Ride sharing service Lyft comes to Kansas City

Ride sharing services operate through local drivers who use their own cars to respond to ride requests transmitted through the company’s mobile app. Lyft’s cars stand out thanks to big pink mustaches that drivers attach to the grill of their cars. News of Lyft’s expansion to Kansas City drew a challenge from a taxi company as well as interest from the city.

Liberty couple sentenced to prison for embezzlement, check kiting and tax fraud

Laura Dejong, 55, was sentenced to 10 years in prison without parole. Her husband, Craig Dejong, 56, was sentenced to 21/2 years in prison. The Dejongs also must pay $3.3 million in restitution to their victims, including $2,679,227 to Kansas City Screw Products, $482,711 to the Internal Revenue Service and $138,780 to two financial institutions.

Hallmark opens another HMK store

HMK, which emphasizes personalized cards and gifts, has opened its second location, this one in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The first HMK opened in October on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza. A third site will open in Denver in June.

Kansas City Council approves billboard condemnation for Crossroads hotel plan

The proposed 110-room Hilton Home2 Suites would occupy the southeast corner of 20th and Main streets, but before it can proceed, a billboard owned by Lamar Advertising has to be removed. The pole sign also has been protected by a “perpetual” visual easement that says nothing can obstruct its view. The council unanimously designated the sign as blighted, beginning the condemnation process.

Arrest made in gas station attack that left a man dead and his son paralyzed

Dontae D. Jefferson, 27, was charged with first-degree murder and five other felonies in the brazen April 18 attack at a gas station at 45th Street and Cleveland Avenue. “Now my nephew can be at ease. He no longer has to sleep with his eyes open,” said an aunt of 10-year-old Ka’Vyea Tyson-Curry, who remains hospitalized and on a respirator.

Missouri lawmakers pass overhaul of criminal code

The General Assembly sent Gov. Jay Nixon the first comprehensive rewrite of the state’s criminal laws in decades, but supporters still face the tough task of convincing a skeptical governor that the bill doesn’t contain mistakes.

Pre-sale for McCartney tickets starts Friday morning

Early birds get the best seats or at least the seats they want. So if you’re planning going to the Paul McCartney show at the Sprint Center on July 16, you can jump into the presale from 10 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Sunday. Go here for the presale. The password will be MARTHA. The regular sale starts at 10 a.m. Monday. | Timothy Finn, The Star

Operator selected to run KC downtown streetcar

The Kansas City Streetcar Authority has recommended Herzog Transit Services to run the downtown streetcar system when it opens in late 2015. Herzog, based in St. Joseph, operates rail systems in Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas and San Francisco. A contract still must be finalized and will be negotiated over the next month.

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