|BY GREG WALTERS|
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The following article was published in Pitch Magazine this last week.
Raytown, and in particular, the Walmart on 350 Highway, are central to the story, which also examines other Walmart stores in the metropolitan area and nationally.
|RAYTOWN POLICE CRUISER AT WALMART STORE|
It is a reminder and a wake-up call to the baggage that often times comes with large retail outlets. The story examines the cost to municipalities, and the unfortunate target they become to an element in society who believe if you want it, you take it.
The story interesting on many fronts. The first and foremost is in the falsehood that large retail outlets are a blessing to a community. But more importantly, the underlying message that even during the holiday season, it is wise to be mindful of our surroundings when out for what should be a pleasurable experience of shopping.
Wal-Mart 911: The world’s largest has the lowest prices and keeps police busy BY DAVID MARTIN
Around 11 a.m. on October 7, a Raytown police officer attempted to apprehend a man and a woman suspected of shoplifting at the Wal-Mart on East Missouri Route 350. The couple, a husband and wife, decided to make a run for it, leading police on a car chase that ended when their maroon Cadillac DeVille crashed in a wooded area near East 43rd Street and Elmwood Avenue, in Kansas City.
The driver, Jaconn Griffin, faces charges of assaulting an officer and resisting a lawful stop. Police say the officer who had tried to make the arrest at Wal-Mart was stuck by the Cadillac’s open rear door when Griffin threw the car in reverse before speeding out of the parking lot. The officer, Evan Hartenstein, was treated for minor injuries.
The chase reached speeds of over 110 mph and caused several accidents. After crashing the car, Griffin tried to flee on foot before being captured by two Kansas City police officers. Tamara Griffin, whom police say swung a bagful of stolen batteries at Hartenstein before jumping into the backseat of the getaway car, faces charges in Raytown Municipal Court. READ MORE
for Public Office BY PAUL LIVIUS
Last Tuesday was a busy day for the City Clerk at Raytown City Hall. Raytown’s City Clerk, Teresa Henry accepted documentation from no less than 11 candidates filing for various offices up for election in April of 2017.
So far, five incumbents and six newcomers have filed for office. Filing will remain open until January 10th. To qualify as a candidate for public office office in Raytown, a person must have all personal and property taxes paid in full, be a registered voter and must live within the jurisdiction in which they have filed.
Here is a list of who has filed as of last Tuesday. Filing will will remain open until Tuesday, January 17th at 5:00 p.m.
ALDERMAN, WARD 1
ALDERMAN, WARD 2
Loretha V. Hayden
ALDERMAN, WARD 3
ALDERMAN, WARD 4
Bill Van Buskirk
ALDERMAN, WARD 5
Major Appointments Scheduledfor BOA Meeting BY GREG WALTERS AND PAUL LIVIUS
The Raytown Board of Aldermen has a full plate of appointments scheduled for next Tuesday’s meeting. Three appointments will be made to Senior Staff positions. The following three positions will be filled.
RESOLUTION-2922-16: A resolution appointing Tom Cole as City Administrator.
RESOLUTION-2923-16: A resolution appointing Briana Burrichter as Finance Director.
RESOLUTION-2924-16: A resolution appointing Kati Horner Gonzalez as Public Works Director.
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