bands were performing beautiful sounds and running their annual booster fundraiser concert. Later in the month, as Covid-19 became more widely known, and spreading throughout our population exponentially faster, the world began to shut down in preparation for what was coming. Pleasant Hill schools had officially gone virtual for the remaining semester on March 17th and America had started its plans on how to deal with controlling the spread of the new virus as we learned how to cure it.

 In April, the nation had gone into a shutdown, requiring masks where they could, and shutting down public spaces and events. As people were buying out toilet paper and cleaning products at our stores, the hospitals were going insane and began to become incredibly low on resources to help scared citizens through the pandemic.

 In May, the Pleasant Hill High School tried finding fun, and safe ways to celebrate our seniors who didn't get the chance to have a proper send-off and goodbyes from one of the biggest parts of their lives. On May 7th, the class of 2020 seniors got to drive down the streets of our town while everybody cheered them on.

 On June 11, our 2020 seniors finally got their chance at a graduation ceremony, celebrating their achievements on Eklund Field. During this month, America saw an uprising in protests in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement regarding the murder of George Floyd on May 25th. Many businesses in Kansas City, were boarded up and shut down in order to keep their possessions safe from the rioters.

 In July, our annual Cass County Fair had sadly been canceled due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses all around Pleasant Hill had come together to create the UNFair, filling the downtown area with food trucks and festivities, and ending the gracious event with movies in the park.

 In the month of August, our schools had figured out their plan for learning during the pandemic, allowing kids to have the option for in-class learning and a safer alternative to online learning. Along with the start of our 2020 to 2021 school and sports season, our fire chief of almost 10 years had retired. Outside of Pleasant Hill, the concern of mail-in ballots had started up.

 During September, our soccer team was taking lead, and bringing home plenty of trophies. Manna Fellowship church had finished their new church building and hosted a ribbon-cutting.

 In October, the high-school crowned their homecoming king and queen as Evan Burns and Juliana Canaan. Glo Medspa and Lashout had hosted their ribbon cutting and officially opened, along with the new cafe inside of Create Thou Art.

 November was the start of what seems to be the never-ending election between Biden and Trump. Many have accused others a voting fraud, and many still blame the mail-in votes to be the largest issue. Along with the election chaos, Missouri State governor, Parson, signed an executive order extending the state of emergency to March 2021.

 In December, officials had announced the launch of the new Covid-19 vaccine, and the spread of the vaccinations had started. Here, in Kansas City, our Fire Department had sadly laid their Captain Robert Rocha to rest. Along with that, our own Pleasant Hill Fire Department had found a litter of puppies and successfully found a home for each and every one of them within hours.

Even though this is definitely not how any of us expected our year to look, it was sure one that helped us all appreciate life a little more. Goodbye 2020, you will not be forgotten, and probably not missed. 

Friday, 01 January 2021 17:54

Seven arrested by Cass County Sheriff

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Seven people were arrested Thursday afternoon in Cass County after a search warrant was executed by the Cass County Sheriff's Office Criminal Apprehension Unit.

Deputies investigated a home in the 18000 block of E. 281st Street, which is located just southwest of Harrisonville.

Police discovered 14 people inside a home, including a juvenile. Seven of the fourteen were arrested on active warrants and pending narcotics charges. The juvenile was released to the State's custody.

"There is a lot of time, effort, and manpower into securing a search warrant," Cass County Sheriff Jeff Weber. "This investigation has a tremendous amount of work to go and our deputies will work tirelessly to ensure that anyone committing crimes will be brought to justice."

 
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 09:36

One in Custody Following Monday Night Pursuit

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Cass Co – Around 10:30 pm Monday deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit assisted officers with the Harrisonville Police Department involved in the pursuit of a 2011 Chrysler 300 on northbound I-49 north of Harrisonville.

Officers pursued the vehicle north of Peculiar where the suspect exited on Peculiar Way and then traveled south on I-49.

An officer was able to deploy a tire deflation device north of Harrisonville on I-49.  A Cass County Deputy with a Grappler equipped vehicle was able to capture the vehicle when it exited at 291 Highway in Harrisonville.  The vehicle was brought to a stop and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.

The vehicle was confirmed stolen from Lansing, Kansas.  The driver Cassandra M. Schroeder, 33, Overland Park, Kansas was arrested and transported to the Cass County Jail.

On Tuesday, Cassandra Schroeder was charged with Class D Felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Class D Felony Tampering with Motor Vehicle – 1st Degree, and Class A Misdemeanor Resisting/Interfering with Arrest, Detention or Stop.

Schroeder was issued a Signature (ROR) bond.

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