Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Mission Mayor Steve Schowengerdt (L) and Police Chief Ben Hadley (R) present officer Tim Gift (C) with the Lifesaving Award.
Mission Mayor Steve Schowengerdt (L) and Police Chief Ben Hadley (R) present officer Tim Gift (C) with the Lifesaving Award.

Mission officer given Life Saving Award. Mission police officer Tim Gift received his second Life Saving Award from the department last week. Gift was called to a medical emergency call in the 6500 block of Foxridge Drive last month and arrived to find a female not breathing and without a pulse. Her friend had started CPR and Gift took over while the friend led medical and fire units inside. Gift was able to restore a pulse and she was taken to a medical facility where she survived. The woman had overdosed on an illegal narcotic.

New officers named for Prairie Village architecture firm. NSPJ Architects has named Tim Homburg and Clint Evans as its new co-presidents. Both have been with the firm for several years. NSPJ is the 15th largest architecture firm in Kansas, according to the Kansas City Business Journal and is working on high profile projects at CityPlace in Overland Park and the Power and Light Building in downtown Kansas City. [Prairie Village architecture firm names new co-presidents – Kansas City Business Journal]

Johnson County “Silver Haired Legislature” vote coming in March. Elections for Johnson County’s representatives in the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature, a group that helps identify issues of concern to the Kansas Legislature and Governor, will be held March 10. Johnson County has six delegates on the body, which is made up of Kansas residents aged 60 and over. A total of 13 candidates are running. You can find bios on each here and information about voting here.

Former Merriam clerk cleared of stealing charges. A former Merriam clerk who was accused of stealing $100,000 from the city has been cleared of the charges against her and settled with the city. Fabiola Cruz blamed a lack of good internal procedures. [Former Merriam clerk Fabiola Cruz cleared of charges — KSHB]

Police departments increasing school patrols. From today through March 6, police agencies across Kansas will join in increasing patrols around schools and enforcing seat belt laws. In 2014, 34 teens died in car crashes across Kansas and 63 percent of those were not properly restrained. Police in Roeland Park, Prairie Village and Mission have announced their participation.

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