A Kansas City, Mo., man who took part in five bank robberies in Kansas and Missouri was sentenced Monday to about 4.5 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Dale Williamson, 35, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., to five counts of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted driving a getaway car in the following bank robberies:

• April 24, 2014, UMB Bank, 6252 Raytown Road, Raytown, Mo.
• May 12, 2014, First Bank of Missouri, 7001 North Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, Mo.
• May 22, 2014, Bank of America, 15811 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, Kan.
• May 30, 2014, Commerce Bank, 9501 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kan.
• May 30, 2014, Commerce Bank, 3606 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, Mo.

Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble for their work on the case.


A man crashed a Harley-Davidson at 6:15 p.m. July 3 on I-435 northbound, just north of the Wolcott exit in Kansas City, Kan.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report, the motorcycle was northbound on I-435, entering a work zone, when the driver lost control.

The motorcycle hit a guard rail, according to the trooper’s report.

The driver of the motorcycle was a 54-year-old man from Farley, Mo., the report stated.

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College is sponsoring a presentation in July that will feature a guest speaker from South Africa.

Matlotleng Matlou will speak on “The U.N. International Decade for People of African Descent” from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 9, in the Intercultural; Center on the KCKCC main campus, 7250 State Ave. There is no fee to attend the presentation, and it is open to the public.

Matlou worked as an envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner Kenyan refugees in the early to mid 1990s. In 1997, he returned to South Africa and became chief director of migration at the Department of Home Affairs, later becoming the deputy director general of tourism in the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Currently, he is director of Excelsior Afrika Consulting and part-time lecturer at the Institute of African Renaissance University of South Africa.

The program is sponsored by the Henry Louis Center, Students for Global Peace, the Ralph Bunche Society, the KCKCC e-Journal and the Intercultural Center.

For more information, contact Barbara Clark-Evans at 913-288-7504 or email

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.