Slight chance of rain continues in forecast

After morning showers clear out of the region, breezy and mainly dry conditions are expected for the remainder of the day; save a few very isolated showers that could pop up by mid-afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

A few pop-up showers are again possible Thursday afternoon, then dry, sunny and mild conditions reign until late Sunday evening when a few storms may return. At this time, no hazardous weather is expected, the weather service said.

Today’s high will be near 67. There is a 40 percent chance of showers and storms before 1 p.m., then a slight chance of showers and storms after 4 p.m., according to the weather service.

Tonight, the low will be around 49, and there will be a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, the weather service said.

Thursday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers with a high near 69, according to the weather service. There will be a west northwest wind of 6 to 11 mph. Thursday night, the low will be around 50.

Friday, it will be sunny with a high near 71, according to the weather service, and a north wind of 6 to 8 mph.

Saturday, it will be sunny with a high near 76, the weather service said.

17-year-old KCK youth bound over for trial on murder charge

Lloyd Vincent IV, 17, of Kansas City, Kan., was bound over for trial as an adult on one count of premeditated first-degree murder. He was determined to be an adult for the purposes of prosecution.

Vincent is charged in connection with the shooting death of Lonnie Mitchell III on June 22, 2015, in the 1900 block of North 3rd Street in Kansas City, Kan.

The case is set for arraignment on April 21 in Division 7 of the Wyandotte County District Court. Bond remains at $100,000.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Alan Fogleman and was investigated by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

UG announces sale of downtown hotel

New catering service begins at convention center

The Unified Government today announced the sale of the 147-room Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Kansas City, Kan., to Fairwood Capital LLC, a real estate firm in Memphis Tenn., for $8.8 million.

The UG also announced a five-year agreement with Brancato’s Catering to manage the downtown Reardon Convention Center, located next to the Hilton Garden Inn, at 5th and Minnesota Avenue.

By selling the hotel, the UG will cover outstanding debt obligations on it, including a federal government loan, according to a UG news release. The name of the hotel will remain the same, a UG spokesman said.

Built in 2002, the Hilton Garden Inn underwent a $2 million renovation in 2013. A spokesman said the UG believes this new investment from the private sector will help attract more economic opportunities in downtown Kansas City, Kan.

With the sale, the UG will be able to invest $2 million for capital improvements and renovations to the convention center and return annual debt funding to the annual operating budget, according to the news release.

The UG will continue to own the Reardon Convention Center, and have access to the facility for civic and government-sponsored events, according to a spokesman.

A restaurant that is located indoors between the Hilton Garden Inn and the Reardon Center will continue to be owned by the hotel.

In the past the operators of the Hilton Garden Inn, KCK Hotel Group LLC, also operated and managed the Reardon Center, according to the UG spokesman.

Brancato’s Catering will provide exclusive booking, event and catering services to the downtown Reardon Convention Center beginning today, according to the UG.

“We are looking forward to the partnership with Brancato’s and their commitment to bringing the highest quality catering experience to our visitors and guests,” said Doug Bach, UG administrator, in the news release. “Their unique and diverse menu combined with the professional experience in event planning is a combination we’re confident will raise the bar of excellence at the Hilton Garden Inn and downtown convention center.”

Brancato’s has been in the catering business since 1968 in the metropolitan area, and has catered many large events in Kansas City.

“We are excited to begin this partnership with the Unified Government and we look forward to putting our many years of event knowledge and experience to work for the clients of the Reardon Center,” said Andrew Brancato, president of Brancato’s Catering.

The UG did not release financial details on the agreement with Brancato’s, but there is a management fee and a revenue sharing fee, according to a UG spokesman.