Motorcyclist dies in accident on U.S. 73 in Wyandotte County

A motorcyclist died after an accident at 8:35 p.m. Sunday, March 30, on U.S. 73 about one mile south of the Wyandotte-Leavenworth county line.

Justin R. Williams, 31, of Junction City, Kan., was taken to a Johnson County hospital after the accident, and was pronounced dead about 4:40 a.m. March 31.

Williams was riding a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on U.S. 73 in the left lane.

For an unknown reason, the motorcycle left the roadway, went into the center grass median, and rolled, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s crash log. The driver was ejected.

Williams was wearing a helmet, the report stated.


My Shelf to Yours book sale to assist KCKCC students

by Kelly Rogge

The My Shelf to Yours Book Sale is returning to Kansas City Kansas Community College, raising funds for students on campus.

The sale is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 and 3, and 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Room 2325 on the lower level of the Jewell Building on the KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave.

The sale is open to the public as well as students, staff and faculty.

All books will be $1 or seven books for $5. All proceeds will be placed into a student scholarship fund for textbooks and tuition for those in financial need.

In addition, there will also be beverages and snacks for sale as well as fashion jewelry and other local vendors.

My Shelf to Yours at KCKCC was created in 2010 as a way to promote scholarship, leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability by selling donated used books both on-line and on-ground.

As of July 2013, My Shelf to Yours has received more than 34,000 donated books and assisted more than 200 students with textbooks.

Any unsold book donations from the sale will be donated to local charities and organizations.

For more information on the My Shelf to Yours Program at KCKCC, call 913-288-7228 or email

Open burn ban issued for KCK

An open burn ban has been issued for Kansas City, Kan.

A spokesman for the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department stated that because of high winds and dry conditions today, the Fire Department is asking all residents who have burn permits for today to refrain from any outdoor burning until further notice.

Anyone who has a burn permit for today may go to the nearest fire station to request a burn permit for whenever the burn ban is lifted, the spokesman said.

Outdoor burn permits must be issued 24 hours before the three-day burn permit starts.

The National Weather Service forecast for March 31 indicates high winds for most of the day, causing concern for outdoor fires, the Fire Department spokesman said.