Severe thunderstorm warning in effect

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Wyandotte County from 11:35 p.m. Saturday through midnight.

The National Weather Service advised residents to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

At 11:35 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located over Leavenworth , moving east at 55 mph, the weather service said.

The storm includes 70 mph wind gusts and nickel-sized hail.

The weather service said residents should expect considerable tree damage. Damage is likely to mobile homes, roofs and outbuildings.

Locations impacted include Leavenworth, Lansing, Atchison, Mission, Bonner Springs, Parkville, Tonganoxie, Platte City, Basehor, Edwardsville, Riverside, Weatherby Lake, Weston, Gower, Westwood, Lake Quivira, Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, Lake Waukomis and Edgerton.

For more information, see www.weather.gov.

$50,000 reward offered for cold case information

A reward of up to $50,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the 1998 murder of Rhonda Tribue.

Tribue may also have been known by her maiden name, Easley. She was a mother of six children who lived in Kansas City, Kansas.

Tribue was found dead from apparent blunt force trauma at about 4:40 a.m. on Oct. 8, 1998. Her body was discovered in the roadway at the 500 block of South 94th Street, near Edwardsville, Kansas.

In the early morning hours of Oct. 8, 1998, Rhonda had been seen at the Firelight lounge. She was known to frequent the Firelight lounge and the area of 7th and Quindaro in Kansas City, Kansas.

Tribue was 34 years old at the time of her murder. At the time of her death, she was wearing a High-Sierra brand, dark-purple corduroy jacket over a gold lace top, pumpkin-colored jeans and brown sandals. She was 5-5 and weighed 145 pounds, with brown eyes.

The announcement of a reward up to $50,000 was made by FBI Kansas City special agent in charge, Timothy Langan.

The FBI stated that anyone with information about this homicide may call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

Red Cross blood drives scheduled in Wyandotte County

The American Red Cross has scheduled mobile blood drives in Wyandotte County.

Cabelas at 10300 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kansas, has several blood drives scheduled, including today, March 24 and March 31. The times of the Cabela blood drives are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on each of the days.

In addition Earp Distribution at 2730 S. 98th St., has scheduled a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 11.

The American Red Cross is urging individuals who are healthy to make an appointment to donate blood.

Donors, especially those with type O blooc, are needed to ensure blood and blood products are available for emergencies and everyday medical treatments, according to a spokesman.

A blood donation appointment may be scheduled by downloading the Red Cross blood donor app at www.redcrossblood.org/blood-donor-app.html, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

For donors who have had COVID-19 in the past, the Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The tests are helpful in identifying potential convalescent plasma donors.

Donors who feel ill or believe they could be ill with COVID-19 are asked to postpone their donations.

Donors are asked to schedule blood donations in advance and to wear masks while at the donor site.