KCK man indicted on charge of robbing Lawrence credit union

A man from Kansas City, Kan., has been indicted on federal charges of robbing a credit union in Lawrence, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Antonio P. Gaitan, 35, who is currently in federal custody, is charged with one count of bank robbery. The indictment alleges that on April 5, 2014, he robbed Truity Credit Union, 3400 W. 6th St. in Lawrence, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The FBI and the Lawrence Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Warner is prosecuting.

In another, separate case, Nolberto Medina-Campos, 36, Kansas City, Kan., was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred June 18, 2014, in Wyandotte County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million. Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.

BPU’s water program receives national award for outstanding performance

At the awards presentation were, left to right, John Donahue, AWWA president; Jim Epp, manager of water operations; D.J. Johnson, director of water processing; Robert Milan Sr., BPU board vice president; and Peter Grevatt, director of the USEPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water. (Submitted photo)

The Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities has received the “Five Year Directors Award of Recognition” from the Partnership for Safe Water for maintaining and exceeding required federal drinking water standards, and for consistently having one of the top water systems in the nation.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Don Gray, general manager. “BPU’s goal is to deliver reliable, quality water to our customers and the community, and this achievement recognizes our team’s efforts and our continued commitment to protecting public health.”

The BPU was presented the five-year award after successfully completing a comprehensive evaluation of its treatment plant operations and performance, identifying performance limiting factors, and the development of action plans to achieve optimization.

It was one of the first utilities in the metropolitan area and state of Kansas to be recognized with a Partnership for Safe Water Award, receiving its first award from this group in 2009. It is the only utility in the area to receive the “Five Year Directors Award of Recognition” milestone for five consecutive years of performance.

The Partnership for Safe Water is a national initiative developed by the EPA and other water organizations to guide water suppliers toward improving water quality by optimizing system operations. It has more than 250 members that collectively serve more than 100 million people.
– Story and photo from BPU

Fireworks recall issued

The Contraband 24 canister shell fireworks kit has been recalled because of impact and burn hazards.

According to an announcement from the importer, Winco, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, this shell can blow up in the tube during firing, posing impact and burn hazards to the user and bystanders.

About 4,500 kits are being recalled by Winco company. The firework has model number JP-933 printed on the left front of the box above a warning.

The firm has received two reports of the firing tubes being too narrow, including one report of a shell blowing up in a tube and causing minor burns and cuts to the legs of a store employee.

The fireworks were sold at Pyro City and other fireworks retailers from February to June of this year for about $80. The importer is Winco Fireworks International LLC, Prairie Village, Kan. The fireworks are manufactured in China.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fireworks kits and return them to the place of purchase to receive a full refund, according to the announcement.

For more information, see http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Winco-Recalls-Contraband-24-Canister-Shell-Fireworks-Kit/#remedy.