Hatchet bank robber sentenced to 15 years

A Kansas City, Mo., man who robbed an Overland Park bank with a hatchet was sentenced to 15.6 years in federal prison on Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Kansas City, Kan.

The U.S. attorney’s office said the man, Derek T. Brownlee, 35, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to armed robbery of the Metcalf Bank, 7800 College Blvd., Overland Park, last July 1.

He wore a bandanna over his face and carried a hatchet in the robbery.

The complaint alleged Brownlee jumped over the teller’s counter, demanded money, took cash from a drawer and personal items, then led police on a chase of up to 90 mph before being stopped in Kansas City, Mo., where he was arrested after trying to flee on foot.

Weather to be cooler Wednesday, Thursday to warm up

Sunny skies greeted motorists on I-70 on Wednesday morning in Kansas City, Kan. (KC Scout photo)

Temperatures will be cooler Wednesday, with a high of 48 predicted.

At 8 a.m., temperatures in Wyandotte County were 33 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

On Thursday, temperatures will warm up a little to 66 degrees.

Friday will be sunny and warm, at 62.

Saturday, skies will be sunny and the high will be 61.

But it’s not time yet to plant any garden seeds or plants that are sensitive to the weather.

On Saturday night and Sunday, there is a slight chance of rain or snow, with temperatures Saturday night hovering just above freezing.

For more weather information, visit www.weather.gov.

Shepherd’s Center to hold annual sale March 12-13

The Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kan., will hold its 20th annual Book and Bric-a-Brac Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 12 and 13, in the Conference Center at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave.

The annual used book sale and bric-a-brac sale will benefit the Shepherd’s Center’s programs for older adults here.

Donations will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, at the conference center, which is near the pond. For more information or to schedule a pickup for donations, call 913-281-8908.