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High speed pursuit starts in Independence, ends in NEKC

Posted July 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Joe Jarosz
Northeast News
July 14, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — One man was arrested late Monday afternoon following a high-speed pursuit that began in Independence and ended in Northeast Kansas City.

The chase started shortly after 4 p.m. on Truman Road in Independence. The driver was wanted on a felony stolen vehicle charge. The pursuit lasted about 20 minutes before the driver was arrested near the intersection of Anderson and Lawndale Avenues in the Northeast. Kansas City Police assisted the Independence Police with the pursuit.

Kansas City Police blocked off the streets around the incident, but reopened them soon after again to the public. No one was injured in the incident, and there were no accidents.

    Absentee voting underway

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    July 12, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Voting has begun for August’s primary elections.

    Registered voters are currently able to cast an absentee ballot for the August 5, 2014, election in Kansas City, Mo. Voters who qualify may vote via an absentee ballot either in-person until 5 p.m. Monday, August 4, or by mail. Ballots cast by mail must be received by the Kansas City Election Board no later than 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 5.

    Voting will be available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, at the Kansas City Election Board office, located in Union Station at 30

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    Races to affect area traffic Saturday night

    Northeast News
    July 11, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — City officials are advising motorists to use caution while traveling along Chouteau Parkway and the Crossroads area tomorrow night, July 12.

    The Northland Hot Trot takes place from about 8 – 10 p.m. Saturday, July 12, and will temporarily close Chouteau Parkway between Northeast 42nd Terrace and Armour Road/Hwy. 210. Please use caution and obey all posted detours, barricades and no parking signs. Police are prepared to allow motorists to cross the routes when they deem it safe for race participants.

    On the other side of town, Rock the Crossroads takes place from about 7:30-9:30

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    Mounds of trash were collected over the past week by members of a National Youth Conference.

    Youth Conference helps clean-up Cliff Drive

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    July 11, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Over the past week, 5,300 young adults spent time in Kansas City, Mo. completing service projects.

    One project included cleaning Cliff Drive. Not all the young adults spent time along Cliff Drive, roughly 900 over the four-day project, but enough lent a hand to leave an impact.

    According to Brett Shoffner, executive director of the Cliff Drive Corridor Management Committee, the four-day clean-up totals are: over 3,000 bags

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    Explosion, underground electrical fire erupts in City Market


    By Micah Wilkins

    Northeast News
    July 9, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — An underground electrical fire took place in the Carollo’s Italian Gourmet Grocery unit at the City Market late Wednesday morning. According to one Carollo’s employee, Wille Brown, there was a large explosion, felt throughout the building, which blew the covers off of the manholes along Third Street.

    “I came outside and we had flames coming out everywhere, and a lot of smoke,” said Brown.

    According to one Kansas City firefighter there were no injuries.

    The Kansas City Fire Department promptly extinguished the fire once on the

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    KCPD have artwork created for new East Patrol building

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    July 9, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – As work continues on the Kansas City Police Department’s new East Patrol Campus, city officials just agreed to another addition to the patrol division building.

    Art.

    At a recent Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee meeting as well as a City Council meeting, council members approved the authorization of $425,000 for an agreement between artist David Dahlquist, of Des Moines, Iowa, and the city for public art.

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    CID draws attention to Independence Avenue with Four Corners events

    Micah Wilkins
    Northeast News
    July 7, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — With bubbles, music and refreshments, the Independence Avenue Community Improvement District and the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce worked to draw neighbors to the intersection of Benton Boulevard and Independence Avenues during the first Four Corners event on Saturday, July 5.

    The Four Corners events will be held every first Saturday of the month at different intersections along Independence Avenue to celebrate the businesses along the Avenue and bring the community together. Bobbi Baker Hughes, president of the

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    App expected to help foot traffic for businesses along streetcar construction route

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    July 5, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — With streetcar construction underway in the City Market and downtown, Kansas City Streetcar Constructors and city officials are committed to minimizing the impacts felt by area businesses.

    The Downtown Business Council, in partnership with area businesses and the KC Streetcar Constructors, are launching the “Open for Business-KC Streetcar” application for smartphones. The apps encourage people to shop and eat at businesses affected by construction routes. There is no cost to download the app. The app will be available by the end of the month.

    Area businesses along the streetcar route are encourage to advertise

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    Longtime library employee passes away

    Northeast News
    July 4, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Kenneth “K-Mart” Martin passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City MO.

    Kenneth Maurice Martin was born on Jan. 9, 1956, to Ulysees Quentin Martin and Canaria Maxine Graham in Kansas City, Mo. Kenneth was affectionately known by his siblings as “K-Mart” and “Special K.”

    Memorial Services for Martin will be held 5 p.m. Monday, July 7, at the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church, 3619 E. 35th St.

    Kenneth was an extremely warm, pleasant, and giving man who loved books, comic books, movies, and science fiction. This past winter, he retired from

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    Tips for Independence Day safety

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    July 3, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day. But they can also be dangerous.

    According to a recent U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report, in 2013, firework-related injuries reached its highest level in more than 10 years. An estimated 11,400 injuries were reported, jumping more than 30 percent from 2012.

    The month surrounding Independence Day saw a majority of firework-related injuries; 7,400 between June 21 and July 21, 2013. About half of those injured were to people under the age of 25 and children five-years-old and under accounted for 14 percent of injuries.

    “In 2013, sparklers and

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