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Jason M. Vaughn is a Kansas City, Missouri, native and graduate of both Raytown High School and UMKC.

Prior to coming to FOX 4 in 2008, he was an editor for FOXNews.com.


Recent Articles
  • Raytown native lands spot in Chiefs training camp via Twitter

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — It never hurts to ask. That’s the lesson LaVance Taylor is sharing after the undrafted running back from the University of Central Missouri was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday one day after sending a link to his YouTube highlight video to the team via Twitter on Wednesday. @KCChiefs hey my name is LaVance Taylor and I am currently a free agent and I wanted you to check me out. http://t.co/T8sD9L8pTs — LaVance Taylor (@LaVance_TCT) […]

  • Child dead after being found unconscious in Northland hotel swimming pool

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities say that a young child is dead after being found face-down in a Northland hotel swimming pool on Friday afternoon. The incident happened around 5:00 P.M. at the Days Inn at 7100 NE Parvin Road, across from Worlds of Fun. The child, identified only as a two-year-old boy named Jordan, was found face-down and unresponsive in the pool, and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital where they later died. A family friend told FOX 4 […]

  • Swap shop brings together two moms in a time of need

    KEARNEY, Mo. – The power of social media: news travels in seconds, often linking people who have never met. A quick post on a swap shop Facebook page has brought together two moms – one who just learned her baby has cancer; the other, willing to help someone she’s never met. Often times when a family gets a cancer diagnosis, the world stops. Time stands still and nothing else matters. The Smith family has spent the last two weeks at […]

  • Video of Lenexa traffic stop generating controversy after going viral

    LENEXA, Kan, — What started as a routine traffic stop turned into a wild scuffle, and the incident was captured on a video that’s going viral. Lenexa Police officers found themselves in viral video that’s been seen by almost 15,000 viewers on social media, showing a man being wrestled to the ground as officers tried to arrest him. When Lenexa officers pulled tht driver over for a routine seatbelt violation, they found he had numerous warrants for his arrest. A […]

  • New balloon device may aid weight loss

    KANSAS CITY, MO — The Food and Drug Administration approved a new weight loss tool this week. It’s a device with two balloons that’s placed in the stomach. The procedure begins the patient being sedated. The device, called ReShape, goes down the throat and into the stomach. It has two silicone balloons with a flexible shaft. The balloons are inflated with saline to take up room in the stomach and help the patient feel full. After six months, the device […]

  • "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, 2005 WWE Hall of Fame inductee (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage)

    Pro wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper dead at 61

    LOS ANGELES — “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, one of pro wrestling’s most iconic villains and one of the biggest stars in WWE history, was found dead in his Hollywood home on Friday. He was 61. According to TMZ Sports, Piper—born Roderick George Toombs—reportedly died of cardiac arrest in his sleep around noon on Friday. He had previously battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006, but was reportedly cancer-free at the time of his death. Piper, who wrestled Hulk Hogan and Mr. T at […]

  • Isaiah Francis was attacked by a rescue dog in Greenwood, Mo on Friday. Courtesy: GoFundMe

    Couple faces felony charge in dog attack on toddler

    GREENWOOD, Mo. — A Jackson County couple face felony charges after a dog attacked and seriously injured a toddler in their Greenwood home. Prosecutors say that Brett William Cottrell, 42, and Shannon Cottrell, 39, have each been charged with Subsequent Dog Bites—Liability of Owner, a class-D felony, in connection to the attack on 17-month-old Isaiah Francis on July 25. According to court records, the unidentified child was attacked by the Cottrell’s dog, Leo, inside the couple’s home on Elm Street […]

  • Family of slain KCMO father hoping for break in case

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City family is left searching for answers after man who was loved in his neighborhood was shot in the head at point-blank range and killed for no apparent reason. Jeffrey McDonald, 50, was shot three times, including once in the head, while he was working on his truck in his driveway in the 2700 block of Elmwood two weeks ago. On Thursday, friends and family gathered for a vigil in hopes that there will […]

  • Family of man killed near KU Hospital looking for answers

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The family of Michael Ziade say that he always went above and beyond for the employees of his company, First Class Medical Transportation. Now they are in shock after one of his own employees allegedly shot and killed him during an argument this week. Police are looking for 46-year-old Willie Parker in connection to Wednesday’s fatal shooting in a driveway next to the University of Kansas Hospital rehab building on Rainbow Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas. […]

  • State set to inspect Kansas school buses as new school year approaches

    KANSAS CITY, Ks. — It’s a sure sign the school year is about to begin. Each year, Kansas State troopers converge on the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools garage, conducting inspections on the 190 school buses that will transport area students. They’re said to be the safest automobiles on the road. That’s what one Kansas State trooper told FOX 4 News on Thursday night. KCK school district leaders say buses have to pass a strict examination before they’re allowed to […]

  • Problem Solvers: Metro construction company inducted into the Hall of Shame

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Ralph Armenta compares cooking in his kitchen to camping because he’s been preparing meals without the benefit of kitchen cabinets or countertops since February. “I don’t like someone taking advantage of me and my wife,” said Armenta, a retired caterer. That “someone” is Todd Smith, the owner of Massif Homeworks, a construction company in Johnson County, Kansas. Armenta said he paid Smith $30,000 to remodel his kitchen, and although some of the work is completed, like […]

  • Registered Johnson County sex offender faces new child porn charges

    OLATHE, Kan. — A registered sex offender living in Olathe, Kan., is now facing two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, fifteen years after he faced similar charges. Christopher Lee Greenwood, 32, was arrested Wednesday and bonded out of jail by posting a $10,000 bond later that night. Johnson County prosecutors said he was in possession of child pornography. “There is truly a victim in these cases that are taken advantage of over and over again by these pedophiles […]