Diana Jenkins, a 45 year old resident of Raytown was shot at her residence at 67th and Raytown Road last Thursday (March 25, 2010). She died from her wounds on the way to the hospital. Laray Jenkins was charged with the Class A Felony of Murder in the Second Degree and Armed Criminal Action. Mr. Jenkins is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bond.
KMBC has reported that the Raytown Police had been called to the residence twice before on the day of the murder. For this report use the following link: http://www.kmbc.com/news/22967068/detail.html
Endorsements: RAYTOWN SCHOOL BOARD It is baffling when a governmental body proves itself to be in need of new members that very few file for the jobs. This year’s Raytown School Board election is a classic example. Only three candidates have filed for two open seats on the School Board. Collectively speaking the Raytown School Board has made some really bone-headed decisions this year. They signed agreements to build athletic fields with artificial turf at a cost to the taxpayers of over $2 million dollars. At the same time they eliminated special education programs that specifically helped the handicapped. When property values in Raytown were reduced by the Jackson County Assessor’s office the School Board joined in a frivolous lawsuit costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. They then raised the Raytown School District levy to historic highs – a move that increased property taxes on homeowners throughout the District. One of the incumbent candidates for the School Board was delinquent in paying her property taxes this year. To make matters worse, this same candidate voted to increase property taxes just five month earlier. That candidate is Bobbie Saulsberry. Her negligent action does not deserve the support or vote of anyone. Arrogance such as this has only been topped by the Raytown City Council which handed out 7% pay increases in the last two years when most Raytowners are happy to have jobs (but that is another story). This year’s pick up candidates are few. Still, it is a race. There are three candidates – there can only be two winners. Here are some recommendations: RICK THODE: Rick Thode has proven himself to be a clever politician. He voted against raising the property taxes and has positioned himself on the School Board in the role of the “loyal opposition”. At the same time, it is also known that he has actively lobbied members and candidates for the Missouri State Legislature to raise the levy ceiling on School Districts property taxes. So, even though he voted against the property tax increase, he is quietly working behind the scenes trying to create legislation to raise property taxes even higher! His actions make one question the sincerity of the persona he has tried so hard to create. None the less, he is the pick of the litter in this year’s School Board Election. NANCY EYERLY: There has not been any evidence of Nancy Eyerly actively campaigning for the Raytown School Board. Just the same, she deserves to be the beneficiary of the other candidate’s missteps (Bobbie Saulsberry). It is true that both Saulsberry and Eyerly were delinquent in paying their property taxes before filing for election. But Saulsberry’s lapse is extremely bad because less than five months earlier she voted to raise the property tax for EVERYBODY in the District. If for no other reason than Saulsberry’s actions, Eyerly gets the nod. REMEMBER TO VOTE FOR TWO! The two top vote-getters in this year’s school board election will win the election. So it is very important that every ballot be marked for two candidates. Tyranny of the Majority The public is being kept in the dark on many decisions made by the Raytown Board of Aldermen. Their most recent tactic is to ram legislation through via a “consent” agenda. This allows the Board to approve any amount of items on the agenda by simply voting them all at one time. Most recently the Board used this tactic in an attempt to approve over $100,000 worth of purchases (police vehicles) without any real discussion. (Mayor Bower does not allow discussion on consent agenda items) The excuse used is that the Board has already approved such items through the city’s budget ordinance, therefore, no discussion is necessary. Nonsense! Things change, financial situations change and so do priorities. What is worse, the public has no chance to learn of what exactly is going on until AFTER the vote. A waiting period on spending items should be the common practice. This gives the public time to learn and respond about issues in a timely manner. The twisted logic in play with the so-called “consent” agenda is both misleading and most definitely contrary to a democratic form of government. According to the American College Dictionary the word “consent” means to “agree in sentiment”. Plainly stated if only one member of the Board of Aldermen does not “consent”, there can be no consensus. At a recent meeting of the Board, Alderman Bill VanBuskirk asked that an item be removed from the consent agenda for further discussion. Typically, since there was an objection, the item should be removed. But not this time. The Mayor asked if there was an objection. Ward 2 Alderman Jim Hamilton, who rarely speaks out at Board meetings on anything, objected to VanBuskirk's motion. Bower then insisted that a motion be made to remove the item. Van Buskirk made a motion, but not enough members of the Board supported the motion. Therefore the item was left on the consent agenda. In effect, the minority on the Board were told “we will not let you talk on this issue”. The consent agenda had been turned into a gag rule. This is commonly referred to in parliamentary circles as “the tyranny of the majority”. The tactic effectively tells the minority on the Board that they cannot speak to an issue without the majority agreeing to allow them to speak -- even if that item is on the agenda. Even worse, those members of the Board who are not in favor with the Mayor and his cronies are not being allowed to do what they were elected to do. Mayor David Bower sat by while this farce played out. This is the same Mayor that campaigned on a promise of transparency in government. What he is enabling or actively doing behind the scenes is very wrong. He has a responsibility to allow all members of the Board of Aldermen the right to be heard. Transparency . . . hogwash . . . these are Gestapo tactics, plain and simple. High School Activities O’Hara Wins Academic Knowledge Bowl Championship by Brother Richard Geimer O'Hara High School won the West Central Conference Academic Knowledge Bowl varsity championship on March 26th and took second place in the junior varsity division. O'Hara had won the Conference Championship in 2005 and 2008; last year Saint Pius had won it. None of the other teams fielded a freshman team to oppose the Celtics on that level so three O'Hara ninth graders were moved up to the junior varsity team. Mike Berney, Andy Meyer, Josh Bonello, and Kierra Jackson each won varsity medals for winning the First Place plaque. Sophomores Jake Fortin and Jeff Best were joined by freshmen Tony Darling, Claire Banderas, and Alex Coutree to make up a five-person JV squad. Freshmen Maddie Champion, James Campo, and James Bradish who have been on the O'Hara Academic Bowl roster since January did not compete. For the rest of this story and others stories about O'Hara use this link O'Hara High School Celtics Open Baseball Season with Two Impressive Wins With Cullen Rowland pitching a no-hitter over three innings to get the victory and Austin Pearcy finishing the no-hitter by pitching the final two innings, the Archbishop O'Hara baseball team opened their season with a 14-0 victory over Van Horn. Rowland also led the team with three hits and six runs batted in followed by Alex Gaul-Pearson with two. In the next game, the Celtics defeated Raytown 15-5. Jake Slocum picked up the victory giving up only three hits and striking out eight. Aaron Mitchell led the way with a grand slam home run. Sam Janet collected three hits and Logan Halil had two hits. Help Support RSHS Cheer!!! By Kari Playter Ray South Cheerleaders are currently conducting our Spring Fundraiser!!! We are selling 12 inch frozen pizzas, cookie dough, and other wonderful frozen desserts! The pizza's come in many flavors and two different sytles; thin crust and regular. Pizza's range in price from $7-$9 each and desserts range from $8.50-$16. Please talk to a cheerleader or Mrs. Playter for more info!!! Thanks for your support! Remember everything you purchase helps support the Cardinal Cheer Program!! For more stories about Raytown South High School Activities use this link Raytown South High School Last Week’s Poll Results Should the Raytown Police Department use hybrid vehicles in their fleet of cars? Yes . . . 41% No . . . 59%