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Independence Examiner (Newspaper) - May 16, 1990, Independence, Missouri Wednesday May 16,1990 Independence Towater spilled Over the dam and covered Moreland school Road Homes awash after deluge roads still closed throughout area Index comics dear Abby obituaries 5 opinion 4 6 record 8b 5b reporters notebook 3 88 sports in 44 pages 4 sections vol. 85, no. 301 weather skies will Clear tonight making Way for sunny skies thursday. Page 8b Shumpert surprises rookies play pleases royals. Page in keeping a Good name Sammy Davis Dies fixing blame for losing f m the evening newspaper i lie Job Amnier by the examiner staff and the associated press officials say controls helped by the examiner staff tuesdays deluge of rain could have been worse for residents of Eastern Jackson county if it weren to for the Blue Springs Reservoir says an official with the corps of engineers. A if the Blue Springs dam had not been there a lot of that water would have gone downstream on the areas below that a said Larry Crump Public affairs specialist for the corps. A some trailer Parks near Highway 40 would have gotten a lot More water. The Blue Springs dam is performing As by 8 . Today the water level at the dam was 815 feet Crump said. The flood level for the dam is 820 feet. A i can to say when it will begin going Down a he said. A water is still coming from Lake Jacomo. It has five More feet to go before it reaches the flood stage and that a a lot of Crump said the water level at the dam tuesday morning before much of the rain was 803 feet. In Independence mayor Bill Carpenter said he had had Between 30 and 40 Calls at the office and 25 at Home from people complaining about flooding. Carpenter and Council member Victor Callahan drove around fast facts in addition to two people losing their lives in the raging Waters the 1982 flood caused the following damage in Independence a fifteen single family Homes and 41 Mobile Homes in Independence were destroyed. A eighty single family Homes and six Multi family units had major damage. A a total of 250 single family Homes and 16 Multi family units had minor damage. A millions of dollars of damages occurred to City streets and Bridges including the Westport Road Bridge being washed out. Town tuesday afternoon to determine the extent of flooding in the area. He said they noticed problems please see flood Page 7robert and Serena Skelton who recently moved to heart tons tried to catch a glimpse of their Mobile Home which Mobile Village Survey the flood damage. Today the skel sits in the deepest Waters. When Robert and Serena Skelton moved into their Mobile Home eight months ago they were told it Hadnot flooded in 15 to 20 years. This morning the skeletons along with other residents of heart Mobile Village at 7000 e. . 40 in Kansas City stood in silence a some holding pets they had managed to Rescue others pointing out belongings floating in water from the Blue River. Residents of the Mobile Home Park were told to evacuate As Early As 9 . Tuesday. Violent storm cells had started hitting the area in Waves about Midnight bringing hard Rains in Short periods of time a flooding Rivers stranding motorists closing streets and flooding basements. Six inches of rain fell in the Kansas City area. Independence received 4.03 inches from 7 . Tuesday to 7 . Today a More than on any other single Day in the past five years. In Leeds Summit 6.8 inches of rain had fallen by la . Tuesday. A we have no flood insurance Kansas City police and the Missouri water patrol head out to collect some forgotten Medicine for a Man who lives in heart Mobile Village at 7000 e. . 40.the big Blue River overflowed its Banks tuesday night prompting the evacuation of the entire Park. Examiner graphic and a baby on the Way a said Robert Skelton. A we lost Why All the rain the National weather service says blame a combination of factors such As moist stable air southerly flow and an upper air system across our Region. The skies cleared this morning but Many streets remained fir Jed. Traffic was backed up for several Miles on 23rd Street and please see rain Page 8 Henson muppet creator Dies in new York Hospital new York a Jim Henson the creator of Kermit the Frog miss Piggy and the other muppet characters died today at a Hospital. He was 53. Henson died at 1 30 . From a massive bacterial infection Kathleen Robinson a spokeswoman at new York Hospital said. Henson was admitted to the Hospital tuesday she said. Hospital officials would say nothing else this morning. Friends praised Henson a humanity and his abilities to educate and entertain children. A the could make you laugh while you re crying a said Peggy Charren founder of action for children a television in Cambridge mass. A i never met a Kindlien gentler wonderful soul in the entertainment Industry or anywhere a said Erwin Okun a spokesman for Walt Disney co. Henson a puppets grew into an Industry much of which was purchased by Disney for a reported Price of $100 million to $150 million. A we Are deeply saddened profoundly shocked at a great loss for please see Henson Page 7 Jim Henson. Died from bacterial infection judicial nominees go to mayor by Scott Wyman the examiner the City judicial commission tuesday selected judge Scott King former judge Gary Titus and attorney David Sperry As its candidates to serve As a municipal judge for the next two years. The commissions nominees will now be sent to mayor Bill Carpenter who will have 14 Days to select which one will be the judge. Carpenter said he is setting up interviews with the three people to determine what Type of judge they would be. The judicial commission composed of Council member Bob Petey Childers prescriptions free prompt delivery 252-0131�?adv Clothier attorneys Carl Laurent and Norman Humphrey Jack Cardwell and Greg Rodekopf had la applications to choose from. In the committees secret balloting King whose term expires july i received votes from each member for reappointment. Titus and Sperry each received three votes. Applicants Kevin Hare William Piedimonte Dayla Bishop Schwartz and Dudley Leonard received one vote each. Garry Helm David Martin Edmond Mcelligott and c. John forge did not receive any votes. King has served As judge since 1988, being appointed by former mayor Barbara Potts. His selection was criticized then by Council member Victor Callahan who called it cronyism since King had previously made Campaign contributions to the citizens for effective leadership a group associated with Potts. Before being appointed King served seven years As an assistant City Counselor following his graduation from the University of Missouri Columbia school of Law. He is a past member of the chamber of Commerce Board of directors. Titus preceded King As municipal judge serving from 1981 to 1988. Potts decided not to reappoint him during a time when the municipal court was under an Fri investigation of corruption. That investigation led to one bail Bondsman pleading guilty to conspiring to bribe a Council member to exert influence Over the court to limit the number of bonding firms. Potts had taped conversations with Titus for the Federal government but Titus was not charged in the affair. Titus received a Law degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City and serves As municipal judge for Sibley Buckner Grain Valley and Lake Lotawana. Sperry who was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1974, graduated from the University of Mississippi. He currently has a private practice with an emphasis on litigation but previously served As corporate counsel to Carrier credit and collections working on contracts and lease negotiations with motor carriers. More questions on Landfill plan rumble expansion delayed by Scott Wyman the examiner thwarting company Hopes to have rumble Landfill in sugar Creek reopened by now the state is sending waste management inc. A letter that could set Back a decision on the landfills expansion several months. Anita Randolph spokeswoman for the department of natural resources said department engineers Are preparing another list of questions about the request to expand and will Send it to waste management later this week. The letter will be the final comments by the Der which will base its decision on the information it receives Back. The company will have 30 Days to respond to the inquiry and the Der will have 30 Days to decide Randolph said. That could push a reopening into mid july although waste management had hoped a ruling would come in Early May. Waste management closed rumble which had been Eastern Jackson county a primary Landfill to trash from outside sugar Creek in March. The company had guaranteed a years Worth of space to the town and without its proposed expansion it had to close the facility to meet its Promise. If the expansion is approved the Landfill would reopen almost immediately to other trash. A Trench would be dug inspected and opened. Coupled with the closure of the Woods Chapel Landfill in Independence rumbles closure has forced area haulers to take trash to the Forest View Landfill in Kansas an 85-minute trip in Good weather. A it puts a lot of fat on the fire that the City needs to do something a said Dave Mcdowell member of Independence a resource recovery committee and local trash Hauler. A it makes it Tough on my people because i had told them rumble would probably open and now i have to say it will be Randolph said she did not know the questions that the Der staff needed answered. In the first letter in november the Der said the company had not adequately addressed water Quality water testing and the relation Between the site and aquifers and surface water

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