Police release IDs of couple found in home
Kansas City police have identified two of three persons killed in a home in the 3900 block of East 9th Street Sunday that involved a multi-hour standoff with police.
Vonzell Garner, 29, and his wife, Donetra Garner, 25, were found dead Sunday afternoon, after police stormed their home. The third individual, a female, has not been identified.
Family members told police the man had been high on drugs since Saturday night.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Police release IDs of couple found in home
This is too weird:
Police seek man who licked girl’s leg at theater
Shawnee police are searching for a man who licked a 9-year-old girl’s leg Saturday at the Trailridge movie theater, 7456 Nieman Road. The victim, of Fairway, was watching the movie by herself and said that the man crawled up from the floor and licked her leg. She ran out and found her parents, who were in another screening room. The man was described as 18 to 25 years old with short hair and glasses.
A respected reader argues that most violent crime in Kansas City occurs between acquaintances, friends or even family members. Crime news reports that don't make that clear give the city a bad rap, she says. Wholesale fear of walking down the street in Kansas City is unwarranted, she says - and she lives in the city.
I agree, but these things do happen...
Man shot on late night walk on Kansas City street
A man told police he was shot as he walked down a Kansas City street shortly before midnight.
The shooting occurred at 11:50 p.m. at 51st Street and Walrond Avenue. The man said a green Chevrolet Cavalier drove by and an occupant fired about six shots at him, one of which struck him in the right buttock.
The man's injury is believed to be non life-threatening.
Update Tuesday 7/11/06:
The issue of race was raised in a comment. The victim, 16, was black, Capt. Rich Lockhart told me. Neither the victim nor witnesses identified the race of the assailants, Lockhart said.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center notified police at 3:15 a.m. today of the death of Gustavo Gonzales, 27, Kansas City, Kan., who died of a gunshot wound.
- Detectives are looking for a brown Chevy Cavalier, KS tags, with possible driver’s side window damage. The Chevy is the victim’s vehicle. Call the Criminal Investigations Division at 913-573-6020 or the Tips Hotline (816) 474-TIPS.
- News release
The IRS has already paid at least $30 million in refunds to taxpayers who, most often misled scams, claimed slavery reparations. Several low-level IRS employees were also involved, and some prosecutions have resulted.
A past not forgotten
Advocates who say black Americans should be compensated for slavery and its Jim Crow aftermath are quietly chalking up victories and gaining momentum.
Fueled by the work of scholars and lawyers, their campaign has morphed in recent years from a fringe-group rallying cry into a sophisticated, mainstream movement. A pair of churches apologized recently for their part in the slave trade, and one is studying ways to repay black church members.
The overall issue is hardly settled, even among black Americans: Some say focusing on slavery shouldn’t be a priority, or it doesn’t make sense to compensate people generations after a historical wrong.
Photo: Reparations advocate Katrina Browne, whose ancestors were the biggest slave traders in U.S. history, has been working for the past seven years on a documentary film about their trade, "Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North".
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Child Raped By As Many As 10 College Athletes, Police Say
FRESNO, Calif. -- An 11-year-old runaway from a group home was raped by as many as 10 college football players, police said. Two men have been arrested and eight others identified as persons of interest.
The rape allegedly took place in housing arranged by the Fresno City College football team.
(Hat tip to reader Theresa M.!)
Coalition seeks to restrict use of all-terrain vehicles
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A growing number of ATV accidents and deaths has the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission considering creating mandatory manufacturing standards that would, among other things, set maximum speeds for youth-sized vehicles.
A coalition headed by the Consumer Federation of America wants the commission to go further and ban the sale of adult-sized ATVs to children younger than 16.
“This is not like riding a bicycle. You have kids who aren't nearly old enough to drive jumping onto a full-sized ATV that might be 500 pounds and can go 50 mph,” said safety commission spokesman Scott Wolfson. But some South Florida ATV enthusiasts aren't sure more regulation is the answer. Far more important, they say, is that parents enforce the Florida law requiring helmets on riders younger than 16, teach their youngsters how to ride safely and keep an eye on them.
- 6,494 ATV-related deaths between 1982 and 2004.
- One-third involved children under 16.
- 136,100 injuries — 44,700 of them involving children — in 2004.
How one town got teens to buckle up
GIBSON CITY, Ill. — Teenagers have long raced along the roads that cut through the corn and soybean fields outside of town — straight ribbons of asphalt so long and flat they seem built for speed.
But after 17-year-old twins Greg and Steve Arends lost control of their car and slammed sideways into a telephone pole at 80 mph in January 2003, a local group of teenagers began putting up large, red signs along the roadsides: “Slow Down. Buckle Up. Remember Greg and Steve.”The crash killed Greg, but Steve survived, thanks in part to his seat belt.
In the aftermath, teens at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School launched a small but aggressive seat-belt campaign that eventually mobilized the entire town. The school band wrote a song, the textile club made towels embroidered with the words “Buckle Up“ and a local jeweler made gold-plated charms.
Together they did something that legions of parents and authorities have found nearly impossible: They persuaded more teens to fasten their seat belts. Rates of seat-belt use soared. The number of accidents reported to the local police department dropped by more than half.
The most powerful evidence of the success, though, was the six teenagers involved in accidents this past school year. Each was wearing a seat belt; each walked away with only bumps and bruises.
“The next day I came into school, and I said, You guys saved my life,'” recalled Brandon Hoke, 18, who had seen one of the red signs and put on his seat belt just moments before rear-ending a grain truck.
- Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. In 2004, 5,135 drivers and passengers ages 15 to 20 were killed in crashes.
- Almost two-thirds were not buckled up.
- Teens have loweset rate of seat-belt use of all age groups.
This is the place to come for discussion of off-topic topics. It's also a good place to bring story ideas, especially with a link or hint where I can find it. That worked well Friday - several posts came from reader-supplied links. Thanks!
(Posting this at 7:13 a.m...let's see who's first today, hehe)
Homicidal tie to drug debated in Yates case
HOUSTON - An antidepressant that Andrea Yates took in the months before she drowned her five children in 2001 recently had “homicidal ideation” added as one of its rare adverse events.
However, the drug’s manufacturer says it believes there is “no causal link between Effexor and homicidality.”
Wyeth spokeswoman Gwen Fisher said that while Effexor was being studied for use in treating panic disorder, the company found one person reported having homicidal thoughts in its clinical trial.
“Homicidal ideation” was added last year as one of Effexor’s rare adverse events, defined as something not proven to have occurred while someone was taking the drug.
Yates, 42, has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity in her second murder trial. Her 2002 capital murder conviction was overturned on appeal because of some erroneous testimony.
- On today’s date (Sunday July 9, 2006) at about 8:30 am a KCMO Police Department Sergeant was driving westbound on 9th Street at Spruce when she heard what she believed were fireworks exploding in the area. As the sergeant attempted to find the location of the sounds, she saw a black male standing in the front yard of 3915 East 9th street holding a rifle to his head.
- She asked the man several times to put the rifle down, but he refused to answer her and went into the house with the rifle in hand.
- The Sergeant initiated an Operation 100 and once a Command Post was setup, Crisis Negotiators made verbal contact with the man on the phone inside the house several times. After several hours had passed, Tactical Officers made entry into the house and found three people dead inside (one male/two females).
- The identities of the victims are not known at this time.
- Homicide Unit Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are currently on the scene and the investigation is on-going.
- South Carolina has an exception in its Jessica's Law for offenders who claim they didn't know the victim was a minor - a mature-looking teen with a fake ID, for example.
- It's called the "mistake of age" clause, and it's causing quite a fuss in that state.
- Another noteworthy provision: the death penalty for second-conviction rape of a child under 11. As attractive as this sounds, the Supreme Court outlawed death-for-rape in Coker v. Georgia (1977).
The "mistake in age" clause brings to mind the famous quote from long-time fugitive film director Roman Polanski, who fled the U.S. after having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977: "She was the oldest 13-year-old I ever met."
That girl, Hawaii real estate agent Samantha Greiner, now 43, has been on Larry King Live to talk about it.
These files are daily compilations, lists of all calls to Kansas City police that resulted in a case report. Files are ordered by street and house number, and cover Sunday, June 25, through Sunday, July 2. Key: CRN is case report number; PONUM is police officer number. REPORTAREA is the police beat. ADDRTYPE is A for address or I for intersection.