Kansas City, MO – A hundred-foot section of westbound highway 470 collapsed last weekend and miraculously, no one was injured. This week, the Missouri Department of Transportation looked into the disaster, and already signed a contract for rebuilding that portion of the highway. KCUR's Dan Verbeck followed this story last week. He gave KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross the lowdown.
Kansas City, MO – A former U.N. Ambassador and ex congressman from Michigan has pleaded guilty in Kansas City Federal District Court to working for a mid-Missouri based charity linked to terrorist groups.
Kansas City, MO – The driver of a stolen pickup truck traveled miles between Raytown and midtown Kansas City in the wrong-way lanes of two major highways this afternoon. The multi car wreck that ended it put six people in hospitals and snarled traffic for hours.
Score upon score of drivers stacked up on 71 Highway both sides of 55th Street had no idea an escape from a police snare had started what ended in the destruction. They were just stuck in traffic and being detoured.
Leawood, KS – A Grandview man has been charged today in the Tuesday break-in at a Leawood Kansas home and the rape of a 92 year old woman.
The woman managed to dial 911 in the course of the series of crimes in her home near 103rd street and Overbrook. Police were close by and say they were at the house within one minute of the call, to arrest 21 year old Simon Angilda. An outrageous crime and uncommon, to Major Troy Rettig. He's deputy police chief, who put it this way.
Kansas City, MO – Wednesday marked the ribbon cutting for the new Metro Patrol Division Station of the Kansas City police department. The 28,000-square-foot facility at 75th and Prospect is much larger and more modern than the old Metro Patrol Station on 63rd Street.
The Metro Patrol covers the area between 47th and 95th Streets. It's in Councilman Terry Riley's District, and he told the crowd that the new building will kick-start re-development along the Prospect corridor.
Jefferson City, MO – Elderly Missourians who qualify for $250 rebate checks from Medicare are being warned to watch out for scam artists.
The checks that are being mailed out are legitimate, but seniors who receive them may be targeted by con artists. State Attorney General Chris Koster says recipients should not give out their personal information to anyone calling to ask for it.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City and its police department need to combat lies spread by social media before frenzies take hold. The message is from Councilwoman Cindy Circo.
During a Council committee meeting today, Deputy Police Chief Cy Ritter said rumors have spread that traffic checkpoints have snarled flow of cars for hours, when it was really five minutes. Ritter cited a recent checkpoint looking for unlicensed drivers on Barry Road east of I-29.
Kansas City, Mo. – The lure of bank robbery, apparently, knows no age restrictions. An 80-year-old Kansas City man today admitted his crime.
Retired railroad engineer Augusta Cannon told a U.S. District Judge he went to UMB Bank at 103rd and Stateline Road three days before Christmas last year. He held a pellet gun on a teller, demanded money and got nearly $9,000.
Kansas City, Mo. – A commercial fireworks-type explosive set off on the southern edge of Kansas City's downtown forced hundreds to travel somewhere other than parts of Grand Boulevard Thursday afternoon. A police bomb robot was working near 17th and Grand. KCURs Dan Verbeck was there.
Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City is painfully slow collecting overdue taxes from businesses. The fact became apparent when the city auditor reported to the city council this week it takes, on average, 241 days to pick out which businesses owe occupational license fees.
Jason Phillips was a member of the auditing team, describing deficiencies.
"In the tax years 2004 to 2008, an average of 145 days elapsed between the due date for withholdings of earnings taxes to the date potential delinquent cases were identified," Phillips gave as an example.
Kansas City, Mo. – Convenience store surveillance video led to an arrest, and now charges have been filed against two Kansas City men in a particularly brutal beating in Brookside.
The Jackson County Prosecutor lays charges that 23-year-old Andre Valentine and 20-year-old Durrell White beat, robbed, then further savaged a man and woman in a parking lot Friday near 62nd Terrace west of Main.
Olathe, Kan. – A Johnson County District Court jury today has convicted two teenage brothers in the shooting death of a man and wounding of another.
Donte Robinson of Merriam was killed 14 months ago in a 61st and Foster apartment parking lot fight. He was 21.
Today 18-year-old Avrin Chapman was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and two counts attempted voluntary manslaughter. His 17-year-old brother Devin, also of Overland Park, stands guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter.
Kansas City, Mo. – Modern DNA technology was unheard of in the 1970s as police in two Missouri cities struggled to find and stop a man who was attacking women. KCUR news has learned it was a mainstay of crime detection that led investigators in one town to help counterparts in the other. The common denominator is the man now charged in 1980s attacks around Kansas City's Waldo District.
Bernard Jackson stands charged in Kansas City with four rapes committed in 1983 and 1984. They are accusations, not convictions.
Kansas City, Mo. – A University of Missouri-Kansas City student is charged in the murder of a Kansas City businessman at his Country Club District home.
Matthew Hendrix is charged with second-degree murder, burglary and armed criminal action. Police list his address as Oak Street Hall dormitory at 50th and Oak, less than a mile from the murder scene. Hendrix is 17.
49-year-old Michael Tutera was shot to death inside his home in the gated community of Sunset Drive, just south of Ward Parkway.
Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City police waited for a search warrant today before examining the interior of a house in the upscale Country Club District where the homeowner was found dead this morning. Police identify him as 49 year old Michael J. Tutera. Investigators did not say by what means he was killed, except to say it is a homicide.
Police asked anyone with information to call the Crimestoppers' Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. A police spokesman said detectives were following up on what were termed, "good leads."
Kansas City, Mo. – An independent investigation into the University of Kansas Athletic Department says at least a million dollars worth of tickets were sold inappropriately over the past five years -- and it may have gone on longer than that.
The investigation conducted by a Wichita law firm showed that five KU athletics staffers and a consultant sold or used more than 17,500 basketball tickets, and more than 2,000 football tickets.
KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told the media:
St Joseph, Mo. – A never-reported liaison between Kansas City and St Joseph police more than 30 years ago led to a conviction of a serial rapist, now charged with more rapes in Kansas City. Bernard Jackson was a suspect in at least two rapes of women in the Pony Express City in 1976 and 77. There was no physical evidence to charge him there.
Current St. Joseph Detective Commander Jim Connors tells KCUR Jackson was considered in both cities.
Kansas City, Mo. – Terrorist supporters will turn up in unlikely situations: Take the man who pleaded guilty today in Kansas City Federal District Court.
Khalid Ouazzani owned a junk yard selling used car parts on Truman Road. He sold it, later admitted some bank fraud and overseas money laundering and today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to support al-Qaida. Ouazzani told Federal District Judge Howard Sachs he had someone else hand over two donations to al-Qaida worth $23 thousand between 2007 and last February.
Kansas City, Mo. – Fifteen criminal charges dealing with rapes in and around the Waldo area are filed against one man. They are not for crimes last year and this, but for attacks more than 25 years ago. Law enforcers are very careful what they say about the freshest assaults.
Kansas City Police Chief Jim Corwin will only call 52 year old Bernard Jackson a 'person of interest' in the five rapes between last September and this February.
Olathe, Kan. – A Prairie Village police officer was justified in killing a woman in her apartment last March. The Johnson County District Attorney made the finding after studying an investigation by a shooting-review team.
D.A. Steve Howe said police had tried to calm Susan Stucky who was mentally disturbed and that she refused to go for treatment voluntarily the day before the March 31st shooting. And when she threatened police with a baseball bat and threw a butcher knife, the shooting was permissible.
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would outlaw K-2, a group of synthetic compounds that attempt to mimic the effects of marijuana. But the chamber also lessened the proposed penalties for possessing the compounds.
The version passed by the House would make possession of any amount of K-2 a felony. The Senate amended the bill to make possession of less than 35 grams a misdemeanor, the same as with marijuana.
Updated 3:54 PM 4-30-10: All available Kansas University police officers and some members of the Lawrence police department were dispatched just before 2 p.m. Friday to McCollum Hall in response to report of a man with a gun at the residence hall.
Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City doesn't have enough enforcers to guarantee prevailing wage is being paid on construction jobs. And the City Council has been told unions are willing to take up the slack.
The city human relations department concedes it's been at least a decade since repeat violators have been banned from doing business. Manager of Contract Compliance Sheryl Kaullen says staff to do the job has been cut by half.