Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Officer Mark Engravalle
Officer Mark Engravalle

Coverage of Roeland Park police officer’s kind act keeps coming. Roeland Park police officer Mark Engravalle’s move to buy diapers and shoes for a struggling family caught shoplifting at Walmart continues to make news across the country. The Huffington Post picked up on the story Monday. Now, People Magazine has called about the story and the Roeland Park Police Department fielded calls from London and South Africa. Police Chief John Morris said Sarah Robinson has now found a job and a place to live as a result of the outpouring of help. The real story, he said, “was about the compassion and the actions of our officer.”

Heat forces SM North football team indoors. SM North’s football team was among the local athletic programs forced to make changes to their practice schedule on account of the high heat index this week. KMBC profiled the team as part of a story on safety for athletes in high heat situations. [Coaches, doctors stress safety for athletes during summer heat — Coaches, doctors stress safety for athletes during summer heat]

Barn Players issues call for scripts. The Barn Players community theatre in Mission will hold its eighth annual 6X10 Play Festival in December. The festival features six plays of 10 minutes each in length all by local or regional playwrights who must live within 300 miles of Kansas City. Each playwright can submit two scripts for review. Scripts must be received by Aug. 1.

UCS identifies homelessness in Johnson County. An annual point in time count of homeless conducted in January identified 174 people as homeless. According to United Community Services, 23 people were unsheltered, 94 were under 18, 48 of 80 homeless adults reported they had been abused by a household member, 20 of 80 homeless adults reported that a severe mental illness affected their ability to keep a job or stay housed,

Budget open houses start tonight. Roeland Park will hold a budget open house tonight at 6 p.m. in the Roeland Park Community Center. The first Fairway budget public forum will start at 7 p.m. tonight at city hall. Mission will hold a community dialogue session about the budget at 6 p.m. Wednesday night at city hall preceding the 7 p.m. city council meeting.

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