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  • 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 […]

  • Missouri woman grateful after lawmakers change abuse reporting requirements for nursing homes

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With time running out, Missouri lawmakers added a mandatory reporting requirement for long-term care facilities Friday. Under H.B. 1635, nursing and other group homes must report sexual assaults to law enforcement. Current law only required reporting to the state agencies involved. The news was just what Maribeth Russell had hoped to hear but was fearing she might not, again. “She is smiling down now,” said Russell, who has asked us not to reveal the name of […]

  • 30 years later, mystery remains in missing Leavenworth County teen’s case

    LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. — Randy Leach would be 47 this year, perhaps a father, working a job, caring for his aging parents. Instead, 30 years later, he remains missing and an unsolved mystery to his family and friends. To law enforcement, he remains an open case with tips followed up on. But after his disappearance from a high school party early the morning of April 16, 1988, Harold and Alberta Leach grow weary, knowing time is running out for them […]

  • Missouri auditor weighs in on Clay County’s alleged misuse of taxpayers’ money

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. – A county in conflict: That`s how one elected official describes Clay County. This Northland county is facing growing public outrage after slashed budgets, salary increases for elected officials and possible misuse of taxpayer money. Stop wasteful spending. It`s a message, a mantra, that Clay County citizens have made their battle cry. They’re frustrated by what they see as a misuse of taxpayer money, overspending, lack of internal controls and budget cuts to much-needed county departments. “I […]

  • Facing unexplainable symptoms, metro women argue silicone breast implants made them sick

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As an active  runner, career woman and mother of three, April Zimmerman she decided to reward herself with what she dubbed a “mommy makeover” in 2012. “I was really proud of myself for getting in the best shape of my life,” the Lee’s Summit mom said. So she had silicone breast implants. In Overland Park, Valerie Lenie did the same thing, utilizing a new implant called a Mentor Memory Gel, the same brand implanted by Zimmerman’s surgeon. […]

  • Massive rhino horn trafficking operation leads investigators to small MO town where they say 2 men illegally made nearly $1 million

    MACON, Mo. — More than 7,000 rhinos have been killed by poachers in just the last two years, left bloodied and dying if not already dead. Only about 30,000 white rhinos are left in the wild. Critically endangered black rhinos have a population just over 5,000, and there`s only one male northern white rhino on the planet. “If the numbers stay at the rate they are now, we are walking into a chance of them going completely extinct as a species,” […]