Kansas City Crime Scene: Season Of Ripoffs Coming Soon

In this collection of local crime news we offer a peek at court cases, police action and even more threats to local consumers.

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Kansas City, Missouri, police give holiday safety advice for shopping, home break-ins

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the holiday shopping season gets underway, the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department wants community members to stay vigilant to avoid becoming a target for crimes of opportunity. It's especially important this time of year for homeowners to take steps to prevent their home from being broke into.

Guns, cash, and cars stolen as thieves target Clay County communities

by: Heidi Schmidt Posted: / Updated: LIBERTY, Mo. - Liberty police say they have a great lead as detectives work to track down a suspected thief targeting the Northland. The department released the following video showing a man in a red coat and kakis checking to see if the owner of a truck left its door unlocked.

Former Olathe teacher James Loganbill, convicted of stalking student, denied bond

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former Olathe teacher who was recently sentenced to one year in prison for stalking a student was denied bond in a Johnson County court on Tuesday. James Loganbill was of stalking a 10-year-old student in September. He was first charged with one count of stalking last June.

KCK sex offender sentenced for traveling to Missouri to meet with 14-year-old girl

by: Brian Dulle Posted: / Updated: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A registered sex offender from Kansas City, Kansas, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for crossing state lines to engage in illicit sexual activity with a 14-year-old Missouri victim he met on Facebook.

Cameron Lamb's roommate testifies in KC detective's trial

Testimony continued Tuesday in the trial of Kansas City police Det. Eric DeValkenaere, who is accused of fatally shooting Cameron Lamb in 2019.Prosecutors allege the gun that Lamb is accused of pointing at an officer was not there at the time of the shooting.

Kevin Strickland, Day 2: Prison phone calls, old memories and pressure in a 1978 murder case

JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- A judge will wade through old memories and evidence to determine what an eyewitness really believed. But the testimony comes from her loved ones. Cynthia Douglas was shot but survived a 1978 Kansas City triple shooting.

Expert: Testimony that sent Kevin Strickland to prison 'highly unreliable'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dr. Nancy Franklin, an eyewitness memory and identification expert, testified at Kevin Strickland's evidentiary hearing on Tuesday . The hearing could result in Strickland's release from prison after 43 years for a 1978 triple murder he says he did not commit.

Day 2: The state rests in involuntary manslaughter trial of KC police officer for the death of Cameron Lamb

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The state has rested after back-and-forth tense exchanges as prosecutors and defense attorneys asked tough questions of witnesses during the trial of a Kansas City police officer charged with involuntary manslaughter for the 2019 shooting death of Cameron Lamb. Eric DeValkenaere is also charged with armed criminal action.

Porch pirates more of a problem in Kansas and Missouri than in 30 other states, study says

by: Heidi Schmidt Posted: / Updated: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Holiday shopping will soon shift into overdrive as millions of people head into stores or online to wrap up Christmas buying. Online shopping is expected to be even higher this year because of supply chain and other issues.

Overland Park police beef up efforts to recruit more officers

The Overland Park Police Department is beefing up its recruiting efforts as it looks to fill more than 30 positions by early next year.Like so many police departments, Overland Park is looking to hire. It's down nine officers now and it's in the budget to get 22 more at the first of the year.

Kansas City, Kansas church looks to rebuild after fire

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) - The Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department responded to a fire late Sunday night at New City Church off Shawnee Road. The fire involved a portable toilet located outside the church. KCKFD reports no injuries. New City Church was having some plumbing issues last week.

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