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Patrick Mahomes foundation helps with MLK Park rebirth

Patrick Mahomes foundation helps with MLK Park rebirth

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Patrick Mahomes' foundation, 15 and the Mahomies, is keeping is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy alive by transforming MLK Jr. Square Park.

His foundation is helping build an all-inclusive playground to provide a safe place for kids to play. It will celebrate King and teach kids about civil rights history in Kansas City.

The park’s design build contract will be managed by Gunter Construction, awarded by the Missouri Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. The $1 million contract groundbreaking is planned for March 2021 and will be completed by fall of 2021.

You can support this project by signing up for a personalized Legacy Brick that will be placed at the Mahomies Playground. There are five styles of bricks to choose from and can be inscribed with your personal message. Registration will start in February and they will be installed in the summer of 2021. To sign up click <a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ZmOv5ScMNkWwY3FHoHBcl5H_nPJN2R5Ekkbbq3etY0VUQUUzOUNJSEsyRjIwTFZMNDRVSTdIMVc2US4u" target="_blank">here</a>.

Another developing project is a full shelter that J.E. Dunn Construction has committed to build as a donation for their Community Impact Projects. If you have a businesses or organization and would like to contribute to the MLK Park, contact KC Parks Communications and Development Manager Leslie Alford at <a href="mailto:Leslie.Alford@KCMO.org" target="_blank">Leslie.Alford@KCMO.org</a>

A Community Engagement Session is scheduled in early February for resident input on the playground. To find out more information on that meeting go to <a href="https://kcparks.org/resources/community-engagement/" target="_blank">Involvement in Community Engagement - KC Parks and Rec</a>.

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KCPD finds WW2-era Army documents among stolen items at hotel

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- UPDATE: On Monday, the KCPD posted on Twitter and said:

"SUCCESS! This Carl Jr. With his father’s documents safely back in his hands. Thanks Kansas City for coming together to help out a complete stranger, it’s always fun to see how awesome this community is! (Photo credit Officer Getman: taken outdoors &gt;6ft distance)"

Previous coverage is below.

The Kansas City Police Department would like your help in reuniting a family with Army documents they found at a vacant hotel.

The police department said that officers were at a vacant motel Saturday morning on a property investigation.

There, they found documents from 1942 among stolen items.

The KCPD says they belong to Army Sergeant Carl A. Wolfe, who served at Fort Riley in 1942.

If you have any information, contact Central Patrol police officer Getman at 816-234-5510.

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Loews Hotel cancels fundraising event for U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -- A planned fundraising event in Orlando for U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley has been canceled following a decision made by the hotel hosting it.

It was going to be held at the Portfoino Bay Hotel, but Loews Hotel announced the cancelation in the aftermath of a riot held at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Hawley was the first U.S. Senator to announce his objection to President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

Loews Hotel, in a statement, said Hawley "incited the actions."

“We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions,” the statement reads. “In light of those events and for the safety of our guests and team members, we have informed the host of the Feb. fundraiser that it will no longer be held at Loews Hotels.”

Hawley, in a newspaper column, condemned the violence but not his actions.

“Mob violence is always wrong," Hawley said. “But democratic debate is not mob violence. It is in fact how we avoid the violence."

Hawley wrote that he has heard from many Missourians concerned about election integrity.

“They have a right to be heard in Congress," he said. "And as their representative, it is my duty to speak on their behalf. That is just what I did last week.”

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One dead following highway crash in Overland Park

OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -- One person is dead following a crash on Northbound Interstate 35 and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.

The crash happened just after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

One person was also critically hurt in the crash.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCTV5 News for more.

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New suit brought in Missouri River flooding

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The federal government faces a second lawsuit over flooding along the Missouri River <a href="https://apnews.com/article/technology-michael-brown-nebraska-courts-missouri-river-8ef87d3c9069c70e996fe89606bc3acc" target="&mdash;blank">after it was ordered last month to pay some landowners for damages.</a>

R. Dan Boulware, of the Polsinelli law firm, filed the new class-action lawsuit on behalf of 60 plaintiffs who experienced damages during flooding in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014, The St. Joseph News-Press <a href="https://www.newspressnow.com/news/local%E2%80%94news/new-suit-brought-in-missouri-river-flooding/article%E2%80%94e72e94fa-56ad-11eb-bf16-6f6fa3122fcf.html?utm%E2%80%94campaign=snd-autopilot" target="&mdash;blank">reports</a>.

“This is the sequel,” said Boulware, who successfully argued in the earlier case that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers knowingly flooded some farmland when it made changes to protect endangered species.

Steve Milne of Holt County, Missouri, is one of the plaintiffs in the new class-action suit. Six hundred acres (242.81 hectares) of his land has seen flooding during the years that qualify. Like many farmers, Milne has insurance, but recurring flooding causes the premiums to go up.

“We’re gonna pay more for the insurance and receive less help,” Milne said.

Boulware currently is waiting for the class-action lawsuit to be certified. If that occurs there could be additional plaintiffs added to the case. He estimates that the current claim of damages exceeds $50 million.

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Coronavirus variants 40 to 50 percent more transmissible

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- President Elect Joe Biden says FEMA will be activated the first day he is in office and they will help get mass vaccine sites open across America.

The goal is to have 100 mass vaccine sites open across the country in the next few months.

The announcement comes at a critical time.

Variants of the virus have been found all across the United States. Doctor Gregory Poland with Mayo Clinic recently spoke with our local doctors Friday at the University of Kansas Health System.

Poland says the variants are 40 to 50% more transmissible, which means more will get the virus, which could lead to more hospitalizations and ultimately more deaths.

1 out of 850 Americans have died from Covid and 1 in 15 have become infected.

Dr. Poland said this to anyone who might be on the fence about getting the vaccine.

"You have to look at the data, and the data says these vaccines are very safe. Perfectly safe? No. Nothing is perfectly safe. Perfectly effective? No. Nothing is perfectly effective. But these come as close as I've ever seen in any vaccine," Dr. Poland said.

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Truman Med Center hopes to vaccinate 1,000 teachers each day against COVID-19

Truman Med Center hopes to vaccinate 1,000 teachers each day against COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - - The opportunity for school staff to get vaccinated for COVID-19 is drawing closer, and Truman Medical Center is working with seven area school districts to provide the shots in large numbers.

It was almost a month ago to the day that Truman Medical Center gave its first COVID-19 shot to a staff nurse. Medical staff were the first to get the vaccine based on Missouri’s roll-out plan.

Just last week, they moved on to EMTs and paramedics. Friday, they began the first round for emergency responders who are not EMS staff, people like police and firefighters.

“To date we've already done over 6,000 immunizations, because we can do them very efficiently,” said Charlie Shields, the CEO of Truman Medical Center.

He said his staff is now ironing out logistics to utilize their large medical staff to get the vaccine to teachers and other school staff at seven metro-area districts.

“What’s really great is we can set up with school systems in high school gymnasiums and set up a mass vaccination clinic and really do hundreds if not 1,000 a day in the school setting,” Shields said.

“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity,” said Yolanda Cargile, the superintendent of the Center School District.

Center started the year with a small number of students in school but went back to remote when numbers climbed in November. They have yet to go back. Cargile says they have a target date of February 17th but that’s not set in stone.

“When they have access to the vaccine and can get the vaccine then there’s a sense of security,” she said of teachers and other staff.

Even after vaccinations, the district will continue to follow CDC protocols like mask wearing.

There's not yet a date set for vaccinating school staff. That will depend on demand for the group ahead of them in the state's roll-out plan.

Missouri’s Phase 1A included health care workers, long-term care facilities and EMS workers.

Thursday, <a href="https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-announces-activation-first-tier-phase-1b-missouris-covid-19" target="_blank">Governor Mike Parson announced the start of Phase 1B</a>. First in that list are the police and firefighters. Next comes people aged 65 and up and those with co-morbidities. That can begin on January 18th. After that is essential workers, which includes teachers and school staff.

“We are hopeful that it will be offered early in February, but we're waiting for information from the state of Missouri,” said Cargile.

In addition to being CEO of Truman Medical Center, Shields is also the president of the Missouri Board of Education, so he’s well versed in the value of bringing kids back into school.

“The faster we can get teachers immunized and provide that level of immunity, the faster we can get those students back to full in-person learning,” he added.

The districts included in Truman Medical Center’s plan are the following: Kansas City, Center, Hickman Mills, Independence, Fort Osage, North Kansas City and Raytown.

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Chiefs Kingdom, meet The Dawg Pound

Chiefs Kingdom, meet The Dawg Pound

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Orange and brown colors were on full display at KCI.

For the first time in 18 years, Cleveland Browns fans are excited to finally be able to sport them during playoff time, as the Dawg Pound fans have officially arrived in Kansas City.

Big Willie is a Browns super-fan, who’s followed his squad through the bad times --- and even the more bad times.

“I go to all games every year and now I'm here,” said Willie.

Sunday, here in Kansas City, is where his Browns face off against the defending world champion Kansas City Chiefs.

The Browns are in the playoffs for the first time since 2002, and while Big Willie is in the city of fountains, there’s only two things on his mind: food and a win.

“I’m here to show a little bit of unlimited love to Kansas City and ya’ll's bbq, baked beans, macaroni and cheese and cornbread whatever ya’ll got we want it” said Willie. "Browns fans travel so well and when the Browns are winning, there’s nothing stopping us from showing up we are looking for victory. We are looking for a Pat Mahomes bologna sandwiches.”

One thing he said is for sure: Browns fans do travel well.

Many like Willie are excited about history being made within the Browns franchise.

“After all we’ve overcome and all the things that we’ve been through, knocking off the Steelers two weeks back to back. Now we come down to face the defending champs it must go on,” said one fan.

Another fan added “I have been patiently waiting so now is the time.”

Some even landed in Kansas City with optimism saying while they are big underdogs, "any given Sunday something can happen"

Even though the Browns are traveling in great numbers, so are Chiefs fans who were helping create a nice sea of red in the midst of the brown, black and orange, at KCI.

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YouTubers turning Arrowhead seats into ultimate home theater

YouTubers turning Arrowhead seats into ultimate home theater

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A team of DIY specialists are racing against the clock to turn seats from Arrowhead Stadium into a home theater like no other.

Make48, a YouTube channel and PBS reality show, challenges makers to complete projects in less than two days.

Tom Gray, the the man behind the show, challenged fellow YouTuber Jimmy DiResta to bring the stadium experience to the living room, starting with two red plastic seats.

The design includes fog machines and crowd noise pumped in through surround sound.

"You've got to work together and conquer and divide," Gray said.

DiResta had around 24 hours left when KCTV5 caught up with him in a midtown maker lab.

"We're problem solving thousands of things, thousands of decisions," he said. "We have plenty of time left. What you see is us getting over the hump."

When he completes the project, the home theater will go to Operation Breakthrough, a nonprofit that Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has worked closely with for the past few years.

Last year Kelce's foundation helped purchase a new maker lab for Operation Breakthrough. Mary Esselman, the president and CEO of the nonprofit, said the space would help expand their programming to high school students.

"High School is such a pivotal time for kids to figure out their future," Esselman said. "[Kelce] is helping us make that a reality."

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Missouri woman charged after pictured carrying Speaker Pelosi's broken sign at Capitol riot

SULLIVAN, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A Sullivan, Missouri woman is facing five federal charges after pictures show her holding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's sign during the <a href="https://www.kmov.com/news/4-dead-after-pro-trump-mob-storms-us-capitol-in-bid-to-overturn-election/article_5eb422bc-e1d2-5e4a-b70e-5f6e59967670.html" target="_blank">U.S. Capitol riot</a> on Jan. 6.

According to court document, at least two tipsters submitted screenshots of videos of Emily Hernandez at the Capitol during the riot to the FBI. At least one of them identified her as Hernandez from Sullivan and federal investigators made contact with Missouri officials and verified her identity. In the videos - published on a United Kingdom-based station, ITV News - Hernandez is seen with a broken wooden sign that read "Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi." The FBI said the name plate will cost $870 to replace.The FBI also received photos of Hernandez holding the wooden sign in front of the crowd, as well as screenshots of her Snapchat's videos of herself at the riot. According to a federal documents, Hernandez is facing the following charges:Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or groundsDisorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government businessSteal, sell, convey or dispose of any thing of value of the United StatesDisruptive conduct in the Capitol buildingsParading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol buildings

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One dead following triple-shooting in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) --- Police in Kansas City are investigating a triple-shooting that's left one person dead.

Police say the shooting happened shortly after 6 p.m.

It happened at 63rd and Agnes in Kansas City.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCTV5 News for more.

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Kansas City, Illinois sue ATF over arms manufacturer license

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City and the state of Illinois filed a lawsuit Friday against a federal agency that awarded a license to an arms manufacturer that was sued last year for illegally selling guns and went bankrupt.

The lawsuit alleges the Bureau of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives awarded the license to JA Industries, renamed from Jimenez Arms, after it repeatedly broke federal firearms laws and contributed to gun trafficking. The lawsuit says the company's cheap firearms contribute to the rising violent crime in Kansas City and Chicago.

Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, a national gun safety advocacy group, joined the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs want the ATF to revoke JA Industries' license.

“It is inexcusable that the regulators we rely on to enforce federal gun laws have failed to take action despite the clear evidence that Jimenez Arms contributed to gun trafficking,” Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said. “This effort is about accountability — and it’s also protecting Kansas City residents by addressing an ongoing threat to public safety in our city.”

Kansas City and Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund sued Jimenez Arms and several others <a href="7dc85522aa3508583c3e1c006cf972cb" target="&mdash;blank">a year ago</a>, alleging they contributed to surging gun violence in the Kansas City region by ignoring evidence that guns were being sold illegally in the area.

Jimenez Arms filed for bankruptcy about a month after that lawsuit was filed. The new lawsuit says the owner, Paul Jimenez, applied for a new license under the name JA Industries and that it took the ATF less than a month to award a license. Jimenez is not a defendant in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit contends that Jimenez makes tens of thousands of cheap handguns every year that have turned up at crime scenes in Kansas City and Chicago “at a rate disproportionate to the company’s market share.”

Alla Lefkowitz, director of affirmative litigation at Everytown Law, said it was an “appalling regulatory failure.”

“With so many red flags about this company in the ATF’s own records, it should never have even been a close call whether to allow it to continue selling guns under a new name,” Lefkowitz said in a statement.

The ATF said it “does not comment on pending or ongoing litigation,” The Kansas City Star <a href="https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article248537210.html" target="&mdash;blank">reported</a>.

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Vaccines: Where to find sign ups, vaccine information around the metro

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Here's a look at where metro residents can find information on the coronavirus vaccine:

Kansas City: Residents can fill out a survey for a vaccine <a href="https://hipaa.jotform.com/210117358088152" target="_blank">here</a>. Jackson County: Residents can fill out a vaccine survey <a href="https://form.jotform.com/203524953651153" target="_blank">here</a>. Wyandotte County: Residents of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS., can fill out an information <a href="https://us.openforms.com/Form/2f2bcc68-3b6a-450b-9007-d39819db6572" target="_blank">sheet here</a>. Johnson County: The county has asked those over the age of 65 to fill out <a href="https://redcap.jocogov.org/surveys/?s=8KWLNLWWHL" target="_blank">this survey.</a>Clay County: Residents can fill out a survey for a vaccine <a href="https://hipaa.jotform.com/210138520201032" target="_blank">here</a>.Platte County: More information on the vaccine process can be found <a href="https://plattecountyhealthmo.municipalone.com/pview.aspx?id=52575&amp;catid=563" target="_blank">here</a>. No list exists at this time. Kansas: You can find updates on the <a href="https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/" target="_blank">state's process here</a>. Missouri: Vaccine updates can be found <a href="https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/" target="_blank">here</a>.

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Lawsuit: Iowa community college program was human trafficking

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Eleven students from Brazil and Chile have filed a federal lawsuit accusing a northwest Iowa community college, a recruitment company, a pet food manufacturer and a packaging company of human trafficking and involuntary servitude.

The lawsuit filed Monday in the Northern District of Iowa says Western Iowa Tech Community College and J&amp;L Staffing, both in Sioux City, lured the students to Iowa in 2019 under a work- and study- based visa exchange program only to push them into factory jobs that had no educational value and were unrelated to the field of study.

The lawsuit says the students were paid significantly less than U.S. employees and some of their money was deducted from their paychecks to fund kickbacks to the college and staffing agency. Two of the students are from Chile and nine are from Brazil.

Civil rights lawyer Roxanne Conlin said her clients remained in Iowa after the program ended and that the lawsuit seeks to require the college to make good on its promise to provide them with an education.

“It appears to us the documents are very clear what promises were made. It’s also clear that they never had any kind of a program to teach these students robotics or the culinary arts. They worked at a pet food manufacturing company on the line,” she said. “You cannot coerce or persuade people to go to work by making false promises and that’s what they did here.”

The jobs were at a Royal Canin pet food plant in North Sioux City, South Dakota, and Tur-Pak foods, a Sioux City company that packs and assembles food products.

Missouri-based Royal Canin said in an email response Thursday that it’s aware of the lawsuit but does not comment on pending litigation.

Conlin filed the lawsuit under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act; the Fair Labor Standards Act; and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. She also claims violations of the Iowa Wage Payment Collections Act.

She’s asking the court to prohibit the college and companies from any further participation in the work-and-study J-1 visa program, and to award the students monetary damages, provide them with the educational opportunities promised and compensate them for the past and future mental and emotional harm and anguish.

J&amp;L Staffing and Tur-Pak Foods did not respond to messages seeking comment.

The students were enrolled in classes at the community college but segregated from the general student population, only taking classes with other Brazilians and Chileans in the J-1 visa program, the lawsuit alleges. It says college officials dictated when and where the students could work and under what conditions.

“Defendants collectively required plaintiffs to work under conditions that constituted involuntary servitude," the lawsuit alleges. ”Defendants took advantage of the natural isolation that occurred because plaintiffs were immigrants with limited English abilities.”

A spokeswoman for the community college denied the allegations.

“Western Iowa Tech Community College vehemently denies the claims brought forth in the lawsuit,” said Andrea Rohlena, the college's director of marketing. “These accusations are completely untrue, sensational, and offensive. We look forward to defending the college and its employees in district court and welcome the opportunity refute these malicious allegations.”

It is the second lawsuit to be filed against the community college, the recruiter and the companies. The first was filed in November on behalf of eight students from Chile who alleged they were brought to Iowa “into debt bondage at a Sioux City, Iowa, area food packaging plant and dog food factory by offering them a degree with free tuition, room, and board.”

The community college began its J-1 program in early 2019 when 60 students were brought to Iowa in July and August of that year. By November that year, it was under investigation by the U.S. State Department after an anonymous complaint was filed. In January 2020, the college issued a statement saying it had learned students in the program were unhappy and blamed a “failure to clarify expectations” and “a breakdown in communication” for some of the problems.

The community college discontinued the program in March 2020 citing the coronavirus pandemic. The college said it bought airline tickets for the students to return home. Conlin said many chose to remain in the United States.

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Kansas City standoff ends with suspect dead and apartment on fire

Kansas City standoff ends with suspect dead and apartment on fire

A three-hour standoff early Thursday morning in Kansas City ended with the suspect dead and an apartment on fire, according to the Kansas City Police Department.

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US carries out its 1st execution of female inmate since 1953

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Kansas woman was executed Wednesday for strangling an expectant mother in Missouri and cutting the baby from her womb, the first time in nearly seven decades that the U.S. government has put to death a female inmate.

Lisa Montgomery, 52, was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was the 11th prisoner executed at the facility since July when President Donald Trump, an ardent supporter of capital punishment, resumed federal executions following 17 years without one.

As a curtain was raised in the execution chamber, Montgomery looked momentarily bewildered as she glanced at journalists peering at her from behind thick glass. A woman standing over her shoulder leaned over, gently removed Montgomery’s face mask and asked if she had any last words.

“No,” Montgomery responded in a quiet, muffled voice. She said nothing else.

One of Montgomery’s lawyers, Amy Harwell, expressed surprise that Montgomery’s spiritual adviser wasn’t inside the chamber. An official told her Montgomery didn’t want the spiritual adviser there.

“I insisted that she did — as I was present when (the spiritual adviser) discussed with her his plan to sing ‘Jesus Loves You’ to her while the chemicals flowed,” Harwell said.

Harwell said that since Montgomery was still alive and the spiritual adviser still in the building, it should have been easy to arrange for him to enter. But the guard said it was too late to arrange.

Asked about Harwell's account, a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said the spiritual adviser was “afforded an opportunity” to be inside the chamber.

Montgomery tapped her fingers nervously for several seconds — a heart-shaped tattoo on her thumb — showed no signs of distress, and quickly closed her eyes. As the lethal injection began, Montgomery kept licking her lips and gasped briefly as pentobarbital, the lethal drug, entered her body through IVs on both arms. A few minutes later, her midsection throbbed for a moment, but quickly stopped.

Montgomery lay on a gurney in the pale-green execution chamber, her glasses on and her grayish brown hair spilling over a green medical pillow. At 1:30 a.m., an official in black gloves with a stethoscope walked into the room, listened to her heart and chest, then walked out. She was pronounced dead a minute later.

“The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight,” another Montgomery lawyer, Kelley Henry, said. “Everyone who participated in the execution of Lisa Montgomery should feel shame.”

“The government stopped at nothing in its zeal to kill this damaged and delusional woman,” Henry added. “Lisa Montgomery’s execution was far from justice.”

The family of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, the 23-year-old Montgomery killed in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in 2004, declined to comment on the execution, prisons officials said.

Her execution came after hours of legal wrangling before the Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution to move forward. Montgomery was the first of the final three federal inmates scheduled to die before next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who is expected to discontinue federal executions.

In a separate ruling Tuesday, which the government can still seek to overturn, another federal judge halted the scheduled executions later this week of Corey Johnson and Dustin Higgs after both tested positive for COVID-19 last month.

The men's attorneys argued lung damage caused by the coronavirus made it more likely that the lethal injection would cause them severe pain. If they aren't executed before Biden becomes president, they may never be put to death.

Montgomery used a rope to strangle Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, and then cut the baby girl from the womb with a kitchen knife. Montgomery took the child with her and attempted to pass the girl off as her own.

An appeals court granted Montgomery a stay Tuesday, shortly after another appeals court lifted an Indiana judge’s ruling that found she was likely mentally ill and couldn’t comprehend she would be put to death. But both appeals were lifted, allowing the execution to go forward.

As the only woman on federal death row, Montgomery had been held in a prison in Texas and was brought to Terre Haute on Monday night.

Montgomery’s legal team says she suffered “sexual torture" for years, including gang rapes, as a child, permanently scarring her emotionally and exacerbating mental-health issues that ran in her family.

At trial, prosecutors accused Montgomery of faking mental illness, noting her killing of Stinnett was premeditated and included meticulous planning, including online research on how to perform a C-section.

Henry balked at that idea, citing brain scans that supported the diagnosis of mental illness. She said the issue at the core of legal arguments was not whether she knew the killing was wrong in 2004 but whether she fully grasped why she was to be executed.

According to her lawyers, Montgomery suffered from depression, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. At around the time of the killing, they say she had a rare condition called pseudocyesis in which a woman’s false belief she is pregnant triggers hormonal and physical changes as if she were actually pregnant.

Montgomery also experienced delusions and hallucinations, believing God spoke with her through connect-the-dot puzzles, defense experts said.

Details of the crime at times left jurors in tears during her trial.

Prosecutors told the jury Montgomery drove about 170 miles (274 kilometers) from her Melvern, Kansas, farmhouse to the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore under the guise of adopting a rat terrier puppy from Stinnett. She strangled Stinnett, performed a crude cesarean and fled with the baby.

Prosecutors said Stinnett regained consciousness and tried to defend herself as Montgomery cut the baby girl from her womb. Later that day, Montgomery called her husband from Topeka, Kansas, telling him she had delivered the baby earlier in the day at a birthing center.

Montgomery was arrested the next day after showing off the premature infant, Victoria Jo, who is now 16 years old and hasn’t spoken publicly about the tragedy.

Prosecutors said the motive was that Montgomery’s ex-husband knew she had undergone a tubal ligation that made her sterile and planned to reveal she was lying about being pregnant in an effort to get custody of two of their four children. Needing a baby before a fast-approaching court date, Montgomery turned her focus on Stinnett, whom she had met at dog shows.

The last woman executed by the federal government was Bonnie Brown Heady on Dec. 18, 1953, for the kidnapping and murder of a 6-year-old boy in Missouri.


Hollingsworth reported from Kansas. Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.

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Johnson County, Kansas bridge repair work scheduled for Tuesday

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -- Johnson County drivers should expect ramp closures, eastbound K-10 to northbound K-7 and southbound K-7 to eastbound K-10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., January 12.

Crews will be pouring concrete into hub rails for bridge repair work.

College and Prairie Star Parkway may help for eastbound travel.

For more information, visit <a href="http://www.kandrive.org" target="_blank">www.kandrive.org</a>.

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Silver Alert canceled after Kansas City man is found dead

KANSAS CITY, MO. (KCTV) -- UPDATE: Alex Bonner has been found dead in Fort Scott, Kansas.

Police said his death was due to apparent natural causes.

Missouri State Highway Patrol has canceled the Silver Alert.

Previous coverage is below.

Kansas City police hope you can help them find a missing 90-year-old man.

Alex Bonner left his residence near 62nd and South Benton driving a white 4-door Buick LaCrosse.

The vehicle has a license plate of GD0-U9T and was last seen in the area of Interstate 35 in Lenexa.

Family and police say he has medical conditions that require "immediate care."

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Top Missouri GOP donor Sam Fox disavows Sen. Josh Hawley

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Top Missouri GOP donor Sam Fox is disavowing Sen. Josh Hawley over his Electoral College challenge that became the focus of a violent siege of the U.S. Capitol.

Fox said in a statement Friday to <a href="https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article248386250.html" target="&mdash;blank">The Kansas City Star</a> that Hawley had “engaged in an act of reckless pandering," and could forgot about any future help.

That made Fox just the latest to expressing regret over <a href="https://apnews.com/article/8159983b84df42f68d22b01fcc46e6f6" target="&mdash;blank">supporting</a> the Stanford- and Yale- educated lawyer since a mob took over the House and Senate chambers Wednesday. The lawmakers who were voting to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory were forced into hiding for hours.

Aside from President Donald Trump, who roiled up supporters just before they stormed the Capitol, <a href="https://apnews.com/article/josh-hawley-electoral-college-capitol-6c7aa5820b31404f528025f12105a600" target="&mdash;blank">no politician has been more publicly blamed for Wednesday’s unprecedented assault on American democracy than Hawley.</a>

Former Missouri Sen. John Danforth told The Associated Press on Thursday that supporting Hawley was “the worst decision I’ve ever made in my life." Hawley also was subjected to a harsh rebuke from megadonor businessman David Humphreys.

Hawley, though, has been defiant in the days since the riot as he’s railed against his publisher for canceling his book and brushed off the mounting calls for his resignation.

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One dead following shooting at 55th and Cypress in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Police say an individual has been shot and killed in Kansas City.

The shooting happened shortly after 3 p.m. in the 5500 block of Cypress Avenue, according to police.

There's no immediate information about the suspect or suspects in the case.

UPDATE: On Monday, the victim in this homicide was identified as 28-year-old Richard Minor.

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