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Kansas City area financial adviser for pro athletes accused of fraud that cost millions

By Bill Lukitsch and Glenn E. Rice  March 31, 2021 04:36 PM A Kansas City area financial adviser is accused of defrauding clients — including some professional athletes — by overcharging fees and recklessly steering them toward risky investments that resulted in millions of dollars in losses. Douglas E. Elstun, 52, of Lenexa, faces civil […]



KC mystery surrounding disappearance of Baby Lisa to air on HLN’s ‘Real Life Nightmare’

By Robert A. Cronkleton November 25, 2020 05:08 PM ‘Someone stole our baby’: Excerpts from HLN’s Real Life Nightmare show on Baby Lisa. ‘Someone stole our baby’: Excerpts from HLN’s Real Life Nightmare show on Baby Lisa The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Baby Lisa from a Kansas City, North, home in October 2011 will […]



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,” […]



Former Kansas City fire captain pleads guilty to illegally selling dozens of guns

A former Kansas City Fire Department captain pleaded guilty to illegally selling dozens of guns, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri announced Monday. James Samuels, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make false statements during the purchase of firearms, one count of engaging in the business of dealing […]



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 […]



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 […]