Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt, Officer Mark Engravalle and Police Chief John Morris as Engravalle was give the Meritorius Conduct Award Monday.
Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt, Officer Mark Engravalle and Police Chief John Morris as Engravalle was give the Meritorius Conduct Award Monday.

Roeland Park officer gets award. Roeland Park Police Officer Mark Engravalle was given the Meritorious Conduct Award for his actions when he helped Sarah Robinson, who had been cited for shoplifting at the Roeland Park Walmart store. “It touched his heart,” Police Chief John Morris said of Engravalle. “We try to make a difference in Roeland Park and one act proved that.”

Rescue of toddler from hot Merriam car makes national news. A Merriam store manager’s move to free a 2-year-old from a parking lot Saturday has attracted the attention of the national media. CBS News ran a story Monday on the incident. Merriam police issued a statement on the incident Monday as well, saying officers talked with the two adults in charge of the child, who claimed she was only left alone for four minutes. The incident occurred Saturday afternoon in the 5800 block of Antioch. A witness saw the child screaming and sweaty inside the car on the 91-degree day. The citizen called 911 and broke the car window to get the child out, police said. The Johnson County District Attorney’s office is reviewing the incident for possible charges. [Caught on tape: Woman smashes car window to rescue toddler in hot car — CBS News]

Harmon Park parking lots closed for improvements through Friday. If you’re looking to head to the Prairie Village pool this week, be advised that your normal parking spot likely won’t be available. All of the Harmon Park lots are closed this week as crews make improvements. Alternative pool parking will be available on the south side of SM East and at Prairie Village City Hall.


Emerald Ash Borer discovered in Mission Hills, city sets up workshops. Mission Hills informed residents in its summer newsletter this month that the Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in the city. The city will host two seminars for residents on options for managing the infestation. They will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at Mission Hills city hall.

I-35 shooting victim was in wrong place, mother says.  The man who was killed by U.S. marshals in a shooting on I-35 near Roeland Park was just in the wrong place and was not at the house where agents were serving a warrant in Gladstone Thursday morning, according to his mother.  Patrick Pippin died in the incident that started in Gladstone where officers were serving a warrant in connection with several armed robberies of pharmacies. [Mother says son killed by U.S. marshals on I-35 was in ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ – Kansas City Star]

New pizza restaurant coming to 47th Street. The NorthWood Shopping Center being rehabbed on 47th Street near the corner of Mission Road is getting another new restaurant. The 1889 Pizza Napoletana is scheduled to open in November. It is the second new restaurant announced for the shopping center. [New Neapolitan-style pizza place coming to KCK/Westwood restaurant row – Kansas City Star]

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