Fight reported at Washington High School during past week

A cell phone video of a fight at Washington High School, 7340 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kan., has been playing on news reports from KMBC-TV.

A school district spokesman today said that the school is currently calm and orderly, and the district takes the safety of its students very seriously.

Police today confirmed that there was a fight on Monday between two students at the school, and an arrest was made for battery.

Police also confirmed there was a fight last Friday; officers responded and five arrests were made.

Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools spokesman David Smith said in a statement: “We take the safety of our students extremely seriously, and work hard to maintain a safe and orderly school environment in all of our buildings. Our goal is, of course, to never have a fight in any of our schools. That is a very high mark to hit, and we are extremely concerned that the televising of video of a school fight will actually serve to encourage the very behaviors which we are trying to prevent. Our district police officers, campus officers and the KCK Police Department are working together to identify any individuals involved in disruptive behavior, and to deal with them in accordance with our Code of Conduct and applicable laws. The school is calm and orderly, and we continue to work hard to make sure that all students are learning.”

First hike and bike trail on a KCK levee to open this Saturday

Mayor Mark Holland, in partnership with Healthy Communities Wyandotte, is inviting the community to attend the grand opening celebration of the Armourdale Hike and Bike Route – Island View Loop.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on the levee, just west of 18th Street Expressway and Kansas Avenue.

“I’m thrilled that our levees are finally open to the public and I can’t wait to take my bike for a ride along the river,” said Mayor Holland, who is a strong supporter of improved community health and helped found the Healthy Communities Wyandotte initiative in 2009. Operating within the Health Department, HCW now serves as a countywide coalition aimed at mobilizing residents and partner organizations to improve health. “Encouraging our residents to walk, run and ride on our trails is key to the health and well-being of Wyandotte Countians.”

The public is invited to attend the grand opening ceremony and walk on the new trail.

The initial levee trail is a 1.3 mile trail with a surface sufficient for walking and running but may be challenging for road bicycles. The trail takes its name, “Island View Loop” from the river island that can be seen from the levee and from the Kansas Avenue Bridge.

The celebration will consist of remarks from Mayor Holland, Unified Government District 2 Commissioner Brian McKiernan, President of the Armourdale Renewal Association Patty Dysart and Chair of the Kaw Valley Drainage District Board, Bundy Jenkins. Attendees are encouraged to stay after the ceremony and walk the trail.

Representatives from The National League of Cities will also be attending the event Saturday to help officially recognize Kansas City, Kan., for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. LMCTC calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and holistic policies that improve communities’ access to healthy affordable food and opportunities for physical activity through five goal areas.

“We’re excited to join First Lady Michelle Obama in her efforts to reduce childhood obesity in the United States,” Mayor Holland said. “One of the ways to do that is to provide safe places for kids and families to be active. This new trail is one of those places.”

NLC is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of Counties and other nonprofit organizations, to assist local elected officials who join LMCTC as they implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded NLC a grant to provide technical assistance to local elected officials working to create healthier communities and prevent childhood obesity, including those participating in LMCTC.

For more info and updates visit the event site on
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/1487142534860196/)

– Information from Mayor Mark Holland’s office

Kansas City, Kan., police reports

Aug. 28
Burglary, 1300 block of North 5th, television, DVD player, Yudu machine, $880 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 1900 block of North 25th, screen window, $25 value.
Attempted burglary, criminal damage, 400 block of North Thompson.
Theft, 300 block of North 13th, Ford Mustang, $3,000 value.
Theft, 5100 block of Locust, lawnmower, trailer, $2,000 value.
Theft, auto, 5600 block of Pitkin, vehicle, $3,000 value.

Aug. 27

Aggravated burglary, criminal damage, 1200 block of Shawnee, door jamb, $100 value.
Criminal use of financial card, 4700 block of Parallel Parkway, cash, $8 value.

Aug. 25
Criminal use of financial card, 8200 block of Parallel Parkway, cash, $402 value.

Aug. 24
Attempted burglary, criminal damage, 00 block of South 8th, door frame, $50 value.
Criminal use of financial card, 7700 block of Parallel Parkway, cash, $202 value.
Criminal use of financial card, 10800 block of Parallel Parkway, cash, $19 value.

Aug. 22
Identity fraud, 2200 block of North 40th.
Criminal use of financial card, 500 block of North 78th, cash, $400 value.