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  • Overland Park man sues city, Johnson Co. DA over records about deadly police shooting of teenage boy

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — On Wednesday, an Overland Park citizen asked a judge to force the city and Johnson County district attorney to release records related to the night a police officer shot and killed 17-year-old John Albers. A dispute over what the city and district attorney have the right to hold back from the public is at the heart of lawsuit. In January of 2018, Albers was in emotional distress and threatened suicide to his friends over video chat. […]

  • Invoices show Clay County spent more than $902,000 on outside legal help last year

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. – FOX4 Problem Solvers have uncovered new invoices in Clay County for outside legal help, and Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte calls the total spent “insane.” Based on invoices FOX4 obtained, Clay County spent $902,019 in 2018 on outside attorneys and lobbying firms. When FOX4 showed Nolte the figure, he said, “that sounds about the ballpark where I’m in when I do my math on it. It’s insane.” Nolte said that number is at least seven times what was […]

  • With questions and grief remaining, Overland Park family remembers son killed by police

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — How did a call about a child in crisis escalate into a deadly shooting? One local family is still searching for answers after an Overland Park police officer killed their 17-year-old son, who was threatening suicide. Why did the officer fire more than a dozen bullets at John Albers, and why did Johnson County rule the shooting justified? FOX4’s Dhomonique Ricks uncovered information that reveals what really happened the night police shot and killed the teen. […]

  • Family pet becomes metro courtroom’s first dog for young witnesses needing support

    PLATTE CITY, Mo. — On a recent afternoon in the Platte County Courthouse, a teen collapsed in tears outside a courtroom. She had just shared her difficult allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of a former family friend. As the tears flowed, she was surrounded by family, friends, and Rasta. The specially trained therapy dog sensed her sadness and moved into comfort her. Moments before, he had been at her side in the witness box as she told her […]

  • As one family learned, this metro county appears to go easy on drunk drivers who kill

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — About 10,000 people are killed by drunk drivers every year. That’s one alcohol related death every 48 minutes. Those drivers usually face criminal charges, including driving while intoxicated and involuntary manslaughter, and the corresponding sentence. But that doesn’t always happen, especially in one local county. FOX4 uncovered cases where drunk drivers killed someone and served little, if any, time behind bars. That has some families asking, “Where is the justice?” Oscar Jimenez was a devoted son, […]

  • Investigation finds sex offenders call nursing homes in Missouri home, too

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — When Kim, who didn’t want FOX4 to use her last name, moved into Redwood of Independence, she didn’t know that three of her fellow nursing home residents were registered sex offenders. “No, no, they don’t tell you anything,” she said, now out of the nursing home after a 30-day stint to rehab from a minor stroke. In Missouri, Kansas and most other states, they don’t have to tell you. Indeed, there’s no requirement in the laws of […]

  • Your baby’s car seat has an expiration date — here’s why you should take it seriously

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There are expiration dates on food, batteries and even our beauty products, designed to make sure those products are safe and effective. But there’s another important item, one designed to protect your most precious cargo, that has a limited shelf life, too. A car seat is arguably the most important product you can buy to ensure your child’s safety. Parents spend hours researching the best ones on the market, and spend hundreds of dollars on the […]

  • As one Overland Park family learned, finding mental health help can be daunting

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Teddy Briedenthal was the typical Johnson County kid. Loving parents, three adoring sisters, friends. “He was funny. He was a practical joker,” his dad Ted Briedenthal Sr. said. “He loved his family.” “He was a really good big brother,” his youngest sister Julia added. But for years he held a dark secret: sexual abuses at the hands of a cousin. It started when Teddy was 8 years old. He was 17 when he finally came clean and shared […]

  • Clay County burial program for poor leaves bodies on ice for months

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — They died with no one else to tend to them, and in Clay County, officials came up short in their duty to provide that final resting place in a timely manner. As Pam Mason and Debbie Gwin walked through a small Northland cemetery, flowers in hand, they tended to graves of the deceased they never knew personally, only officially. “For me, time to reflect,” said Mason, a former Clay County Clerk and presiding County Commissioner. For […]

  • Moon dreams: Prairie Village woman had ‘right stuff’ to go to space when US wasn’t ready

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — She really wanted to be in the pep club at Wyandotte High School. But Sarah Ratley didn’t make the cut, so she decided to try something completely different. “High school, I was more or less or a nerd,” Ratley remembers. But when she shifted gears to volunteer for the Civil Air Patrol, she was hooked. She did clerical work in return for rides in planes during training exercises. “Once I flew in the back of the T-6, […]

  • Widow and KC Chiefs settle lawsuit over man’s death in Arrowhead Stadium parking lot

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the eve of a trial in her wrongful death lawsuit against the Kansas City Chiefs, Jenni Van Winkle settled her case nearly five years after her husband’s death. A big Chief’s fan, Kyle Van Winkle and some family members attended a Chief’s home game against the Denver Broncos in December 2013. He was drinking, and disappeared during the game. Turns out he’d somehow gone back out to the parking lot and crawled into an unlocked […]

  • Greitens signs bill changing abuse reporting requirements for Missouri nursing homes

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In one of his final acts as Missouri governor, Eric Greitens signed a flurry of bills Friday, including a mandatory sexual abuse reporting requirement for long-term care facilities like nursing homes. The measure was profiled as part of a FOX4 News investigation into abuse cases falling through the cracks, specifically a mid-Missouri case of nursing home rape. Read the full FOX4 nursing home investigation here. Under H.B. 1635, nursing and other group homes must report sexual […]

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