More Problems Surface Concerning Kansas City Water Department Bills

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Tracy B. Kind knew that something was wrong.
He went by the Kansas City Water Services office on 63rd street so many times complaining about not receiving his water bill until they actually had him removed from the premises. Employees at the service center insisted that his water bills were being mailed to his address on 74th and Indiana.
Then one day it all began to make sense.
He received a large envelope from his previous residence in Wilson, North Carolina and in that envelope were six months worth of water bills.
Kind scratched his head in disbelief. Kansas City Water Services had been sending his bill to an old address  in North Carolina.
They demanded, even after he showed them that they caused the error, that he pay his $700 water bill or they were going to shut his water off.
“When I first moved back to Kansas City about four years ago I had a delinquent bill that I had to get resolved before they would turn my water on. When I moved back here I was living on 28th street for about a year. Then, I moved to Raytown for about a year before moving on 74th and Indiana,” Kind said.


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Mayor’s Christmas Tree To Sparkle On Friday


Dayton Moore, General Manager of the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals, will join Mayor Sly James at the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday evening.
The 100-foot-tall Douglas fir donated by Cascade Timber Consulting calls public attention to The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps ensure that needy senior citizens, disabled persons and children in Kansas City are not left out during the holidays.
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund will be accepting donations at
The lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 27, at the Crown Center Square, 2450 Grand blvd.

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Mother Found Guilty Of Child Abuse


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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

A Jackson County jury found Ms. Jacole Prince, 31, guilty with the malnourishment of her daughter in 2012 whom she kept in a closet where the girl was forced to live.
The jury also found her guilty of three other felony counts which included assault in the first-degree, first-degree child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child and recommended sentences of 20 years, seven years and seven years respectively, to be served concurrently on those counts.
The jury concluded their deliberations Friday, Nov. 20, after a week long trial.
Prince’s 10-year-old daughter weighed 32 pounds when she was found in the closet.
LP was rescued June 22, 2012, when a social worker and a police officer responding to a state hotline call discovered the girl in the closet. Her story shocked the community and prompted a battle over the release of records after child tragedies.
The Missouri Department of Social Services finally released records nearly a year after LP was found. The documents revealed that the girl was first removed from her mother’s care in February 2006 after Prince told medical personnel that she withheld food and water from her daughter to keep her from going to the bathroom so often.
In March 2007, family court officially returned LP to her mother.
The records show she soon vanished from sight. She stopped attending kindergarten in April 2007, and there was no indication that anyone ever reported her absence to the state.
Documents also indicate that Ms. Prince never received a psychological evaluation after LP was removed from her home in 2006.
Ms. Prince admitted, then,  that she intentionally withheld food from her 4-year-old daughter to keep her from going to the bathroom too often.

The girl weighed just 26 pounds, the size many babies reach at 18 months. Already malnourished, and continuing to lose weight, she had to be hospitalized.




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