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Cameron teacher pleads guilty to using hidden camera to record teenager

Bill Smith, August 26, 2019 KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – A former north Missouri high school teacher pleaded guilty in federal court Monday on after admitting to secretly recording teenagers in his bathroom to produce pornography. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, 39-year-old William Derek Williams of Cameron pleaded guilty to producing child pornography. Williams […]

Underwire bra policy at Jackson Co. jail called humiliating, sexist in open letter

Defense attorneys say new security screening policies at the Jackson County Detention Center are unfair to women lawyers. By Mike Hendricks Updated June 06, 2019 10:34 PM Six dozen criminal defense attorneys — both male and female — have signed a letter protesting a new security screening system that denies women lawyers access to the […]

Former Cameron teacher accused of sex crimes enters not guilty plea

PLATTSBURG, Mo. — A former Cameron, Missouri, high school teacher accused of videotaping children with a hidden camera inside his home entered a formal not guilty plea, through his attorney Monday. William “Derek” Williams stood in a gray and white jumpsuit before a Clinton County judge for an arraignment on multiple felony charges of child […]

Was it a coverup? Records, picture changed in Jackson County jail inmate’s death

By Mike Hendricks December 16, 2018 05:30 AM, Reports of shocking brutality, filth and incompetence within the walls of the Jackson County Detention Center have sparked multiple investigations and no shortage of controversy. Reports of shocking brutality, filth and incompetence within the walls of the Jackson County Detention Center have sparked multiple investigations and no […]

‘He was getting nervous’: Murder suspect free on bond knew witness shot on Sunday

By Joe Robertson And Glenn E. Rice, jrobertson@kcstar.com, grice@kcstar.comUpdated November 19, 2018 03:39 PM Though she was to be a state’s witness, Sarah Simms had promised accused murderer Michael T. Dumas again and again that she’d be on his side in court, a friend said. But Sunday morning, 49 days before Dumas was to go […]

Johnson County, Mo., woman convicted of manslaughter for husband’s shooting death

By Kaitlyn Schwers, kschwers@kcstar.com Updated November 16, 2018 09:30 PM A Johnson County, Mo., woman charged with killing her estranged husband last year avoided a conviction of second-degree murder but was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday. Jema Donahue was accused of fatally shooting her husband, 31-year-old Javon Donahue, and burying his body in a […]

Jema Donahue convicted on five charges in murder case

SUE STERLING Staff writer Nov 19, 2018 Updated Nov 19, 2018 WARRENSBURG — A jury in Johnson County Circuit Court rejected arguments that Jema Donahue, 32, acted in self-defense and found her guilty Friday, Nov. 16, of five felony charges stemming from the April 14, 2017, shooting death of her husband, Javon Donahue. A nine-woman, […]

Westport shooting may be among cases missing evidence after KC police warehouse fire

 By Joe Robertson and Glenn E. Rice,  JRobertson@kcstar.com GRice@kcstar.com  September 13, 2018 05:17 PM Criminal trials may go on hold and attorneys are worrying about lost evidence three weeks after a fire damaged one of the Kansas City Police Department’s evidence storage rooms. Cases where evidence may be compromised include a double sexual-assault trial, the […]

Jackson County will pay $150,000 to family of man who died after chair restraint

 By Mike Hendricks mhendricks@kcstar.com April 30, 2018 06:01 PM Jackson County will pay $150,000 to settle the wrongful death claim filed by the family of a man who died of a drug overdose after being placed in a restraint chair last summer at the Jackson County Detention Center. Richard DeGraffenreid, 35, was arrested on a parole […]

3 people accused of murder in KC likely to be released, over prosecutor’s objections

By Max Londberg jlondberg@kcstar.com August 08, 2018 09:27 PM Three alleged murderers from two separate incidents in Kansas City were granted lower bonds on Wednesday and are all likely to be released, according to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. Christopher L. Jones, 37, and Markell Pinkins, 22, face second-degree murder and other charges in […]