Kansas City Crime Scene: Father & Son Missing As Spring Crime Surges

A scary vacay report inspires us to update more than a few local news items on all things related to local crime reporting.

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Search continues for missing Kansas City father, son kayaking in Arkansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The search for a Kansas City father and son missing in Arkansas while kayaking intensifies. The Benton County Sheriff's Office says it's now a search and recovery effort. Monday marks day five. Crews started looking for them last Thursday.

Lotus band member, son reported missing while vacationing in Arkansas from Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One member of the instrumental band Lotus and his son have been reported missing while vacationing at Beaver Lake near Fayetteville, Arkansas, NBC-affiliate station KNWA reports . Lotus percussionist Chuck Morris and his son Charley, both from Kansas City, were reported missing on March 16 after they didn't return from kayaking in the Lost Bridge area of Beaver Lake.

KCMO man accused of strangling woman went on violent crime spree before killing, court docs say

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man accused of strangling a woman last week in Kansas City, Missouri, allegedly went on a violent crime spree before committing the killing, according to court documents. Darion Hall, 24, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth Stivers.

Excelsior Springs man pleads not guilty to sex crimes

LIBERTY, Mo. - An Excelsior Springs man pleads not guilty to a number of charges including kidnapping, assault, and sex crimes. Timothy Haslett, Jr. entered the plea in front of a Clay County judge Friday morning. Haslett is accused of keeping a woman hidden in his basement while repeatedly sexually assaulting her.

'We need justice, we need peace': Family of Nehemiah Clark Jr. seeks justice after his untimely death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Clark family is seeking justice for Nehemiah Clark Jr. after the father, grandfather, great-grandfather and husband was killed Tuesday in Kansas City, Missouri. "He came to the store to get a loaf of bread and [did] not come back home," said Regina Clark, Nehemiah's wife.

Family unsure what's next in 2022 Kansas City homicide case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City family reflects on the shooting death of a loved one following a particularly bad week of homicides. During a five day span starting on March 11 the city recorded eight homicides. So far this year there have been 34, according to KCPD figures.

KCK pedestrian dead after being struck by a vehicle while trying to cross the street

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KCTV) - The Traffic Division of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is currently investigating an accident that has taken the life of a female pedestrian on the 1000 block of Central in Kansas City, Kansas.

After Kansas House approves bill, Kansas Senate committee guts bill that legalizes fentanyl test strips

A Kansas Senate committee has gutted legislation that would have legalized fentanyl test strips. The Kansas House of Representatives unanimously approved of the bill in February. Currently, test kits for fentanyl are currently classified as drug paraphernalia, legally regarding them as the same thing as a marijuana pipe or bong.

KBI Director Tony Mattivi talks targeting fentanyl, setting priorities

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - When a major crime happens, Kansas law enforcement agencies can find back-up at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The KBI provides investigative assistance, laboratory services, prevention information and other aide across the state. The agency is now under the leadership of Director Tony Mattivi, who was confirmed to the post in early February.

State takeover of St. Louis police could cost Missouri taxpayers 'hundreds of millions of dollars,' Mayor Jones says

The Hancock Amendment in the Missouri constitution bans unfunded mandates. An exception written for Kansas City's police department is set to expire in 2026. ST. LOUIS, Missouri - In her quest to retain local control of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Mayor Tishaura Jones has begun warning state taxpayers they could get stuck with a costly tab for the transition.

Fundraiser launched for KC homicide victim who was devoted to rescuing abused dogs

A 31-year-old woman who was killed last week in a homicide in Kansas City is being remembered as a passionate "animal crusader." Elizabeth Stivers worked for over a decade at A Dog's Fun Playce, now called KC Protective Animal Welfare Society (KC PAWS).

Clay County K9 doesn't let trick deter from suspect's arrest

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Clay County Sheriff's K-9 didn't let a minor setback get in the way of the job. Deputies said K9 Duke helped arrest 46-year-old Monte L. Meeks. He is charged with resisting arrest, tampering with a motor vehicle, and drug possession.

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