Clear today; rain possible Thursday

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Today’s forecast is sunny with a high of 82.

Look for the chance of rain to return overnight, as a cold front tracks east through Kansas and Missouri on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

A 50 percent chance of thunderstorms and rain is possible after 1 a.m. A quarter to a half-inch of rain is possible. Showers and storms will be more numerous south of I-70, according to the weather service. The heaviest rains may be south of Kansas City.

On Thursday, there will be a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and rain. Between a tenth and a quarter of an inch of rain is in the forecast.

Man pleads guilty to federal tax evasion charge

A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of tax evasion, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Kent Price, 57, Kingwood, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

In his plea he admitted the crimes took place while he and co-defendant Donald Doleshal, 62, Driftwood, Texas, lived in Kansas and were partners and owners of Central States Underwater Contracting Inc., Central States Underwater, Limited and Pilecap Inc. The companies inspected, surveyed and repaired underwater pipelines, piles, piers, docks and bridges.

In tax years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, Price understated his personal taxable income by a total of more than $340,000, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. The omission results in taxes due of $53,421.

Price also admitted CSU and Pilecap paid personal expenses for Price and Doleshal that were deducted as business expenses on corporate taxes returns and were not reported as personal income. CSU paid for a Corvette and Saab that were driven by Price and Doleshal’s spouses.

Price is set for sentencing Aug. 26. Doleshal pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion. He is set for sentencing Aug. 19. In both cases, both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of 36 months federal probation and full restitution of taxes owed.

Grissom commended the Internal Revenue Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.

Nominations being accepted for two KCKCC awards

by Kelly Rogge

As plans continue for the Kansas City Kansas Community College Endowment Association’s first gala event, nominations are now being accepted for two special awards.

The 4.0 Gala, presented by AT&T, is on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Lake Quivira. Funds raised through the event will go toward supporting the college as well as for student scholarships.

In addition to a dinner, there will be a live and silent auction and the presentation of two awards – the Wyandotte Countian of the Year and the Distinguished Alumni of the Year.

The purpose of the Wyandotte Countian of the Year Award is to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the Wyandotte community. To qualify for the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, nominees must have either attended or graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College.

To nominate an individual for either award, a completed nomination form must be submitted along with one of two things – a statement of one page or less on the nominee’s contributions to Wyandotte County (Wyandotte Countian of the Year Award) or a statement on the nominee’s experience at KCKCC and how that changed their future (Distinguished Alumni award). Additional pages for either award can also include career-community information, personal and professional accomplishments, the nominee’s membership in organizations and other awards and honors.

Nomination forms must be received on or before July 15 in the KCKCC Endowment Office. Winners will be announced later this summer.

For more information, to obtain a nomination form or to submit a nomination packet, contact Dawanna Fangohr at the KCKCC Endowment Association, 913-288-7675 or by email at dfangohr@kckcc.edu. Nomination packets can be submitted via email or can be mailed to the KCKCC Endowment Association, Attn: Dawanna Fangohr, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, KS. 66112. Nomination forms will also be posted on the KCKCC website, www.kckcc.edu.