Overland Park

A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges of taking part in five bank robberies in Kansas and Missouri, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Dale Williamson, 35, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to five counts of bank robbery. In his plea, he admitted driving a getaway car in the following bank robberies.

• April 24, 2014, UMB Bank, 6252 Raytown Road, Raytown, Mo.
• May 12, 2014, First Bank of Missouri, 7001 North Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, Mo.
• May 22, 2014, Bank of America, 15811 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, Kan.
• May 30, 2014, Commerce Bank, 9501 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kan.
• May 30, 2014, Commerce Bank, 3606 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, Mo.

Sentencing is set for July 6. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of 4.5 years in federal prison. Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble for their work on the case.

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Earlier this week marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting deaths of three Overland Park residents at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom retirement community. Rep. Kevin Yoder issued the following statement about the victims and their families:

“Today, we honor the memory of three people who were victims of a horrific shooting that took place in Overland Park one year ago. On April 13, 2014, the lives of Reat Underwood, William Corporon, and Terri Lamanno were tragically cut short.

“Mindy Corporon lost both her father, William, and her 14-year-old son, Reat, that day. Many people would understandably fall into despair. But amazingly, Mindy has used this tragedy to promote love, faith, kindness, and remembrance.

“Partnering with two non-profit organizations, Mindy and other family members of the victims organized a weeklong series of events entitled SevenDays: Make a Ripple, Change the World ending with a peace walk at the Jewish Community Center. This week of remembrance promoted understanding and encouraged kindness within the community to overcome the senseless act of hate that occurred one year ago.

“The overall response to this tragic incident, highlighted by the SevenDays events over the last week, has shown that our community of all faiths has a remarkable ability to come together, to become stronger, and to support one another in times of difficulty. Hate has no place in Overland Park.”

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A Kelsey Smith Act amendment has been introduced on human trafficking legislation in the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today introduced it as an amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.

The bill provides law enforcement with tools to crack down on human trafficking, and help victims restore their lives, according to a statement from Sen. Roberts.

It strengthens law enforcement’s ability to lawfully and quickly access cell phone location information, or ”pings,” when a person is abducted and their life is threatened, according to Sen. Roberts’ office.

The amendment is named for Kelsey Smith, who was abducted in 2007 in Overland Park, Kan., and murdered. The abduction was filmed on a store security camera. Four days after her disappearance, authorities located her body when her wireless provider released the “ping” or call location information from her cell phone. The amendment is designed for faster release of this information in emergencies.

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