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Newton County, Neosho officials to pay $630,000 to mother, children of Joplin man who died in county jail

The Turner Report This blog features observations from Randy Turner, a former teacher, newspaper reporter and editor. Send news items or comments to rturner229@hotmail.com Wednesday, June 23, 2021 The mother and children of a former Joplin resident who died June 29, 2018 in the Newton County Jail will receive a $630,000 settlement, according to documents […]



Former KCFD captain sentenced to federal prison for illegally selling dozens of guns

By Luke Nozicka Updated January 25, 2021 05:24 PM Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article248746040.html#storylink=cpy A former Kansas City Fire Department captain was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison for illegally selling dozens of guns. James Samuels’ sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. The 55-year-old man, detained at the Leavenworth Detention […]



Security guard convicted of murder in 2018 shooting outside Kansas City bar

By Katie Bernard December 13, 2019 01:57 PM Christopher L. Jones, 37, was charged in July 2018 with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and tampering with physical evidence after he allegedly shot a man who was sitting in a car across the street from Yum Yum Bar & Grill where Jones worked security. Pinkins’ case […]



Man pleads guilty to Kansas City shooting that left three dead in November 2017

By Katie Moore January 23, 2020 03:18 PM A man pleaded guilty Thursday to a triple murder at an east Kansas City house. Deaundre J. Brown, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of armed criminal action. A prison sentence of 20 years was recommended for each count, to be […]



Security guard convicted of murder in 2018 shooting outside Kansas City bar, Sentenced to 13 years.

By Katie Bernard December 13, 2019 01:57 PM A security guard employed by an Overland Park firm was convicted in Jackson County court of second-degree murder Thursday night for shooting a man outside a Kansas City bar last year, according to the Jackson County prosecutor’s office and the man’s defense attorney. Christopher L. Jones, 37, […]



Pleasant Hill Man convicted of killing a witness in another murder case

By Katie Bernard November 16, 2019 01:49 PM A Pleasant Hill man was convicted Friday of shooting and killing a witness for another murder he was charged with. A Jackson County jury found Michael Dumas, 28, guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. The jury recommended he serve up […]



Man sentenced in slaying of young mother bound in duct tape, shot in front of son

By Robert A. Cronkleton Updated May 12, 2019 12:55 PM A Kansas City man who bound a young mother with duct tape and shot her in the head with their 2-year-old son nearby has been sentenced to prison, according to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office. A Jackson County judge sentenced Joseph Gonsalez, 24, of Kansas […]



Jury finds suspect guilty of several crimes in domestic violence case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — (March 11, 2019) For the past week, the family of Elizabeth Richards has listened and watched gruesome evidence in the death of the 19-year-old young woman. The suspected gunman, her ex-boyfriend and father of her son, Joseph Gonsalez, was charged with several crimes. During closing arguments Monday afternoon, defense attorney, John […]



Donahue receives 10-year sentence on manslaughter charge

By Sue Sterling sue.sterling@dsjnow.com  WARRENSBURG — Jema Donahue received a 10-year prison sentence Monday, Jan. 28, on charges related to the shooting death of her husband, Javon Donahue, on April 4, 2017. In November, a jury in 17th Circuit Court found Jema Donahue guilty of voluntary manslaughter, unlawful use of a weapon, felony murder, […]



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 […]