Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Steven Watts
Steven Watts

Suspect in Bank of America robbery is a paroled murderer. One of the two men arrested after the attempted robbery of the Bank of America at 95th and Mission last Wednesday is a paroled murderer. Steven Watts had a long criminal history, including a murder charge that earned him a sentence of life in prison. [Suspects charged in Overland Park bank robbery have criminal records stretching back decades — Kansas City Star]

Bishop Miege wins 22nd state volleyball title. Bishop Miege found itself in familiar territory at the state 4A volleyball tournament Saturday, where the Stags defeated Louisburg for the school’s 22nd state title. The Stags won in three game, 25-16, 18-25 and 25-20. [4A: Bishop Miege wins 22nd State Volleyball title — Catch It Kansas]

Bishop Miege grad sets new Mizzou sack record. 2011 Bishop Miege graduate Shane Ray on Saturday set a new University of Missouri football record for sacks in a season during the Tigers game against Kentucky. Ray notched two sacks against the Wildcats to bring his season total to 12, breaking the record of 11.5 set by Michael Sam last season. What’s more, the Tigers still have three regular season games to play. [Shane Ray picks up two more sacks to break record —]

Northeast Johnson County cross country runners compete at state meet. SM East’s boys cross country team made a solid showing at its first team appearance at the state meet in a dozen years. The Lancers team finished fifth overall in the standings. SM North finished ninth. The Lancers’ John Arnspiger, a sophomore, was the team’s top finisher, coming in eighth with a time of 16:32.60. Several individual runners had strong showings at the meet in Lawrence, as well. SM North’s top finisher in the girls race was Samantha Taylor, who came in 17th overall with a time of 15:52.90. SM East’s top female runner was Maddie Willson, who finished 22nd overall at 15:56.90. In the class 2A boys race, freshman Luke Rovenstine was Kansas City Christian’s top finisher, coming in 14th with a time of 17:37.70.

Prairie Village resident named to national Ad Council board. Prairie Village resident Kathy Collins, the chief marketing officer for H&R Block, has been elected to the board of directors for the Ad Council, the non-profit organization that oversees production and distribution of national public service announcements. Collins is a graduate of Kansas State University who spent nearly 15 years at Lee Jeans before joining H&R Block in 2006.

Date change for safety town hall at SM North. The town hall meeting planned by the Shawnee Mission School District for SM North has been changed to Nov. 19. It will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and include a presentation about the district’s safety and security plan as well as an opportunity for questions. The district will hold a similar town hall meeting at each of the district’s five high schools. The date for the SM East presentation is Nov. 17.

Roeland Park police plan another traffic blitz. Roeland Park police will be out Thursday morning in another “Traffic Blitz” where officers will be checking for commercial vehicle violations and non licensed drivers.