Store Clerk Charged In Shooting Of Teen

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

A clerk in a convenience store at 59th and Prospect Avenue has been charged with assault and armed criminal action in connection with the shooting on Tuesday afternoon of a teenager, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker  announced.
However, family members, friends of the teen and neighbors question whether the teen’s alleged actions warranted being shot.
According to reports, the teen allegedly told police that he took a package of cookies and put them in his pocket.
“They make enough money in that store to write off a package of 99 cent cookies,” one of the neighbors who frequents the store occasionally said.
“I try not to shop in there. I tell my daughters when they go in there to go in and get what they want and leave, because they are so rude in that store. I could see if he was robbing the place at gun point the clerk shooting him, but to shoot him, allegedly, over a package of cookies is ridiculous,” he said.
The teen’s mother spoke to THE CALL about the incident and is quite upset over the media’s coverage of the matter.
“One media outlet stated that an Italian sandwich restaurant reported and that an inference was made to me being destitute and my family being poor and needy, which is totally untrue,” the teen’s Mom said.
“I work five days a week for a security company and my fiance’ works and helps out. So, we are not homeless and my son is not some wayward kid running around town without guidance. In fact my fiance’ plays a role in his life as well as other male family figures. We raise all of our children together as a family. He made a bad choice, but he is not a bad kid,” she said.
“He is very remorseful for his actions and has apologized to the hospital staff who has complimented me on how mannerable he is. I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she stated.
THE CALL also spoke to his sister who called her brother’s actions “dumb”.

 

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Suspicious Fires At Black Churches

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GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In the week after nine people were shot dead at Emanuel A.M.E. church in South Carolina, seven churches with predominately black congregations in five Southern states have burned. Three of them are being investigated as arson.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working with local authorities to find those who set them.
“They’re being investigated to determine who is responsible and what motives are behind them,” FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told BuzzFeed News. “I’m not sure there is any reason to link them together at this point.”
The church fires come days after police say Dylann Roof, 21, shot and killed nine people during a prayer service on June 17 at Emanuel A.M.E. church in Charleston, including the church’s pastor. Roof has been charged with nine counts of homicide and possession of a firearm.

 

 

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Plans Scraped For Truman Medical Center’s Grocery Store

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

After about five years of planning Truman Medical center announced that it has scraped plans for a healthy grocery store which was slated to be built on 27th and Troost.
Former Truman Medical center C.E.O. John Bluford had realized that many of the patients that Truman was treating were being seen for health related reasons directly related to improper eating. His vision was to build a grocery store that would only sell healthy food items. No sodas or sugary drinks, cigarettes or alcoholic beverages. Nor would the store have sold foods high in preservatives.
The plan that Bluford had envisioned was an innovative concept that would have provided locally-grown produce, occasional farmers markets, cooking classes and even opportunities for in store physicians and dietitians such as HyVees to prescribe healthy menus for patients and shoppers.
However, Bluford retired and the idea has since met challenges such as raising donations toward the $11.5 million project and securing state tax credits.
Truman now hopes its ideas can be implemented to provide some of those same healthy-cooking and eating programs at the Sun Fresh grocery slated to open in about a year at the Linwood Shopping center.
“We want to see the store on Prospect be successful,” Truman President and CEO Charlie Shields said.

 

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