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  • Prosecutor sheds light on Ray County couple’s alleged abuse of 9-year-old; questions still remain

    RAY COUNTY, Mo. — The Ray County prosecutor shed more light for FOX 4 on a couple’s gruesome alleged abuse of a 9-year-old girl, but there are still several unanswered questions. Police said a 9-year-old girl was abused by her uncle, who is also her legal guardian. Almost all of the abuse, the county prosecutor says, was done with the handle of an ax. Camille Johnston, the Ray County prosecutor, sat down with FOX 4’s Rebecca Gannon on Tuesday to […]

  • Metro parents, employees preparing for sad news as future of Toys ‘R’ Us stores up in the air

    LENEXA, Kan. — Parents across the United States are wondering about the fate of an American icon. Parents fear Toys ‘R’ Us, which is already going through Chapter 11 and closing some stores, may close all its remaining stores — more than 600. But if Toys ‘R’ Us stores close, it’ll impact more than just parents. On Monday, the doors to the Toys ‘R’ Us store at 95th Street and Quivira Road continuously opened as customers came to get what […]

  • Hundreds gather for Clinton officer visitation

    CLINTON, Mo. — The city of Clinton, Missouri held a public visitation for officer Ryan Morton on Sunday.  Hundreds attended. On Sunday morning, the Square in Clinton is still, broken by a single procession with a hearse down Jefferson Street. The flags — red, white, blue, and black — still fly around the county seat.  And the gray clouds still hover, much like the death of officer Ryan Morton still hangs over Clinton. The community amassed, appropriately, inside the Clinton […]

  • KCPD’s personal safety training class aims to empower women

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As of March 3, 2018, Kansas City recorded 17 homicides. Almost a quarter of those are women, according to official reports. Yet the Kansas City Police Department is helping women who refuse to be the next victim. Major Diane Mozzicato walks around the gym in South Patrol’s multi-purpose building. She sees women hitting huge blue body pads, and hears the sound of flesh hitting mats. “We found a need to educate the public on how to […]

  • Family gets to see Syed Jamal as deportation case lingers

    PLATTE CITY, Mo. — For the first time in a month, a Kansas family sees their husband, father, and brother. The Syed Jamal immigration story is making waves across the country. Jamal came to the country legally on visas, but overstayed them twice. ICE picked up Jamal while he was on his driveway in Lawrence last month. He’s been incarcerated ever since; first in Morgan County, Mo., then in Texas, then to Hawaii, and finally at the Platte County jail. […]

  • KCMO church offers active shooter training

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Saturday, almost 100 people spent the day at Sterling Acres Baptist Church.  They attended a One Day Intruder Awareness and Response for Church Personnel session there. The “pop, pop” sounds echoed through the hallway at Sterling Acres Baptist Church Saturday afternoon.  So did the man’s deep baritone voice, yelling “Ken!  Where are you?” as he pushed open doors. The gunshot sounds came from an airsoft gun.  And the baritone belonged to Bill Oliver.  And it […]

  • Planet Comicon hosts first-ever panel on mental health

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We are learning more and more about mental illness these days; studies indicate one in four Americans has some sort of mental disorder. Experts say finding support is key. What if finding that support involves wookies and Rainbow Bright? At this weekend’s Planet Comicon, mental health is becoming as important as your costume. Some see Planet Comicon as a whole different world. “Geeks,” said self-professed geek Angie Pendersen, “particularly feel like they’re weird, they’re outcasts, they’re […]

  • KCI Expo Center hosts gun show while rally on the Plaza pays tribute to Florida shooting victims

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Saturday, Kansas City was the tale of two cities. At the Plaza, a rally to remember the victims of gun violence; specifically, the 17 people killed in Parkland Florida. Just 30 minutes away, the KCI Expo Center hosted a gun show. It wasn’t much, but for roughly 30 people at the Plaza Saturday afternoon, the rally was a start. David Schrik had a Royals Jersey specifically made for the occasion. On the back, blue fabric […]

  • Sen. Blunt warns opioid epidemic continues to rise throughout Missouri

    PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. — The opioid epidemic is moving closer to Missouri and the metro.  That’s what senator Roy Blunt told a crowd this afternoon in Platte County. Blunt, a Republican who sits on the Appropriations Committee and chairs the subcommittee on the Department of Health and Human Services, says funding to curtail the addiction epidemic is already up 1,300 percent.  But he says that’s not enough. The CDC says the drug overdose death rate in Missouri increased almost 32%  […]

  • Papa John’s steps up to help Kearney father and son injured in crash

    KEARNEY, Mo. — More than a week after a wrong-way crash put a father and son in the hospital, 8-year-old Nate West is back home. His father, Josh, however, has a long road ahead of him, said Josh’s father (and Nate’s grandfather) Bruce West. Now, the community is banding together for the West family. Josh West has worked for Papa John’s for more than 20 years, including most recently as a manager at the Liberty location. The company is offering […]

  • Community shaken by mother’s death at Amtrak crossing

    ATHERTON, Mo. — A mother was killed and her young daughter and her boyfriend were hospitalized after their vehicle was struck by a train Friday night. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says the woman was at the railroad crossing in Atherton, a town about 11 miles northeast of Independence. Officers say she drove her Ford Ranger truck around the guardrails, which were down, and into the path of an Amtrak train. The train pushed the truck into the metal crossing […]

  • Demand for flu shots is way up compared to last year

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — The flu season is in full force in the Kansas City area.  And, more than before, people turned to the flu vaccine, to keep themselves healthy. The HyVee Pharmacy on State Line in Leawood has seen a nearly eightfold increase in the vaccine demand compared to this time last year. In the first 14 days of 2018, pharmacist Jessica McRoberts has administred 26 flu vaccines. In all of January 2017, she administered three. “We are seeing a […]