History of Historical Honeywell Co.


Alex Jimenez


Kansas City Honeywell Trip


March 20, 2017




Kansas City, Mo. – A tour of Kansas City’s Honeywell was given last Wednesday to employee family members and friends to see what exactly Honeywell does on a day-to-day basis. The main focal point of the tour included the company’s 125-year history, along with the changes in safety, security, and energy advancements in technology.

Honeywell has been around for nearly 125 years stretching around several companies. It’s core mission and values have always remained the same through its long existence which is, to build and work towards a cleaner, secure, more comfortable future. The name “Honeywell” originated when Mark Honeywell was perfecting the heat generator. Honeywell then brought his business and merged together with Albert Butz’s company to form Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Co.

Stated above, Honeywell’s vision is to work towards a safer, more secure future. This is accomplished through innovation and technological advances that Honeywell has developed. You may even have some Honeywell items in your own home. They can come in the form as simple as fans, to more advanced pieces of technology such as home alarms.

Honeywell has expanded to do and create many different things. I like to think of the company as swiss army knife. There are multiple companies such as Honeywell Space, Honeywell International that have merged into Honeywell Co, which does business all over the world. For instance, my father works for Honeywell, he is a retired FBI agents and part of his job is to train upcoming agents.

Talking on diversity of the company, during my visit I was able to step into a machine they created in which simulates what it is like to be hit by a car moving 30 miles per hour. Let me tell, it doesn’t feel good.

“Diverse, I think that is a suitable word to describe this company,” said my father, who has now been at Honeywell for over 13 years and now works for the energy department.

Honeywell’s vision for a cleaner, safer, more secure future has always been its vision. The multitude of areas that Honeywell is involved has helped pave the way for technology we use every day. Any other information on Honeywell can be found in the link bellow.






School Board President Indicted

Alex Jimenez

School Board Member Charged with Fraud

8 February 2017


Liberty, MO- School board president David DeBecker, has been indicted by a county grand jury on several charges after a 14-month investigation.

 DeBecker is being charged by police with fraud, extortion, theft and obstruction of justice. Authorities believe the former president had defrauded the school of about 850,000 dollars across a six-year period. DeBecker is free on a 250,000 bond. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

                DeBecker who is 57, is also part owner of a janitorial service “Best Bet Cleaning Services”. The former president did not inform the school he was a part owner when the high school was bidding for a cleaning service. His partner, James V Stimson, is listed as owner and operator of the company. 

                Seven years ago, Stimson found a firm that was owned and run by David Debecker. Stimson was in trouble with the U.S. Internal revenue service for owing back taxes. Debecker helped Stimson with his issues and in return, he wanted to be a silent owner in Stimson cleaning business.

                DeBecker then helped Stimson when the bid for the schools cleaning service as low bidder. Debecker then recruited students for the vocational school to work with Stimson. At times, around 35 students would be put to work at the home of Debecker. The students were being told they were being paid with “experience”.

           Office of secretary for Best Bet Cleaning Service, Ruth Gunderson, has also been charged with obstruction for destroying email’s regarding the school work. A county grand jury then handed down the 14-month indictment.      






Clerk Shoots Alleged Burglar

Alex Jimenez

Convenience Store Robbery

28 February 2017


Liberty  MO. –  Cody’s, a local quick stop/convenience was a scary scene as last night as robber was shot and killed around 11 p.m.

                The man working behind the counter was 22-year-old Michael Earnest Layoux. The night took a scary turn when Layoux was held at gunpoint and asked for money from the register. Layoux then grabbed the .25 caliber pistol from under the counter and fire multiple shots.

                It is against company policy to keep guns in the store. A story Layoux read about two clerks who were shot and killed in a convivence store prompted him to start carrying a weapon.

                “First, you have to understand where the store is. Its located in a remote area in the northeast corner of town. There’s nothing around that’s open at night, so I’m all alone in the store. I started carrying  gun to work last year after I read where two clerks at another convenience store in the city were robbed and killed. Carrying a gun is against company policy, but I figured I had to protect myself.” Layoux said when asked about the situation.

                The robber, who has not yet been identified, was shot 3 times in areas including the chest and side. Layoux said at the time he didn’t realize that the bullets hit the man as he ran through glass and escaped. Later, the body would be found 200 yards away, as the man had died from his wounds.

                With the robber dead, even though Layoux was defending himself, Layoux was fired for disobeying company policy. Layoux said, “I wouldn’t do it any different.”

                A tough situation for this young man as he expressed to us that he is a college student who needs the job. Layoux had been at the job all through college. Now in his 4th year, Layoux hopes to graduate in a couple of months.

                Layoux did say he understands that it is the companies rule. “. Most people don’t know how to handle guns. I do. I’ve been around them and using them all my life” Layoux said.

                Ramon Hernandez, the district attorney for the case, confirmed that his office considered that the actions that took place were deemed as “self-defense” and that Layoux will not be prosecuted.







Liberty’s Own Fright Night

Liberty, MO- If you’re looking for the a good scare, look no further. Designer Jim Lewis’s haunted house has been scaring the pants right off people since the haunted house opened in 1990.

Named in the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast tourism society, this haunted house is the second biggest haunted house in Kansas City. .

What is there to offer?

Costumes and make-up are done by professional make-up artists. Rooms in the house include a werewolf forest, insane asylum and even hell. There are several special effects that include thunder and lightening, swamp with blood thirsty alligators and cobblestone street of Jack the Rippers London. Finish with a four story  slide plunge in complete darkness faster than you may like


This haunted house is very dedicated and very well prepared. It takes around 6 months to get this chill and thrill house ready. 200 employees work in order to give you the best fright possible. Lastly, takes pride in keeping the house clean, cleaning about four hours after each night.

When and Where?

This haunted house is located at the Community Center in downtown Liberty, MO. Scheduled to be open Friday and Saturday nights, Wednesday, October 31st – Saturday, November 3rd. Gates open at 7:30 and each night close at midnight.

There will also be special Halloween delicacies served that include candied apples, hot cider, creepy candies and cookies. Come enjoy an experience you won’t soon forget and see if you have what it takes to make it through Jim Lewis’s Fright Night!

IMPORTANT: Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by and adult.


Southeast tourism top 20 events