Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Corey L. Walton charged with killing Cricket Wireless clerk Khamis A. Saed

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 3:25 PM

A fingerprint pointed police to Corey Walton.
  • A fingerprint pointed police to Corey Walton.

A Cricket Wireless clerk Khamis A. Saed was found shot to death in the backroom of a store at 5116 Bristol on August 15, 2009.

Now police believe they've found the man who killed Saed. Corey L. Walton, 29,  was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.

Saed, 23, died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

A fingerprint found on the store's cash register led police to Walton.

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Red Mango: A preview before it comes to Kansas City

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 3:04 PM

The topping bar is a staple of the frozen yogurt chain.
  • The topping bar is a staple of the frozen yogurt chain.

While waiting for my flight back to Kansas City this week, I happened on a Red Mango kiosk in LaGuardia Airport. With the Dallas-based frozen yogurt chain slated to open its first store on the University of Missouri-Kansas City's campus in May, I figured this was a good chance to get a preview.

Red Mango falls into the same category as Pinkberry or Mochi Yo: A sweet frozen yogurt with a slightly sour tang at the end, it's the gourmet version of the classic frozen yogurt shops of the '80s. What Red Mango shares with its predecessors is a commitment to a wide range of toppings including cookies, candy and fresh fruit.

Taking into consideration that most airport kiosks aren't the finest representations of their chains, here's what I learned. 

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Prairie Village police shoot and kill woman at Kenilworth Apartments

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 3:00 PM

A 47-year-old woman was shot and killed by Prairie Village police during a standoff at the Kenilworth Apartments at 93rd Terrace and Mission Road Wednesday morning.


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KMBC Channel 9 has a pretty extensive report, noting that the woman had made "suicidal and threatening comments to police." The incident started out as a "welfare check" and ended around 9:45 a.m. with the woman being shot by officers after allegedly brandishing a weapon.

The woman's name hasn't been released.

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Nick Wright takes over afternoon drive-time slot on 610 Sports

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Nick Wright as muse
  • Nick Wright as muse

Nick Wright, our 2009 Best Of winner for Best Sports Personality, is taking over 610 Sports' afternoon drive-time shift -- from 2 to 6 p.m. -- which puts him head-to-head with his rival, Sports Radio 810 WHB's Kevin Kietzman.

Previously, Chris Hamblin filled 610's afternoon time slot. The Chris and Cowboy Show ended when Cory "Cowboy" Anderson left in February. Today is Hamblin's last day in the afternoon slot. Wright's previous shift was from 9 to 11 a.m.

Wright and the station officially signed the contract giving him the drive-time shift this week. "From the time I was 12, I said, 'I want to go to Syracuse, I want to do sports talk

radio, I want to do it in KC, I want the afternoon drive,'" Wright says. "It's very, very rare that someone is fortunate enough to get to

do exactly what they've always wanted to do. The challenge for me is to now take this advantage and make the most of it. And if I do make

the most of it, then there will be a sensible, likable alternative to Kevin Kietzman that,

in short order, maybe won't be the alternative, but will be the default. That's my goal."

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David Buie, ex-Hickman Hills School Board member, pleads guilty to child porn charges

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 1:50 PM

David Buie pleaded guilty to possessing a whole lot of child porn.
  • David Buie pleaded guilty to possessing a whole lot of child porn.

David Buie was on the Hickman Mills school board when he was downloading hundreds of pics of child pornography.

Buie, 55, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday morning to possessing between 300 and 600 images of child porn -- many of them showing children younger than 12 being sexually abused.

Just days before the FBI began its investigation, Buie resigned from his

position from the KC Parks and Recreation Department. And following the

2008 bust, he ended his school board re-election campaign. He was also a former member of the Metropolitan Community College Board of Trustees.


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Throwback MP3 of the Week: Pixel Panda

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 1:33 PM

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This might be the first-ever Throwback MP3 featuring a band still together. Pixel Panda is now known as The Pixel Panda, which might seem a minor point of grammar. However, "the" serves as an article of delineation, differentiating the band from the scream-y Blood Brothers knock-off they started as, to the chaotic avant-rockers they are now.

The band still screams like crazy, of course, but they've developed a sound more of their own at this point. These two tracks are from their split with Lawrence's Hookandladder, which came out in 2002. The split was recorded by Lance Attack, who was the go-to guy in the area for bands of the avant-indie stripe back in the early '00s. Both songs are nearly impossible to separate from one another, and work best as one cohesive movement. If you want them split up, they're on the band's debut full-length, The Nation of Symmetry (read the Pitch's review).

MP3: Pixel Panda, "This Week's Weaker Than the Weakerthans / The Transplant Took, You Should Smile More"

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Contest: On with the show!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 1:00 PM

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Where was this legendary supper club?

Kansas City has a long tradition of mixing food and live entertainment. It has jazz clubs like Jardine's and one of the most successful dinner theater operations in the country, the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park. In this week's contest, we throw in a little history to see who can recall some of the more iconic venues in Kansas City's past.

The first commenter to correctly guess all five questions by midnight on Thursday, April 1, will win a super-groovy vintage cookbook, Singers & Swingers in the Kitchen.


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Crosstown Station's Man Hunt!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Crosstown Station is on the lookout for some swiped loot. According to the local bar and venue's employees, a bank bag was lost on Wednesday of last week with a substantial amount of cash inside. Here are the details:

After searching through about 6 hours of surveillance video the next day, Crosstown Station found that the bank bag had been left on top of an employee's car around 9:40 that evening. It sat on top of the car for about an hour before a man -- who is believed to be about 6 feet tall, 230 pounds, and Caucasian -- walks past the car in the lot, takes the bag, and continues walking towards the alley. This man had entered Crosstown Station's lobby on two occasions that evening (once before the theft and once after the theft). Crosstown Station is hoping that somebody will recognize the blue KC Royals hat and black hooded sweatshirt reading "Casbah" with a skeleton emblem. The venue is asking for information leading us to the whereabouts of this person and offering a reward for credible information leading to the return of our property.​
Here is the Wanted Ad that they've put on their Facebook page:
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Chip Mitchell, Crosstown Station's owner, has commented on the event: 
"We are a local business that has fought to keep our doors open through a

depression in our economy, a cigarette ban, and the opening of a nightlife

monopoly right around the corner from us in the P&L. Every bit counts for

us and it was a substantial loss that we had last Wednesday night. We feel

that local places like Crosstown Station are the epitome of the direction

both the Crossroads and P&L Districts are heading and we are doing

everything in our power to sustain through these tough economic times. Any

help that you could provide would be much appreciated and well rewarded."

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Sugar & Gold at the Record Bar, June 2

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:00 PM

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Sugar & Gold are the newest in a line of recent disco-funk groups that make me dance around my basement, barking my shins on record crates and not really giving a damn if the neighbors wonder if I've put a club down there.

Touring in support of their forthcoming Get Wet!, due out April 27 on Antenna Farm, the group plays the Record Bar on Wednesday, June 2. This show is highly recommended for fans of Chromeo, Prince, and anything that sounds like it'd be banging at a discotheque circa 1987. Download their new single, "Stay Soft," via the little widget below, and see if you don't agree.

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Sylvia Bell disappeared after cab ride. Have you seen her?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 11:31 AM

No one has seen or heard from Sylvia Bell since Tuesday afternoon.
  • No one has seen or heard from Sylvia Bell since Tuesday afternoon.

Sylvia Bell hasn't been seen or heard from since she took a cab ride to 1822 Spruce Tuesday afternoon.

The 48-year-old woman suffers from memory loss and had intended to take a cab home but gave the driver the address on Spruce, where she used to live, police say.

Bell may be disoriented, police say. They described her as a black female, standing 5-foot-4-inches tall and weighing 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing her hair in two ponytails. Her clothes were a purple shirt, dark jeans and purple and white striped socks.

If you've seen Bell, call the KCPD Missing Persons Section at 816-234-5136.

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