Two more persons charged in conjunction with beating attack

Tanner Grube
Tanner Grube

Ryan Wilkerson
Ryan Wilkerson

Two additional persons were charged in conjunction with a brutal Nov. 16 attack on a man in Kansas City, Kan.

Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman charged Tanner Grube, 22, and Ryan Wilkerson, 20, both of Kansas City, Kan., with aggravated robbery and aggravated battery in conjunction with the incident in the 500 block of Center Street in Kansas City, Kan.

Bond for both was set at $75,000, according to the district attorney’s office.

Timothy Mulvey, 20, was severely beaten Nov. 16 in the attack.

Previously charged in the case were Luke D. Stinson and Mark D. Stinson, who are brothers.

The next hearing in the matter is set for Dec. 9.

Flu shot remains best flu protection despite mutated flu strain, KU doctor says

A physician at The University of Kansas Hospital is advising the public not to be overly concerned about the Centers for Disease Control announcement of a mutated strain of flu observed this year.

“It is true that the mutated flu strain will make a part of the vaccine less effective this year, but it is only one part of the three or four vaccines in the flu shot,” said Dr. Lee Norman, chief medical officer of The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

“Even if a vaccinated person makes contract with the mutated strain, the current vaccine will likely make any flu illness less severe. And if you have been vaccinated and has early indications of a severe flu, call your doctor, who could recommend some anti-viral medications,” Dr. Norman said.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, KU Hospital reported eight cases of persons hospitalized with the flu, a spokesman said. The CDC reported that the state of Kansas had “local” levels of the flu for the last reporting period, the week of Nov. 22. In a news release this week, the CDC said it looked like a potentially severe flu season this year.

Dr. Norman recommends getting a flu shot now, if you haven’t received one yet. He said you could get one as late as the end of February and still be effective.

Dr. Norman also advised using other flu-fighting techniques including proper hand-washing and covering your coughs.

To see a KU Hospital video about the flu, visit

New York Voices to conduct master class at KCKCC

by Kelly Rogge

The Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Vocal Jazz 1 and 2 ensembles will be featured in a New York Voices Masterclass later this month.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the KCKCC Performing Arts Center, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. The event is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the KCKCC Music Club.

The New York Voices is a professional, Grammy-Award winning vocal jazz ensemble that will be in Kansas City to perform with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. The concert is at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.

Prior to the performance, the ensemble will give a vocal jazz Masterclass with KCKCC students. KCKCC Vocal Jazz 1 and 2 ensembles will perform for New York Voices, which will provide brief clinics for each ensemble.

In addition, New York Voices will conduct a question-and-answer session for the second half of the masterclass about jazz singing, the music business and their beginnings to become an internationally-recognized vocal ensemble.

“The event will be great to attend,” said John Stafford, director of choirs at KCKCC. “It will give the students and other audience members insight into the music business and jazz singing technique. The New York Voices will also discuss the development history of their ensemble. It is rare to have musicians of this caliber on our campus, and it would be great experience for all who attend.”

In 2013, New York Voices celebrated its 25th anniversary. Known for its close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend, their interests are deeply rooted in jazz, Brazilian, rhythm and blues, classical and pop.

Formed by Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian, Caprice Fox, and Sara Krieger, New York Voices had its first performances in 1988. In 1989, it signed its first record deal with GRP Records and released a self-titled debut album.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.