For our most dedicated denizens of the local news scene, here's a roundup of crime news, scary gun play, court cases, police action and alleged misdeeds among the innocent until proven guilty . . .
Show-Me Politicos Hoping To Fight Rising Crime
The mayors of Missouri's four largest cities met in Springfield Friday to address the problem of violent crime in their communities. The mayors identified gun violence as a top concern, and they expressed that to Governor Mike Parson, who was also in attendance. The mayors of St.
KC Gunfire Gamble Postscript
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A 39-year-old Kansas City man was sentenced to 91 years in prison for shooting a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper in the leg during a confrontation at a casino. Ronald Morris was sentenced Wednesday for shooting at Harrah's Casino in North Kansas City.
Life Sentence For Rape
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City, Missouri, man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for raping a woman in 2016, prosecutors said. A Jackson County judge sentenced Arthur Norman Jr., 59, to life in prison for the rape conviction, plus an additional 10 years on a charge of armed criminal action.
Police Seek Conversation
Police in Independence are asking for help identifying a woman in connection with an arson investigation.Police said the fire happened Oct. 2. about 5:15 p.m. at a business in the 11900 block of East U.S.
X-mas Murder Conviction
JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) - A Jackson County jury has convicted a man of murdering someone who was walking home with their groceries on Christmas Eve in 2017. Charles V. Carter Jr., who is 23 and was born on Christmas, has been convicted of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Another Chance For Kylr???
CASS COUNTY, Mo. -- Attorneys for accused killer Kylr Yust are seeking a second opinion after a state doctor found that he was "competent to proceed." According to documents filed Thursday in Cass County court, Yust suffers from "mood-related symptoms, including anxiety, depression and suicidal gestures."
PLATTE CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A man who sexually abused a girl from the time she was eight years old has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. Joshua Michael Lay, 38, of Platte City, received the sentence in Platte County on Thursday after pleading guilty in May to first-degree statutory sodomy.
Show-Me EPIC Crime Spike
Safewise, a website of home security experts, looked at 2013 to 2017 FBI data to compile its State of Safety report. The report says Missouri's murder rate climbed 61% over the five-year period. The Show-Me State ranked third with 7.9 murders per 100,000 residents. In nearby Illinois, the murder rate was 6.5 per 100,000 residents.
Old School Justice
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- A man has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty in the slayings of two people in Kansas City, Kansas over 30 years ago. Melvin Shields was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the 1988 deaths of Jolene Jones and Steve Ray.
Kansas Crime Cleanup
Kansas officials say law enforcement agencies have nearly eliminated a backlog of 2,200 sexual assault kits that had gone untested after the evidence had been collected from victims.The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that law enforcement agencies have had 2,000 of the kits tested by forensic labs and that the remaining 200 should be tested by the end of the month.Officials say the additional testing allowed 373 biological profiles from the evidence to be entered into a computerized DNA database and resulted in 243 hits that could provide leads.
Show-Me Safe Gun Effort
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Grassroots organizations are working across Missouri to persuade gun-related business owners to join efforts to limit access to guns or encourage safe storage for potentially suicidal customers. One of the initiatives, Safer Homes Collaborative, sends part-time field coordinators to hundreds of gun shops, pawn shops and firearms training facilities across the state.
Local Help For Heroes
The S.A.F.E. program was started by the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission in 2003 to provide immediate financial assistance to surviving families of first responders who lose their life in the line of duty.Today, families of fallen first responders in the KC metro area and surrounding nine counties receive an immediate benefit of $25,000 through the S.A.F.E.
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