Police to begin towing vehicles with expired tags more than 45 days past due on May 1

Beginning on Saturday, May 1, the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department will begin towing any vehicles displaying tags that are more than 45 days past their renewal date.

Last March, in response to the COVID-19 epidemic, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed Executive Order 20-66, extending the deadline for vehicle renewals and new vehicle registrations. An additional extension in September specified that all vehicle renewals and new registrations needed to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020.

“The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department understands that while the extensions were very helpful, they may have caused some confusion for members of our community,” Major Kelly Herron, assistant chief, said in a news release Friday. “For that reason, we made the decision to delay towing orders in Kansas City, Kansas, until May 1 to allow us time to educate the community on the consequences of expired tags.”

After May 1, officers with the KCKPD can, and will cite any individual driving a vehicle with tags whose renewal or registration is 45 days past due and order its immediate towing, according to police.

Additionally, any vehicle parked on a city street with tags or registration 45 days past due, will also be subject to immediate towing.

Owners are then responsible for all fees associated with towing ($125) and storage of the vehicle ($35 a day), a police spokesman stated. Vehicles will only be released once owners present proof of current registration to the towing company.

“Delaying renewal or registration any longer means you could end up with a hefty bill as fees add up quickly,” Herron said. “We really hate to see that happen, but we are well past the governor’s deadline and still have many vehicles out there driving around with tags that are more than six months past due, and equally concerning, without proper insurance. So our plea to the community is act now so that we don’t have to tow you later – nobody wants that.”

Below are the ways in which tags may currently be renewed:
• on your cell phone with the myWYCO app.
• online at mywyco.wycokck.org.
• by placing renewal documents and payment in the drop-off box located outside the Wyandotte County Annex, 8200 State Ave.
• by mailing renewal documents and payment to 710 N 7th St., Suite
240, Kansas City, KS 66101.

If mailing, be sure to include a copy of insurance and note your license plate number in the check notation

To determine if you can drop off or mail in titling on a new vehicle, complete the online eligibility form at wycokck.org/Auto. If eligible you need to send the original signed title, copy of insurance, copy of your valid driver’s license and the vehicle inspection certificate (if purchased outside Kansas). Additional documentation may be required.

For more information, or if you have questions, visit wycokck.org/Auto or email the Wyandotte County Treasurer’s Office at ugmotorvehicle@wycokck.org with questions.

KCKCC deals Cowley first Jayhawk baseball setback

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC sports information

Kansas City Kansas Community College dealt No. 7-ranked Cowley College its first Jayhawk Conference defeat in 10 games Tuesday.

Limiting the Tigers to four hits, the Blue Devils took a 5-2 opening game win before dropping a 14-1 5-inning nightcap.

The two teams will complete their four-game series at KCKCC Tuesday, April 5. At Johnson County Thursday, the Blue Devils (4-2) next play host to the Cavaliers Saturday.

Lefthander Tre Simmons allowed four hits in six innings to run his record to 2-0. A freshman from Olathe West, Simmons struck out three and walked three. Sophomore Parker Weddle finished up, striking out two three hitters he faced.

Raymond Paniagua delivered the game’s biggest blow. Paniagua followed a one-out walk with a run-scoring triple and then scored on Caleb Adams’ ground ball for a 2-1 lead in the third. KCKCC broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth, scoring the go-ahead run on a double play after loading the bases without a hit and then added two insurance runs in the seventh, scoring both on wild pitches after a lead off singled by Camden Karlen.

Cowley (19-3) broke open the 11-1 nightcap by scoring seven runs on the second off starter Alan Mercado (0-2) and reliever Joseph Reyes.

KCKCC was limited to singles by Cole Dawson, Darius Freeman, Beau Grable and Paniagua. Cowley’s Racer Felter and Jerome Tylicki combined to strike out nine and walk two.

Sporting signs 25-year-old French midfielder

Sporting Kansas City announced Tuesday that it has signed a 25-year-old French midfielder, Remi Walter, to a three-year contract.

“Remi Walter is an experienced midfielder who will add quality to our team,” said Peter Vermes, Sporting Kansas City manager and Sporting director, said. “We are happy to welcome him to Kansas City and look forward to his quick adaptation within our club.”

Walter has made nearly 200 professional appearances since 2012, spanning seven full seasons in his native France and one season in Turkey.

The left-footed central midfielder, who has represented France at the U-17 through U-21 levels, boasts experience in several prestigious European competitions, including the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League qualifying, French Ligue 1 — where he has scored three goals in 74 matches — and the Turkish Super Lig.

Walter’s contract has an option for 2024 and he will occupy an international slot on Sporting’s roster until he receives an international transfer certificate and P1 visa, according to the club.

A native of Essey-les-Nancy, Walter developed in Nancy’s youth academy before joining the French club’s first team as an 18-year-old in 2013.

He became a regular starter in the early stages of the 2013-2014 season and spent the next two and a half years as an integral midfield contributor for the side, scoring four goals in all competitions as Nancy narrowly missed out on promotion to the top-flight Ligue 1 in 2014 and 2015.

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