Kansas City Crime Scene: Governance, Gun Rights & Rising Metro Crime

In this post we share a quick peek at recent crime reporting, police action, fact checks and tragic local trends.

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These five people control Kansas City's $280 million police budget

Kansas City is the nation’s only major city whose police department is governed by a state-appointed board. In other cities, that duty falls to locally elected officials, like mayors and city councils, or to people responsible to them, such as city managers.

When Can You Legally Shoot Someone on Your Property?

I don't know if it's a coincidence or evidence of a disturbing cultural trend, but a lot of people seem to be shooting people for really dumb reasons lately.

Lenexa police attempting to identify suspect in vape shop burglary

LENEXA, Kan. - The Lenexa Police Department is asking the public for help identifying a suspect they say burglarized the 420 Friendly Smoke Shop near 87th St. and Quivira Road. Police say over a two week period the business has been burglarized twice and had vaping products stolen from the store.

Former Overland Park man indicted for $800,000 COVID fraud scheme

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - A former Overland Park, Kansas, man was indicted by a federal grand jury for receiving more than $800,000 in fraudulent business loans under the CARES Act. The U.S. Department of Justice said 65-year-old Mirza Michael Reazuddin was charged in an 11-count indictment returned on April 4, 2023.

Johnson County K9 team seizes 20k fentanyl pills

OLATHE, Kan. - A drug bust by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office took thousands of fentanyl pills off the streets. The office said a deputy and his K9 recently seized two bags of pale blue pills. Investigators determined the pills were laced with the deadly drug.

Judge seals details in child exploitation charges against Blue Valley Southwest athletic trainer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Johnson County, Kansas, District Court Judge ruled this week that additional details in an alleged child exploitation case involving a Blue Valley Southwest High School athletic trainer should be sealed. Last month, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe filed two charges of sexual exploitation against Christopher Poskey.

Court records online include private information for thousands of Missouri residents

Documents containing Social Security numbers and other private information for thousands of Missourians are accessible to anyone using the Case.net website, the state's judicial records system, the Post-Dispatch recently discovered. Missouri Supreme Court officials have acknowledged the issue after being alerted by the Post-Dispatch, and they fixed one vulnerability on Case.net.

Murder rates rise 10 percent across America's liberal cities: report

Violent crime continues its surge across the United States with the most recent report revealing that murder rates have increased by 10 percent in America's largest Democrat-run cities. Daily Mail reports that murder rates have shot up another 10 percent across 45 cities, with experts citing the cause of the increase due to soft-on-crime policies and the war on police, a recent study from WalletHub shows.

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