Saturday events

Grinter Place plans ‘Saturdays by the Grinter Stove’
“Saturdays by the Grinter Stove” is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Grinter Place Historic Site, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan. Those attending will hear a Kansas City area history presentation and stay for lunch prepared on the Grinter wood stove. This series continues each month through March 14. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than 12. For more information, visit http://www.kshs.org/p/grinter-place-programs/18581#upcoming.


Strawberry Hill Museum open for holidays

The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kan., has opened for the holidays and will remain open on weekends through Sunday, Jan. 26. The museum, decorated in Victorian style, is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, with special tours available by appointment. The cost of a tour is $7 for adults and $3 for children 6-12. Call 913-371-3264 for more information or to make reservations. Holiday parties also may be booked. For more information, see http://www.strawberryhillmuseum.org/.

Project Feederwatch continues
Project Feederwatch continues at the Schlagle Environmental Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road. The bird count is planned each Saturday when people sign up in advance. Binoculars and field guides are available at the library. For more information, call 913-299-2384.

Book sale planned today
The Schlagle Environmental Library at Wyandotte County Park, 91st and Leavenworth Road, plans a book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. Science, nature reference, fiction and nonfiction books and DVDs for all ages will be in the used book sale. The books will be from 25 cents to $2 per item.

How to make fingerless gloves
A craft class for adults and senior adults on how to make no-sew fingergless gloves will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 10 at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. The class uses knee-high socks, scissors and fabric glue. Teens are welcome if accomopanied by an adult. There is a $2 fee for supplies. Call 913-279-2066 to register.

Enroll for health insurance
Staff from the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County will assist adults in enrolling for health insurance from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the South Library, 3401 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Assistance in Burmese will be available early and assistance in Spanish will be available later.
Another opportunity to enroll for health insurance will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 10 at the West Wyandotte Library auditorium, 1727 N. 82nd, Kansas City, Kan. Enroll Wyandotte will help answer questions.

UG administrator anticipates hotel announcement in February

Those attending a Downtown Shareholders meeting Friday at the Board of Public Utilities office in Kansas City, Kan., heard a speech by UG Administrator Doug Bach. (Photo by William Crum)
Those attending a Downtown Shareholders meeting Friday at the Board of Public Utilities office in Kansas City, Kan., heard a speech by UG Administrator Doug Bach. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum
Unified Government Administrator Doug Bach said today he expected an announcement in February about a new hotel near the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway.

Speaking at a meeting of the Downtown Shareholders, Bach said there should be more information on the casino hotel on Feb. 9. He spoke to more than 100 people attending the meeting at Board of Public Utilities headquarters in Kansas City, Kan.

Bach also spoke about downtown revitalization. Minnesota Avenue, for example, has investors from the Hunt family, including Lamar Hunt Jr., who are revitalizing the old Katz building under the direction of Loretto Properties.

Another program that’s underway is Mayor Mark Holland’s healthy cities campaign. A health and fitness facility will be built at the location of Big Eleven Lake. The community center will be run by the YMCA.

“It is my job to help encourage new housing in the area that would support this facility,” Bach said. “Kansas City, Kan., in the year of 2015 is looking good for the future with programs such as this, making Kansas City, Kan., and Wyandotte County not only one of the most affordable communities in the Midwest, a community that offers a lot for those of us who reside right here in Wyandotte County. We are looking good for the year 2015.”

The February meeting of the Downtown Shareholders will feature Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler.

Those attending a Downtown Shareholders meeting Friday at the Board of Public Utilities office in Kansas City, Kan., heard a speech by UG Administrator Doug Bach. (Photo by William Crum)
Those attending a Downtown Shareholders meeting Friday at the Board of Public Utilities office in Kansas City, Kan., heard a speech by UG Administrator Doug Bach. (Photo by William Crum)

UG Administrator Doug Bach spoke at the Downtown Shareholders meeting Friday in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
UG Administrator Doug Bach spoke at the Downtown Shareholders meeting Friday in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)

Three suspects at large after armed robberies at KCK convenience stores

Police released this photo of a suspect in the robberies of convenience stores in the Turner area of Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in the robberies of convenience stores in the Turner area of Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)

Three suspects are being sought by the police after five aggravated robberies between Dec. 30 and Jan. 9 in Kansas City, Kan.

Two robberies were earlier today at Fast Stop, 945 S. 55th St., and 7-Eleven, 2924 S. 47th St., Kansas City, Kan.

Three robberies were on Dec. 30, Jan. 1 and Jan. 4 at the Fast Trip convenience store, 4039 Metropolitan Ave., Kansas City, Kan., according to police.

The first and second suspects allegedly committed the three robberies at Fast Trip.

The first and third suspects allegedly committed the robberies at Fast Stop and 7-Eleven.

The description of the first suspect: Male, late teens or early 20s, slender build, 5-6, medium complexion, multi-colored stocking cap with a black ball on top, small goatee on chin only, armed with an all-black pistol or a silver-black pistol. He has worn a red Carhartt brand zip-up coat with white writing on the left chest or a red-white-black striped short-sleeved polo shirt or a dark blue sweatshirt during the robberies. He covered his face with a black scarf during the two robberies on Jan. 9.

The description of the second suspect: Male, late teens or early 20s, average build, 6-1 to 6-2, discolored teeth. He has worn red and blue hoodies or a dark blue coat, a black and white patterned stocking cap with ear flaps, and tassels, or a blue stocking cap during the robberies.

The description of the third suspect: Male, early 20s, average build, 5-1 to 5-2, medium complexion, wears red framed glasses, black coat, red Alabama University sweatshirt with white lettering, jeans, brown shoes, and armed with an all-black pistol.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department is encouraging anyone with information to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Police released this photo of a suspect in the robberies of convenience stores in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in the robberies of convenience stores in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of suspects in the robberies of convenience stores in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of suspects in the robberies of convenience stores in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a vehicle in connection with robberies in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a vehicle in connection with robberies in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a vehicle in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a vehicle in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of suspects in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of suspects in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of suspects in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of suspects in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)

Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)
Police released this photo of a suspect in convenience store robberies. (Photo from police)