Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Photo courtesy BlueJacket-Flint PE teacher Dirk Kinney.
Photo courtesy BlueJacket-Flint PE teacher Dirk Kinney.
BlueJacket-Flint student headed to state level of free-throw competition. BlueJacket-Flint Elementary student Iliana Garcia will be headed to suburban Wichita the first week of February to compete in the Kansas Elks Hoop Shoot finals with a chance to go to the national competition in Chicago on the line. Garcia won the 12-13 year old girls competition for Johnson County in December, and then won the regionals competition at Benedictine College earlier this month.

SM Northwest debate coach inducted into Kansas hall of fame. Shawnee Mission Northwest debate coach Ken King has been inducted into the Kansas Debate Coaches Hall of Fame. King, a graduate of SM Northwest, has been coaching in Shawnee Mission for 18 years, the last five with his alma mater. [SM Northwest Coach Inducted into the Kansas Debate Coaches Hall of Fame — Shawnee Mission School District]

Lenexa sets career fairs for Feb. 10 and March 1. The city of Lenexa will host two career fairs in the coming months to highlight opportunities for employment with the city. The fairs will be Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday, March 1, from 3 to 6 p.m. They’ll include representatives from the Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Municipal Services, Lenexa Rec Center and Community Development departments. “We were able to hire several new employees who attended last year’s career fairs,” said Jim Bowers, Lenexa’s Director of Human Resources. “This is an ideal opportunity to talk with our employees and learn about working for Lenexa. Whether you are currently looking for a new job or are considering a transition, this is a great chance for you to connect with us.”

Mission Hills woman’s open records request prompts release of voter info that raises questions about Kansas Crosscheck system. A Mission Hills woman’s open records request led to the unauthorized release of private voter data by the state of Florida, an incident that has put Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach and the state’s Crosscheck voter fraud detection system under scrutiny. [Florida accidentally released data on 945 Kansas voters — Tampa Bay Times]

Johnson County Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Team looking into confrontation that killed Blue Valley Northwest student. The Johnson County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team is looking into the circumstances leading up to the shooting death of a Blue Valley Northwest student Saturday by an Overland Park police officer. The officer shot and killed 17 year old John Albers when Albers started driving a car toward the officers who had been called to respond to reports of a suicidal person at the home. [Friends struggling after Overland Park teen killed by police — KSHB]

Mission Hills resident files suit against Kansas City Country Club over noise from golf course fans. A Mission Hills man has filed a law suit against Kansas City Country Club saying that the large fans the club uses to control moisture on its greens violates noise ordinances. [Golf fans are too noisy for these Kansas City Country Club neighbors — Kansas City Star]