Operation Facelift


Douglass-Sumner Neighborhood Association held its annual Operation Facelift neighborhood clean-up day on April 27. About 40 student volunteers from Sumner Academy helped pick up trash in alleyways, streets and residential yards. Douglass-Sumner Neighborhood received funding from Livable Neighborhoods and Greater Kansas City LISC for the event. The residents helped by preparing the food for the event to feed the volunteers. Attending the event were a Kansas City, Kan., police officer; Beatrice Lee, a neighborhood leader; and Angela Eley, a former LISC staff member.

Douglass-Sumner Neighborhood Association held its annual Operation Facelift neighborhood clean-up day on April 27. About 40 student volunteers from Sumner Academy helped pick up trash in alleyways, streets and residential yards. Douglass-Sumner Neighborhood received funding from Livable Neighborhoods and Greater Kansas City LISC for the event. The residents helped by preparing the food for the event to feed the volunteers. Sumner Academy student volunteers gathered for this photo.

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Grandview Christian Church, 8550 Parallel Parkway, is collecting canned goods for Help 3:17, a local food pantry.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Living Water United Methodist Church, 3001 N. 115th St., plans a Band and Barbecue event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8. There will be a free concert and barbecue at the family event. Disc golf, games and music are planned. All are welcome. Living Water plans a Worship-Arts-Music Camp from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 16-19 for children in preschool through eighth grade. Activities include drumming, singing, playing instruments, movement and visual arts. Students will explore worship through the arts. The camp will be led by music and art teachers from local school districts. To enroll in the free camp, visit livingwaterumc.net/worship-arts-music-camp/ or call 913-400-7203. Living Water also plans Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, to Thursday, July 17 for preschool through fifth grade children. The theme is “Weird Animals.” To enroll, visit livingwaterumc.net/vacation-bible-school/ or call 913-400-7203.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, will hold a Vacation Bible School, Weird Animals theme, from 6 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. June 8 to June 13. Registration deadline is June 8. For information, visit www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/opendoor/gpgs/home.aspx.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, plans Vacation Bible School at 9 a.m. June 9 to 13 at the church’s Cole Activity Center. The theme of VBS is “Weird Animals.” For more information, see http://stonypointchristian.org/.

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th, will be the host for the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mass will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 21, at St. Patrick. A presentation on the Fatima message will be given by Deacon Bob Ellis after the Mass.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., will travel to Topeka Saturday, June 7, to witness the ordination as a deacon of Don Compier at Grace Cathedral. Compier will be the guest preacher at the 11 a.m. Sunday service June 8 at St. Paul’s which will be in English and Spanish. Members will observe Pentecost; a baptism of two infants is planned. A potluck dinner will follow in the parish hall.

Supreme Court upholds Wyandotte County murder conviction

The Kansas Supreme Court today upheld the conviction of Dominic Verser on first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm charges in a March 2009 shooting death.

The case involved the death of Olivia Anaekwe, the mother of Verser’s child.

The court unanimously affirmed Verser’s convictions, originally in Wyandotte County District Court.

Among other rulings, the court held that the district court committed both statutory and constitutional error when it failed to read an answer to a jury question in open court and in the presence of Verser. However, the error was harmless in light of substantial evidence against Verser.

The court also held that when the testimony of a state’s witness has been so successfully impeached that it is shown to be a fabrication, and the defense chooses to continue the trial in order to use the testimony to its advantage rather than argue for mistrial, any error in failing to grant the state’s motion for mistrial is, at most, invited error that cannot provide relief on appeal.