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Two persons of interest were taken into custody this morning in the Turner area. They have been booked into the Wyandotte County Jail on charges unrelated to a shooting at a convenience store this morning, a police spokesman said.

The Kansas City, Kan., police are still actively looking for a third suspect in the case, the police spokesman said this evening.

About 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, an off-duty deputy sheriff in uniform went into a convenience store near South 44th and Shawnee Drive in Kansas City, Kan., according to the spokesman.

Three persons went into the store. The officer was shot multiple times, according to police. The officer was taken to the hospital in critical condition, the spokesman said.

Police this morning set up a perimeter around the area, and located an abandoned vehicle that is possibly related to the incident, according to the spokesman.

Several agencies responded and assisted in searching for the suspects. The two persons of interest were taken into custody this morning.

The shooting is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department’s major case unit, which is encouraging anyone with information to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Nathan Barnes (Staff file photo)[/
Nathan Barnes (Staff file photo)

by Mary Rupert
The primary election is not quite over yet, according to Nathan Barnes, who was in third place for the Unified Government Commission, 1st District at large position.

Second-place winner Mark Gilstrap had 10 votes more than Barnes. First-place winner Melissa Bynum had 23 more votes than Gilstrap in the close contest.

The unofficial vote Tuesday night was Melissa Bynum, 1,125; Mark Gilstrap, 1,102; and Nathan Barnes, 1,092.

Barnes, a UG commissioner from the 1st District for 18 years, said today that election results are still pending until they are certified on Monday morning.

It’s been his experience that usually there are about 30 ballots or so that are “provisional,” he said, and the board of canvassers has to decide whether to count them or not.

Barnes said he would have to wait until after the canvass Monday to decide whether or not to ask for a recount.

He said he is currently investigating to see why his election mailer did not reach some addresses on the east side of Kansas City, Kan., before the election. It reached some addresses in the 66109 and 66112 areas on the west side before the election, but not on the east side of the city, he said. Some persons on the east side of the city received his mailer today, he said. He added it appeared to him that the mailers were dropped off at the post office on time.

“I know there would have been 12 votes on this end of town if I’d got my mailer out,” Barnes said.

Barnes also had an automated telephone call that reached some voters, as did several other candidates. Barnes’ campaign helped encourage voters to go to the polls early or to use mail-in ballots in advance voting, but his numbers of advance voters were not quite as high as he had hoped, he said.

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A man in his 30s was found dead inside a car (under a blue tarp in this photo) this morning on 63rd near the intersection with Parallel Parkway. Police are investigating after they received calls about gunshots fired near 61st and Leavenworth Road. (Staff photo)
A man in his 30s was found dead inside a car (under a blue tarp in this photo) this morning on 63rd near the intersection with Parallel Parkway. Police are investigating after they received calls about gunshots fired near 61st and Leavenworth Road. (Staff photo)

A homicide was reported today at 63rd and Parallel Parkway, according to police.

About 11:45 a.m. police received “shots fired” calls around 61st and Leavenworth Road, according to a police spokeswoman.

Officers were in the area checking on the call, and one officer traveling on Parallel Parkway saw a car stopped on 63rd just north of the Parallel Parkway intersection, she said.

Two persons were inside the car, and one man in his early 30s was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head, she said. Officers are talking with the other person inside the car.

Officers are currently on Leavenworth Road, from 61st to 63rd, investigating, she said.

A few blocks south of the intersection, on 64th, a police vehicle was stationed at the entrance of the Coronado Middle School for added security.

The incident is under investigation and anyone with information may call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Sporting KC unveiled a jersey on Wednesday for the 2015 season. (Sporting KC photo)
Sporting KC unveiled a jersey on Wednesday for the 2015 season. (Sporting KC photo)

A new Sporting Kansas City jersey was unveiled Wednesday for the 2015 season.

The team plans to wear the jersey at 6 p.m. Sunday for the season opener against the New York Red Bulls at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. For ticket information, visit www.Ticketmaster.com.

The jersey has checks that are called a “window pane pattern.” There will be a matching jacket for players to wear on the field before matches.

The Kansas City T-Bones announced they have signed rookie Alex Marquez to a contract for the 2015 season.

Marquez, 22 (12-10-92), is a 5-foot-11 and 190-pound catcher from Maunabo, Puerto Rico.

He played in 13 games in 2014 with Auburn, the Washington Nationals’ low-A club, and batted .154 with four hits and scored two runs. Marquez is a career .173 hitter with 48 hits, 48 walks, and 23 RBIs.

Defensively, Marquez has a .986 fielding percentage, catching in 104 games. He has thrown out 42 runners for a 24 percent caught stealing percentage.

“Alex is a solid defender who will compete for a spot in spring training,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli.

Marquez has spent the majority of his professional career in the Kansas City Royals’ organization.

The Royals selected Marquez in the 29th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft at the age of 17 out of Alfonso Casta Martinez High School. In four minor-league seasons with the Royals, Marquez reached single-A Lexington in 2013.

The T-Bones open the 2015 regular season at home on May 22 against Lincoln.
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