Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Mission Hills men under investigation by FTC for payday loan fraud. The Federal Trade Commission earlier this month filed a lawsuit against Mission Hills residents Timothy Coppinger and Frampton T. Rowland III alleging that their companies withdrew funds from peoples’ bank accounts without their consent. “The F.T.C. said the scheme began in 2011 and that in just one 11-month period, the lenders extracted more than $46 million from consumers across the country. Typically, consumers would discover a deposit of $200 or $300 and then would see withdrawals every two weeks, typically of $60 or $90,” says the New York Times. [U.S. Courts Close 2 Payday Lenders Accused of Fraud — New York Times]

Roeland Park Police unveil new look for vehicles. Roeland Park this week rolled out a new graphics design for some of its cars and SUVs, moving from a navy color scheme to a white one (see the photo above). The department is looking into transitioning to the white scheme for the rest of its vehicles soon.

School efficiency commission considers more proposals. The K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission on which Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson sits will today consider a slew of recommendations likely to spark controversy. The proposals include an incentives package for districts that considered merging as well as how the state calculates at-risk funding. [Commission considers school efficiency proposals — Associated Press]


SM East soccer trounces Lawrence Free State. SM East’s boys soccer team kept pouring on the goals Thursday against Lawrence Free State, taking an 8-1 win that moves them to 3-3 on the season. Seven different SM East players scored in the rout.

Mission police plan sobriety checkpoint. Tonight into early Saturday morning the Mission police along with several other area law enforcement agencies will be watching for impaired and dangerous drivers. Drivers will be screened and those who exhibit signs of intoxication will be tested. Mission police encourage using a designated driver.

Temporary repairs made to bridge in Fairway. The fence repair on the east side of the Mission Road bridge in Fairway has had a temporary repair and the sidewalk is open to pedestrian traffic. The sidewalk will need to be closed again in a few weeks when permanent repairs are made.

SM East football faces SM Northwest tonight. The annual cougar hunt is on. SM East’s 2-0 football team will look to stay undefeated on the season tonight against 1-1 SM Northwest. SM Northwest snuck by SM North to win last week, but the Cougars feature running back Duron Lowe who is a big-play threat, having scored on 80 and 92-yard runs already this season. SM East has outscored opponents 60-3 in its first two games. The game starts tonight at 7 p.m. SM North. Game preview from the Sunflower League Football Blog is here. This week’s Lancer Gridiron Club motivational video is below.

NW Motivational from Brian Libeer on Vimeo.