Kansas City Crime Scene: Locals Cope With Fentanyl And Clean Slate For Keith Carnes

Springtime in Kansas City comes with the rising threat of danger and so we share this quick glimpse at local police action, legal confrontation and just a bit of hope.

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Can you identify a real and a fentanyl-laced pill?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two pictures shared by the Kansas City Police Department show the danger of fentanyl-laced pills. The department posted two pictures on Facebook. One shows a real 30 mg oxycodone pill. The other is a counterfeit pill laced with fentanyl. The department then asked people to identify the two pills correctly.

Wyandotte County settles lawsuit with police officer over 'rampant sexism and racism'

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County has settled a federal workplace discrimination lawsuit brought by a Kansas City, Kansas, police officer who alleged there was "rampant racism and sexism" in the department. Z'Iontae Womack, a Black officer with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, received $87,500.00 in December 2021, according to records obtained by The Star.

4 Kansas City men indicted in fentanyl case that resulted in overdose death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Four Kansas City men have been indicted for their alleged role in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl that resulted in a person dying from overdose, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

No gray hair: Second Grain Valley officer files discrimination suit against city

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. - A second police officer in Grain Valley is claiming discrimination on the job. In a lawsuit filed in Jackson County court this month, former Grain Valley officer Kevin Bellmyer says he was discriminated against for his age in the process of applying for a job internally.

Family awarded over $20 million in malpractice lawsuit against University Health doctor

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A local family was awarded $20.3 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit against a University Health doctor, according to court documents. A Jackson County judge reached his decision Wednesday in the case that alleged Dr. Kelli Sandri improperly treated a mother giving birth, resulting in the child developing cerebral palsy.

Three years later family waits for trial date in Overland Park teen's killing

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - More than three years later, the mother of a murdered Overland Park teen is waiting for his case to go to trial. 17-year-old Ben Workman was shot and killed in February of 2019. In that time Amy Workman, Ben's mother, has traveled to Johnson County from out of state for court dates in his murder case.

Keith Carnes will walk free after Jackson County Prosecutor declines to retry him for murder

The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office said it will not retry Keith Carnes, a Kansas City man whose murder conviction was set aside by the Missouri Supreme Court earlier this week. Carnes has served more than 18 years in prison for a murder he says he didn't commit.

Keith Carnes' attorney says he has 'clean slate'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Taylor Rickard, one of Keith Carnes' lawyers, says Friday marks the beginning of a clean slate for Carnes. He will soon be released from prison after Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker's Office said Friday they are dismissing charges against him because of insufficient evidence to retry the case of Carnes allegedly killing Larry White.

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