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KCTV5 News Update: November 28, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: November 28, 2021

Police have identified the victim of a shooting at 43rd and Cleveland

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FORECAST: Low 50s for the Sporting KC match Sunday afternoon

FORECAST: Low 50s for the Sporting KC match Sunday afternoon

Today we're starting off in the mid-30s but will warm up to near 52° with sunshine and a few clouds by afternoon. Winds shift from the north to the south by this evening, setting the stage for a warm day tomorrow, in the mid- to upper-60s! For this time of year, our afternoon high is typically around 48°. Above average temperatures and dry conditions continue for the forthcoming week.

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Man killed in confrontation with KCK police was former detective fired by the department last year

Man killed in confrontation with KCK police was former detective fired by the department last year

The man killed in a police-involved shooting Monday in Kansas City, KS, was a detective with the KCK Police Department who was fired last year, police revealed on Tuesday.

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Kansas jumps the feds, offering COVID boosters to all adults

KANSAS (KCTV) -- While federal health officials weigh whether to approve COVID-19 vaccine booster availability to all adults, the Kansas governor announced Wednesday morning that the state is making boosters available to everyone over 18.

The FDA is set to decide this week whether to approve boosters for all adults. That decision is expected in the next couple of days, after which the CDC could give final approval before the weekend.

But some states aren't waiting for federal approval, including Kansas. Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday morning that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is approving all adults to be eligible for a booster shot.

Up to this point, only those fulfilling several criteria were allowed a booster, including immunocompromised people, people with serious health issues, and those whose jobs put them in constant close contact.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is free, safe, effective, and the best way to keep our communities protected from this virus,” Kelly said in a statement. “Expanding access to booster shots will help us put an end to this deadly pandemic. Whether you are considering your first shot or signing up for a booster, I urge everyone to get the facts and get vaccinated.”

The statement goes on:

All Kansans who meet the below criteria are now eligible and encouraged to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine:The patient is at least 18 years old and has met the 6-month time period following the primary vaccination series for the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or it has been at least 2 months since their Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine.The patient’s assessment of risk exposure may include, but is not limited to, those who work with the public or live with someone who works with the public, live or work with someone at high risk of severe impact of COVID, live in geographic areas that have been heavily impacted by COVID, reside in <a href="https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/yb1CCYEZEqT34R0RQTYsnJM?domain=lnks.gd">high transmission areas</a>, live in congregate setting, experience social inequity or other risk conditions as assessed by the individual. Currently, there is a high risk of community transmission in all Kansas counties. Vaccine providers should allow patients to self-determine their risk of exposure.“As we move into the winter months, Kansans will increasingly be indoors, putting themselves at greater risk of contracting the virus,” said Secretary Lee Norman, M.D., Kansas Department of Health and Environment. “Allowing Kansans to self-determine their risk of exposure to COVID-19 ensures that every tool is available to protect themselves and reduce the possibility of a winter COVID-19 surge.”Available data right now show that all three of the <a href="https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/dK7gCERyRWsWNrArmupZ6ii?domain=gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com">COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States</a> continue to be <a href="https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/FLpGCG6A6WhJQxyxmHQjnuL?domain=gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com">highly effective</a> in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the <a href="https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/S8gICJ616Wh8DG4GRivtT6r?domain=gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com">Delta variant</a>. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging. To find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic visit <a href="https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/5itzCZ6g6rhMpZmZEI8qGL_?domain=lnks.gd">Vaccines.gov</a>.

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Retired KCPD Sgt testifies witness shared a moniker close to Strickland’s nickname at scene

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A retired KCPD Sgt was part of a street task force which shifted around Kansas City in 1979.

Larry Gilmer took the stand to testify about what he heard the night of the triple murder which should have left Cynthia Douglas dead.

Douglas survived and was bleeding when Gilmer arrived at the house she crawled to for help.

“She had some type of compress up against I believe her left knee. there was blood coming from her knee. there was blood running down on the floor and she was sobbing and obviously in a lot of pain,” Gilmer said

Gilmer testified to went to a nearby house where 3 people had been executed. He spent between 10-15 minutes at that location before returning to Douglas to see if she could provide any clues.

Lawyer: Did you talk with the woman a second time?

Gilmer: Yes

Lawyer: Why did you do that?

Gilmer: I wanted to know if I could obtain any suspect information.

Lawyer: What did you say to the woman?

Gilmer I asked her who shot her and who shot the other people.

Lawyer: What did she tell you?

Gilmer: She gave me three names—she gave me a moniker. I understood her to say “Naudi”like N-A-U-D-I, N-A-U-T-I I asked her a second time and I heard the same, I heard…the room was very crowded still, and that’s what I understood her to say. She also gave me the names of a Vincent Bell and a Kilm Atkins.

Lawyers supporting Strickland questioned how clear the retired sergeant could be 43 years later pointing to inconsistencies.

Gilmer says that night stands out in him mind only second to when a fellow officer was shot and killed.

He repeated numerous times on the stand that Cynthia Douglas gave him that nickname which eventually led to Strickland who went by “Nardi.” Nardi is short for Strickland’s middle name, Bernard.

Attorneys for Strickland point out the house where was crowded and chaotic. They also point out Gilmer left Douglas for at least 10 minutes.

They believe others at the scene suggested Strickland and Cynthia Richardson did not organically identify Strickland as the gunman.

Richardson is now dead. Her loved ones have testified she regretted her identification of Kevin Strickland and tried to help him before her death.

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Bomb squad called in after Rich Hill employee finds military-grade mortar

Bomb squad called in after Rich Hill employee finds military-grade mortar

A bomb squad had to be called in after an employee found a military-grade mortar in a city building in Rich Hill. The loud explosion residents heard later on was it being detonated safely.

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Day 1: Prosecutors begin presenting their case against Eric DeValkenaere in trial

Day 1: Prosecutors begin presenting their case against Eric DeValkenaere in trial

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -– Police helicopter video, dash camera video and police witnesses were the focus of the first day of trial for a Kansas City police detective charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action for the death of Cameron Lamb.

Officer Eric DeValkenaere shot Cameron Lamb on Dec. 3, 2019. A judge will decide if DeValkenaere is guilty or innocent of the charges he is facing.

On Monday, both the state and defense attorneys made their opening statements. Then prosecutors began presenting their case.

Prosecutors say DeValkenaere was reckless and entered the property where Lamb was living without consent or a warrant. They suggested that the gun found near Lamb was possibly planted or staged and that ammunition may have been planted in his pocket.

Prosecutors say an officer on scene did not hear the gun drop. The state argued another officer did not see the gun when they arrived on scene.

“If a police officer unlawfully enters onto private property without probable cause or a warrant and then without just cause shoots the resident of that private property in their own driveway causing death, that police officer is guilty of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action,” assistant prosecuting attorney Tim Dollar said.

DeValkenaere’s defense disputes that any evidence was planted and said the witness testimony used to make that claim has changed.

“Testimony regarding this gun has transformed itself to fit a very specific theory that the state will be arguing,” defense attorney Molly Hastings said. “Roberta’s testimony is not consistent, it is not credible, and it is not coincidence that it has been manipulated in the eleventh hour.”

Prosecutors questioned police officers who took the stand about what they described as inconsistent testimony from previous depositions compared to statements made in court Monday.

DeValkenaere’s defense attorneys say he began investigating Lamb because other officers saw Lamb chasing another vehicle at an estimated 60-90 mph that belonged to an on again off again girlfriend. Prosecutors argued that no 911 call had been made and Lamb had stopped following the vehicle and returned home before he was shot. They played video of Lamb backing into the driveway and garage in the courtroom.

The defense argues DeValkenaere shot because Lamb had a gun pointed at another officer and any officer would respond in the same way.

“Eric did not know Cameron Lamb. Eric did not want to have to shoot him and Eric is innocent,” Hastings said. “The evidence in this trial will show you that had it been any officer in Eric’s position it would have been the same outcome.”

“We’ll ask you to find in your verdict what this case you now know is really about. Careful and responsive police officers protect or citizens in their own homes. Careless and irresponsible police officers shoot our citizens in their own homes,” Dollar said.

Around noon Monday, The Urban League of Greater Kansas City and civil rights attorney Lee Merritt held a news conference with members of Cameron Lamb’s family, a friend of George Floyd and relatives of Jacob Blake and Oscar Grant. Members of the group said they stand in solidarity with Lamb’s family and called for justice.

COVID-19 guidelines limited the number of people who could attend the trial to allow for social distancing. Relatives and supporters of Lamb filled one side of the courtroom while DeValkenaere’s relatives and law enforcement filled the other side. KCTV5 News will continue to follow developments throughout the trial.

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US gives final clearance to COVID-19 shots for kids 5 to 11

US gives final clearance to COVID-19 shots for kids 5 to 11

U.S. health officials on Tuesday gave the final signoff to Pfizer’s kid-size COVID-19 shot, a milestone that opens a major expansion of the nation’s vaccination campaign to children as young as 5.

The Food and Drug Administration already authorized the shots for children ages 5 to 11 — doses just a third of the amount given to teens and adults. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recommends who should receive FDA-cleared vaccines.

The announcement by CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky came only hours after an advisory panel unanimously decided Pfizer’s shots should be opened to the 28 million youngsters in that age group.

The decision marks the first opportunity for Americans under 12 to get the powerful protection of any COVID-19 vaccine.

“As a mom, I encourage parents with questions to talk to their pediatrician, school nurse or local pharmacist to learn more about the vaccine and the importance of getting their children vaccinated,” Walensky said Tuesday night, in a statement.

In remarks earlier in the day, she said while the risk of severe disease and death is lower in young children than adults, it is real — and that COVID-19 has had a profound social, mental health and educational impact on youngsters, including widening disparities in learning.

“There are children in the second grade who have never experienced a normal school year,” Walensky said. “Pediatric vaccination has the power to help us change all of that.”

President Joe Biden called the decision “a turning point."

“It will allow parents to end months of anxious worrying about their kids, and reduce the extent to which children spread the virus to others," he said in a statement. “It is a major step forward for our nation in our fight to defeat the virus.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics welcomed the decision as its members get ready to start the first injections into little arms, which the CDC said could begin “as soon as possible.” The 5- to 11-year-olds will receive two low doses, three weeks apart, of the vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech -- the same schedule as everyone else, but using a smaller needle.

Pfizer over the weekend began shipping millions of the pediatric shots to states, doctors’ offices and pharmacies — in orange caps, to avoid mix-ups with purple-capped vials of adult vaccine.

Many parents have clamored for vaccine protection for youngsters so they can resume normal childhood activities without risking their own health — or fear bringing the virus home to a more vulnerable family member. But CDC's advisers said they recognize many parents also have questions, and may be fearful of the vaccine because of rampant misinformation.

Members of the advisory panel said they want parents to ask about the shots — and understand that they're far better than gambling that their child will escape a serious coronavirus infection. As for safety, more than 106 million Americans have safely gotten two doses of Pfizer’s full-strength shots — including more than 7 million 12- to 15-year-olds.

“I have vaccinated my kids,” said CDC adviser Dr. Helen Keipp Talbot of Vanderbilt University, saying she wouldn’t recommend something for other families unless she was comfortable with it for her own. “We have seen the devastation of this disease.”

In the U.S., there have been more than 8,300 coronavirus-related hospitalizations of kids ages 5 to 11, about a third requiring intensive care, according to government data. The CDC has recorded at least 94 deaths in that age group, with additional reports under investigation.

And while the U.S. has seen a recent downturn in COVID-19 cases, experts are worried about another uptick with holiday travel and as winter sends more activity indoors where it’s easier for the coronavirus to spread.

Pfizer's study of 2,268 youngsters found the kid-size vaccine is nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 -- based on 16 diagnoses among kids given dummy shots compared to just three who got the real vaccination.

The FDA examined more children, a total of 3,100 who were vaccinated, in concluding the shots are safe. The younger children experienced similar or fewer reactions -- such as sore arms, fever or achiness -- than teens or young adults get after larger doses.

That study wasn’t large enough to detect any extremely rare side effects, such as the heart inflammation that occasionally occurs after the second full-strength dose, mostly in young men and teen boys. Regulators ultimately decided the benefits from vaccination outweigh the potential that younger kids getting a smaller dose also might experience that rare risk.

Some of CDC's advisers said for some parents, deciding to get their children vaccinated may hinge on that small but scary risk.

“The risk of some sort of bad heart involvement is much higher if you get COVID than if you get this vaccine,” Dr. Matthew Oster, a pediatric cardiologist at Emory University, told the panel. “COVID is much riskier to the heart.”

Last week, FDA’s advisers struggled with whether every young child needed a vaccine. Youngsters hospitalized with COVID-19 are more likely to have high-risk conditions such as obesity or diabetes. But otherwise healthy children can get seriously ill, too, and the CDC’s advisers ultimately recommended the shots for all of them — even children who’ve already recovered from a bout of COVID-19.

CDC officials calculated that for every 500,000 youngsters vaccinated, between 18,000 and 58,000 COVID-19 cases — and between 80 and 226 hospitalizations — in that age group would be prevented, depending on the pandemic's trajectory. And CDC officials noted that COVID-19 has caused more deaths in this age group than some other diseases, such as chickenpox, did before children were routinely vaccinated against them.

What about younger children? Pfizer is testing shots for babies and preschoolers and expects data around the end of the year. The similarly made Moderna vaccine also is being studied with young children. But the FDA still hasn't cleared its use in teens, and the company is delaying its application for younger children pending that review.

A few countries have begun using other COVID-19 vaccines in children under 12, including China, which just began vaccinations for 3-year-olds. But many that use the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are watching the U.S. decision, and European regulators just began considering the companies’ kid-size doses.

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KCPD investigating homicide near 43rd and Troost

KCPD investigating homicide near 43rd and Troost

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Police are investigating an early morning homicide in Kansas City.

According to officials, the incident happened at E 43rd and Troost just before 3 a.m. when they were called to the area for sounds of shots. When officers arrived, they found multiple shell casings in the street.

A victim was not identified at the scene. However, a short time later, a victim with apparent gunshot wounds arrived by private vehicle to an area hospital where they later died.

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Theron Porter.

No other details have been released.

Police are asking for anyone with information on this crime scene to call detective at 816-234-5043 or the anonymous TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS. There is a reward of up to $25,000 cash for information leading to an arrest in this case.

KCTV5 has a crew on scene and will update the story as more details are released.

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Woman accused of murder and violent crime spree faces charges in Wyandotte, Jackson counties

Woman accused of murder and violent crime spree faces charges in Wyandotte, Jackson counties

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- A Kansas City, Kansas, neighborhood is traumatized after a violent crime spree that involved a murder and a brutal home invasion.

Investigators say Alyssa Leanne Arreola is responsible for a string of violent crimes. She is facing 14 charges including 12 counts in Wyandotte County, Kansas, and two additional counts in Jackson County, Missouri.

Investigators say Arreola first stole a Kia Spectra around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and crashed it in a hit-and-run. She was followed by a person who witnessed the crash and backed into another vehicle. Home surveillance video showed her running away from the second crash.

Police say she then broke into a home around 10:30 a.m. and stabbed an elderly woman. The woman is expected to survive.

“Even the people who she stole their cars have suffered an impact from her actions,” neighbor Ron Piersee said. “She was bent on disaster.”

Several neighbors reported someone banged and kicked their doors Wednesday. Now that they know what happened next, they are thankful they didn’t answer the door.

“It could have happened to anybody,” Piersee said.

Investigators say she stole three firearms during the crime spree.

Around 1:15 p.m., police say Arreola shot and killed a man outside of his home near 78th and Sandusky Avenue to steal his Hyundai Tucson.

“He is just a real good guy. He raised a family. I watched his son grow up,” Piersee said. “All day today what has been going through my mind is the impact it will have on his family.”

Police say Arreola then ditched the stolen Tucson and stole a Ford F-450 truck near Truman Rd and Wabash in Kansas City, Missouri. That truck was crashed near Truman and Paseo.

“She was on the road to hell that’s for sure,” Piersee said.

According to court records, an off-duty officer who received a report of a suspicious person found Arreola sitting inside a Honda CR-V in a high school parking lot near Truman Road and Paseo.

The officer said Arreola ran into a nearby gas station and tried to hide in the gas station’s office. Before she was arrested, investigators say she bit the officer’s finger, causing nerve damage and multiple punctures.

Arreola is charged with multiple counts, ranging from second-degree murder, to attempted murder, to aggravated robbery and theft.

Arreola’s bond is currently set at $500,000.

Alyssa Leanne Arreola’s Wyandotte County charges:

Second degree murder for shooting and killing a man in Kansas City, KSAttempted first degree murder or in the alternative aggravated battery for stabbing a woman in Kansas City, KSAggravated robberyAggravated burglaryBurglaryBurglaryBurglaryTheft of a firearm for stealing a Smith &amp; Wesson .38Theft of a firearm for stealing a Springfield XD .40Theft of a firearm for stealing a Taurus .45Theft for stealing a Kia SpectraTheft for stealing a Hyundai Tucson

Alyssa Leanne Arreola’s Jackson County charges:

Assault 3rd Degree - Special VictimStealing - Motor Vehicle

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Person of interest in custody in KCMO following Wednesday morning homicide in KCK

UPDATE FROM KCKPD: "Late this afternoon, the red Hyundai Tucson pictured . . . was recovered in KCMO. A short time later [the KCPD] arrested a white female - matching our suspect's description - on unrelated charges. At this time, our detectives consider her a person interest."

Previous coverage is below.

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is looking for a suspect and vehicle in connection with a homicide that happened this morning.

IMPORTANT: The police are looking for a stolen, red Hyndai Tuscon in connection with this crime. It was last seen near 78th and I-70 in KCK. They are looking for a white female who is "possibly armed and definitely dangerous." <a href="https://twitter.com/KCKPDChief/status/1453443424246501386" target="_blank">She is described as</a> being in her late 20s and having dark, longer hair.

The police are looking for this woman following a crime spree that lasted for hours. Police are still trying to piece together everything that happened, as several violent crimes happened at different locations.

They believe the woman first stole a car from Sam’s Club near the Legends Shopping Center around 7:30 a.m.

She was then involved in a hit and run around 10:15 a.m. near 82nd and State Avenue.

Following that crash, police say she broke into a home and attacked a woman, stabbing her. Officers say the woman is expected to survive.

Then, around 1:15 p.m., police got a call that a man was shot dead in his driveway and his vehicle was missing.

He has been identified as 42-year-old Isidoro Garcia-Jimenez.

Police have been searching for the woman since the first attack. They’ve shared home surveillance video of her and the vehicle she was last seen driving.

“She should be considered armed and dangerous at this time and stay away from her,” said Tom Tomasic with the KCKPD. “She's got a heck of a spree going on right now, and we need to stop her and hope she doesn't continue.”

KCTV5 News spoke to one neighbor who said he heard banging on his door but did not answer. Then, he looked outside and saw a large police presence.

Police are asking anyone with information about the woman or anyone who sees the vehicle to immediately call 911.

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KCPD now investigating homicide after city worker looking into illegal dumping locates body

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The Kansas City Police Department says a death investigation that started Tuesday morning has been ruled a homicide.

The KCPD provided the updated on Wednesday morning, saying that anyone with information should call detectives at 816-234-5043. Tipsters can also call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the area of E. 37th Street and Oakley Avenue regarding a body being found.

The person who called was a city employee, who was checking on illegal dumping activity and came across the person's body.

Detectives and crime scene personnel went to the scene to process for evidence and canvass for potential witnesses.

On Thursday, the person whose body was found was identified as 56-year-old Malvin L. Wallace.

No further information is available at this time.

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Third KC man charged after woman selling PlayStation is killed

JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- A third Kansas City man has been charged after a woman selling a PlayStation was fatally shot in August.

According to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, 21-year-old Latrell Muldrew-Golston has been charged with second-degree murder.

On Aug. 23, KCPD officers went to Independence Avenue in northeastern KC after receiving a call about a shooting and subsequent car accident.

The driver, Randie Smith, was found in the overturned vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. She had sustained wounds to her wrist and chest.

Ultimately, the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office ruled her death a homicide.

During their investigation, detectives found 9mm shell casings in the parking lot of a gas station.

Then, detectives learned that the victim had posted a PlayStation 4 as being for sale on Facebook Marketplace.

According to court records, two other individuals have been charged in connection with this homicide.

Prosecutors have requested a cash bond $150,000 for Muldrew-Golston.

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Man charged following Monday night shooting that killed woman, injured man

JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- A Kansas City man has been charged in connection a shooting on Monday night that left a woman dead and a man injured.

According to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, 56-year-old Paul E. Johnson has been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of a firearm.

According to court records, officers were called to a residence in the 300 block of Lawn Ave. regarding a shooting.

When they arrived, they found Annamarie Becchina at the scene. She was pronounced dead.

Officers also found Johnson at the scene. He told them where the gun was at and that the shooting was an accident.

Witnesses told officers that there was an argument between Johnson and another man, then Johnson got a shotgun from the garage. Witnesses said he was poking it at that other man when it went off, hitting both the man and Becchina.

Johnson did acknowledge to officers that he is a felon.

Prosecutors have requested a bond of $250,000.

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Family of fallen Independence police officer thanks community for "overwhelming love"

INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) --- The family of Independence police officer Blaize Madrid-Evans said they are grateful for the "overwhelming love and emotional support" they have received since his death.

The Independence Police Department forwarded out a statement on behalf of the family on Thursday.

Full statement:

"We would like to take a moment to thank the Independence and surrounding communities for their overwhelming love and emotional support during this incredibly difficult time. Knowing Blaize’s kidney has gone to help another police officer brings us an incredible level of comfort and peace. Also knowing many other lives are being impacted by his decision to be an organ donor helps as well.As we continue to try to make sense of this situation and mourn his loss, we ask that members of the community and news media respect our privacy in the coming days.We will do our best to make ourselves available to share Blaize’s story after the funeral."

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Kearney School District teacher charged with sexual misconduct

KEARNEY, MO (KCTV) -- A Kearney School District employee has been charged with first-degree sexual misconduct.

The Kearney School District acknowledged the news in two different statements.

They note that the individual, Bryant Hummel, has been placed on administrative leave and is not allowed to be on school property.

Additionally, they say district officials previously investigated allegations against Hummel. They say that investigation was conducted under the full extent that is allowed by law for public school districts in the state of Missouri. However, based on the information in the court documents, the district is reopening its investigation into the allegations.

"The safety of students is always our top priority," the district's statements said. "KSD takes all student concerns and allegations seriously, investigates them pursuant to district policies, and fully cooperates with state agencies and law enforcement."

They say state and federal laws prevent them from sharing more information.

Hummel is 30 years old.

On the Kearney School District's website, Bryant Hummel is listed as having taught Semester Precalculus Algebra, AP statistics, Algebra 2, and Precalculus Algebra.

KCTV5 News requested and received a copy of the probable cause statement.

According to that document, the assistant superintendent reported on April 7, 2021 that he'd started an investigation at Kearney High School regarding teacher Bryant Hummel exposing himself to two female students.

In the coming days, the authorities interviewed both students. Those students said that the incidents took place following a state wrestling tournament in 2020. They were 17 years old at the time.

They told the authorities that they were getting help with their homework in Hummel's classroom when he stood in front of them, pulled his pants down, and exposed himself to them.

One of them asked what he was doing and he said, "Oh, I see how it is," and went back to his desk.

A short time later, he stood behind them and exposed himself again while touching himself.

At that time, the students walked out to one of their vehicles in the parking lot.

According to the students, Hummel FaceTimed them a short time later and exposed himself yet again while asking them to do the same. One of the students said he also sent texts asking them to come to his house but they refused.

Both students said Hummel told them he would jeopardize their wrestling careers and grades if they told anyone.

On April 7, 2021, the authorities made contact with Hummel and he declined to make a statement.

Both full statements from the school district are below:

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FORECAST: Coats handy to begin your Wednesday

FORECAST: Coats handy to begin your Wednesday

Coats handy to begin your Wednesday! Cool and crisp to start the day with mostly sunny skies and highs near 72 this afternoon. We are smooth sailing weather-wise the rest of this week with dry skies into the weekend. Temperatures will make a run back into the 80s again by the end of the weekend.

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Interstate near downtown KC shut down after pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A fatal hit-and-run involving a pedestrian shut down all eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 just east of downtown Kansas City early Wednesday morning.

Police and emergency medical crews responded just before 4 a.m. to the collision on the interstate near Brooklyn Avenue. Police said they expect eastbound lanes to be closed for the next "several hours" while they investigate.

A man was crossing the interstate from south to north, when a vehicle hit and killed him. The vehicle did not stop, according to Kansas City police.

Stay with KCTV5 News for more on this developing story.

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Kansas was warned to upgrade system for unemployment claims

Kansas was warned to upgrade system for unemployment claims

Kansas may have had the chance to avoid a flood of fake unemployment claims brought on by COVID.

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KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 21, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 21, 2021

Johnson &amp; Johnson says a second shot of its COVID vaccine significantly increases protection against the virus' effects, and Bill Hurrelbrink tells us about our current cooldown.

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