Citizens’ Police Academy to begin Sept. 6

The fall Citizens’ Police Academy begins Sept. 6 and runs for six weeks.

Classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. two nights a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, with a few additional classes on Saturday mornings.

In the Citizens’ Police Academy, residents may learn more about the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, the different units within the police department and the responsibilities of police officers, according to a spokesman. The instructors include men and women who work in the law enforcement field, including crime scene investigators, SWAT unit, bomb squad, communications and dispatch, and police gun range.

The goal is for residents to have a better understanding of the police organization and operations.

There is no charge to attend the citizens’ police academy. Persons must be at least 18 years old to participate. Classes are held at the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department Police Training Academy on the campus of Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Those interested in participating in the citizens’ police academy may call Officer W. Barajas at 913-596-2059 or email wbarajas@kckpd.org or visit the training academy for an application. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Residents are asked to contact Barajas by Sept. 1.

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Powerball jackpot rises to $700 million

The Powerball jackpot will be $700 million Wednesday night, according to the Kansas Lottery.

It’s the second highest jackpot of any lottery game, topped only by the $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot in January 2016.

Lottery officials said if the jackpot were to be won by a single ticket sold in Kansas, and the winner took the cash option of $443.3 million, he or she would receive a payment of approximately $310.3 million, after the Lottery withheld federal (25 percent) and state (5 percent) income taxes on the prize.

According to the odds chart on the Kansas Lottery website, the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot on one ticket are 1 in 292,201,338. The odds of winning $4 are about 1 in 39.

There is also the possibility that the jackpot could be divided among multiple winners, according to the website.

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Driver injured in I-70 accident

A driver was injured in an accident on wet roadways at 10:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, on I-70 near the 57th Street exit.

According to the Kansas Turnpike Authority trooper’s report, a 20-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, woman lost control of a Saturn Vue on the wet roadway, struck the barrier wall, crossed three lanes and struck the guardrail before coming to rest on the shoulder.

The driver was injured and taken to a hospital, according to the report.

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