Death on Franklin Avenue under investigation

Kansas City, Kansas, police are investigating a death in the 2200 block of Franklin Avenue.

According to a police spokesman, officers were dispatched to the address at 4:32 p.m. Dec. 9 on reports of a non-responsive male.

When they arrived, they found the victim inside the residence, deceased, according to the spokesman.

The spokesman stated the identity of the victim will not be released until there is positive identification and family notification.

The death is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Major Case Unit, which is encouraging anyone with information to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Alvey joins Kelly in supporting refugees in Kansas

Mayor-CEO David Alvey today said he would join with Gov. Laura Kelly in support of continuing to allow refugees in Kansas.

The mayor’s announcement, in a news release, cited a letter from Gov. Kelly and other governors to President Donald Trump. The letter said they were willing to support allowing refugees into their communities.

The correspondence came in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13888, “On Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement,” according to a UG spokesman. The order directs the federal government to resettle refugees only in jurisdictions in which both the state and local governments have consented to receive them.

Mayor Alvey has previously talked about how refugees and immigrants built Kansas City, Kansas, and how the city has a large refugee group that he is supportive of, said Mike Taylor, a UG spokesman. Alvey agrees with the governor’s letter, he said. Kansas City, Kansas, already has a number of refugees settled here.

“Kansas has a long and proud history of welcoming the world’s refugees into our state,” Kelly said in her statement. “As Governor of Kansas, I not only consent to the initial refugee resettlement in Kansas as per the terms of the Executive Order, I also welcome them into our state.”

Kelly said that her administration is committed to working with President Trump’s administration to ensure that refugees are properly vetted and arrive in Kansas in a safe, orderly manner.

“Kansans are among the most welcoming, openhearted people in the nation,” Kelly said in the letter. “I know they’ll continue to accept these peaceful refugees into their communities, just as so many other states have done.”

Kansas City, Kansas, is one of several communities in Kansas that already have, or are preparing to issue similar letters of support for refugees to be resettled locally.

Taylor said that the support shown today for refugees is not the same as supporting municipal identification cards or sanctuary cities.

Taylor said the UG staff is currently researching the municipal ID question. A special session is being planned sometime in February on the topic, where the UG Commission will hear different sides of the issue and then decide how to proceed, Taylor said. The UG plans on presenting information on what municipal IDs are, how it has worked in other cities, and a legal perspective on it, as well, he added.

In October, advocates of municipal ID in KCK held a meeting in which they said they would attend all the UG Commission meetings until the “safe and welcoming” municipal ID item is placed on the agenda for consideration.

Taylor said Mayor Alvey, while being open to hear a presentation on the municipal ID issue, currently does not have a position on municipal IDs, and he has publicly said in the past he does not want to do anything that would put Kansas City, Kansas, in conflict with the federal government and would make it a target or jeopardize the federal funding it gets. The community has received millions in federal funding for projects including highways.

One issue that the UG will be considering on municipal ID is what kind of document can be used to get municipal IDs, he said. Two suspects in the Central Avenue shooting, for example, might have received municipal IDs if the only requirement was showing a utility bill, he remarked.

He doesn’t think the UG officials in general are opposed to municipal ID, but there are some nuances to be worked out, he said.

A full copy of Gov. Kelly’s letter to President Trump can be viewed at https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Governor-Laura-Kelly-Letter.pdf.

To see a previous story about municipal ID here, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/municipal-id-card-advocates-to-take-the-issue-to-ug-meetings/.

Depth major factor in Lady Blue Devils’ 95-66 win

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Depth was a major factor in Kansas City Kansas Community College’s drive to the national championship last season. Based on the Lady Blue Devils’ 95-66 win over Southeast Nebraska Saturday, it will be a big factor again this season.

“The final score doesn’t really reflect how competitive of a game this was,” KCKCC coach Joe McKinstry said. “We had a great first quarter (29-12) but unfortunately didn’t maintain our effort and energy and Southeast was able to make it an 8-point game at halftime (44-36).”

Leading by five points with about three minutes left in the third quarter, McKinstry sent in a quintet of starters Aliyah Myers and Alieyya Jones and non-starters Adoreya Williams, Tiaira Earnest and Diamond Williams, who re-built an 11-point lead (62-51) at the end of the quarter and then stayed on to propel the Blue Devils to a 33-point fourth quarter.

“That group was phenomenal and gave us a boost of energy that we’ve been lacking lately,” McKinstry said. “Obviously three of them don’t start and Jones has been a part-time starter so that speaks to the depth of this group. I think what made it even better while those five were playing so well, our entire bench was really involved and cheering them on the whole time.”

Non-starters combined for 43 points; eight Blue Devils scored seven or more points, nine had rebounds, eight had steals and seven had assists as they shot 49.2 percent (32-of-65) from the field and 37 percent from 3-point. The 95 points matched a season high accomplished two other times.

A 5-7 freshman from Derby, Myers led with a standout all-around performance – game-highs of 19 points, five assists, five steals and seven rebounds.

Williams scored a career high 17 points, Brodi Byrd had four 3-pointers and 16 points and Earnest 11 points and five rebounds. Jones and Mercer Roberts chipped in with eight points and Kamryn Estell and Anija Frazier seven each. Rebounding-wise, Estell and Myers had seven each; Diamond Williams and Earnest five apiece.

The win boosted the No. 4 ranked Blue Devils’ record to 12-1 heading into the two final games before the holiday break. Both are on the road, at Southwestern in Creston, Iowa, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday against Illinois Central at 11 a.m. in the St. Louis Classic.

“This group really has a lot of the pieces needed to compete for a conference championship,” McKinstry said. “If we can be a little more consistent in some areas, it could make January and February a lot of fun.”