Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


The Mission Gateway lot sits empty nearly two years after a groundbreaking ceremony.
The Mission Gateway lot sits empty nearly two years after a groundbreaking ceremony.

Mission Gateway developer facing another lawsuit. Tom Valenti’s Cameron Group is facing yet another lawsuit for failure to pay a service provider on the long-stalled Mission Gateway project. Steve Vockrodt at the Pitch reports that Slaggie Architects filed suit in Johnson County District Court last month against a Cameron Group subsidiary for failure to pay $1.8 million for work, interest, termination fees and other expenses. [Another contractor sues Mission Gateway developer; Slaggie Architects says it was stiffed for $1.8 million owed — The Pitch]

Mission Hills native signs on to swim at University of Virginia. Mission Hills native and Rockhurst High School grad Alex Albracht this week signed a letter of intent to swim collegiately at the University of Virginia. Albracht was the 2014 Missouri state champion in the 100 breast and the state runner-up in 200 individual medley.

Metal band names song after Merriam. The Butcher Babies, an American metal band based in Los Angeles, told the website Blabbermouth in an interview that they’re working on a song tentatively titled “Merriam” that was written while they were on the road in Merriam, Kan. [BUTCHER BABIES Dug Deep Into Their Childhoods For Upcoming Album —]

Mission drivers’ license office denies same sex couple. Michelle and L.J. Nelson are married and have social security cards,but were denied new state-issued identification cards at the Mission drivers’ license office. They say the only reason given was the fact that they are both women. The refusal means they cannot change other accounts that require a state-issued ID. [Same-sex couple says they feel discriminated against by Kansas – KHSB 41]

Arrr Park event to be held rain or shine. The Roeland Park event on Saturday that follows a pirate theme and has plenty of activities for the kids, including Mr. Stinky Feet, will be held no matter what the weather. Rain will move the festivities indoors to the Roeland Park Community Center. Events are planned for R Park otherwise and will start at 10 a.m. with a treasure hunt followed by the concert, a kazoo parade and a healthy pirate lunch.

Roeland Park, Fairway mentioned in story on pit bull bans. Roeland Park’s recent move to remove a ban on pit bulls in the city was highlighted in a story about the number of communities that have removed pit bull bans. [More Missouri communities repealing long-standing bans on pit bulls – Fox2]

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