Kansas City Crime Scene: Protests, Lawsuits, Legislation & Community Outreach

It's not all bad news out there . . . For our most dedicated readers we share this compilation of recent crime reporting on police action, ongoing court cases and, thankfully, work with the community in order to make this town safer.

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Kansas City Police Department honors 120 fallen officers

The police department is honoring all of their officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including Officer James Muhlbauer.

Thieves steal thousands of dollars worth of donated lumber from Kansas City charity

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City charity is out thousands of dollars worth of donated lumber after thieves broke-in to the back of their property. It was all caught on camera. Organization leaders are saddened by the criminals actions as they continue to help women who have been sexually exploited.

Charges filed in Northeast dog attack

Charges have been filed in Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Court against the owners of two dogs that attacked three people on Sunday April 23rd during a community clean up event, including a City park department employee who was taken by ambulance to the hospital due to the severity of her wounds.

Family of man fatally shot by KCK police holds rally to call for justice

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - On Thursday afternoon, dozens of people gathered for a rally meant to show support for Amaree'ya Henderson's family. Pauletta Johnson, Henderson's mother, was the first to speak at the rally, where she talked about the kind of person he was. "A ball of light," Johnson said.

Family of Black man killed by Independence police sue for $25 million: 'We want justice'

Backed by a team of local and national civil rights attorneys, the family of Tyrea M. Pryor Sr., a 39-year-old Black man killed by Independence Police, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the City of Independence and the officers who shot Pryor.

Prosecutors reveal link between terror defendant in Virginia and Islamic State 'empress' from Kansas

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A northern Virginia man arrested on terrorism charges has a husband-wife relationship with another American who was dubbed by authorities as an " empress of ISIS " for her work to establish an all-female battalion of the Islamic State, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Kansas rape survivors received no notification about offender's earlier release date

A man initially sentenced to 48 years in prison for brutally raping two women in Lawrence, Kansas, will be released after 18 years behind bars. Cory Elkins was convicted in 2008 on four counts of rape and three counts of aggravated criminal sodomy for the rapes that happened in the mid-1990s.

Mom calls for waiting period on gun purchases; Missouri lawmakers say it's unlikely

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Janet Delana did everything she could think of to prevent her daughter, who had a host of diagnosed mental health disorders, from buying a gun. It didn't work. Ten years after Colby Weathers shot and killed her dad, Delana wants lawmakers to take gun safety more seriously in Missouri.

Kelly signs bill to decriminalize fentanyl test strips

SHAWNEE, Kan. (KCTV) - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly joined legislators in Shawnee Thursday to sign Senate Bill 174, an initiative which aims to decriminalize fentanyl test strips. That bill, and the decriminalization of test strips which can detect the presence of fentanyl in other substances, is designed to help prevent overdose deaths in Kansas.

Undercover sting involving FBI leads to arrest of Bates County, Missouri man

A Bates County , Mo., man faces multiple charges after he was arrested in an undercover sting this week. Sean O'Riley was charged with enticement or attempted enticement of a child, attempted endangering the welfare of a child and attempted child molestation in the fourth degree.

Ex-Kansas legislator who committed COVID relief fraud gets just over 2 years in prison

An attorney for former Republican state Rep. Michael Capps argued for probation in court documents, citing Capps' Air Force service in a combat zone. But prosecutors asked for a sentence of four years and three months in prison, arguing in court documents that he "continues to show neither remorse nor contrition" over stealing nearly $500,000 in funds meant to help businesses remain afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kansas City man faces life in prison after convicted of running child abuse sites

A Kansas City man has been convicted of running four websites dedicated to sharing images of child sexual abuse.Clint Schram hosted, managed, and maintained four different websites from his home, court documents stated. He was convicted of one count of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise and four counts each of advertisement of child pornography and conspiracy to advertise child pornography.Schram will be sentenced on Oct.

Lawmakers send 'Blair's Law' to governor's desk criminalizing celebratory gunfire

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - In the final hours of session, the Missouri General Assembly sent legislation to the governor's desk to impose tougher penalties for people who fire celebratory gunshots. In 2011, bullets fired on the 4 th of July, fell killing 11-year-old Blair Shanahan Lane.

Photos show Kansas Highway Patrol SUV crumpled upon crash

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper is recovering Thursday after a motorist struck the back of the trooper's SUV along Interstate 70 Wednesday. Around 2 p.m. Wednesday, the trooper had pulled off onto the shoulder of westbound Interstate 70 near Interstate 135 in Saline County, Kansas, to assist a motorist.

Rewards offered for information about copper thefts, damage to fiber lines

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Local police and communications companies are warning people to keep an eye out for copper thieves. Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers said in a press release that criminals in search of metal were likely behind a series of cuts to fiber optic cables.

Kansas City police seeking public's help in locating missing woman, 26

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, police are asking for the public's help to find a missing woman last seen leaving a house in south Kansas City, Mo. Jada Kimbrough, 26, was last seen about 8 a.m. Thursday walking away from 11500 Campbell St.

KCK student-led anti-violence program honored by the Kansas City Royals

The school district says the student-led program 'Enough is Enough' has seen significant success in their schools. "Enough is enough. We cannot lose one more student, one more faculty member, one more staff, one more community member.

KCPD listening sessions continue ahead of new illegal firearms squad

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves is continuing her quarterly listening sessions throughout the city while revealing on Thursday night that the department is rolling out a new squad that will focus on illegal firearms. Graves was talking about how parts of the police department have been restructured in her nearly five months on the job, which included bringing back the Missing Persons Unit because community members asked for it.

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