Kansas City Crime Scene: Suspect Creeper Plea & More Urban Gunfire

Today's news mostly focuses around police challenges and tragedy . . . Right now we gather a few more things to consider as the law enforcement conversation continues . . .

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2 men injured in shooting near east 31st Street, Poplar Avenue in KCMO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Gunfire critically wounded one man and sent another man to a hospital with less serious injuries on Tuesday afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri. Officers responded to the area near east 31st Street and Poplar Avenue at around 2:15 p.m. Both men were found in the street.

Plea hearing set for former Aquinas choir director in child sex crimes case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former choir director at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park made a court appearance Tuesday , during which the judge set a date for a possible plea hearing. Joseph Heidesch, 46, is charged with 26 counts of breach of privacy, and four counts of sexual exploitation.

Lee's Summit Police Department reports digital scam spike

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - As families gear up for back-to-school time, police warn scammers are upping their game too. Officers in Lee's Summit said they've experienced a jump in the number of scam reports this month.

Not KC but a Missouri incident that resonated across the globe amid a U.S. debate over gun rights . . .

Gas station customer shoots and kills robbery suspect on 'violent crime spree'

A Missouri customer at a convenience store in St Charles shot and killed a man suspected of being responsible for a string of armed robberies across the city.

Trial set for 14-year-old girl in murder at Olathe park in May

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The jury trial for one of the six teenagers defendants charged with murder in the May 14 shooting death of Marco Cardino at a park in Olathe has been set. A 14-year-old girl, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, appeared Monday in Johnson County District Court for a motion hearing.

Investigators rule death at Excelsior Springs jail accidental

LIBERTY, Mo. - A drug overdose is blamed for the death of a man who died while in police custody, according to the Clay County Investigative Squad. Benjamin E. Chase, 21, of Excelsior Springs, died May 8 at the Excelsior Springs Police Department. An autopsy and toxicology report showed Chase died from taking methamphetamine.

Program helps Kansas City police officers deal with trauma

For more than two years, KMBC's Project Community has been focused on the divide between the people and the police.

Developing . . .