Kansas City Missouri

A Kansas City, Mo., man who pointed a gun in the face of a bank employee during a robbery in Overland Park pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., on Monday, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Landein Craddock, 33, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted that on Jan. 20, 2015, he displayed a revolver when he and another man robbed the Bank of the West at 9400 Antioch in Overland Park, Kan.

Both robbers wore masks and gloves. Craddock shouted at employees and customers to get on the ground and he pointed a gun in the face of one of the bank employees, while the other man jumped the counter and collected money from tellers.

Shortly after the robbery, police spotted Craddock and the other man in a black Honda and pursued them until the driver crashed his car in Kansas City, Mo. Craddock fled on foot and was arrested about a block from the scene of the accident.

Sentencing will be set for a later time. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of 20 years or less. Co-defendant Jerome Davis, 32, Kansas City, Mo., is scheduled for jury trial Dec. 7.

Grissom commended the Overland Park Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask.

Pastors, ministry and community leaders will gather Sept. 2-4 for the annual New Bethel Church Grow Your Ministry Conference.

The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel KCI, Kansas City, Mo.

The host for the event is the New Bethel Church, 745 Walker Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

According to a church spokesman, pastors, ministry leaders, government leaders, community leaders and aspiring leaders are invited to the conference.

The conference begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a welcoming orientation and reception, and will continue with seminars and general sessions.

Keynote speakers will include Bishop David C. Cooper, senior pastor of New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church and regional bishop in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship; Crisette Ellis, wife of Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, CEO of Affirmations by Crisette, and Mary Kay national sales director; Jay Williams, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for economic development; and Darren Thomas, founder and pastor of Rebirth Worship Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Seminars and general sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with an evening general session at 7 p.m. each night. All evening general sessions are open to the public.

Conference general sessions will include “Developing Your Leadership Team: Who’s Got My Back?” “Taking Worship to A New Realm,” “Going Beyond the Wall,” “God Has No Ceilings,” “Dreams Do Come True” and “Church Leadership In A New Direction.” Conference seminar topics will cover “Expanding the role of the first lady and female church leaders,” “Effective ministry for today’s youth,” “Who says you can’t do that in ministry?” and “Ministry with a solid foundation.”

The theme of this year’s Grow Your Ministry conference is “Ministry Beyond the Walls” and will emphasize that the success of your ministry is tied to both your ability to identify and your willingness to go beyond the church walls into areas of what some might consider as cutting-edge. This is an intense working conference for those who are serious about growing and enhancing their ministry. Those who attend will not only be informed, but also empowered for greater ministry, a church spokesman said.

For event information contact the New Bethel Church office at 913-281-2002 or email info@newbethelkc.org. More information is online at www.newbethelkc.org or www.timeforthegym.org.

For online registration and hotel information visit www.timeforthegym.org or contact the New Bethel Church Office for a registration form. Registration is $45. Day-rate registration is also available through the church office.

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Royals Hall of Famer Frank White, left, and 31-year umpire Don Denkinger were among the  most sought-after by autograph seekers at the KCBHS reunion of the 1985 world champions Royals at Harrah’s Thursday. (Photo by Alan Hoskins)
Royals Hall of Famer Frank White, left, and 31-year umpire Don Denkinger were among the most sought-after by autograph seekers at the KCBHS reunion of the 1985 world champions Royals at Harrah’s Thursday. (Photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins

It was a night of de ja vu. For three hours fans mingled with the stars of Kansas City’s only world championship baseball teams, getting autographs, posing for photos and selfies and listening to the memories of that magical season of 1985.

Thanks to the Kansas City Baseball Historical Society (KCBHS) under the leadership of Mark Moore and Jim Jay, upwards of 500 Royals’ fans broke bread and enjoyed an evening of nostalgia at Harrah’s with 15 of the world champs including four who shared memorable moments with the fans – pitcher Charlie Liebrandt, catcher Jim Sundberg, infielder Buddy Biancalana and outfielder Pat Sheridan.

The Royals returnees also included Hall of Famers Frank White, Dennis Leonard, Willie Wilson, Hal McRae and Brett Saberhagen along with pitchers Danny Jackson, Steve Farr and Mike Jones, infielder Greg Pryor and outfielders Darryl Motley and Lynn Jones; Mrs. Dick Howser and Mrs. Dan Quisenberry; trainer Mickey Cobb and groundskeeper George Toma.

Much of the attention, however, was directed towards a special guest, umpire Don Denkinger whose controversial safe call on Jorge Orta to start the ninth inning of the Royals’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth game of the World Series is to do this day many St. Louis fans believe was the reason the Cardinals lost the Series.

The Royals, however, were having no part of it.

“They forget Jack Clark missed a foul pop-up near first base; that Bones (Steve Balboni) singled on an 0-2 pitch; and that Darrell Porter missed a pitch that should have been caught that put runners on second and third before Dane Iorg’s huge hit,” Leibrandt said.

“Don Denkinger took the pressure off Jack Clark because everyone remembers the call at first base and not Clark’s miss,” Sheridan agreed.

A day later, Denkinger was behind home plate when the Royals exploded for an 11-0 win during which Cardinals’ pitcher Joaquin Andujar imploded and he and manager Whitey Herzog were ejected during heated arguments. Asked if during the argument he told Herzog that the reason the Cardinals were losing was they were hitting .120 as a team, Denkinger replied: “Yes I did,” which drew one of the loudest of many rounds of applause. (For the record, the Cardinals hit .185 with just 37 hits in seven games).

That the Royals would prevail in 1985 was actually predicted during mid-season by Jorge Orta. Imitating Orta, Sundberg said: “I was shaving and Jorge came to me and said, Jimmie, this team is going to win this thing; I tell you this team is going to win.”

It was Sundberg who scored the winning run in game six, a play he is often asked to recount. “I was on second base and I expected Dick (Howser) to pinch run for me. I had pretty good speed early but I was in my 13th season and suddenly realized he wasn’t going to run for me. So I started thinking of what I needed to do, get a good lead, get a quick read to see if the ball is going to be caught or not and cut short at third. I knew on impact that Dane Iorg’s hit was going to drop and Darrell Porter made a mistake by coming out to the front of the plate for the throw which allowed me to slide into the backside of home plate.

“Game 7,” added Sundberg, “was the most nervous I’ve ever been. That morning I kind of had a feeling it might be a blow out but I didn’t know who would win. But after the first inning, I told Dick (Howser) all we needed was to score one run because I had never seen Bret (Saberhagen) throw so good. He was so determined and focused. Then Darryl (Motley) almost hit a home run and then did. When I was in the third grade I dreamed of playing in the World Series and leading 11-0 in the fifth inning, the last four innings were the most fun I ever had.”

The key to winning the world championship was the pitching staff, Sundberg said.

“It was the greatest staff I ever caught and we had something that you’ll never see again, it was intact all year” he said. “Sabes (Saberhagen) had the best fast ball I ever caught and I caught eight Hall of Famers. The ball just kind of jumped. DJ (Danny Jackson) had the hardest fast ball to catch. Maybe it was because he was left-handed but you didn’t know if it was going right or left. Charlie (Leibrandt) had that great control and a great competitor.”

Much of the success of 1985 was also directed to Hal McRae, who is just now recovering from a three-year battle with kidney problems.

“He taught us how to play,” Biancalana said. “I had no problem with guys sliding into me at second base because I knew that’s the way we played.”

He got no argument from Leibrandt. “Mac was our leader.”

Umpire Don Denkinger was the object of fans taking photos and selfies and wanting autographs at the KCBHS 30-year reunion of the world champion Kansas City Royals Thursday. (Photo by Alan Hoskins)
Umpire Don Denkinger was the object of fans taking photos and selfies and wanting autographs at the KCBHS 30-year reunion of the world champion Kansas City Royals Thursday. (Photo by Alan Hoskins)

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