This morning we play catch-up on alleged misdeeds, police action, scam alerts, rescue missions and all manner of news related to Kansas City's worsening crime scene.
KCMO Rescue Mission Revealed
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The home sits abandoned along Independence Avenue with its doors and windows boarded up, gray paint chipped off in some part and graffiti on one side. Plenty of cars and pedestrians pass the property on a daily basis, but it can be easy to miss.
Kansas City Carjacker Suspect Captured By Police
One person is in custody after a carjacking, police chase and crash Monday afternoon, police said. Police said officers started a pursuit involving a vehicle taken in a carjacking just after 1:30 p.m.That chase lasted around 15 minutes, winding through downtown Kansas City, before the driver struck another vehicle and eventually crashed near 31st and Benton.The driver of the carjacked vehicle was taken into custody after a short foot chase, police said.
Newspaper Plays Politics With Rising Kansas City Crime
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will spend most of Tuesday in the Kansas City area, including a morning visit to the J. Rieger and Co. distillery for, one hopes, a quality nip of local whiskey. In the afternoon, the governor plans to meet with Mayor Quinton Lucas and several area pastors to talk about the area's crime crisis.
Spy Cam Sees Northland Crook
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Clay County Sheriff's Office is asking for help to identify a serial porch pirate. Several photos were published on the Clay County Sheriff's Facebook page Monday afternoon. According to the post, the man pictured in the photos has "been stealing packages in the northland [sic] from doorsteps."
Meat Smuggler Crackdown
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Authorities say a California trucker working for a Kansas freight brokerage has been sentenced to federal prison for stealing a load of meat valued at more than $160,000. The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release that 37-year-old Gegham Avetisyan of Valley Village, California, was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison.
Lawman Comments On Charges
WYANDOTTE COUNTY, KS (KCTV) - A sergeant with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office is responding to a KCTV5 News report about an investigation into an incident at the county jail. Sergeant David Toland is on currently on leave from the sheriff's office.
Ladies Talk Out Troubles
JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. -- A Johnson County nonprofit is helping women come out of prison to get a new start. The G.R.O.W. program started in March of last year, and now it's helping these women blossom as they build new lives. Each day is a welcome home for Kellie Russel.
Raytown Rampage Alleged
RAYTOWN, MO (KCTV5) - A Kansas City woman is accused of flattening tires on police cars in Raytown one day after she was arrested. Prosecutors say Eunice Fisher slashed tires on at least eight police vehicles belonging to the Raytown Police Department. According to court documents, investigators watched the police department's parking lot surveillance video.
Protecting KCMO Seniors
KANSAS CITY, Mo.--- Every year Americans over the age of 60 fall victim to nearly $3 billion dollars in scams, according to a recent government study. "This is a growing trend that we`re seeing, and the elderly are very vulnerable, and they are a target for these different types of scams," said Bridget Patton with the Kansas City FBI office.
Kansas City Remembers Old School Hero Cop
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) - In the annals of Wild West lawmen, you may not know Thomas Speers, the first police chief in Kansas City, but he was a legend in the late 19th century. "He was contemporaries with 'Bat' Masterson, Wyatt Earp, 'Wild Bill' Hickok," his great-grandson Clay Speers told KCUR-FM.
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