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Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

The mother of the Blue Valley Northwest student fatally shot by police in January is suing the Overland Park Police Department and the officer who killed her son.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, Sheila Albers alleges that the officer, identified as Clayton Jenison, acted "recklessly and deliberately" when he shot and killed her 17-year-old son, John Albers, as he was backing out of the garage of their home.

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Segment 1: Overland Park police uncover hoax call in time, Kansas lawmaker sponsors anti-swatting legislation.

Two dramatic 'swatting' calls have occurred in separate Kansas communities. In Overland Park, police responded to one such hoax in January, and in Wichita, a man was shot and killed by police who received a 'spoofed' call just before the New Year. Today, we learn what 'swatting' is, how law enforcement is reacting and what legislators are doing to crack down.

Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

Johnson County authorities announced Tuesday that the fatal, officer-involved shooting of 17-year-old John Albers was justified. 

The announcement comes one month after Overland Park police were dispatched to a home in south Overland Park, responding to a report of a suicidal person.

Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

Updated Monday 9:45 a.m.

Blue Valley School District officials say counselors will be on hand at schools throughout the district Monday to help students cope with the death of a 17-year old Blue Valley Northwest High School student.

John Albers was shot and killed Saturday by Overland Park Police. 

After report of a shooting and the ensuing standoff around a home in south Overland Park, Kansas Monday morning, the Overland Park Police Department (OPPD) has determined the call was a hoax.

Dispatchers received a 911 call from a man claiming to have shot a relative inside a home on 131st Street, near Blue Valley Northwest High School. The man told police if they approached the residence, he would shoot. 

Sam Zeff / KCUR 89.3

Two children died and four adults were injured in an early morning apartment fire in Overland Park.

The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday near 88th Street and Broadmoor, according to fire department spokesman Jason Rhodes. He says firefighters immediately called for a second alarm.

"Upon arrival they were met with heavy smoke and fire showing from two sides of a two-story apartment complex," Rhodes says.

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Parts of I-435 near U.S. 69 Highway and Antioch Road in Overland Park were down to one lane of traffic Monday morning after a semi-truck crashed and caught fire.

The accident snarled the morning commute for metro-area motorists.

According to John Lacy with the Overland Park Police Department, two people were injured when the tractor-trailer carrying dried goods hit the median near 69 Highway around 4 a.m. Monday.

The driver and one passenger in the tractor-trailer suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to a local hospital and later released.

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.

Charge In Overland Park House Attack

Oct 11, 2013
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Enough people were willing to talk about a gun assault on an Overland Park, Kansas house,  investigators have arrested a man and charges are leveled. 

Local and federal officers made the arrest in a crime that  was unusual, so few drive-by shootings happen in that Johnson County, Kansas locale.

Late in the evening of September 30th,  someone drove to a ranch  home near 99th Terrace and Kessler and opened fire, putting as many as 10 rounds into walls and windows. 

An 8 year old boy was wounded and  survived.

Overland Park, Kan. police say they can make no connection between Monday night’s gun assault on a house in the ten thousand block of Kessler and other violent crimes this summer.  

A wounded 8-year-old boy, shot in the shoulder, is recovering.

His mother and two younger children in the house were unharmed.

As many as ten shots were fired into the house and police are unable to find a credible witness to identify the shooter or shooters. A dark colored sedan was seen speeding away.

The city had its first two homicides of the year in July and September.

Laura Ziegler

Police investigators are at this hour on the scene of a shooting in the 9400 block of Lamar in Overland Park, Kan.  The victim’s family and friends are holding vigil  across the street as homicide detectives gather evidence from the driveway, lawn, and split level home.   

When officers arrived at the house about 3:30 Sunday afternoon, they found a man identified as 33-year-old Raymon Thomas dead in the driveway from multiple gunshot wounds.