Northeast Johnson County morning roundup



Boy accused of assault in SM East bathroom allegedly exposed himself to classmate while at Indian Hills. The Kansas City Star reports that the boy facing felony sexual assault charges stemming from incidents that took place last month was investigated by police in 2015 for exposing himself to a female classmate at Indian Hills Middle School. The parents of the girl in that incident said they decided against filing charges at the time when the boys’ parents promised he would get counseling. In the light of the incidents last month, they asked prosecutors to reopen that 2015 case. [After SM East assault charges, parents of earlier victim regret not prosecuting — Kansas City Star]

SM East principal sends note to parents about offensive Homecoming sign. The SM East administration on Tuesday sent a note to parents alerting them that the school was aware of a photo of a freshman student holding a sign asking a date to Homecoming that included derogatory language. “Offensive language in any form will not be tolerated,” wrote principal John McKinney. “I want to assure you that appropriate action has been taken in accordance with school district policies.” Students said the sign contained a derogatory historical reference.

Residents out safely in house fire.
Overland Park and Consolidated Fire District No. 2 crews were called to a house fire in the 6000 block of Hemlock where a small fire in the basement of a single story home was found. Fire damage was contained in the ceiling above a basement bathroom. Overland Park Fire Department said it is believed to be electrical in origin. The fire was out in a few minutes and no injuries were reported. The location is west of SM North High School and east of Antioch.

Roeland Park City Council approves raise for city administrator. The Roeland Park City Council approved a 6.5 percent raise for City Administrator Keith Moody following a special meeting Monday. Moody, who’s first anniversary on the job will be Oct. 12, had his salary increased from $96,000 to $102,000.

Sexual assault victims can remain anonymous. A Johnson County judge has ruled that two victims of sexual assault can remain anonymous in their civil lawsuit against a Lenexa church. The girls allege the church knowingly allowed sex offender Kessler Lichtenegger, a former SM East student, to be around children. Lichtenneger pleaded guilty to charges and is serving a 17-year sentence. [Judge: Sexual assault victims can stay anonymous in suit against Lenexa church – The Kansas City Star]

Roeland Park mayor welcomes Walmart remaining, but says it’s too early to talk about a property tax rollback. Roeland Park raised its property taxes three years ago to compensate for what then seemed to be the pending departure of Walmart to the Mission Gateway project. Walmart and associated businesses generate more than one-third of the sales taxes in the community. Those property tax increases remain in place, and a discussion on their future won’t occur until at least February when planning begins for the 2018 budget. “It will certainly be a topic of conversation,” Mayor Joel Marquardt said, “but it will be a tough decision.” The 2017 budget and its mill levy already have been approved.

Prairie Village City Council approves new health insurance provider. The Prairie Village Council has approved United Health Care to the new insurer for the city’s 108 employees. The city had been using Blue Cross Blue Shield as its insurance carrier. Health insurance premium costs will rise 6 percent under the new contract, with the cost split between employees and the city.

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