Shawnee man charged in connection with fatal KCK crash

Roderick Farmer, 21, of Shawnee, Kan., has been charged with involuntary manslaughter while driving under intoxication in connection with a fatal crash in the 300 block of North James Street in Kansas City, Kan.

Farmer was charged by District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman in connection with the crash, which occurred Feb. 15, 2015.

A passenger in Farmer’s vehicle, Antoine Doran of Kansas City, Kan., died when Farmer’s vehicle left the roadway and plummeted off the James Street bridge over the Kansas River, according to a spokesman for the district attorney. Farmer was seriously injured in the crash.

Farmer was arrested and posted $50,000 surety before he was released. He is expected to appear in court on March 29.

The case was investigated by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

KCK man pleads guilty to second-degree murder charge

Ladarrious White, 24, of Kansas City, Kan., has pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree intentional murder.

White was charged in the Oct. 26, 2015, shooting death of Jose Solis-Robles in the 1400 block of North 18th Street in Kansas City, Kan.

Just prior to his death, Solis-Robles had traveled from his home in Kansas City, Mo., in response to an ad placed by a female companion of White on Backpage.com, according to the district attorney’s office.

White entered his plea March 22 in Wyandotte County District Court.

On March 22, Kimberly Winn, 25, of Kansas City, Kan., pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated battery and one count of promoting the sale of sexual relations for her involvement in the events leading up to Solis-Robles’ death.

Sentencing is scheduled for both defendants on April 29, 2016, before Judge Wesley K. Griffin.

The case was investigated by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

Snow falling in Wyandotte County; freeze warning for Friday morning

National Weather Service graphic
National Weather Service graphic

Snow was falling about 8:15 a.m. Thursday in Wyandotte County.

The National Weather Service says this precipitation is the continuation of yesterday’s storm system.

Although the temperature was 37 degrees at 8 a.m., some light snow and rain was falling.

The weather service will issue a freeze warning for Friday morning. It will be in effect from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday.

The weather service said the freeze is likely to kill crops and other sensitive vegetation if precautions are not taken to cover them.

Today, snow was responsible for closing I-70 west at Hays, Kan., as a snowstorm has hit Colorado to the west on Wednesday and lodging is not available, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Today, the snow is expected to be light in Wyandotte County and not much will accumulate, according to the weather service. There is a 40 percent chance of precipitation. After the early morning’s showers, there is a slight chance of rain between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., the weather service said. The high temperature today will be 45 degrees, a drop of around 30 degrees or so from Wednesday.

The weather service said winds will be from the north northwest wind at 18 to 22 mph, gusting as high as 30 mph today.

Tonight, expect a low around 29, with a north northwest wind of 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Friday, the high will be near 61, with a light southeast wind of 6 to 11 mph in the morning.

Friday night, there is a 40 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m. The low will be around 45, the weather service said. The south southeast wind will be 6 to 10 mph.

Saturday, expect a 50 percent chance of precipitation, with a high near 59, the weather service said. A southeast wind of 7 to 10 mph will become west northwest in the afternoon.

Saturday night, showers are likely and the low will be around 35, according to the weather service. The chance of rain is 60 percent.

Sunday, there is a 50 percent chance of showers, with a high near 48, according to the weather service. Sunday night the low will be around 32.