Kansas City Crime Scene: International Indictments & School Board Exoneration

There are more than a few stories here worth noting as locals cope with threats from around the world along with home grown brutality and we read some of the best crime reporting out there at the end of the week.

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Feds accuse Latvian man of helping 2 Kansas City-area men smuggle aviation tech to Russia

A Latvian man was indicted and is accused of helping two Kansas City area men smuggle aviation technology to Russia, the United States Attorney's Office - District of Kansas announced.

Two-year-old's death in Gardner ruled a homicide by police

The death of a 2-year-old girl in Gardner, Kansas has been officially declared a homicide.

OPPD seeking public's help identifying felony theft suspect from retail store

The Overland Park Police Department needs the public's assistance in identifying a felony theft suspect.

Woman charged in fatal hit-and-run crash that killed 94-year-old man at KU Cancer Center

Kelsi Carmack is charged with failure to stop after an accident.

Independence school board critic was wrongly jailed. At last, his charge is dismissed | Opinion

The public safety director asked Superintendent Dale Herl what to do when Jason Vollmecke spoke out of turn at a meeting. The reply: "Jail if you can." From Toriano Porter:

Third federal lawsuit issued following raid of the Marion County Record newspaper

Following a police raid on a Kansas newspaper, a third federal lawsuit has been filed.

A California man escaped a murder charge for more than two decades. Then his ex-husband spoke to the police | CNN

Timothy Stephenson had an enviable life: He was married to a doctor, and they shared a $2 million home with their twin daughters in a peaceful California suburb. But Stephenson harbored a dark secret.

Woman charged in Fairway officer's killing to stand trial

Andrea Rene Cothran, 33, of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, is set to be arraigned on April 25 on charges connected to the death of Fairway Ofc. Jonah Oswald.

'She will never walk again': Life sentence for Gladstone shooting that paralyzed woman

Officials said Lonnell James, 45, shot the mother of his child, as she was holding the infant.

Dark Money Is Paying for the Police's High-Tech Weapons

Corporate donors are funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into police foundations without public oversight, allowing for the police to buy specialized surveillance technology and high-tech weapons that they might otherwise struggle to justify.

All this KC man wanted was bloody revenge. Here's what changed his mind, and his life

His all-consuming thought: "Killing them, that's it. I didn't care if they had their baby in their arm, they all getting shot." He found a way to let it go.

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