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Man convicted of killing mother's fiance in Kansas City area

Sep. 13, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

INDEPENCENCE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been convicted of killing his mother's fiance after blaming him for burglarizing his home. Jurors found 28-year-old William Miller-Kirkland, of Independence, guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the December 2017 shooting death of...

Deputy shoots, kills man outside Kansas City area home

Sep. 13, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a deputy shot and killed a man outside a Kansas City area home while trying to arrest him. Police in Independence say the shooting happened Thursday night as officers and Jackson County deputies were executing a warrant at an Independence home. Police released no...

Civil War cannonball found in Kansas City area tree

Sep. 13, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A worker has found what's believed to be a Civil War cannonball lodged in a Kansas City area tree that he was hired to take down. KMBC-TV reports the small cannonball fell out as the worker was chopping the diseased tree on the grounds of the Overfelt-Johnston house. The house was...

Man shot by police indicted on federal weapons charge

Sep. 11, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A suspected prowler who was shot in the leg after allegedly attempting to ram an officer with a stolen truck has been indicted on a federal weapons charge. The U.S. attorney's office says the indictment was returned Tuesday in the case against 27-year-old Isaiah Fulson-Dewberry....

Prowler suspect shot by police in suburban Kansas City

Sep. 1, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A prowler suspect is hospitalized after being shot by police in suburban Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City Star reports that police were called around 8:45 a.m. Sunday to a report of three prowlers at an apartment complex in Independence. An altercation occurred with the...

Independence man charged in beating death of his mother

Aug. 27, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A 38-year-old Independence man has been charged in the fatal beating of his mother. Jackson County authorities say Lucas Mauritzen was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Court records indicate his mother, Tamera Rainey, was found dead Saturday at an...

Kansas City official rethinks public transportation system

Aug. 23, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Robbie Makinen, CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, has more important matters to discuss than his inability to see. Ask about his vision loss, and he'll redirect the conversation. Yes, he said, he woke up completely blind one morning in 2013, but, "let's talk...

Man admits arson conspiracy in Independence

Aug. 16, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A 46-year-old Independence man has admitted he was hired to burn down a store by a man trying to settle a grievance with a former employee. Randall Eugene Yeager Jr., pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in an arson conspiracy. Yeager said he was hired on two occasions to...

Man sentenced to 20 years for Independence homicide

Aug. 15, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A 19-year-old Independence man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a shooting death at a shopping mall last year. Tyler Gates was sentenced Wednesday for second-degree murder and armed criminal action in death 17-year-old Matthew Haylock at the Independence Center....

Police looking for driver involved in fatal hit-and-run

Aug. 13, 2019 7:31 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Police are looking for the driver of a black pickup truck involved in a fatal hit-and-run. Thirty-year old Misty Collins, of Independence, was struck and killed Sunday morning as she walked along the shoulder of U.S. 24 in Independence. Surveillance videos from businesses in the...