Kansas City Missouri

A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of taking part in five bank robberies in Kansas and Missouri, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Dale Williamson, 35, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to five counts of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted driving a getaway car in the following bank robberies.

• April 24, 2014, UMB Bank, 6252 Raytown Road, Raytown, Mo.
• May 12, 2014, First Bank of Missouri, 7001 North Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, Mo.
• May 22, 2014, Bank of America, 15811 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, Kan.
• May 30, 2014, Commerce Bank, 9501 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kan.
• May 30, 2014, Commerce Bank, 3606 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, Mo.

Sentencing is set for July 6. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of 4.5 years in federal prison. Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble for their work on the case.

Kenan Meadows, left, and Christopher Miller, right, are working as members of the Black Hills Playhouse this summer. (KCKCC photo)
Kenan Meadows, left, and Christopher Miller, right, are working as members of the Black Hills Playhouse this summer. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge
Kansas City Kansas Community College Theatre Department students Kenan Meadows and Christopher Miller will be spending their summer working as members of the Black Hills Playhouse, a professional summer theatre company.

The Playhouse, located inside of Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota, was started in 1946 and is affiliated with the University of South Dakota. The mission of the BHP is to “enhance and inspire lives through professional theatre and learning experiences based in the Black Hills.”

Meadows and Miller will be employed as both actors and technicians for the entire Playhouse season from late May to late August. The Playhouse season includes “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “She Loves Me,” “Shrek: the Musical” and “Moonlight and Magnolias.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Kenan and Chris,” said KCKCC Theatre Department coordinator Charles Leader. “The Playhouse auditions people all over the United States, but they only pick 20 to use in their season. It is also a nice credit to the training they receive here at the college. Jason Reuter, the technical director and Dan Workman, the artistic director, were both impressed with the caliber of our students.”

The summer begins for both Meadows and Miller at the end of the spring 2015 semester as they will begin working on the first show upon their arrival in South Dakota. When they are not on stage rehearsing, they will be in the scene shop helping build the set. After the first show opens, work begins on the second. When the first play closes, the second one opens and so on until the final show opens in mid-August.

Leader will join Meadows and Miller in July when he begins rehearsals as the director for “Moonlight and Magnolias.”

“It will be fun to be working with them in such a wonderful environment,” he said. “I think they are going to really enjoy themselves. They will be working with theatre professionals and students from around the country.”

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Crews will continue the removal of the Fairfax Bridge with a controlled blast of the center bridge pier Friday, March 20, at approximately 1 p.m., according to highway officials.

In coordination of the controlled blast, the northbound and southbound U.S. Highway 69 Bridge will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a news release from the Kansas Department of Transportation. The blast will happen below the water line of the Missouri River. No public viewing will be available.

This is all part of replacing the current U.S. 69 Highway Bridge over the Missouri River, the KDOT spokesman said. A new structure will be constructed in its place and will include multiple lanes and bike/pedestrian access. It will be open to traffic in December 2016.

This project is shared by the Kansas Department of Transportation and MoDOT. Follow MoDOT on twitter at twitter.com/MoDOT_KC, #us69moriverbridge for more information.

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