Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


SM East's Jake Randa hit a three-run home run against the Ravens.
SM East’s Jake Randa hit a three-run home run against the Ravens.

Randa’s bomb helps push SM East to big win over Olathe Northwest. SM East’s dream season on the diamond continued Monday as the Lancers beat Olathe Northwest 11-1 on the road in yet another mercy-rule shortened game. Junior Jake Randa powered the Lancers offense with a three-for-four day at the plate that included a three-run home run in the third inning. Randa knocked in four RBI on the day. SM East is now 7-0 on the year. The Lancers face rival Rockhurst on Thursday.

Lancers come in second at SM East Invitational, Spencer first in individual results. SM East senior Andy Spencer shot an even par 72 at Blue Hills Country Club Monday to win the individual title at this year’s SM East invitational. But Spencer’s performance — one stroke better than second place finisher Will Wilk of St. James Academy — wasn’t enough to propel the team to victory. The Lancers came in second overall, seven strokes behind winner Blue Valley North.

Google Fiber free internet service offering to be retired. When Google announced it was bringing its Fiber service to northeast Johnson County nearly three years ago, the company was promoting an option that would provide customers free broadband-speed internet for three years after an installation fee. Now, as the company begins to actually hook up homes in the area, that option is going away. [Google Fiber’s ‘free’ Internet service will disappear soon in KC market — Kansas City Star]

Friday is last day for applications to JCCC board. The JCCC board of trustees accepted the resignation of trustee Bob Drummond March 24, and the trustees will appoint someone to complete the rest of Drummond’s term, which ends January 2018. Interested persons should submit an application to the college, available online, by 5 p.m. Friday, April 15. Applications may be emailed to or sent by mail. The board will meet Tuesday, April 26, to narrow the field of candidates.

Leawood dispatcher honored for work in critical incident. A Leawood police dispatcher is being honored by the MId-America Regional Council’s 911 regional system with the “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Critical Incident” award. Regina Shaw-Ellis of the Leawood Police Department demonstrated quick thinking, knowledge and skill last October while handling a police chase that spanned two jurisdictions and resulted in a four-car accident that claimed the life of an off-duty police officer. The lone dispatcher on duty at the time, she dispatched and managed communications for 10 Leawood officers in multiple units and talkgroups. The “Everyday Hero” award goes to a Johnson County deputy. Deputy Tivol Lewis of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will be recognized for her consistently calm demeanor during high priority events and stressful situations, her always positive attitude, and her work teaching new deputies the essentials of dispatching. Fluent in three languages, she is often relied upon to quickly interpret and gather details from non-English speaking callers.

The Peanut plans opening this weekend. The Peanut at 5400 Martway has taken out a city business license in Mission and plans an opening the weekend of April 16, according to city reports.

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