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Laredo jumped ahead of Kansas City early in Wednesday’s game, and never trailed, as the Lemurs ended the T-Bones playoff chances with a 5-4 win at CommunityAmerica Ballpark n Kansas City, Kan.

Heading into the game, Kansas City was third in the wild-card standings, 4 1/2 games behind Laredo. The loss puts Kansas City 5 1/2 games back with four remaining.

Laredo took a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Kansas City starter Kris Regas (6-5). The first two batters, Ty Morrison and Abel Nieves, singled and then were knocked in by Kevin Taylor and Travis Denker.

The Lemurs added another run in the fifth before Kansas City’s offense, which had only three hits through five innings, scored in the sixth.

Starlin Rodriguez led off the inning with a double and then went to third on a single by Nate Tenbrink. With runners at the corners, Jake Blackwood singled to center, scoring Rodriguez.

The next batter, Adam Bailey, also singled to center, scoring Tenbrink and making it a 3-2 game. That was all Kansas City scored in the inning, though, as Kyle Robinson grounded into a double play and Vladimir Frias flied out to center, stranding Blackwood at third.

Laredo came right back and scored a run in each of the next two innings, capped by Phil Pohl’s home run with one out in the eighth.

The T-Bones added two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run home run by Robinson that scored Blackwood. Later in the inning, Kansas City had runners at first and second, but Brent Peterson struck out for the third out.

The T-Bones (48-47) and Lemurs (54-42) are scheduled to play the finale of their four-game series, and the last regular-season home game for Kansas City, Thursday night at 7:05.

It will be Fan Appreciation Night, with general admission berm tickets for $2 on the day of the game.

Tickets are available by calling the box office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618 or online at tbonesbaseball.com.

– Story from T-Bones


Antonio Garcia-Viveros, 32, Kansas City, Kan., and Asuncion Cortez-Chavez, 27, Kansas City, Kan., have been charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

In addition, Garcia-Viveros is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred Aug. 6, 2015, in Kansas City, Kan., according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Upon conviction, the methamphetamine charge carries a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million; and the firearm charge carries a penalty of not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Trent Krug is prosecuting.

The three-quarters of a million funding for the three-tenths of a mile Kaw Point trail bike path is back on the Unified Government Commission agenda for Sept. 3.

The commission voted 5-5, with the mayor voting in favor of the project, at the Aug. 27 UG meeting. The project funding did not pass at that meeting.

The UG agenda for the 7 p.m. Sept. 3 meeting provides information that was not discussed on Aug. 27. According to the agenda, if the project does not move forward, about $200,000 in expenses that were incurred so far in the project will need to be refunded with cash in 2016.

Costs overran on the project by around $250,000, according to UG officials. If the project moves forward, the UG would pay $760,000 on the bike path, and the rest of its funding would come from federal funds estimated at $1.2 million. The federal funds are handled through the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The $760,000 was already included in the UG budget that was passed, but the commission did not discuss the project overrun at the time, and some commissioners said they were concerned that the funding increase was not brought before them by UG staff at an earlier date. There were also comments from some commissioners that the project was too expensive for the short length of the trail.

Those in favor of the project said it would connect the Kaw Point Park trail to other metropolitan area trails, and that the project had been previously approved.

Also on the Sept. 3 agenda is an ordinance and resolution to issue $280,000 of taxable special obligation annual appropriation refunding bonds for the Wyandotte Plaza project.

According to the agenda, the $280,000 would cover the scheduled principal payment due Oct. 1, and is a temporary six-month financing. A full refinancing of the Wyandotte Plaza debt is expected to occur during the fourth quarter, according to the agenda. The future refinancing will remove the government’s annual appropriation pledge.

The 7 p.m. Sept. 3 meeting will be in the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

There also is a special session planned at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the ninth floor conference room at City Hall. It will be a closed session on labor.

At 5:30 p.m., a special session will be held in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 515, on the grant process.

The agenda is online at www.wycokck.org.