Luke Nozicka, The Kansas City Star

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The Kansas City Star

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Past articles by Luke:

‘No one would help us’: Victim’s family says KCPD didn’t take missing person report

The family of Mack Jones, a Kansas City rapper who went by the stage name Smacc Turner, is outraged after they said his missing person report was not filed in a timely matter. He was found dead six days after they went to police. → Read More

‘Unconscionable’: Bullets fly near churches and parks with 7 killed in 5 days in KC

Seven people were killed in the last five days in Kansas City, homicides that added to a violent crime rate Mayor-elect Quinton Lucas on Tuesday called an “ongoing crisis.” Two cousins were among those slain. → Read More

Man hid meth in child booster seats in delivery from California to Topeka, feds say

Israel Felix Garcia, of Mexico, was sentenced for hiding 15 pounds of crystal meth in two child booster seats as he moved the drugs from California to Topeka. He was stopped in Wabaunsee County by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper. → Read More

Man found shot in Kansas City street as violent Fourth of July weekend nears end

A man shot in the abdomen Sunday night in a Kansas City neighborhood was one of the last casualties of an Independence Day weekend that left a teenager injured and four others killed. → Read More

Missouri courts can’t stop him. KC-area lawyer keeps ripping people off, agency says.

Allan H. Bell, a North Kansas City immigration attorney, continued to accept new clients after he was suspended from practicing law in Missouri for taking client money, according to the state Supreme Court. He has been called a “terrible attorney.” → Read More

Claycomo police suspect ‘foul play’ in man’s death, investigate as possible homicide

Police are investigating the death of a man found dead Monday night in a Claycomo, Missouri, home as a possible homicide. He was found in a home near Highway 69 and Park Street. Police suspect foul play. → Read More

Charges filed in 2018 Prairie Village shooting of man who interrupted car burglary

Jacob Chaney, a Kansas City, Kansas, resident, was charged with attempted murder and other offenses in a 2018 shooting in Praire Village, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced. The victim was trying to stop a car burglary. → Read More

Illegal search by Topeka police sent man to prison for 19 months, lawsuit says

Henry McKnight Jr., of Topeka, Kansas, spent 19 months in federal prison after he was illegally searched by two police officers as they arrested him for lurking and prowling, according to a federal lawsuit. Prosecutors later agreed the arrest lacked probable cause. → Read More

Body of Missouri man recovered, 5 others injured in boat crash at Lake of the Ozarks

Jason C. Russell, of Eugene, Missouri, was missing after a boat crash Saturday night at the Lake of the Ozarks, which injured several other people. Russell was found dead Sunday afternoon in the water, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. → Read More

Basehor man gets 23 years in prison after admitting sex crimes involving children

William Lawrence Battle, 50, pleaded guilty in June to two counts of electronic solicitation and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior in a case involving child victims. → Read More

‘Climate of fear’: Missouri street gang put police under surveillance, shot at rivals

An alleged member of a violent street gang in St. Joseph that has been connected to a homicide and drug trafficking in western Missouri pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge. The gang operated in Kansas, Iowa and Massachusetts. → Read More

Two Texas men sentenced for stealing 654 guns on way to Bass Pro Shops in Missouri

After more than 600 guns were stolen from UPS trailers in Springfield, Missouri, two men from Texas were sentenced to federal prison. The guns were on their way to Bass Pro Shops. Several of the men convicted were from Dallas and are already in prison. → Read More

Man sentenced to prison for role in western Missouri meth ring operating in KC

Benjamin W. Clark, of Cameron, Missouri, was among three people who conspired to distribute hundreds of grams of methamphetamine in western Missouri, including Kansas City. Another defendant was from Harrisonville. → Read More

Man hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after overnight Kansas City shooting

A 31-year-old man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries early Sunday morning after he was shot at East 18th and Vine streets in Kansas City, police said. He suffered from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest, KCPD said. → Read More

Man is shot and killed Sunday afternoon in Kansas City

A man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, according to police. The shooting was reported about 1:30 p.m. near East 28th Street and Park Avenue. → Read More

Severe storms tonight and this weekend could bring hail to northwest Missouri, KC

Severe storms could scatter across northwest Missouri on Thursday night, possibly dropping large hail and causing damaging winds, the National Weather Service said. Kansas City could see 2 to 4 inches of rain through Monday night. → Read More

Two more employees charged in Branson duck boat deaths; 47-count indictment unsealed

Federal prosecutors in Kansas City announced a 47-count indictment against two more employees of Ripley Entertainment, which operated the duck boat that sank in 2018, killing 17 people on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri. → Read More

Kansas City Life insurance ‘systematically overcharged’ customers, lawsuit claims

Kansas City, Life, Insurance, Company, lawsuit, federal, overcharged, Stueve Siegel Hanson, life insurance, cash value → Read More

Man turns himself in, suspected of fleeing crash that killed man sitting at bus stop

Nicholas S. Hammond, a driver suspected of crashing into a Kansas City bus stop last week and killing Mark D. Hovey, has surrendered to police. The crash happened at the RideKC Troost Max bus shelter near East 67th Street and Troost Avenue. → Read More

Before lawyer’s killing, Jungerman searched for ‘lethality’ of guns, prosecutors say

David G. Jungerman, the millionaire accused of killing Kansas City attorney Tom Pickert at his Brookside home, allegedly searched the internet for which firearm to use in the shooting, Jackson County prosecutors said. → Read More