Kansas City Crime Scene: Tragedy, Bombing, Cold Cases, Scams & Tortoise Alert

In this quick post we round up a bevy of local crime reports and finish with just a bit of good news.

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Neighbors claim they tried to warn authorities of KCMO home where child died

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Just a few feet away from an east Kansas City home where police found a young boy dead , there's a sign letting people know that neighbors report suspicious activity. Neighbors claim it's exactly what they did before Wednesday's tragic discovery.

Ex-WyCo sheriff's sergeant convicted of beating a prisoner stripped of KS police license

A former sergeant at the Wyandotte County Detention Center who was fired after being charged with beating a person has had his police license revoked, state records show. David Toland was employed with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office from September 2009 to Aug.

KC man pleads guilty of falsely claiming to hire ex-cons for non-profit

A Kansas City, Missouri, man who operates a non-profit agency has pleaded guilty in federal court after making false claims that he employed convicted felons on federal court-supervised release.Michael A. Green, 51, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Aug.

Alleged shooter in KC homicide stalked ex-girlfriend, killed her friend: authorities

A 39-year old man is accused of fatally shooting a family friend of his ex-girlfriend on a Kansas City street early Monday morning after witnesses say he had been stalking and threatening his former partner for weeks. Verne E.

Man pleads guilty to bombing Overland Park bar with energy drink bottles

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A 44-year-old man pleaded guilty to using explosives to force entry into an ATM at a bar in Overland Park in 2021. Josiah Lewis of Grandview, Missouri, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for a count of arson after throwing an explosive at the ATM at Maloney's Bar and Grill on July 4.

Missouri man pleas guilty to involvement in Jan. 6 riot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man from the St. Louis, Missouri, area entered a guilty plea Thursday in regard to his involvement in the Jan. 6 riot. Joshua Dressel, 31, was charged with parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. Originally charged in July 2021 , he was the fifth person from the St.

Shawnee mom pleads guilty in death of 17-month-old son

OLATHE, Kan. - A 28-year-old Shawnee woman pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 17-month-old son in a house fire. Karli Phelps, who appeared in court via Zoom Thursday, also pleaded guilty to endangering a child. Phelps admitted to leaving her son, Nicholas Ecker Junior, home alone back in February for a long period of time.

Suspect escapes after fleeing, shooting at Cass County deputies

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A suspect who shot at Cass County Sheriff's Office deputies after leading them on an overnight chase escaped after finally being stopped in Kansas City, Missouri. The incident, which the Cass County sheriff described in a Facebook post , happened shortly after midnight Thursday morning.

Troubled contractor, focus of KCTV5 investigations, faces 56 federal charges

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - A Kansas City contractor who was the focus of numerous KCTV5 investigations faces 56 counts in a federal indictment. Max Howell is charged with numerous counts of bank fraud, money laundering, and making false statements to a financial institution. It includes five properties.

'He was a devoted dad:' Kansas City man killed in road-rage shooting

A Kansas City family is coping with a devastating loss. A father of four young girls was killed in an apparent case of road rage. Now his fiancée is bearing an unimaginable burden as she raises their daughters and the baby boy he'll never get to meet.Marvin Yancey was a full-time dad and homeschool teacher to his four daughters ages 2 to 7."He was a devoted dad.

Parents worry about school security, personal data as school returns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As kids return to school or prepare to head back, parents are thinking about ways to protect their children at school and at home. School security has been at a national forefront in recent months after tragedies such as the Robb Elementary shooting in Uvalde, Texas , shooting in May and, more locally, the Olathe East shooting in March.

Bonner Springs police search for suspect after chase ends with crash

Bonner Springs police SOURCE: Bonner Springs police Police in Bonner Springs, Kansas said they are looking for a man after a car chase and crash Thursday near Kansas Highway 7 and Kansas Avenue.Authorities said the suspect crashed into another vehicle injuring two people.

Kansas City man sentenced to over 10 years in federal prison for forcibly resisting federal law enforcement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City, Missouri, man was sentenced Thursday to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole for forcibly resisting federal law enforcement. Ray E. Clevenger, 47, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of forcibly resisting a federal law enforcement officer. Clevenger injured two U.S.

Wedding DJ allegedly runs off with deposits from KC couple

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Planning a wedding can be an expensive process for some couples but imagine paying twice for the same service. That's what happened to a local couple after they said they were scammed. "I had no idea at all," bride Kristy Brown said. It was a proposal Brown will never forget.

Missouri State Highway Patrol looking for the owner of large tortoise found near Raymore

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it has a 'GREEN ALERT' Thursday.That, of course, is the code for a found tortoise.MSHP Troop A sent out the tweet in jest Thursday afternoon after they found what appeared to be a massive turtle near Raymore.

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