Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Phil Lammers (L) received a plaque of apprciation from Merriam Mayor Ken Sissom.
Phil Lammers (L) received a plaque of appreciation from Merriam Mayor Ken Sissom. Photo courtesy of  Merriam.

Lammers attends last council meeting. Retiring Merriam City Administrator Phil Lammers attended his last council meeting this week. He will be at city hall through the end of this month. Council members and Mayor Ken Sissom lauded Lammers during the Monday council meeting. Lammers said Merriam was his best job of the four cities where he has worked over 36 years in public service.

Roeland Park traffic blitz nets six citations. A Monday night effort by the Roeland Park police department to check for unlicensed drivers resulted in six citations in 90 minutes. Two drivers did not have a license with them, one was driving while suspended, one had no insurance and two were not licensed to drive at all. Four vehicles were towed.

Police arrested Leawood bank robbery suspects outside medical center. Police from Leawood and other agencies apprehended two men suspected in the robbery of Central Bank of the Midwest at Town Center on Wednesday in the parking lot of St. Joseph Medical Center. [Police take 2 into custody after man robs Central Bank of the Midwest at Town Center – Blue Valley Post]

SM East grad Bhavish Dinakar featured in excellence report. FOX 4 Reaching 4 Excellence featured SM East grad Bhavish Dinakar on its Wednesday segment. Dinakar is starting his college career at Berkley this fall. [Academic powerhouse has many talents in balance – Fox 4]

Poll shows lead for challenger in Senate District 10. Vicki Hiatt, who is challenging incumbent state senator Mary Pilcher Cook, released a poll from Public Policy Polling showing that Hiatt is leading by a 43-40 margin. The poll was conducted Aug. 19 to Aug. 21.

KU Cancer Center honors Leawood resident. A new professorship at the University of Kansas Medical Center will honor a Leawood resident with a long history of contributions to the KU community. With substantial gifts from the Hall Family Foundation and the Sunderland Family Fund, the new A. Drue Jennings Professorship in Medical Oncology will support a new researcher at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. [New endowed KU Cancer Center professorship honors Leawood’s Drue Jennings – Blue Valley Post]

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