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St. Louis Law Enforcement Look To Kansas City For Possible Solutions To Violent Crime

KANSAS CITY, MO – Officials from St. Louis travelled to Kansas City to get a close look at their NOVA program. The program called “The Kansas City No Violence Alliance” aims to bring law enforcement, businesses and community together so they can combat violent crimes in Kansas together. St. Louis law enforcement spent the day in Kansas to learn more about how the city reinvented their fight against gun violence. News Source: KPLR11

227 Violent Crime Victims Awarded Financial Support In Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – On Thursday 12 February, 227 victims of violent crimes in Kansas received financial help from the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board at its February meeting, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Awards were given in 124 new cases and in 103 previously submitted cases. The total amount of money awarded was $290,899.77. The Division of Crime Victims Compensation in Schmidt’s office manages the Crime Victims Compensation program, which was created in 1978 to assist victims of violent crimes to pay for unexpected expenses like the cost of medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages due… Read More →

Lawmakers In Kansas To Hear Bills On Medical Marijuana, Hate Crime And More

On Tuesday, the Kansas Legislature dig deep into a four-day work week with hearings on medicinal marijuana, hate crimes, teacher contracts and campaign reform with the state budget shortage puzzle serving as imposing backdrop. Senate Bill 1 was sponsored by Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, that will instruct judges to double the sentence for an individual who is convicted of an offense motivated wholly or in part by “race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin or sexual orientation” if the conviction carried a presumptive term of imprisonment. If the underlying offense carried a term that didn’t need prison, the sentence should… Read More →

Kansas City Man Gets 30-Years For Robbing A Northland Business

On Monday, 44-year-old Rowdy M. Offield, who robbed a Northland business of more than $700,000 in jewelry, received a 30-year federal prison sentence. Since 1993, he has gathered 14 felony convictions and once confessed to police officer that he was a “serial robber,” he said on Monday. According to Michael Green, an assistant U.S. attorney, “This defendant has an incredible and troubling criminal history”. Offield currently is serving a 60-year sentence in a Missouri prison due to the high number of previous convictions in Clay, Saline and Johnson counties. He will not be eligible for his 1st state parole hearing… Read More →

Victims Of Violent Crimes Awarded Nearly $200,000 In Kansas Last Week

Nearly $200,000 were awarded to victims of violent crimes by the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board last week. The amount totaling $197,249.54 was granted in 171 cases, which included 81 new cases and 90 cases that had been previously submitted. According to Derek Schmidt, the Kansas Attorney General, the awards came during the board’s December meeting. The Crime Victims Compensation Board was established in 1978 to help victims of violent crimes pay unforeseen expenses. The program is funded by assessed court fees, court costs, parole fees and restitution paid by convicts. Payments awarded to victims of violent crimes are limited… Read More →

Muslim Teenager Killed In Hate Crime

Kansas City, Mo. – A Muslim teenager in Kansas City was hit and killed by a driver in a motor vehicle which was painted with anti-Islamic messages. According to the friends of the victim, who was hit and killed in an accident that is under investigation as a possible hate crime, they had been given threats in recent weeks by an individual driving around with anti-Islamic messages painted on a vehicle. Police have not confirmed whether the accident and the messages are linked with each other but individuals at the Somali Center of Kansas City said that they were given… Read More →

228 Violent Crime Victims From Kansas To Receive Support

Topeka, KS – In the November meeting, 228 victims of violent crimes were given financial help by the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board. A total amount of $267,429.90 was given to the victims and from all the cases, 108 were new and 120 cases were previously submitted. The Crime Victims Compensation program is administered by the Division of Crime Victims Compensation in the Kansas Attorney General Schmidt’s office, which was made in 1978 to assist victims of violent crimes to pay for their unexpected expenses like medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, dependent support and funeral expenses. The claims… Read More →

KCK Nurse Charged With Sex Crimes

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Disciplinary action against a nurse was approved by the Kansas board that manages nurses. The nurse was fired from his job and after sometime, charged with sexually assaulting 3 patients while working in a post-anesthesia care unit at a northeast Kansas hospital. On Wednesday, a lawyer for the Kansas State Board of Nursing, Alma Heckler, said that no additional information will be given about the type of discipline until paperwork was filed in the case against 47-year-old Dennis Clark. On Tuesday, Clark was released from the Wyandotte County Adult Detention Center after posting $10,000 bond, according… Read More →

Homicide In Westport Being Investigated By Kansas City Police

39-year-old Ronald Shelton of Kansas City, who was the victim of an early Sunday shooting incident in Westport, has died. The incident took place at about 1:50 a.m. on 40th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Police officers patrolling in the Westport area heard several gunshots and hurried to the scene. When they approached the place where they heard gunshots from, they found two victims on the 40th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. One of the victims had been shot in the arm and the other was shot in the abdomen. According to witnesses, the disturbance began with an argument in the street… Read More →

Crime down during Kansas City Royals Playoff Game

Police officers told TMZ Sports that the Kansas City Royals can be the key to stopping crime in Kansas City due to the reason that criminal activity was actually low in K.C. during last night’s big playoff game. According to Sgt. Darin Snapp of the Kansas City Police Dept., the unbelievable 12 inning battle among the Royals and the Oakland A’s may have actually stopped the bad guys for a night. He also added, “We ran the last 4 Tuesdays and last night was the slowest night as far as calls to service. Everybody was happy and getting along and… Read More →

Crime Statistics For Kansas City Show Promising Trend

Almost every category of violent crime from homicide to car theft and property crime in Kansas City is showing a decrease this year as compared with the same time period in 2013. The highest percentage reduction is showed in homicides which is 37 percent. According to the statistics showed at Tuesday’s Board of Police Commissioners meeting, the rate of rape has also reduced. The statistics, which cover from the month of January through July, show that crime across all the categories decreased 12 percent from the same time period in 2013. In January, members of the alliance assisted track down… Read More →

DUI Defense: Denial of Right to Counsel

The laws governing criminal conduct and criminal procedure are quite complex, but there are some widely known aspects, such as the premise that you are entitled to speak to a lawyer when you are arrested. Despite the fact that this right is common knowledge, law enforcement agencies still violate this right with some frequency. In the case of DUI charges, securing quick access to an attorney is key, as your body eliminates evidence of the charge – your blood alcohol level – minute by minute. As a result, denial of the right to counsel in this context can be particularly… Read More →