Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Kansas City Police have released a composite sketch of a suspected serial rapist, based on victims’ description of him.
Police believe the man depicted in the sketch sexually assaulted two women this past weekend – one at 9:50 p.m. Jan. 23 in the 8300 block of Mercier Street, and another at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 24 in the 10 block of East Porte Cimi Pas. Police think the same man could be responsible for two similar sexual assaults in the same area last fall. Those occurred Sept. 29, 2009, in the 7500 block of Summit and on Oct. 11, 2009, in the 100 block of East 78th Terrace. In all four cases, the suspect assaulted the women in their homes.
Victims have been working with a forensic sketch artist and detectives to produce this sketch. They have described the suspect as a black male who is about 6 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds. He is bald and has pitted cheeks, possibly from acne scars. The victims said he had a deep, smooth voice and that he had very bad breath and smelled of exhaust fumes.
Police urge anyone with information about the suspect to come forward by calling police or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
Please note: A composite is not a portrait of one person, but a grouping of characteristics to put people into a category that narrows the search and eliminates other groups. It is intended to place the focus on a smaller grouping of individuals.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Investigators have concluded that the suspect, victim and friend were running from a dog and/or dogs when the suspect attempted to shoot one of the dogs. The gun did not go off and the group continued to run. While running, the suspect's gun discharged, striking the Nevels.
The suspect, 18-year-old Jonathan Brown, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
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• Rick Easley, president of the board of the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission, presented the Kansas City Crimestoppers 2009 year-end report. Crimestoppers paid out $58,282 in rewards last year. Some of that went to tipsters who helped solve 24 homicide cases, 51 robberies, 16 aggravated assaults and hundreds of other cases ranging from drugs to theft.
• Ken Henton, principal architect at Hoefer Wysocki, presented designs for the new South Patrol Division/Special Operations Division and multipurpose building to be constructed at Bannister Road and Marion Park Drive. The layout of the whole 25-acre site is designed to look like a police badge. The South Patrol and Special Operations divisions will be combined into one three-story building that will be separated with a large atrium in the middle and comprise about 54,000 square feet. The multipurpose building will feature a full-size gym, workout facilities and house the Bomb and Arson, Canine and Helicopter units and will be about 26,000 square feet. Mr. Henton estimated that construction on the two buildings would be complete by mid-2012. Both buildings will receive a Silver LEED rating for their environmental friendliness.
• Deputy Chief Cy Ritter said he was pleased to report that traffic deaths so far in 2010 are down substantially compared to 2009. There have been two traffic fatalities to date in 2010, and there were 11 at this time last year.
• D.C. Ritter also reported on the impact that last month’s bad weather had on response times and crime. He compared Dec. 20, 2009, through Jan. 10, 2010, to the same period in late 2008 and early 2009. The average temperature during those times this year was 19 degrees, compared to 31 the previous year. There was an average of 5 inches of snow on the ground during those dates this year compared to 0.3 inches the previous year. Because of this, police response times increased by 1 minute and 17 seconds. Calls for service were up by 29 percent – or 892 calls – over last year’s Dec. 20 – Jan. 10. However, crime fell by an average of 33.3 percent for those dates. And despite all the hardship, police officers used 30 percent less sick time this year than they did the year before, and injuries were down 58 percent.
• Major Rosilyn Allen reported that despite assertions in the news media regarding falling accident rates at intersections with red light cameras, police have not yet calculated the impact those cameras are having at the majority of the intersections. They do know that from August to December 2009, violations dropped by 64 percent as drivers got used to the new cameras. Major Allen said police have determined there were seven fewer accidents at the intersection of 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway from March to August 2009 compared to the same time period in 2008. She said police are working to further analyze possible accident reduction at other red light camera intersections.
• Deputy Chief Rachel Whipple reported that a new Police Academy class with 30 recruits began on Monday. Another class is set to graduate in April.
• The Board approved the renewal of the department’s health insurance plans with Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City at the cost of $18.24 million. By adding the department’s dental insurance to Blue Cross Blue Shield, the department was able to negotiate only a 2.5 percent increase in out-of-pocket health insurance for employees.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
One man is forever grateful that Officer Josh Meierer was working off-duty at the Blue Ridge Wal-Mart on one June morning.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Kansas City Police are investigating two weekend rapes that could be the work of a serial rapist.
At 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, a man broke into a home in the 8300 block of Mercier Street and sexually assaulted the 53-year-old female resident when she returned home from work. Less than three hours later, at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, a man forced his way into the home of a 50-year-old woman in the 10 block of East Porte Cimi Pas when she let her dogs out. He sexually assaulted her and stole her jewelry.
Police believe the same man is responsible for both rapes. They also think the rapist could be the same man who broke into homes and sexually assaulted two women in the Waldo area last fall. Those incidents took place Sept. 29, 2009, in the 7500 block of Summit and on Oct. 11, 2009, in the 100 block of East 78th Terrace.
In the incidents last fall, the victims could only say that they thought the suspect was black, that he had a deep, smooth voice, and one said he smelled like smoke. The man told one of the recent victims that he was 27 years old, but police believe he may be older. He is described as black, 6 feet tall and about 250 pounds. He is bald with pitted cheeks, possibly from acne scars. One victim said the suspect had very bad breath and that his clothes smelled like exhaust fumes.
Police urge anyone with information about the suspect to come forward and contact detectives or call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. Officers will increase patrols in the affected neighborhoods, and police urge residents to take precautions and keep their doors and windows locked at all times.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The man has now died. He has been identified as 18-year-old Winston Hughes of Kansas City, Mo. Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
Friday, January 15, 2010
Detectives are trying to identify the man in the above picture and short video. He may have information regarding the homicide of Randy Wilson from January 9, 2010. The man is not a suspect or person of interest but was in the 7-11 at Linwood and Gillham prior to the homicide and detectives believe the victim may have been in the store at the same time as the man in the picture.
Anyone with information regarding the man's identity should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS(8477).
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) has notified the Kansas City Missouri Police Department that its crime lab has been re-accredited.
ASCLD inspectors conducted an audit of the Kansas City Police Department Regional Crime Laboratory from Aug. 24 to 28, 2009. This audit was in addition to the annual internal audits the Crime Lab conducts. ASCLD’s audit found that the lab met 84 percent of “essential” criteria, 84 percent of “important” criteria and 100 percent of “desirable” criteria.
Upon receiving the audit report, Crime Lab staff worked to improve all the areas in which the inspectors said they did not meet standards and completed this work on Nov. 30, 2009. Lab staff provided ASCLD with documentation and examples of those changes on Dec. 15. ASCLD notified Kansas City Police on Monday that the lab had successfully remediated those standards and that the lab is now fully accredited through 2014.
“We’re very pleased we were able to quickly remediate the standards and successfully retain our accreditation,” Crime Lab Director Linda Netzel said.
ASCLD’s rigorous accreditation process requires crime labs to meet 91 essential criteria and also looks for 45 important criteria and 16 desirable criteria. Their audits cover everything from employee training to safety equipment to evidence chain of custody. Just four other law enforcement agencies in Missouri operate ASCLD-accredited crime labs. ASCLD conducts accreditation audits of crime labs every five years.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
The FBI has issued a reminder to Internet users to be cautious of online apppeals for financial assistance in the wake of the Haitian earthquake. It seems almost unthinkable that someone would use such an awful tragedy for their own personal gain, but past disasters have prompted inviduals with criminal intent to solicit contributions while posing as a charity. The FBI recommends the following:
* Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages.
* Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.
* Verify the legitimacy of nonprofit organizations by utilizing various Internet-based resources that may assist in confirming the group’s existence and its nonprofit status rather than following a purported link to the site.
* Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files because the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
* Make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf to ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes.
* Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions: Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
For more information, go to our Fraud Unit's page.
Don't be discouraged, though, because there are plenty of real charities doing amazing work in Haiti right now who could use your assistance. The Kansas City Star has a good piece on how to help those in Haiti through legitimate organizations.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
At 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, Kansas City police arrested the woman who was caught on tape vandalizing a McDonald’s restaurant in the 3200 block of Main Street on Dec. 27.
Non-injury car crashes saw a 26 percent increase, from 557 in the first 12 days of December to 703 in the first 12 days of January (and Jan. 12 isn’t over yet). There actually were 16 fewer injury accidents in January compared to December. One of the few bright spots of slick roadways are that they make drivers slow down, and while this may not prevent a wreck, it will help prevent injuries. When roads are bad, police usually see an increase in non-injury wrecks and a decrease in injury ones. Fortunately, no fatality crashes took place in the first 12 days of December 2009 or January 2010.
One of the most disheartening statistics in this report was the number of hit-and-run cases. From Dec. 1-12, hit-and-run drivers were involved in 155 wrecks, two of which involved a pedestrian being struck. So far this month, we’ve seen 128 hit-and-run crashes, including one involving a pedestrian. We know that the recent weather has made roads slick, but if you hit another vehicle – even if it was an accident – you are required by law to do the right thing by stopping and contacting the driver of the other vehicle (or the vehicle’s owner in the case of a parked car). All hit-and-run cases are followed up and investigated by detectives, and if they find that you struck a vehicle and didn’t take responsibility for it, you’ll face far worse consequences than if you’d simply stopped and exchanged information. And if you hit a person, you must stop and call 911 immediately.
As the temperatures warm and the snow melts, I hope to see these crash numbers go down. But in the meantime, please be careful.
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Monday, January 11, 2010
The occupants of the car were questioned and said that they were driving through the intersection of Linwood and Gillham when the victim was shot from outside of the vehicle. The driver believed that an oncoming car had fired the shots.
Beauty Smith is considered a Missing/Endangered Juvenile. She is a 14-year-old black female who is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. She has a birthmark on her right cheek. She was last seen wearing a purple sweater and purple jeans.
Friday, January 8, 2010
The recent spate of bad weather means those life-giving donations are not happening very much right now. Maureen O'Sullivan, director of donor recruitment for the Community Blood Center, said the last week of weather has been awful for them. She said several blood drives were scheduled at area schools this week, but all were cancelled because of the weather. Parents who normally come in to donate during their workday haven't because they had to stay home with the kids on snow days. Maureen said blood drives at companies this week also were cancelled when employers told their workers to stay home. Blood drives scheduled for outlying areas also were cancelled because the roads were impassable. To meet the demand for blood by local hospitals, the Blood Center needs to collect an average of 580 units every weekday.
If you can make it to one of the Community Blood Center's five metro-area locations now, you could meet a dire need and save a life. Go to www.savealifenow.org for more information.
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Thursday, January 7, 2010
This is an unfortunate reminder about the dangers that can follow minor car crashes. Each year, people are killed in secondary collisions as they stand in the road after a minor accident. If you are involved in a minor accident on a highway, please pull off on the nearest exit before exchanging information or waiting for police. Likewise, if you are involved in a minor accident on a main thoroughfare street, move your vehicle to the side of the roadway or pull off on the nearest side-street or parking lot. And please stay in your car. You are safer there than you are standing on the side of the road. This is especially true in bad weather. We recently gave a Purple Heart to an officer who was working an accident on icy roads and was seriously injured when she was hit by someone who lost control of his car. Ironically, she was hit while trying to tell victims of a prior accident to stay in their car.
MODOT and City crews are doing their best to clear the roads, but with wind and frigid cold, we all - including police - need to be especially careful.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
UPDATE 3, JAN. 8:
Thanks to your tips, we have identified the woman who was in the video. It turns out she's also wanted for questioning in an aggravated assault that took place Dec. 30, three days after the McDonald's incident. But police are having trouble tracking her down, so if you know where she is, please call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
UPDATE 2, JAN. 6:
We have received numerous tips since posting this video. Thank you. Detectives are following up on leads now and have requested the video be taken down while we investigate.
UPDATED AND REVISED JAN. 6:
Kansas City Police are seeking the woman seen in the above surveillance video (sorry, no audio) who caused thousands of dollars in damage when she became irate at a McDonald's in the 3200 block of Main Street. The woman did not like the way her sandwich was made, so she took it back to the cashier and proceeded to throw a container of drinking water over the counter. She then threw a "wet floors" sign. Finally, she started knocking off the cashiers' computers/cash registers, which caused more than $3,000 in damage.
The Kansas City Crimestoppers are offering a reward for information in this case. If you know who this woman is, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
• If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don’t know into your home.
• Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census. While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, it will not ask for Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers nor will employees solicit donations.
• Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail or in person at home. However, they will not contact you by e-mail, so be on the look out for e-mail scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an e-mail that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.
For more information, check our Fraud Unit web page or the Better Business Bureau.
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Monday, January 4, 2010
The site was designed to be intuitive, user-friendly and to provide the most information in as few clicks as possible. It has everything from the latest KCPD news to videos to crime statistics in your neighborhood to contact information for nearly every unit on the department.
Handy features include: A-to-Z navigation, which allows you to search by letter of the alphabet (for example – you can go to “N” if you’re looking for North Patrol Division); an in-depth careers page to inform you all about jobs at KCPD and how to apply; maps to show you what patrol division you live in; and Board of Police Commissioners meeting videos, minutes and agendas.
KCPD Media Unit staff designed the site in conjunction with the City of Kansas City and The EBS Group of Lenexa, Kan.
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On January 2, at 8:26 p.m., police were called to the intersection of 113th Street and Sycamore Terrace in regard to a one-car accident. Upon arrival, a black male shooting victim was located in the driver's seat with no signs of life. He has been identified as 17-year-old Cortez Wilson, a black male of Kansas City, Mo. (no photo available).
Detectives are following up on leads in both cases and ask anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
Friday, January 1, 2010
Anyone who may have witnessed the disturbance/shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).