Central Standard
1:51 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Meet The Kansas City Woman Working To Exonerate The Wrongly Convicted

The podcast Serial got people hooked on resolving a single murder case. A young man was convicted in the 1990s on what looks like flimsy evidence; the podcast walks listeners through a maddening quest for the truth. The Midwest Innocence Project's Tricia Bushnell explains how defense lawyers use similar techniques to exonerate the wrongly convicted on a larger scale.

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10:11 am
Tue December 16, 2014

FBI Investigating Dionte Greene Murder For Possible Civil Rights Violation

Dionte Greene, 22, was murdered in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 31. His family and friends believe he was targeted because he was gay.
Credit courtesy of Coshelle Greene

The FBI is investigating the murder of a 22-year-old black man who may have been targeted because of his sexual orientation.

Dionte Greene, who identified as gay, was found shot to death in his still-running car near the intersection of 69th and Bellefontaine in Kansas City, Mo., early Halloween morning.

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10:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Additional Murder Charges Filed In South Kansas City Shooting Spree

A man accused of killing five people in a south Kansas City, Mo., crime spree in early September now faces two additional charges of first degree murder.

Brandon Howell, 34, already faced three counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of 63-year-old Darryl Hurst, 88-year-old Lorene Hurst and 69-year-old Susan Choucroun.

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Election 2014
10:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Voter Guide To Missouri Amendment 2 On Sex Crimes

Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2 would make it easier for prosecutors to bring evidence of sexual crimes against minors to court.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot could change the way sexual crimes are prosecuted in Missouri.

Constitutional Amendment 2 would allow previous relevant criminal activities to be admissible in court for crimes of a sexual nature against a minor. 

Ballot language:

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St. Louis
7:50 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Protesters Clash With Police In St. Louis' Shaw Neighborhood

Police stand in a skirmish line at the intersection of South Grand Avenue and Arsenal Street, in St. Louis on Oct. 9.
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

A candlelight vigil for an 18-year-old shooting victim turned into a protest march through the Shaw neighborhood in south St. Louis late Thursday.

The protesters were mostly peaceful as they marched up and down residential streets in the neighborhood. But things turned uneasy as the evening wore on. A group of about 40 people blocked traffic at major intersections along South Grand Blvd. Later, some of the protesters broke windows of police cars.

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9:25 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Man With Weapon Fatally Shot By KCPD Officer

A Kansas City police offer fatally shot a man late Wednesday after the man allegedly threatened the officer with a sword-like object. He died at the scene.

KCPD responded to an outside disturbance shortly before midnight on the 4200 block of 57th Terrace in Kansas City, North.

The Kansas City Star reports the man did not respond to officer's commands and became confrontational.

3:46 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

UPDATED: Three Dead, Two Injured In South Kansas City Shooting

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Credit Robert Francis / Flickr--CC

Update, 7:11 a.m., Wednesday:

Police have apprehended a man they say has been positively identified as the suspect in the assaults at a Motel 6 in the Northland. The are continuing to investigate whether there is a link between the suspect and the triple homicide in south Kansas City. 

Update, 8:15 p.m.:  

Police say the shooting may be related to an incident at a northland Motel 6 Tuesday afternoon. The hotel is close to where an SUV taken from the scene of the homicides earlier in the day in south Kansas City was found. 

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Northland Schools
4:48 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

New Way To Manage Northland Crime Tips

Credit Courtesy Crime Stoppers

Parents and students in Northland school districts  have a new, more efficient way to relay tips to Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers has promoted its 474-TIPS hotline number for 32 years. More recently, the organization started taking tips by texts. The Northland Safe School Task Force got so many texts that officials reached out to Kansas City Crime Stoppers to help manage the information from students and parents.

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7:45 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Chillicothe Man Won’t Face Third Murder Trial

Mark Woodworth won't face a third trial.
Credit Department of Corrections

A Chillicothe man twice convicted of the same murder will not stand trial for a third time.

Mark Woodworth was convicted in two trials of the 1990 murder of Cathy Robertson and injuring her husband as the two slept. Both convictions were eventually vacated by the state supreme court.

And on Tuesday, the 24-year-long legal saga appeared to come to an end a special prosecutor said Woodworth wouldn’t go before a jury again, and the charges against him have been dropped.

Woodworth’s attorney Robert Ramsey says it’s the vindication his client has long been looking for.

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Central Standard
3:46 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

KC Police Chief Darryl Forté On Response Times, His Faith And Social Media

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté visited with Gina Kaufmann about some of the problems that Kansas City faces.
Credit KMBC

When Darryl Forté was sworn in as Kansas City Police Department chief in 2011, it was a landmark moment. 

Forté is the first African American to lead the police department in the city's history.

Since then, Forté and the rest of the police department have had their hands full, with homicide rates that have routinely ranked within the top 10 worst cities in America

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Beyond Our Borders
7:39 am
Wed June 18, 2014

KC Anti-Crime Leader Says The Black Church Needs New Message For Grieving Teens

Anti-crime activist and minister Alvin Brooks at a recent meeting on how the church can better serve siblings of murder victims.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

The homicide epidemic among young black men on Kansas City’s east side is leaving a generation of grieving teens in its wake, and some in the crime-fighting community feel black churches need to change their message to better help these young people deal with their loss.

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Up To Date
1:18 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Meet Three Outstanding Law Enforcement Canines

ATF explosives detection canine, Roxi.

Law enforcement dogs these days can do some incredible things: sniffing out the chemicals used to start an arson fire, getting illegal drugs off our streets, or finding evidence in shootings and explosives investigations.

On this edition of Up to Date, host Steve Kraske meets three law enforcement dogs, and their handlers, to find out what it takes for a dog to become a key part of a law enforcement team.


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Up to Date
10:32 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Recovering From A False Rape Accusation

Football player Brian Banks went to prison for a rape, but new evidence exonerated him of the crime.
Credit Thomson200 / Wikimedia Commons

Back in 2002, Brian Banks was getting closer to his dream of playing for the NFL. Pegged for a scholarship to play for USC, Banks’ future was promising until he was accused of rape and sentenced to five years in prison.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we sit down with Banks to discuss his sentence, which was overturned when it came to light that his accuser had lied to reap settlement money. We'll also discuss his return to football nearly 11 years later.


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Up to Date
9:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Ethics Professors: Crime And Punishment

The Ethics Professors return to talk about crime and punishment.
Credit Keith Allison / Flickr-CC

With suspects in custody for both the highway and Jewish Community Center shootings, many communities in the metro area are waiting to see how justice will be served.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to mull over the ethical questions surrounding crime and punishment. We also look at the recent case of a man who was imprisoned 15 years after his sentencing due to a clerical error.

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7:50 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Charges Filed In Gas Station Shooting That Left Boy Paralyzed

Dontae Jeffferson, charged in shooting that left man dead, his son paralyzed.
Credit Police photo

A 27-year-old Kansas City man faces multiple charges including first-degree murder in a gas station shooting that left a man dead and his ten-year-old son paralyzed.

At a Thursday news conference, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker was visibly moved by the police work that led to the arrest of Dontae Jefferson.

"I asked you for heroes to step up and step forward and help solve this case ... help us bring this family justicen... and that happened," the prosecutor said.

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1:54 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Prosecutor Names Suspect In Kansas City Highway Shootings

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announces charges Friday against a 27-year-old suspect tied to recent highway shootings in Kansas City. The announcement took place at the Kansas City Emergency Operations Center.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced charges Friday against a man tied to recent highway shootings in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The afternoon announcement revealed Mohammed Whitaker, 27, of Grandview, Mo., faces 18 felony counts, including class A and class B felonies related to shooting into a vehicle.

The charges stem from a series of at least a dozen shootings on Kansas City area highways. Three people have been hurt as a result.

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Up to Date
10:39 am
Tue March 11, 2014

How Bystanders Made A Murder Case Famous

A new book examines the strange murder case of Kitty Genovese.

If you heard or saw a crime happening, what would you do? The people who heard Kitty Genovese scream as she was murdered didn’t do anything, in a famous case that became known for the bystander effect. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk about the case that helped drive the development of the 911 emergency call system and what new details about the killing have emerged over the years.


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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

On Death Row: Missouri Inmate Michael Taylor Scheduled To Be Executed

Missouri inmate Michael Taylor is scheduled to be executed just after midnight on Wednesday. Pentobarbital from an unnamed compounding pharmacy will be used.

Taylor's attorneys are concerned that the drug may cause his client unnecessary suffering because the anonymous pharmacy cannot be checked for legitimacy and any previous violations. By law, compounding pharmacies that supply lethal injection formulas in Missouri are allowed to remain anonymous.

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Up to Date
12:10 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Looking Back At 40 Years Of Policing Overland Park

Retiring Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass stopped by Up to Date to talk about his years on the force.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

After 40 years with the Overland Park Police Department, Chief John Douglass is riding off into the sunset…sort of. He’s not ready for a quiet retirement just yet. Instead, he’s going back to school as the director of safety and for the Shawnee Mission School District next spring. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we sit down with Douglass to discuss how policing Overland Park has changed over the years and the new challenges that await him in the coming months.

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Central Standard
2:35 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

The Shadowy World Of The Sisters In Crime

The mystery and crime genre used to be largely a male-dominated world, but now thanks to groups like Sisters in Crime, women have found their inner sinister voice.

Host Susan Wilson discusses the world of female mystery writers and their growing support network.


  • Linda Rodriguez, President of the Border Crimes Chapter of the Sisters in Crime
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Maryville Rape Case
7:39 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Maryville Rape Prosecutor Contradicts Earlier Statement

Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

A Missouri county prosecutor under fire for dropping charges in a controversial rape case is blaming the failure on the victims’ refusal to testify, contradicting an earlier statement.

Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice issued a press release Tuesday, defending his actions on insufficient evidence because “the state's witnesses refused to cooperate and invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege to not testify.”

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Cops & Crime
8:26 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Less Violent Crime, More Auto Theft In Kansas City Center This Summer

Crime rates have been dropping from downtown Kansas City south to Brush Creek, but a rise in auto theft has been bothering police.

There have been three fewer homicides in 2013, as compared to last year at this time, and a 10 percent reduction in violent assaults. This is good news to Major Shawn Wadle, but his Central Patrol Division can’t escape a trend of a 17 percent rise in auto thefts in the last two months.

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Up to Date
10:50 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Crimes Mar KCATA System

Several violent incidents have happened recently on KCATA buses.
Credit Stephen Rees/Flickr-CC

Public transit is often touted as a better alternative to personal vehicles, but safety concerns have recently plagued the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority buses, after a stabbing and a shooting left a bus driver and passengers seriously injured.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talked with Cynthia Baker, KCATA's director of marketing, about the recent incidents and what the transit authority plans to do to keep buses safe.

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Harvest Public Media
7:47 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Metal Thefts Plague Farm Country

Mike Obermann was among the victims of a rash of metal thefts in rural Missouri. Since then, he has installed theft-protection measures on his farm.
Credit Payne Roberts / Harvest Public Media

Along the 1200 Road in Windsor, Mo., there is plenty of gravel and farmland. But one thing it is short of is people.

Miles of green fields separate the farms that occupy this area of Windsor, a rural town of 3,000, making area farms easy targets in a series of metal thefts that robbed farmers of the tools they needed to do their jobs.

Mike Obermann was among the victims. He owns a farm of row crops and cattle northwest of Windsor with his wife. In the theft, he lost $500-600 worth of fencing material and an aluminum boat.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

KCMO Police Chief Discusses Violent Crime

Kansas City, Mo., Police Chief Darryl Forte

With 61 people indicted last week on weapons and drug charges, Kansas City is making a statement

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9:31 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Missouri House Endorses Criminal Code Overhaul

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would overhaul Missouri’s criminal code has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.

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Cops & Crime
5:07 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Platte County, MO Judge Imposes Double Life Terms In Murders of Sisters

A Platte County judge sentenced Clifford Miller to two consecutive life terms for the murders of Britney Haarup and Ashley Key.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

A 32-year-old  Kansas City Northland area man will serve two consecutive life sentences  after pleading guilty Tuesday in the killings of two sisters  in Platte County.

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10:01 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Too Late To Revise Missouri's Criminal Code?

A Missouri Senate committee has wrapped up nearly a full month of hearings into a bill that would revise the state’s criminal code.  It would create a new class of felonies and misdemeanors, give judges more flexibility in sentencing, and modernize the language used in the criminal code. 

The bill is sponsored by Senate Minority Floor Leader Jolie Justus.

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Central Standard
9:47 am
Thu February 28, 2013

NOVA Project To Reduce Violence In KC

Like any metropolitan city, crime and violence are unfortunately a reality of life in Kansas City. Recently, the KCPD joined forces with many across the metro to organize the NOVA project, an initiative to combat gang violence in Kansas City.

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9:39 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Missouri Bar Recommends Changes For Criminal Justice System

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A task force spearheaded by The Missouri Bar has released its recommendations for updating the state’s criminal justice system.  Most of the recommendations would require the approval of the state legislature.

The task force was called to tackle an outdated and overburdened criminal justice system that has led to crowded prisons, backlogged cases, and public defenders’ offices closing their doors. The group was comprised of representatives from the various branches of the system, including prosecutors, public defenders, and private attorneys.

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