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Missouri man charged in Overland Park bank robbery

A Missouri man was charged Thursday with robbing an Overland Park bank, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Steven D. Lavy, 55, Kansas City, Missouri, was charged in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, with one count of bank robbery.

A criminal complaint alleges that on June 21, Lavy robbed Bank of the West at 12080 Blue Valley Parkway in Overland Park. He placed a blue bag on the counter and showed the teller a gun. He was wearing a polo shirt, khaki pants, a fake mustache, a hospital mask and a straw hat.

When Lavy left the bank with the money, a bank employee took a picture of his license plate.

When officers of the Leawood Police Department spotted the car, Lavy led them on a chase that lasted several minutes. Lavy’s car rammed a Leawood police car two times before he was taken into custody, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the robbery charge. The Leawood Police Department, the Overland Park Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt is prosecuting.

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Public meeting set for community comments on old Kaw River bridge uses

A public meeting on what to do with the abandoned Kaw River bridge from Kemper Arena to Kansas City, Kansas, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Hale Arena at the American Royal, 1701 American Royal Court, Kansas City, Mo.

A bike and walking trail are among the ideas for the bridge, along with other facilities.

The public meeting is a joint project of the Unified Government and the city of Kansas City, Mo. They received a Mid-America Regional Council grant to pay for a study.

Consultants on the project include el dorado inc., architects; TranSystems, engineers; and inSITE planning and Ecological Placemakers. Engineers also are determining the structural integrity of the bridge.

Hale Arena is located on I-670 to Exit 1B on Genessee and Wyoming street, south on Genessee to the arena. Residents attending the meeting may park in Lot B and on Genessee Street.

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Large fire on Southwest Boulevard in KC, Mo., near I-35

A large fire at a furniture warehouse building at 29th and Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo., could be seen from Kansas on Tuesday afternoon.


A large fire at a furniture warehouse building at 29th and Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo., can be seen from nearby highways in Kansas. The location is near I-35, and the fire is near the Cambridge Circle exit and is visible from the 7th Street Trafficway exit. (KC Scout photos)


A large fire at a furniture warehouse building at 29th and Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo., can be seen from nearby highways in Kansas. The location is near I-35, and the fire is near the Cambridge Circle exit and is visible from the 7th Street Trafficway exit. (KC Scout photos)

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