Wei’s restaurant owners charged in illegal immigrant case

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – The owners of Wei’s Super Buffet restaurant in Olathe, Kan., have been charged with harboring undocumented workers who were in the United States unlawfully, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

A federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., alleges the owners and managers of the restaurant violated federal law by knowingly employing, transporting and housing undocumented workers.

The following defendants were charged with one count of conspiracy to transport undocumented workers; conceal, harbor and shield undocumented workers; and encourage or induce undocumented workers to unlawfully enter or remain in the United States. Continue reading

24th anniversary of two unsolved Johnson County murders

May 30 marked the 24th anniversary of two unsolved murders in Johnson County.

Christina Brandolese was found murdered at about 7:45 a.m. on May 30, 1989 in the 26000 block of 199th St. in rural Johnson County.  Three days later on June 2, 1989, Candice Fisher was found in the 25500 block of West 191st St.  Both women died of blunt force trauma and officers believe the murders are connected. Continue reading

Unruh and Orner serve where needed most

Submitted by MidAmerica Nazarene University

mnu servesTwo MNU alumni are putting their expertise to work for Heart to Heart International’s tornado relief efforts in Moore, Okla. Erik Unruh, a 2010 grad with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, is a program specialist whose job is coordinating Heart to Heart’s mobile medical program in Kansas City.

The former ER nurse normally works with local “safety net clinics,” clinics committed to helping the under and uninsured in Kansas City, to increase their capacity to serve patients with the use of additional equipment and volunteer medical professionals. That work is on hold now while Erik takes on the role of incident commander for Heart to Heart’s crisis operation deployed to assist tornado victims in Moore. Erik is in Olathe at the organization’s headquarters overseeing the entire disaster response. The gargantuan tasks include logistics of equipment, supplies and personnel for the mobile medical unit. Continue reading

Olathe Chamber members invited to forum

Members of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce are invited to attend a public forum to meet the four finalists who have been identified for the position of CEO and Vice Provost of the K-State Olathe campus to replace retiring CEO Dan Richardson.

The candidates are: Continue reading

Google Fiber ‘drop spots’ not yet determined

It’s probably a pretty good bet to say that a lot of folks in Olathe are excited about Google Fiber coming to town.

And it’s probably a pretty good bet to that there will be several entities vying to become one of the four public “drop spots” as part of the agreement Olathe has with Google Fiber.

And according to Ron Shaver, deputy city attorney and a key figure in the negotiation process with Google, all options are on the table.

“Google will provide four drop spots that are public facilities,” Shaver said. “That could be city hall, the school district’s administration buildings, but we’ve yet to finalize and determine those. We are going to have further conversations with Google about what makes sense for their deployment and relating to the city‘s need and their deployment for us and what the school district and what the county can piggy back on.

“We are actively open on those discussions and all we know right now is the agreement calls for four drop spots and it also calls for WIFI locations if they deploy WIFI Network in the future but it doesn’t ID how many.”

How MidAmerica Nazarene University and the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle figure into the city’s and Google’s overall plan remains to be seen. Continue reading

Wine tasting at the Overland Park Arboretum

Friends of the Arboretum is sponsoring Wine Tasting on the Terrace from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.,  Thursday, April 18, at the Overland Park Arboretum.

Wines will be provided by The Wine Barn, a local winery located near The Legends in Kansas City, Kan.

Cost is $20 per person.

Wines that will be offered are:

Apple Pear: A fruity, sweet wine similar to a Pinot Grigio. Great for BBQ’s.
The Bee’s Knees: A semi-sweet blend of two white grapes. Pairs well with fish, chicken and spicy dishes.
3 Sisters: A deep garnet color blend of three sweet grapes. Pairs well with chicken and spicy dishes.
Double Play: A medium-bodied blend of Norton and St. Vincent grapes. Produced in American Oak barrels.
Norton: A full-bodied wine aged in French Oak. Compare to a Syrah or Merlot.

Appetizers of fruit, cheese and dessert trays will be provided during the tastings. The wines listed also will be available for purchase by the bottle to take home.

To register, click here.

Olathe students receive honors

Several Olathe students in the district received awards at the 62nd Annual Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair.

Award winners are: Continue reading

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