Kansas City Crime Scene: Olathe Police Shooting Postscript & Crime Fight Deets

Tonight we catch up with local crime news across the metro and share more deets about a crime fighting plan along with JoCo issues blowing up into a full-on crisis.

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KC man claims social media strangers scammed him out of thousands

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - John Reifsteck thought he had made a friend on Instagram when a stranger named Kevin sent him a message. "He was like, 'Hey, how are you?' Stuff like that,'" Reifsteck recalled. "He seemed like a nice, normal guy." Reifsteck, 66, said he began messaging back and forth with Kevin via WhatsApp.

Family members of homicide victims react to Kansas City police launching violent crime initiative

A new plan to address Kansas City's violent crime problem will focus multiple law enforcement and community resources in problematic neighborhoods.In April, Kansas City Police responded to multiple gunshot incidents in the neighborhood around 35th and Prospect.In response, KCPD sent more police officers to the area.Federal law enforcement partners helped.So did citizens groups walking door-to-door to speak to people about community issues.On Wednesday, KCPD Chief Stacey Graves said the new plan to address violent crime includes this focused and unified response to other problematic neighborhoods.FULL VIDEO: "This is us coming together and showing the city.

Prosecutor says Olathe officer was 'justified' in killing man with mental illness

Brandon Lynch, 27, was shot three times by Olathe Police after responding to a 911 call from Lynch's sister on New Year's Eve 2022, saying he was threatening her. He had a knife, a Taser and a history with police.

Man indicted in theft of 'Wizard of Oz' ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland

A man has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of stealing a pair of ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz," federal prosecutors in North Dakota say. The shoes were stolen in 2005 and recovered by a 2018 FBI sting operation, but no arrests were made at the time.

Olathe police shoot and kill man armed with an 'edged weapon' on New Year's Eve

Police say an officer shot and killed a man late on New Year's Eve in Olathe, Kansas. Officers responded to a disturbance call in the 900 block of East Oakview Street around 11:10 p.m. on Dec.

Former Belton educator charged with sex crimes could have more victims

BELTON, Mo. - A Cass County, Missouri man, accused of child sex crimes, may have even more victims in Colorado, according to authorities. Jason Carey is charged with 12 sex crimes against children from September 2022, with some of those counts dating back more than a decade ago.

Victim killed in gunfight in Johnson County hotel's parking lot identified as Chicago man

A Chicago man who was shot during a gunfight at the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites in Overland Park earlier this month has died from his injuries, according to a news release from police Wednesday. Damon Payton of Chicago was identified as the victim of the shooting, according to a news release from Capt.

Man who ran over Missouri officer pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A man charged with running over a Springfield police officer will be committed to state mental health facilities after a judge accepted his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Jon Routh, 31, entered the plea Tuesday to two felony counts after running over Officer Mark Priebe on June 9, 2020, at Springfield police headquarters, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

Teen who fatally stabbed student at Northeast Middle School placed in state custody

The 15-year-old charged in the April 2022 killing of Manuel Guzman at Northeast Middle School will be placed in the custody of the Missouri Division of Youth Services. At a disposition hearing on Wednesday, Family Court Administrative Judge Kevin Harrell heard recommendations from the Office of the Juvenile Officer and the suspect's lawyer on his sentencing and treatment.

Records request illustrates importance of work by Jackson County group to decrease domestic violence deaths

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Records obtained by the KSHB 41 I-Team illustrate the importance of a renewed effort to reduce domestic violence-related deaths in Jackson County. The Jackson County Domestic Violence Fatality Review (JCDVFR) team held training for service providers at the Lee's Summit Police Department on Wednesday.

'What if I would of done it?': 18-year-old arrested, charged with threat against area school district

An 18-year-old from Platte City has been arrested and charged in connection with alleged threats made against an area school district.Joshua D. Clark has been arrested and charged with third-degree making a terrorist threat.

'This is our community': KC Mother's in Charge canvasses areas with violent crime

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, is once again dealing with an alarming number of homicides. So far in 2023, the city has recorded 60 homicides, keeping pace with other record-breaking years in KCMO. The community wants to do something about it in their own neighborhoods, and did so during a canvass on Wednesday afternoon hosted by KC Mother's in Charge.

Leaders in KCMO share new strategy to fight violent crime

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - The message coming from a host of local leaders, as KCMO is on pace to have a record number of homicides this year, was that "enough is enough." The group was at Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department headquarters Wednesday, announcing a violent crime initiative in conjunction with federal, state and city government.

Grandmother of Kansas City homicide victim asks for tips to bring killer to justice

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The grandmother of Kansas City, Missouri's, most recent homicide victim is asking the public for information that would bring the person or persons responsible for shooting her grandson to justice. According to KCPD, Kavon Carter was shot on May 7 near Denver Avenue and E. 12th Street.

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