Archive for August 2017

Homicide victim on North 75th Drive identified

The victim of a homicide at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the 1400 block of North 75th Drive has been identified, according to police.

The victim was Kevin Fowler, 29, a resident of Kansas City, Kansas, police stated.

He was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest, according to police.

The case is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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KCK man charged in drug case

A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kansas, has returned an indictment of Jose Badilla, 33, of Kansas City, Kansas, including drug charges.

Badilla was charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, two counts of maintaining a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking, and one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.

The crimes were alleged to have taken place in March and August 2017 in Wyandotte County, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

The indictment alleges Badilla maintained residences in furtherance of drug trafficking in the 2800 block of North 51st Street and the 3500 block of Ohio Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:

Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine: Not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million on each count.

Possession with intent to distribute heroin: Not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million.

Unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: Not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

Maintaining a drug involved premises: Up to 20 years and a fine up to $500,000 on each count.

Possession with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin: Not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million.

The Kansas Bureau of investigation investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Zabel is prosecuting.

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Come-from-behind 26-24 win sets up KCKCC sweep of Labette

Freshman middle blocker Randi Johnson delivered a pivotal point in KCKCC’s come-from-behind 26-24 opening match win that led to a 3-0 sweep of Labette Wednesday. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

Blue Devil sophomores Alissia Nevarez (14) and Katie Heeter (3) provided a potent roadblock in KCKCC’s 3-0 sweep of Labette Wednesday. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College went ahead only once in its first set against Labette Wednesday night but it came when it counted most.

The 26-24 win set up a 3-0 sweep by the Lady Blue Devils in their home and Jayhawk Conference opener. Played in front of a boisterous crowd of more than 225 in the newly revamped KCKCC Field House, the win ran KCKCC’s record to 3-2.

The game was also the first of three straight home conference encounters with Johnson County coming in next Wednesday and Highland Sept. 13.

Labette built a 17-12 lead in the opening set and after KCKCC pulled even at 19, the Cardinals reopened their lead to 23-20 before the Blue Devils’ big finish.

Riding the opening win, the Blue Devils led virtually all the way in a 25-20 second game win although Labette got to 23-20 late. The third and final game was never in doubt as the Blue Devils dominated from start to finish in a 25-10 win.

“We struggled early in the first set and finally settled down and played well, especially in the third set when we played like the way we can play,” said head coach Mary Bruno, who got solid performances from freshmen Brittney Winter and Randi Johnson and sophomores Katie Heeter and Morgan Schwarz.

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