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Guy Who Robbed Bank to Escape Wife Must Stay Home

Sorry, Lawrence

(Newser) - Lawrence John Ripple told police he robbed a Kansas City bank in September to get out of living with his wife. During sentencing Tuesday, he got the very opposite of his wish. In a rare move, a federal judge sentenced 71-year-old Ripple, who pleaded guilty to bank robbery in January,... More »

Man Kills Woman Near Park Named for Her Murdered Sister

Casey Eaton's mother says she's still dealing with the 1999 murder

(Newser) - A woman in Kansas City, Kansas, will soon bury a second daughter. In 1999, Cherri West's 10-year-old daughter Pamela Butler was kidnapped and killed, and last week West's oldest daughter Casey Eaton was shot dead—less than a block from the park named in Butler's memory. "... More »

Skulls Found This Week May Belong to Missing Women

Authorities are hoping to identify the remains found outside Kansas City

(Newser) - The families of two missing women have been notified after the discovery of a pair of skulls this week outside Kansas City, the Kansas City Star reports. Kara Kopetsky was last seen in 2007; Jessica Runions disappeared last September. Neither woman's body has ever been found. The first skull... More »

Missing Waitress Found in Car in Missouri River

Toni Anderson had gone missing after leaving work at bar in January

(Newser) - A Kansas City woman missing for two months has been found in her car at the bottom of the Missouri River, reports the Kansas City Star . "We just got the news—there’s a body in her car," said Liz Anderson, mother of 20-year-old Toni Anderson, on Friday... More »

Search for Missing Woman Turns Up a Man's Body, Again

Group searching for Jessica Runions has found two other bodies

(Newser) - Since Jessica Runions went missing in September, family and friends have formed a search party and combed the Kansas City area week after week. And while they have yet to find the 21-year-old Missouri woman or clues as to her possible whereabouts, on each of the past two Saturdays the... More »

Student Was Pulled Over by Cops, Then She Disappeared

Family fears Toni Anderson of Kansas City woman has been abducted

(Newser) - Family members fear a missing student was abducted after she vanished in Missouri early Sunday. Toni Anderson, 20, a student at University of Missouri-Kansas City, was last seen leaving the Kansas City bar where she worked around 4am after telling coworkers she was going to a gas station. She never... More »

Cops Shoot, Kill Man Outside Kansas Walmart

Police say they fired after 50-year-old attacked one of their own with long wooden rod

(Newser) - Police say officers fatally shot a man outside a suburban Kansas City, Kan., retail store after he hit one of them with a long wooden rod, the AP reports. Lenexa police spokesman Dan Friesen says the man was shot near a Walmart in Olathe around 10:30pm Sunday after striking... More »

World's Tallest Water Slide to Close for Good After Death

Schlitterbahn water park's 168-foot Verruckt slide to be taken down

(Newser) - The 10-year-old son of a Kansas lawmaker died on the world's tallest water slide this summer, and that ride is now closed for good. Caleb Schwab, the son of state Rep. Scott Schwab, suffered a "fatal neck injury" Aug. 7 on the 168-foot Verruckt slide at the Schlitterbahn... More »

Man Arrested, Charged For Asking Controversial Question at KC Library

A library official is 'outraged'

(Newser) - The executive director of the Kansas City library system says he is "outraged" that prosecutors continue to pursue charges against a man who was arrested after asking pointed questions during a library discussion about the Middle East peace process and an employee who tried to intervene. Although the arrests... More »

Kansas Police Captain Killed in Shooting

Robert Melton is the 2nd Kansas City, Kansas, officer killed in 2 months

(Newser) - A police officer in Kansas City, Kansas, was shot and killed Tuesday, becoming the second Kansas City officer killed in the line of duty in the past two months, the Kansas City Star reports. Officers responded to reports of people shooting from a car and arrived at the scene to... More »

26 Months, 3 Sets of Twins, Zero Fertility Treatments

This 20-year-old Kansas mom has her hands full

(Newser) - A mother in Kansas has her hands full after giving birth to her third set of twins in just over two years, the AP reports. Per WDAF-TV , 20-year-old Danesha Couch of Kansas City, Kan., says she hasn't undergone any fertility treatments and realizes that some people might consider her... More »

Teens Fired After Girl Asks for Equal Pay

Manager claims employees aren't allowed to discuss wages with co-workers

(Newser) - When Jensen Walcott and her good friend, Jake Reed, both got hired at Pizza Studio in Kansas City, Kansas, on the same day, the 17-year-olds were initially excited. Then Reed mentioned to Walcott that he'd be making $8.25 per hour. Walcott would only be making $8 per hour,... More »

4-Year-Old Shot, Killed While Riding in Car

Kansas City sees uptick of 'neighborhood wars'

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy in Kansas City, Mo., is dead after he was shot early Monday morning while sitting in the backseat of a car, FOX 4 reports. Police say the car Mahsaan Kelley-Wilson was riding in around 2am got caught between two other vehicles, the occupants of which were engaged... More »

Police May Have Suspect in 1989, 1994 Cold Cases

Murder of Sarah Jo DeLeon may be linked to slaying of Diana Marie Ault 2 years earlier

(Newser) - They aren't naming names yet, but police detectives in Kansas City, Kan., say they have identified a suspect in the unsolved murder of Sarah Jo DeLeon, who was 19 when her body was found in 1989. What's more, they say the suspect is a woman from the area,... More »

Cops Moved by Teen's Surprise Napkin Message

Small gesture goes a long way

(Newser) - Kansas City police officer Rance Quinn recently shared a secret about cops: "We like to feel the love just like everybody else does," he tells fox4kc.com . And Quinn and a colleague felt that love when last week a teenage girl walked past their table at a restaurant... More »

Trump: Guy Who Rushed Me Is 'Probably ISIS-Related'

And future protesters should expect charges

(Newser) - Donald Trump's rallies are not for the faint of heart : After security concerns police later said were unfounded canceled one rally in Chicago , and the candidate was rushed by a protester the next day in Ohio, Trump offered up a theory on his would-be assailant at yet another rally... More »

Rare Work by Renaissance Master Found in Kansas City

A small museum has mostly kept it in storage for the past 80 years

(Newser) - Last displayed more than a decade ago and kept mostly in storage at a small museum in Kansas City is not the treatment you'd expect for a rare painting by a Renaissance master. But the Kansas City Star reports that's exactly what's happened to The Temptation of ... More »

Even Epic Charleston Flood Can't Call Off This Wedding

The stranded couple went on the news to find an officiant, photographer

(Newser) - After months of planning their destination wedding in Charleston, SC, Britney Mysinger and Jason Houdek of Kansas City ran straight into this weekend's 1,000-year-flood standing between them and exchanging their vows. The photographers, make-up artists, groomsmen, marriage license, and officiant were all outside the peninsula when police shut... More »

Man Who Killed Teen Waiting for Bus in 1989 Is Executed

Ex-Kansas City cop calls Roderick Nunley's 25-year stay on death row a 'travesty'

(Newser) - A man convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering a 15-year-old Missouri girl from the Kansas City area more than a quarter-century ago was executed last night, becoming the state's sixth person to be put to death this year, the AP reports. The lethal injection for Roderick Nunley, 50, began... More »

Convicted Supremacist Gives Jurors Nazi Salute

Frazier Glenn Miller admitted to the crimes but pleaded not guilty

(Newser) - The man who admitted killing three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites was convicted of murder and other charges today, shortly after he told jurors he hoped to "die a martyr" for the shootings. He even gave jurors a Nazi salute after they convicted him, the AP... More »

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