Kansas City, Kan., police reports

March 5

Assault, 7900 block of State. Battery, 2300 block of Birch Drive.

Battery, 7000 block of Redwood Drive.

Battery, 2700 block of North 81st Terrace, other gang.

March 4

Theft, 00 block of North 7th, Mercedes Benz stolen and recovered, $5,000 value.

Battery, 990 Hillcrest Drive.

Feb. 27

Criminal use of financial card, 6200 block of Tauromee, debit card items, $60 value.

Feb. 20

Battery, 3100 block of North 10th, Bridges Wyandot Academy.

Jan. 27

Forgery, 6900 block of State, Lowe’s, bank check.

Oct. 17, 2013

Identity theft, 1000 block of Metropolitan Avenue.

Aug. 3, 2013

Criminal use of financial card, 900 block of South 10th, eight credit card purchases, 38 credit card purchases, $27,456 value.

Oct. 7, 2009

Forgery, 2800 block of North 39th, deed.

Burglary suspect sought

Bonner Springs authorities are seeking a suspect in a burglary on March 15 at Advance America, 608 Tulip.

More than $1,300 was taken.

According to authorities: A clerk was on duty when the suspect entered the business and inquired about a title loan.

The clerk was assisting another customer and was told the business does not do title loans, and the suspect left.

The suspect returned around 2:50 p.m. and inquired about a payday loan.

No one else was in the business except the clerk. The clerk told him due to verification requirements the loan would not be available until Monday.

The suspect then pulled out a long barrel and told her he was sorry.

The suspect told her to lock the front door, which she did. He told her to take him to the safe, which she did.

The suspect told her to open the safe, which she did. He removed the money. The suspect told her to go the bathroom and count to 60.

If she left the bathroom before counting to 60 she would be shot. Throughout this ordeal the victim was in fear of her life and thought she was going to be killed. The victim was not harmed.

Anyone with information should call  the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

New technology center bridges digital divide for low-income residents

Michael Liimatta, president of Connecting for Good, explained the new programs at the Northeast Wyandotte County Community Technology Center. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Kansas City, Kan., has a program to narrow the digital divide.

Connecting for Good has a new technology center located at 2006 N. 3rd Ave. in Kansas City, Kan.

A group of committed volunteers teach classes on how to use the Internet at the Northeast Wyandotte County Community Technology Center. This is done at the location on North 3rd Street, near the downtown area and the Juniper Gardens housing complex.

There are classes to learn how to operate a computer, and learn how to surf the Internet as well.

The center even provides low-cost hardware for low-income individuals, therefore a person who is not financially able to buy a computer can buy one at a very reasonable cost.

While Internet access is available at the library, at schools and other public places, they believe computing and connectivity in the home is a right that all people in our community can take advantage of to better themselves and fully participate in the digital age.

They provide expertise in wireless Internet connectivity, and in low-cost refurbishing PCs and laptops at a very reasonable price to people who are low income.

They even offer digital life skills, making this program an asset to the community. For more information, call 913-730-0677.

The new Northeast Wyandotte County Community Technology Center opened March 14. (Photo by William Crum)