Kansas City Crime Scene: Mugshots, Rising Violence & Community Outreach

In this post we roundup more than a few items for this week's news cycle concerning alleged crimes, police action and court cases. 

As always, we try to end with a bit of hope or at least something mildly amusing . . .

Check TKC news gathering . . .

Chiefs Chris Lammons surrenders, released from custody

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Chris Lammons was released from custody Thursday after turning himself into authorities in Las Vegas earlier in the day. Lammons was booked and processed before posting bond and being released from custody.

Kansas City man charged in deadly Westport shooting in December

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City, Missouri, man has been charged in a triple shooting in Westport that left one man dead and two others injured last December.

Independence releases contract with special investigator for police overtime misuse investigation

An internal investigation into potential misuse of overtime for construction at Independence police headquarters will cost taxpayers $495 per hour, according to an agreement between the city of Independence and the outside law firm conducting the inquiry.Independence City Manager Zach Walker called for outside help to decipher how one police officer made more than $169,000 in overtime in 2021.

Local nonprofit target of catalytic converter theft

JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- A Kansas City nonprofit is trying to figure out why they were the target of a recent burglary. Every day, the Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City works to help the community.

Johnson County murder suspect Nicholas Ecker appears in court

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Accused child murderer Nicholas Ecker appeared in Johnson County District Court for a preliminary hearing Thursday via video conference from county jail. All four outstanding cases against Ecker, who was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson for allegedly setting fire to a Shawnee home that left a small child dead , were combined.

Man found shot dead Wednesday morning, KCKPD investigate as homicide

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is investigating after finding a man shot inside an apartment early Wednesday morning. According to police, they were called to an apartment near the 1600 block of Birch Street at about 3:30 a.m. on reports of someone being shot.

KBI, Wyandotte County Sheriff investigating inmate death at detention center

WYANDOTTE COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -- An inmate has died at the Wyandotte County Detention Center and officials are investigating the incident. According to the sheriff's office, the inmate was found unresponsive on Monday afternoon during a routine cell check. Lifesaving efforts were performed and emergency services were called at the detention center.

Family pleads for justice in murder of KCMO mother of 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There's a growing memorial off St. John Avenue and Belmont Boulevard, where in the early hours of Jan. 25, a mother of five was gunned down . According to family members, Pebbles Harr, 44, died the same way her mother did more than 20 years ago.

Lenexa Police investigating two home burglaries, looking for suspects

LENEXA, KS (KCTV) -- Police are searching for two people they believe broke into at least two homes last week near 79 th and Pflumm. In both cases, they say the burglars found garage remotes in unlocked vehicles and used the clickers to get into the houses.

Some KC-area law enforcement volunteer officer suicide data to FBI, others don't

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - "I didn't call the police because he was the police." In 2015, four months before Lindsey Doolittle's late husband Sgt. Brett Doolittle with the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department died by suicide, she said he attempted suicide in front of her.

Playing cards are a new strategy in solving cold cases in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- The Kansas Department of Corrections is hoping playing cards will help them solve cold cases. It's not as crazy as it sounds. A few other states have used playing cards to help solve cases-Connecticut, Indiana and Florida.

223: KCPD's East Patrol Social Services

On this week's episode of the Northeast Newscast we're getting to know the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) East Patrol Zone's newest social services specialist. Kevin Wilson grew up in Wyandotte County, and as a Black youth had negative interactions with police.

Kansas City Police Department requests help recovering stolen vintage vehicles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department requests the public's help recovering vintage vehicles that were stolen from a Westport garage last week. According to KCPD, seven of the 10 stolen vehicles have already been recovered since Feb. 12, thanks to tips from the public.

Police nab loose pigs running amok in Independence

On Tuesday Independence police had an unexpected culprit to chase down. Several loose pigs were running out and about across Independence, Missouri. After a brief chase, the pigs were finally tracked down 24 Hwy and Arrowhead Rg. Police jokingly said that the pigs actually had an accomplice and were taken into custody.This isn't the only recent animal incident involving police near Kansas City.

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