Kansas City Crime Scene: Sideshow Consequences, New Tech & Police Honors

A quick update on local crime reporting AND more info about ongoing cases, rising crime and just a bit of good news near the end of the compilation.

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Mother of man killed watching KC sideshow says events need secure space

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The mother of a 20-year-old man shot and killed while watching a sideshow says her son just wanted to watch fast cars burn rubber. Witnesses at Meyer Boulevard and Swope Parkway recorded the last moments of Thomas Lewis' life on their cellphones.

Belton, Kansas City police arrests man wanted for multiple crimes in 2 counties

Police in Belton and Kansas City apprehended a suspect last week accused of committing multiple crimes in Jackson and Cass Counties. Thyon L. Williams was charged in Cass County with first-degree robbery. He was charged in Jackson County with two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of armed criminal action, one count of attempted robbery and three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Two former Missouri clerks guilty of stealing over $500k in city funds

FLORDELL HILLS, Mo. - Two former city clerks of Flordell Hills, Missouri on Monday admitted to stealing a combined amount of more than half-a-million dollars from the small, struggling community. Maureen Woodson, 68, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge, Rodney W. Sippel, to one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud.

Kansas sheriff's office investigates theft of 150 hay bales

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said 150 large bales were stolen from a field near Olmitz sometime between late November and Tuesday, when the theft was reported.

Investigators, relatives ask for tips to help solve Alesha Reade's homicide

Her dismembered body was discovered in February 2021 in several locations near Cameron Road and Easley Road in Clay County, Missouri.

Blue Springs police piloting license plate readers program

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - The Blue Springs Police Department launched a license plate reader program this month, and says it is already seeing results. There are now 24 cameras installed across the city that automatically scan license plates. The cameras are focused on high-traffic and commercial areas where crimes like car break-ins and shoplifting are often reported.

Kansas City police officers honored for service to the city

Dozens of Kansas City police officers were honored by the department on Tuesday. It was a night of recognition for officers who go above and beyond the duty of normal expectations. "Their dedication to the city, which you are about to learn, has made Kansas City safer, stronger, and more hopeful," said Police Chief Stacey Graves.

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