‘Popeye’ gets nine years in federal prison

A man from Belize who used the alias “Popeye” to peddle methamphetamine on the streets of Overland Park was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., to nine years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

John Michael Hernandez, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. In his plea, he admitted he was using the alias “Popeye” in December 2013 when he began selling methamphetamine to undercover investigators working with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. In a series of transactions, he sold them more than a pound of methamphetamine.

After he was arrested, Homeland Security Investigations used the Automated Biometric Identification System and the integrated Automated Fingerprint System to determine Hernandez had previously been convicted of robbery in Los Angeles and deported from the United States to Belize in 2009.

Grissom commended the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken for their work on the case.

Piper results

Piper High School – football vs. Bonner Springs
– Piper varsity lost 24-31 (overtime)

Piper High School – volleyball
– Piper varsity at Spring Hill (5th place)
– lost to Blue Valley Southwest (22 and 22)
– lost to Paola (20 and 12)
– defeated Turner (12 and 21)
– lost to Spring Hill (25-17, 14-25, and 25-21)
– lost to Washburn Rural (11 and 11)

– From Doug Key, Piper activities director

Students to March Oct. 8 in honor of Cesar Chavez

Students at Caruthers Elementary School in Kansas City, Kan., will be participating in a mock protest march at 10:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, to emulate the 1965 march led by Mexican American labor activist Cesar Chavez. The mock demonstration is a part of a lesson commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month.

This year marks the 10th year for this event, organized by third grade teacher Lisa Young. The annual event provides students with lessons in history, literacy, and communication.

Chavez was a migrant worker who fought for the rights and fair treatment of migrant workers. He became a voice for all workers.

Banneker students will create picket signs (with sticks donated by the local Home Depot) in their classes with slogans used by Chavez such as “Si, se puede” which means, “Yes, it can be done” and “huelgas” which is the Spanish word for “strike.”

Students have written essays about the march, and what it means. One student wrote, “I thought it was fun because it really made me feel blessed because we have freedom and they didn’t have freedom.” Another wrote, “I got to experience what it was like to be Cesar Chavez – to fight for my and other people’s freedom.”

Young started the march during her first year as a teacher at Caruthers. Two classes participated that year. With passing years, more classes got involved by watching and then joining in. Today, all students participate.

– Story from Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools