Judge declines to order receiver for Cleaver car wash

On Friday a Jackson County judge denied a request from Bank of America that a receiver be appointed to take control of a Grandview car wash owned by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s company.

In a one-page order, Judge Charles McKenzie denied the bank’s request to immediately take control of the car wash, which it considers collateral for a $1.3 million loan to Cleaver Company LLC made in 2002.

In late March Bank of America sued Cleaver, his wife Dianne, and the Cleaver Company to recover more than $1.5 million it says is now owed on the loan. In its lawsuit, the bank said payments on the loan have not been made and that a receiver is necessary to protect the car wash.

A lawyer for the bank declined to comment on the judge’s decision, and a bank spokeswoman had no comment.

It was not clear Friday when the court might hear the bank’s full lawsuit. Cleaver's office has not responded to an emailed request for comment.