Remember: The victims of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting

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Recent Articles
  • Church bell stolen from Independence church has been found, but it has a few cracks

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A large bell stolen from the grounds of an Independence church has been found. It was late Friday when a man found the bell, which dates back to 1912, under an I-435 overpass near Truman Road. The man said he thought it was strange to see such a large bell in that particular location so he recruited some help and loaded it up. He was later watching FOX4 when he saw that thieves had taken it from […]

  • Washington state college lockdown ends after no evidence of shots fired on campus

    DES MOINES, Wash. — A community college in Washington state was locked down Friday following reports of shots fired but police found no evidence of a gunman and no injuries were reported.Police armed with heavy weaponry swarmed Highline College in the city of Des Moines after the reports of shots about 11 a.m. CT. The college posted to their Facebook page just after 11 a.m. CT, “This is not a drill. Close doors, close windows. Police are responding to campus. […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Michael Rooker at Comicon

    Planet Comicon is in Kansas City the weekend of Feb. 17th and celebrity guests are making their way into town. On Friday, FOX4 entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards sat down with Michael Rooker. Check out the other celebrities scheduled to appear at Planet Comicon at Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th St. Click here for ticket information.  

  • Nikolas Cruz’s attorneys break down during interviews: ‘He’s a broken human being,’ one said

    PARKLAND, Fla. — Stoneman Douglas High School shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz appeared Thursday afternoon before magistrate court judge Honorable Kim Theresa Mollica. The appearance took only minutes, as the state asked for a ‘no bond’ hold, and the defense did not challenge. Cruz was wearing an orange jump suit, hands in front of him, and did not look at the judge when she addressed him, saying: “Okay, sir. You are charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. I have something very […]

  • City of Independence releases statement about Applebee’s incident

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Almost a week after two young women were accused of dashing-and-dining at Applebee’s, resulting in the firing of the three Applebee’s employees, the city of Independence released a statement about the way the Independence police officer handled the situation, and regrets that the city was viewed in a negative light. The restaurant closed down shortly after the incident, in which the women said they were racially profiled.  According to the company, the franchise planned to ‘regroup, reflect, […]

  • ‘Heinous attack’: Man who kidnapped & raped JoCo. deputy sentenced to more than 41 years

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — William Luth, 26, the man who pleaded guilty in December to the October 2016 kidnapping and rape of a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to more than 41 years, or 495 months, in prison Thursday. Police say Luth and  Brady Newman-Caddell, 22, abducted the female deputy late Friday night, Oct. 7, 2016, outside of the Johnson County Detention Center in downtown Olathe as she was going to work. They were accused of forcing her into a […]

  • Kansas City is among 5 finalists to host upcoming NFL Draft

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs shared their excitement on their Twitter account Thursday afternoon, announcing that Kansas City is one of five finalists to host the NFL Draft in either 2019 or 2020. The Chiefs praised Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Sports Commission and City Manager Troy Schulte for their work on the joint bid. A final decision on both the 2019 and 2020 drafts will be made at the NFL’s meeting in May. The […]

  • Kansas City man charged in wrong-way I-49 crash that killed married couple

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 29-year-old Kansas City man is charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder related to a wrong-way crash on I-49 that killed a newlywed couple in November. Ryan C. Humphrey, 31, and Laura E. Humphrey, 29, of Kansas City were on their way home from Harrisonville at about 2:15 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2017, when they were hit and killed by a driver of a Chevrolet sedan who was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes […]

  • Cooking the PERFECT Fried Egg

    Use a well lubricated non-stick pan. Use low heat and take your time. Don’t poke and prod, it will loosen from the pan on its own. Season with salt. Flip close to the pan. • Sunny side up – med-low heat, allow the white to completely set without cooking or clouding the yolk, basting with clarified butter. • Over Easy – medium heat, allow the white to set on the bottom, flip and cook for 30 seconds. • Over Medium […]

  • Local parents concerned for their teens, organize panel for their mental health

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A mental health forum Thursday night was already on the calendar, but it comes at a time when many are thinking and talking about teen mental health, after the mass shooting Wednesday afternoon at a school in Parkland, Fla. Parents in the Blue Valley School District are stepping up to help teens and their families deal with the stresses of adolescence. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilltop Conference Center at 143rd and 69-Highway. […]

  • UPDATE: 17 dead in Florida school shooting, officials say; 19-year-old suspect in custody

    PARKLAND, Fla. — Deputies took a suspect into custody Wednesday afternoon less than two hours after they responded to reports of shots fired at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The Miami Herald reported that a law enforcement source has identified the suspect as 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz, a former student of that school who may have been identified as a potential threat in the past. “We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on […]

  • Kansas lawmakers move to bar teens from future governor’s races

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Some lawmakers in Kansas are trying to put the brakes on six teenagers’ ambitions to run for the state’s top office. Current Kansas law doesn’t impose a minimum age requirement on candidates for statewide office, but these lawmakers want to change that after a 16-year-old from Wichita learned there were no age restrictions and jumped in the race. Then five others followed. Six teens are now running for governor. House members weigh age requirements after teens run […]