Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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SM North students win statewide “Night at the Lab” competition. A group of budding scientists from SM North this week walked away from The University of Kansas Medical Center’s “Night at the Lab” competition with the top prize in the state. The competition, which featured six teams from across Kansas that had been tops in their region, challenged students to research a public health topic and present their findings in a visual display and an oral presentation. SM North students Edan Belihu, Nancy Dinh-Phan and Oluoma Obi beat out teams from Great Bend, Wheatland, Garden City, Central Heights and Herrington. The SM North sponsor was Conny Gandy.

Minor injuries in Corinth crash, no injuries at 75th and Mission. Prairie Village motorists between SM East and Corinth Square bore witness to two motor vehicle accidents Thursday afternoon. The first crash, at the intersection of 75th Street and Mission Road, caused significant damage to the cars involved, but did not result in any injuries. At Corinth Square, a vehicle was backing out of a parking space at Commerce Bank and struck a senior citizen. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Johnson County earns triple Triple-A bond ratings. Johnson County Government officials were celebrating on Thursday after they learned that the county had earned the highest bond ratings possible from three credit rating agencies: Fitch Ratings, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. The strong credit ratings allowed the county to secure low interest rates on bonds. [Triple Triple-A bond rating helps Johnson County save $6.1 million — Johnson County Government]



No working alarms in apartment fire. Chief Tony Lopez of Consolidated Fire Department No. 2 reported this week that an apartment fire in Mission that did extensive damage last week occurred in an apartment that did not have working smoke detectors at the time. A second alarm on the fire was called because of the high wind that night.

Parami Pets gets permit for overnight boarding. Parami Pets on Mission’s Johnson Drive was granted a Special Use Permit this week for overnight pet boarding. The business can board up to 10 pets with no limitation on size or breed. The city attached several restrictions about pet waste and walking. The city council added another condition before granting the permit: that the area in front of the store not be used as “a pet restroom.”

Suspect charged in credit union robbery. A Kansas City man has been charged with the robbery of the Community America Credit Union inside the Hy-Vee at 7620 State Line Road in Prairie Village last month. A federal grand jury indicted Tarone Hollins, 41, in the case. Several tips were received after photos were made public. [Kansas City man indicted in Prairie Village bank robbery – The Kansas City Star]

Hocker Grove fight caught on video.  A fight between two students at Hocker Grove Middle School was captured on video. The school district says police are conducting an investigation into the battery that occurred during the fight. [Metro middle school fight caught on camera leads to battery accusation against student – Fox 4]

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