Kansas City Crime Scene: Scams, Creepers And Rising Property Theft

In this quick post we offer a glimpse at a wide array of metro reports that reveal this town is getting a lot more dangerous as we slowly move toward warmer weather.

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KC woman pays $3,000 to fake property manager, scammed out of home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jessica Kobe found a home she liked on social media. The home had a phone number to text if you were interested in renting it. Kobe started texting with the man who she thought was the property manager. The home's on 27th Street, next to I-70.

Ex-OP police officer worked hospital security after felony conviction for filming woman in shower

Former Overland Park police officer Jared Kendrick worked as a security officer at a local hospital after being convicted of felony breach of privacy for repeatedly taking video of a woman in the shower without her permission and admitting to stealing women's underwear while on-duty with OPPD.

Man, woman charged in string of armed robberies at Kansas City dollar stores

A man and woman are accused of committing a string of robberies, including armed hold-ups, at several dollar stores across Kansas City this month. Terry L. Lindsey, 48, is charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, three counts, three counts of armed criminal action and a single count stealing at least $750, Jackson County court records show.

Hearing delayed for Shawnee woman charged in son's death after she enters rehab

OLATHE, Kan. - The preliminary hearings for two Shawnee parents charged in connection with a Shawnee house fire that killed their 17-month-old child were rescheduled Thursday. Nicholas Ecker and Karlie Phelps both appeared remotely Thursday morning for the scheduled hearings. Ecker is being held on $1 million bond at Johnson County's New Century Adult Detention Center.

Parents of Shawnee baby killed in fire appear in court

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The father accused of setting a Shawnee house fire that killed his infant child and the mother who left the baby home alone that night appeared Thursday in Johnson County District Court.

Parents raise concerns about book-ban advocate Ryan Utterback case with Missouri Department of Social Services

The parents of two young girls say they believe the Missouri Department of Social Services missed warning signs in a sexual abuse investigation last year involving North Kansas City school book-ban advocate Ryan Utterback.They say another criminal case involving Utterback could have been prevented.Utterback has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

Kansas City Regional Police Academy entrant officers begin practicing real-life scenarios

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - KSHB 41 News is giving you an exclusive look at what it takes to become a police officer in Kansas City. Reporter Emma James has been following the Kansas City Regional Police Academy's 174th entrant officer class since their academy training began in February .

Kansas City Police Department 'beard policy' cost almost $90,000 in officer settlements

The Kansas City Police Department has now paid out $88,700 in separate settlements to Black officers who said a policy that required them to be clean shaven discriminated against them. The so-called "beard policy" allowed no exception - even with a doctor's note - for those who suffer from a skin condition that mostly affects Black men and makes shaving painful and harmful.

Missouri Supreme Court takes Keith Carnes case under consideration, family anxiously waits for decision

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Supreme Court is considering a Kansas City area man's claim of innocence. Keith Carnes is serving life in prison without parole for the 2003 murder of Larry White. Carnes insists he is innocent. Attorneys representing Carnes and the Missouri Attorney General's office argued the case Wednesday before the Missouri Supreme Court.

Nevada Gun Manufacturer's License Is Revoked After Lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials have revoked the license of a Nevada-based gun manufacturer that was accused of illegally selling guns and went bankrupt but then rebranded itself. The revocation comes after a lawsuit that alleged the Justice Department didn't conduct proper oversight before issuing the license.

Filmmakers of new documentary 'Hold Your Fire' sit down with KSHB 41 News

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Filmmakers hope putting a spotlight on the work one New York City police officer did to reform police negotiating tactics in 1973 will lead to additional police reforms today. The director and producer behind "Hold Your Fire " are in Kansas City, Missouri, Tuesday for a screening of their new documentary at a KC Filmfest International event celebrating Black cinema.

South KC residents get a voice on police chief selection

South Kansas City residents and other interested persons can voice what they believe are the most important qualities and qualifications for a new Kansas City police chief at a listening session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 2, at Evangel Church, 1414 E.

Kansas City police officer released from hospital after months-long battle with COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department officer was released from North Kansas City Hospital after a months-long battle with COVID-19. KCPD officer Lisa Sidenstick was diagnosed with the virus three months ago and was eventually admitted to an Intensive Care Unit.

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