News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Senator Blunt’s Response To President Obama’s Gun Control Speech

clock April 3, 2013 17:22 by author Jeff Quibell



For Immediate Release
March 28, 2012

Contact: Press Office, (202) 224-1403

Senator Blunt’s Response To President Obama’s Gun Control Speech Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s speech today calling for stricter gun control policies:

“Like all Americans, I was shocked by the incredible tragedy in Newtown, and I’m committed to finding ways to prevent these senseless acts of violence. Unfortunately, President Obama is once again calling for gun control policies that restrict law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights and fail to prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook.
“I won’t support any proposals that infringe on Americans’ constitutional rights or ultimately prevent two neighbors from trading shotguns. Instead, I’m focusing my efforts on improving mental health policies to ensure we’re spending federal dollars more wisely when it comes to identifying, treating
, and caring for people who are mentally ill.”

Senator Blunt has co-sponsored a number of mental health bills in the Senate, including:

· Senator Blunt joined U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) in introducing the “Excellence in Mental Health Act,” a bipartisan bill intended to address our nation’s fragmented mental health system by offering current Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) a chance to obtain the Federally Qualified Community Behavioral Health Center (FQCBHC) designation. The legislation is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (Fla.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jack Reed (R.I.), and Barbara Boxer (Calif.).

· Senator Blunt is a co-sponsor of the “Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013, which was introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Begich (Alaska) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and cosponsored by six of their colleagues. The bill authorizes the launch of a demonstration program to support mental health first aid trainings nationwide in order to help individuals to identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental illnesses and addiction disorders.

· Senator Blunt is also a co-sponsor of the “Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act, which was introduced by U.S. Senators Al Franken (Minn.) and Mike Johanns (Neb.) and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 14 of their colleagues in the Senate and 10 members in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill will help make communities safer by improving access to mental health services for people in the criminal justice system who need treatment. The bill also focuses on giving law enforcement officers the tools they need to identify and respond to mental health issues, and includes a 5-year reauthorization of the “Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act” (MIOTCRA), continuing support for mental health courts, and crisis intervention teams.

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National Night Out Against Crime Cancelled Due to Extreme Heat Warning

clock August 2, 2011 14:38 by author Jeff Quibell

Due to the excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service, the National Night Out Against Crime event in downtown Blue this evening has been canceled.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation where heat illnesses are likely. We regret any inconvenience this will cause, but the safety of all participants is of primary concern.

This event has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) Training

clock May 18, 2011 15:20 by author Jeff Quibell

The Rape Aggression Defense Basic Personal Defense

System (RAD) is a national training program of realistic

self-defense tactics and techniques taught by Blue Springs

Police certified RAD instructors. Students will be provided

with self-defense options for all levels of physical ability.

Learn techniques and information to make an educated

decision about personal defense. Each 12-hour class session

is open to women ages 15 and older.

M 6-9 p.m. 6/6 - 6/27 $25

SA & SU 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8/6 - 8/7 $25

Sgt. Janet Jarvis

Blue Springs Police Department

1100 SW Smith St

Blue Springs, MO 64015

(816) 228-0151 - Dispatch

(816) 220-4532 - Fax

Copper Thieves Strike Hidden Valley Park Softball Fields

clock May 17, 2011 12:07 by author Jeff Quibell





1100 SW Smith Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0150 F: 816.228.0147 W:


DATE: May 16, 2011

CONTACT: Detective Jeremy Dickstein

Phone: 816.228.0261 or 816.214.7970


Copper Thieves Strike Hidden Valley Park Softball Fields

Blue Springs, Mo. – On Monday, May 16, 2011, at about 9:00 a.m., City of Blue Springs Parks & Recreation employees discovered that sometime over the weekend of May 13th through May 16th copper thieves caused property damage and stole a substantial amount of copper wiring from Hidden Valley Park, 6500 NW Valleyview Road.

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation determined that the unknown suspect(s) pried open 26 light fixtures and stole the underground copper used to illuminate several softball fields and the parking lot. At this point, the cost to the City in property damage and stolen wiring is unknown, however is considered significant.

The Blue Springs Police Department Investigations Bureau is currently investigating the incident to attempt to identify and prosecute the individuals responsible. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Joe Fanara at 816-228-0153, Police Dispatch at 816-228-0151, or any Blue Springs Police Officer.


Beware of Roofing Scam. Call Your Local Police Department If You Have Information on the Perpetrators

clock September 1, 2010 16:57 by author Jeff Quibell





1100 SW Smith Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 Phone: 816.228.0150 Fax: 816.228.0147





August 31, 2010,


PIO/Detective Troy Pharr


Public Information Officer (Police Dept.)


Phone: 816-228-0212, Cell 816-935-2678



Blue Springs case number:

2010-07756 & 2010-07762


Stealing over $500.00 by Deceit.


Two Blue Springs home owners.


Payment made for new roof however work never done.


Home owners approached and paid for new roofs on 07/13/2010 and 07/14/2010.


1300 block of SW Skyline Drive, Blue Springs, Mo.

280 block of NW Westbrooke Circle, Blue Springs, Mo.

Blue Springs Missouri Police Department News

Two Blue Springs home owners have become the victims of an unscrupulous business by pre-paying for new roofs, but then the work was never done. On July the 13th and the 14th the victims were contacted by a person alleging that he represented American Shingle. The representative told each of the victims that they needed new roofs and he offered the services of American Shingle. The sales person told each victim that they needed to pre-pay the entire amount of the job up front before the work could be started. The total loss between both victims is over $9,700.00. Both checks were cashed and they have not seen anyone from American Shingle since.

Both cases are being investigated by the Blue Springs Police Department’s Investigations unit. If you have any information that would assist with these investigations, please call the Police Department at 816-228-0150.

Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy notes that you should be cautious about pre-paying for services in advance. While some legitimate businesses do require a down payment on large jobs, too often it can mean that there is a potential for loss with the work never getting done. Please check sources to verify that a business is legitimate; going on-line to search often yields surprising results.

If you have become a victim of a similar theft please notify your local Police Department along with the local office of the Missouri Attorney General.