The Lee’s Summit Tribune is continuing to follow and cooperate with the City of Lake Lotawana’s investigation into charges that a current mayoral candidate pled guilty to a Class A felony for distributing a controlled substance in proximity to a school.
The Tribune’s investigative reporter was preparing a report on the same candidate’s previous employment with the City of Lake Lotawana and the details of the termination of that employment, found an entry in Missouri Case.NET for the candidate. Missouri Case.NET is a web site (https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/base/welcome.do) by the Missouri Court System listing both criminal and civil complaints. The website can only be used for informational purposes, and does not certify the conviction.
filed papers with the Jackson County Courts to obtain the files for the listed case number that will confirm the conviction. This information will be posted on our website (http://lstribune.net)
as soon as it is available.
On Tuesday morning, 3/14/17, Interim Chief of Police Randall Wilson began an investigation into the charges. If verified, the information will be forwarded to Jean Peters Baker, the Jackson County Prosecutor. The process would then call for Ms. Baker to request a hearing with a County Judge.
This situation is much like the incident in Lee’s Summit in the Spring of 2016 when a candidate for a City Council position was discovered to have been convicted for a Class C felony. That case was heard in a hearing with Jackson County Judge James Kanatzar, who ordered the Jackson County Election Board to sequester the election results. That candidate was not elected.
Mayor Scott Miles told the Tribune that after the events in Lee’s Summit related above, he directed the City Attorney, Christine Bushyhead, to develop a procedure for how the Lake would respond to a similar incident there. Ms. Bushyhead distributed that procedure Tuesday morning as well.
So as not to compromise the ongoing investigation, the Tribune must be circumspect as to what we print. We will continue to report on this and other information as appropriate regarding the municipal elections on April 4th, 2017. The Tribune urges all voters to complete their own due diligence and fact checking on any issue regarding their local governments, and not to rely solely on social media for information.
RSMO 195.214 1. A person commits the offense of distribution of a controlled substance near schools if such person violates section 195.211 by unlawfully distributing or delivering any controlled substance to a person in or on, or within two thousand feet of, the real property comprising a public or private elementary or secondary school, public vocational school, or a public or private junior college, college or university or on any school bus.
2. Distribution of a controlled substance near schools is a class A felony. (Effective when the offense was committed.)
RSMO 115.306 (In part) 1. No person shall qualify as a candidate for elective public office in the state of Missouri who has been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under the federal laws of the United States of America or to a felony under the laws of this state or an offense committed in another state that would be considered a felony in this state. (Effective 7-07-16)