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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.