The temperatures are starting to rise as Spring approaches and Kansas City recovers from one of the coldest and deadliest Winter this town has seen in more than a decade . . .
And so we ask . . .
IS KANSAS CITY VIOLENCE GOING TO GET WORSE AS SPRING ARRIVES?!?!
Typically, a tough Winter offers a respite from local violence at least from a statistical standpoint. However, this year rampant gunfire among teens, gangs and in tense domestic situations temporarily spiked the local murder count. Thankfully the numbers have evened out a bit despite the fact that the current level of homicide and killing disprove talk about "progress" in the local crime fight.
Accordingly . . .
Check this round-up of recent crime links and tell us if you think the situation will get better or worse as elections approach . . .
Kansas City Surrender Legislation
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City-area representative wants to make it illegal for police to shoot suspects who are "surrendering." Missouri Rep. Brandon Ellington (D - 22nd District) filled HB 1086 this week. Ellington said a suspect who has put his hands up should be considered to be surrendering and therefore not be shot by police.
Nasty Caretaker Charges
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -- A former employee at the Lakemary Center has been charged with aggravated sexual battery of a person with a mental deficiency stemming from an incident that happened while he was employed at the facility. Casey McGregor, 49, remains in the Johnson County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.
JoCo Mobile Phone Hysteria
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) - The Olathe police are trying to identify someone who allegedly tried to take unwanted pictures of a girl inside Ulta Beauty. The incident happened on March 2 at about 3:18 p.m. at the store in the 14600 block of West 119th St.
Golden Ghetto Gunfight Postscript
A man charged with attempted murder, Landon Smith, allegedly demanded money and got in a fight with the victim before shots were fired near an Olathe shopping center last month, according to court records.
School Shooter Redux
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) - KCTV5 News has been digging into the background of a suspect who got into a shootout with Fairway police last Friday and we have learned more about why he is not a stranger to law enforcement. On Friday, March 1, Dylan Ruffin was in a shootout with police from the front porch of his Fairway home.
KCPD Chaplain Pleads His Case
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Members of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests gathered outside the Kansas City Police Department downtown on Thursday morning to protest against a KCPD chaplain. Protesters alleged the chaplain sexually abused young girls at a church where he was a pastor.
Courthouse Murder Aftermath
JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) - On Thursday, a jury convicted a man in connection with a fatal shooting that happened in 2017. Patrick Powell, 30, was convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He will be sentenced on May 10. The shooting happened on November 11, 2017 in the 4600 block of Tracy Ave.
Grandpa Goes Wild Behind The Wheel
OLATHE, Kan. -- An Olathe man is accused of hitting a Sherwin-Williams employee with his car after he became upset that shipping pallets were in his way while he was trying to make a donation at a Salvation Army. Benedetto Mammina, 93, is charged with one count of aggravated battery in Johnson County.
Gun Play Crackdown After Homicide
JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) - On Thursday, a Jackson County jury sentenced an Independence man to prison after they found him guilty of tampering with evidence connected to a 2018 Independence homicide. Christopher W. Hollister was sentenced to two years on his conviction.
More Police Clean Up Meth Town
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - In Independence, Missouri, violent crime has several neighborhoods on edge. So much so, the department is trying something new that's worked for others across the country. Detective Luis Virgil explains, "It's new to us and we're gonna make it thrive." Virgil is tasked with making a dent in criminal activity.
Have You Seen JoCo Suspect Car???
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) - The Overland Park police are asking for the public's help identifying a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run. The injury accident happened on March 5 just after 4 p.m. on northbound Quivira at W. 112th Terrace. The suspect vehicle is a small, white SUV that's similar to a Toyota Highlander.
Naming The KCMO Dead
Police identified 18-year-old Noella Bartley of Kansas City as the person killed in triple shooting Monday near 51st Street and Prospect Avenue.
Spy Cam Protection?!?!
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- Committing a crime isn't a smart move and thankfully many thieves are often less than brilliant. Here's how the suspects in a KCK break-in foiled their own criminal plans. After thieves targeted the house twice, the homeowner stepped up his security and added an extra set of eyes.
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