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Shayla comes to Kansas City from KY-3 in Springfield, Mo. She’s from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Missouri State University.

“My career in journalism has taken me to many interesting places. From reporting on the deadly 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri to covering the Kansas City Royals World Series games in California – I can truly say I’ve met some amazing friends and I’ve enjoyed sharing their unique stories,” Shayla said.
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Recent Articles
  • Two dead in shooting at Independence apartment complex

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police in Independence are investigating an early morning homicide in the 600 block of N. Peck Court. Officers were called out to a reported shooting at the Hawthorne Place Apartments around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Upon arrival they discovered two bodies. Both people, 20-year-old Ernesto A. Delahoz and 18-year-old Bradley S. Sartain II, had been shot. News of the crime has spread quickly throughout the complex. Many residents say violent crime happens often at this property and they hope to […]

  • Lee’s Summit woman reunites with mom 51 years later after a chance meeting in Fox 4’s Facebook comments

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A metro woman has been reunited with her mother for the first time in 51 years thanks to a chance meeting in the comments section of the Fox 4 Facebook page. “We just hugged. I can’t describe the hug, and then my mother, hugging her for the first time, seeing her was something special I’ll never forget,” Cindi Woratzeck said. Woratzeck said she was just two years old when her father took her and moved to […]

  • Fond traditions at the Plaza lighting ceremony

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Thousands of people attended Thursday evenings annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony. It’s a tradition that many families in the Metro look forward to year after year. “They play Christmas songs and they just light up all of these buildings and stuff,” said 9-year-old Victoria Sherf. Her mom says since moving from New York she’s had to establish new family traditions and the Plaza Lighting has become their new normal. “I’ve lived here 12 years and the Rockefeller […]

  • Community finally meets the man behind the ‘Magic Tree’ in Lee’s Summit at first lighting ceremony

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A seasonal attraction now lights up the sky in Lee’s Summit. This year, for the first time, crowds got to look on during a public lighting ceremony for the “Magic Tree.” The tree, located in a field just north of Interstate 470 at View High Drive, earned its name because up until now it’s been a mystery who lights the tree or why. On Wednesday night the man behind Magic Tree, developer Phillip “Flip” Short, led […]

  • Families hold vigil for victims of historic flood almost 20 years later

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Families who lost loved ones during historic flooding in 1998 held a vigil today to remember those who died. Orlando Hudson was among eleven people who died during devastating floods that occurred in Kansas City on October 4, 1998. Eight of the people who died, were on or near the prospect road bridge. On Sunday Hudson’s family members held signs in his memory near the corner of 47th & Prospect. His sister Sharon says it’s something […]

  • Man surrenders to police after barricading himself inside room at Motel 6

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man surrendered peacefully after a standoff that lasted for hours on Sunday evening. Police were called to the Motel 6 on NW Prarie View Road to check on a man who was believed to be armed and suicidal inside one of the rooms. Negotiators spent hours attempting to contact the man so they could convince him to surrender. During those negotiations several rooms had to be evacuated as a precaution, and all exterior lights on […]

  • Crowds gather outside Shrine Circus performance in Independence to protest animal living conditions

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Ararat Shrine Circus is designed to be entertaining for both kids and adults. “This is a 200-year tradition, and it’s fun, and there’s laughter,” said Randy Berry, Ararat Shrine Circus ringmaster. “There’s just nothing better than the energy of the circus.” The traveling circus is performing in the Kansas City metro this weekend. The three day event features acrobats, clowns and plenty of shows with animals. “We’ve got our pony rides, we’ll have our big jumbo elephants, […]

  • Lenexa city leaders looking for public input on Quivira Road improvements

    LENEXA, Kan. — Improvements are in the works for a stretch of Quivira Road between 79th and 99th streets in Lenexa. City leaders want to improve the area to keep up with population growth in the city and county, and they’re counting on input from the public throughout the process. “At tonight’s public meeting we are looking for input from residents and people that use the corridor,” said Magi Tilton, planning and development services manager for Lenexa. “We have some […]

  • Chiefs alumni helping folks in hurricane-ravaged Texas get a good night’s sleep

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Former Chiefs players are raising money to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. On Wednesday night, metro area non-profit Beds for Texans held a fundraising event at Rock & Brews in Overland Park. The organization was founded by Whitney Hicks, wife of former Chiefs Defensive End Eric Hicks. Although the couple currently resides in Kansas City, Whitney is from Sour Lake, Texas and wanted to give back to her community. Wednesday’s event offered guests a chance […]

  • Woman carjacked at Truman Medical Center by couple she tried to help

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Good Samaritan was robbed of her car and phone outside of Truman Medical Center after giving a couple a ride there. Joni Bontrager says she had just finished driving for Uber around 2 a.m. on Sunday morning and decided to get something to eat before headed home. “I went down to Texas Toms to get some drive through. Well after I got my food, I see a couple standing right there by the street and […]

  • New documentary shines light on community activist who turned tragedy into action

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The mother of a Kansas City homicide victim is using her pain to make a difference in the community. Hundreds gathered on Saturday evening to watch the premier of Uncommon Allies, a documentary by filmmaker Jon Brick. The film shares the story of Rosilyn Temple of Mothers in Charge. She started the local chapter of the group after her son Antonio Thompson was killed in 2011. His murder remains unsolved and Temple, along with other victims […]

  • Some happy, some frustrated as horse-drawn carriage rides return to Country Club Plaza for holiday season

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Horse-drawn carriage rides are back this season at the Country Club Plaza. “Families from all over come in to the Country Club Plaza to take a carriage ride,” said Bobby McGee, spokesperson for Kansas City Carriages. “It’s a family tradition as we like to call it.” From November to mid-January, Kansas City Carriages offers horse-drawn carriage rides to the public. “My wife always wanted to do this,” Ryan Scott said Friday. “I should have done it […]