7:45 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Chillicothe Man Won’t Face Third Murder Trial

Mark Woodworth won't face a third trial.
Credit Department of Corrections

A Chillicothe man twice convicted of the same murder will not stand trial for a third time.

Mark Woodworth was convicted in two trials of the 1990 murder of Cathy Robertson and injuring her husband as the two slept. Both convictions were eventually vacated by the state supreme court.

And on Tuesday, the 24-year-long legal saga appeared to come to an end a special prosecutor said Woodworth wouldn’t go before a jury again, and the charges against him have been dropped.

Woodworth’s attorney Robert Ramsey says it’s the vindication his client has long been looking for.

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Central Standard
3:46 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

KC Police Chief Darryl Forté On Response Times, His Faith And Social Media

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté visited with Gina Kaufmann about some of the problems that Kansas City faces.
Credit KMBC

When Darryl Forté was sworn in as Kansas City Police Department chief in 2011, it was a landmark moment. 

Forté is the first African American to lead the police department in the city's history.

Since then, Forté and the rest of the police department have had their hands full, with homicide rates that have routinely ranked within the top 10 worst cities in America

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Beyond Our Borders
7:39 am
Wed June 18, 2014

KC Anti-Crime Leader Says The Black Church Needs New Message For Grieving Teens

Anti-crime activist and minister Alvin Brooks at a recent meeting on how the church can better serve siblings of murder victims.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

The homicide epidemic among young black men on Kansas City’s east side is leaving a generation of grieving teens in its wake, and some in the crime-fighting community feel black churches need to change their message to better help these young people deal with their loss.

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Up To Date
1:18 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Meet Three Outstanding Law Enforcement Canines

ATF explosives detection canine, Roxi.

Law enforcement dogs these days can do some incredible things: sniffing out the chemicals used to start an arson fire, getting illegal drugs off our streets, or finding evidence in shootings and explosives investigations.

On this edition of Up to Date, host Steve Kraske meets three law enforcement dogs, and their handlers, to find out what it takes for a dog to become a key part of a law enforcement team.


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Up to Date
10:32 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Recovering From A False Rape Accusation

Football player Brian Banks went to prison for a rape, but new evidence exonerated him of the crime.
Credit Thomson200 / Wikimedia Commons

Back in 2002, Brian Banks was getting closer to his dream of playing for the NFL. Pegged for a scholarship to play for USC, Banks’ future was promising until he was accused of rape and sentenced to five years in prison.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we sit down with Banks to discuss his sentence, which was overturned when it came to light that his accuser had lied to reap settlement money. We'll also discuss his return to football nearly 11 years later.


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Up to Date
9:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Ethics Professors: Crime And Punishment

The Ethics Professors return to talk about crime and punishment.
Credit Keith Allison / Flickr-CC

With suspects in custody for both the highway and Jewish Community Center shootings, many communities in the metro area are waiting to see how justice will be served.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to mull over the ethical questions surrounding crime and punishment. We also look at the recent case of a man who was imprisoned 15 years after his sentencing due to a clerical error.

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7:50 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Charges Filed In Gas Station Shooting That Left Boy Paralyzed

Dontae Jeffferson, charged in shooting that left man dead, his son paralyzed.
Credit Police photo

A 27-year-old Kansas City man faces multiple charges including first-degree murder in a gas station shooting that left a man dead and his ten-year-old son paralyzed.

At a Thursday news conference, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker was visibly moved by the police work that led to the arrest of Dontae Jefferson.

"I asked you for heroes to step up and step forward and help solve this case ... help us bring this family justicen... and that happened," the prosecutor said.

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1:54 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Prosecutor Names Suspect In Kansas City Highway Shootings

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announces charges Friday against a 27-year-old suspect tied to recent highway shootings in Kansas City. The announcement took place at the Kansas City Emergency Operations Center.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced charges Friday against a man tied to recent highway shootings in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The afternoon announcement revealed Mohammed Whitaker, 27, of Grandview, Mo., faces 18 felony counts, including class A and class B felonies related to shooting into a vehicle.

The charges stem from a series of at least a dozen shootings on Kansas City area highways. Three people have been hurt as a result.

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Up to Date
10:39 am
Tue March 11, 2014

How Bystanders Made A Murder Case Famous

A new book examines the strange murder case of Kitty Genovese.

If you heard or saw a crime happening, what would you do? The people who heard Kitty Genovese scream as she was murdered didn’t do anything, in a famous case that became known for the bystander effect. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk about the case that helped drive the development of the 911 emergency call system and what new details about the killing have emerged over the years.


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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

On Death Row: Missouri Inmate Michael Taylor Scheduled To Be Executed

Missouri inmate Michael Taylor is scheduled to be executed just after midnight on Wednesday. Pentobarbital from an unnamed compounding pharmacy will be used.

Taylor's attorneys are concerned that the drug may cause his client unnecessary suffering because the anonymous pharmacy cannot be checked for legitimacy and any previous violations. By law, compounding pharmacies that supply lethal injection formulas in Missouri are allowed to remain anonymous.

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Up to Date
12:10 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Looking Back At 40 Years Of Policing Overland Park

Retiring Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass stopped by Up to Date to talk about his years on the force.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

After 40 years with the Overland Park Police Department, Chief John Douglass is riding off into the sunset…sort of. He’s not ready for a quiet retirement just yet. Instead, he’s going back to school as the director of safety and for the Shawnee Mission School District next spring. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we sit down with Douglass to discuss how policing Overland Park has changed over the years and the new challenges that await him in the coming months.

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Central Standard
2:35 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

The Shadowy World Of The Sisters In Crime

The mystery and crime genre used to be largely a male-dominated world, but now thanks to groups like Sisters in Crime, women have found their inner sinister voice.

Host Susan Wilson discusses the world of female mystery writers and their growing support network.


  • Linda Rodriguez, President of the Border Crimes Chapter of the Sisters in Crime
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Maryville Rape Case
7:39 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Maryville Rape Prosecutor Contradicts Earlier Statement

Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

A Missouri county prosecutor under fire for dropping charges in a controversial rape case is blaming the failure on the victims’ refusal to testify, contradicting an earlier statement.

Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice issued a press release Tuesday, defending his actions on insufficient evidence because “the state's witnesses refused to cooperate and invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege to not testify.”

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Cops & Crime
8:26 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Less Violent Crime, More Auto Theft In Kansas City Center This Summer

Crime rates have been dropping from downtown Kansas City south to Brush Creek, but a rise in auto theft has been bothering police.

There have been three fewer homicides in 2013, as compared to last year at this time, and a 10 percent reduction in violent assaults. This is good news to Major Shawn Wadle, but his Central Patrol Division can’t escape a trend of a 17 percent rise in auto thefts in the last two months.

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Up to Date
10:50 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Crimes Mar KCATA System

Several violent incidents have happened recently on KCATA buses.
Credit Stephen Rees/Flickr-CC

Public transit is often touted as a better alternative to personal vehicles, but safety concerns have recently plagued the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority buses, after a stabbing and a shooting left a bus driver and passengers seriously injured.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talked with Cynthia Baker, KCATA's director of marketing, about the recent incidents and what the transit authority plans to do to keep buses safe.

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Harvest Public Media
7:47 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Metal Thefts Plague Farm Country

Mike Obermann was among the victims of a rash of metal thefts in rural Missouri. Since then, he has installed theft-protection measures on his farm.
Credit Payne Roberts / Harvest Public Media

Along the 1200 Road in Windsor, Mo., there is plenty of gravel and farmland. But one thing it is short of is people.

Miles of green fields separate the farms that occupy this area of Windsor, a rural town of 3,000, making area farms easy targets in a series of metal thefts that robbed farmers of the tools they needed to do their jobs.

Mike Obermann was among the victims. He owns a farm of row crops and cattle northwest of Windsor with his wife. In the theft, he lost $500-600 worth of fencing material and an aluminum boat.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

KCMO Police Chief Discusses Violent Crime

Kansas City, Mo., Police Chief Darryl Forte

With 61 people indicted last week on weapons and drug charges, Kansas City is making a statement

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9:31 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Missouri House Endorses Criminal Code Overhaul

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would overhaul Missouri’s criminal code has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.

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Cops & Crime
5:07 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Platte County, MO Judge Imposes Double Life Terms In Murders of Sisters

A Platte County judge sentenced Clifford Miller to two consecutive life terms for the murders of Britney Haarup and Ashley Key.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

A 32-year-old  Kansas City Northland area man will serve two consecutive life sentences  after pleading guilty Tuesday in the killings of two sisters  in Platte County.

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10:01 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Too Late To Revise Missouri's Criminal Code?

A Missouri Senate committee has wrapped up nearly a full month of hearings into a bill that would revise the state’s criminal code.  It would create a new class of felonies and misdemeanors, give judges more flexibility in sentencing, and modernize the language used in the criminal code. 

The bill is sponsored by Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus.

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Central Standard
9:47 am
Thu February 28, 2013

NOVA Project To Reduce Violence In KC

Like any metropolitan city, crime and violence are unfortunately a reality of life in Kansas City. Recently, the KCPD joined forces with many across the metro to organize the NOVA project, an initiative to combat gang violence in Kansas City.

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9:39 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Missouri Bar Recommends Changes For Criminal Justice System

Auntie P Flickr

A task force spearheaded by The Missouri Bar has released its recommendations for updating the state’s criminal justice system.  Most of the recommendations would require the approval of the state legislature.

The task force was called to tackle an outdated and overburdened criminal justice system that has led to crowded prisons, backlogged cases, and public defenders’ offices closing their doors. The group was comprised of representatives from the various branches of the system, including prosecutors, public defenders, and private attorneys.

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KC Currents
5:25 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

Petty Theft Not So Petty To Area Businesses

Flickr Deependdriver

The Holiday Season is a time which brings joy to many. For business owners, that joy comes from peaks in profits. People are buying things, but they are also taking them.

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Cops & Crime
12:17 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Local Artist’s Drawings Help Solve Crimes

Lee Hammond shows her renderings of victim Precious Doe.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

You’ve probably seen crime shows like CSI and America’s Most Wanted, where artists work with victims to create a drawing that helps identify a criminal.

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5:07 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Change Cited As Burglary-Fighter Goes To Kansas City Council Vote

Kansas City Police argue for change in prowling ordinance to fight day time burglaries.
Carol Clarinet

In the South part of Kansas City there have been more burglaries committed in daytime than in darker hours the first months of  this year.  Police are using those figures to argue for change in city ordinance.

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KC Currents
12:57 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

New Strategies For Combating Crime In Kansas City

Null Value Flickr

Kansas City has tried many programs to reduce violent crime.  But despite them all, the first 5 months of 2012 have seen more violent crime than in many recent years.

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Central Standard
1:30 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

The Right To Remain Informed

When a police officer asks “Do you know why I pulled you over?” what should you say? At what point, in dealing with the police, can everything you say or do be used against you?

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KC Currents
12:34 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Police Reopen 40-year-old Unsolved Murder of Political Leader Leon Jordan

Kansas City, MO – This summer, Kansas City Missouri police re-opened an unsolved murder case from 40 years ago. The victim was one of their own: former police lieutenant and state representative Leon Jordan. Jordan was gunned down outside his tavern on July 15, 1970.

Jordan was a key figure in the local civil rights movement, and helped consolidate black political power in Kansas City.

Over the years, there's been many theories about who killed Leon Jordan, and some concern that dredging up the case could tarnish his legacy.

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