Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said his office had completed a review of an officer-involved shooting July 3. The officer’s use of force was justified under Kansas law, Howe announced in a written statement.
The Missouri Supreme Court ordered that Taylor, 56, be put to death for the 1994 murder of 53-year-old Robert Newton, an Independence service station attendant. After shooting Newton, Taylor attempted to shoot Newton’s 8-year-old stepdaughter, but the gun misfired.
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Police want to identify a man and woman suspected of repeatedly shoplifting items from an Overland Park beauty supply store. The two, acting together, allegedly took more than $1,000 worth of products on July 12 and 14. They are also suspected of recently hitting another beauty supply store in Johnson County.
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the 50-year prison sentence of Catholic priest and convicted child pornographer Shawn Ratigan. Ratigan, who was sentenced last September after pleading guilty to federal charges of producing and attempting to produce child pornography, argued on appeal that the sentence was unreasonable.
“This is a really, really bad idea,” Jackson County Circuit Judge Robert M. Schieber told Mohammed Whitaker while holding up a copy of a Kansas City Star article. Schieber accused Whitaker of making it difficult for him to conduct a fair trial with an impartial jury.