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The disturbing vaccine hesitancy among pregnant women

The disturbing vaccine hesitancy among pregnant women

More young and healthy pregnant women, most of them unvaccinated, are ending up hospitalized on ventilators, delivering babies prematurely and sometimes dying from COVID-19 during the Delta-fueled spike in cases. Dr. Jessica Parrott, with Overland Park Regional Medical Center, is here to discuss this disturbing vaccine hesitancy among pregnant women.

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FORECAST: Enjoy clear skies and a mild evening

FORECAST: Enjoy clear skies and a mild evening

Enjoy clear skies and a mild evening while a steady east breeze coasts across our area holding temperatures in the lower seventies through the mid-evening hours. Overnight temperatures will slip into the middle 60s while bright sunshine greets you Thursday morning. Sunny skies will couple with a steady south wind to drive area temperatures back into the middle 80s during the afternoon hours while some areas southwest of the metro make a run at 90 degrees. You will know summer has some punch left in it over the next few days as sunshine and unseasonably warm air settles in through the weekend.

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KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 15, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 15, 2021

We have new developments in the legal battle between Jackson County and a restaurant challenging the county's mask mandate.

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6th child dies of COVID in Missouri as official vows change

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's new health czar lamented that the pandemic had become so embroiled in politics as another child died of COVID-19 and the virus sickened record numbers of youths.

Donald Kauerauf, who began serving three weeks ago as the director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, told lawmakers Tuesday that “we failed, as a nation, public health because we got to this point,” the Springfield News-Leader reports.

In emergency planning, Kauerauf said, you plan for the “absolutely worst” scenario — but “we didn’t plan for this reaction from the public.” And he said it was crucial to retool the public message as he works toward a goal of getting around 80% of the state’s residents vaccinated. Currently, 52.8% have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, state data shows.

“We’ve got to start something new,” Kauerauf said.

The state just ended what is shaping up to be <a target="&mdash;blank" href="https://apnews.com/article/health-coronavirus-pandemic-st-louis-missouri-sikeston-751d639ad894fb105703358e939e50aa">one of the deadliest months of the pandemic</a>. Data lags by several weeks, but COVID-19 deaths in Missouri have already reached 878 in the five weeks that span August — more than triple the numbers seen this past spring, before the highly infections delta variant took hold, according to state data analyzed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Hospital officials hope the number of deaths will start to drop, as cases and hospitalizations have shown signs of easing. Statewide, the average number of COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped to 1,999 after a peak of 2,417 on Aug. 20, according to the latest data.

Recent deaths include a child who died last week in the St. Louis area, the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force announced Tuesday. No other details were released, including the child's age and whether the child had underlying health conditions, the Post-Dispatch reports.

The death brings the total number of Missouri children younger than 18 who have died from COVID-19 to six, according to state health department spokeswoman Lisa Cox.

This summer saw nearly 34,000 cases among children, more than four times the number from last summer, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Missouri Hospital Association. And the state set a single day record for child cases on Sept. 7 with 1,133 positive test results.

Some local health departments in the St. Louis area have reported that up to a third of new cases are among children.

Dr. Clay Dunagan, chief clinical officer for BJC HealthCare, blamed the increasing number of cases among children on the delta variant and schools not taking steps to reduce spread such as requiring masks. Children younger than 12 aren't yet eligible for vaccines, and vaccination rates among teens lag behind that of adults.

“That really puts kids in harm’s way,” Dunagan said.

In southeast Missouri, some parents of students in the Jackson School District told school board members Tuesday that they were concerned about a policy that recommends, but doesn’t require, that students and staff wear masks, the Southeast Missourian reports.

Forty Jackson students have COVID-19, according to associate superintendent Jessica Maxwell. Maxwell said the district has quarantined 268 students in total.

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Royals promote Dayton Moore to president, Picollo to GM

Royals promote Dayton Moore to president, Picollo to GM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals promoted general manager Dayton Moore to president of baseball operations and elevated longtime assistant GM J.J. Picollo to fill his previous role in a front-office shakeup Tuesday that promises a seamless path forward for the rebuilding organization.

Moore, who has been general manager since 2006, will continue to have final say on trades and other roster moves, but Picollo will have a greater voice in the room when it comes to putting together the team.

“I'm not a micromanager. We're going to allow people to do their jobs,” Moore said. “It's very collaborative, as it always has been, and I think the uniqueness of this relationship is we've all worked together for so long.”

Indeed, the 54-year-old Moore and the 51-year-old Picollo have worked together for 15 years in Kansas City. Before that, the pair spent time in the Atlanta Braves organization during their heyday in the 1990s.

“I would be foolish as a first-time general manager not to lean on someone who has sat in that seat,” Picollo said. “We're fortunate how we're set up in the front office. That collaboration has always taken place.”

Moore presided over one of the most remarkable turnarounds in baseball history, leading the long-suffering Royals from a team that regularly lost 100 games upon his 2006 arrival to one that reached consecutive World Series. And in 2015, they beat the New York Mets in five games for their first championship in 30 years.

The Royals have been on another major rebuilding effort after the small-market club was unable to keep some of the big names that ushered in their winning era. But there have been signs that another breakthrough is on the horizon as a wave of talented young pitchers continues to help Kansas City win games down the stretch this season.

Picollo, who has interviewed for several GM jobs, has long been considered Moore’s heir apparent.

“He's totally prepared. He talks about elevating his role and being more effective and I can’t wait to see that” Royals owner John Sherman said. “J.J. has been an architect of what I would call helping to modernize our baseball operations department over the past few years. He had a lot of help in doing it but when you talk about data science and data capture and all the tools we have for player development, J.J. helped to lead us to that evolution.”

The organizational structure is similar to those embraced by about half of big league teams, and has become necessary in part due to the changing business of baseball. The Royals had just 85 employees when Moore arrived, but they now have 266 on the payroll, including such new departments as performance science and behavior science.

The change should allow Moore to better handle the growing complexity of the organization.

“This structure is best practice in our industry now,” Sherman said. “I really expect to get more executive, high-level thinking out of Dayton when we think about the team, and I know the operation of the ballclub is in good hands.”

Moore, who grew up a Royals fan in Wichita, began his career as a scout with the Braves. He climbed the ranks to director of international scouting and director of player personnel development, and in 2005 he was given the job of assistant general manager.

Then-Royals owner David Glass, who had been pilloried by fans for his inability to turn the Royals around, turned to Moore in June 2006 to finally accomplish the task. Moore decided to invest heavily in Latin America, establishing academies that helped to identify talent, and slowly built the Kansas City farm system into one of the best in the big leagues.

Still, it took until 2013 before Moore saw the fruits of that labor in Kauffman Stadium. That's when players such as Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas began to get their call-ups, and combined with some nervy moves made by Moore — such as trading away Zack Greinke and acquiring James Shields and Wade Davis — finally put the Royals over the top.

They reached the World Series the following year, losing to the Giants in a dramatic series that came down to the final out of Game 7 in Kansas City. And they returned the following year to finish the job, beating the Mets for the championship.

Picollo had his fingerprints on those teams, too.

The former Braves scout joined the Royals as director of player development in 2006 and, two years later, became the assistant GM in charge of scouting and player development. In that role, Picollo worked closely with the Royals' entire minor league setup, ushering players from their first steps in pro ball all the way to the majors.

He was promoted to his current role as vice president and assistant GM in charge of player personnel in 2015, and now he will have an opportunity to finish Moore's latest rebuilding job in Kansas City.

“This structure has been presented a few different times and truthfully, it just wasn't one that I was personally ready to embrace for a number of reasons,” Moore said. “I began to evaluate our personnel and the different skillsets that are in this front office. We had discussions and laid out the different roles and how we can achieve sustained success as John desires, our fanbase desires and we aspire to, it became very, very clear this was the structure that made the most sense.”


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I-29 near North Oak Trafficway closed due to woman being on highway

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Interstate 29 just east of North Oak Trafficway in Kansas City’s northland has been shut down due to a woman being on the highway.

Police were called shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. Several law enforcement agencies are helping detour traffic. There is a police negotiator on the scene.

UPDATE: At 2:18 p.m., the police department said this incident is "in regard to an armed and suicidal party."

Due to its proximity, St. Pius X High School temporarily went on lockdown in connection with this situation. However, that has been lifted now.

No further information is available at this time; the situation is ongoing.

It is believed that the woman is contained to a neighborhood south of I-29.

Stay with KCTV5 News for updates. We have a crew gathering information from police at the scene.

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KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 14, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 14, 2021

Apple released a critical software patch to fix a security vulnerability that researchers said could allow hackers to directly infect iPhones and other Apple devices without any user action.

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KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 13, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 13, 2021

A man who has spent four decades in prison for a triple murder he says he did not commit has a hearing later this afternoon.

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FBI releases newly declassified record on Sept. 11 attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — <a href="https://vault.fbi.gov/9-11-attacks-investigation-and-related-materials/9-11-material-released-in-response-to-executive-order-14040/april-4-2016-electronic-communication-part-01-of-01/view" target="&mdash;blank">A declassified FBI document</a> related to logistical support given to two of the Saudi hijackers in the run-up to the Sept. 11 attacks details contacts the men had with Saudi associates in the United States but does not provide proof that senior kingdom officials were complicit in the plot.

The document released Saturday, on the 20th anniversary of the attacks, is the first investigative record to be disclosed since President Joe Biden ordered a declassification review of materials that for years have remained out of public view. The 16-page document is a summary of an FBI interview done in 2015 with a man who had frequent contact with Saudi nationals in the U.S. who supported the first hijackers to arrive in the country before the attacks.

Biden ordered the Justice Department and other agencies to conduct a declassification review and release what documents they can over the next six months. He was under pressure from victims' families, who have long sought the records as they pursue a lawsuit in New York alleging that Saudi government officials supported the hijackers.

The heavily blacked-out document was released hours after Biden attended Sept. 11 memorial events in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. Victims’ relatives had said they would object to Biden’s presence at those remembrances as long as the documents remained classified.

The Saudi government has long denied any involvement in the attacks. The Saudi Embassy in Washington has it supported the full declassification of all records as a way to “end the baseless allegations against the Kingdom once and for all.” The embassy said that any allegation that Saudi Arabia was complicit was “categorically false.”

The documents have come out at a politically delicate time for the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, which have forged a strategic, if difficult, alliance, particularly on counterterrorism matters. The Biden administration in February released an intelligence assessment implicating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the 2018 killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but drew criticism from Democrats for avoiding a direct punishment of the royal himself.

Victims' relatives said the document's release was a significant step in their effort to connect the attacks to Saudi Arabia. Brett Eagleson, whose father, Bruce, was killed in the World Trade Center attack, said the release of the FBI material “accelerates our pursuit of truth and justice.”

Jim Kreindler, a lawyer for the victims' relatives, said in a statement that “the findings and conclusions in this FBI investigation validate the arguments we have made in the litigation regarding the Saudi government’s responsibility for the 9/11 attacks.

“This document, together with the public evidence gathered to date, provides a blueprint for how (al-Qaida) operated inside the US with the active, knowing support of the Saudi government," he said.

That includes, he said, Saudi officials exchanging phone calls among themselves and al-Qaida operatives and then having “accidental meetings” with the hijackers while providing them with assistance to get settled and find flight schools.

Regarding Sept. 11, there has been speculation of official involvement since shortly after the attacks, when it was revealed that 15 of the 19 attackers were Saudis. Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaida at the time, was from a prominent family in the kingdom.

The U.S. investigated some Saudi diplomats and others with Saudi government ties who knew hijackers after they arrived in the U.S., according to previously declassified documents.

Still, the 9/11 Commission report in 2004 found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded” the attacks that al-Qaida masterminded, though it noted Saudi-linked charities could have diverted money to the group.

Particular scrutiny has centered on the first two hijackers to arrive in the U.S., Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, and support they received.

In February 2000, shortly after their arrival in Southern California, they encountered at a halal restaurant a Saudi national named Omar al-Bayoumi who helped them find and lease an apartment in San Diego. He had ties to the Saudi government and had earlier attracted FBI scrutiny.

Bayoumi has described his restaurant meeting with Hazmi and Mihdhar as a “chance encounter," and the FBI during its interview made multiple attempts to ascertain if that characterization was accurate or if the meeting had actually been arranged in advance, according to the document.

The 2015 interview that forms the basis of the FBI document was of a man who was applying for U.S. citizenship and who years earlier had repeated contacts with Saudi nationals, who investigators said, provided “significant logistical support” to several of the hijackers. Among the man's contacts was Bayoumi, according to the document.

The man's identity is blacked out throughout the document, but he is described as having worked at the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles.

Also referenced in the document is Fahad al-Thumairy, at the time an accredited diplomat at the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles who investigators say led an extremist faction at his mosque. The document says communications analysis identified a seven-minute phone call in 1999 from Thumairy's phone to the Saudi Arabian family home phone of two brothers who later were detained at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison.


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KCPD identifies person fatally shot in Westport on Sunday

KCPD identifies person fatally shot in Westport on Sunday

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Police are working an overnight homicide after they found one person shot and killed in Westport.

Westport security notified officers of sounds of shots near Westport Road and Broadway around 3 a.m. Sunday. When they responded, they found an adult male in the street near that intersection.

The man had been shot and EMS pronounced him dead at the scene.

Detectives are actively canvassing the area for witnesses and collecting evidence. No suspects have been taken into custody.

Detectives believe there were likely people in the area who may have witnessed this.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 234-5043. If you choose to remain anonymous, you can call the TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS with up to a $25,000 reward for an arrest in this case.

UPDATE: On Tuesday, the victim in this case was identified as 26-year-old Foster Grant.

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Jackson County judge grants temporary order to close Rae's Cafe

BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) --- A Jackson County judge has granted a temporary restraining order to close down Rae's Cafe.

The order will last for at least 21 days, according to the signed order.

The order says that violations of it could "rise to sanctions against the person or entity violating the order."


Jackson County is asking a judge for a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction against a Blue Springs restaurant for openly defying the mask order.

The court order points out there has been 388 deaths due to COVID and says we are in the midst of a global health crisis.

Former prosecutor Phil LeVota said the legal fight will be a difficult and expensive for Rae's Cafe.

"Very interesting and specific petition for a restraining order was filed by Jackson County detailing each and every contact and violation of Rae's Cafe in their alleged violation of the mask mandate. Now we will see how the judge rules on the petition," he said. "Unfortunately, the owners of Rae's Cafe are going to have an expensive and consequential lesson that you can't just thumb your nose at the law even if you passionately disagree with it. Even if you disagree with the mask mandate, we are a country of laws and you have to follow the legal process to challenge a law when you disagree, not just disregard the law."

Earlier on Friday the health department was delivered another letter to the owner as customers lined up for breakfast.

“There’s no court order! So, this is all they can do!” declared the owner Amanda Wohletz.

Wohletz smacked the order down on the table outside where customers pay a dollar cover charge to enter the restaurant which now considers itself a private club.

“Have a great day. I’ll leave it right there for everyone to see,” Wohetz said.

The new order was delivered with the support of Jackson County sheriff's deputies who calmly walked by as customers cackled about the “drama” and proclaimed they will “not wear a mask.”

The new Jackson County Health Department order reads “Violation of this Order constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment or other remedies available under law.”

This comes after a public battle between the Jackson County Health Department and Rae’s Café’ located in Blue Springs.

The restaurant lost its food permit for violating the county’s mask ordinance. It reopened as a private club with a dollar cover charge.

The county says they are seeking court orders from the judge to permanently close Rae’s Café.

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KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 9, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 9, 2021

Amanda Wohletz, the owner or Rae’s Café, spoke out on Fox &amp; Friends regarding imminent court action by Jackson County to close her business.

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FORECAST: A fall feel to start your Thursday

FORECAST: A fall feel to start your Thursday

A fall feel to start your Thursday! Today will be another beauty with mostly sunny skies, low humidity, and highs near 83. Enjoy the weather today KC because the heat returns by our Red Friday. Highs will climb back into the lower 90s for Friday though the weekend. We are tracking our next rain chance next Tuesday.

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KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 5, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 5, 2021

The Jackson County executive's office released a statement late Wednesday saying they will be seeking a court order to close Rae's Café.

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Better Homes: Prioritizing your home improvement projects

Better Homes: Prioritizing your home improvement projects

FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) – There is always something to fix or renovate around the house. It’s not always easy to find the path to a perfect home because of distraction and doubt in your own abilities.

Here are some home improvement priorities to help get you moving in the right direction.

First, narrow your focus and start small. Instead of doing and entire pantry, focus on one shelf. Instead of an entire room, just work on one wall. Don’t revamp your entire master suite, start with the bathroom. Sometimes just a highlight wall, or a splash of color from new tile is all you need, and you don’t have to spend thousands on materials and countless hours working on it.

Always look for low-cost but high impact projects. Have a small amount of paint in a color you like? Use it and paint your front door like we did in one of our earlier Better Homes projects! What tools and materials do you have at your disposal? Something as easy as adding extra hooks in closets for backpacks or adding a shelf for art or pictures are low budget but can add functionality and textures that weren’t there before.

Next, work in phases. Don’t try to knock everything out in an unrealistic time period. Remember, you’re not a professional contractor. You will probably make mistakes and you’ll have to fix them. Work in sections while still taking care of the other responsibilities you have in life. Don’t rush through things you’re unfamiliar with.

Finally, if you’re totally stuck, sometimes its easiest to start with a blank canvas. Clear everything out of the room or area you’re working on to get a new, fresh perspective. Happy home improvement!

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Looming flu season worries COVID-strained Kansas hospitals

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' hospitals are worried about the upcoming flu season because they're already strained by the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Wichita's four hospitals have been operating for weeks at full capacity, with limited beds and staff. At various points, they have had to ask ambulances to take patients to other facilities, The Wichita Eagle <a href="https://www.kansas.com/news/coronavirus/article254058533.html" target="&mdash;blank">reported.</a>

“Looking ahead, the prospect of COVID-19 potentially being combined with a more typical influenza and viral respiratory illness season is alarming,” said Sam Antonios, the chief clinical officer at Ascension Via Christi.

Flu season <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season.htm" target="&mdash;blank">lasts from the fall through the winter</a> and it generally peaks in the U.S. from December through February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At Wesley Healthcare, a shortage of nurses and a growing number of mostly unvaccinated patients is straining the system, said chief medical officer Lowell Ebersole.

“While we do everything we can to provide quality care to our community, we are concerned about the imminent change of seasons, which historically brings with it a significant increase in respiratory and flu symptoms,” Ebersole said.

Meanwhile, The University of Kansas Health System said 13 people died at its facilities in less than a week.

Its chief medical officer, Steve Stites, noted that the health system had far more COVID-19 patients on Labor Day this year than it did last year, The Kansas City Star <a href="https://www.kansascity.com/news/coronavirus/article254058803.html" target="&mdash;blank">reported.</a>

“I think what we just have to recognize is that we’re probably at greater risk this year than last year," he said during a Tuesday briefing, adding that the “saving grace" is the vaccines that didn't start coming to market until last December.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital treated as many COVID-19 patients on Tuesday as it did in January, when it last had so many. Three people died of the disease there over the weekend.

“Today’s news is a good reminder that this pandemic is far from over and the costs are real and unchanging,” the hospital said in a news release, reminding community members to take every precaution to protect themselves and others from the disease.

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Kansas City police locate missing 13-year-old girl

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Kansas City police say a missing 13-year-old girl has been located and is safe.

The family of Angela Buckner says she has mental health issues and they were worried about her safety.

She was last seen about 10 p.m. Tuesday in the area of 69th Street and Bellefontaine. She was found about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 7, 2021

KCTV5 News Update: Sept. 7, 2021

A police standoff shutdown a stretch of Wornall Road. Police blocked off Wornall in both directions at 99th Street. The standoff started after officers responded to a disturbance. A woman told officers a man with a gun assaulted her and another woman.

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Person in custody following man's shooting death in south Kansas City

Person in custody following man's shooting death in south Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A person is in custody after a man died following a shooting late Monday evening.

Officers were called about 11:45 p.m. to a house in the 7500 block of East 117th Place on an ambulance call.

A man was rushed to the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. Several hours later, the victim had died of his injuries.

On Wednesday afternoon, the KCPD said the victim had been identified as 37-year-old Curtis Harvey.

A person of interest has been identified and taken into custody. Detectives will be working with the prosecutor’s office to submit a casefile to them for consideration of charges.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact detectives directly at 234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline anonymously at 474-TIPS. There is a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved case in Kansas City.

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KCKPD: Suspect charged, victim identified in fatal shooting from Saturday night

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department says a suspect has been charged and the victim has been identified in a fatal shooting that happened Saturday night.

The homicide happened in the 2200 block of Silver Court around 10:30 p.m.

When police arrived, they found a man who had been shot. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

On Monday, the victim was identified as KCK resident Travis Eugene Bowman, 27.

The suspect, 34-year-old Darnell D. Walker of KCK, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with this fatal shooting. He is being held in the Wyandotte County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Detectives think the shooting stemmed from an argument and physical altercation that happened between the two regarding a missing Amazon package that had been delivered to Bowman's sister.

The police are still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477). All tipsters can remain anonymous.

No further information is available at this time.

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