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ELITE EIGHT: Kentucky, Wichita State, Wisconsin, Baylor, Northern Iowa, Virginia, Duke, Gonzaga. Grab a snack and your favorite beverage and settle in near a TV during some of the tournament games. If hired, your first assignment is to interpret this email sent out recently by Beverlee Roper, first district county commissioner in Platte County. Heard an interesting observation recently by someone in regard to the wild and crazy growth projections school districts like Park Hill and Platte County R-3 have been spouting recently.
When even those observers on the left side of the aisle are questioning projections of exploding enrollment, you know the school districts have a bit of a credibility problem on their hands. Guy Speckman, publisher of the Savannah Reporter, has been on a roll with observations about public school spending, hitting home runs on a weekly basis. The book entitled The Silence, The Series and The Season of Sungwoo by our man Chris Kamler becomes available this week. While many of us see an intersection of two state highways and think that would be a great place for a revenue-generating, respected public-serving entity like a QuikTrip, many folks at Parkville see an intersection of two major highways and think that would be a great place to plant a pawpaw tree or build a tribute to the hummingbird. Oh, and there’s more than just a scathing state audit facing some folks within the St. As Guy Speckman, publisher of the Savannah Reporter, wisely says in his column in our Other Voices item on this page, it should be a wake-up call for all local governments and the elected officials who serve on governing bodies. It’s time for those who serve on boards to stop nodding heads in agreement at every proposal placed in front of them and start asking some tough questions of those who serve underneath them. Based on what I’m about to remind you, there would seem to be reason to at least put this topic on your radar. In a story we did last April, The Landmark reported that Platte County R-3 had re-hired Westbrook and Co.
Reik explained he used a rubric to determine which company was the best firm to meet the needs of the district. In that same Landmark article from last April in discussing why he recommended taking Westbrook over the lower bidder, it was reported that Reik said Westbrook officials are very helpful.
Congressman Sam Graves came walking into The Landmark office Friday afternoon carrying his lunch, which was a bag of fast-food from Sonic.
We saw this play out in 2011 and 2012 when projections of rapid and enormous growth in student enrollment at Platte County R-3 were making the rounds. If that’s the case, Park Hill is now projecting a growth rate of as high as 666 students per year. We do know of a common denominator involved in those earlier wildly incorrect growth projections made at Platte County R-3 and the new ones being made at Park Hill.
Architects make good money off of the construction of large, new, expensive buildings, am I right? Even one of the biggest government bureaucrats around, first district Platte County Commissioner Beverlee Roper, has been known to preach repeatedly against public debt. Check out the letter to the editor on this page for the first return volley against Reik’s comment. My guess is that if R-3 had a very low amount of debt per student, proponents of the proposed tax increase would be touting that as a very positive sign of the district’s fiscal health and past financial management practices. After many hours of thoughtful deliberation (in other words, in a 30-second conversation that consisted of yelling to each other while walking out separate doors of a building), Chris Kamler and I have decided upon a date, place and time for his book signing event in Platte County. His book is about the Kansas City Royals and that Korean dude who flew in during the Royals’ magical 2014 season.
We’ll have the official Landmark Newspaper Plinko board set up for anyone willing to give it a whirl. You’ve read stories in this fine newspaper about crimes occurring at Platte County hotels in what is known as the KCI corridor along Interstate 29.
Last week’s event that you saw on our front page featured gunshots when perpetrators fired at a person who had spotted someone in his pickup in a hotel parking lot. If hotel staff members are debating whether a situation warrants a call to 9-1-1, that’s when they need to call 9-1-1, Lewis said. Sheriff Owen backed up the KC police official’s concerns about shoplifting in the corridor.
So public transportation, the lack of which is cursed by economic development officials who blame it in part for a perceived shortage in available workforce, has its downside in the law enforcement arena. FYI, Lewis mentioned the Kansas City Police Department’s North Patrol division leads the Kansas City metro area in the number of vehicles stolen while the engine is running with the doors unlocked. Does the Quality Platte County R-3 Schools committee realize the owner of the consulting firm they hired has compared their election campaign to O-rings under a toilet?
A reader sent me this question: If the Platte County R-3 proposal is so great why do they need a nationally-known political consultant to make their case? Word on the street is that the Quality Platte County R-3 Schools committee will be using a political consulting firm in an effort to help it pass the proposed 43-cent tax levy increase in the April 7 election.
The political consulting firm that has been contacted by Quality Platte County R-3 Schools?
Laura Hulett, deputy treasurer for the Quality Platte County R-3 Schools committee, would not verify whether the committee has hired a consulting firm. Two weeks ago I reached Roe on his cell phone to ask him whether his company has struck a deal to assist the R-3 pro-tax group.
Roe told me he didn’t know if his company has a deal in place with the R-3 pro-tax committee.
These are the types of conversations that two guys who generally don’t give a crap have with one another.
If you take some time to digest the situation in its entirety, let’s not be totally shocked by the alleged partnership of R-3 pro-taxers with the normally anti-tax firm of Axiom. Axiom did work for a Kansas City zoo tax proposal not too many years ago, so this wouldn’t be the first time it has consulted on the pro-tax side of an issue.
Sources inside the administration building say Nancy Armstrong, new county clerk, has disposed of at least one of the employees she had inherited from previous clerk Joan Harms.
Check out the coverage of a couple of important local business stories on our front page this week by assistant editor Valerie Verkamp. And what about the gunfire outside a Platte County hotel after a witness approached three black males who were allegedly performing smash-and-grabs upon vehicles in the parking lot?
No matter how hectic a day I might be having, when I see someone about to walk in the front door of the local license bureau office I realize my day isn’t so bad after all. There are some interesting-looking dudes and dudettes doing business at that location every day. Kansas City-area community centers are throwing out vending machines and switching to healthy food snack options, so from now on you’ll have to sneak in your own Twinkies and Ho Hos. Some of the early reaction by county commissioners to the four proposals for Shiloh Springs Golf Course that came in from potential management firms is fascinating.
Beverlee Roper, first district county commissioner, must have had a good night’s sleep the night before because she actually seemed focused and on point for most of the Shiloh discussion. Other than that Groundhog Day reference which thankfully was ignored by the other two commissioners, Roper made some common sense comments and observations, which means by next meeting she’ll be ready to run from the stances she took this week. Roper pointed out it looks to her that Shiloh was designed postage stamp style on a piece of property, rather than flowing in a more unlimited manner that a golf course designer probably would have liked. Duane Soper, second district commissioner who is a golfer and user of the Shiloh course, countered that he thinks Shiloh can one day make money.
Now is the time to start focusing on ways to cut losses, move on and get rid of the annual financial drain. There’s a lot of studying that will need to be done to sift through the gory details of Martin’s proposal, but my first reaction? And here’s another benefit, especially for supporters of the parks department who may not be avid golfers. As you’ll see in our story inside this issue, Parkville and Platte City have police budgets that amount to an expenditure of $229 per resident. According to information gathered by DJ Gehrt, city administrator for Platte City, Riverside’s police budget equates to $1,006 per resident of Riverside. As your Landmark heads to press Wednesday, we’re being told the thermometer will hit 70 degrees later this afternoon. That being said, I wouldn’t mind having to kick my pickup into four-wheel drive at least once this winter. The Quality Platte County R-3 Schools committee, the campaign organization promoting passage of the 43-cent tax levy question on the April ballot, is already at work. In 2012, Platte County R-3’s levy increase proposal was soundly defeated 55% opposed to 45% in favor. We will assume that’s a Platte City address, though the paperwork does not list the city, state or zip.
Deputy treasurer is listed as Laura Hulett, who is employed as a public relations person by the school district.
Missouri Ethics Commission finally posted a copy of the agreement it reached with the Park Hill School District after Park Hill was found to have committed an ethics violation (see Landmark front page in Jan.
Conditions were a little weird covering President Obama’s trip to the region Thursday. I don’t know who was in charge of deciding in what setting this speech would be held, but it turned into a barn-like event inside what they called the Anschutz Sports Pavilion.
This was my fourth time covering an Obama appearance in the KC area, Valerie’s third.
Tuesday night I headed to City Hall in downtown Platte City for a meeting of the economic development subcommittee. These various Platte City subcommittee meetings, while often newsworthy, are also often very short. We did get to hear a presentation from Bo Woodruff about AMVETS’ fundraising efforts to acquire a tankchair, which is a heavy duty off-road wheelchair.
If you’re wondering how acquiring a tricked out wheelchair for community use winds up being tagged as an economic development discussion, join the club. While I strongly support the acquisition of the contraption, hope the fundraising effort is successful, and agree the wheelchair would be beneficial to local disabled persons, I would not anticipate a flood of new economic activity being generated because of it. Next on the agenda for the economic development subcommittee was an item dealing with shredding of older city documents. Platte City Mayor Frank Offutt let it be known that the city turns 175 years old in 2015 and there will be some kind of celebration--or at least an observance of some sort--tentatively set for Saturday, July 4. The mayor also informed the economic development subcommittee that an anchor from the USS Platte, a former fleet oiler vessel, is available to the city. The mayor indicated the anchor will be placed in the city’s small park next to the Platte River at the foot of Main Street, which has a name but most of us only know it as the small park next to the Platte River at the foot of Main Street. It has been great to have the skills of assistant editor Valerie Verkamp back on The Landmark news beat the past couple of weeks. Occasionally it becomes time to clean out my news notebooks, review those sticky notes attached to my desk and place any news nuggets into this column space before I forget to get them distributed to the fine readers of this newspaper.
Pictured below are a VASCAR system, a police radar gun, and a police laser gun showing similar speeds based on time the vehicle traveled from point A to point B. SML Teaches At McKinney Police Academy-SML was invited to conduct NHTSA compliant Master Radar Laser Instructor curriculum to some thirteen departments at the McKinney, TX Police Academy in late May i??2013. Students were required to give a ten minute presentation of a germane topic of their choice which was graded by other class members. SML Assists Prosecutor In Painesville, OH-SML assisted the prosecution in the municipal court of Painesville, OH in June 2013. Fort Worth Police Department Calls On SML To Develop A Written Policy-SML was invited to contribute to the development of a new written policy for the police department on the use, daily checks of accuracy of radar and laser systems, re-certification of equipment and re-certification of officers in April of 2013. SML Teaches In New Mexico-Early May saw SMLi?? teach NHTSA compliant Master Radar Laser Instructor i??curriculum at Safety City in Kirkland, NM. SML To Assist Prosecutor In Fulshear, TX-Officer Lindsay Miller put SML in touch with the Prosecutora€™s Office of Fulshear, TX which is a suburb of Houston, TXi??. As is our standard procedure, we had certified police officers operate all laser and radar guns.
All of the detectors alerted to laser from one mile when we aimed the laser guns directly at them. SML Teaches At McKinney Police Academy-SML was invited to conduct NHTSA compliant Master Radar Laser Instructor curriculum to some thirteen departments at the McKinney, TX Police Academy in late May 2013. SML Teaches In New Mexico-Early May saw SML teach NHTSA compliant Master Radar Laser Instructor curriculum at Safety City in Kirkland, NM.
SML To Assist Prosecutor In Fulshear, TX-Officer Lindsay Miller put SML in touch with the Prosecutora€™s Office of Fulshear, TX which is a suburb of Houston, TX. You hear that term quite often this time of year when the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee is making choices for at-large berths into the men’s college basketball championship tournament. Unless the city has evidence of wrongdoing--which it apparently does not have at this point, despite some occasionally unsavory accusations--Nan should let this one go. The eye test also says the current mayor squirms a bit in her chair when Jones speaks up at meetings. Roper fired off the email to a circle of friends and alleged supporters, at least one of whom wanted to be sure that I saw it. Either way, if you’re a taxpayer to the Platte County R-3 district you helped pay the tab.
This observation came from the Line Creek Loud Mouth blog, a blog not known for conservatism, by the way. We pay people administrative salaries, yet give them menial job tasks that could be done by far less expensive employees. We’ll have some available for purchase in The Landmark office, 252 Main Street, Platte City. This time, there is no McDonald’s included in the site plan for the intersection of Highway 45 and Highway 9.
Joseph School District had been using the same auditing firm, Westbrook and Company, that Platte County R-3 has used for years?


Employees who work at management levels inside school districts and other units of government often develop friendly relationships with particular firms.
The district chose an auditing firm with a price 26% higher than an equally qualified bidder.
Platte County Sheriff Mark Owen dropped in our office Tuesday afternoon and commented he was on his way back to his office and had lunch sitting in his car.
The Landmark was at a meeting of the Park Hill School Board in December when it was remarked the district has grown by about 150 students per year over the past 30 years. That seems the stuff of fairy tales, fantasies, and revenue projections at the county golf course.
The common denominator is that there has been input in developing those projections by the architectural firm Hollis and Miller.
If you don’t know what The Landmark Plinko board is, check out a recent picture posted on my Facebook page. Thugs are breaking into vehicles and stealing items in what the police call smash-and-grab crimes. It was recovered near 82nd and Troost in Kansas City, unoccupied, obviously with holes in the windshield. It pisses me off,” said Major Roger Lewis, division commander of the North Patrol Division for the Kansas City Police Department, about the rising number of crimes in the KCI corridor.
Owen says since the public transportation bus stop was put in near Wal-Mart on Barry Road shoplifting in that area has seen a marked increase.
Kansas City police and the Platte County Sheriff’s Department have formed a task force to study the issue of crime in the KCI corridor and what steps can be taken by law enforcement to prevent incidents and to solve the ones that do occur.
The only sources declining the opportunity to confirm it are the official spokespeople for Axiom and the campaign committee.
Axiom Strategies has built a name for itself by fighting against things like tax increases, not in favor of them. Roe was in Texas that day, a state where he is spending much time in helping to guide the likely presidential campaign of Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Not only did it have an ill-advised, poorly-timed proposal it was trying to sell, but to make matters worse R-3’s pro-tax increase campaign was outfoxed and unprepared in 2012 when its levy question was hammered by voters 55-45%.
Dairy Farmers of America announces it is moving out of Platte County the same week that Valerie was already doing a feature story on efforts the Platte County Economic Development Council makes to retain existing businesses in the county. Gotta say I think a reality show or video podcast based on the adventures of the attorneys and defendants who enter the hallowed halls of the Owens Lee Hull Jr. See our front page story for more details, but I’ll summarize some of the highlights that hit me while sitting in on their discussion Monday. A couple of times she actually sounded like the promising 2012 candidate Roper instead of the hugely disappointing officeholder Roper. Like many of us with no emotional investment in the sport of golf, Roper doubts Shiloh will ever make money. He also said he does not want the county to sell Shiloh, using the defense that taxpayers have already spent $10 million over the years at the golf course. That fits the wishes of Soper and others like him who don’t want the course to go away. Getting rid of Shiloh frees up many $$$ that can be used on other park projects, projects that wouldn’t be developed by private industry. Based on some questions they’ve posed in an online survey, it looks like the Vote Yes side has determined its magic number is 2,000, as in they believe it will take 2,000 yes votes for the issue to pass. That same address on NW 126th is listed as the address for the organization’s treasurer, Vic Perrin. 14 issue) in last year’s laptop levy campaign that was hammered by voters 61% opposed to only 39% in favor. Under the deal, Park Hill must adopt a procedure that, in the future, the superintendent or his designee will review all publicly-funded informational items related to ballot issues prior to distribution. As you know by now and can see on our front page, the president came to Lawrence for a speech at Kansas University. Yes that sounds indoors, I understand, but there were doors open on the backside of the audience next to the media tables.
Of course since we featured Bo and this topic on the front page a couple of weeks ago, Landmark readers are well aware of this topic. It did seem like an odd setting for Bo’s fine presentation, but apparently the city leadership believes every potential topic for the full board of aldermen needs to be vetted by some subcommittee.
On Tuesday night there was at least one piece of newsworthiness to come out of that hour of our lives that we’ll never get back.
Please duly note the dates of the Big 12 Tournament and let’s not schedule your book signing to conflict with those days. If you missed her byline there for a bit, it’s because Valerie was enjoying a winter-time tropical vacation to an undisclosed location. There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that her boss back at The Landmark ordered the attack by the squishy fish assassin as some sort of payback for leaving him temporarily overworked. We wanted to see if the laser guns producei??d the same speed when shot at the same target vehicle. VASCAR stands for Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder, it is a stopwatch from point A to point B. Part of the curriculum is to have students develop a Valid Visual Tracking History on some 100 vehicles. A total of 90% was required for passing composed of class participation, testing (pre-post instruction), field performance, and presentation.
Officer Miller had attended SML Master Radar Laser Instructor Course conducted at the McKinney Police Academy. We wanted to see if the laser guns produced the same speed when shot at the same target vehicle. Check out the ample parking space available on Platte City’s Main Street at most hours of the day. Do you know how much money the park tax will generate this year if it ends 14.6% ahead of 2014? Second place gets an autographed copy of Landmark columnist Chris Kamler’s new book The Silence, The Series and The Season of Sungwoo. Basically, our contest is won or lost in the later rounds because later round victories are rewarded with more points than the early rounds. Parkville--home of golf carts legalized as street vehicles, parks, nature areas, parks, nature areas and did I mention parks--can be a bit quirky when it comes to proposed development. You were elected to lead, not to be led by the paid professionals on staff at whatever public entity you’re serving. Don’t just list the elected position on your resume and think warming a seat at meetings is all you need to do.
But Westbrook’s reputation is no doubt taking some hits after what has been revealed in St. Joseph School District’s experience, it might be time to re-evaluate some things like longstanding relationships with particular firms, not only in the field of auditing but in other service categories.
So incorrect, in fact, that the district has trashed those earlier numbers and toned down its most recent predictions of growth to a level less likely to trip the crazy meter.
The tone at Park Hill has changed in recent weeks, not surprisingly at a time when the district is now pushing the need for a major facility expansion (see last week’s front page).
This thing better have some pictures in the early pages or I’m going to need a shock collar to get through it. The plan is to set up shop on the sidewalk in front of The Landmark office that Friday afternoon, maybe around 2-ish or 3-ish, and hang out through the early evening hours. Suspects--police say there were four black males involved--opened fire at the witness through the windshield of the suspects’ stolen Mercedes. Lewis made the comment Friday morning while addressing a group of hoteliers in a meeting called for the purpose of talking about the recent criminal activity that has occurred on and around their properties.
The more public knows the better steps they can take to protect themselves and their property. That’s why the type of vehicles most often hit are pickups and SUVs--vehicles most often driven by folks who would have a weapon inside. One night last week, Lewis said, a clothing store in Zona Rosa was hit with a $10,000 loss in one shoplifting incident. Axiom is a very successful multimillion dollar company now with a national presence and a lot of irons in the fire. Armstrong had walked out of the office, apparently so she wouldn’t have to see the carnage she had ordered. Well, except the part where she announced for no apparent reason that she went to college with the daughter of the mayor of Punxsutawney, Pa. Martin wants to run Shiloh by aligning a group of investors to operate the course as a non-profit for a few years, then mentions he would make a $1.2 million offer after three years to buy the course from the county. The private sector has done a fine job of handling golf courses in Platte County in recent years. My guess is we’ll be back again the next time a president, Obama or otherwise, comes to the area.
Give me a meeting that is not time-consuming yet has some news value in it and all is right with the world.
Despite the 87 other things I needed to be doing at the time, I headed down there anticipating--hoping for is probably a more accurate description--a 30-minute meeting, tops. After the mayor’s presentation about the 13-ton anchor from the aptly named USS Platte--which has been out of commission since 1999--being available, the committee recommended the city spend the $3,000 to have the big-ass anchor shipped here from New Orleans. We found of the 100 comparisons of speeds reported by a radar gun and several laser guns to be within the tolerance of speed allowed <2 mph. The laser was triggered at a cone placed at 500 feet and the driver counted down a€?threea€?, a€?twoa€?, a€?onea€? on the radio at the cone. As with all radar and laser guns used in our testing, they were checked for accuracy according the to the Operatora€™s Manual of the particular device. The defendant, which was a minor, claimed the Court had not issued judicial notice on the use of the laser gun in the jurisdiction. SML has also taught at the Navajo Nation Police Service, the Las Cruces Police Department, the Dona Ana Sheriffa€™s Academy, and the Acoma Pueblo Police Service in New Mexico. One pro bono, no charge, appearance as a Court recognized expert witness is included in the matriculation of the officer from a particular police agency.
They have announced their new laser gun the Kustom ProLaser 4 with Event Memory.A  This is very important!A  Operators can recall the many readings they have had using a USB port on the side of the laser gun. If past performance is any indication, Landmark office manager Cindy Rinehart is considered among the front runners to come in last, but if that happens any potential prize will go to someone else. The portion of the letter that needs explanation deals with some bizarre remarks Roper makes about development potential at KCI Airport. It has taken six years for the housing market to recover and the trend for the next generation is marrying later and not having more than one kid.
Anyone that thinks public education is not a train off the financial tracks is simply ignoring the facts that are in front of us every single day.
Also, Chris is hosting a book launch party this Friday night, March 13 at Dirk’s bar and grill in Platte Woods. Read the contents of a blistering state audit that was just conducted on that school district. Realize that the paid professionals don’t have the same level of ownership in your entity that you do. Reik said it is Westbrook’s thorough audit and helpful attitude that makes them the company many school districts turn to for their auditing needs. Change can be inconvenient for some staff members but overall change is a good avenue of protection for patrons and taxpayers. A stray bullet traveled through a first floor hotel room window and struck a sleeping guest in the leg. I’m not sure how somebody gets away with $10,000 in one night of shoplifting, but police say it happened. A local school tax levy campaign is small potatoes in Roe’s world, as he let me know in our phone conversation. The question is, will the campaign have enough contributed money available to throw to Axiom for the firm to do the campaign any good? Getting Shiloh off the county parks department books would free up tax dollars for other amenities and services not offered by the private sector. If the district commits any further violations within a two year period , then Park Hill will be required to pay the remainder of the fee. Double garage-sized industrial doors--which allowed a pretty damn crisp wind to blow through on a cold day. It will require a crane to unload and place the massive object, and Absolute Crane of Platte City can do that for $800, the committee heard. We wanted to determine the maximum range of radar guns when shot at the same target vehicle a white Chevrolet HHR consistent with a Valid Visual Tracking History (VVTC) demanded by the Courts. Each laser gun was given 20 tries on the same target vehicle with the speed on the radar gun and speed reported by the laser gun reported. Even though they were not transmitting during our VASCAR test, they were tested prior to being put into service. Being a minor appearing pro se, the defendant accepted conditions offered by the prosecution without a time consuming trial.
Several Texas and national court decisions have stated the necessity of such a written policy if the department is to use police radar and laser systems. SML has received approval, NM12-53C, from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Training & Recruiting Division, in NM.
SML has appeared as a Court recognized expert witness in Texas at Corpus Christi, Corsicana, Hallettsville, and El Paso, TX municipal courts consistent with Texas Rules of Evidence, Rule 702. It is unbelievable that there are still folks who want to fight when it is suggested the rate be cut slightly to allow a portion of that half cent sales tax to fund more basic services, such as law enforcement. Public education insiders were quick to totally destroy the last education reform issue on the ballot, and probably for good reason. Some things in there will anger you, frustrate you, amaze you, and most of all should put you on alert. Realize that those paid professionals you may have come to believe will always be there are often thinking of their next step on the career ladder, the next job that they may see as bigger and better.


Particularly in a case like this one, where a change would also have meant saving significant taxpayer dollars. Justice Center and the Pool Hall, with the hope being that borderline nut jobs and some slightly boozed-up folks will be more likely to buy a book. It seems like the incidents are getting more violent each week,” the sheriff told me later.
Axiom can work wonders but it takes significant dollars, not chump change, to put its recommendations into action.
Roper also was strong in expressing her desire to have the county explore the idea of selling the Shiloh property to a developer rather than mandating it be kept as a golf course.
It should be noted this is not a lot of $$, but it sends a message that leadership at the district is not living up to ethical standards in elections.
And keep in mind because of the security factors involved in presidential visits, the media must be set up and in place for a couple of hours in advance of the speech. For radar the proper way to test the transmission accuracy is the use of one tuning fork for stationary only radar and two tuning forks for moving radar. The entire class i??was divided into three teams for this exercise with the speeds determined by the use of laser guns. SML, Carl Fors, appears as a Court recognized expert witness consistent with the Ohio Rules of Evidence, Rule 702., Testimony by Experts subsection (B) The witness is qualified as an expert by specialized knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education regarding the subject matter of the testimony. Per the curriculum, students were required to establish a Valid Visual Tracking History of some 100 vehicles. The entire class was divided into three teams for this exercise with the speeds determined by the use of laser guns. If the Court wants to see a€?proofa€? that the laser gun was checked for accuracy that day, download the Event from the side of the laser gun using a printer. 1959, in a story describing the crash-landing of a German Bomber plane on a north-east of Scotland farm 19 years earlier during the Battle of Britain, 1940.A The farm was `Windyhead`, situated on a hilly plateau in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, just outside the ancient village of New Aberdour where St.
Yet I don’t see these same insiders promoting any plans that will curtail the squandering of millions of dollars on public education waste that has been created nationally, regionally and locally. It’s your job as an elected official to look out for your local taxpayers and patrons because your paid professional is looking out for number one.
Based on the established growth trend of 150 students per year, that level would be reached about the year 2030. I wish I had a buck for every time this newspaper has had to put a verbal squeeze on law enforcement spokespeople to get basic public right-to-know information from them.
This is never good for an administrator’s job security nor for the district as a whole in trying to win over the hearts and minds of the taxpaying patrons it serves. So, yes, assistant editor Valerie Verkamp and I were basically locked in a deep freeze for hours that day. Your Landmark editor, crazily thinking, you know, that the president would be speaking in normal indoor conditions--in other words, not with an Alaskan wind blowing on the media tables--didn’t even wear a coat into the place. We found a diminishment in range of some 50% of the laser guns used inside shot through the windshield compared to outside the vehicle.
The tuning forks must be held perpendicular to the antenna and most require depression of the test button to go into the fork mode. Departments that already had laser guns, were invited to use the guns they brought with them per the Operators Manual.
There are no university training classes in the set up and correct operation of radar or laser guns. We also want to see the accuracy of VASCAR compared to a€?stopwatcha€? modes of police radar and laser guns. At least someone had taped a letterhead with the presidential seal on it on the door of the media’s porta potty (a unisex porta potty, pity the poor ladies, this thing had been abused if you know what I mean) to add a touch of class.
SML displayed many new laser guns from Stalker, LTI, Kustom Signals Inc., and Digital Ally to supplement what the officers had brought. Drostan his companion first landed when they brought the Gospel to the North-East shoulder of Scotland 1400 years earlier, and indeed the very village where St. Whatever the reason, if we can effectively judge the caseload of the courts by the number of cars parked out front, the caseload has decreased noticeably. As laser is a pulsed system, it is checked for accuracy with a known distance test and a vertical and horizontal sight alignment test. Assistance came from SML staff member Craig Pittman, president of a radar sign manufacturing company. Such a memory system will eliminate or greatly reduce the need to fill out a Log Book on each radar or laser gun. Our reception was almost doubled in both categories as the vehicle went away from us as it has a flat rear target and thousands of reflectors in its tail lights. This procedure greatly reduces the time consumed each day by writing in a log book that the gun was tested for accuracy. Radar guns are extremely difficult to check with tuning forks daily.A  The location of their antennas makes it difficult to check them properly without holding the tuning fork next to the glass. Century.A The farmer, my father, James (Jimmy) Beedie was sitting, relaxing at home with his cousin Donald Watson when they heard the strange, roaring sound of an aircraft engine as it passed overhead A They rushed to the door, but from the dreich, damp, foggy sky above them, they heard no more.
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We can set the known distance from point A to point B in the radar or laser gun by following the directions in the Operatora€™s Manual of each device. We first let officers guess when the test vehicle crossed the cone set at 500 feet from our location. A Jimmy and Donald had been listening to the BBC report on their Marconi Radio unaware that before the night was over they too would be caught up in their own `Battle of Britain experience` at the farm. We used a Decatur GHD, a Kustom Raptor RP-1, a Stalker Dual, a MPH Z-25 handheld and a MPH K-15 old, analog X band. We used a Decatur GHD, a Kustom Raptor RP-1, a Stalker Dual, a MPH Z-25 handheld and a MPH K-15 old, analog X band.A  All reported speeds in excess or the range of a Valid Visual Tracking History, 1,320 feet, with the exception of the old, tired, analog K-15A  X band radar gun. We then had the test vehicle driver count down a€?threea€?, a€?twoa€?, a€?onea€? as they hit the location of the cone to see if the operators had better speed estimations. The Pilot, peering out of his cockpit window and trying to make sense of where he was, had because of sea-fog, crossed the shoreline unknowingly, and was unaware that he was now over Scottish farm-land.A The Bomber`s crew, Ltz. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and county Sheriffs in Mississippi are restricted by law from using radar or laser guns. A She was right, it had gouged a long deep gully in the wet earth of the turnip field nearby. Quarter of a mile, precisely, in a field of corn, after rutting the turnip field, bouncing into a wall - which sent it`s floats flying and one of it`s engines skiing off at a tangent - the plane, having rumbled on for another 100 yards or so through the field of corn, had come to a final halt having embedded it`s nose in the soft, fertile, north-east soil. A The three German airmen tried to make their escape from the plane, fearing that it might blow up at any moment.
One jumped clear before it struck ground, thinking he was jumping into the shimmering sea before realizing he had hit shimmering corn instead. He lay on the ground in tremendous pain with a fractured pelvis and a broken hip-bone, his tangled parachute lying beside him.A As Agnes, Jimmy and Donald approached the turnip field they expected to see a British plane but were shocked when they saw the black German Crosses emblazoned on it. As they followed the deep rut made by the plane Agnes picked up a small pistol lying nearby on the wet earth and put it in her pocket for safe-keeping. The plane`s Navigator lay nearby, seriously injured, where he had landed when he jumped from the plane just before impact.
A below: Jimmy BeedieA As Jimmy left to get his motor-bike to go to the village for help, Agnes and Donald drew nearer to the injured German airmen. They felt that for the injured airman`s safety he should be carried away from the plane in case it burst into flames. With the help of the 2 other airmen, they retrieved a rubber dingy from the Sea-plane on which to lay the injured man, but it proved too cumber-some and difficult to handle so Donald Watson decided to go and look for a gate on which to lay the injured navigator whilst the young 20 year old Agnes Marr was left alone with the Germans in almost total darkness, with the lantern and the struggling moon-light as her only protection.A A Agnes conversed with the Pilot, and looking at the distraught and injured Navigator thought to herself, "Enemies?
Had the Germans so chosen, they could have shot Agnes and made their escape, but compassion for their injured companion, the futility of their situation and their own inherent-human compassion for a defenceless young foreign woman over-ruled.A The two relatively-uninjured airmen went back inside their plane and Agnes heard the sounds of something being broken up as if the men were trying to destroy something they didn`t want to be seen. They then exited the plane carrying their rucksacks and the Pilot said to Agnes, "Don`t go too near the plane, it is full of bombs and could explode at any moment!"A It was a miracle the bombs didn`t explode when it hit ground zero. The fuel tanks too, which were almost full of petrol, amazingly didn`t break up and burst into flames. Getting no answer he ran back to his motor-bike, got it started and then rushed back to the Police-House.
He could hardly persuade Constable Soppitt and others to believe that a German Bomber had crashed onto his farm-land. They considered that the poor man had gone crazy and could hardly believe what he was saying. Constable Soppitt then decided that he had better phone his Officials at Fraserburgh, a fishing port, 12 miles away, and inform them of the Farmer`s amazing story.A Back at the farm-house, the airman who had good-command of the English language was deep in conversation with Agnes Marr. He related to her that his own father had trained as a Dental-Surgeon in London prior to the First World War; "Where are we?" he asked the housekeeper.
Spotting the butter and foodstuffs on the kitchen-table, the Airman said with surprise, "You have butter and all this food? We are told you all are starving!" - "Yes," Agnes replied, "We are told the same about you." The Pilot took from his rucksack 2 sealed packs of food which he then popped into the drawer of a kitchen cupboard. A Constable Soppitt had, meanwhile, jumped on to the back-seat of Jimmy Beedie`s motor-bike and they were now well on their way back to the farm. Arriving at the plane and finding it deserted, Jimmy then made for his house where he found his house-keeper, Miss Marr caring for the three airmen and providing them with hot tea, scones, cheese and bread and butter biscuits which she had made herself. Two of the airman were seated at the kitchen-table and the injured man was lying on the floor.
Agnes Marr was at the `stove` frying sausages and eggs for her `visitors` who were still in shock after their unplanned visit. A The Germans, being in shock, were very quiet and subdued and displayed no rudeness or aire of superiority to their hosts. In fact, they appeared quite surprised and appreciative of the kindness being shown to them by the young house-keeper. But this was Agnes Marr and like many of her fellow Scots she had that inherent compassion for the sick and injured and considered it her humane duty to care for such injured, even though they were `the enemy`.
Her own brother, Leslie was on a Minesweeper ship far away, doing his bit for the defense of his country and she hoped that, if tragedy ever befell him, he too would be treated with similar kindness by the enemy.
Above : New Aberdour VillageA Not long after the arrival of Jimmy Beedie and Constable Soppitt another commotion was heard outside. Then bursting through the door, brandishing guns and rifles, came the `officials` from Fraserburgh, the Home Guard, Police-Inspector George Michie, Police-Sergeant James Thompson and local army officers, and, like the men in the BBC`s `Dad`s Army`, were expecting to face a hostile reception from arrogant Germans. They were shocked to find all the Air-men sitting in quiet conversation with Agnes and the others. The scene before them `took the wind out of their sails`.A Dr John Cameron and the District Nurse from New Pitsligo arrived in their wake and immediately set to task of doing what they could to relieve the suffering of the injured Navigator, but because the kitchen was full of hyped-up men, the Doctor found it difficult to treat his patient and Agnes suggested taking the injured man into the main living room where there was more space to work.
The Doctor noted that the Pilot looked as if he was still in his teens and asked him where in Germany he was from, "I belong to Hamburg," he replied "and I`ve also been to America, and my father trained in London." He took from his rucksack a box and the good-doctor realized that it was a first-class first-aid kit. A Some time later an ambulance arrived to take the injured man to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary hospital, and as they carried him out on a stretcher to the ambulance he discreetly took from his jacket-pocket a pair of binoculars and pressed them into Agnes`s hands, saying, "Danke, Veile" - "Thank you, very much." The army-officers then took hold of the other 2 airmen to take them away and as they were leaving the house, the airmen turned to Agnes Marr and Jimmy Beedie, thanked them profusely for the humaneness shown them, and the Pilot taking the anchor-badge from the Navigator`s cap, pressed this into Jimmy Beedie`s hands as he left. A The night had long gone and it was almost the dawning of the morning before the farm-house emptied of it`s visitors and neither Jimmy Beedie nor Agnes Marr slept that night. At Dawn, Jimmy watched as the RAF set up guard a ` safe-distance` from the abandoned bomb-laden aircraft. No one, that is, except the `bomb-busters` (and a sneaky, unofficial party from the nearby Pennan village, of `Local Hero` fame, who got through the cordon unseen and made off with a Verey pistol). Sergeant George Thompson of the RAF was startled to see one of his young men sitting astride one of the bombs, "Hey Young, do you want to blow us all up?" he screamed.
Sapper David Young, a teenager with a bomb-proof constitution chirpily replied, "How high do you reckon I`ll go, if it does, Sarge?" This was David and Goliath 1940`s style.
The task of defusing the bombs took several days and much sweating, but the work was completed.A Then, like vultures, other officials swooped in to strip the plane of it`s rich pickings.
Sledgehammers, crowbars, picks, shovels and axes - anything that could be put to use to `skeletonise` the plane was utilised. The banging, thudding, ripping and tearing apart of the plane could be clearly heard back at the farm-house by Jimmy Beedie and Agnes Marr. At Windyhead his eulogy was even more appropriate.A After the German Air-Navigator was released from hospital, he joined his comrades at a Prisoner-of-War camp, remaining there til the war ended in 1945. They then returned to Germany where one of the Airmen had their story published amongst others in a book entitled, `Luftwaffe at War (1939-42).
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Spotting the butter and foodstuffs on the kitchen-table, the Airman said with surprise, "You have butter and all this food? Sadly, her beloved brother Leslie sustained injuries during his war-time service which led to his early death in 1947, at the age of 34 years.
Jimmy and Agnes were laid to rest next to Leslie in the serenity of the immaculately-kept kirkyard of New Aberdour`s St.
Drostan`s Church, which overlooks the beautiful and imposing Moray coastline that the Heinkel Bomber fatefully crossed, that September night, exactly 72 years ago.I was barely 12 years of age when I first heard fall from my mother`s own lips, the story of the crash-landing of the German Bomber, and over the next 50 years, whenever enquiring minds asked her to retell her incredible experience, her detailed and crystal-clear recollection of that unforgettable night were so embedded in her memory that she never once deviated in any way from the account I first heard as a youngster. Mitchell (Fraserburgh) after having been invited to open the new `Superdrug` Store in Fraserburgh.
A The German military secret service, commonly known as the Abwehr, conducted a small series of secret operations under the codename of Unternehmen Moewe (pronounced - Mwav) (Meaning: Operation Seagull) throughout World War II.
These operations are not to be mixed up with the British special forces' operation Seagull, conducted against the Arendal smelting works and other plants in Norway June 1944.
The Moewe operations were of such a small scale, that they have received little to no attention in commonly available history literat-ure. Another likely reason for them not being mentioned is the destruction of archives in later stages of the war.



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