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Recent Articles
  • Liberal Bees remember Kaiser, their bat boy, who died after he was hit in the head with a bat.

    Smiles, laughs and tears as team recounts memories of 9-year-old bat boy

    WICHITA, Kan. — On Monday, the summer collegiate baseball team that loves and is mourning their nine-year-old batboy who died a day after he was struck in the head with a bat, shared memories of Kaiser Carlile. His coach and players all smiled when they talked about Kaiser, whom they described as a ‘spark.’ “He made the dugout a fun place to be in,” said one player. They told stories to describe Kaiser’s dedication and happy spirit. The Liberal Bee Jays’ coach, […]

  • Two-year-old boy died at Days Inn pool across from Worlds of Fun.

    Inspector temporarily closes Northland hotel pool where child died over weekend

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Northland hotel pool where a two-year-old boy drowned on Friday, July 31, was shut down on Monday by Kansas City Health Dept. inspectors due to safety and sanitary violations. Authorities say the two-year-old boy was found face-down in a Days Inn Hotel, 7100 NE Parvin Road, pool Friday afternoon at about 5:00 p.m. The child, identified only as a two-year-old boy named Jordan, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital where he later died. A family […]

  • Police search for two armed people who fled accident.

    Police search for two with gun, who ran off after Johnson County accident

    MERRIAM, Kan. — The search continues for two people who ran off following an accident in Johnson County. Late Monday morning a vehicle crashed on I-35 near 75th Street in Merriam. Both Merriam and Overland Park Police were involved in the search and tracked the pair to some nearby railroad tracks, but never found them. Witnesses say they were armed. Those who witnessed the accident say it was concerning. “Get the heck out of there. Was kinda scared. It was […]

  • Double homicide at 40th and College

    Thursday night in KC: Two men killed, two other men wanted in armed robberies

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two separate investigations were launched Thursday night, a double homicide investigation and an armed robbery investigation; and Kansas City Police are looking for information on both. At about 11 p.m., police responded to a shooting at 40th and College. They found one man dead or dying in the street. Then, two other gunshot victims arrived at the hospital and police say they were involved in the same shooting. One of those men died at the hospital. […]

  • Corrisma Cook

    Missouri girl, 15, may be in danger

    PRINCETON, Mo. — A 15-year-old girl is considered ‘endangered’ and authorities are asking anyone who sees her or knows where she may be to call police. Her name is Corrisma Jean Cook. She’s 15-years-old.  She may be with an unknown male who goes by the nickname “Money.” Corrisma ws discovered missing from her home the morning of Wednesday, July 29. In the news alert, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department says they could be on their way to Lufkin, Texas. Princeton, […]

  • Law and Order director arrested

    ‘Law & Order’ director Jace Alexander arrested on child pornography charges

    NEW YORK — Westchester County district attorney’s office announced Wednesday that prosecutors are charging Jason “Jace” Alexander, a director best known for his work on “Law & Order,” on one felony count of promoting a sexual performance by a child and one felony count of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child. The 51-year-old is son to actress Jane Alexander and husband to actress Maddie Corman, with whom he has three children. CBS New York reports an investigator found the child pornography after downloading it […]

  • Smiles from Eric Berry, as he returns to play for the KC Chiefs after his battle with cancer.

    Eric Berry’s smile says it all

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — On Wednesday, Chiefs safety Eric Berry smiled, thanked people and said he is a wiser man after his battle with cancer that sidelined him for eight months as he focused on his physical and emotional health. Berry is happy to be back at training camp, practicing and training with his teammates. “The two things that I could control was my attitude and my effort,” Berry said. I just try to go out, wake up everyday and just […]

  • Shannon Cottrell, arrested on a municipal ordinance and bond revoked related to the Oct 14 attack by her dog on a teenager in Lee's Summit.

    Owner of euthanized dog that twice attacked children arrested in Lee’s Summit

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The owner of the boxer-pit bull mix dog that attacked a toddler on Saturday, July 25 and attacked a teenager in October 2014, was arrested Tuesday related to the October 2014 incident. The dog, named Leo, was euthanized after Saturday’s attack on the baby baby that crushed the baby’s jaw and left many puncture wounds in his face. Leo’s owner, Shannon Cottrell was arrested Tuesday night related to the October 2014 case, in which she was written a nuisance […]

  • Isaiah was attacked Saturday in Greenwood, Mo. by a pitbull-boxer mix dog that had attacked before.

    Baby with crushed jaw from dog attack once suffered 2 skull fractures from possible abuse

    GREENWOOD, Mo. — The baby boy bitten by a dog over the weekend in a Greenwood, Mo., home has had two traumatic events in his short life of 17-months. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend learned that when Isaiah Francis was seven-months old, his mom took him to the hospital because his head started swelling. According to court documents, he was suffering from two skull fractures with bleeding on the brain.  Grandview Police arrested his babysitter, Angela Waln, 28, shortly thereafter in September […]

  • William Ellis

    Lawrence man charged with rape of two children

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Douglas County Prosecutors charged a Lawrence man with raping two children. William Ellis, 39, is accused of raping the children for more than a year. Both children were under 14-years of age. One count of rape alleges Ellis raped the child from January 12, 2014 to July 24, 2015. The second count of rape alleges he raped the child from March 9, 2014 until July 24, 2015. Police arrested Ellis at a trailer park on Saturday. Ellis […]

  • Dog bite image from Getty Images. Credit: Morgan Mazzoni

    Additional information about the dog that attacked 17-month-old boy in Greenwood, Mo

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — In a Lee’s Summit Animal Control report obtained by FOX 4, it shows that on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the two-year-old boxer/pit bull mix dog known as Leo, and owned by Shannon Cottrell bit a neighbor, a 17-year-old girl. The bite was reported by the teen’s mother. The animal control investigator arrived at the hospital to gather information from the neighbors and then filed a report on the bite. The report lists the following: The teen […]

  • Protests at Planned Parenthood in Overland Park

    Protesters at Planned Parenthood in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Both sides of the abortion issue were at the Planned Parenthood clinic at 109th and Roe on Tuesday. Anti-abortion groups planned to rally across the country Tuesday, a movement related to the recent videos released by The Center for Medical Progress. It made headlines earlier this month when it began releasing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials talking about the selling of fetal tissue. The latest undercover video — the third the group has released — shows a […]