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Recent Articles
  • Chatting with the Stars about quirky families

    “This Is Where I Leave You” stars Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda. They are all part of the Altman family and they haven’t gotten along and haven’t gotten together in years. When their father dies, the whole clan is expected to fulfill his final wish and sit Shiva for him for an entire week. Now newly divorced, newly jobless Judd Altman (Bateman) has to travel home to face his dysfunctional family, including his hot-to-trot  mom, his sarcastic older brother, his unhappy […]

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    FOX 4 Fan Photo Contest for the 2014 high school football season

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Here we come! FOX 4 is on the move this high school football season, ready to visit your school and follow the action on the field. We look forward to highlighting the fun and competition of Friday nights! We know you take plenty of pictures while you’re at the game…. and we want your best shots! Grab your phone or camera and snap those selfies of you in your school colors. Take pictures of fans, the […]

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    Teen tased by police officer coming out of coma, responds to stimuli, attorney says

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The law firm representing the family of Bryce Masters, 17, who received a taser shock during an altercation with a police officer Sunday afternoon released a statement on Tuesday, saying the Taser struck Masters six inches from the heart and caused him to go into fatal cardiac arrhythmia. According to the Haus Law Firm of Belton, Masters suffered severe acute oxygen deprivation to the brain when he went into cardiac arrest. Masters was pulled over by Independence […]

  • Firefighters discover a man dead outside a home on fire in Gladstone

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — A man was discovered dead outside a burning house in Gladstone early Tuesday morning, but investigators say it does not appear the man died as a result of the fire. Fire crews were called out to the 5800 block of North Howard at about 6:15 a.m. As firefighters were working to contain the fire, the man’s body was located in the backyard of the residence.  While they still await results from the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office, […]

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    Police identify suspects who dumped urine, feces on boy with Autism in Ice Bucket Challenge

    BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — Police have identified the suspects accused of dumping urine and feces and cigarette butts on a teenager with autism, who trusted his ‘friends’ to help him do the Ice Bucket Challenge. Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel said Monday that investigators are gathering all the facts to present to the prosecutor’s office. The boy’s mother released the video to make others aware of the bullying her son suffered. His face was blurred to prevent further embarrassment. […]

  • Topeka Police Dept. mourning loss of another friend, colleague

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Two men are in custody, one for allegedly shooting and killing a Topeka police officer, another for allegedly helping him escape. Corporal Jason Harwood, a decorated 15-year veteran, was killed Sunday during a traffic stop. He leaves behind a wife and two children. Late Sunday afternoon, Harwood stopped a car in east Topeka, and in the middle of the stop, he was shot. Authorities said the blueish-greenish passenger car then drove away. According to Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones, […]

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    Family: Couple beaten in South KC triple murder attack remains on life support

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The family of George and Ann Taylor gathered Friday afternoon, coming from near and far to make a brief statement about their loved ones who were brutally attacked Tuesday, Sept. 2 in their home at 1 Woodbridge Lane in South Kansas City. Ann and George Taylor were severely injured. Three others were killed by a gunman who stole the Taylors’ SUV. On Thursday, prosecutors charged Brandon Howell, 34, with three counts of first degree murder for the deaths of […]

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    Woman killed Tuesday in triple murder remembered as ‘beautiful soul’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Family and friends remembered one of the victim’s of Tuesday’s triple murder in South Kansas City, attending Susan Choucroun’s funeral on Friday at the Louis Memorial Chapel near 69th and Troost. Susan Choucroun was 69-years-old when she was shot and killed by a gunman as he stole a vehicle from her neighbors. She is survived by her husband, her brother, Ronald Sandhaus, and her aunt Gertrude Epstein. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to […]

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    Joan Rivers dies days after surgery complications

    NEW YORK — Comedian Joan Rivers died in a New York hospital Thursday afternoon, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure, her daughter said. “She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends,” Melissa Rivers said in a written statement. Rivers, 81, had been on life support at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai hospital, where she was taken after she stopped breathing at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic last Thursday. Rivers was undergoing an apparently minor elective […]

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    Protesters demanding higher fast food wages, block access to I-70 and KC McDonald’s

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police arrested 52 people Thursday afternoon who were protesting at 14th and Prospect during a demonstration over fast food wages. Protests for higher wages were happening all across the nation. Organizers hope the protests will push companies like McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Wendy’s to pay their workers at least $15 an hour. The coast-to-coast “Fight for $15″ event is sponsored by several groups, which promised acts of civil disobedience throughout the day. In Kansas City, organizers chose two locations for protests: […]

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    Accused of Tuesday’s triple murders in South KC, man appears before judge again

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brandon Howell, 34, appeared before a Jackson County judge Thursday morning, charged with the murders of three people Tuesday in South Kansas City. Prosecutors say Howell brutally killed Lorene Hurst, 88, her son, Darrel Hurst, 63, and Susan Choucroun, 69, in an armed robbery in the Woodbridge neighborhood near Wornall and Blue Ridge Blvd. During his arraignment before Judge Mary Weir, Howell was read the charges against him, which in addition to three counts of first-degree murder, also include […]

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    Timeline of South KC murders and arrest of suspect

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The following is information outlined in the probable cause statement filed by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker on Wednesday, Sept. 3, as she brought first-degree murder charges against Brandon Howell, 34, for the deaths of Lorene Hurst, 88, her son, Darrel Hurst, 63, and Susan Choucroun, 69. At approximately 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, officers received a 911 call from #1 E. Woodbridge Lane in South Kansas City, from a woman who said, “Help at address, […]