KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three months ago, a police raid on a popular club on the Westside sent reverberations through the community that are still being felt today. Many people in the neighborhood had concerns about Club Oasis, on Southwest Boulevard, because of frequent violence and shootings during Sunday night parties there. But some think the way the police raided the place may have caused even more problems.
Kansas City, Mo. – The homeless are less visible around downtown Kansas City than in years' past. In his second part of a series , KCUR's Dan Verbeck went to the heart of the district and filed this account:
Kansas City, MO – A Westport District funeral home has been shut down by Missouri state inspectors for multiple violations. The Missouri Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors today took the license of Marts Memorial Services.
Riverside, MO – Some of the bravest law officers in metro Kansas City have been honored today. They saved lives, in one way or another.
The highest honor is the Gold for Valor. Roger Lane of Independence Police Department rescued a woman and her three children from an overturned burning car. Officer Chad Pickens from Kansas City's department walked into a gun battle leaving a movie, off-duty. He made the arrest without anyone being hurt.
Kansas City, MO – Some nine hours after a two-year-old Cass County girl was given to a stranger by her mother, the child was found safe, 200 miles away in Iowa.
From accounts pieced together by investigators, a woman claiming to be a child welfare worker duped the child's mother into turning over Syah Duffey. The mother lives in East Lynne, Missouri. The biological father, who had never seen the child, lives in Iowa. The woman who took the girl drove off in a van with Iowa license plates.
Kansas City, MO – For the past few months, KC Currents has been following the recently re-opened murder case of Leon Jordan. He helped found Kansas City's African American political organization Freedom, Incorporated. In his role at Freedom, he paved the way for the first African Americans to be elected to the city council and the Missouri State Assembly, himself becoming a representative in 1964. And Jordan was instrumental in the passage of a 1962 public accommodations ordinance, which outlawed segregation in Kansas City.
Kansas City, MO – This summer, Kansas City police re-opened an unsolved murder case from 1970. Leon Jordan was a pioneering local politician and civil rights leader. 40 years after he was gunned down outside the bar he owned, Jordan's murder remains one of the most vexing mysteries in Kansas City history.
Kansas City, MO – Updated at 11:33am September 14, 2010.
An appearance by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon at Penn Valley Community College scheduled for this morning has been canceled following a stabbing there. A dean at Penn Valley was stabbed around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Humanities building.
Kansas City Police Captain Rich Lockhart says witnesses report the man was in his twenties and wearing all black.
Kansas City, MO – This summer, Kansas City Missouri police re-opened an unsolved murder case from 40 years ago. The victim was one of their own: former police lieutenant and state representative Leon Jordan. Jordan was gunned down outside his tavern on July 15, 1970.
Jordan was a key figure in the local civil rights movement, and helped consolidate black political power in Kansas City.
Over the years, there's been many theories about who killed Leon Jordan, and some concern that dredging up the case could tarnish his legacy.
Kansas City, MO – While most Kansas Citians spent their 3-day holiday relaxing, one or more were working at burrowing through a wall of concrete and steel on the Country Club Plaza.
There is no quiet way to chop through a concrete wall, yet no one seemed to take notice in overnight hours of Sunday to Monday at 48th and Jefferson. Burglars were cutting a 4-by-3-foot opening in the outside wall of Vinca Jewelry.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City and Jackson County's regional jail has been in operation for a year now and the county executive told a City Council committee today it appears it will save the city a million dollars a year.
Kansas City, MO – The handling of some types of criminal cases in Kansas City in Jackson County prompts a member of the city's Board of Police Commissioners to schedule a meeting with the county prosecutor. The issue is the volume of violent assault crimes that wind up in municipal court, mingled with the traffic cases normally found there .
For years police detectives have decided which cases to direct to state court where penalties are stiffer, or city court where a conviction is more likely on a less serious charge.
Kansas City, MO – It takes, on-average, six minutes for Kansas City Police to arrive when sent on a top emergency call . But the board of Police Commissioners was told today response time in Kansas City-North will always be slower.
When averaged out, time between a 9-1-1- call and arrival at a destination in the Northland is close to 7 minutes. Sometimes it's 15 minutes.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court has set an October 20th execution for Roderick Nunley, one of two men convicted of killing a 15 year old Kansas City girl. The legal case has dragged on since 1989.
Ann Harrison was an honor student at Raytown South High School, kidnapped waiting for a school bus in eastern Kansas City. She was raped and stabbed , left to die in a car trunk.
Michael Taylor and Roderick Nunley were convicted, sentenced to die. Each blamed the other.
Jefferson City, MO – A federal district judge has found that two Missouri Laws curbing protests near funerals violate free speech.
Missouri legislators passed two laws in 2006 after members of a Topeka, Kansas church protested at soldiers' funerals . The church claims the deaths are God's punishment on the United States for allowing homosexuality. Sexual preference of the dead or the mourners was never an issue. The protests by members of the Westboro Baptist Church have been staged from the midwest to the east coast.
A novel and thrifty approach to cutting the number of traffic wrecks in Shawnee, Kan., has produced one other dividend: Crime is down.
Working with a leaner budget this year, Police Chief Jim Morgan heard about a test program from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It sounded too good to be true. But Morgan is a believer today with a program that cost no extra money. After running the project one month crime dropped some 27 percent in the area of 75th street, Switzer to Quivira Roads.
The unsolved 1970 murder of Kansas City black political leader Leon Jordan is back in the hands of a detective squad. And KCUR has learned of new developments that might enhance chances of solving the murder after all these years. It revolves around crime lab science being done in Topeka. KCUR's Dan Verbeck has the story.
Calling it a "police surge," Mayor Mark Funkhouser today proposed hiring another one hundred officers using an extended public safety sales tax. It was not universally well received.
The police chief has his own plan and it would pay for 40 officers with a more permanent set of funds than a sales tax. Jim Corwin's proposal spends the tax money on building projects, a crime lab, new police stations. He has said it's not wise to link police jobs with a funding source as transitory as a sales tax.
Columbia, MO – US Senator Claire McCaskill says the misplacement of hundreds, and possibly thousands of buried military personnel at Arlington National Cemetery. McCaskill says fixing the mismanagement that has caused the problem at Arlington National Cemetery will be easy. The challenge lies in the more emotional questions.