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7/28/2014Electric Pole Inspections to Begin August 4
As part of on-going safety inspections, Independence Power & Light (IPL) and contractor Finley Engineering will begin individual inspection and testing of power line poles throughout Independence beginning the week of August 4.
7/25/2014Fall Crop Plants Available August 11
The Independence Community Garden Association Fall Plant and Seed Distribution event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, August 11 at the Independence Health Department, 515 S. Liberty.
7/23/2014August Classes and Activities at The Palmer Center
The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO is operated by the City of Independence and is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 50+.
7/21/2014Hot Weather Health Advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for several counties in Missouri, including Jackson County, which remains in effect from noon today until 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22.
7/17/2014Cooking Demonstrations July 18 to Promote Healthy Eating
The Independence Health Department, through its Building a Healthier Independence initiative (BHI), is sponsoring community events which will include cooking demonstrations on Friday, July 18.
7/17/2014Group Exercise Certifications and Workshops in August
Independence Parks and Recreation and NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association are co-sponsoring two nationally-recognized workshops in August.
7/1/2014Nominations for Susan Block Public Service Award Now Accepted
Anyone can nominate a City employee, volunteer or elected official who has demonstrated outstanding public service, valor, and job performance with leadership for the annual Susan Paxton Block Distinguished Public Service Award.
6/30/2014July Classes and Activities at The Palmer Center
The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO is operated by the City of Independence and is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 50+.
6/20/2014Public Meeting on the Public Safety Sales Tax
A Public Safety Sales Tax stakeholder meeting will be held from 2 – 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, June 25, in Conference Room D on the ground floor of City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave. Independence residents are encouraged to attend.
6/20/2014Independence To Host Park Dedication Ceremony
The City of Independence will host a dedication ceremony for the new Ability Field and Inclusive Playground at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25 at McCoy Park, 800 N. Bess Truman Parkway (24 Hwy. and Spring St.).
6/19/2014Independence Announces New Management for the Independence Events Center
Global Spectrum, which operates more than 120 arenas and stadiums throughout the world, has been selected to manage and operate the 5,800 seat multi-purpose entertainment and sports venue.
6/13/2014Independence Reveals New City Flag Design
Just in time for Flag Day, the Independence Beautification Commission revealed the winning City Flag re-design – a colorful red, white and blue flag featuring a half-wagon wheel and three stars.
6/13/2014Health Department Awarded Healthy Lifestyles Grant
The City of Independence Health Department was recently awarded $46,136 in grant funding to provide support and lessen barriers which impede access to safe spaces to be physically active in the northwest area of Independence.
6/4/2014EcoFest at Waterfall Park Sat. June 7
Bring the family and learn all about protecting the environment at the seventh-annual Independence EcoFest – “It’s All About Water!” – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7.
6/4/2014Independence Farmers' Market Now Open
The Independence Farmers’ and Craft Market is located just off the Independence Square at the corner of Truman and Main.
6/2/2014Fireworks Ordinance Bans Sky Lanterns
On May 27, 2014, the Independence City Council amended Chapter 9 of the Fire Code to ban the sale, possession and use of sky lanterns.
5/30/2014June Activities and Classes at The Palmer Center
The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO is operated by the City of Independence and is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 50+.
5/23/2014John Greene Named Acting Fire Chief
City Manager Robert Heacock has named Deputy Fire Chief John Greene as Acting Fire Chief for the Independence Fire Department (IFD).
5/20/2014City Council Creates Advisory Commission on the Visual Arts
At the City Council meeting held Monday, May 19, 2014, the Council passed a resolution creating a Mayor’s Advisory Commission on the Visual Arts.
5/15/2014Independence Fire Chief Announces Retirement
The City of Independence Fire Chief Sandra Schiess has announced her retirement effective May 16, 2014.
5/9/2014Independence Fire Department Improves to ISO Class 2 Rating
Of approximately 47,000 rated fire departments in the United States, less than 810, or 1.55%, are rated Class 2 or better.
5/9/2014Neighborhood Celebration Saturday, May 10
A special Neighborhood Celebration and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony/Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in front of the restored historic home at 423 N. Pleasant in Independence, MO.
5/7/2014Truman Awards Presentation Saturday, May 10
The public is invited to the ceremony and reception at 2:30 p.m. Sat. May 10 on the steps of the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, 500 W. U.s. highway 24.
4/29/2014May Events & Classes at The Palmer Center
The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO is operated by the City of Independence and is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 50+.
4/25/2014Garden Seeds and Plants Available May 1
Get ready to start your summer garden! The Kansas City Community Garden and Independence Health Department are working together to distribute seeds and plants.
4/25/2014Pets in the Park
Dress up your pet for fun from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at Waterfall Park for Pets in the Park – a free event for pets and their families.
4/22/2014iNforce Business Protection Network Tough on Crime
“iNforce, powered by Nextdoor.com is a private social network for our business community to interact online for free. Business representatives can sign up within their defined district and interact with their neighboring businesses.
4/18/2014Prescription Drug "Take-Back" April 26
The Independence Police Department is again joining thousands of other law enforcement agencies across the country in the DEA-sponsored semi-annual national prescription drug “Take-Back” event on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
4/18/2014Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service to be Presented May 10.
The Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service will be presented to Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 on the steps of the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, 500 W. U.S. Highway 24.
4/10/2014Independence Power and Light Receives National Recognition
Independence Power and Light (IPL) has earned the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.
4/8/2014Park Trot 5K Run/Walk Scheduled for May 3.
The Independence Health Department has partnered with Centerpoint Medical Center to hold the certified 5K event as part of the Building a Healthier Independence (BHI) initiative. Registration is open until April 20 at www.independenceparktrot.com.
4/3/2014Celebrate National Public Health Week
The City of Independence Health Department will host events April 7-11 for National Public Health Week (NPHW).
Police News
7/28/2014Crash Victim Identified
Identity of passenger killed in crash at Blue Ridge Blvd and Sterling Avenue
7/25/2014Help Identify Fraud Suspect
Suspect comitted identity theft in another state and fraudulently obtained more than $20,000 from lending institutions.
7/25/2014Two Car Crash
Passenger killed in a two car crash at Blue Ridge Blvd and Sterling Avenue
7/22/2014Motorcyclist Killed
The crash occurred when the driver of a Cadillac Escalade lost control of his vehicle while westbound on I-70
7/20/2014Sobriety Checkpoint Results for 07/18/14
Six arrested for DWI during Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrol
7/16/2014Sobriety Checkpoint
Sobriety checkpoint and DWI saturation patrol this weekend
7/10/2014Suspect Charged
The suspect in the home invasion that occurred on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in the 1300 block of McHenry St. has been charged
7/6/2014Suspect Charged in Rape at Park
Bryan K. Raines charged with rape and sodomy
6/19/2014Attempt to Identify
The two individuals shown in the attached photos are suspects in the theft of a wallet from a lady’s
6/17/2014TIPS Hotline Offers Reward
An award of up to $7,000 is being offered through the TIPS Hotline for information leading to the arrest of . . .
6/17/2014Sobriety Checkpoint Report
The Independence Police Traffic Safety Unit conducted a sobriety checkpoint along MO-78
6/11/2014Help Identify Larceny Suspect
Suspect has comitted felony larcenies at churches and a bank . . .
6/10/2014Sobriety Checkpoint
Sobriety checkpoint and DWI saturation patrol this weekend
6/7/2014Suspect arrested for murder
Wife arrested for murder of her husband, Charles E Stephens
5/30/2014Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested
Suspect face multiple felony charges of robbery 1st degree and armed criminal action . . .
5/29/2014Person of Interest in Street Robbery
The Independence Police Department is investigating an armed street robbery
5/27/2014Persons of Interest in Street Robberies
The Independence Police Department is investigating a series of street robberies . . .
5/22/2014Reward Offer in Arson Case
A reward of up to $2000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest of the suspect(s) . . .
5/9/2014Police Memorial Invitation
This is an invitation for everyone to attend the annual Police Memorial
5/9/2014Woman Arrested for Child Abuse
The abuse led to the death of her six month old daughter.
5/6/2014Sobriety Checkpoint
Independence Police Traffic Safety Unit will conduct a sobriety checkpoint and DWI saturation patrol this . . .
4/30/2014Business Protection Network Tough on Crime
iNforce Business Protection Network, powered by Nextdoor.com is a partnership between the City of Independence . . .
4/28/2014Identity of driver killed in US-40 Hwy crash
The driver that was killed in a single vehicle crash, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at US-40 Hwy and 36th Street
4/28/2014Driver killed in single car crash on US-40
The 32 year old female driver was transported to an area hospital where she was later pronounced . . .
4/22/2014Sobriety Checkpoint Results
Two Arrested for DWI during Sobriety Checkpoint and Saturation Patrol
4/22/2014Business Protection Network
The Independence Police Department partners with the Business Protection Network
4/17/2014Operation Lifesaver
Independence Police Traffic Safety Unit conducted safety enforcement at Union Pacific Rail Road Crossings
4/15/2014April Sobriety Checkpoint
The Independence Police Department will conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint this weekend.
4/11/2014Suspect Charged in Vehicle/Property Crimes
Kevin Harris has been charged with eight seperate felony counts and could face more in month long crime spree
4/10/2014Efforts to Curb Aggressive Driving
Independence Police Officer to join the County's effort to make roadways safer
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