crime http://kcur.org en Prosecutor Names Suspect In Kansas City Highway Shootings http://kcur.org/post/prosecutor-names-suspect-kansas-city-highway-shootings <p></p><p></p><p>Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced charges Friday against a man tied to recent highway shootings in the Kansas City metropolitan area.</p><p>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.</p><p>The charges stem from a <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-police-investigate-more-reports-highway-shootings">series of at least a dozen shootings on Kansas City area highways</a>. Three people have been hurt as a result.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:54:18 +0000 Steve Bell, Alyson Raletz & Laura Spencer 54404 at http://kcur.org Prosecutor Names Suspect In Kansas City Highway Shootings How Bystanders Made A Murder Case Famous http://kcur.org/post/how-bystanders-made-murder-case-famous <p></p><p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, 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.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:39:23 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52455 at http://kcur.org How Bystanders Made A Murder Case Famous On Death Row: Missouri Inmate Michael Taylor Scheduled To Be Executed http://kcur.org/post/death-row-missouri-inmate-michael-taylor-scheduled-be-executed <p>Missouri inmate Michael Taylor is scheduled to be executed just after midnight on Wednesday. Pentobarbital from an unnamed compounding pharmacy will be used.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51806 at http://kcur.org Looking Back At 40 Years Of Policing Overland Park http://kcur.org/post/looking-back-40-years-policing-overland-park <p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, 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.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:10:46 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51171 at http://kcur.org Looking Back At 40 Years Of Policing Overland Park The Shadowy World Of The Sisters In Crime http://kcur.org/post/shadowy-world-sisters-crime <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>Host Susan Wilson discusses the world of female mystery writers and their growing support network.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Linda Rodriguez</strong>, President of the Border Crimes Chapter of the Sisters in Crime</li></ul> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:35:28 +0000 Susan B. Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 47814 at http://kcur.org Maryville Rape Prosecutor Contradicts Earlier Statement http://kcur.org/post/maryville-rape-prosecutor-contradicts-earlier-statement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>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.”</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:39:06 +0000 Peggy Lowe & Monica Sandreczki 45264 at http://kcur.org Maryville Rape Prosecutor Contradicts Earlier Statement Less Violent Crime, More Auto Theft In Kansas City Center This Summer http://kcur.org/post/less-violent-crime-more-auto-theft-kansas-city-center-summer <p>C<span style="line-height: 1.5;">rime rates have been dropping from downtown Kansas City south to Brush Creek, but a rise in auto theft has been bothering police.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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 </span>Wadle<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but his Central Patrol Division can’t escape a trend of a 17 percent rise in auto thefts in the last two months.</span></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:26:42 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42774 at http://kcur.org Crimes Mar KCATA System http://kcur.org/post/crimes-mar-kcata-system <p>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.</p><p></p><p>In the second part of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talked with <strong>Cynthia Baker</strong>, KCATA's director of marketing, about the recent incidents and what the transit authority plans to do to keep buses safe.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:50:52 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 41158 at http://kcur.org Crimes Mar KCATA System Metal Thefts Plague Farm Country http://kcur.org/post/metal-thefts-plague-farm-country <p>Along the 1200 Road in Windsor, Mo., there is plenty of gravel and farmland. But one thing it is short of is people.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:47:03 +0000 Payne Roberts 40198 at http://kcur.org Metal Thefts Plague Farm Country KCMO Police Chief Discusses Violent Crime http://kcur.org/post/kcmo-police-chief-discusses-violent-crime <p>With <strong>61 people indicted last week </strong>on weapons and drug charges, Kansas City is <strong>making a statement</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 36662 at http://kcur.org KCMO Police Chief Discusses Violent Crime Platte County, MO Judge Imposes Double Life Terms In Murders of Sisters http://kcur.org/post/platte-county-mo-judge-imposes-double-life-terms-murders-sisters <p>A 32-year-old&nbsp; Kansas City Northland area man will serve two consecutive life sentences&nbsp; after pleading guilty Tuesday in the killings of two sisters&nbsp; in Platte County. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:07:42 +0000 Dan Verbeck 35587 at http://kcur.org Platte County, MO Judge Imposes Double Life Terms In Murders of Sisters NOVA Project To Reduce Violence In KC http://kcur.org/post/nova-project-reduce-violence-kc <p>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.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:47:40 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 32706 at http://kcur.org NOVA Project To Reduce Violence In KC Petty Theft Not So Petty To Area Businesses http://kcur.org/post/petty-theft-not-so-petty-area-businesses <p>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.</p><p> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 23:25:00 +0000 Zack Lewandowski 29665 at http://kcur.org Petty Theft Not So Petty To Area Businesses Local Artist’s Drawings Help Solve Crimes http://kcur.org/post/local-artist-s-drawings-help-solve-crimes <p>You’ve probably seen crime shows like <em>CSI</em> and <em>America’s Most Wanted</em>, where artists work with victims to create a drawing that helps identify a criminal.</p><p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:17:12 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 28104 at http://kcur.org Local Artist’s Drawings Help Solve Crimes Change Cited As Burglary-Fighter Goes To Kansas City Council Vote http://kcur.org/post/change-cited-burglary-fighter-goes-kansas-city-council-vote <p>In the South part of Kansas City there have been more burglaries committed in daytime than in darker hours the first months of&nbsp; this year.&nbsp; Police are using those figures to argue for change in city ordinance. Thu, 24 May 2012 10:07:55 +0000 Dan Verbeck 18222 at http://kcur.org Change Cited As Burglary-Fighter Goes To Kansas City Council Vote New Strategies For Combating Crime In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/new-strategies-combating-crime-kansas-city <p>Kansas City has tried many programs to reduce violent crime.&nbsp; But despite them all,<strong> the first 5 months of 2012 have seen more violent crime than in many recent years.</strong></p><p> Mon, 21 May 2012 17:57:22 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 18041 at http://kcur.org New Strategies For Combating Crime In Kansas City Police Reopen 40-year-old Unsolved Murder of Political Leader Leon Jordan http://kcur.org/post/police-reopen-40-year-old-unsolved-murder-political-leader-leon-jordan <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-535240ff55d40-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-535240ff55d40-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="535240ff55d40-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-923463.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Will solving the 40-year-old cold case dredge up some troubling history? (Photo used by permission of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries, Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections.)</p> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 17:34:22 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Sylvia Maria Gross 7054 at http://kcur.org Police Reopen 40-year-old Unsolved Murder of Political Leader Leon Jordan KC Latinos Reach Out To Families Of Crime Victims http://kcur.org/post/kc-latinos-reach-out-families-crime-victims <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-535240ff53319-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-535240ff53319-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="535240ff53319-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-906327.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – The new Latino Advocacy Taskforce aims to aid families affected by violent crime.</p> Tue, 08 Jun 2010 20:24:08 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 6699 at http://kcur.org