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Landmark's 150th year
open house event
Friday, Oct. 3
Campbell plans live music, street party

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

Two downtown Platte City businesses are teaming up for a fall fling on the courthouse square Friday, Oct. 3.

Scott Campbell’s Law Office is celebrating its third year at 351 Main Street. The Landmark Newspaper is celebrating its 150th year of uninterrupted publication. Together, the two are sponsoring an aptly named ‘3-150’ Party on that Friday evening.

Activities inside The Landmark office at 252 Main Street will kick off at 4 p.m. and run till 8 p.m. The public is invited to come tour the historic office and the old-time printing presses, typesetting machines, and handset type on display.

Light refreshments will be available inside the newspaper office and staff will be on hand to meet and greet the public and offer information on the equipment on display. There will also be a limited number of commemorative 150th year Landmark coffee mugs available.

The fun on the street begins at 6 p.m. when the popular local band Outlaw Jim and Whiskey Benders takes to a stage set up on Main Street between Third and Fourth Streets on the courthouse square. Street activities and the band will continue until 10:30 p.m.

While the band is kicking out tunes, the Pool Hall will have a designated area set up as a beer garden. The Pool Hall will also be running food specials throughout the evening. For more on story.

Pedestrian killed on I-635 near Argosy

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

A 34-year old man was struck and killed crossing the southbound lanes of Interstate 635 early Friday.

Christopher E. Richman of Bonner Springs, Kan. attempted to cross I-635 near Argosy Casino at 3:50 a.m. Friday morning. As he crossed the four-lane highway, he was struck by a vehicle in the southbound lanes driven by 45-year-old Brandon D. Shiveley of Kansas City.

Shiveley's 2000 Chevrolet smashed into the pedestrian at a high rate of speed near mile marker 10.8. For more on story.

R-3 considers tax increase vote in April
Potential proposal may call for
38 to 50 cent hike

by Stephanie Eaton
Landmark reporter

The Platte County R-3 School Board got a lesson in the district's growth management plan.

According to Platte County R-3 School Superintendent Dr. Mike Reik, the plan was to help the board begin discussion on what they hoped to see when it came to managing the school system's growth in the years to come.

During Thursday’s board meeting with a growth management plan, Reik told board members that the school system is facing continued growth and something needs to be done to address those issues.

Reik also said one way to address the growth is by building a new elementary school. He said the new school would allow for the closure of Rising Star and the annexation of the Paxton building by Platte County High School.

According to Reik, the school system was 103 students over “functional” capacity during the 2013-2014 school year. Currently, the school system is 217 students over functional capacity at the beginning of 2014-2015 school year. However, Reik said the numbers are changing daily.

Reik said his main areas of concern were Pathfinder Elementary, Barry School and Platte County High School. For more on story.

Parkville alderman
arrested for DWI

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

A city of Parkville elected official was arrested for driving while intoxicated Friday night.

Marc Sportsman, 59, an alderman serving Ward 4 in Parkville, was one of three arrests made by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department in a sobriety checkpoint held in the 7200 block of Hwy. 9, which is north of Parkville near the St. Therese Church.

Authorities say Sportsman’s blood alcohol content was .127. The legal limit for drivers is .08.

Sportsman was taken to the Platte County Detention Center where he was booked on the charge before being released after posting bond. For more on story.


hit by armed robber
Suspect with gun jumps over counter

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

A man disguised in a light-colored Halloween mask entered a bank during what is normally a very busy time of operation and demanded cash.

The armed bank robbery occurred Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Bank of Weston located at 6510 NW Prairie View Road, not far from the intersection of Interstate 29 and 64th Street in southern Platte County. For more on story.

Libraries now using
self-checkout system
Technological advances changing your library
George Kavanaugh of Kansas City scans his library material at the new checkout station at the Riverside Mid-Continent Public Library. Kavanaugh told The Landmark the self-checkout stations "lack personal service."

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

Library patrons who have recently stepped foot inside a Mid-Continent Public Library have probably noticed a few changes. Most obvious among those modifications is the placement of self-checkout and check-in stations, as well as security gates located just inside the libraries' interior doorway.

While the era of presenting library material to an actual person may be over, library officials say the services provided at the Mid-Continent Public Library will be enhanced in a variety of other ways. For more on story.


FedEx worker crushed by his own truck
Move frees money for domestic violence shelters

Inspector says bridge is good
Investigation continues in death of KCI gift shop worker
Murder suspect also faces local charges
Photographers will soon be invading Platte City

Robinson makes court appearance in DWI case
Bridge making waves

No election this year to realign half cent park tax
Accused of pointing rifle at I-29 traffic
Jail chairman fires more verbal bullets
Study: sports compelx not the answer at I-435


Speaking in KC, Obama says economy is improving
Judge dismisses lawsuit brought by Chapel Ridge foes
Will voters get a chance to realign park tax?
Committee: No jail expansion needed
Schieber rolls Plunkett; Armstrong beats Boyer

County HR director arrested for DWI
Firm envisions 300-acre project east of Interstate 29
Is answer to jail question in basement?
R-3 coach charged with murder
L.C.'s Hamburgers heavily damaged by fire
Platte Landing Park now open

Carter resigns as mayor at Weston
City has developer interested in eastside
KC man killed in I-635 crash
Jail committee members exchange angry words

The Landmark. Begins its 150th year
FliP: Not much difference in academic growth
Coach at R-3 remains in Clay County jail
Baker not yet taking Weston alderman spot

Homicide reported in Northland
Missing man's body, truck found in pond
Sports park study will cost $40,000
Drug suspect fights with deputy
Last day of school at Park Hill is May 30

Local doctor wins bracket contest
On split vote, Central Platte buys new fire truck
Proposed Quik Trip now in doubt

Four candidates for three open spots at R-3
Quint Shafer named associate circuit judge
Military man facing local criminal charges
R-3 chooses high bidder for auditing

Nowotny fires Kunce
Administrator not required to live in Platte City
Court asked to dismiss Chapel Ridge lawsuit
A recruiting success
Brown to step away after one term in office

School break-in causes $50k loss
Parkville to seek $1,000 restitution from Vikings
Official excited about KC's convention opportunity
City floats idea of selling sewer system
Schieber will run for presiding commissioner

More hotel rooms needed for KC's bid

At odds at R-3
Charged with making false bomb report
Jail bookings increase by 2.6% in '13
Effectiveness of school's FLiP being questioned

Grantham moving from Zona Rosa spot
Study suggests $21 million county jail expansion
City will have water, sewer rate study done

Patron questions R-3 board about finances
Plunkett says he'll run for presiding spot

Holden files for R-3 school board
Value of city-targeted property assessed at $94k
Park Hill will put tax hike on ballot
Sewer rates to rise by 3% at Parkville

The Owens Lee Hull Justice Center
County clerk won’t seek re-election
County budget brings disagreement
Event kicks off county’s 175th year

One county worker getting pay increase
Decision on school tax levy vote expected to be made Jan. 9
Downtown Master Plan complete: Now what?
Changes add costs to Platte Landing Park
Platte County will note 175th year in 2014

Victim found after reported shooting
Free water still an issue at Parkville
New 'Landmark People' book hits the shelves

Chiefs' star busted by Riverside police
It's time to fill Van Amburg's old spot
No more free water
Six vehicle crash injures five on I-29
Some employee health benefit costs drop
Vacant building fire being investigated

Hey, where have all the books gone?
Concerns over QT proposal heard
Closing out an open road bond credit card
Some employee health benefit costs drop

A hidden treasure
Charged after death of Park Hill student
KCI business leaders want more from sheriff
No salary hike for officeholders
Quik Trip seeks a Parkville location

Landmark wins state for Best News Series
Chapel Ridge foes hire Quitmeier as attorney
Parkville trying to fix its technology woes

JRay's owner charged in child porn case
Parkville schedules special election
Packed house discusses future of KCI
Six-year-old found riding tricycle on Main St. unattended

Honoring 'Hotshots' who lost their lives
Neighbors oppose housing development
City proposes mayor become 3-year term

City feels let down in new park plan
Charged with selling illegal explosives
Nine apply to replace Judge Abe Shafer
New city clerk hired at Parkville

Judge's ruling upsets prosecutor
Platte City wants 35 acres east of I-29

Board chooses lower cost option for web site

County golf course lost $333k in 2012
City staff wants $28k for web redesign
Mandatory retirement coming soon


Drama surrounds damaged home

Taxpayers can protest real estate values
Hwy. 9 landscaping project fertilized with dollars
Expansion of trails set for Rt. 152, Line Creek

Suicidal man flees, causes fiery crash
Todd Graves will assist privacy protection probe
The Landmark begins 149th year of continuous publication

Concealed weapon permits, gun sales on the rise
"They call me a hero. Heroes don't brag'
Man charged with assault at stalking

Bill Hankins wins Bracket Battle
Alleged sex offender posed as police officer
Parkville's use tax proposal goes down to defeat
Road Tax Cruises
Water, sewer rates will be increased
Hwy. 9 corridor will see some changes

MAYOR: Development must not bring tax hike
New boat ramp estimated at $700k
Older low-speed vehicles must be inspected

Purse-snatcher gets six year jail term
Home damaged by fire
Candidates discuss issues facing Park Hill district
Absentee voting now offered for April 2 election

A change in culture?
Fleeing suspects captured
Deputy crashes vehicle in pursuit of suspect
Super Bowl party turns deadly at Riverside
PH student arrested

Student who had gun in school now in custody
County will add four employees
Commission split on road tax ballot language
Central Platte payments to firefighters listed
City spends 2.5 hours in closed door meeting
Man with guns detained by police

Employee pay raises, new positions in budget
Big drop in DWI arrests, traffic tickets in city
Sex crime suspect still on the loose
Fire board purchases $32,000 Chevy Tahoe
Man charged with forgery in local case
Prostitution charge vs. principal dismissed

Missouri delegation split on ‘fiscal cliff’ votes
High speed chase ends in arrests
Dearborn man, son charged with sex crimes
Bids being taken for fire department audit

Cold Case: Charged in rapes from ‘92
Charged with murder of woman found at park
Fifteen days in jail, $125k in restitution
Filing now open for city, school positions

Man gets probation after assaulting officer
Pay hike of five percent suggested at county
An uncertain time for many small businesses
Resident believes police are targeting him
Monday meeting to deal with police controversy


Local election is a clean sweep for Republicans
Business owner asks for exception to sign ordinance
Speed limit lowered on Hwy. 45 stretch
City, fired employee negotiating severance

Administrator Fired
Woody dies at age 58
Sanchez responds to resignation speculation
Yard waste facility regulations established

KCP&L: Burrowing animals causing outages
Enrollment at Park Show 2.3% increase
Christian, Cox battle in race for assessor
Father Christmas will note 25 years at Weston

Local household income is down 5% since 2008
City still studying adult business regulations

Local circuit court judges get positive reviews
Domestic assault charge filed against Platte City man
Eight-time drunk-driver gets 15 years in slammer
Dusenbery’s push to cut tax levy by 1 cent fails
Warrior Dash event okayed on split vote
Former Weston judge guilty of DWI charge

Former Weston judge guilty of DWI charge
School ponders drug testing for students
Men sentenced for robbing Five Guys
Trail extension opens in south Platte

Platte City property owners, residents invited to give comments
Man charged in local purse-snatching ordeal
Lathrop man killed in wrong-way crash
Marijuana seized at local motel
Meth lab suspected in cabin at resort
Search warrant idea pulled from agenda
Columbia issues 2-5 search warrants a month

New search warrant law proposed
‘Piggyback Bandit’ visits Platte County
Search warrant idea yanked from agenda
In culinary sense, she’s ‘pushing it to the edge’
Local pastor accused of being ‘peeping tom’


City puts ousted mayor back in service
'Felony lane gang' member gets probation
Treasurer candidates have varied approach

Court papers offer details
Homeless man charged with robbing bank
Family of victims stunned, heartbroken
Mayor ousted

Personal property value up, real estate down
From ‘The Garage’ to ‘The Big Show’
Charged with assault of police officer
Will chamber find calm after the storm?
Tuition will increase at Park University
Technology work coming to R-3 at over $400K

Owner of B&B says her business is good for city
New alert system sounds warnings to cell phones
Stephens will lead Platte County EDC

NRAD hires new executive director

Tracy talks golf carts; Patrol not a fan of idea

Campbell withdraws as Lemasters’ attorney

One-tank trip: Omaha for some AAA baseball
Technology work coming to R-3 at over $400K

Attempt to tighten golf cart law fails
County pays $8,800 to get out of Annex

'Let this be a warning'

Accused killer says no to Landmark time
NRAD halts project after criminal charge
Plunkett stepping away, Soper stepping up

Sheriff's department gun recovered by ATF
Ron Paul draws big crowd in KC
Both sides file motions in zoo-related lawsuit
NRAD halts project after criminal charge

End of an Annex
R-3 tax hike would be $342 on $300K home
Mother: Arson suspect was on way to recovery
Armed man robs Bank Midwest
Springston accepts Park Hill's job offer
Raid of meth lab brings three arrests

Park Hill's selection and process critiqued
Santorum carries Platte, wins state
Sexual misconduct policies on front burner

Skull determined not to be from a recent death
Auditor: County budget philosophy not sustainable
Man's best friend

R-3 puts tax hike question on ballot
Skull found near Waldron studied by authorities
High profile cases advance

Accused killer to be back in court Tuesday
Plenty of city, school board races on tap
'Mystical' medical clinic on the way to Parkville
Nothing is off the table

Murder arrest made
Is O'Dell a serial killer?
Evidence outlined in documents
Sheriff and prosecutor get their requested funds
Proposed budget: no salary hike for workers
Wallaby not welcome back inside city limits

Panel wants more info on Boggs' DWI case
Charged with robbing bank at Smithville

Owen steps forward as sheriff candidate
Candidates filing for open city positions
Ken Wilson will run for state representative

Significant pay raises given at city of Parkville
County absorbs 10% hike in insurance
Weston gives $20,000 toward levee repair
County picks independent audit firm

Attorney's DWI case gets controversial

Landmark Christmas party ready on Friday
School will ask for 60-cent tax increase
Man dies in one vehicle accident

Riverside's mayor delivers a cheer
Domestic dispute leads to lockdown of schools
Weston still battling effects froom flood
Methane gas found at site of new school

Four day school week idea being floated
Three candidates for city post
Respondents don't want shorter summer break
Wheel man in drive-by shooting pleads guilty

No pay hike for county officials
Night-time art festival coming to Parkville
KCK man charged with trafficking drugs
Parkville Commons bonds refinanced

Young girl missing
Alderman against ‘slapping signs up’
Friends: Loss of job led to tough times
Parkville puts on hold on adult businesses

Campbell stepping away as Parkville city attorney
New alderman could be in place by Oct. 25
Grandview man found dead at Riverside
Park Hill won't take KC transfer students

Who will be chosen as next city attorney?
In double fatality, male driver across center line
After an interesting year, Cook gives up his post
On split vote, school wants swimming pool

Three months later, sandbags going away
Captain Johnson's actions included 'weekend fund'
Zoo tax issue not on Platte County ballot
Commissioners cut property tax levy in half

Local crime spree
No criminal charges against captain

Teacher accused of having sex with student

3 Guys in a Garage talk sports on the radio

Metten will quit as city administrator
Sheriff suspends Cpt. Steve Johnson; Johnson then announces 'retirement'
Police say illegal items removed from local store






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FedEx driver
tried to stop
his rolling truck
Faulty braking
system led
to fatality

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

An investigation into the tragic death of Charles L. Sims, a FedEx worker who was pinned between his rolling vehicle and the house where he was making a delivery in Platte County, says a failed parking brake system is to blame.

According to the vehicle examination report, Officer Greg Hall, a commercial vehicle officer with the Missouri State Highway patrol, performed an inspection on the FedEx delivery truck at the exact location where the fatal accident occurred.

During the inspection, Hall parked the white 2000 freightliner step van on the sloped driveway and pulled the parking brake. When Hall released the brakes, the FedEx truck began rolling forward on the driveway, sloped at a 17% downhill grade, states the crash report. For more on story.

Park Hill has six
cases of Enterovirus

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

Merely a month into a new school year and local health officials report a spike in the number of children falling ill to a respiratory virus.

Hundreds of children across the Kansas City metropolitan area have been hospitalized from the respiratory virus known as Enterovirus D68 or EV-D68.

“Since Aug. 1, Children's Mercy Hospital has seen more than 600 suspected cases,” said Jessica M. Salazar, media relations manager for Children's Mercy Hospital.

“More than 450 children were admitted into the hospital, including 100 children who were admitted to the intensive care unit with this viral infection,” said Salazar. For more on story.

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