Suspect found dead in standoff near 73rd Terrace and Parallel

After a standoff lasting some hours, a suspect was found dead May 16 in an apartment near 73rd and Parallel Parkway, police said.

When the police tactical team entered the apartment, the suspect was found dead, a spokesman said. The coroner will determine the cause of death.

The standoff started as a disturbance call around 7:30 p.m. May 16 in the 1700 block of North 73rd Terrace. When officers arrived, they were fired upon, the spokesman said. They were not struck.

Police established a perimeter and evacuated nearby residents, the spokesman said. The identity of the suspect has not been released.

KCKCC-TEC students qualify for National SkillsUSA Competition

Gold medal winners from Kansas City Kansas Community College will go on in the SkillsUSA national competition. (KCKCC photo)

by Kelly Rogge
Students at the Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Technical Education Center have had a successful year and not just in the classroom. The school has 33 medalists in the SkillsUSA program with 12 of them going onto the national competition this summer.
“I think we did great,” said Jake Carmack, major appliance technology/HVACR instructor at KCKCC-TEC as well as the SkillsUSA adviser. “We are really pleased with how well we did, especially with so many of our students going to nationals.”
SkilssUSA is a career and technical student organization in the United States that is geared toward those enrolled in programs for skilled, technical and service occupations. The organization serves more than 300,000 students and instructions each year at the high school and post-secondary level. It also gives industry leaders and opportunity to not only mentor but recruit students into high demand positions.
Students, who wish to compete in SkillsUSA, can do so at the local, state and national level. Categories range from culinary, building maintenance and automotive service technology to basic health care skills, collision repair technology, entrepreneurship and job skill demonstration. The idea is to give students the opportunity to compete in real-world, hands-on situations. First place winners at the state level move onto the SkillsUSA Championships the last week of June in Kansas City.
KCKCC-TEC students that received medals included:
•         Ryan Krueger – plumbing, first place.
•         Danny Rausch, Jr. – plumbing, first place.
•         Horton Ponyell, plumbing, second place.
•         Shawn Carter, plumbing, third place.
•         Andrea Allen (Contestant) – nail care, first place.
•         Savannah Castrol (Model) – nail care, first place.
•         Wendy Miranda Alvard (Contestant) – nail care, first place.
•         Jocelyn Jones (Model) – nail care, first place.
•         Norma Uribe (Contestant) – nail care, second place.
•         Gabriela Arzabala (Model) – nail care, second place.
•         Megan Ebbert (Contestant) – nail care, second place.
•         Etoi King (Model) – nail care, second place.
•         Brianna Willcutt (Contestant) – nail care, third place.
•         Angelica Cossio Rios (Model) – nail care, third place.
•         Yamileth Corderp (Contestant) – nail care, third place.
•         Dulce Delacruz (Model) – nail care, third place.
•         Daran Powell – restaurant service, first place.
•         Kortnee Fielder – cosmetology, first place.
•         Dafne Miranda – cosmetology, first place.
•         Ann-Druney Prince – cosmetology, second place.
•         Eloi Jurariz – cosmetology, third place.
•         Santazia Nelson – esthetics, first place.
•         MaShayla Hickerson – esthetics, first place.
•         Sadie Brouhard – commercial baking, second place.
•         Gabriel Nava – commercial baking, second place.
•         Wesley Spears – culinary arts, third place.
•         Paw Way – culinary arts, third place.
•         David Scherer – major appliance, third place.
•         Aaron Fible – major appliance, first place.
•         David Steffens – major appliance, second place.
•         Cierra Ehlers – precision machine, second place.
•         Joel Smith – precision machine, third place.
•         James Caldwell – carpentry, third place.
All students at the KCKCC-TEC are members of SkillsUSA. However, only around 81 are active in the Kansas SkillsUSA competition. In addition to the national qualifiers, KCKCC-TEC received awards for the highest membership in the state of Kansas for a secondary/post-secondary combined chapter as well as an award for an increase in membership.
Skills USA’s National Conference will be from June 23 to June 27, with the contests being conducted on June 26. This is the last year that the conference will be at Bartle Hall in Kansas City. Competition day is open to the public to observe.
“All of these contests are administered and judged by people from business and industry,” Carmack said. “It helps to bring together people from both sides and gives these business and industry experts an opportunity to find students to be potential employees.”
For more information on the SkillsUSA program at KCKCC-TEC, contact Carmack at 913-288-7858 or by email at

KCKCC-TEC has more than 30 medalists in the SkillsUSA competition. (KCKCC photo)

Faith news

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Grandview Christian Church, 8550 Parallel Parkway, is collecting canned goods for Help 3:17, a local food pantry.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

“Dreams and the Spiritual Journey,” with Jane Maxfield, a four- part series, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, June 5-26, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan.  Maxfield holds a certificate in projective dreamwork from the Marin Institute and has facilitated workshops for Elderhostel, retreat groups, arts, and women’s groups. Religious traditions around the globe and through the ages have recognized attention to dreams as a means of finding our path to wholeness and holiness. The techniques and tools explored in the four-session class include improving dream recall, recording dreams, discovering more of the multiple levels of meaning found in every dream, and experiencing the potential of working with dreams in a circle of support. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Catholic Cemeteries of Northeast Kansas will hold Memorial Day Masses on Monday, May 26, at the following locations and times:  Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 38th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kan., 9 a.m.; celebrated by the Rev. Michael Hermes; liturgical music by Ed Grisnik.  Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 126th and Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan., 10 a.m.; celebrated by the Rev. John Riley. For more information, call 913-371-4040 (Kansas City area); email ; or visit

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, will hold a Vacation Bible School, Weird Animals theme, from 6 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. June 8 to June 13. Registration deadline is June 8. For information, visit

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, plans Vacation Bible School at 9 a.m. June 9 to 13 at the church’s Cole Activity Center.  The theme of VBS is “Weird Animals.” For more information, see

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., will hold a “spirit” celebration starting at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19, in the parish hall before the 10 a.m. service in English. A service in Spanish will be at 1:30 p.m.