Gas leak causes evacuation at Wyandotte Plaza

Some Wyandotte Plaza businesses and townhomes to the north were evacuated this morning because of a gas leak.

Construction workers working on the remodeling at Wyandotte Plaza, near 78th and State Avenue, hit a gas line with a front loader around 9:30 a.m. April 16 on a road behind the building, said Assistant Chief Craig Duke, spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department.

Some businesses in Wyandotte Plaza and about eight townhomes to the north had to be evacuated because the wind was blowing gas back into the building, he said.

The incident lasted about 45 minutes, until the gas was shut off, and then workers and residents returned to their buildings, he said. There were injuries.


Homicide victim identified

A victim of a homicide on April 14 has been identified, according to Kansas City, Kan., police.

Oscar Sanchez-Escamilla, 30, of Kansas City, Kan., was the victim of a shooting on I-635 near I-70 on April 14.

At the time of the shooting, police said they did not believe it had anything to do with a series of recent highway shootings under investigation in Kansas City, Mo.

Sanchez-Escamilla was one of two gunshot victims who went to the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., around 3:30 a.m. April 14.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department’s Major Case Unit is investigating.

Anyone with information about the shooting may call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Democrats to meet April 19

The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will meet Saturday, April 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

Speakers will include A.J. Kotich, candidate for Kansas attorney general, and Reggie Marselus, candidate for Congress, Third District.

Democratic state legislators will also be available to discuss this year’s legislative session.

The buffet is available at 8:15 a.m. and the forum begins at 9:15. The cost for the breakfast buffet, which includes tax, service and tip, is $10, or $7 for students and those on limited income. All Democrats are invited to attend.

Reservations are requested, but not required, to Reservations are requested by Friday, April 18.