Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Flags 4 freedom

Flags 4 Freedom ending. The annual Flags 4 Freedom display in Merriam will come to an end Saturday. The flags are on display at the Merriam Marketplace and along Johnson and Merriam Drives. More than 1,600 flags are part of the display.

Merriam’s public art explained. Collaborators on the first installation of public place-making art in Merriam explained the piece and how it was designed on KCUR recently. Paul Rudy was charged with coming up with the sound for the wind chime inside and tells how he picked the right notes. The wind chime tower sits at the corner of Johnson and Merriam Drives. [Merriam, Kansas, makes a place for public art – KCUR]

Church wants sex crime victims identified. Westside Family Church was recently sued by two girls and their guardian for allowing Kessler Lichtenegger to be around children at the church. Lichtenegger, of Prairie Village, pleaded guilty to attempted rape and attempted electronic solicitation involving the two girls whom he met at the church. The girls, who are still minors, were not identified in the civil suit. The church now is asking that the two victims names should be revealed since they are suing the church. [Lenexa church opposes young sex crime victims remaining anonymous in civil lawsuit – The Kansas City Star]

Mold, algae found in apartment complex, hotel pools in NEJC. KMBC reports that Johnson County health inspectors have found black mold and algae at apartment complex and motel pools throughout northeast Johnson County, including Prairie Village, Mission and Merriam. [Inspections find disease, mold at area swimming pools — KMBC]

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