Kansas City Crime Scene: Sex Predator Charges Amid Violence Surge

Tonight we take a quick peek at alleged local misdeeds and all manner of nasty stories revealing that this town continues to plunge into criminality despite culture war debate to "save the soul" of the nation.

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Creeper Ex-Cop Guilty

Ex-Kansas City Cop Sentenced To Probation After Pleading Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

A former Kansas City Police patrol officer was sentenced Thursday to probation after pleading guilty to posting child pornography photos and videos on Tumblr. Vincent A. Spilker, 30, who pleaded guilty to two counts of child pornography on Feb.18, was sentenced by Jackson County Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Garrett III.

Horrific Sex Crime Deets

Owner of Grain Valley property where human remains found facing sex crime charges

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. - Independence police say they found human remains Wednesday near a home in Grain Valley that's connected to a missing persons case in Independence. So far police haven't identified the body, but detectives said they have been communicating with the victim's family.

A Glimpse At Alleged Victim

Independence police identify human remains found on Grain Valley property

Independence police have identified human remains found Wednesday during a search of a property in Grain Valley.Authorities said the victim was positively identified as Kensie Renee Aubry, 32. Aubry was reported missing from Independence in October 2020.Her remains were found in the 4000 block of Buckner Tarsney Road in unincorporated Grain Valley.Court documents show the property belongs to Michael Hendricks, 40.

Family Defense

Father of suspect in sex-crimes case: Daughter 'does not have that kind of blood in her'

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. - On Father's Day, Pedro Ybarra received a call from the Jackson County Detention Center. His daughter, Maggie Ybarra, was on the line with a story he wasn't expecting.

Authorities Search

Independence police: Human remains found on Grain Valley property related to missing person's case

Independence police said human remains were found Wednesday during a search of a property in Grain Valley that was related to a missing person's case.Aerial views of the site showed law enforcement vehicles surrounding multiple large dig sites at a home with an outbuilding in the 4000 block of Buckner Tarsney Road in unincorporated Grain Valley.During an update Wednesday afternoon to announce that human remains were found, police would not specify which missing person's case the search is related to.

Inner Suburban Abuse Alleged

Blue Springs woman resentenced, released despite life sentences for caging child who died

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - A woman convicted of felony child abuse in connection to the 1990 death of Brandi Gonzalez is now out of prison. The little girl's parents want to know why. In 1994, 37-year-old Jacquelyn de la Cruz was sentenced to two life sentences plus 67 years for what prosecutors called a heinous crime.

Show-Me Parson Pardon

Governor Parson signs bill giving prosecutors power to fix wrongful convictions

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV)-Missouri Governor Mike Parson today signed Senate Bill 53 into law. There is a lot included in the bill, but one aspect getting a lot of attention is that the bill gives prosecutors the power to bring old cases back to court.

Crime Fear Influences Voters

Focus group: Swing voters deeply worried about crime

Some U.S. swing voters are deeply worried about crime and violence - but so far aren't buying the blame-casting by Republicans or Democrats. Why it matters: That key takeaway from our latest Engagious/Schlesinger focus groups shows how ripe for weaponizing the issue of rising national crime rates could be in the midterm elections - but how those efforts could flop if voters don't see the critiques as authentic.

Prez Biden Battles Violence Surge

President Biden convenes mayors to discuss strategies on crime

According to details shared first with The Associated Press, Thursday's meeting was led by Susan Rice, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Julie Rodriguez, director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. It included the mayors of 10 cities involved in the 15-city collaborative: Atlanta; Chicago; Baltimore; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Newark, New Jersey; Miami-Dade County, Florida; St.

Future Police Legal Fight Set

Hearing over lawsuit involving millions in KCPD funding set for Sept. 1

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) --- A Jackson County judge has set a hearing date that may determine the future of the Kansas City Police Department's budget. A hearing in the lawsuit involving the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and the city over police funding was held on Thursday.

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