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7-1-2014

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County HR director arrested for DWI
BAC allegedly more than twice the legal limit

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

Mary Robinson, the director of human resources for Platte County, was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated Friday night.

Robinson, 43, was arrested at a DWI checkpoint being conducted in Platte City by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department. She was booked into the Platte County Jail and released a short time later after posting $1,000 bond.

According to the arresting deputy’s report, Robinson’s blood alcohol content measured .174, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Robinson, who has served as the county’s HR director since late 2009 and earns a salary of $61,700 per year, is the wife of Platte County Auditor Kevin Robinson.

The sheriff’s department conducted the checkpoint near Hwy. 92... For more on story.


MARY ROBINSON
Platte County Human Resources Director


LIFETOUCH CLOSING
Hundreds will lose their jobs

by Chris Kamler
Landmark reporter

The digital age can count a long-time Platte County business as one of its latest casualties. Lifetouch Publishing on Ambassador Drive near the airport will close its doors for the final time on Dec. 1, according to numerous sources employed at the plant and later confirmed by a spokesperson within Lifetouch.

The employees were notified by representatives of the company on Wednesday.

The publishing plant, which seasonally employs up to 500 people during school yearbook season and about 150 employees year-around, will be moving all yearbook publishing operations to its sister facility in Loves Park, Illinois effective this upcoming school yearbook season.

For more on story.


Is answer to jail question in basement?
'Futures' area could house inmates

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

 

Does a solution to the Platte County Jail “crowding” issue lie in the basement of the existing facility?

It may. At least the chairman of the jail advisory committee wants to give it a strong look.

“I want to plant an idea for you to think about and come back to. Last week when we took our tour (of the jail), we focused on the futures area (the basement of the existing jail). I think that place needs to be given consideration to be developed into additional bed space,” Jim Roberts said to other members at the close of a committee meeting Monday night. For more on story.


R-3 coach charged with murder
Bond set at $1 million for Simms

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

A Platte County High School freshman boys basketball coach has been charged with first degree murder.

Marcus J. Simms, 31, is accused of killing his girlfriend in his Clay County apartment on April 30.

Simms, who served as a non-faculty freshman boys basketball coach at Platte County R-3 for three years, has been in custody since the incident. For more on story.

Marcus Simms



L.C.’s Hamburgers
heavily damaged by fire

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

An old-school fast food burger joint in Platte Woods became engulfed in flames late Thursday night.

L.C.'s Hamburgers, known by burger lovers for its juicy old-fashioned hamburger patties, fried onions, and vanilla ice cream, caught fire around 10:15 p.m. Thursday shortly after the restaurant closed for the day.

Employees had left the building located at 7612 NW Prairie View Road around 9:30 p.m. and the restaurant was vacant at the time of the fire.



Firefighters were called to the scene by an alert officer with the Platte County Sheriff's Department who noticed smoke coming from the building's exterior. Unfortunately, the situation quickly escalated and flames engulfed the roof and the north side of the restaurant. For more on story.


Platte Landing Park now open
Ribbon cutting held at Parkville


by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

Alongside a rising, fast moving Missouri River, Platte County officials on Saturday morning held a grand opening ceremony showcasing for the first time a new $2 million riverfront park.

Platte Landing Park offers a variety of easily accessible recreational activities. Whether you're a dog lover, watercraft enthusiast, fisherman, cyclist or simply taking a walk, Platte Landing Park offers something for nearly everyone.

The 144-acre park has two fenced, off-leash dog parks, new boat ramp, and new walking trail. Platte Landing Park is adjacent to English Landing Park, just southwest of Main Street in historic downtown Parkville. For more on story.

 
 


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Firm envisions 300-acre project east of Interstate 29

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

A real estate brokerage and development company is proposing its vision for property the city of Platte City recently acquired, plus a much larger neighboring parcel.

The firm envisions a 300-acre development on the east side of Interstate 29 between the Main Street and Hwy. 92 interchanges with a mix of retail, medical, business park and residential space.

As exclusively reported by The Landmark on June 18, the city has identified a firm interested in developing city-owned property on the east side of I-29.

This week, D.J. Gehrt, city administrator, said one response to a recent request for proposals concerning what the city refers to as the eastside project was received.

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