Kansas City Crime Scene: Crash Murder & More Car Crime

January Cold often offers a respite from local violent crime. But not always.

Accordingly, here's a quick collection of local news that mostly focuses on vehicles and their dangers across the metro.

Here's the TKC collection . . .

OIathe man facing murder charge after alleged argument leads to deadly motorcycle wreck

by: Makenzie Koch Posted: / Updated: OLATHE, Kan. - An Olathe man has been charged with murder after a fight led to a deadly wreck with a motorcyclist, prosecutors say. Ruben Rodriguez has been charged with second-degree murder in Johnson County, Kansas, in connection with the death of Dade Smith, who was killed in the November 2021 crash.

Woman taken in custody following police pursuit that began in Kansas City, entered Independence

INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) --- A woman was taken into custody Friday following a police pursuit that began in Kansas City and crossed into Independence. Independence police tell KCTV5 that the suspect was involved in an armed carjacking the occupant of the vehicle was armed.

Just released from jail, Gladstone woman charged with trying to steal vehicle

by: Brian Dulle Posted: / Updated: LIBERTY, Mo. - A 24-year-old Gladstone, Missouri woman who was just released from the Clay County Jail is now facing charges with attempting to steal a vehicle that was left running unattended. Sarah James Lopez was charged earlier this week with tampering with a motor vehicle.

Transgender inmates say the way they're treated in Kansas prisons puts them in danger

Rayne Bennett hadn't begun her gender transition the first time she was sent to a state prison. She was held in a men's prison and that felt like the right choice. Upon reflection and meditation, she decided while in that men's facility to begin her transition to female.

Duo captured breaking into Kansas City home; believed to be connected to other cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- More Kansas City, Missouri residents are coming forward with their similar and frightening stories about neighborhood break-ins. One woman believes the same suspects shown in a previous FOX4 report are responsible for breaking into her home last month. "I clicked on it and was like those are the same guys.

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