Kansas City Hate Crimes, Mugshots, Creepers & Missing Persons

A quick roundup of police action, court cases, ALLEGED misdeeds and all manner of local crime reporting.

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KC man sentenced for shooting teen 8 times over sexual orientation

A Kansas City, Missouri, man has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for committing a hate crime by shooting a 16-year-old eight times over the victim's sexual orientation.

Former Olathe Northwest teacher, coach pleads guilty to sex crime

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former Olathe Northwest High School teacher plead guilty on Thursday to one count of unlawfully engaging in consensual sexual intercourse with a person 16 or more years-old. Steven Mesa, who was also a coach at Olathe Northwest, sexually engaged with a student of the school between July 1, 2022, and August, 26, 2022.

Olathe police say homicide victims shot each other

OLATHE, Kan. - Police say they know how two people died in a vehicle in Olathe Saturday. It's involves a twist that many likely didn't expect. Detectives said 18-year-old Monterrio Spencer Jr. and 19-year-old Jessica Hicks shot and killed each other inside a vehicle.

18-year-old formally charged following 'road rage' shooting near Oak Grove

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - An 18-year-old from Cape Girardeau has been formally charged following a fatal "road rage" shooting on I-70 Wednesday. According to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, Charles J. Smith has been charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of armed criminal action.

Former Cass County football coach pleads guilty to 18 child sex crimes

PLEASANT HILL, Mo. - A former Cass County football coach has pleaded guilty to over a dozen child sex crimes. Justin Kerscher, a former coach and paraprofessional at Pleasant Hill High School, entered guilty pleas to 18 charges, including child sex trafficking, statutory sodomy, sexual contact with a student and possession of child pornography.

Missouri Has Been on 'Cops' 27 Times and It's Kansas City's Fault

You can generally tell a lot about a place based on how many times it's been featured on a certain law enforcement TV show. That's my conviction and I'm sticking to it. (no crime pun intended). If that's accurate, Missouri should be a little concerned about the number of times it's appeared on Cops and it's all Kansas City's fault.

Catalytic converters, popular target for thieves, added to Kansas scrap metal law

Junk dealers will now have to collect information from catalytic converter sellers, if they weren't already, under an amended Kansas scrap metal law signed Monday by Gov. Laura Kelly. Kelly signed House Bill 2326 into law after it previously passed the House 119-0 and the Senate 39-1.


Prosecutors go after KC-area contractors taking thousands for no work

TROY, Kan. - When FOX4 Problem Solvers first met Josh Kleinschmit last year, all he had to show for the $30,000 he spent trying to get a barn built on his property was some flat ground. "He pushed all the ground from here to over there, and he did level it off," said Kleinschmit, referring to Jimmy Wolfe, owner of Midwest Construction Services.

KCPD works to locate individual last seen in KC, whose car was found abandoned in Utah

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department is working to locate a 24-year-old individual last seen in Kansas City, Missouri. The individual goes by Del Fig and prefers to use they/them pronouns. Fig was last seen in the area of East 40th Street and Euclid Avenue.

Girl, 2, missing from St. Joseph, Mo.

St. Joseph Police Department SOURCE: St. Joseph Police Department Police in St. Joseph, Mo., need your help finding a missing two-year-old girl.Authorities did not share her name and only shared a photo. She was wearing a yellow Kansas City Chiefs shirt and jeans when she was last seen.

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