Kansas City, MO – A new report says more than ten-thousand American children died between 2001 and 2007 due to child abuse and neglect and the actual number may be thousands higher. The report calls for an expanded federal role to plan, coordinate, and fund solutions to this scourge.
Credit Photos from video security cameras.Click to enlarge.
The picture at the top, released this week, seems to show a man who is larger or at least stockier-built than the man fairly clearly pictured in photos released in February. Both appear to be wearing very similar baseball caps.
Kansas City, MO – Authorities have doubled the reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the million-dollar fire at the Hereford House restaurant downtown last year.
They're now offering $10,000 - and have posted a previously unreleased security video photo that shows what appears to be a second suspect in the dimly lit restaurant shortly before the 1 AM fire.
Kansas City, Mo. – Western Union wire services carried more than a third of a million dollars from Kansas City to China in 2005 and 2006. Wire transfers are common transactions, but these came from an uncommon source: massage parlors.
Manhattan, KS – A judicial board at Kansas State University has suspended the Phi Delta Theta fraternity for a hazing incident that left a student hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.
The 18-year-old freshman was found unresponsive at the off-campus fraternity house in late September. He recovered and is still a member of the chapter.
The Interfraternity Council imposed the sanctions on Phi Delta Theta. The fraternity will be on probation until September 2011, will have to pay fines and won't be allowed to have any event involving alcohol until February 2011.
Kansas City, MO – Western Union wire services carried more than a third of a million dollars between metro Kansas City and China in 2005 and 2006.
They were common transactions from an uncommon source. The proceeds came from massage parlors. Within the last week, the entire operation has been laid-bare and settled in court. KCUR's Dan Verbeck has a deeper look at the story.
Kansas City, MO – A woman avoids what could have been a forty year prison term for her guilty plea to operating a lucrative massage parlor prostitution ring in Johnson County Kansas. The sentencing judge disagreed with the prosecution's characterization of the crime.
Kansas city, MO – A Kansas City Federal District Court judge is scheduled to sentence a woman who is described in court records as chief operator of a sizeable prostitution ring, using dozens of women recruited from China.
Investigators say women forced to work in the Olathe and Overland Park massage parlors were under constant surveillance video cams.
They performed from 9 in the morning to 11 at night seven days a week. Many had their identities stolen to prevent their escape. 46 year old Ling Xu will be sentenced Wednesay.
Kansas City, Mo. – Two Chinese citizens have each been sentenced to five years in U.S. prison for their role in a large prostitution operation in Johnson County Kansas.
According to court documents, dozens of women were recruited from China to work under what are described as slave labor conditions at massage parlors in Overland Park and Olathe. Thirty seven year old Zhong Yan Liu and 23 year old Cheng Tang were ordered to prison.
The men apologized in Kansas City Missouri Federal District Court.
Kansas City, MO – Three young men are in the Johnson County Kansas jail, charged with robbing, kidnapping and murdering an 18 year old woman from Overland Park. Authorities will not talk about alleged method or motive.
It's not clear where Keighly Ann Alyea was killed. She was last known to be alive in Kansas, her body found Monday, almost exactly a week later, in Cass County Missouri near the tiny town of East Lynn in a farm field.
Kansas City, MO – Illegal sex is a problem in Kansas prisons, but it's not as widespread as inmates and staff suggest, the state's top prisons official.
Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz responded to an investigation by the Topeka Capital-Journal, which reviewed hundreds of documents on the Topeka Correctional Facility and interviewed inmates and prison employees. The investigation concluded as many as a third of the prison's 250 staff members have been involved in an illegal black market, including exchanging sex with female inmates for drugs.
Topeka, KS – A Kansas commission is looking at ways to improve the state's drunk driving laws. The DUI Commission heard how a specialized court could more efficiently deal with offenders.
DUI courts offer supervision and treatment for offenders- instead of jail time for offenders. David Wallace is director of the National Center for DWI Courts, and he says keeping offenders out of jail can save cash, and the courts can help reduce the number of costly trials.
Kansas City, MO – Nearly three decades ago, Joyce Ann Brown's life changed suddenly. She was accused of murdering the owner of a Texas fur store. There was no physical evidence that linked her to the crime, but the store owner's wife mistakenly identified her.
Brown was convicted after an inmate, whom she didn't know, gave false testimony in exchange for release from prison. She was sentenced to life.
Leavenworth, KS – Leavenworth city leaders say they were shocked at a wire service report putting their community very close to getting Guantanamo detainees. Local tactics are about to change. KCUR's Dan Verbeck was in Leavenworth and filed a report.
Kansas City, MO – Republican lawmakers are criticizing an Obama administration plan to move suspects held at Guantanamo Bay to a combination prison and court house facility. Administration officials are reportedly looking closely at two sites, one in Michigan, the other in Kansas. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
Kansas City, Mo. – A Justice Department grant brings relief to the Kansas City Police Department where budget cuts had left a bleak outlook. The department applied for $8.3 million in economic stimulus money with no assurances it would get it. The grant was heartily received at the police academy. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.
Kansas City , Mo. – Scott Roeder will be back in a Wichita court today for a preliminary hearing. District Attorney Nola Foulson and attorneys for Roeder will present evidence in an attempt to persuade the judge to go forward with the trial. Roeder is suspected of shooting Dr. George Tiller, the controversial doctor who performed late-term abortions, in the lobby of his church on Sunday, May 31st.
Kansas City, MO – The man suspected of gunning down abortion Dr. George Tiller in his Wichita church in late May will have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. Since his arrest, Scott Roeder has said from his jail cell in Witchita he's "being treated like a criminal," and that similar anti-abortion violence is in the works. The Department of Justice confirms it has increased security around abortion providers and clinics cross the country, but officials will not discuss the details.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser and the Kansas City Police governing board are on record opposing giving up state control of the department.
Both Kansas City and St. Louis police departments are controlled by boards appointed by the governor. The St. Louis mayor has been pressing for local control. But not Funkhouser, who told the commission last Friday the department has improved in performance the last decade.
Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City's mayor wants to dispel the notion that his is a murderous city. He met with reporters after two women were killed over the weekend in random gunfire, unintended targets. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.
Kansas City, MO – Starting on Friday July 17, 2009, cameras started catching red light runners at two more Kansas City intersections. By the end of the month, the city will have installed a total of 30 red light cameras. Question is, are the cameras stopping people for running red lights, and it that's the case, are they generating enough money to pay for themselves? It's a little more complicated than you might think, as KCUR Intern Bill Gallo reports.
Kansas City, KS – Charges are expected to be filed Monday in the shooting death of late-term abortion provider Doctor George Tiller. Scott Roeder was arrested in Johnson County, Kansas and was expected to be taken to Wichita for questioning in the investigation. Members of an FBI task force hovered around a Merriam house Sunday night believed to be connected to Roeder. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.