Drowning victim identified

The body of a man who was swept away in the currents of the river was found on June 5 in Lafayette County, Mo., according to the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

John R. Shead Jr., 30 was driving a vehicle that was swept away near Fitzgerald and Greystone on May 29, the police spokesman said.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police and Fire departments searched the area on May 29, but the man’s body was not discovered until June 5, according to the spokesman.

Pledger sentenced to jail for disobeying judge’s order

Tamika Pledger (File photo)
Tamika Pledger (File photo)

by William Crum

Community activist Tamika Pledger was sentenced to jail from 6 p.m. today to Sunday for disobeying a judge’s order.

Pledger had talked to the victim’s family through the media, including television stations KSHB-TV and KMBC-TV. The judge had ordered her not to talk to the victim’s families.

“Evidently I did not get your attention,” Judge Robert Serra told Pledger today in a hearing at Wyandotte County District Court.

Pledger was arrested in an accident in which her car hit four teens, and she was charged with involuntary manslaughter when one died.

On television, Pledger explained her accident, where her car hit some teens who were gathered outdoors Jan. 30 at the 1300 block of Troup in the street watching a fight. She said there had been some misconceptions in the earlier reports that she wanted to clear up.

Pledger was running for a seat on the Unified Government Commission, 1st District at large, at the time of the accident.

Some UG employees to get a raise

A 5 percent raise has been approved for about 180 union employees at the Unified Government.

Members of the State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3475 of Missouri-Kansas State Council 72 will receive the raise for Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2017.

Unified Government Administrator Doug Bach told the commission June 4 that the UG has not had a contract with its bargaining units for some time.

He said the group has had only one raise in the past five years. While the agreement has a few step increases, there were very little step increases used in recent years, he said.

The UG Commission voted 8-0 to approve the new agreement. The AFSCME membership voted to ratify the agreement on May 26.