Lifesaving award given to Mission lifeguard. Abby Sostarich was just walking in to Sylvester Powell Community Center on June 29 for her shift as a lifeguard when a young player on the basketball court collapsed and was not responsive. Sostarich, who has been a guard at the pool for four years, rushed to the court and put her first-aid training to use. “You could not believe the composure,” Parks and Recreation Director Christy Humerickhouse said of Sostarich’s actions. The young man, who had a seizure, was back at Sylvester Powell Wednesday for the first time since the incident. Sostarich, also a student at UMKC, said she received all of her training at Sylvester Powell. For her actions she was presented with the Lifesaving Award by the City of Mission.
Fairway set to hold public budget forum Thursday. Fairway’s governing body on Thursday will be holding a public forum to discuss the city’s 2016 budget. Council members from Wards 3 and 4 will be on hand to discuss the board with residents. Fairway held a similar forum with representatives from Wards 1 and 2 earlier in the week. The forum will start at 7 p.m. at Fairway City Hall. The city is set to take up adoption of next year’s budget at its August 10 meeting.
Roeland Park officer’s story of compassion makes People. The story of Roeland Park police officer Mark Engravalle’s act of graciousness in response to a report of shoplifting at Walmart continues to spread across the country. On Tuesday, People magazine ran a story on the incident on its website. [Kansas Cop Who Bought Necessities for Shoplifting Mom: ‘It Was Absolutely Heartbreaking’ — People]
Shawnee Mission still negotiating with teachers. The Shawnee Mission School District is still negotiating with its teachers for a new contract with less than a month before school opens. An agreement on the teacher salary is reportedly at issue in part because of the state budget difficulties. [Metro Kansas schools still negotiating teacher contracts following state budget crisis – KSHB -41]
Street light replacement will affect intersection. The street light at 75th Street and Belinder will be replaced at 9 a.m. this morning, causing the intersection to become a four-way stop. The replacement could cause some temporary traffic congestion.
Police link north Overland Park homicides in court documents. Overland Park police suggest in court documents that the killings of three people over the past few weeks at the set of duplexes adjacent to Crestview Elementary School are linked. [Court documents suggest ties in recent Overland Park homicides to other crimes — Kansas City Star]
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