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Kansas court case could have implications for cellphone privacy

Judge in the case did leave open the possibility that law enforcement could narrow its search Updated: 8:09 PM CDT Jun 23, 2021 Infinite Scroll Enabled Matt Flener KMBC 9 News Investigative Reporter KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas federal judge earlier this month shot down a request by a law enforcement agency to obtain […]

Abuse of power? Armed bondsmen break down Kansas City couple’s door, forcing woman into car

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City couple was inside their home when multiple armed men broke down their back door, rushed into their house and forced the wife to get into a car headed to Kansas. The couple called it kidnapping, but the men said they were enforcing the law. “That’s vigilante justice there,” […]

Prosecutor could file more charges against Britt Reid, Kansas City attorneys say

By Glenn E. Rice Updated April 15, 2021 06:06 AM Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker on Monday said state law limited how many charges she could file against former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid. In a statement announcing a single charge filed against Reid, who is accused of drunken driving in a […]

Judge allows wiretap recording of Kylr Yust ahead of jury selection

The judge presiding over the Kylr Yust trial ruled Thursday that testimony and a wiretap from an ex-girlfriend of Yust can be heard during the trial. By: Andres Gutierrez Posted at 2:50 PM, Mar 11, 2021 and last updated 3:50 PM, Mar 11, 2021 HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — The judge presiding over the Kylr Yust trial […]

Former Jackson County deputy who shot woman could get lighter sentence than most

By Katie Moore January 27, 2021 05:05 PM A former Jackson County sheriff’s deputy who shot a woman in the back and made false statements about the circumstances may spend just 120 days behind bars, according to a plea agreement announced earlier this week. It would be a lighter sentence than most receive for that […]

Extradition of man who allegedly killed his sons could take weeks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It will likely be weeks before the man accused of killing his sons and abducting his daughters is returned to Kansas. Donald Jackson, Jr. is behind bars in an Oklahoma jail after state troopers pulled him over and took him into custody Saturday night. Jackson is accused of killing his two […]

KC attorney breaks down ‘no-knock warrants’

“No-knock warrants,” which played a role in the March shooting death of Louisville EMS worker Breonna Taylor, are legal in Missouri and Kansas. And they can be an important tool for law enforcement, according to one local attorney. By: Caitlin Knute Posted at 11:29 PM, Sep 23, 2020 https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/kc-attorney-breaks-down-no-knock-warrants KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “No-knock warrants,” […]

KCPD employee who allegedly claimed to be officer, left accident scene, works in IT

By Glenn E. Rice February 25, 2020 05:48 PM KCPD employee allegedly claimed to be an officer, left scene of crash Victoria Russell says she was in a minor car wreck in December with a Kansas City Police Department employee who falsely claimed to be an officer and left the scene. Russell has filed a […]

Deputy faces charges for shooting someone in the back. It’s not her first shooting.

By Glenn E. Rice and Katie Bernard October 09, 2019 01:49 PM Update: After the charges were announced, the family of a man shot and killed by the deputy in 2017 said they want a new look at their case. That story is posted here. A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy was charged with assault Wednesday […]

KC-area teens didn’t pull the trigger but are charged with murder. Is that justice?

By Luke Nozicka Updated September 22, 2019 05:00 AM Johnson County District Attorney Stephen M. Howe discusses the felony murder rule and how his office uses it. The law gives prosecutors the power to charge people with murder who have committed felonies but never actually killed. By Tammy Ljungblad | Luke Nozicka Up Next Current […]