Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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SuEllen Fried (Photo via KC Public Library)
SuEllen Fried (Photo via KC Public Library)

Prairie Village’s SuEllen Fried receives “Women of Worth” honor. Prairie Village resident SuEllen Fried, who has spearheaded a nationally recognized effort to reduce recidivism among prison inmates, has been named a “Woman of Worth” by L’Oreal Paris. The company has opened up the program to votes from the public, where the regional honoree who receives the most votes online can earn an additional $25,000 for her cause. You can seen Fried’s video and vote for her on the L’Oreal website here.

Johnson County District Attorney warns of phone tax scam. The Johnson County District Attorney’s office on Monday issued a warning to residents about a phone scam. The bogus phone calls appear to come from the Internal Revenue Service with the caller inquiring about a delinquent tax bill. “The District Attorney’s Office reminds residents that legitimate government entities such as the IRS will not call asking for your personal information,” read a release from the office. “The IRS will not demand immediate payment without first having mailed a bill and will not require the use of a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card. Also, the IRS will not threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement to arrest people for not paying.” You can see the full release here.


Television report incorrectly identified Prairie Village as location of kidnapping. A report from KCTV5 on Monday incorrectly identified Prairie Village as the location of a kidnapping and robbery incident. The initial report from the station said a Prairie Village woman was forced at gunpoint in her driveway to get into a car occupied by three armed men who made her drive to her bank in Prairie Village and take money out of an ATM. In fact, the woman was approached in the 7500 block of State Line Road in Kansas City, Mo., where she lives, and forced to go to the Commerce Bank in Brookside. The men eventually let her go in the neighborhood near 73rd Street and Eaton in Prairie Village. [Woman kidnapped at gunpoint, thankful to be alive — KCTV]

Westwood steering committee named. Westwood mayor John Yé has named 15 members to a steering committee that will guid the master plan process that will be taking place in Westwood over the next 28 weeks. The members include: Jason Hannaman – City Council; Lisa Cummins -City Council; Jeff Wright – KU Cancer Center; Blair Tanner – Woodside Village / Woodside Health Club; Kevin Breer – Planning Commission; Chris Ross – Planning Commission; Rob Junk – Planning Commission; Lyle Neidens – Westwood Foundation; Kumud Pyakuryal – Westwood Foundation; Colt McArthur – 47th St & Mission Rd. Committee; Justin Bridges – 47th St & Mission Rd Committee; Dr. Rick Atha – Shawnee Mission School District; Kaye Johnston – Westwood Resident; David Buck – Westwood Resident; Valerie Morrill – Westwood Resident. More information on the plan can be found here.

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