Archive for Wyandotte County

Saturday events

In the event of inclement weather, call first to see if the event is still on.

Annual quilt show to be April 28 at Grinter
The Quilters at Grinter Barn, 1400 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas, are holding their annual quilt show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 28, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Barbara J. Eikmeier will be the guest speaker at a program at 1 p.m. Saturday. She is a well-known pattern and fabric designer who will present a trunk show and a look into how she started her line of fabrics. Admission to hear Eikmeier is $3 for adults and $1 for students. Children 5 and younger are free. Admission to the quilt show is free. Anyone who would like to enter a quilt in the show, or who has a quilt that needs to be finished, may stop in from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the basement of the Grinter Barn and talk to the quilters.

Young Child Fair planned April 29 at Bonner library
The seventh annual Young Child Fair, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton, has a theme this year of “Books, Blocks, Bubbles and Barks.” There will be activities throughout the library, including Marshall and Chase from Paw Patrol; a show at 11 a.m. by the KC Disc Dogs; and reading to a therapy dog. In addition, the Young Child Fair includes an opportunity to play with blocks to learn about science and math; make and enjoy a snack; a special puppy storytime with guest readers; a free book; and the opportunity for families to receive information from local agencies. The event for families with young children is co-sponsored with the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Public Schools Parents as Teachers. The program is free and open to the public.

Loyalty Day program planned April 29 at Rosedale Arch
The Rosedale Arch near 35th and Booth in Kansas City, Kansas, will be the site of a Loyalty Day Celebration planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, along with the Rosedale Development Association and the Unified Government, are holding the celebration. The city of Louisburg’s VFW Post 7348 is the host of activities this year at the Rosedale Arch. Greg Goode is the commander of the VFW Post 7348. There will be patriotic music, a color guard, guest speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to the event, and there is more information at ksloyaltyday.us. In case there is a lot of rain on Saturday, the event will be held in the Rosedale Middle School gym, 3600 Springfield, Kansas City, Kansas.

Blood drive scheduled April 29
The Joe E. Amayo Community Center, 2810 Metropolitan Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Red Cross blood drive from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29. For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Eric Jerome Dickey to appear in KCK
Kansas City, Kan., Public Library will be the host for popular urban fiction author Eric Jerome Dickey as part of the tour for his latest book “Finding Gideon.” The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. April 29 at the Reardon Convention Center at 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. Following a moderated question-and-answer session, Dickey will sign books. Books will be available for purchase and a limited number of free copies will be given away to the first to arrive. Doors will open at 1 p.m. Those interested in attending are asked to register at ejdkckpl.eventbrite.com. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, though registration is required to attend. Doors will open an hour prior to the start of the event.

Sporting KC to play Real Salt Lake
Sporting KC will entertain Real Salt Lake at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. For those who cannot attend, the match will be aired on Fox Sports Kansas City Plus.

Heavy rain and flooding possible this weekend

Wyandotte County could get 2.69 inches of rain through Sunday night. (National Weather Service graphic)


Wyandotte County is a little north of a flash flood watch in effect through Sunday night. (National Weather Service graphic)


Heavy rain is expected to move into the area early Saturday morning and continue through Sunday night with 2 to 4+ inches of precipitation possible, according to the National Weather Service.

The heaviest rainfall will occur Saturday night into Sunday morning, the weather service said.

The heavy rainfall will lead to flooding along area river, creeks, and streams, according to the weather service. It will also lead to localized flash flooding.

If you encounter water covered roadways, do not try to drive through it –turn around, don’t drown, the weather service said.

Today, there is a 40 percent chance of showers before 3 p.m., then a slight chance of showers after 4 p.m., the weather service said. The high will be near 66 with an east southeast wind of 3 to 8 mph.

Tonight, there is an 80 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5 a.m. The low will be around 49 with a north northeast wind of 7 to 10 mph.

Saturday, there is a 90 percent chance of showers, with thunderstorms possible after 1 p.m., the weather service said. The high will be near 53, with a north northeast wind of 13 to 15 mph, gusting to 28 mph. Between a half and three-quarters of an inch of rain is possible.

Saturday night, there is a 90 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm, with a low of 47, according to the weather service. A northeast wind of 10 to 14 mph may gust as high as 24 mph. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain is possible.

Sunday, there is a 70 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1 p.m., with a high near 58, the weather service said. A north northeast wind of 7 to 13 mph will become south southwest in the afternoon. Winds may gust as high as 23 mph. Between a quarter and half-inch of rain is possible.
Sunday night, there is a 40 percent chance of showers with a low of 41, according to the weather service.

Monday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m., with a high near 58, the weather service said.

Monday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 45.

Adrian’s grandmother speaks out against system failing 7-year-old child abuse victim

The system failed her 7-year-old grandson, a grandmother said today about the Adrian Jones case.

Adrian was the 7-year-old whose body was discovered in a barn or shed at a rural Wyandotte County address on 99th Street in November 2015. His remains were allegedly partly consumed by pigs. He was the victim of what authorities here called the worst child abuse case they had ever seen.

Adrian’s father and stepmother pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the case. The stepmother, Heather Jones, received a life in prison, 29-year sentence. Michael A. Jones, Adrian’s father, may be sentenced Wednesday, May 3, in Wyandotte County District Court, and is expected to receive a life in prison “hard 25”-year sentence.

Judy Conway of Emporia, Kan., the grandmother of Adrian, said today that she didn’t think 25 years in prison was enough.

Michael A. Jones

The day that Mike Jones, a former bail bondsman, pleaded guilty, Conway was relieved about not having to go through the trial, but she was “really upset about it” – that she wasn’t called in advance that day for her feelings about the plea agreement. “I should not have found out from a reporter after it was tweeted out,” she said. She added she thought a “hard 50” sentence would have been better for him, and she also thought Heather Jones should have received a longer sentence.

Mike Jones, 46, could be released in his early 70s if he served 25 years in prison, she said.

“I’m hoping as a family we will be notified when he’s up for parole,” Conway said. “I don’t think he should ever get out.”

Conway said the Department for Children and Families and the entire system failed Adrian. She said child social welfare authorities here in Kansas and in other states had received reports about Adrian being abused. The Jones family lived in Wyandotte County only a year or less before Adrian’s death, she said.

Conway criticized the DCF for sealing all the records shortly after Adrian’s death, and said she was not able to have access to the records. She said they were told the records would not be available until after the sentencing was over.

“We want all the records, and we feel as a family we should have had access to those records from the very beginning,” Conway said.

Conway has lobbied state legislators to get more oversight of home schools. Adrian was home-schooled, and Conway believes that the state should be checking on these children. Although most home-schooled children are not abused, there may be a few, and that is why the state should remain vigilant. She believes the state should do a background check for high-risk children.

Conway said the Jones family had 32 surveillance cameras inside their home, and there was video evidence of abuse against Adrian. Conway said there was a video of Adrian being hit with a broom. Conway said there was a text message from Heather Jones’ phone with a screenshot of Adrian being strapped to an inversion table, his hands and feet bound, and tape over his eyes.

Heather Jones

“In my eyes as a grandmother … they are equally responsible,” Conway said. “I never thought in a million years Mike would ever do anything to hurt his kids. I was entirely wrong.”

The late Detective Brad Lancaster was working on the Adrian Jones case at the time of Lancaster’s death in a carjacking near the Hollywood Casino last year.

“Detective Lancaster had made a promise that whatever happened, he would find justice for Adrian,” Conway said.

Conway said she had tried to see her grandchildren when Mike and Heather Jones had custody, but she was told by Heather that she could not see them. When the grandchildren were out of state, there was nothing she could do, she said.

Since the tragedy, Conway has found that abuse victims are often isolated. She believes home-schooling is part of the isolation for such victims.

In the Adrian Jones case, despite multiple reports of child abuse to state agencies, not enough action was taken in time to save him from death.