Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Jay Senter - March 26, 2014 6:24 am
Verona Columns Mission Hills
Mission Hills is one of the richest areas in the country, according to a new report.

Mother of Prairie Village shooting victim details difficulties getting records after incident. Beverly Stewart, the mother of Susan Stuckey, the woman shot and killed by Prairie Village police in her apartment four years ago Monday, is one of the subjects of a documentary produced by 41 Action News on the difficulty people have getting records unsealed in the state of Kansas. After hiring an attorney, Stewart was able to get detailed records about the event turned over, which revealed facts about the string of events that led to Stuckey’s death. Stewart said she was particularly shocked to find that the records indicate police told her daughter they had called Stewart as they were trying to calm her down. “Totally broke my heart. Why wouldn’t they call me? I could have saved her life. She was frightened. She told the police she was frightened,” Stewart said. [The Dark State: Mother spends 2 years trying to unseal police records in daughter’s shooting death — 41 Action News]

County Commission Chair delivers “State of the County” address, faces criticism from challenger Peterson. Former Overland Park mayor and current Johnson County Board of Commissioners Chair Ed Eilert delivered his annual “State of the County” address to a packed ballroom of 700 people at the Ritz Charles Tuesday. But his message of the county’s successful emergence from the economic downturn didn’t go without criticism. Former Fairway mayor Ed Peterson, who represents District 1 on the board, used the day to formally file challenging Eilert for chair. In his announcement, Peterson said “Johnson County government is currently guided by the mistaken belief that we do not need to continue to move forward, that if we do nothing but cut the budget, the high quality of county services still will continue forever… This status quo mentality has already resulted in libraries with fewer librarians and services. Our park land remains undeveloped and overgrown, and hiking trails are deteriorating. Our spending for road maintenance is reduced to one-half of what we should pay annually merely to keep up. The status quo mentality has dramatically reduced services to the taxpaying public.” [Johnson County chairman challenger comes out swinging against status quo — Kansas City Business Journal]

Merriam woman planning to walk to Topeka again in support for better school funding. Last year Game On for Kansas Schools member Heather Ousley walked the more than 60 miles from her house in Merriam to the state capitol building in Topeka to air frustration over budget cuts to public schools. Ousley will make her second walk starting Friday morning and she will be joined by other members of Game On, teachers and community supporters. Six will walk the entire route. The final leg will be from leave the supreme court building in Topeka at 1:30 p.m. March 31 for the walk to the capitol building. In addition to school funding, walkers are opposing other bills that they say would privatize schools. You can learn more about the walk at the Game On Facebook page.

Mission Hills one of 500 wealthiest areas in the country. Probably not a big surprise…but according to a University of Missouri urban geography professor, Mission Hills is one of the richest neighborhoods in the country. Professor Stephen Highley’s “Highley 1,000” list puts Mission Hills at number 322. The report shows Mission Hills with a mean household income of $301,687. The report also shows that 95 percent of the residents are non-Hispanic white. [Kansas City’s wealthiest areas: Where they are and how they compare to other super-rich U.S. neighborhoods — Kansas City Business Journal]

Fairway’s Churchill moves online only. As we reported would be happening, Churchill in Fairway has moved online only. [Two popular Johnson County stores now exist only on the web — 41 Action News]