Ayers waives extradition

Curtis R. Ayers, 28, of Tonganoxie, Kan., who was charged with homicide in connection with the May 9 shooting death of Kansas City, Kan., Police Detective Brad Lancaster, waived extradition today to Wyandotte County.

Ayers appeared before a Jackson County, Mo., judge today. He was arrested in Jackson County, where he was accused of carjacking and shooting a woman who was driving on U.S. 71.

In Wyandotte County, Ayers was charged on May 11 with capital murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, two counts of kidnapping and criminal possession of a firearm.

Legends Outlets adding three businesses

The Legends Outlets is adding three businesses this year in a new building.

Noodles and Company, Pepper Jax Grill and Visionworks will open in the new 9,500-square-foot free-standing building, which is located near Granite City on the south side of The Legends Outlets, according to a spokesman for the shopping center.

There is still one more retail space available in the new building, according to the spokesman.

Visionworks, an eye care provider, will hold its grand opening June 23-26. The Legends Outlets location will provide eyeglasses, sunglasses and accessories, and will be staffed by an optometrist. Visionworks’ services also include contact lens dispensing, with an in-store lab that has one-hour service for many prescriptions.

The Legends Outlets spokesman said Visionworks has more than 700 stores nationally, including several other locations in the metropolitan area. The location at 1703 Village West Parkway occupies 2,800 square feet. It will have a grand opening special of 60 percent off a complete pair of eyeglasses.

Two new fast-casual restaurants are included in the new building.

Noodles and Company , which is expected to open in July, has a menu that includes noodles and pasta dishes from throughout the world, the spokesman said. That includes Italian, Asian and American dishes. The menu also includes appetizers, sandwiches, salads and soups.

The restaurant is located at 1703 Village West Parkway in a 2,700-square-foot space. There are more than 15 locations in Greater Kansas City, and more than 500 locations throughout the nation, the spokesman said.

Pepper Jax Grill is slated for a fall opening, projected this September, according to the spokesman.

Known for its Philly cheesesteaks, the fast-casual restaurant also will feature gourmet rice bowls, giant burritos, loaded nachos, salads and more.

Patrons will be able to walk through and see restaurant workers making sandwiches fresh to order, the spokesman said. Pepper Jax Grill’s address will be 1703 Village West Parkway, in a 2,400-square-foot space.

Pepper Jax Grill already has multiple locations in Greater Kansas City and the two-state area, and has about 40 restaurants nationwide.

High heat continues

Wyandotte County is in an area for general thunderstorms, but more severe thunderstorms are located to the northeast part of the region. (National Weather Service graphic)
Wyandotte County is in an area for general thunderstorms, but more severe thunderstorms are located to the northeast part of the region. (National Weather Service graphic)

Storms in the northeast part of the region today probably will miss Wyandotte County and Greater Kansas City, according to the National Weather Service. However, the high heat continues today.

The main threat this morning will be from the torrential rain to the northeast of Kansas City, which may cause some flash flooding issues across areas that have been raked by several storms overnight, the weather service said.

Potentially hazardous heat will return on Wednesday with highs in the upper 90s and heat index values between 105 degrees and 110 degrees that afternoon, according to the weather service.

In Wyandotte County, the high today will be 95, with a heat index as high as 101, the weather service said. There will be a south southwest wind of 6 to 10 mph.

Tonight, expect a low of 75, with a south wind of 8 to 10 mph, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, it will be sunny and hot, with a high near 97, the weather service said. The heat index could be as high as 104. A south southwest wind of 11 to 16 mph will gust as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday night, the low will be around 75, with a southwest wind of 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable after midnight, according to the weather service.

Thursday, the high will be near 92 with a north wind around 5 mph, the weather service said.

Thursday night, there will be a 40 percent chance of showers and storms, according to the weather service. The low will be around 72.

Friday, there will be a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, the weather service said. It will be partly sunny with a high near 89.

Temperatures on Wednesday could be near 97, with a heat index over 100, according to the National Weather Service. (National Weather Service graphic)
Temperatures on Wednesday could be near 97, with a heat index over 100, according to the National Weather Service. (National Weather Service graphic)