Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Fairway police warn about rash of auto thefts. Fairway police this week issued a warning to northeast Johnson County residents that the area has seen a spate of auto thefts. The one common factor among the thefts is that the cars were left running unlocked is a person’s driveway. “It only takes a few seconds for somebody to run up your driveway, open a car door, get in, and drive away,” said Chief Mike Fleming. “Please remember that leaving an unlocked car running unattended, even for a short period of time, can lead to months and months of heartache.”


Hocker Grove students describe gun incident. Friends of the Hocker Grove Middle School student who had a gun pointed at him described the experience for Fox 4. They said they were just a few feet away when it happened. Three teenagers were in a green pickup truck with a stripe down the middle when they pulled up in front of the Hocker Grove students who were walking home from school Monday. The students said a passenger pulled up a gun and cocked it twice. The incident happened at 57th and Perry in Merriam. Merriam police said one of the teenagers in the truck had orange hair. [Metro middle school students describe moments when they say gun was pointed at friend – WDAF]

Shawnee Mission Education Foundation ranked high. The Shawnee Mission Education Foundation (SMEF) has been ranked among 42nd of the top 200 K-12 foundations in a recent survey. The foundation was fourth best in its division based on revenues. SMEF was founded in 1989 and has $2 million in assets. [Ranking puts Shawnee Mission Education Foundation among the nation’s best – Kansas City Star]

92-year-old Claridge Court dance teacher profiled. Rita Kinney, a 92-year-old resident of Claridge Court in Prairie Village, still teaches dance classes. Kinney spent most of her life in the Chicago area before moving to Prairie Village at age 90 to be closer to her son. [Life’s a dance…enjoy the steps — Kansas City Star]

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