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Mom sues Independence police over son's shooting death

Feb. 25, 2020 4:35 PM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The mother of a man shot and killed by police claims in a lawsuit that Independence and Sugar Creek officers used excessive force during the confrontation. Tamy Lorraine Lukecart claims police actions were “unreasonable and unjustified” in the death of 22-year-old...

Independence police shoot, wound suspect at golf course

Feb. 24, 2020 4:22 PM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Independence police shot and wounded an armed person Monday during a gun battle at the Rockwood golf course, according to a police statement. Officers responded after receiving reports of a suicidal person near Clifford H. Nowlin Middle School, police said. The person, armed with...

Police ID woman whose body was found in bag in Missouri

Feb. 22, 2020 2:00 PM EST

FAUCETT, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Missouri on Friday identified a woman whose remains were found inside a duffel bag along a county road in Buchanan County. The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office identified the woman as Arial Anne-Rae Starcher, 21, of Independence, The Kansas City Star...

2 die in separate Kansas City area apartment fires

Feb. 4, 2020 10:38 AM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say two people have died in less than 24 hours in separate Kansas City area apartment fires. Independence officials said that one of the victims died Monday at a hospital after being pulled from a blaze at the Hocker Heights complex. A first responder also was treated...

Ex-boyfriend accused of killing woman targeted in November

Jan. 31, 2020 6:48 PM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana man who was set free on bond on attempted murder charges is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend, who he allegedly previously attempted to kill, authorities said Friday. Charles Goforth is charged with of first-degree murder in the death of Sylvia Williams. A...

Financial adviser admits stealing from elderly clients

Jan. 31, 2020 6:16 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An Independence, Missouri, financial adviser admitted Friday to stealing more than $1 million from two elderly clients. Kraig Gier, 59, pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of wire fraud. Gier, who operated Security Planning Corporation, admitted that he stole a total of...

Kansas man sentenced in shooting death of 72-year-old man

Jan. 27, 2020 6:59 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of three men charged in the 2017 shooting death of a 72-year-old Independence man at the victim's home, the Jackson County Prosecutors' office announced Monday. Xavier Otero, 34, of Kansas City, Kansas, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree...

Colorado think tank leader now heads NC's Locke Foundation

Jan. 24, 2020 7:59 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The new chief executive of North Carolina's leading conservative think tank comes to the John Locke Foundation from a similar organization in Colorado. The foundation announced this week that Amy O. Cooke is now leading the group, which began in 1990 and now has nearly two dozen...

Second man charged in Kansas City Snapchat drug deal

Jan. 23, 2020 9:35 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A second man has been charged in a fatal Kansas City shooting during a marijuana deal that was arranged over Snapchat. Twenty-one-year-old Damarco Watkins, of Independence was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder, robbery, assault, unlawful use of a firearm and three counts...

Missouri man sentenced for killing witness in a murder case

Jan. 17, 2020 3:08 PM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A man who is scheduled to go in trial for murder in August was sentenced Friday to 34 years in prison for killing a woman who was a witness in the case. Michael Dumas, 28, of Pleasant Hill, was sentenced in the Nov. 18, 2018, shooting death of Sarah Simms, 46, in Independence. A...