Saturday events

Blood drive scheduled Jan. 30
A Community Blood Center blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Haley Bernard Honorary Blood Drive Training Room, 13001 Metropolitan Ave., Bonner Springs. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 816-753-4040 or visit

Fundraiser to benefit school
The Taste of KCK fundraiser, a benefit for Resurrection Catholic School, will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Tickets are $40 each. For more information, visit or contact 913-371-8101.

Eagle Days planned today at Kaw Point Park
Eagle Days are planned from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Kaw Point Park in Kansas City, Kan. This is a viewing opportunity outdoors at Kaw Point Park, at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers in Kansas City, Kan. Eagles may be seen from late December until early February. They sometimes perch in trees along the water’s edge. Those who arrives early in the morning may see them flying and fishing. Those who go eagle-watching are advised to bring binoculars and dress warmly. Kaw Point Park, at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers in the Fairfax area of Kansas City, Kan., can be reached from I-70, to the James Street or Fairfax exit No. 423, and then to Fairfax Boulevard. An entrance is through the levee area. For more information, see

Enroll for health insurance
Enroll Wyandotte will be at the South Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Meeting Room A, Kansas City, Kan., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 30 to help people prepare for enrolling for health coverage.

How do wild animals survive the cold?
A program from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library, Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road, will discuss how wild animals in this are surviving the cold weather, and how creatures in colder climates survive. There will be a hands-on activity. The program is geared for children.

Make a Mardi Gras crown

Adults and senior adults may attend a program on how to make a Mardi Gras crown from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 30 at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library craft room, 625 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, Kan. It is a glittery paper crown. Teens may attend if accompanied by an adult. The program is free but those attending must register to 913-279-2066.

Learn sewing and quilting at the library
Sewing and quilting for beginners or for those who want to learn more will be offered from 10 am. to noon Saturday, Jan. 30, at the West Wyandotte Library, Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, children’s craft room, 1737 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kan. The class is for adults, and for those ages 10 and older. There is a limit of 15. Advance registration is requested to the library, 913-596-5800. Those who register get priority.

Wyandotte County Museum
The Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and holidays. For more information visit the website or call 913-573-5002.

Strawberry Hill Museum decorated for holidays
The Strawberry Hill Museum is open on weekends only. For more information and hours of The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., visit or call 913-371-3264.

Police chase ends near College Parkway and Parallel

Suspects were captured after a chase went through Kansas City, Mo., and ended near College Parkway and Parallel Parkway this afternoon.
Suspects were captured after a chase went through Kansas City, Mo., and ended near College Parkway and Parallel Parkway this afternoon.

Police cars, fire trucks and ambulances were lined along College Parkway near 72nd and Parallel Parkway this afternoon after a police chase ended nearby.

Suspects were pursued by the Independence, Mo., police into Kansas City, Mo., and then into Kansas City, Kan., a police spokesman said.

They were taken into custody near Painted Hills Golf Course in Kansas City, Kan.

The spokesman said Independence police started the chase for a stolen auto. Kansas City, Kan., got involved around 3:45 p.m. and police threw stop sticks to halt the vehicle, according to the spokesman. There was no one injured, the spokesman said.

Bonner Springs man found guilty of second-degree murder in shooting death of girlfriend

George Lingenfelser
George Lingenfelser

George Daniel Lingenfelser, 29, Bonner Springs, was found guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 7, 2014, shooting death of Janet Billings, his live-in girlfriend.

A jury in Wyandotte County District Court handed down the decision after deliberating for more than 11 hours.

Billings was shot to death in the parking lot of the Lowe’s store in the 6900 block of State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. The shooting occurred shortly before noon on a Sunday, with other customers present.

District Attorney Jerry Gorman stated the jury deliberated diligently for more than 11 hours over three days.

“The efforts of the jury are very much appreciated,” Gorman said.

Sentencing is set for 10 a.m. March 3 in Division 8 of the district court.