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  • Joe’s Forecast: More summer days then Fall hits!

    Well the first day of fall certainly felt rather like summer around these parts and really it’s not going to change a lot through Monday BUT after that a definite fall run of weather is heading towards the area with highs actually below average and perhaps for a few days may not even make 70°. That means the morning lows will be cool as well. The best chance of rain is later Monday into Tuesday morning Click here for FOX […]

  • St. Teresa’s Academy students who made swastika from plastic cups during drinking game face discipline

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the words of St. Teresa’s Academy,  the school and church community was ‘challenged this past week’ by under-aged drinking and by some students’ decision to create a racist symbol from their drinking cups. The administration and board of directors sent a letter to parents and the community to explain the challenge as best they could, without violating student privacy rules. According to the letter, during the beer drinking game, plastic cups were placed in a […]

  • Sixth man charged in baseball bat attack of Kansas City pizza delivery driver

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Jackson County prosecutor charged a sixth suspect,  a 19-year-old KC man, in the recent assault of a pizza delivery man in south Kansas City. Like the five other suspects, Ketrail Collins was charged Friday with robbery in the 1st degree and armed criminal action. The five other Kansas City residents, ages 18 to 20-year-old, have already been charged in connection with a beating of the pizza delivery man FOX 4 spoke to after the attack. Jackson […]

  • Suspect in violent Prairie Village home invasion pleads guilty

    OLATHE, Kan. — After pleading guilty on Friday to a violent Prairie Village home invasion of an elderly couple, Joseph Shultz, 30, was told he will learn how long he’ll spend in prison when he returns to court on November 16th. A year ago, just before daybreak, masked men broke into the Prairie Village home occupied by the Douglas family. The burglars took a revolver, jewelry, cash, a safe and other items. “When they turned on the bedroom light, they were standing […]

  • Kansas City child shot after getting ahold of a gun inside apartment, neighbors say

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City paramedics and police rushed to an apartment home near Blue Ridge Cutoff and 61st Terrace to try to save a child who reportedly shot himself or herself early Thursday afternoon. “A shooting has occurred. A child was injured. All the details we have at the time,” said Kari Thompson, KC Police spokesperson in a brief email reply to FOX 4. According to dispatchers who receive 911 calls, an adult in the apartment was getting […]

  • Suspicious package taped to SUV parked in KC driveway detonated, now being inspected as evidence

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Both the fire department and the police department responded Thursday morning to a call from residents at N.E. 109th Street and N. Ditzler, who said there was something suspicious under their black Cadillac SUV parked in their driveway. The suspicious package was somehow taped underneath or onto the SUV.  The Bomb and Arson Unit was called in and they detonated the device. They then collected the pieces and will try to determine what it was.  Nobody […]

  • Parents of Ruskin H.S. teen severely beaten at school enraged over attack, worried about son’s condition

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Wednesday, a 38-year-old Kansas City father and his 17-year-old daughter were charged with assault for an attack on a teenager at Ruskin High School, 7000 E 111 St.  While prosecutors announced the charges against them, the teen they’re accused of attacking remained in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit. FOX 4’s Kera Mashek spoke to the victim’s parents, an interview you’ll see only on FOX 4. They are still trying to wrap their minds […]

  • Balloons left as memorial at site of Kansas City crash that claimed lives of two girls, ages 3 and 16

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bright pink and silver balloons fly from a post at I-435 and East 23rd Street, where a crash on Sunday ended the lives of two girls. One was 16-years-old. Her name is Sami Raudales.  The other was 3-years-old. Her name is Ryan Grace Hampel. Balloons flying now at site of Sunday's accident that's now claimed life of 16 & 3 yr old girls. #fox4kc — Kera Mashek (@KeraFox4KC) September 19, 2017 Ryan Grace and Sami […]

  • Pesticide spill closes I-435 eastbound at Quivira

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Eastbound lanes of I-435 closed Wednesday morning at Quivira because of a crash that injured the people involved and sent pesticide onto the pavement. Overland Park police sent out a tweet from their account, saying the lanes would be closed for a significant amount of time. The crash occurred at eastbound I-435 west of 69-Highway at about 8:30 a.m.  Overland Park police say it involved a pesticide truck that was carrying about 330 gallons. Some of […]

  • In letter to Tonganoxie community, Tyson Food says it’s putting plans for plant on hold

    TONGANOXIE, Kan. —  Tyson Foods has issued a letter to the Tonganoxie community, saying the company will put on hold its plans to build a new plant there, after Leavenworth County Commissioners rescinded their support Monday amid protests and frustrations from residents. Commissioners took back a “resolution of intent” that pledged $500 million in revenue bonds to build the plant. Since Tyson made the announcement two weeks ago, residents have strongly resisted the plant. Those residents were worried about pollution, smells and […]

  • Burns & McDonnell executives argue the KCI selection process should be restarted from beginning

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Burns & McDonnell and its financial partner, Americo, asked on Monday for full reinstatement of all four proposers in the KCI Airport Selection Process, prior to any vote by the full City Council, or, as a second option, restarting the proposal selection process from the beginning. “We believe we are the best team; the airlines believe we are the best team; and the community believes we are the best team to design, build and privately-finance a […]

  • Medicine Eagle receives $300 because he gives tirelessly

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At the Kansas City Indian Center, there’s a volunteer that others say they couldn’t do without.  His Indian name is ‘Medicine Eagle’, and he was nominated for FOX 4’s Pay It Forward award. “You have been a wonderful role model and friend and  you never hesitate to help. You just jump in wherever needed. You’re a great guy and so I wanted to nominate you.” Medicine Eagle was nominated by Melisa Grayless and Anna Marie O’Brien. […]