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Second person charged in case of body found in duffel bag

Apr. 18, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

FAUCETT, Mo. (AP) — A second person has been charged in the killing of an Independence woman whose body was found in a duffle bag last year in rural Buchanan County. Marcus Brooks, who was arrested in February, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of...

Kansas City man convicted in father's fatal stabbing

Apr. 09, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man has been convicted of stabbing his father to death in Independence. A Jackson County jury on Thursday convicted Curtis Lee, 42, of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the stabbing in April 2018, the Jackson County...

Independence city council rejects flying rainbow flag

Apr. 07, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The Independence City Council has rejected a proposal by the city's mayor to fly the rainbow flag at municipal buildings during LGBTQ pride month in June. Mayor Eileen Weir said flying the flag would show the city values diversity and inclusion...

Police: Man dies, officer suffers gunshot wound in shootout

Apr. 01, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A man is dead and a police officer is recovering from a gunshot wound following a shootout on a street in suburban Kansas City, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, when officers were called...

Police seeking driver who hit 3 pedestrians, killing 1

Mar. 25, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Police in suburban Kansas City are seeking a driver who plowed into three pedestrians crossing a road in Independence, killing one of them. The incident happened late Tuesday night when the three were crossing Sterling near Blue Ridge...

Bicyclist fatally struck by car in Independence

Mar. 21, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A bicyclist has died after being struck by a car in Independence. The Kansas City Star reports that the accident happened Saturday morning on Missouri 78. Police say an eastbound Ford Mustang struck the bicyclist, who was heading south across...

Man charged in suburban Kansas City shooting death

Mar. 19, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Blue Springs man with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a teen earlier this week in the parking lot of a suburban Kansas City gas station. Anthony Pasquale, 20, was charged with the murder count and armed...

Police say man died of injuries in Missouri double shooting

Mar. 18, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City man has died of his injuries in a shooting at a Blue Springs home that also killed a woman, police said. The shooting happened early Friday afternoon. A tactical team was sent into the home after officers made repeated,...

Missouri Democrat Kunce enters race for US Senate seat

Mar. 09, 2021 17:19 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Democrat who works at an organization that fights corporate monopolies on Tuesday became the latest candidate to announce a bid for U.S. Senate. Lucas Kunce, 38, is the national security policy director at the American Economic...

Charges filed in man's death at suburban Kansas City hotel

Mar. 09, 2021 17:17 PM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A 26-year-old Independence man was Tuesday with second-degree murder in a shooting death of at a motel. Steven T. Decker was also charged with two counts of armed criminal action and two counts of robbery after the shooting early Monday at the...