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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Cops & Crime
5:36 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Suspect In University Arsons Will Go To Prison

A man from Columbia, Mo., is going to federal prison for six and a half years for setting fires at University of Missouri’s main library and at Stephens College.

The penalty includes $600,000 in restitution.

At least seven fires were set in Ellis Library in September 2011. Computers and security cameras and windows were shattered with a pipe. Damage and cleanup was worth roughly $1.5 million.

Christopher Curtis Kelley, 27, also damaged the repository of Missouri State Historical Society housed in the same building.

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Cops & Crime
6:48 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Prison For Three In Hereford House Arson

U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson and federal prosecutor Paul Becker. Becker successfully argued for enhanced sentences in the Hereford House arson fire of 2008.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Three Kansas City men convicted in the 2008 arson-destruction of the popular Hereford House restaurant have 14 days to appeal their sentences. The terms range from 15 to 20 years.

Fifteen years are ordered for landmark-restaurant owner Rod Anderson, depicted at trial as suffering in the throes of financial failure and desperate for the fire insurance money.

There was trial evidence Anderson had tapped his children’s trust funds and his mother’s IRA, trying  without success to stave off bankruptcy.

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Cops & Crime
10:39 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Video Evidence Is Seen As A Key In Kansas City Federal Arson Trial

Kansas City, MO. U.S. District Courthouse, scene of trial for three men accused in fraud/arson of former landmark restaurant.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

As prosecutors  work to bolster their case to a Kansas City federal court jury, it's apparent  the State is on a path leading events directly to the fiery 2008 arsonists' explosion at Hereford House Restaurant.

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Cops & Crime
10:01 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Arson And Fraud Trial Begins In Kansas City After 2008 Blaze

Security cams outside arson scene captured suspicious movements. Facade of Hereford House after 2008 blast.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Testimony and evidence have started to flow out of the arson and fraud trial stemming from the 2008 fire that destroyed a well known Kansas City restaurant.

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Cops & Crime
4:35 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Child's Fireworks Death Leaves Lesson Of Vulnerability

The death of a child from fireworks has slipped into recent history, yet it lives on among some who were there in Kansas City, Kansas.

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5:30 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Indicted: Unsolved Arson Case Lingers No Longer

Surveillance cameras ( L), Exterior damage, Hereford House October,2008
kcur photos by dan verbeck

Kansas City, MO – The former owner of the Hereford House Restaurant in Kansas City has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that include arson and mail fraud.

57-year-old Rod Anderson allegedly gave an unidentified co conspirator a key and alarm code to the restaurant at 20th and Main. The Hereford house restaurant burned in October 2008.

Damage was set at more than a million dollars.

The indictment contends Anderson told the insurance company the loss was close to $2.4 million.

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