Jackson County prosecutors today charged a man with shooting at two women and a security guard in March, injuring a 66-year-old woman with stray gunfire.
Prosecutors charged Kenneth W. Thompson, 24, of Kansas City with 15 felonies: seven counts of first-degree assault, seven counts of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.
The incident began about 11:45 p.m. March 26 when Thompson allegedly threatened a woman in an apartment in the 1300 block of East 89th Street. Two other women told him to leave the woman alone. Thompson allegedly threatened them and fired at them as they fled.
A security guard in the parking lot heard the gunfire and saw a gunman running alongside a playground at the complex. The gunman aimed at the guard’s car and fired, pounding eight holes in the car. The guard ducked to avoid being hit.
The 66-year-old woman said she was asleep when a bullet pierced her apartment window and struck her left bicep
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Shane M. Foster, 28, of Kansas City, is accused of sneaking into a women’s fitting room at the Kohl’s department store at Highway 169 and Barry Road.
One woman, who didn’t want to be identified, said she was trying on shirts in the fitting room on July 31 when she had an unwanted visitor in her fitting room.
“As soon as I started to remove my clothes, I just got a really weird feeling. You know, you just kind of get that feeling? And I turned around, and he was peering up under my stall,” the woman told KMBC’s Martin Augustine.
The woman said she quickly got dressed and tried to chase down the man, but he got away.
Clay County prosecutors charged Foster with invasion of privacy. He’s being held on $20,000 bond.
Police said they were alerted to Foster when he allegedly called a crisis hot line in Milwaukee, Wis. The caller admitted to participating in lewd acts in Kansas City, police said.
According to court records, Foster was on probation for sexual misconduct when the Kohl’s incident occurred. He had been picked up for spying on a teenage girl in the changing room of a Sears store in the Northland on July 22, court records show.
Police said they’re concerned there are more victims who haven’t come forward.
“He has shown that he’s willing to do it multiple times,” Sgt. Jeff Downing said. “It’s to show that he has a pattern. It’s not just one incident. It’s not just him looking at one woman.”
The Kohl’s victim told KMBC’s Martin Augustine that she was relieved an arrest was made.
“I think he deserves (prison) time,” the woman said. Anyone with information can call the Kansas City Police Department’s Sex Crime Unit at 816-234-5220 .
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Iralee E. French Jr. and Thirplus Moose were charged Tuesday by a federal grand jury in the shooting death of Dwight Mayhugh Sr. in February 2006 at a United Missouri Bank branch in south Kansas City.
The indictment replaces charges already filed against French, formerly of Kansas City, on Aug. 28.
The suspects are believed to have hit the same bank two weeks before the Mayhugh, 70, was shot to death after confronting the suspects in the bank’s parking lot.
Both men are in jail and being held without bond at this time pending their trial.
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The melee began when officers were called to a disturbance inside the Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge.
When one patron resisted arrest, dozens more joined in the fight against the responding officers.
Eventually, 28 officers and numerous Harrah’s security personnel responded and began to get order restored and were able to quell the fighting.
At one point, police said 25-30 people were involved in the melee.
Several police officers were later treated for minor injuries.
Five people were taken into custody and arrested and later transported to the county jail and booked on various charges.
Harrah’s said that there was some property damage done to their lounge but did not know the extent of it.
It is not known if any of the casino security officers were injured.
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Kansas City, Mo. Nov. 5, 2007
Kansas City elementary school principal Yvette Hayes has sued, alleging the city of Independence and the JCPenney Corp. are legally responsible for the July 13 incident in which she – six months pregnant at the time – was forced to lie face down during a police stop.Hayes’ attorney, Philip A. Klawuhn, filed the lawsuit Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court. Hayes claims false arrest, false imprisonment and negligence against by JCPenney security officer Gary D. Magers. Magers’ call to Independence police from the store at 17610 E. 39th St. prompted Independence police officers to falsely arrest, imprison and act with negligence against Hayes, the suit also claims.The city is also accused of assault and battery against Hayes by police officers and negligent infliction of emotional distress to Hayes’ 4-year-old daughter, Candace. The city, Magers and JCPenney face a loss of consortium claim filed by Hayes’ husband, Casey Hayes.Hayes seeks damages from Magers and JCPenney for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, legal fees and other punitive damages on each count. Hayes seeks similar damages from the city on some of the remaining six counts. Hayes also filed a separate discrimination complaint with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights alleging Magers and the city of Independence discriminatorily subjected her to the stop based on her race and color.Hayes was pulled over July 13 by Independence police officers on Interstate 70 after Magers called police to report a green Jeep Cherokee like Hayes’ was suspected in several car thefts and break-ins on JCPenney’s parking lot. After the stop, Hayes, who had Candace and another small child in the Jeep with her, was ordered to throw her keys to the pavement and forced to lie face down on the shoulder of I-70.Videotapes of the incident, captured by police in-dash cameras, have been released and received nationwide attention recently.In a statement released Friday, Independence officials denied wrongdoing and addressed the stance of the Police Department’s final investigation that showed compassion for Hayes’ condition but no wrongdoing by the officers.”The Independence Police Department is truly sorry about the involvement of Mrs. Hayes and her children in the response to an call for service received around 10:00 p.m. on July 13th, 2007,” the statement read. “That regret was expressed repeatedly by police officers on the scene at that time, and subsequently by Police Chief Fred Mills. We are thankful that neither Mrs. Hayes nor her children were injured.”Offcials with JC Penney, who deferred questions about the suit to their corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas also expressed empathy for Hayes’ encounter, but denied wrongdoing.Hayes’ attorney, Klawuhn, says his client’s assertion of the charges would be proven in court.”Yvette appreciates the support she is receiving,” Klawuhn said. “She will pursue this so this sort of thing never happens again to anyone, let alone a pregnant woman.”
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Nov. 5 2007– A woman was allegedly attacked and forced to beg for her life in her home by someone she knew, police said.
KCTV5′s Ty Wilson reported that police said the two definitely knew each other. The alleged attacker is a security guard in a posh downtown condominium building where the victim lives.
The security guard was arrested and booked into the Kansas City, Mo., police headquarters building and is accused of attempted rape, police said.
On Sunday, some residents, who call The View, a pricey upscale downtown condo building, home, said they are in shock.
KCMO police said Mark Finley, 21, a security guard at The View, tried to rape a 44-year-old woman who lives there.
Residents called the act “despicable,” and said they want answers from the building’s management.
Police said the victim woke up at about 3 a.m. on Sunday to find Finley on top of her.
According to police the report, Finley put a box cutter-type knife to her neck and tried to force himself on top of her.
Police said Finley eventually grabbed the knife, a rung of building keys, his cell phone and a backpack and left.
Police said when they got to The View, Finley came out of the building with his hands up in the air and said, “I give up.” He also told them he needed a lawyer, police said.
Finley’s bond is $200,000 cash only, authorities said.
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