Explosion at KCK salvage yard results in minor burns for employee

An employee at a Kansas City, Kan., salvage yard was treated for minor flash burns to the face in a fire today.

The explosion and fire at 3:41 p.m. June 11 at 836 S. 26th St. resulted when crews were working with welding equipment near vehicles that had been run through a crusher, according to a Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department spokesman.

Workers said there was an odor of gasoline in the area when an explosion occurred, causing crushed vehicles to catch on fire. Firefighters arrived within two minutes of the call.

The injured employee was taken non-emergency to the hospital for evaluation of minor burns.

The fire was brought under control in five minutes, a spokesman said.

The fire is under investigation, and there were no other injuries. There was no loss reported for property and contents.

Firearms charge filed against murder suspect

A federal grand jury Wednesday returned an indictment charging a defendant in a state murder case with a federal firearms violation, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Luis M. Murillo-Rosales, 25, who has been living in Kansas City, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a foreign citizen who is in the United States illegally.

In court records it is alleged that on May 25, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the 1600 block north of Universal Avenue in Kansas City, Mo.

They found a deceased victim and recovered a spent 9 mm shell casing near the body. Witnesses reported seeing a man point a gun at the victim, fire one shot and then flee the scene.

Investigators served a search warrant at Murillo-Rosales’ home in the 1200 block of Ridge Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. They recovered a 9 mm handgun that allegedly was used in the shooting.

Murillo-Rosales was charged in state court in Jackson County, Mo., in connection with the shooting.

If convicted on the federal firearm charge, Murillo-Rosales faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt is prosecuting.

Revenues up slightly at Hollywood Casino

Revenues at the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., were up slightly for May, compared to April.
According to figures released today by the Kansas Lottery Commission, revenues at Hollywood Casino were $11,677,183 for May as compared to $11,147,857 for April.
If the figures continue at the same pace, revenues for the 2014 fiscal year may be higher than 2013.
Revenues were down slightly from the previous month at the Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City, Kan., and were up slightly at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan.
The Unified Government receives 3 percent of the revenues from the Hollywood Casino in gaming taxes, and the state receives 22 percent.
In other news at the Kansas Lottery Commission meeting today, the lottery decided to start taking applications for a southeast Kansas casino at 8 a.m. on July 14 and stop taking applications at 1 p.m. Dec. 19. The casino may be built in Cherokee or Crawford counties.
The Legislature recently dropped the minimum investment to $50 million and the privilege fee to $5.5 million for this casino.