Overland Park

In 2013, fairy homes — with doors custom-built for the hollows of trees and tiny furniture nestled inside — cropped up on a wooded trail in Overland Park. Firefly Forest, as it was called, appeared as if by magic. People tucked hundreds of notes into these small abodes, listing their struggles and dreams. And, to their surprise, the fairies answered.

Overland Park Kansas

Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach is beginning his 10th year in office, and this year looks to be a busy one, with plenty of development going on in the city. 

Gerlach spoke about some of those development projects, including an indoor skydiving facility he is excited to try out, in his State of the City address on Tuesday

Courtesy photo / The City of Overland Park, Kan.

People who live in Overland Park, Kan., should be getting more reliable cellphone signals by year’s end, thanks to some inconspicuous antenna installations. 

Chicago-based telecommunications contractor Extenet Systems installed a handful of cone-like cellphone signal boosters on top of light poles throughout Overland Park.

Overland Park Public Works city traffic engineer Brian Shields says that the additions are a good alternative to building large cellular towers.

Elle Moxley
KCUR

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran on Tuesday helped celebrate the opening of a new patient tower and emergency department at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

The Kansas Republican, from Manhattan, Kan., praised local leaders for coming together to complete the project. He then took a jab at Congress' inability to do the same.

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It's the season for farm-fresh local produce, and one of the popular spots in the Kansas City metro area is the Overland Park Farmers' Market.

On Friday's Up to Date, we take a trip to that market and talk with vendors ages 18 to 80 about what they’re selling and why they’ve chosen this particular spot to sell their wares.

The vendors and market-goers:

Laura Spencer / KCUR

Shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom retirement home in Overland Park, Kan. became international news overnight as new details about the tragedy emerged.

Authorities have been learning about the racist and anti-Semitic ideology of the suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., who hate-group trackers have been following for years.

Laura Spencer / KCUR

Updated 10:47 a.m.:

Frazier Glenn Cross, the suspect in Sunday's shootings, is being held at the Johnson County Detention Center without bond. Kristi Bergeron, of the District Attorney's Office in Johnson County said he will not be arraigned Monday.

He will face both federal and state charges.

Updated 10:36 a.m.:

The Children's Center for the Visually Impaired released this statement:

Overland Park Voters OK Sales Tax Extension

Oct 8, 2013

An initial vote count appears to show Overland Park, Kan. voters have approved extending a 1/8 cent sales tax for 10 years, financing street repair and construction.

Unofficial returns on the mail-in ballot show some 33,000 ballots cast with 72 percent approving it.   Nearly $70 million will have been collected when the current tax expires in 2014. 

“We keep this money all segregated to make sure we spend the entire amount  on specifically what we told them we would use it for," says Carl Gerlach, mayor of Overland Park.

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Macy’s store at Metcalf South Shopping Center will stay closed for repair after emergency evacuation today.

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City and state officials were on hand Thursday to lift the shovels during a ceremonial groundbreaking for Prairiefire, a new Overland Park development at 135th Street between Nall and Lamar. The site includes a natural history museum.

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The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens garnered national attention in recent months over a bronze statue titled "Accept or Reject." The work, by Chinese artist Yu Chang, depicts a headless, bare-breasted woman holding a camera, pointing it at herself.

Kansas and Missouri say they’d like to work together, but they keep poaching each other’s businesses.

Dan Verbeck / KCUR

For an Overland Park family and their friends, this Memorial Day is marked with the freshest of wounds.

Prompted by a recent visit to the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens with her family, an area resident has started circulating a petition to remove one of the sculptures. The work is called "Accept or Reject" (note: a brass plaque also lists the title as "Choice") by sculptor 余畅 Yu Chang, an artist who also reportedly directs the Guangzhou Sculpture Academy. Overland Park officials say that, at this time, there are no plans to remove it from the Arboretum.

Jason Rhodes / Overland Park Fire Department

The body of a man has been found this afternoon in Indian Creek in Overland Park, Kan.

Jason Rhodes / Overland Park Fire Department

Searchers today found disturbing evidence along Indian Creek in Overland Park, Kansas as they spent a third day looking for a missing man.

Jason Rhodes / Overland Park Fire Department

There is not a trace of  the Overland Park man missing since he left home Sunday, saying he wanted to look at flood waters of Indian Creek, according to police.

Missing College Student Found, Was Not Abducted

Dec 22, 2011

The 19 year old  Johnson County Community College  student  missing since  Friday,  December 16th , has been found   unharmed,  five days after her disappearance from the University of Kansas-Edwards campus in Overland Park.  Police say Aisha Khan had not been abducted.

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Leads have thinned into the second and third tier variety as police in Overland Park and Olathe try, for a fourth day, to learn what happened to Aisha Khan. Investigators are questioning classmates, teachers and friends of the 19 year old  Johnson County Community College student.

The married student who lives in Olathe with her husband of five months was last  believed   studying  in an outside alcove  at the K.U. Edwards Campus where she had  a semester final test she never  took. She vanished about an hour before the noon class last Friday.

Heightened Search For Missing Student

Dec 19, 2011
KMBC-TV

It’s been three days since a 19-year-old married college student went missing in Overland Park, and police have  scoured several square miles looking for Aisha Kahn. The woman had called her sister complaining of a man harassing her.
 
A reward has been increased, and the FBI has extended the search.

The Johnson County Community College student hasn’t been seen since last Friday near the KU Edwards  campus where she took classes. A backpack, books and a cell phone were found. Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass updated reporters this afternoon.

 A fire this afternoon in Overland Park townhouses was caused by flammables stored too close to a water heater. Investigators say the cause was obvious.

Kansas City, Mo. – Opponents say they'll appeal the decision to approve Overland Park's annexation of 8 square miles of semi-rural land.

A Johnson County District Court last week ruled neither the city nor Johnson County did anything illegal by annexing the land.

But Norman Pishner a member of a committee that campaigned vigorously against the annexation, says opponents believe they can prove residents were denied due process.