Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Laura Smith. (Photo by Bill Nichols).

Interim city administrator named in Mission. The Mission City Council on Wednesday approved the appointment of Laura Smith, the city’s assistant city administrator and finance director, to act as interim city administrator until the position is filled. The unanimous vote by the council came at the end of a special council meeting last night that included a brief executive session to discuss personnel. Smith steps into the role of Gerry Vernon, who resigned last week after just over a year on the job.

Merriam teen charged with rape and attempted murder. A Merriam teenager has been charged in connection with an incident that occurred late Sunday or early Monday in an apartment complex in the 7100 block of Eby Lane in Merriam. Clarence Daniel Hartnell, 18, allegedly held the victim, a 21-year-old woman, at knifepoint. He also was charged with a threat that disrupted Shawnee Mission Medical Center [Teen charged in Merriam rape, attempted murder – The Kansas City Star]

A new puppy in Prairie Village brings national attention. Katie Castan of Prairie Village and her boyfriend got lots of national television attention during Monday night’s Royals game with the sign that said she would be getting a puppy if the Royals won. The puppy purchase was part of a bet with her boyfriend. [Royals puppy woman watched comeback from outfield and will get puppy after playoffs – Yahoo! Sports]
[Woman holding puppy sign at Royals game plans to adopt puppy from KC Pet Project — KSHB]

Kokopelli Mexican Cantina closes in Prairie Village. Kokopelli Mexican Cantina owners Kevin and Tammy Lyman sent an email to customers Wednesday informing them that the restaurant was closing after 10 years. The restaurant, located at 5200 W. 95th Street, replaced the Michael Forbes Grill that had been on the site in 2004. [Kokopelli Mexican Cantina closes after a decade in Prairie Village — Kansas City Star]

SM East cheer holding Little Lancer Cheer Clinic. SM East’s cheerleading squad is providing an opportunity for kids to learn the ins and outs of cheerleading. The Little Lancer Cheer Clinic will be next Friday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn a cheer that they’ll get to perform at the SM East football game Thursday, Oct. 16. The cost is $40 per participant. The registration form is here and the payment form is here.