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Substitute teacher charged with 10 counts of child porn possession

WARRENSBURG, Mo. — A man who worked as a substitute teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School has been accused on 10 counts of possession of child pornography. Court records state that Joshua Woodard, 30, was in possession of a laptop computer that was found to have multiple video files of suspected child pornography.

A detective investigating the distribution of child porn identified an IP address from a computer located in the 1200 block of Manitou Way Drive in Warrensburg. According to court records, when the detective served a search warrant he found two laptop computers and other items, one laptop was specifically located next to Woodard’s bed.

A probable cause statement reveals that the laptop contained suspected child pornography depicting victims that were both male and female and ranged in age from four up to 11 years old.

Mo. lawmakers trying to expedite Amber Alert process

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would streamline the Amber Alert process. FOX 4 spoke with Missouri House Representative Eric Burlison (R-Greene) on Wednesday. He’s the lawmaker pushing this bill, and while the law’s passage won’t bring Hailey Owens back, lawmakers say it might keep something like her tragic death from happening to another family.

“When she called, that’s when I decided to stop considering the bill, and to take action to actually file a bill,” Rep. Burlison said.

A call from Hailey’s mother is what prompted Rep. Burlison to take action.

“While it was just hours that went by, it was days in her mind,” he said.

Ten-year-old Hailey of Springfield was abducted while walking home from a friend`s house in February.

Tallgrass Creek Residents/Staff Rescue Four Kittens

Tallgrass Creek Residents/Staff Rescue Four Kittens

OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 21, 2014) -- A litter of four kittens -- two males and two females -- has been rescued by residents and staff at Talllgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park. The kittens are said by a local veterinarian to be four weeks old. They are now being cared for as they seek their forever homes.

The kitten rescue has been a  labor of love:

A resident, pediatrician Dr. Don Blim, noticed the kittens yesterday and promptly notified security officer David Gregory, who then notified the Front Desk, which notified Sales Director Deborah Messmer, a lifelong animal lover who happened to be Manager on Duty for the day.

Residents and staff surrounded the kittens -- "oohing and aahing" over them in lobby.

Construction of New 87-Apartment Home Building Underway at Tallgrass Creek

OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 21, 2014) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community today announced the addition of Meadowlark Terrace, its new residence building now under construction with 87 apartment homes in 10 new floor plans that vary in size and style from luxury two-bedrooms to more modest one-bedrooms. Seventy-five percent of the new apartment homes are already reserved. Information can be obtained by calling 913-897-2700 or 1-800-893-3118.  

Tallgrass Creek considered feedback about the individual apartment homes when designing Meadowlark Terrace, which will officially open late 2014.  Lantz-Boggio is the architect.

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Warrensburg community saddened by suicide of 18-year-old student

WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Police identified the Warrensburg High School senior who took his own life Friday morning as Kyle Wittrock, 18.

Police said Wittrock first drove to school where a school employee spotted him in the parking lot inside his car with a long gun around 8 a.m. The employee notified police and the school was placed on lockdown.

When police arrived, Wittrock drove away, stopping about two miles away at a University of Central Missouri parking lot. A resident in the area said several officers surrounded Wittrock in his vehicle with their guns drawn.

“I heard cops yelling, ‘Get on the ground! Get on the ground,’” Trevor Carter said. “Their guns were drawn out, shotguns everywhere, and I heard a couple of bang noises. They might have been shots fired.”

Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend Storm Lurks

Good morning…

Here comes the wind again! Red Flag Warnings are in effect. Many don’t even know what it means when a Red Flag Warning is issued. It means that a “critical fire danger” is happening or is forecasted to occur as a combination of wind, low humidity levels and sometimes warm temperatures can contribute to an extreme fire danger”.


Today: After a frosty start this morning in parts of the area…skies are forecast to remain sunny for most of the day. Winds which are nearly calm this morning will increase later this morning and then turn gusty this afternoon with winds approaching 30 MPH. The good news is that with the winds out of the south, temperatures will warm into the 70s. Weather for the Royals game will be fine but windy, especially after the 3rd inning or so.

Flash flood leaves man stranded on an island hoping for rescue

CENTERVIEW, Mo. — Flood waters in and around the Warrensburg area caused a traffic headache Thursday morning, and were extremely dangerous for many people who got way too close. The heavy rain proved almost too much for a man near Centerview.

In the early morning hours it was dark; so many drivers could not see that the roads were covered with water. Deep water stranded one man in a dangerous position.

“I just ran into it. I was just driving along and I was in it. I was already caught,” said Ronald Bates.

Bates ran his truck into the torrent on 200th street just off 58 Highway and got into deep trouble.