The end of July and August are typically the most violent part of the Summer for Kansas City. This time around, because of Coroanvirus restrictions, it's unlikely that the start of school will result in a street crime respite.
Accordingly, here's a roundup of court cases, police action and community news from across the metro . . .
More Deets On Fed Influx
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two hundred twenty-five federal agents are on their way to help police try to get violent criminals off the streets. "Operation LeGend," named for 4-year-old murder victim LeGend Tallifero, is designed to be an unprecedented government response to the highest number of homicides Kansas City has ever seen, so far this year.
Suburban Crime Uptick, Too
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Shawnee man was sentenced Tuesday to 45 years in prison for the murder of an unarmed man in Platte County. In March, Coty Borst, 28, was found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the deadly shooting that occurred on June 21, 2018.
Crime Talk Coming Soon
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Both Kansas City and St. Louis are on track to have record-breaking numbers of homicides. The mayors of both cities asked for a special session to address the issue which finally happened Wednesday. But Mayor Quinton Lucas doesn't agree with all of the governor's goals.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The family of Olivia Jansen says they knew the three-year-old was in danger but couldn't get anyone to help. Her father, Howard Jansen III, and his girlfriend, Jacqulyn Kirkpatrick, are now in the Wyandotte County Jail, charged with a slew of crimes including first-degree murder in connection with Olivia's death.
Legislation Protecting Youngsters Stalls Again
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - For the third year in a row, a bill that was introduced as a measure to protect children from child abuse has stalled in the Kansas legislature. In 2017, Kansas Rep. Louis Ruiz introduced Adrian's Law - named after Adrian Jones, a Kansas City, Kansas, boy who was murdered by his parents.
Flashback: Focus On Victim After Killer Meets Justice
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- After a 17-year hiatus, the second federal execution since 2003 put to death convicted killer Wesley Purkey at 8:19 this morning. Purkey was found guilty of the brutal rape and murder of Jennifer Long. He was also convicted of using a claw hammer to kill 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales.
2020 Campaign Season Violence Spikes Amid Pandemic
Despite ongoing protests and demands for change, national efforts to reform policing appear to have stalled under the weight of election-year politics and a surge in violent crime that has led to new questions about the most effective approach to public safety.
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