Teen charged with first-degree murder in shooting death

Lloyd Vincent IV
Lloyd Vincent IV

Lloyd Vincent IV, 16, was charged with first-degree murder today in connection with the June 22 shooting death of Lonnie Mitchell III in the 1900 block of North 3rd Street.

Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman filed the charges in the juvenile department of Wyandotte County District Court.

The district attorney’s office said Vincent is at large, and police believe he may be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department is continuing its investigation.

UG Commission sets maximum mill levy rate above administrator’s proposal

The Unified Government on Thursday night set a maximum mill levy by one-half mill each for the city and county over the rate proposed by the administrator, while saying it was just for purposes of flexibility in handling the budget.

The move will give the UG the flexibility to shift costs back and forth from the city to the county and vice versa without having to republish the budget, according to the mayor. The budgeting process is different for the Unified Government, dealing with both the city and county budgets at the same time.

“No other city and county has a combined government in Kansas,” Mayor Mark Holland said at the meeting.

The UG did the same thing last year when it considered the budget, raising the amount from the administrator’s proposed budget when the commission set the maximum mill levy, then switching funds around and coming back to the original amount on the final budget vote.

The half-mill equals about $500,000 each, according to UG chief financial officer Lew Levin.

If the commission wants to move a tenth of a mill from the city budget to the county budget, or vice versa, it could still do that with the higher mill levy rate, UG Administrator Doug Bach said.

If the UG adopted the mill levy proposed earlier this week by the administrator, then it would not have the flexibility to move these items between budgets, he said. It would have to cut something and then move it between the budgets.

The commission is currently discussing changes to the proposed administrator’s budget in a series of workshops being held at City Hall. UG Commissioner Ann Murguia stated that while she is open to flexibility within the budget that the UG already has, she was not in favor of adding last-minute items because of emotional appeals.

Commissioner Hal Walker said the idea of commissioner initiatives should come earlier, and not later, in the process. He said he had a couple of ideas to present with some cost to them. He supports the commission deciding earlier in the process of whether some of the projects would move forward. Eleventh-hour ideas are generally smaller projects, Walker said, and sometimes there was not an opportunity to get a commission discussion or consensus on them earlier.

Mayor Holland agreed with working on commission initiatives earlier, and said the commission has done that, with the UG going over several commission ideas earlier.

The administrator’s proposed budget announced July 13 had a $323 million total, and an 82-mill rate for the combined city and county.

The Kansas City, Kan., proposed maximum mill levy was set at 43.973, a half-mill higher than the 43.473 mill rate proposed by the administrator earlier this week. The maximum mill rate for the county also was increased a half-mill to 38.988, increased from the original 39.488.

There was unanimous UG Commission approval of both changes.

The maximum mill levy for the downtown self-supported municipal improvement district was set at 12.500 mills. It is very little changed from the past two years. This applies to downtown Kansas City, Kan., and the district was started voluntarily by downtown merchants to provide extra services.

The public hearing date on the budget will be at 5 p.m. July 27 at the Commission Chambers, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Budget documents are online at the UG’s website at www.wycokck.org, budget information is available at www.wycokck.opengov.com, and hard copies of the proposed budget are at the public libraries in Wyandotte County.

See earlier story at http://wyandottedaily.com/ug-property-tax-rate-proposed-to-remain-same-valuations-up-in-wyandotte-county/.

You can help make the annual Back to School Fair a success

by Cathi Hahner
Director, volunteer engagement, Volunteer Center and RSVP

The 14th annual Wyandotte County Back to School Fair will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, at two locations: Kansas City Kansas Community College and KCK Boys and Girls Club.

The goal of the Back to School Fair is to help make every child school ready from day one. More than 5,000 Wyandotte County students are provided basic school supplies to start the new school year as well as immunizations, sports physicals and an opportunity to learn about community programs and services.

The success of this project relies on contributions from the community. Donations of dollars to purchase items are needed as well as the contribution of your time.

Volunteers are needed prior to the event to help sort supplies and to pack the bags for the various grade levels.

On the day of the event your help is needed with set-up, registration, hall greeters, and distribution of the supplies, library books and food. More than a hundred volunteers are needed on the day of the event. If you want to volunteer, register online at www.unitedway-wyco.org and click on Back to School Fair.

You can also contact Cathi Hahner at the Volunteer Center of the United Way of Wyandotte County, 913-371-3674 or at Chahner@unitedway-wyco.org. This is a wonderful opportunity for groups looking for a service project.

If you would like to make a financial contribution, go to www.unitedway-wyco-org, click on Back to School Fair. Or mail payment to United Way of Wyandotte County, 434 Minnesota, Kansas City, Kan. 66117; note Back to School Fair donation.

With your help, we can make the annual Back to School Fair a huge success.

Cathi Hahner is the director of volunteer engagement, Volunteer Center and RSVP, for the United Way of Wyandotte County.