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Recent Articles
  • Anthony Tran was hit by a stray bullet during July 4 celebrations at his home in KC's Northeast area.

    KC boy, 13, hit in head by stray bullet while celebrating Independence Day with family

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A 13-year-old boy and his family at first thought Anthony Tran had been struck in the back of the head by a firework, but when they got to the hospital Saturday night, doctors determined it was a bullet. It was 10:45 p.m. and Anthony was outside on his front porch with his parents, older sister, aunts, and neighbors at St. John and Topping in Kansas City’s Northeast area celebrating the Fourth of July. “We were just […]

  • Fireworks accident

    Kansas nurse describes most severe injuries from July 4 fireworks

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Every year there are warnings about fireworks, and every year, there are fireworks injuries that medical professionals say should have been avoided.The medical staff at the University of Kansas Hospital says the 4th of July falling on a weekend may have contributed to the severity of this year’s injuries. FOX 4’s Shannon O’Grien spoke with the nurse at KU Hospital in charge of taking care of those patients. She was told the number of injuries reported at […]

  • Olathe Police are looking for the man in these pictures, accused of sexual battery related to inappropriately touching a female at the Wal-Mart in Olathe.

    Police: Man inappropriately touched female at Olathe Wal-Mart

    OLATHE, Kan. — Police are trying to identify a man in surveillance pictures, who they say inappropriately touched a female victim inside the Olathe Wal-Mart, 13600 block of South Alden Street, on Wednesday, July 1. Olathe Police have also released pictures of the car they believe the man was in. It appears to be a dark-colored Nissan four-door with a front license plate. Police have not released details on the age of the victim. If you can help police identify this man, […]

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    No-wake ban lifted at Lake of the Ozarks, Governor announces

    OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol has lifted the ban on wakes that has restricted boaters at the Lake of the Ozarks for more than two days over the busy holiday weekend. Gov. Jay Nixon announced Saturday morning that the no-wake policy at the Lake of the Ozarks instituted Thursday has been lifted, effective immediately.  The Department of Public Safety and the Missouri State Highway Patrol have been monitoring conditions at the Lake and have recommended that […]

  • Entire Lake of the Ozarks to be a no-wake zone beginning holiday weekend

    OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol has determined for safety reasons, boaters are restricted from creating wakes at the Lake of the Ozarks over the holiday weekend due to the high water levels there. This is a temporary restriction due to water levels that have not been this high since the mid-1980’s. The restriction will be in place until the lake level recedes below 661 feet. It is currently at 662.5 feet, with the normal stage being 658 feet. In […]

  • Cancer battle pushes teen to high achievement

    Cancer is a terrible thing.  It can destroy lives and loving relationships, creating terrible pain and heartache.  But for this week’s Fox 4 Reaching 4 Excellence Young Achiever, taking on cancer has been the catalyst for extraordinary personal accomplishments and contributions to help others. Two years ago around this time he was on top of the world.  Nick Hibbeler was getting ready to start his junior year at Park Hill High School and was on the radar of major colleges […]

  • Mom of KC teen says clerk should have called police, rather than shoot her son

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A day after a 16-year-old was shot in the leg, allegedly by the store clerk of Pic N’ Save Market, the clerk has been charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action. Police say Mohammed Abdi, 26, of Kansas City, Missouri got into an argument with Ryan Jones, 16,  inside the store at 59th and Prospect Avenue Tuesday afternoon, June 30. Police said surveillance video shows Abdi pulling a loaded Glock pistol from his waistband and […]

  • Strikerz Facebook announcement

    Strikerz’ bowling alley in Independence suddenly closes for business, leaves people asking why

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Regular bowlers and others who have been to Strikerz Entertainment Center are upset Wednesday about an announcement that the bowling alley closed, effective immediately. A Facebook post on Strikerz’ page says “Effective today, Wednesday, July 1st Strikerz Entertainment Center in Independence is CLOSED for business. Thank you for your kind patronage and support over the past 3.5 years. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. FOX 4 received emails into our newsroom, asking for further explanation. Messages on […]

  • Police investigate death of young Overland Park mother found shot inside car in KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – In the middle of the day Tuesday, Kansas City, Kansas police found a woman shot to death in an area of their city they say is rarely the scene of a crime, let alone a homicide. On Tuesday, police identified the woman as 22-year-old Kelsey Ewonus, of Overland Park, Kansas. Police say they got a call shortly after 1:30 in the afternoon to check out a blue car that’d been sitting on the street.  Inside they […]

  • Smoke from transformer that exploded in KCK. Courtesy: Paula Kruse

    BPU transformer explosion disrupts service to customers, including GM & Owens Corning

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — People calling 911 Wednesday at about noon reported an explosion and a large plume of smoke in the Fairfax area of Kansas City, Kan. Then, upon our inquiry, FOX 4 received an email from David Mehlhaff, Chief Communications Officer for Kansas City Board of Public Utilities to explain what people had seen, felt and smelled. “A 69KV transformer exploded at the plant which also took out 3 of our 161 KV transmission lines. The key is […]

  • EMS crews remove victim from home at 37th and Bellafontaine

    At least one injured in shooting at home in central KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police were called out to a home at 37th and Bellefontaine Wednesday morning on reports of a shooting. The homeowner reportedly called 911 to report the incident. A witness at the scene said a family member of the homeowner was shot in the leg and transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries. This happened at about 10:35 a.m. Tuesday. It is a developing story, with new and changing information coming into the newsroom. Refresh […]

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    Keepin’ It Cool contest: Enter to win a new AC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Summer in Kansas City will surely make you sweat! If your air conditioner isn’t doing its job, and the repairman is shaking his head, it’s time to start shopping for a new one. While you do that, be sure to check out Buckner’s Heating and Cooling and enter the Keepin’ It Cool contest. Buckner’s, together with FOX 4, is giving away a new Trane 4TTR4 Air Conditioner. Enter now through July 30th for your chance to […]