Harrisonville, Mo. – A lawsuit was filed today alleging the Catholic Kansas City- St. Joseph Diocese covered up purported sexual transgressions of a priest, but this time the allegations do not center on child abuse. In this case, the issue is a priest fathering a child by a married woman in a parish he served.
The man making the allegations against the priest is the husband of the woman who had the child.
KANSAS CITY, MO. – An iconic Kansas City Police detective has cleared out the spartan office where he spent 21 years solving homicides. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports on the retirement of Sergeant David Bernard.
He is best remembered lately for finding the killers of the little girl who became known as Precious Doe, her decapitated body discarded in a rubbish strewn lot. Dave Bernard and his team on the Murder Squad never gave up.
KANSAS CITY, MO. – A woman, with a gun-waving man perched on the hood of her car, took a different method to help police capture him. She drove into Kansas City police headquarters.
The woman was driving on 71 highway around noon when a man dancing in traffic forced her to stop near 29th street. As police tell it, the man climbed over the bumper and grill, pointed a gun at the windshield and shouted for her to drive.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – In the 1980s it killed John Belushi. In the 1990s it killed actor River Phoenix. And now, a very potent form of it is killing young people...It's heroin.
Last week, a man got sentenced to life in prison for selling it, almost half pure, to teens in Kansas City suburbs. Johnson County officials have also reported a rise in teen heroin use in recent years.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An area priest already jailed on state child pornography charges now faces federal charges as a grand jury indicts Father Shawn Ratigan on 13 counts.
The grand jury report spells describes in unforgiving detail the anatomically explicit close-up photos it says Ratigan took and attempted to take of little girls ages 2 through 12. US Attorney Beth Phillips says the indictment makes a statement: "When a person who has been placed in a position of trust violates that trust, it victimizes the entire community."
Kansas City, MO. – Dozens of arrests have resulted from a three day anti-violent-crime sweep, just ended this afternoon by Kansas City Police. It has been an almost annual affair but there were some unusual aspects to it.
There were drugs and guns and 71 new arrests to go with dozens of others. All that was anticipated.
Kansas City, KS – Six months after the FBI staged a snare for selected Kansas City Kansas police officers, three have been charged with stealing. They are Jeffrey Bell, Darryl Forest and Dustin Sillings. The allegations date back more than a year.
Charges say the three special weapons team members helped themselves to electronics gear, ipods, cameras and cash when they served search warrants on homes.
Overland Park, KS – An investigator with a history of handling high profile arson cases is convinced detectives will find whoever set fires outside three Johnson County schools in less than a week. And the profile points to a young person or more than one.
Fires set to three state of the art playgrounds were costly to the Blue Valley School District. Only one estimate is available, $75 thousand at Liberty View Elementary in Olathe. The others were Morse and Cedar Hills Elementary in Overland Park.
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Investigators are plagued by unknowns in the wounding of a pre teen age girl at her East Kansas City home overnight.
The unidentified 11 year old girl was found shot in the neck in the back yard of her home near 43rd and Pittman Road last evening. Whoever made the phone call for help said she had been injured by fireworks .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Faced with allegations of sexual misconduct by two priests in the Diocese, Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn took to You-Tube yesterday to announce plan to deal with the situation.
In the message, Finn outlined a five-step plan. He said he as implemented step one: "I have engaged a national child exploitation expert to conduct an independent investigation of these events as well as our policies and procedures."
KANSAS CITY, MO. – The prospect of a fourth suspected arsonist has been fleshed-out in the 2008 fire that destroyed Kansas City's Hereford House Restaurant.
Murky photos from surveillance video taken inside the restaurant show a man with a flashlight and what may be flames in the foreground. This is the man the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives wants to find.
KANSAS CITY, MO. – A Kansas City Federal Grand Jury indicts two men accused of burning down the landmark Hereford House Restaurant nearly 3 years ago. Earlier charges accused the owner of hiring-out the arson.
The secret indictment opened today alleges restaurant owner Rodney Anderson hired 56 year old Vincent Pisciotta and 45 year old Mark Sorrentino to burn the 20th and Main Hereford House for insurance money.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A trial in Wichita this month has gathered witnesses from the other side of the world to testify about the events in a small Rwandan village during the 1994 genocide. Topeka resident Lazare Kobagaya lived there at the time, and he's accused of inciting murders and the burning of homes. It's the first time that United States Federal Courts are hearing evidence about the Rwandan genocide.
SALINA, Ks. – After Kansas law enforcement agencies got wind of people smoking a synthetic form of marijuana called K-2 last year, they went straight to the Kansas Legislature and got a new law banning the active ingredients. Problem solved, right? Well as Bryan Thompson reports, turns out it's not that simple.
Fort Leavenworth, KAN – The Army private suspected of illegally passing U.S. government secrets to the WikiLeaks website was transferred Wednesday to the Army prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from the Marine brig in Virginia where he has spent the past nine months.
Pfc. Bradley Manning, suspected of having obtained the classified documents while serving as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq, is awaiting a determination by the Army on whether he is mentally competent to stand trial.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A grand jury has indicted Karen Pletz, the former CEO of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, on 24 criminal charges. U.S. Attorney for Western Missouri Beth Phillips says the indictment contains three different types of fraudulent claims, which occurred between 2002 and 2009.
"It alleges that she received $1.5 million in unauthorized compensation, improper reimbursement for personal expenses, and then made fraudulent claims regarding charitable contributions," Phillips said.
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Two teenage men have been arrested and charged in the Monday murder of Northeast Kansas City community activist Yuri Ives. Charges say he was robbed, shot and stabbed to death.
Inattention to detail appears to have tripped up the alleged killers.
Witnesses told police they heard two loud bangs Monday night in the 500 block of Gladstone Boulevard where Ives lived. Only ten minutes earlier a neighbor said Ives had phoned to say he needed to give a car ride to someone.
KANSAS CITY, MO. – About 40 friends of a murdered community activist joined Kansas City's mayor this afternoon to decry the death of Yuri Ives. He was killed at his home Monday.
Neighbors have been trying to clean up the Old Northeast side as well as its image. They gathered not far from the house where Ives was found murdered.
Mayor Mark Funkhouser was there, calling for policing parity-- "we ought not tolerate on Independence Avenue what we will not tolerate in the Power and Light District." Hizzoner the Mayor said he was talking about street crime and disorder.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A man already charged with a series of Kansas City rapes in the 1980's has been charged with two, more-recent attacks on women.
Twenty two counts including kidnapping, forcible rape and sodomy are charged against 53 year old Bernard Jackson. Police say boot tracks in the yard of a victim matched soles of boots found in Jackson's work locker.
And there is dna evidence detectives say narrows the match to one per 97 million people.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two Kansas City prosecutors, one state, one federal, have begun using a two year federal grant to take apart drug gangs. First public visibility came this afternoon.
Jackson County's Jim Kanatzer says gangs will be addressed one at a time. Large and small. Today 7 people were indicted for conspiracy to sell crack cocaine. In The county prosecutor's words--" my guess would be that well over 50 percent of the violent crime cases we see have some kind of gang nexus."