Topeka, Kan. – The founder of a tax preparation service with dealings in Kansas City and beyond is sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $75 million.
A Federal District Court jury agreed with prosecutors, 55 year old Michael Craig Cooper of Topeka convinced customers that personal expenses, including commuting miles and children's allowances were deductible business expenses.
Kansas City, Mo. – A suburban Kansas woman who swam competitively with a Blue Springs, Missouri club has filed suit against her former coach and the U. S. umbrella organization for swim teams.
Identified only by the initials L.A.S., she contends coach Robert Mirande coerced her into sex while acting as her mentor in 2006 and 07. The suit says she and her parents eventually complained to governing bodies of the Kansas City Dolphins and U.S.A. Swimming and understood Mirande had left the team, then resurfaced in Virginia, coaching.
Kansas City, Mo. – Stampedes, fights and a general melee in the County Club Plaza District Saturday night have Kansas City Police plotting strategy against next weekend and beyond.
Police now estimate as many as a thousand teenagers, and some even younger, went rampant through the Plaza. It took multiple canisters of pepper spray and arrests to disperse the 'flash mob' thrown together by use of Twitter and Facebook communiques.
Kansas City, Mo. – A former Kansas City policeman today won $6.5 million from a lawsuit claiming he should not have been fired. One of Danny Holmes' successful claims was racial discrimination.
Holmes always claimed he was the fall guy when the Board of Police Commissioners fired him in 2008, although the case dated back to 2003. It involved investigations that took twists and turns through felony probes of drug dealing and homicide and disappearing evidence.
Wichita, Kan. – The sentence for the Kansas City man who killed Kansas abortion provider Doctor George Tiller is fifty years in prison at the minimum. The day-long sentencing hearing concluded after sometimes passionate testimony.
52-year-old Scott Roeder took the witness stand to try to mitigate his guilt, appealing for a lesser number of years before he can see a parole board, on a life sentence. Tiller was shot down last year as he attended Sunday worship at his church.
Kansas City, Mo. – Thirty years in federal prison with no opportunity for parole is the sentence today for a man who engaged in a gun battle with Kansas City Police.
The illegal possession of a gun charge and conviction followed a 2007 traffic check stop near 71st and Myrtle. Evidence showed 24-year-old Ali Akbar Walker started shooting from a car's backseat. Officer Paul Clark was severely wounded.
Riverside, Mo. – More has been learned about the man who was shot to death by police yesterday afternoon in north suburban Riverside. The man killed in a wooded area near Vivion Road and Gateway Drive is identified as Mahir Al-Hakim of Gladstone.
Riverside Police Sergeant Dennis Jones said family members described the 29 year old Al-Hakim as depressive.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House gave initial approval Monday to a ban on a widely available chemical that attempts to mimic the effects of marijuana. The measure would ban synthetic compounds that are sprayed on dried herbs and flowers to give users a marijuana-like high.
House members rejected an amendment legalizing medical marijuana in the state. An amendment to require prescriptions for a decongestant used to make methamphetamine also was rejected.
Kansas City, Mo. – Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton spent slightly more than an hour today before a Kansas City federal grand jury investigating graft and political corruption in the statehouse.
Jetton appeared agitated and conceded he is concerned about the probe. He talked with reporters outside the courthouse where the grand jury is considering allegations a bill to screw down the lid on adult entertainment was killed in 2005 in return for a $35 thousand payoff.
Kansas City, Mo. – Former city councilman Alvin Brooks was appointed to Kansas City's board of Police Commissioners this week by Governor Jay Nixon. Brooks became a police officer in the 1950s, and has since become known as anti-crime activist.
Brooks' appointment comes at a time when a couple of neighborhoods in Kansas City are gripped with fear, and racial tension after a series of rapes. Police think five recent rapes were committed by the same man, a composite drawing is of a heavy-set, bald-headed, African American man with pitted cheeks.
Kansas City, Mo. – One of Kansas City's most recognizable civic activists has been appointed by the Missouri Governor to the city's Board of Police Commissioners: Former policeman, a former member of the city council and mayoral candidate, Alvin Brooks.
Kansas City – The woman who led Kansas City police on a chase and was shot to death by them late last night was 19 years old and in a stolen SUV.
Jessica Jones was from Kansas City Kansas. Four officers fired handguns at her as she tried to drive out of a dead end street. The police account says the woman had nearly hit a police car to start the chase.
Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City Missouri police shot and killed a woman late last night on the city's near west side. Early official accounts suggest officers thought she was going to run over them. It happened in an industrial district between Signal Hill and Southwest Boulevard.
This is the story from police Captain Rich Lockhart.
Kansas City, Mo. – A pre-dawn rape today would be the fifth committed by the same man in the center part of Kansas City. Police believe it's the attacker who struck four times within four months.
From what police will reveal, this new scenario was similar to the others around the Waldo district since late September, 2009. Twice the attacker came in through an unlocked door or window, once a sliding patio door.
Kansas City, Mo. – The heavy coat in July was the giveaway to the hidden camera inside a Lees Summit Theater. A Grandview, Mo. man today has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and a $25 thousand fine for copyright infringement, film piracy.
Kansas City, Kan. – It's still not clear which law officer fired the shot that killed a Kansas City Kansas man yesterday afternoon. Officers from several jurisdictions were there.
Kansas City, Kansas police say they had no role in the shooting of 18 year old Anthony Clemons. A spokesman says that a federal task force including Kansas City, Missouri narcotics police had chased two cars engaged in a gunfight. And someone in that task force killed Clemons when he aimed gun at them.
Kansas City, Mo. – A Kansas City North man was charged and pleaded guilty today to operating an illegal gambling operation. 26 year old Michael Badalucco admitted he took bets on sports using a computer server in Costa Rica.
In return for his guilty plea, Badalucco got immunity from testifying against others.
He transferred bets, took in money and paid it out to bettors. The U. S. Attorney says the operation transmitted wagering information between Missouri, Arizona and Costa Rica.
Kansas City, Mo. – The former Kansas City man convicted of killing Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller speaks via Youtube for the first time since his trial.
It's a recorded conversation between Scott Roeder and Iowa anti abortion activist Dave Leach. Roeder was asked if he has sympathy for the family of the man he shot to death in a Wichita church last year, and said--"The fact that George Tiller was involved in the practice that he was, similar to that of a hit man, if you could have sympathy for a hit man's family."
Kansas City, Mo. – Four executives in charge of training new Iraqi police officers came to Kansas City to see how the job is done in the United States.
The group talked with reporters under two restrictions: No questions about the war or politics.
Three generals and a colonel walked through the Kansas City Police Academy, watching defensive training. One used the word "amazing" to describe the cooperation he's seen between local and federal law agencies.
Kansas City, Mo. – A federal grand jury investigating whether there is a "pay to play" system in the Missouri legislature heard testimony Tuesday from Lee's Summit Republican Senator Matt Bartle and the chairman of a political committee involved in money transactions that some allege led to the killing of a Bartle bill toughening restrictions on the adult entertainment industry.
St. Louis, Mo. – Missouri has led the nation in the number of methamphetamine labs seized each year since 2001. Now several small towns in the state are attempting to curb the drug's production by making a key ingredient - pseudoephedrine - more difficult to get. Four towns and one county now require a prescription for cold medications such as Advil Cold and Sinus. But as St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman reports, some municipal officials say meth labs won't go away until the state passes a prescription-only law.
Prairie Village, Kan. – Police closed off a 600 foot area of the Corinth Square Shopping Center this morning at 83rd and Somerset in Prairie Village after reports of an an unidentified object. Officers who had seen the object said it was wired and could be explosive, but upon investigation by a bomb squad, found the object to be harmless.
About 11:45 AM, police evacuated the busy parking lot as well as The Hen House Grocery Store, Hattie's Coffee Shop, a tailor, nail salon, cleaners, optical shop, and shoe repair.
Olathe, Kan. – It hasn't been unusual for Johnson County Kansas to farm out its jail inmates to places as far away as the Colorado line. An era ended this week as all prisoners were moved back to home base.
For lack of local space prisoners were contracted to other counties around Kansas. The practice lasted more than twenty years. A fleet of vans was almost constantly moving with inmates. It cost the county some $30 million in this decade alone.
Topeka, Kan. – A law enacted in Kansas in 1994 and never used to its ultimate conclusion, will come up for a review among state legislators this week. Hearings will begin tomorrow in Topeka.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will debate merits of the death penalty law, its costs and effectiveness. Kansas enacted its death penalty statute sixteen years ago. No one has been executed in the state during that time.