Eight Kansas City families have been evicted from an apartment building where the water pipes burst. The basement of the Timberlake Apartments on Kansas City’s northeast side has a foot of water in it. The city had toshut down the building because there was no running water elsewhere. It’s not the first time there have been problems at Timberlake. The owner of the apartment complex had to relocate families in three buildings last week after city inspectors found no power in them, and more broken water lines.
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A lot of salvation army kettles are emptier than usual this holiday season, and some officials blame the bitterly cold weather. In Kansas City, the army’s Colonel Ted Dahlberg worries about the people who will be hurt if donations don’t pick up in a big way. He says people having problems getting clothing or paying their heating bills are the most likely to get hurt first if donations stay well under hopes. He notes about half of the Salvation Army’s budget for his area comes from Christmas giving.
A third Colombian national has been sentenced for the execution-style murders of a man in Kansas City. Plutarco Tello won’t be eligible for parole, but did escape the death penalty in his life prison sentence. Two co-defendants weren’t so lucky. German Sinisterra and Arboleda Ortiz this week were both sentenced to death for the 1998 crime. The three men bound, beat, and shot a man suspected of stealing a quarter million dollars from a Houston, Texas druglord. These are the first two federal death penalties in Missouri’s western district federal court in almost 50 years.
67 Jefferson City High School students and staff have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis. The county tested 2,400 people this month, after a single student developed an active case of the disease. Those who tested positive are being referred to family doctors. Those who tested negative will be tested again in three months. Cole County health department Director Ivah Braun says exposure to T-B doesn’t necessarily mean it will develop into an active case, only that someone has been exposed.
Northwest Missouri’s major utility assures customers nothing will change for them once its merger with a Kansas City utility is completed. St. Joseph Light and Power spokesman Jerry Musil says customers won’t even notice much change once the $191 million merger with UtiliCorp of Kansas City is finalized. Things won’t stay the same for the Light and Power staff in St. Joseph. The merger will eliminate about 110 employees in St. Joseph. Around 50 managers have already left the company to take other jobs.
The state gaming commission has granted gaming licenses to Ameristar Casinos, letting it take over Station Casino properties in Kansas City and St. Charles. Ameristar is paying $488 million to take over the state’s two biggest casinos. Ameristar also is promising to finish building a new facility in St. Charles that was started by Stations, then abandoned. Local officials have criticized the unfinished project as an eyesore.
Two men have been killed outside a Kansas City restaurant and lounge. Police have no suspect from the establishment, called Niecie’s, in far east Kansas City. However, police have interviewed as many as 30 potential witnesses. Officers brought in a heated bus to load the witnesses aboard and keep them warm while they talked about what happened. The identities of the two dead men haven’t been released.
A public defender has been ordered to help Gainesville preacher Gordon Winrod and two of his children defend themselves against charges they kidnapped Winrod’s six grandchildren. Winrod had refused legal help since his arrest. But the judge hearing the case says the Winrods fail to understand the legal process. Following the Winrod’s arrest, the grandchildren barricaded themselves on the Winrod farm for four days, until Gordon Winrod convinced them to give up.
Another 116 troubled teenagers have finished the Show-Me Challenge program. Organizers hope they’re a lot less troubled now than they were six months ago. It’s a high-discipline, quasi-military program run at the National Guard’s “Camp Clark.” It’s the 5th graduating class from the program that started in the summer of 1998. Program director Sam Shellman says much of the program’s success is measured by what happens after graduation. He admits there have been some backsliders–teenagers who get back into trouble. But he says the large majority has stayed clean. Some have even joined the military. Some, who were school dropouts when they started the program, have gone to college.
Government planners aren’t leaving any families out in the cold this winter when it comes to utility assistance. The deputy director at the Missouri Division of Family Services, Janel Luck, says Missouri is getting extra cash for needy families. Federal funding for utility assistance jumped from the usual $24 million to $33 million this year. Luck says poor families can apply for one-time payments to their utility companies, or for crisis payments if they’re about to be “cut off.”