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Ex-nurse convicted of raping patient at Missouri hospital

Dec. 01, 2021 18:26 PM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas man was convicted Wednesday of raping a woman while he was working as a nurse at a hospital in Missouri. Chukwuemeka U. Emmanuel, 37, of Overland Park, was found guilty of first-degree rape after a bench trial. He will be sentenced...

After COVID-caused delay, Truman Library to reopen this week

Dec. 01, 2021 12:48 PM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum is scheduled to reopen with limited hours on Thursday. The museum in Independence will initially reopen on Thursdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for those who bought advance...

Teen girl in critical condition after Missouri shooting

Nov. 28, 2021 16:08 PM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A teenage girl was taken to a hospital in critical condition after a Sunday afternoon shooting in the Kansas City suburb of Independence, Missouri. Independence Police spokesman Jack Taylor said the shooting happened near the intersection of...

Man sentenced to 25 years for killing inside restaurant

Nov. 24, 2021 07:41 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his cousin in the kitchen of a Kansas City-area Thai restaurant has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. The Kansas City Star reports that 27-year-old Porntrep Phonjaroen of Lee's Summit was...

Missouri man sentenced for threatening 2 congressmen

Nov. 16, 2021 17:36 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man who threatened two Democratic U.S. congressmen was sentenced Tuesday to 2.5 years in federal prison. Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, of Marionville, was sentenced for threatening Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri and Rep....

Independence bans LGBTQ conversion therapy

Nov. 16, 2021 11:09 AM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City suburb of Independence is the latest in the metropolitan area to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth. The City Council voted unanimously Monday night to prohibit mental health professionals from using conversion therapy....

8-year-old Missouri boy was fatally shot by younger sibling

Oct. 14, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The accidental shooting death of an 8-year-old boy in suburban Kansas City happened when his younger sibling found a gun in their home, police said. The shooting happened early Saturday morning in Independence. Officers called to the home found...

Police: Accidental shooting kills 8-year-old Missouri boy

Oct. 11, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy has died in an accidental shooting in suburban Kansas City over the weekend, police said. Police in Independence said the shooting happened early Saturday morning when officer were called to a home for reports of a shooting....

Man charged in shooting that was first reported as suicide

Oct. 10, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — An Independence man has been charged in connection with a shooting that was initially reported as a suicide. The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office said Saturday that 36-year-old Myles Blesz has been charged with second-degree murder and several...

Kansas City man sentenced to prison in wife's shooting death

Sep. 22, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his wife last year. Larnell McDonald, 64. was sentenced Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and armed...