Ammo ignites in vacant home fire

Kansas City, Kan., fire crews were endangered and had to back out of a residential building in the early morning hours Wednesday when ammunition started to go off.

According to a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, firefighters responded to a fire at 2128 S. 26th St. about 1:58 a.m. April 23.

Crews, responding within 4 minute, saw heavy fire coming from the roof of the one-story wood-framed residential building, the spokesman said. They were told it was vacant.

After ammunition started to go off, crews fought the fire in a defensive mode because of safety concerns, the spokesman said. The fire was brought under control in 25 minutes. The BPU also was called to take care of downed power lines.

The estimated damage was $52,000, a total loss, according to a Fire Department report.

The fire is under investigation, the spokesman said. Despite being under fire, firefighters were not injured.


Man charged with murder in April 14 shooting death

Leopoldo Loya-Bustillos

Leopoldo Loya-Bustillos, 32, was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery today in connection with the April 14 shooting death of Oscar Sanchez.

The shooting occurred in the 6500 block of K-32 Highway in Kansas City, Kan., according to the district attorney’s office.  Sanchez was taken by a private vehicle to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The original police report indicated that the shooting took place near I-70 and I-635.

Loya-Bustillos, also known as Omar Loya Peinado, was also charged with one count of aggravated battery in connection with shooting a second person. Charges were filed this afternoon by Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman.

Loya-Bustillos is in custody in the Wyandotte County Jail. Bond was set at $1 million.

Park Drive recycling site being converted to yard waste dropoff site

The Unified Government is converting its recycling center at 3241 Park Drive into a yard waste dropoff site, starting Friday, April 25.

According to information from the UG, the yard waste dropoff site will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Friday and Saturday.

Only yard waste will be accepted at the site. That will include grass clippings, garden trimmings, leaves, branches and other yard waste.  Recyclables such as paper, plastic, glass, cardboard and aluminum will not be accepted at the yard waste dropoff location.

Residents may take a load of grass clippings, garden trimmings, leaves or branches to the new site, 3241 Park Drive, Kansas City, Kan. It will not accept stumps and logs larger than 12 inches in diameter or items more than four feet long.

Wyandotte County residents will need to show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license. Commercially generated material will not be accepted.

Wyandotte County residents also may take residential yard waste to the Deffenbaugh landfill in Johnson County, free of charge with proof of residency.  Residents with a load of grass clippings, garden trimmings, leaves or branches can load them up and dump them in a designated site at the landfill without paying a tipping fee. Deffenbaugh will not accept stumps, logs larger than 12 inches in diameter or items more than four feet in length. Commercially generated material will not be accepted.

Residents in Kansas City, Kan., also may dispose of yard waste in their regular weekly trash pickup. Leaves and grass clippings must be bagged and not in excess of 50 pounds per bag. Tree limbs must be tied in bundles not more than four feet long and not in excess of 50 pounds.

The UG also encourages residents to consider using grass clippings and leaves in their landscaping. They can be used to provide organic matter and nutrients for landscaping.  Mulch mowing, mulching, composting or tilling the leaves into the soil are ways that improve the soil and avoid landfill disposal.