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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
  • Zachary Perry,19, faces charges of aggravated criminal threat .

    Former SM West student arrested for threatening current students

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A former Shawnee Mission West High School student was arrested and faces criminal charges after allegedly making threats against current students at the Overland Park high school on Wednesday. According to Overland Park Police, 19-year-old Zachary Perry faces charges of aggravated criminal threat in connection to the incident. Authorities say that investigators found multiple guns and stacks of ammunition at Perry’s home, located just one block away from the school. Authorities say that there were several […]

  • Jacqueline Doty

    Lansing, Kansas prison worker charged with smuggling drugs in girdle

    LANSING, Kan. — A woman accused of taping drugs inside her girdle and sneaking them into the prison where she works is now set to go to trial. Jacqueline Doty, 59, faces seven charges for allegedly bringing illegal narcotics into the Lansing Correctional Facility, where she worked as a contractor for a company that educated inmates. According to court documents, last June Doty was strip-searched by a special security team who found three packages tucked into a girdle, wrapped under […]

  • High cost of cancer drugs

    Doctors urge action on cancer drug costs

    WESTWOOD, Kan. — More than one hundred of the nation’s top cancer doctors are calling for action to reduce the cost of cancer drugs for patients. They’re encouraging patients to demand action, too. Pat Koenig’s granddaughter and daughter know she’s a miracle—the Lenexa, Kansas, woman has lived with a chronic blood cancer for nearly 60 years. “I’ve outlived a lot of the doctors that I’ve seen,” said Koenig. But a year ago, Koenig didn’t think she’d live much longer. She […]

  • West Side sidewalks in rough shape.

    West Side residents say aging sidewalks are becoming dangerous

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They’re falling through the cracks. People living in Kansas City’s West Side neighborhood complain their sidewalks are unsafe in many locations, and in turn, causing people to get hurt while tripping over jagged concrete. Walk down many streets west of Interstate 35, and you’ll see sidewalks in disrepair. People who live in the West Side say their streets aren’t safe to walk on, and they want to know why city officials aren’t helping more. When it […]

  • Charges in child trapped in hot car case.

    Family defends suspects accused of leaving child in hot car, call incident a “pure accident”

    OLATHE, Kan. — A metro mother says that her kids made a mistake but aren’t criminals after they allegedly left their 2-year-old cousin alone in a hot car. Marques Anderson, 23, and his 24-year-old sister Mylesha Anderson both face felony aggravated endangerment of a child charges after allegedly leaving their young cousin asleep in the back seat of Mylesha Anderson’s sweltering car last Saturday in a Merriam shopping center parking lot. Police say that the siblings were inside a cell […]

  • Nixon: sexual harassment allegations against state Sen. Paul LeVota “deeply troubling”

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has called two former interns’ claims that state Sen. Paul LeVota made unwanted sexual advances toward them “deeply troubling.” Nixon said Thursday that allegations against the Democratic senator from Independence raise “serious questions” about his ability to serve. Nixon said sexual harassment “must not be tolerated.” LeVota talked with FOX 4 on Wednesday and repeatedly denied claims from former intern Alissa Hembree that he acted inappropriately toward her. “It’s really frustrating […]

  • Grown-up coloring books help adults unwind and hang out with their inner child

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — These in-demand books have no words or even color. Adult coloring books are all the rage. So much so that Vivien Jennings of Rainy Day Books has to keep restocking. She says that these books are a source of relaxation. “The idea is that you just all of a sudden you are just quiet and you’re doing something very quiet and it allow your mind to still,” says Jennings. The anti-stress, art therapy is in such […]

  • Ronald Freeman (Credit: KCPD)

    KCPD asking for help in search for missing elderly man

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a senior who hasn’t been seen in over a week. Authorities say that 86-year-old Ronald Freeman was reported missing on Thursday, but hasn’t been seen since the afternoon of July 11. According to police, Freeman suffers from PTSD and suffered a heart attack last year. Freeman was last seen at his home in the 6900 block of NW 77th Street. He is described as white, 6′ and […]

  • Blue-Green Algae Bloom (Credit: Getty)

    Officials issue blue-green algae warnings for six Kansas lakes

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Health officials in Kansas are asking visitors to the state’s public lakes to keep an eye out for potentially harmful blooms of blue-green algae as the weather heats up. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)—which tests publicly-accessable bodies of water for cyanobacteria (Blue-green algae)—the blooms are often unpredictable and may float around the lake, requiring visitors to exercist their best judgement. The blooms often appear as a bright-green surface scum, or as a […]

  • Man wanted by police for questioning

    Police locate man wanted for questioning in connection to Overland Park double homicide

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police in Overland Park have taken a man in to custody, who is wanted for questioning in connection to a pair of recent homicides. On Saturday police said Marquise Stokes, 18, had been taken into custody. Stokes was wanted by police for questioning in connection to the June 30th deaths of 18-year-old Velik Henderson and 19-year-old Trevon Anderson earlier in the area of 61st Terrace and Robinson in Overland Park. Stokes is described as a black male, 5’ […]

  • Woman warns of scam

    KCMO woman questions legitimacy of bail bondsmen who searched her house

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, woman says she feels violated and afraid after two people claiming to be bail bondsmen demanded entry into her home and took a look around—and now she fears they weren’t who they said they were. “It’s very unsettling,” said Claudia Roeges, who has lived in her home for three years. “It’s scary. It’s not something I’d want to repeat, that’s for sure.” It all started with a forceful knock on her door […]

  • Parents say neighborhood bully shot their child in the face with a BB gun

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The parents of a Kansas City, Missouri, child say that their son was shot in the face with a BB gun—and a teenage bully pulled the trigger. The parents of 8-year-old Amir McDowell of south Kansas City told FOX 4 that the boy didn’t know if he was about to be shot with a fake or real gun. They say that the third grader was chased down by a 14-year-old bully, who tripped the child and […]