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A deadly year: 1 woman dead, 1 injured after shooting at large street gathering in KCMO

A deadly year: 1 woman dead, 1 injured after shooting at large street gathering in KCMO

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Shots fired during a large street gathering overnight left one woman dead and another in the hospital, the capstone to what has been an extremely deadly year in Kansas City so far.

Police responded around 11 p.m. to an area near 26th Street and Southwest Boulevard in response to gunshots. There they found many cars leaving the area and were pointed toward two women lying on the sidewalk, according to a narrative released by the Kansas City Police Department.

Both women had been shot and were transported to a local hospital, where one of them died. A report by police notes that "there was a large gathering of vehicles and people in the street throughout the 2600 block of Southwest Boulevard, when multiple shots were fired from an unknown vehicle."

Police believe there were dozens, perhaps hundreds, of people at the gathering at the time of the shooting. Detectives are asking anyone who was there to contact police at 816-234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline anonymously at 474-TIPS.

The woman's death is Kansas City 142nd homicide of the year, over 30 more than it had exactly one year ago. There were 150 homicides in Kansas City during all of 2019, one of the deadliest years on record for the city.

A sergeant with KCPD told KCTV5 News that the department recognized the trend both locally and nationally were headed up at the end of last year. One of the steps the department took then was beefing up their investigative elements, said Sgt. Jake Becchina.

KCPD added two detectives to each of their homicide squads and also doubled the size of detective squads that investigate non-fatal shootings. Right now, the department's homicide clearance rate stands at 68 percent, which is up from last year's 55 percent. Becchina said the increase in detectives likely had a lot to do with that.

"It sounds kind of eerie to say, but we were almost ready for this, this increase," he said. "And we hope it subsides. We hope that this is the last one of the year. We don't want to investigate any more of these."

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Top 5 tips on getting a tattoo

Top 5 tips on getting a tattoo

There are certain things in life that are black and white, either you're in or you're out! A part of the club or on the outside looking in. Just ask our ultimate outsider, Neal Jones!

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Loophole could leave order to close bars powerless

Loophole could leave order to close bars powerless

The Kansas City Health Department director and the White House Coronavirus Task Force have suggested that all bars in the state be closed. But when KCTV5 News dug deeper, we found out there’s a loophole in city law that would make even that ineffective at a lot of spots.

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Authorities seek to identify thieves who rammed into businesses to steal cars, keys

Authorities seek to identify thieves who rammed into businesses to steal cars, keys

OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) - Car dealership owners and employees hope investigators can catch thieves who are smashing and ramming their way inside businesses to steal keys and cars.

Blocked entrances weren’t enough to stop thieves near 87th and Metcalf Avenue. They rammed into a truck parked in front of the exit.

About two weeks apart, thieves forced their way inside Reed Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in the early morning hours. It’s unclear if the same suspects are responsible for both crimes.

Each time they searched everywhere hoping they could find keys to vehicles on the lot.

On August 23, surveillance video shows the burglars handing stolen keys to each other than frantically hitting panic and unlock buttons.

“Didn’t get away with anything,” Reed Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Service Manager Greg McCall said.

Then on September 8, thieves broke in and stole keys for courtesy rental vehicles and a white truck. When the suspects found their getaway exit blocked by another truck, they rammed and rammed and rammed their way through reversing out of the lot.

“Just to get enough torque and speed to push it out of the way. It took a lot of force,” McCall said.

The destruction didn’t stop there. All six recovered stolen vehicles were crashed or damaged. One suspect bailed after wrecking one of the vehicles while running from police who tried to pull them over for driving more than 30 miles per hour over the speed limit.

“Upwards of $10,000 worth of damage. Very frustrating,” McCall said.

Just down the road near 93rd and Metcalf, more frustration and more damage. A group of seven or eight suspects broke into Bob Allen Ford in August.

“Backed into our building and ransacked the dealership,” Dealer Principal and Vice President of Bob Allen Ford Brad Hewlett said.

At Bob Allen, they recovered six of the seven vehicles stolen from them. One of the stolen cars sits on a flat tire and a metal rim after another police chase ended with a shredded tire.

“Hopefully they get caught,” Hewlett said.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or has information about the car dealership burglaries can call Overland Park police or the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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Northland apartment standoff ends peacefully

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – Police were involved in a standoff at a Northland apartment complex Wednesday night.

Just before 7 p.m., Kansas City police detectives conducted a residence check for an adult male who is wanted for a felony warrant in the 8400 block of N Overland Court.

According to police, detectives made verbal contact with the male. He refused to come out of the apartment or safely grant access to detectives. He also made statements to police that indicate he is armed and is threatening harm to himself.

Detectives backed away from the apartment and called in tactical officers and negotiators for a standoff. Police added that one additional adult was believed to be in the apartment, but there is no indication that adult is a hostage.

Around 9:10 p.m., police said the man voluntarily came out the front door and was taken into custody on his warrant.

The other person that was in the apartment was confirmed to be safe and unharmed.

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Overland Park game show room opening amid pandemic

Overland Park game show room opening amid pandemic

We have seen over and over again how businesses are closing their doors for good during this economic downturn. KCTV5 News’ Carolyn Long visited a very hands-on location that is actually planning to open in Overland Park, pandemic or not.

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KC council members boycott meeting over committee chair

KC council members boycott meeting over committee chair

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A chunk of city council businesses are on hold Wednesday after several members of a Kansas City, Missouri, committee decided to boycott Wednesday’s meeting.

“Three of my colleagues have decided not to attend the committee,” Councilwoman Teresa Loar said.

Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Chair Teresa Loar was forced to end the committee meeting without addressing any business because three council members refused to show up.

Council members say they were trying to prove a point. They want Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas to remove Teresa Loar as Chair of The Transportation Committee they serve on.

For Council Members Eric Bunch, Melissa Robinson, and Kevin O’Neill, it started with a hand delivered letter to Mayor Lucas asking him to remove Councilwoman Loar back in August.

The letter asks the mayor to remove Councilwoman Loar as chair saying in part, “we have no confidence in her ability to facilitate and lead fair objective and inclusive processes.”

“This is unacceptable to have someone in a leadership position as chair of a committee who makes poor remarks, racist remarks towards a colleague, displays unethical behavior at times and frequently leaves meetings when things don’t go her way,” Councilman Eric Bunch said.

The group says the mayor made a verbal commitment to remove Councilwoman Loar but hasn’t yet. The council members who signed the letter say Councilwoman Loar should be ousted because of, “unprofessional, racist and unethical behavior.”

The calls for her to resign started after a tense exchange with a fellow council member. Councilwoman Loar implied that her colleague Melissa Robinson had not written a statement she read about a contract with KC Pet Project.

“That was a very nice speech someone wrote for you Mrs. Robinson. My guess is there’s labor somewhere,” Councilwoman Loar said from July 31st.

When Robinson pushed back, Loar characterized her as an angry black woman. After that, the mayor ordered Councilwoman Loar to complete implicit bias training.

“This is not about race, it never has been about race, this is about corruption and steering contracts at KCI, this is about new council members maybe being duped by outside influences,” Councilwoman Loar said.

Councilman Bunch says the implicit bias training isn’t enough.

“We were very clear with the mayor. We met with him six weeks ago that this isn’t just about the racist remarks, this is also about her leadership ability, we just wanted to be clear that we’re not accepting his inaction anymore and we’re trying to make a statement that this is unacceptable,” Councilman Bunch said.

The mayor has the power to make changes to any council committees. His communications director sent a brief statement saying the only verbal commitment the mayor has made on this was promising to look into changing the structure of the committee. He is still looking into that.

“As I noted earlier and as Mayor Lucas has shared with his colleagues, including Councilwoman Loar, the mayor will continue to evaluate committee assignments. Mayor Lucas has met twice with those who are aggrieved at which time he informed them he would evaluate their request, with Councilwoman Loar herself, with other members of the City Council, former Mayor Cleaver, and folks in the public—as he will continue to do because that is his job.”

Councilwoman Loar says she will respect whatever the mayor decides.

“If the Mayor asks me to I would consider it but I’m not going to resign on my own I’ve been doing this for years and I’m pretty damn good at it,” Councilwoman Loar said.

The committee is supposed to meet again next week. If enough members show up the committee will pick up the things they did not discuss Tuesday. KCTV5 News asked how long the group plans to boycott and councilman bunch declined to comment.

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Parson lauds declining rate of deaths from COVID-19

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases remains high in Missouri, but Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday cited the state's declining death rate as evidence that progress is being made.

Parson, speaking at a news conference, noted that in the early days of the pandemic in April and May, more than 7% of all cases were fatal. That percentage has gradually dropped and so far this month, just 0.3% of Missourians infected with the COVID-19 virus have died.

“This is all very encouraging and we continue to monitor this data each and every day,” Parson, a Republican, said.

Still, the number of confirmed cases has risen dramatically since the state reopened for business in mid-June. Missouri reported 1,191 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to 106,587 since counting began in March. Seven more deaths also were reported. All told, 1,739 Missourians have died from COVID-19.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams said about 60% of new cases are occurring in areas outside of the state’s metropolitan areas. He said many of the places seeing spikes are mid-sized cities such as Joplin and Cape Girardeau.

“We really need to concentrate on these middle-sized communities,” Williams said.

Parson also cited as reason for optimism what he called “stable” hospitalization totals. But the <a target="&mdash;blank" href="https://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/coronavirus/covid-19-hospitalizations-spike-remain-high-in-missouri/article%E2%80%94455580dc-fc80-5cd7-834c-67d99c45af0e.html">St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a> reported that three of the four highest days for hospitalizations have occurred over the past week.

Data shows 1,021 patients in hospitals with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 on Saturday, the second-highest day on record. The highest was Sept. 9, when 1,040 patients were hospitalized. The fourth-highest number of hospitalizations on record occurred Friday, with 1,008 patients.

PAGE MAINTAINS POWER IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY

The St. Louis County Council on Tuesday turned aside two bills that sought to take away pandemic-related power from County Executive Sam Page and the health department.

St. Louis County has had more cases and deaths than any other Missouri jurisdiction, and Page, a Democrat, has initiated stricter guidelines for dealing with the coronavirus than those required statewide.

Among those restrictions are limits on youth sports competitions, which have drawn several protests and rallies.

One bill turned down by the council would have given it more involvement in how long a pandemic-related emergency declaration from the county executive could last. The other bill would have required two-thirds of council members to approve extending orders from the health department director.

The council, in a 4-3 vote, declined to take up either bill.

MORE MASK MANDATES

At least two more jurisdictions are taking new steps aimed at slowing the virus' spread.

The St. Francois County Health Board in southeast Missouri on Tuesday approved a countywide mask mandate, the <a target="&mdash;blank" href="https://dailyjournalonline.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/sfc-gets-a-mask-mandate-effective-sept-21/article%E2%80%94f510a4ba-54dd-5954-aa68-3bd98587b9fd.html#tracking-source=home-top-story">Park Hills Daily Journal</a> reported.

The approval came despite heated opposition and protests from some residents of the county, which is about 70 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Meanwhile, St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray signed an emergency order mandating face coverings in most indoor areas except homes. The <a target="&mdash;blank" href="https://www.newspressnow.com/news/local%E2%80%94news/coronavirus/mayor-signs-order-mandating-masks-in-most-indoor-areas/article%E2%80%94ac77c230-f769-11ea-a2a3-6f4a66fce1f1.html">St. Joseph News-Press</a> reported that the mandate takes effect Thursday. The mask mandate comes as hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been spiking in St. Joseph.

NATIONAL GUARD REMAINS MOBILIZED

Parson has signed an executive order extending mobilization of the Missouri National Guard through Dec. 30, a move the governor said will allow the Guard to continue assisting in COVID-19 response efforts.

Parson initially mobilized the National Guard on March 27. The governor’s office said the Guard’s role has included testing support, transporting supplies and equipment, and meal distribution.

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Westport Ale House temporarily closed after COVID-19 outbreak

Westport Ale House temporarily closed after COVID-19 outbreak

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - The Kansas City Health Department closed down Westport Ale House. Over the weekend there were positive cases at the bar, but Ale House stayed open until the health department shut down operations Tuesday night.

The health department knew about these cases last week, but they say there was an ongoing investigation over the weekend leading to Tuesday night’s suspension. People who live and work in the area say it’s now clear there are consequences.

After seven employees tested positive, the Kansas City Health Department is proving citizen complaints can lead to a temporary shutdown. Residents say this is a lesson for everyone.

“I just hope the other restaurants in the area take head of that,” Kansas City resident Dawn Boken said.

In a statement from the health department it says in part, “The health department has received multiple complaints about COVID-19 mask and crowd violations there. Management had also failed to provide disease investigators with complete information about the eight COVID-19 positive cases from August associated with their establishment.”

“Have respect for another person and for yourself, you know. Take care of your health,” Kansas City resident Gerardo Anchondo said.

The health department’s statement also says to stop the spread of the coronavirus, “They must protect them from preventable outbreaks, which Westport Ale House had not done. For the suspension to be lifted, Westport Ale House must submit a plan showing how they will comply with the COVID-19 order on masks and crowd capacity, and cooperate fully with the disease investigation.”

Locals say every business has made sacrifices.

“We’re all having ups and downs right now, but it’s best to keep everybody safe. We don’t want any spreading so we can get through this,” Kansas City resident James Furst said.

It’s not clear when the bar will be allowed to reopen.

KCTV5 News spoke exclusively with the owners of Westport Ale House. They say the claims that they aren’t cooperating with the disease investigation are a misunderstanding.

Since the health department sent KCTV5 News a statement Wednesday afternoon, they’ve received some more information from the bar, but there are still missing pieces.

“I feel like we are cooperating fully. We were just handed this information late yesterday afternoon. We are gathering the documents so we can hand them over to the health department,” Westport Ale House Owner Shawn Kane said.

Kane says they planned to meet with the health department Monday, before the department published information about positive employee cases.

“It’s unfortunate. I think this is telephone tag where we all haven’t had time to sit down, share information, be forthright about the measures we’ve been doing,” Kane said.

It’s common practice for Ale House to check staff and customer temperatures and ask people to keep their masks on.

Other businesses in the Westport neighborhood like Broadway Café aren’t even letting customers inside right now.

“I think there are certain precautions that we’re taking that others are ignoring,” Broadway Cafe Owner John Cates said.

Cates says it’s possible he shares customers with Ale House.

“It’s a little bit scary, yeah. We could have somebody come up and get a drink and be affected by something somebody else is doing close by,” Cates said.

“It’s a really challenging time and all we can do is know that we are operating in a way that’s going to keep our guests and our staff as safe as possible,” Snooze General Manager TJ McReynolds said.

Ale House says that’s their goal too.

“Everybody’s frustrated with the situation. We’re all trying to learn and create the best systems possible to keep the community safe and at the same time operate a business,” Kane said.

In order to open back up, the health department says they need to complete the disease investigation and the bar has to give them a compliance plan.

“We’re looking forward to continuing a conversation on how do we best move forward during this global pandemic on keeping the community safe and at the same time allowing a fun atmosphere at Westport Ale House for all the patrons we serve,” Kane said.

Kane says they plan on giving their customers a full explanation.

“Since it is a matter of public record and the community deserves to know what exactly happened here,” Kane said.

The health department said business with positive cases should follow CDC guidelines for isolation, quarantine and sanitation.

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Arrowhead Stadium to be used as polling location on Election Day

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – The Kansas City, Missouri, Election Board announced Wednesday that Arrowhead Stadium will be used as a polling location.

According to one of the directors for the Kansas City, Missouri, Election Board, Arrowhead Stadium will be open as a voting site for anyone who lives within the city limits of Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County.

Voters will use the voting machines provided in the large space provided.

The voting site will be open for Election Day only.

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Pandemic pushes KU dance instructors to learn news steps to teach

Pandemic pushes KU dance instructors to learn news steps to teach

LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) - Classrooms look different this year, especially for dance classes.

Students in the performing arts classes at the University of Kansas have had to adapt to new safety procedures.

People may not be able to still dance together during a pandemic, but professors with the KU dance program say they’ll follow any CDC or university guidelines necessary to keep their groups of performers together.

Some of the modifications they’ve made include students and teachers wearing masks, and in some cases, ventilated face shields. Each dancer stays in their own 6-foot wide-space and wipes the space down before and after class.

Students can choose to learn in-person, through a livestream, or by watching videos of the instructor after class.

Hip-hop instructor Maya Tillman-Rayton told KCTV5 News that they have had to become their own audio and visual production teams.

“So a lot of it is just learning how to communicate differently so that everybody is getting the material,” she said.

They say some of the choreography is different to keep people from moving across the room or touching the floor too much.

Professor Michelle Hayes said teaching a flamenco class to in-person and online students is hard to balance.

“That makes me feel like a one-man band, the guy who’s got a tuba and an accordion,” she explained. “Teaching in those different modalities requires different skills.”

Tillman-Rayton is trying to make each class count, noting that, “a lot of it is just learning how to communicate differently so that everybody is getting the material.”

She also said distance learning and safety precautions slow down the speed of each class.

“Usually we come in and it’s nonstop from the moment you get in to class,” Tillman-Rayton explained. “Now we have to build in breaks because dancing with the masks presents a whole different challenge.”

The team says they will make any changes necessary to keep their students safe and together, and as Hays says, to keep them moving through this pandemic.

“For dancers, taking class is something like daily prayer.”

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Olathe elementary, early ed students to return to full-time in-person class

Olathe elementary, early ed students to return to full-time in-person class

OLATHE, KS (KCTV) – Elementary and early education students at Olathe Public Schools will be returning to full-time in-person classes before the end of the month, the district said Wednesday.

In a <a href="https://www.olatheschools.org/Page/10739" target="_blank">letter to parents</a>, district officials said that the five-day in-school learning will start on September 28.

The change applies to students who were registered for in-person learning and will not affect those students who opted for the remote learning option. Those students will remain in remote classes through the rest of the semester.

The returning students will still be following safety guidelines including wearing masks, regularly washing hands and social distancing as much as possible.

District officials are still evaluating changes for middle and high school students and will provide more information on those plans for return during the October 1 school board meeting.

The health director says coronavirus cases in the county have been decreasing, and if everyone, students included, continue to follow guidelines, things should be fine.

“Current science and data tells us that while children under 10 might carry a high viral load they don’t seem to transmit it as much,” Johnson County Health Department Director Dr. Sanmi Areola said.

Health officials say one of the other reasons for doing this is that younger students have a tougher time learning virtually.

KCTV5 News spoke with a couple of parents with kids within the school district who are excited to have the option for in person learning.

“I think it’s great because I know that there’s a lot of parents who are struggling with schedules and they have to work and it’s hard to have the kids all the time at home,” parent Carolina Torres said.

“I know that he has really missed his friends and just the schedule of five days off two days on it’s kind of hard that way so going all five days a week will be great,” parent Frances Nordin said.

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KCK police investigating homicide Sunday morning

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) – Police are investigating a homicide Sunday morning.

Kansas City, Kansas, police were called to the Bethany Park Towers located in the 1100 block of Central Avenue just before 10 a.m.

When they arrived at the location, they located a 49-year-old man deceased with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. He has been identified as Steven Peoples from Kansas City, Kansas.

Officers working a homicide in the 1100 Block of Central Ave. KC, KS. PIO enroute to scene.&mdash; KCKPD (@KCKPDChief) <a href="https://twitter.com/KCKPDChief/status/1305170027457515521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 13, 2020</a>

Police said a person of interest has been identified and is currently cooperating with them.

Authorities are still at the scene investigating.

If you have any information that can help authorities, you are asked to called the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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1 dead, 2 injured in Independence crash

INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -- The Independence Police Department is investigating a crash that left one person dead and two others seriously hurt.

According to police, the crash happened in the area of 23rd and Noland around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police said it happened when the driver of a 2020 Kia Soul read-ended a 2013 BMW 5 Series stopped at a red light.

The person driving the BMW was taken to the hospital and later died. The driver has been identified as 52-year-old Charles Mabie of Independence.

The driver and passenger in the Kia were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries and are in stable condition.

Witnesses said the Kia was going well over the speed limit when it hit the BMW.

Police are still investigating, but noted that "excessive speed appears to be a major factor in the outcome of the crash."

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Blue Springs School District's restraining order against Jackson County is denied

BLUE SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) -- UPDATE: The Blue Springs School District’s temporary restraining order against the Jackson County Health Department has been denied.

Previous coverage is below.

One metro school district is suing to allow more fans to attend high school football games.

The Blue Springs School District filed the suit against Jackson County.

The county currently has a 100-person limit on public gatherings. County Executive Frank White called the lawsuit “troubling for many reasons."

White sent KCTV5 News a statement on the lawsuit.

“The lawsuit filed by the Blue Springs School District is troubling for many reasons. It is important to remember that the CDC, White House Coronavirus Task Force, and the World Health Organization have all recommended that we limit the size of gatherings due to the high level of the virus in our community. Yet, despite the apparent universal agreement that large public gatherings pose a substantial risk to the health and safety of our community, the Blue Springs School District has decided to sue the County in the hopes a court will allow them to have more spectators at their football games.“While we understand and appreciate that reasonable minds can disagree about what the right number should be, we are disappointed that Blue Springs chose to litigate this issue. Unfortunately, the decision by Blue Springs will require us to divert valuable time, energy, and resources to this lawsuit instead of focusing on making our community safer and stronger.”

A hearing has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. this Friday.

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Motorcyclist dies after Friday night crash

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – Police are investigating after one person died in a motorcycle crash Friday night.

Kansas City police were called to the northbound ramp from Cookingham to northbound Interstate 435 just after 8:30 p.m.

According to officers, a red and black Harley was traveling south on the ramp from Cookingham Road just before the curve on the ramp to go back north. For unknown reasons, the driver failed to negotiate the curve and went off the roadway.

The driver was ejected off the Harley and was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived.

The driver of the Harley has been identified as 64-year-old Ricky L Childers of Kansas City.

Police noted that he was not wearing a helmet and that this is the first motorcycle fatality of a driver with no helmet since the law changed.

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KCK police investigating Friday night double homicide

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) – Police are investigating a double homicide that occurred Friday night.

Kansas City, Kansas, police were called to the 1800 block of North 31st Street on a reported shooting just before 10 p.m.

When they arrived at the location, they located two victims in the alley east of 31st Street. One was a male in his 50s who was deceased and the other was a male in his late 20s. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition where he died a couple hours later from his injuries.

Police believe at this time, the two men were the only individuals involved in the incident and were shooting at each other for unknown reasons.

Police said the parties have been identified as 56-year-old Raymond McElroy and 28-year-old Jose Flores-Portillo. They were both residents of Kansas City, Kansas.

This brings the total number of homicides in KCK so far this year up to 37.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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Judge: Massage therapist for Kansas athletes bound for trial

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A man who provided massages for female athletes at the University of Kansas will have to face trial on charges accusing him of sexually abusing a young girl, a judge determined Tuesday.

Shawn O’Brien, 49, of Lawrence, was charged in February with indecent liberties with a child based on allegations he had sexually abused the girl multiple times when she was 9 or 10 years old, the <a href="https://www2.ljworld.com/news/public-safety/2020/sep/01/massage-therapist-ku-athletics-bound-over/" target="_blank">Lawrence Journal-World reported</a>.

Based on the girl's testimony at Tuesday's preliminary hearing, Douglas County District Court Judge Sally Pokorny found enough evidence existed to take the case to trial on three felony charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

When the allegations were first reported, the University of Kansas canceled its contracts with O’Brien and began an investigation. Six university female student-athletes told investigators they had experienced “unwarranted touching” during massages by O’Brien.

Amended charges were filed in July against O'Brien adding six counts of sexual battery, all misdemeanors, involving four individuals. The amended charges do not say if the alleged assaults happened on campus. However, the Douglas County district attorney’s office confirmed that four of the counts are associated with report numbers provided by the university’s Public Safety Office.

Judges do not have to determine probable cause through preliminary hearings for misdemeanor charges, so none of the other alleged victims testified Tuesday.

Defense attorney, Philip Sedgwick, entered not guilty pleas on O’Brien’s behalf.

The girl testified that O’Brien had given her “massages” that started on her head, but he then worked his way down her neck and shoulders to her chest below her shirt and inside her underwear. She said these occurred when she was staying the night at his home, trying to sleep on the living room floor as some of his own children slept nearby.

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KCK police investigating homicide near 26th and Quindaro

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) – Police are investigating a homicide from Tuesday afternoon.

Kansas City, Kansas, police were called to the 2600 block of Quindaro for a shooting just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

When they arrived at the location, they located a woman in her 20s who was shot. She was transported to a local hospital originally in critical condition but has since died from her injuries. That victim has now been identified 26-year-old Anisha Rucker of Kansas City, Kansas.

According to police, the initial investigation indicated that a vehicle that was occupied with several individuals pulled into the area and parked along the street. After they exited the vehicle, they engaged in conversation with a resident who was standing on a nearby porch.

The confrontation quickly escalated to the point where gunfire was exchanged. Once the female was struck, the others were said to have fled the scene in the vehicle. Those individuals later arrived at metro hospitals with minor injuries. The residents also sustained minor injuries.

If you have any information that could help police, you are asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

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Trump's payroll tax deferral takes effect Sept. 1. Here's what it means for your paycheck

Trump's payroll tax deferral takes effect Sept. 1. Here's what it means for your paycheck

(CNN) -- The US Treasury Department <a style="font-size: 16px;" href="https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-20-65.pdf" target="_blank">released guidance</a> Friday evening informing companies and workers how Trump's proposed tax holiday will apply to them.

Companies can stop withholding employees' payroll taxes starting September 1, although workers will have to pay the taxes by the end of April 2021. The new guidance, released together with the IRS, applies only to those whose bi-weekly paychecks are less than $4,000, the equivalent of $104,000 a year.

The guidance comes after President Donald Trump's August 8 <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/13/2020-17899/deferring-payroll-tax-obligations-in-light-of-the-ongoing-covid-19-disaster" target="_blank">executive action</a> giving workers a tax holiday. It left open the possibility of forgiving the deferred tax later on.

But only Congress has the power to waive taxes, so all the president can do is postpone when they are due.

Although Trump's action was signed weeks earlier, the guidance was delayed as the White House looked into whether it was possible to waive workers' taxes entirely rather than deferring them to next year. The answer from the Internal Revenue Service was no, employees are still on the hook for paying their taxes next year.

It is up to the companies whether they will opt in to the payroll tax deferral. Many were waiting for the guidance from the Treasury Department, but already a collection of <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/19/politics/businesses-say-payroll-tax-executive-action-unworkable/index.html" target="_blank">business leaders have pushed back against the plan.</a>

"Many of our members consider it unfair to employees to make a decision that would force a big tax bill on them next year," the US Chamber of Commerce and more than 30 trade associations wrote in an August 18 letter to Congress and the Treasury Department.

"It would also be unworkable to implement a system where employees make this decision," wrote the groups, adding many of their members will likely decline to defer the tax.

If companies take this approach and withhold taxes for employees starting Wednesday, the taxes will be deferred until January 1. At that time, companies will withhold taxes from paychecks in larger amounts so employees can pay back what they owe.

It's unclear what happens if employees stop working at their companies before the end of April, either because they have quit or have been furloughed. The IRS guidance says companies can "make arrangements to otherwise collect the total applicable taxes from the employee."

<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/03/perspectives/payroll-tax-cut-trump/index.html" target="_blank">Critics of Trump's executive action</a> say that it would defund Social Security and Medicare, two programs that <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/07/politics/social-security-medicare-trump-payroll-taxes/index.html" target="_blank">rely on payroll taxes</a>.

While the tax holiday could be a short-term boost to the economy, businesses and workers,it provides no help to the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/27/economy/unemployment-benefits-coronavirus/index.html" target="_blank">over 27 million Americans</a> who are unemployed and have no payroll taxes to withhold.

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