A customer walks in from the porch in front of the new gas pump system Tuesday at Pierpont Store. The new gas system can take credit and debit cards and is open to the public 24 hours a day even if the store itself is closed. Before the new system, Pierpont locals and visitors had to travel 11 miles to Hy-Vee to access the nearest 24-hour gas station. Story on 4A
Angela Suttner and the Howard County R-II School District have reached a settlement in Suttner’s wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the suicide of her 17-year-old son, Kenneth Suttner, in December 2016.
Boone County Circuit Judge Jeff Harris approved the settlement Monday and dismissed the lawsuit. The settlement terms remained undisclosed, and the attorneys for the plaintiff and defendant could not be reached for comment.
Angela Suttner filed the lawsuit in July 2018, claiming that despite knowledge of severe bullying by students and teachers, school authorities had failed to take action against perpetrators or acknowledge the bullying of Kenneth Suttner, according to previous Missourian reporting. The bullying included the use of “derogatory names” and “difficult, abusive, harassing and humiliating situations,” the lawsuit alleged.
In addition to the district, the petition had been filed against the superintendent, assistant superintendent, high school principal and former elementary school principal of Glasgow High School, where Suttner had been a junior. The defendants sought dismissal of the lawsuit in August 2018, but Harris denied that motion in February.
Just last month, Harley Branham, former manager of a Dairy Queen in Fayette, where Kenneth had worked, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. She was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and 30 days of house arrest. Branham had been accused of repeatedly harassing, bullying and humiliating Suttner and was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter.
The Suttner family also reached a confidential settlement in March 2018 on another wrongful death lawsuit against Dairy Queen and “G.E. Inc.”
Kansas City, Kansas, police shot and killed a man Tuesday who told a hotel manager that he had killed his wife and was heading to a popular shopping and restaurant area.
The “very angry and distraught” man entered the Country Inn & Suites near the Legends Outlet shopping area and said he had killed his wife, said Jacob Honeycutt, general manager of the business.
“He said, ‘I’m heavily armed and very dangerous. I’m going to Legends. You better call police,’” Honeycutt told The Associated Press.
The man was not armed when he entered the Inn, said Honeycutt, who tried to follow the suspect but couldn’t catch him before he got into a car and sped away, driving through stop signs before the confrontation with police.
Officer Jonathan Westbrook told The Kansas City Star the gunman was waiting at an intersection for police to arrive.
“We were able to locate him so quickly because he was stationary,” Westbrook said. “Given the information that he was heavily armed and dangerous, our officers were very tactical in how we approached the subject.”
The man raised an assault-style rifle at officers, who tried to convince him to put it down, Westbrook said. Eventually, the man fired several shots at the officers and they fired back, he said.
The number of rounds fired by the unidentified gunman and officers was not immediately known. No officers or bystanders were injured.
Law enforcement authorities were investigating to determine if the man had committed any earlier crimes, Westbrook said.
Honeycutt said he and a front desk manager were the only people in the front desk area of Country Inn when the man arrived. He praised police for their quick response to the situation.
“I was worried about the safety of my guests and employees but also all the people in the rest of the shopping area,” he said. “We wanted to try and stop them, but unfortunately we couldn’t, so we got ahold of the police as quickly as possible.”
The man was stopped before he made it into the Legends, which is full of stores and restaurants in a rapidly developing area in western Kansas City, Kansas. The Country Inn & Suites is on a road that surrounds the shopping area, located near other businesses such as Cerner and Cabela’s and the stadium for the Sporting KC soccer team.
All the businesses were reopened and operating normally about two hours after the man was shot.
Although a U.S. district court judge dismissed Planned Parenthood Great Plains’ case against the state of Missouri on Tuesday, the door remains open for the organization to have another day in court.
The ruling, one of the options sought by Planned Parenthood, cited a case, which may go before the U.S. Supreme Court, that questions whether abortion clinics can be required to retain physicians with admitting privileges to local hospitals.
The issue is similar to the one being challenged in Missouri.
The Planned Parenthood Great Plains case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that the organization would be able to refile in the future.
Representatives for Planned Parenthood initially sought a stay in the case pending a decision from the Supreme Court on June Medical Services v. Gee, according to the court order. The June Medical Services lawsuit addresses admittance privilege requirements in Louisiana and will likely be “instructive in resolving” Planned Parenthood’s claims, according to the order.
However, the Supreme Court has yet to decide whether to grant a writ of certiorari on June Medical Services, meaning whether it will hear the case. Regardless of whether cert is granted, a stay in this case would likely have delayed the resolution of Planned Parenthood’s claims, according to court documents.
The dismissal of the case will not impact the standing prohibition on abortions at the Columbia Planned Parenthood Center, said Kate Maxcy, a representative from Planned Parenthood.
Attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the state were not available for comment Tuesday.
MU has expanded its student housing to private apartment complexes to meet the demand created by a high number of students returning to Residential Life housing and a jump in new enrollment.
MU is renting apartment buildings and rooms at the Rise on 9th on Ninth Street, U Centre on Turner Avenue and Campus Lodge on Old 63. The apartments will range from two to four bedrooms with a bathroom, kitchen and other amenities.
The MU News Bureau reported a record 1,229 students are returning to Residential Life for the 2019-20 school year. That is a 58% increase from last year, when MU had a Residential Life retention of 776 students.
That retention rate dovetails with an over 15% increase in student enrollment just four years after enrollment declined by 35% after the 2015 student protests.
Both incoming freshmen and returning students will be allowed to apply for housing in these complexes.
“It is an option for students that either wanted to live with a preferred roommate but couldn’t” or who were looking for a more economical option, MU spokesperson Liz McCune said. “We want to be able to meet the needs of our students, no matter what they are.”
Students will find plenty of familiar amenities despite the fact that they won’t be in on-campus housing.
“We will still be doing floor programs like at residence halls,” McCune said. “There will be get-togethers where residents get to know their neighbors. We’ll have study halls and other academic support for them, as well.”
Resident assistants will also be on duty at the apartments. The apartments come at a range of costs, depending on the number of occupants and which apartment complex they’re in.