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 . . .


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

KC legislator sponsors 'hands up' bill in Missouri

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

Former Lakemary Center employee accused of sexual battery

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 police attempt to ID man who tried to take pictures of girl in store

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

Olathe man fought with victim before shooting her, records say | The Kansas City Star

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

Police had previously been to home where officer-involved shooting happened

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

KCPD chaplain under investigation for abuse allegations tells FOX4 he hopes to clear his name

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

Man found guilty of first-degree murder

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 man, 93, accused of hitting Sherwin-Williams employee with his car

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

Independence man sentenced for hiding gun used in murder

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

New Independence Street Crimes Unit already making an impact

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 police trying to ID vehicle involved in hit-and-run

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

Noella Bartly, 18, of Kansas City killed in triple shooting | The Kansas City Star

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?!?!

Ring floodlight thwarts thieves targeting house for third time

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.

Developing . . .


  1. Actually, it depends what part of the city you're living in. For many neighborhoods crime is down.

    1. ^^^ Wrong. City wide crime is constant and in the Northland, KC's nicer and fastest growing neighborhood. Crime is way up over the past three years.

  2. ^^wrong. Crime is almost non-existent in my neighborhood. You must live in a ghetto. You should move.

  3. The central urban corridor downtown to midtown to plaza is basically a hell hole.

    Anything goes and nothing matters.

    You probably won't notice if you sit in year house or office year round rarely looking out the windows to observe the shit storm.

  4. 12:05 PM I agree. Safest city in the world! If viewed from the safety of your car, home, and workplace. Just turn on the Teevee and relax.

  5. Yes in this incoherent madhouse I'll quadruple my bet things are going to get pretty ugly when the warm weather arrives.

    Good luck

  6. Well it's already pretty obvious the criminals are getting desperate being holed up all winter, bills over due, economy heading south, tensions boiling.. Obscene displays of wealth popping up in the area..

  7. Over due for a follow up in the latest KCK revenge murder chain.

  8. KCMO will make the top 4 in deadliest cities this year.

  9. What really bothers me, if I was subject to a home break-in, is having to then buy new carpeting.

  10. Ain't niggers the worst?


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