In this update, along with a quick shot of an old school KCPD crusier, we collect relevant information from across the metro on police action, court cases and all manner of ALLEGED misdeeds.
Kansas City Rodent Hording Backstory & Court Case Deets
Two people are facing animal cruelty charges after more than 260 animals were pulled from a filthy home in Kansas City Monday. City officials said Mikabel Montero and Natasha Marie Acosta have each face three animal cruelty charges in municipal court -- specifically one count control of odors due to the smell emanating from the home, and two counts of inadequate animal care for lack of clean, fresh water and unsanitary conditions.
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- A convicted felon who was wounded in a Kansas City shootout has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge. The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release Tuesday that 26-year-old Malliek Haynes proclaimed that he was a "gangster" during an April 2017 altercation with a group of people at a store and then repeatedly lifted up his shirt to show the .40-caliber pistol in his waistband.
Cash Fuels Drug Game But Civil Forfiture Targets Liberty
Authorities say a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper found nearly $350,000 of suspected drug money hidden in the gas tank of a pickup truck after pulling over the driver on Interstate 70. The Wichita Eagle reports that federal prosecutors filed a civil asset forfeiture case Tuesday, asking a judge to give the money to the government.
Missouri Covers Assets
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The state of Missouri no longer would face financial punishment for wrongdoing in some civil lawsuits under a Missouri bill. State senators debated the proposal Tuesday. The legislation would mean the Missouri government couldn't be penalized with what are called punitive damages.
Rock Chalk Hobo Crackdown
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Lawrence officials are looking into changing or possibly repealing ordinances that make it illegal to camp or sleep on public land, in city parks and in downtown Lawrence. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that city commissioners discussed the issue Tuesday amid an increased focus on the homeless population after the city's shelter sharply reduced its capacity last year.
Show-Me Democracy For Missouri Felons
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- There's a push by some Missouri lawmakers to expand voting rights to felons on parole. They say the legislation could bring in tens of thousands of new voters. Current Missouri law allows felons to vote once they complete their probation or parole as long as they haven't committed an election crime.
Kansas Weed Crackdown
FREDONIA, KS (KCTV) -- Larry Burgess has no criminal record. He's a cancer survivor who suffers from seizure disorder. He tried prescription drugs. A cocktail of 23 pills a day didn't cut it. "No seizure medication helped. In fact, my seizures got progressively worse over time. It was terrible. Terrible.
CHECK THE SUGAR CREEK EPIC DRUG WAR POLICE FLEX!!!
SUGAR CREEK, MO (KCTV) - A sign that said, "this drug house, closed for business," has since been taken down. Sugar Creek Police and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office placed a notice after serving a drug warrant. KCTV5 News is asking police why the sign was necessary in the first place, so far they're not commenting, as charges haven't been filed.
Kansas Protocol Examined
TOPEKA, Kansas - Wendy Couser, a former juvenile intake officer at the Newton Police Department, has always believed in the importance of consequences. But Couser feels that she's yet to see consequences for the law enforcement officials who beat, shot and killed her son, William "Matthew" Holmes, during an arrest in August 2017.
Show-Me Lucky Po-Po
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper is uninjured after their vehicle was struck in a hit-and-run incident. The crash happened shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on northbound Interstate 35. A trooper was pulled over to help a motorist in Harrison County near Ridgeway when a tractor-trailer struck the trooper's vehicle.
Tragedy Aftermath & Waiting For Justice Across The Bridge
More than two years after their son's death, a Northland family is hoping for justice. 17-year-old Jake Wehmeyer was killed in June of 2017. On Thursday, February 13th, the suspect, who was his friend, will be sentenced.
Kansas City Jailbird Advocacy
Those wandering into a KC coffee shop on a Saturday morning might expect to hear sleepy chatter about Netflix shows, brunch plans, or wild Friday nights-not an impassioned discussion about criminal justice, race, and violence. Then again, it's clear community organizers Justice Gatson and Tiara Moore aim to do something unexpected.
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