Independence man hurt Thursday crash

An investigation is ongoing after an Independence man sustained moderate injuries in a two-vehicle accident early Thursday morning on eastbound Interstate 70.

According to police reports, Brian Holmes, 25, lost control of his 2003 Chevrolet and struck the towed unit of a 2007 Volvo Tractor Trailer on I-70 at the 25-mile marker. The Chevrolet then became lodged in the towed unit and was dragged until the Chevrolet came to a stop on the roadway.

The Central Jackson County Emergency Medical Services transported Holmes to Centerpoint Medical Center.

The Volvo Tractor Trailer, driven by Michael E. Miller of Arkansas, sustained moderate damages and was driven from the scene of the accident.

Police agencies push traffic enforcement

Capt. Robert L. Powell, commanding officer of Troop A, Lee’s Summit, has announced that officers from Troop A will conduct a selective traffic enforcement operation Saturday on Interstate 70 in Jackson, Lafayette and Saline counties.

The goal of this operation is to reduce the number of area traffic crashes through strict enforcement of laws related to alcohol, speed and seat belt compliance through increased visibility. 

To report aggressive driving, motorists can use the patrol’s toll-free emergency telephone numbers of 800-525-5555 or cellular *55.

Grain Valley woman injured in collision

A Grain Valley woman sustained moderate injuries in three-vehicle accident on Missouri 23 in Johnson County  Friday afternoon.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Reports Lois E. Young, 57, was taken to Western Missouri Medical Center after her 1997 Toyota Tercel was totaled.

According to police reports, the accident occurred as Dorothy Stuart, 42, of Knob Noster, Mo., was westbound on M-23 in a 2004 Ford Escape. Stuart’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck Young’s vehicle.

Stuart’s vehicle, reports say, then struck a 2005 Ford F-250, driven by Randy W. Paul, 49, of Concordia, Mo. Paul’s vehicle sustained minor damages. Stuart also was taken to Western Missouri Medical Center for minor injuries.

She was issued a summons for careless and imprudent driving and failure to maintain a single lane.

Bank robbery

Lee’s Summit police officials are investigating an armed robbery that took place shortly before closing time Friday at 1st Community Bank, 251 S.W. Oldham Parkway.

At 4:58 p.m., police were dispatched to the bank. A slender white male in a green hooded sweatshirt with his face covered robbed the bank, said Lee’s Summit Police Department spokesman Sgt. Michael Childs. Three employees were present during the robbery, but no customers were inside the bank.  

The suspect was armed with a black handgun, which is believed to be a semi-automatic. No shots were fired. The suspect fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, Childs said. It is believed that the suspect fled in a vehicle, though no information is available about its make or color.

Lee’s Summit detectives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation responded and investigations are ongoing, Childs said.