10-foot inflatable model colon goes missing

A 10-foot, 150-pound inflatable model colon is missing, according to the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

The inflatable colon was last seen in the back of a pickup truck in Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri, according to a KU center spokesman. It is believed to have been stolen.

The inflatable colon, used to demonstrate the danger of colon cancer, is worth $4,000, according to the spokesman.

“Colorectal cancer screening is the most powerful weapon we have against colorectal cancer,” John Ashcraft, DO, surgical oncologist at The University of Kansas Cancer Center said. Ashcraft is also co-leader of the cancer prevention and survivorship research program. “Colon cancer is a tough subject for many to talk about and the giant, 150-pound, 10-foot long inflatable colon is a great conversation starter.”

The inflatable colon is owned by the Cancer Coalition, which holds walk-run events.

The inflatable colon was on its way to the annual Sister’s Living Beyond Breast Cancer 5K Relay Walk scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Swope Park when it disappeared. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kansas City Police Department, http://kcmo.gov/police/thank-an-officer/#.W8opS1VKiUl.

Kansas City, Missouri, man pleads guilty to bank robbery in Leawood

A Kansas City, Missouri, man pleaded guilty Monday to robbing a bank in Leawood, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Lorenzo Moore, 48, Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery.

In his plea, he admitted that on July 11, 2017, he robbed the BMO Harris Bank at 8840 State Line Road in Leawood, Kansas.

According to documents filed in federal court, Moore was carrying a messenger-style bag when he gave a clerk a note saying: “Bomb and gun, place money on counter, no alarms, no dye packs.”

Forensic analysis of the note Moore left in the bank revealed a fingerprint that led investigators to arrest Moore. Moore told investigators that during the robbery he put a small box on the counter so the teller’s imagination would “run wild.”

Flash flood warning in effect through 10 a.m.

A flash flood warning is in effect through 10 a.m. Oct. 8, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning is in effect for Wyandotte, Johnson and Miami counties in Kansas, Clay, eastern Platte and Jackson counties in Missouri, the weather service stated.

Spotters have reported some creeks and streams out of their banks, flooding some roadways across the Kansas City area, the weather service stated.

Flash flooding is expected to continue for a few hours with additional rainfall expected.

Additional rainfall of up to 1 to 2 inches is possible.

I-70, I-35, I-635 and I-435 are included in the list of areas where the warning is in effect.

Motorists should turn around when they see flooded roads and not try to drive through them.

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately.

Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.