Man charged with murder in connection with shooting near 39th and Rainbow

Willie E. Parker
Willie E. Parker

Willie E. Parker, 46, has been charged with first-degree murder in the recent shooting death of Michel Ziade, according to the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office.

A spokesman for the district attorney’s office stated that a warrant has been issued for Parker’s arrest in connection with the July 28 shooting of Ziade at a parking lot at 3910 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kan.

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Parker. He is approximately 6-4, 190 pounds, and is considered armed and dangerous, the spokesman said.

He was last seen in the area of 3910 Rainbow Blvd. If he is located, persons may contact the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477) or 911.

Former Hawkeye star new KCKCC assistant women’s soccer coach

Melanie Pickert  (KCKCC photo)
Melanie Pickert (KCKCC photo)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

A two-time All-Big Ten selection and four-year starter at the University of Iowa, Melanie Pickert is the new assistant women’s soccer coach at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Named the Most Valuable Defensive Player in all four of her seasons at Iowa, Pickert was a fourth team All-American selection as a senior. In addition, she was named to two All-Big Ten teams, the All-Big Ten Academic team, team captain and was a two-time team MVP.

“Melanie just blew us away,” said new Blue Devil women’s head coach Jeremy Winzer. “Energetic and organized with a great attitude, she brings a lot to the table in helping develop our players and moving the program forward.”

Prior to suffering a season-ending injury in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament, Pickert started every game in her Hawkeye career, a streak of 84 straight games. Second in scoring as a senior, four of her goals were game-winners which tied her for sixth most in Iowa history.

As a junior, Pickert led the Hawkeyes in scoring with seven goals including three game-winning shots. Named to the All-Big Ten second team, she was also selected to the All-Big Ten Tournament team after leading Iowa to a 1-0 win over No. 20 Penn State in the semifinals.

Pickert ranked fifth in points as a sophomore and anchored a defense that ranked third in the Big Ten in goals allowed (19) and goals against average (0.87) as the Hawkeyes posted the second most wins in the program’s history after a freshman season in which the Iowa defense allowed a record low 17 goals and set or equaled nine school records.

A native of Canton, Mich., Pickert was a three-time all-state selection and a member of the Michigan Dream Team as a junior.

In addition, she was a member of the Michigan Hawks club team for seven years and a four-year letter-winner in basketball. Pickert has ties to the Kansas City area. Her parents, Keith and Mary Pickert, were originally from the Kansas City area and she has several family members living in the area.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Houston to visit Sporting KC on Saturday in KCK

Sporting KC will put the team’s home unbeaten record (10-0-3 in all competitions in 2015) on the line when they play host to rivals Houston Dynamo at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sporting Park.

The Western Conference clash will air live on KMCI-TV 38 the Spot locally and across the Midwest on SKCTV affiliates with three hours of coverage beginning at 7 p.m.

Saturday marks the third meeting between the Sporting KC and Houston this season.

The clubs played to a thrilling 4-4 regular season draw in Houston on April 25 before Peter Vermes’ side claimed a 3-1 home win on July 21 in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals at Sporting Park.

Sporting KC has faced Houston 18 times in all competitions since the beginning of 2011, more than any other MLS opponent.

This stretch includes five postseason games – the clubs squared off in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs – and two Open Cup contests. Sporting KC has just one loss in their last 10 games against the Dynamo in all competitions with a 5-1-4 record.

A limited number of tickets for the match are available on or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.
– Story from Sporting KC