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Man accused of exposing himself to younger girls at Shawnee pools

SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) –

Shawnee police say a man exposed himself to younger girls at multiple swimming pools.

On Monday night, police say an incident happened at the Woodsonia pool off 53rd Street.

Investigators say the man exposed himself to several people, with most of the victims being young girls under the age of 16.

Detectives are still trying to track down all of the victims in this case, so there’s not a lot of information being released, including the exact locations of all the pools involved.

If you see anything, contact the Shawnee Police Department at (913) 631-2150.

Because charges have not officially been filed, KCTV5 is not naming the suspect.

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Critical injuries reported following motorcycle wreck in Lenexa

LENEXA, KS (KCTV) –

One person suffered critical injuries following a motorcycle wreck in Lenexa.

Johnson County MedAct said a motorcycle and vehicle collided in the area of westbound 83rd Street and Woodland.

It’s just west of Shawnee Mission Park.

Both eastbound and westbound 83rd Street are closed in the area due to the wreck.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCTV5 News for more.

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L5 Investments Partnership Nearing Completion of $14 Million Renovation Program for Three Apartment Assets Totaling 1,159 Units near Kansas City, MO

LENEXA, KS – The joint venture partnership of L5 Investments and BH Equities is pleased to announce it is nearing completion on a $14 million renovation of three nearby apartment assets totaling 1,159 units in two suburbs of Kansas City, MO. The communities include The Carlyle Apartments in Shawnee, KS, and The Meadows Apartments and The Reserve at 77 Apartment Homes (formerly named Lenexa Apartments) in Lenexa, KS. Over the past 20 months, the joint venture had acquired the properties with a renovation strategy in place in order to attract and retain renters seeking a quality, amenity-rich and well-located rental community.

The partnership’s value-add strategy includes a strong focus on unit interior improvements and upgrades including new appliance packages, faux wood flooring, new count...

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Pinnacle Gymnastics thrives in new western Shawnee location

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Thirteen years ago, Pinnacle Gymnastics opened in western Shawnee with a modest 75 students.

Today, it serves 1,400 students per week.

Now sitting in a brand new customized facility near Kansas 7 Highway and 75th Street, Pinnacle Gymnastics is a recreational force, offering everything from traditional gymnastics classes to Junior Olympic teams to ninja obstacle course training.

It also features ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop dance classes; a preschool program and day camps, among many other activities.

The 17,700 square-foot building, which opened in January, provides more space, more rooms, a second-floor glass viewing area for parents and an in-ground pit for safer gymnastics training.

When Pinnacle founder and owner Morgan Kuchynka arrived in western Shawn...

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Shawnee County corrections steps up efforts to deal with mental illness

Last year, Shawnee County’s corrections department provided its entire population six hours a week of psychiatrist time.

Now, those inmates receive 48 hours weekly from the department’s psychiatrist and its new psychiatric nurse practitioner.

Increasing that access to care is among steps corrections director Brian Cole’s department has taken as it has worked this year to enhance mental health resources at the county’s jail and juvenile detention center.

The commitment that department has shown toward improving those services has been “amazing,” said Lee Zellars, director of operations for community contracts-behavioral health for Tennessee-based Corizon, the corrections department’s health care provider.

The corrections department’s philosophy has evolved from one of constantly managing me...

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A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Old United Casualty Company and Old United Life Insurance Company – San Antonio Business Journal

OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)

A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Ratings (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “a+” of Old United Casualty Company (OUC) and Old United Life Insurance Company (OUL). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Both companies are headquartered in Shawnee Mission, KS.

The ratings of OUC reflect its balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

OUC’s strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), and strong operating performance, are underpinned by the company’s consistent profitable underwriting result...

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Jackson County Landlords Seek 42 Evictions Per Day, And The Toll On Families Is Staggering

Two years after being evicted, Fran (right) and Rayvn Marion finally found a landlord who would rent to them.

In the cold of a Kansas City winter, Fran Marion and her two teenage children wrapped themselves in coats and blankets in their frigid rental home. Marion had repeatedly asked her landlord to fix their broken furnace. When he didn’t respond, Marion deployed the only option she could think of.

She withheld her rent check.

“I just figured that he would have the decency to fix the furnace because I’m sure that he didn’t go home to a cold house and I expressed that to him,” Marion says.

Her missed rental payment goaded her landlord into action, but not the one Marion had anticipated.

He filed to evict her...

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U-Haul truck rentals pull into iStorage in Shawnee

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Pictured is a U-Haul truck in front of Attic Storage. The company recently signed on as a U-Haul dealer.

U-Haul Company of Kansas, Inc. recently announced that iStorage of Attic Business Park has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Shawnee community.

iStorage, 6410 Vista Drive, will offer U-Haul trucks, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.

The arrival of U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 is revolutionizing the moving industry through its more convenient, more secure way to pick up and return a truck.

U-Haul live verification technology allows rental transactions to be carried out entirely on a smartphone at any hour – day or night.

There are no membership fees. Simply visit uhaul.com to create an online account.

Normal business hours are ...

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Capitol Update: Ousley focuses on efforts to buoy ‘overburdened, underfunded, and inadequate’ Department of Children and Families

Rep. Jarrod Ousley.

Each legislative session, we provide the Shawnee Mission area’s elected officials with the chance to share their thoughts about what’s happening in the state capitol. Rep. Stephanie Clayton and Rep. Jarrod Ousley are scheduled to send updates this week. Here’s Rep. Ousley’s filing:

Over the last two weeks, news about the Kansas legislature has been dominated by the release of the K-12 finance formula study, which was contracted by Republican leadership with the hope that it would find that our education system does not need additional funding. Much to leadership’s surprise, the study found that our public schools need a massive infusion of anywhere between $600 million more dollars to maintain current performance, and up to $2 billion dollars to reach state goals...

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Kansas Lawmakers Debate Whether Insurance Should Cover Schools For Armed Teachers

Kansas lawmakers are debating whether guns can make schools more safe.

At school, Kansas students learn what to do in case a shooter attacks. Lock classroom doors. Turn out the lights. Huddle out of view from the window in the door.

In the Statehouse, lawmakers are searching for consensus on better ways to prevent, or cut short, school shootings. Arm teachers? Fortify schools? Train kids about guns?

On Tuesday, the feelings clashed in a committee hearing and on the floor of the Kansas House just days after gun control activists drew crowds to March for Our Lives protests in Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka and across the country.

One bill Kansas lawmakers are mulling hopes to protect schoolchildren by making it more likely their teachers would have a weapon handy...

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