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Democrat contender Bloomberg’s gun control group helps city sue firearms-maker

The city is the first to sue the gun industry in 10 years By Evie FordhamFOXBusiness Nerf guns under fire as group calls for removal of ‘assault-style’ toys Consumer group urges Hasbro to remove ‘assault-style’ Nerf guns from its product line; reaction and analysis on ‘The Five.’ A gun-control advocacy group founded by Democratic presidential […]

Man gets 34 years for Independence murder of woman who was a witness in another case

By Katie Moore, January 17, 2020 01:05 PM A Pleasant Hill man was sentenced Friday to 34 years in prison for killing a woman who was a witness in a murder case he will be tried on in August. A Jackson County judge sentenced Michael Dumas, 28, to 20 years for second-degree murder, three years […]

Kansas City, Mo., Sues Gun Manufacturer, Alleging Trafficking

The Wall Street Journal January 9, 2020 Suit focuses on Jimenez Arms, Inc., a maker of inexpensive handguns Ben Kesling Jan. 7, 2020 3:21 pm ET Kansas City, Mo., has sued a gun manufacturer and several weapons dealers, accusing them of illegally trafficking in firearms, the first such move by a major U.S. city in […]

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, […]