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Past articles by Tony:

Man accused of shooting woman at Olathe shopping center charged with attempted murder

An Overland Park man is facing multiple felony charges, including attempted murder, after a woman was shot Tuesday night at an Olathe shopping center on south Mur-Len Road. Landon James Smith is charged in Johnson County District Court. → Read More

Man shot in face during Ward Parkway rolling gun battle with kids in car faces charge

A man shot in the face during a rolling gun battle that ended on Kansas City’s Ward Parkway is now facing a federal firearm charge. Anthony J. Fikes was in car with a woman and two children when the shooting started near Troost Avenue. → Read More

Former KC bank teller gets prison for embezzlement, alleged partner fled country

A former bank teller who stole almost $400,000 over five years while working at a Kansas City bank was sentenced Thursday to a year in federal prison. Her alleged accomplice fled the country and has not been arrested. → Read More

Courier for Johnson County drug trafficking group sentenced for Lenexa meth delivery

A Kansas City, Kan., man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for his role in a methamphetamine trafficking organization that operated in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. The man delivered meth in Lenexa while being watched by the FBI. → Read More

Premium pet food sickened or killed ‘thousands’ of dogs in U.S., Kansas lawsuit says

A lawsuit filed in federal court in Kansas alleges that Hill’s Pet Nutrition sold dog food containing high levels of Vitamin D that sickened or killed thousands of dogs around the country. → Read More

Kansas lawmakers reject change after judge labeled child victim ‘aggressor’ in sex case

Members of a Kansas House panel voiced concerns with the legislation put forward by Attorney General Derek Schmidt. → Read More

Second teen sentenced to prison in 2015 stabbing death of Lee’s Summit woman

A Jackson County judge has sentenced a Lee’s Summit teen to 15 years in prison in the stabbing death of Tanya Chamberlain at a car wash. Joshua Trigg was 13 when the crime was committed. → Read More

Third suspect charged in fatal shooting of Overland Park teenager

A third person has been charged with first-degree felony murder in the January fatal shooting of 17-year-old Ben Workman-Greco in Overland Park. Raymond T. Cherry was charged Thursday. → Read More

Kearney man charged with sexually abusing, taking nude video of child in Independence

A Kearney man has been charged in Jackson County with sodomizing a young boy and taking nude video of him. The allegations were investigated by Independence police after the victim’s mother reported that she saw nude pictures of her child on Kenagy’s phone. → Read More

Two charged in Overland Park teen’s slaying, including a man and a 17-year-old girl

An Olathe teenager is charged with felony murder along with a 21-year-old man in the January fatal shooting of 17-year-old Ben Workman-Greco on Farley Street. Juriah Sue Jones is charged in the juvenile division of Johnson County District Court. → Read More

Man sentenced in 2015 shotgun killing that spurred mother’s search across Northland

A Liberty man was sentenced to prison for the 2015 murder of another man whose remains were found in rural Clinton, County, Missouri. After Donald Christopher Hadden disappeared, his mother searched for him across the Northland and Kansas City. → Read More

Man charged in armed carjacking at Kansas City gas station, robber caught on camera

A Kansas City man has been charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with stealing a vehicle at gunpoint from a gas station at 39th Street and Hardesty Avenue. Charles R. Pelton Jr. is accused in the Feb. 15 carjacking. → Read More

Bam Bam, one of two polar bears at the Kansas City Zoo, has died

One of the Kansas City Zoo’s two polar bears has died. Bam Bam had untreatable liver cancer. She was 31. The zoo announced the death on Wednesday. → Read More

Alleged white supremacist accused of killing woman in Shawnee is ordered to trial

A man who is being investigated for a possible hate crime in Shawnee was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a state charge of second-degree murder. Ronald Lee Kidwell is charged in Johnson County District Court with stabbing and killing MeShon Cooper. → Read More

Parents of 2 Ozarks boat crash victims file lawsuit, allege negligence led to deaths

The parents of two Johnson County young residents killed in a boat crash on the Lake of the Ozarks are suing the boat’s owner and the man who was driving the boat when it crashed last May. → Read More

Two charged with smashing car into KCK Cabela’s, trying to steal shotguns and rifles

A federal grand jury has indicted a man and woman who allegedly broke into the Cabela’s store in Kansas City, Kan., in an attempt to steal firearms. → Read More

$10,000 reward offered for tips in arson at Planned Parenthood in Columbia

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward to find the arsonist who started a fire at a Planned Parenthood facility in Columbia, Mo. → Read More

Woman ran prostitution business through massage parlors in Lawrence and Topeka

The owner and operator of massage businesses in Lawrence and Topeka pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal prostitution-related charges. → Read More

Former KSHB reporter feels ‘vinidcated’ by jury verdict that she was wrongfully fired

Lisa Benson Cooper, a former reporter at KSHB Channel 41 in Kansas City, was awarded $201,000 by a federal court jury as a result of her firing. The jury sided in favor of the station on Cooper’s claims of race discrimination. → Read More

OP man faces charges after alleged human trafficking victim found during traffic stop

A Lenexa police officer’s traffic stop has led to charges against a 36-year-old Overland Park man. The man is charged with the sexual trafficking of a teenager found with him during the stop. → Read More