Kansas City Missouri

A man from Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in federal prison for trafficking crack cocaine near a playground in Kansas City, Kan., U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Arrick Warren, 29, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of Bethany Park playground in Kansas City, Kan., one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of the playground, and one count of maintaining a residence within 1,000 feet of the playground in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Warren initially was charged in June 2013 in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

A criminal complaint alleged investigators with the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department arranged to make two controlled buys of crack cocaine from Warren, who was dealing drugs from a residence at 1026 Reynolds Ave., in Kansas City, Kan.

On Jan., 16, 2013, investigators served a search warrant at the house, where they seized drugs, more than $25,000 in cash and a .45 caliber pistol.

Grissom commended the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Tomasic for their work on the case.

Some Veterans Day events are planned in the Greater Kansas City area.

Free admission to National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial today

Today, the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the hubs of activities saluting veterans. This year is the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Several activities are planned at the World War I Museum, and there is free admission for the public today.

A ceremony is planned at 10 a.m. to feature local dignitaries and officials as well as biographer A. Scott Berg. Berg will speak at 6:30 p.m. about Woodrow Wilson’s fight for peace after World War I.

There will be a donation drive for Red Racks Thrift Stores, operated by the Disabled American Veterans. Clothes, shoes, small household items and toys for children are sought.

Claudio Bisogniero, ambassador of Italy to the United States, is expected to visit the World War I Museum on Monday, Nov. 17, for a private event before the debut of “War & Art, Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage During World War I,” a special exhibit featuring photographs documenting the preservation of priceless works of art during the war.

Leavenworth plans Veterans Day parade

Leavenworth is planning a Leavenworth County Veterans Day parade starting at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at Fourth and Cherokee streets in Leavenworth, Kan.
David R. Thomas of Leavenworth, who volunteers with the American Legion and other organizations, is the parade grand marshal.

For more information about the parade, visit www.lvvetsparade.com.

Veterans Day observance scheduled at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa

Veterans, family members and friends are invited to attend a flag-raising ceremony and tribute at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial at Resurrection Cemetery, 83rd and Quivira Road, Lenexa, Kan.

The American Legion Band will provide a patriotic musical prelude at 1:30 p.m. The brief ceremony will include the flag-raising, patriotic music, a tribute to veterans, prayer, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps. American Legion Post 370 will be the color guard. Small flags will be available for gravesite decorations.

Chaplain, Lt. Col. James E. Ludwikoski will pay tribute to veterans during the program. Father Ludwikoski is pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, Shawnee, Kan.

The Veterans Memorial at Resurrection Cemetery features monuments and flags representing the five branches of the Armed Forces and the Merchant Marines. Family members and friends can remember and honor veterans by arranging to have their names engraved on the granite walls adjoining the monuments. Adjacent to the memorial is a section dedicated for burial of veterans and their spouses.

Gratitude ceremony for veterans planned Nov. 12

The University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, will honor the veterans, active-duty, and military families within its university community at a special gratitude and pinning ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Mead Hall Walnut Room on the Saint Mary campus in Leavenworth. Among the special guests who may be in attendance at the event is Col. Timothy Wulff, garrison commander at Fort Leavenworth.

The university will also participate in Leavenworth’s Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11.

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Preparing food for the Oktoberfest event recently was David Bandelier. (Photo by William Crum)
Preparing food for the Oktoberfest event recently was David Bandelier. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Grunauer, located at 101 W. 22nd St. in Kansas City, Mo., held its fifth annual Oktoberfest on Friday and Saturday. Well over 1,000 people attended this two-day event.

Peter Grunauer married Lynne Bielski, who was from Wyandotte County, more than 35 years ago. They had two children, Elisabeth and Nick. Nick went to St. Peter’s in Wyandotte County and graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo.

There are two Grunauer restaurants — one in Vienna, Austria, and the other is in Kansas City, Mo.

“We are looking in the future about expanding. We are looking at Wyandotte County mainly because of what is happening. We have been open for five years in Kansas City,” Peter Grunauer said.

At the Oktoberfest celebration, a band, the Alpen Spielers, played under the direction of Betty Jo Simon. Simon is a nationally known recording artist. Another person who was there was John Knechtenhofer, who played the Alpine horn.

Knechtenhofer started playing the horn more than 10 years ago. His family is from Switzerland and he can trace his lineage back to the 1600s. The Alpine horns cost more than $5,000 and there are only four manufacturers in Switzerland that make these horns. They were used to call cows in Switzerland, Knechtenhofer said.

The event included bratwurst and a favorite bread pudding prepared by chef David Bandelier and his staff.

People from all over the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area came to the fifth annual event. At the event there was singing and dancing making this event truly remarkable. Even a Meetup group invited people to attend this gala event.
If you want to try Austrian food, this is the place to go. For more information you can call 816-283-3234 or go to the website www.grunauer.com. If you want to learn more about the band, go to the website www.alpenspielers.com.

Trevor Ashby, general manager of Grunauer's, welcomed people to the Oktoberfest celebration. (Photo by William Crum)
Trevor Ashby, general manager of Grunauer’s, welcomed people to the Oktoberfest celebration. (Photo by William Crum)

The Alpen Spielers performed for the Oktoberfest event. (Photo by William Crum)
The Alpen Spielers performed for the Oktoberfest event. (Photo by William Crum)

The bar at Grunauer's. (Photo by William Crum)
The bar at Grunauer’s. (Photo by William Crum)