Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Update on Perry F. Jones

Officials with Glennon Place Nursing Center say they have found a relative of Perry F. Jones.

Last week, The Northeast News featured a story about Jones who suffered a stroke and could not remember where he lived or much of his past before being hospitalized.

After the story ran neighbors who lived near Jones's old home recognized Jones's photo and knew he had a sister living in Sullivan — a small town just southwest of St. Louis. Neighbors contacted his sister and told her where she could find Jones.

Officials at Glennon said the sister had been trying to find Jones and had even enlisted the help of police. She plans to visit in th next week.

Prosecutors charge man in connection to drive-by shooting in Northeast

Jackson County Prosecutors today announced that Francisco J. Cota has been charged with two counts of first degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. The charges stem from a drive-by shooting near 6th and Van Brunt Boulevard Monday.

According to court documents, witnesses said a white Lincoln Towncar drove by a residence and "threw up a gang sign." Then, about 30 minutes later, the same car drove by again and an occupant of the vehicle began shooting at a group of people. Two people sustained gun shots to their legs but the apparent target of the shooting - with whom Cota allegedly had a long-running feud - was unharmed. Police later arrested Cota and a 15-year-old juvenile were later arrested after being identified as the suspects. Two 9mm shell casings were recovered from the car.

Trash pick-up delayed, City offices closed May 26

From the city:

In observance of Memorial Day, trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day and city offices will be closed.

The 3-1-1 Action Center, a division of the City Manager's Office, also will be closed for the holiday. Residents who usually have Monday trash collection will receive this service Tuesday, May 27. Residents who usually have Friday trash collection will receive this service Saturday, May 31.

For more information about solid waste collection services, visit or call the 3-1-1 Action Center at 311 or (816) 513-1313.