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Human Resources Roundtable meeting planned
The Wyandotte County Human Resources Roundtable will hold a meeting from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Earp Distribution, 2730 S. 98th St., Edwardsville, Kan.  For more information, contact Jay Matlack, business retention and expansion director, 913-748-2273.

Downtown Shareholders to meet Thursday
The Downtown Shareholders will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Children’s Campus, 444 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. New board members will be introduced, updates about the Downtown Shareholders will be given, and there will be a tour of the Children’s Campus facility. Light refreshments are planned. For more information, contact Ed Linnebur, Downtown Shareholders director, at

Democrats to meet April 19
The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will meet Saturday, April 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Speakers will include A.J. Kotich, candidate for Kansas attorney general, and Reggie Marselus, candidate for Congress, Third District. Democratic state legislators will also be available to discuss this year’s legislative session. The buffet is available at 8:15 a.m. and the forum begins at 9:15. The cost for the breakfast buffet, which includes tax, service and tip, is $10, or $7 for students and those on limited income. All Democrats are invited to attend. Reservations are requested, but not required, to Reservations are requested by Friday, April 18.

Blood drive scheduled April 21
A Red Cross blood drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 at the Sacred Heart Home Health Care, 7735 Washington Ave., Kansas City, Kan.  To schedule an appointment, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Workshop on cleaning planned April 21
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will present a workshop, “Cleaning and De-Cluttering,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 21.  Presented by Chiquita Miller of K-State Extension. Space is limited. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Earth Day celebration planned April 22
An Earth Day event is planned from 11 a.m. o 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Quindaro Ruins-Underground Railroad. The community is invited to commemorate Earth Day and to discuss the new EPA air rules, as well as other topics relevant to Quindaro heritage and current environmental issues. The event is at North 27th and the Missouri River Brown, and the John Brown Memorial Plaza. It is free and open to the public. The Quindaro Ruins currently is seeking national landmark designation.

Scripture study scheduled Wednesdays
“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

How to reduce sugar in your diet
“Break Free: Spring for Less Sugar in Your Diet,” a nutrition class presented by Master Food Volunteer, Pat Callaghan, in partnership with K-State Extension Services, will be offered from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Space is limited. Call 913-906-8990 for information or to register for the free class.

Women’s Chamber to present social media program April 24
The Kansas City, Kan., Women’s Chamber of Commerce will present a seminar on social media April 24. The seminar will be held Thursday, April 24, at Dave and Buster’s, 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. The event starts with registration at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the program at 11:45 a.m. Geared toward small businesses and entrepreneurs who are new to social media, the seminar will include information at social media platforms, how to professionally present a business online, what to do and not to do, and how to stay current on social media trends. The featured speakers will be Mary A. Redmond, a professional speaker, negotiations coach and consultant who has been blogging since 2009; Pat Brune, retired from the federal courts and now part of MelKat Creative Consult, which provides social media training to nonprofits; and Joy Richardson, senior director of resource development and community impact for United Way of Wyandotte County, who volunteers as a Facebook administrator for several organizations. Cost of the event is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit

Community orchestra to perform concert and hold fundraiser
The KCK Community Orchestra will hold a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. A silent auction also is planned with gift certificates and other items.

UG Commission to meet April 24
The Unified Government Commission will meet at 7 p.m. April 24 at the Commission Chambers, City Hall, 701 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan. An agenda should be posted online at

Country classics music concert planned April 27
Local musician Fred Uzell, along with fellow musicians Jim Winters, Donna Hensley and Kevin Blom will perform a Country Classics concert from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the George Meyn Community Center, inside Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs. Tickets are available for $15 prior to the show and $20 on the day of the show. The concert will pay tribute to country music greats Hank Williams Sr., Merle Haggard and George Jones. Proceeds will benefit PACES, Wyandotte County’s mental health services for young people who face behavioral and emotional challenges. Doors to George Meyn Center, at 126th and State Avenue, will open at 1 p.m. Concessions will be available for sale at the event. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Melissa Bynum at 913-638-8589 or email,

Local author to speak April 29
Local author Ruth Campos will give a talk at 6 p.m. April 29 at the South Branch of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. She will speak on “My Journey in Faith,” her new book. Campos has roots in the Argentine community of Kansas City, Kan., and is a former teacher at Sumner Academy. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

GOP to meet April 29
The Wyandotte County GOP will hold a town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Frontier Steakhouse, 94th and State Avenue. The guest speakers will be Brandon Kenig, chairman of the Kansas Young Republicans, and Patricia Stoneking, president of the Kansas State Rifle Association. Those planning to order dinner should arrive early.

Mayor’s Food Summit planned May 1
The Wyandotte County Mayor’s Food Summit is planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1 at the KCKCC-TEC, 6565 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The host will be Healthy Communities Wyandotte with participation from more than 20 organizations. Local leaders will learn about changes they can make to increase access to healthy food. For more information or to sign up, visit

AYS plans annual fundraiser May 2
Associated Youth Services will hold a Stack the Decks Casino Night 2014 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Overland Park Marriott. The annual casino-night fundraiser supports the nonprofit’s five programs aimed at filling in the missing pieces for struggling youth. Tickets are $80 and can be obtained at AYS’ secure website –, or by contacting AYS resource development specialist, Maggie McKinley at 913-831-2820, Ext 224.

Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners annual plant sale to be May 2-3
The annual plant sale of the Wyandotte County Master Gardeners will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 2, and 9 a.m. to noon (or as long as inventory is left) Saturday, May 3, at the Wildcat Room, Wyandotte County Extension office, 1200 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kan. The Wyandotte County Master Gardeners will offer tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, herbs, and other vegetable and fruit plants started by the members, and collections of perennials, annuals, Kansas native wildflowers and ornamental grasses. New to the sale this year will be succulent plants, gently used books and gardening supplies. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with selections and answer gardening questions. For information, call 913-299-9300.

Polski Day celebration planned May 3
The 30th annual Polski Day celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at All Saints Parish, 8th and Vermont Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., at the St. Joseph Church site. The festival features live music, dancing and ethnic food. A parade starts at 11 a.m. at 12th and Central, proceeding to 8th. Live music by Don Lipovac will be from noon to 7 p.m. indoors. Outside, the Ed Grisnik Band will play from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sheelytown Band will play from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A polka Mass will be held at 4 p.m.

Tourism celebration luncheon to be May 7
The Kansas City Kan., Convention and Visitors Bureau will sponsor a Tourism Celebration Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Reardon Convention Center,  500 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Tickets are $35 per person. For reservations, call 913-321-5800 or email

Program covers post-harvest handling
A program for gardeners and those who raise food on “Post-Harvest Handling” will take place on May 12 in Kansas City, Kan. The program is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension. For more information, visit

African-American Art Festival planned Aug. 9
The MoKan African-American Art Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Quindaro Park, 35th and Sewell, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending the free event may bring a blanket, enjoy artwork, stilt walkers Gullah basket weathers, African drummers and dancers, food and vendors. For more information about having an art exhibit there or being a vendor, contact 913-788-7330.

Chance of rain this afternoon

Thursday’s weather includes a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 52. A north wind will be 5 to 9 mph.
Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is possible today.
Tonight, skies will be mostly cloudy, then clearing, with a low of 38.
Friday’s weather will be mostly sunny with a high near 68. The wind will be 5 to 9 mph.
Saturday, skies will be mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Winds will be from 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
Saturday night, there will be a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 a.m.
Sunday, there will be a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8 a.m. The high will be near 71.
The chance of showers continues Sunday night through Monday night.

Grand jury returns indictments

A federal grand jury returned indictments here today, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Three California residents were indicted on drug charges in Kansas City, Kan.

Luis Angel Sanchez-Cruz, 32, Baldwin Park, Calif.; Daniel Flores, 34, Perris, Calif.; and Evelyn Rose Cardenas, 23, Perris, Calif., are charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine, one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred from April 1 to April 5, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan.   If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.

In another case, Chester Bragg, 36, is charged with failure to register as required by the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

The crime is alleged to have occurred starting in December 2013 in Wyandotte County, Kan.   If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshal Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Martin is prosecuting.

In another case, Javier Zambrano-Sanchez, 39, is charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, nine counts of distributing various amounts of methamphetamine and five counts of distributing various amounts of cocaine.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2012 and 2013 in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.   If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million on the conspiracy charge. Sentences on the other counts vary: Not more than 20 years, not less than five years, not less than 10 years, depending on the count.

The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.