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City Records 149 Homicides; Highest Since 1993

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
At THE CALL’s presstime the city has recorded 149 homicides, which is the highest since 1993 when the City recorded 153 homicides.
The highest number of homicides was 153 in 1993 when the crack epidemic first hit Kansas City.
Officers were called to a residence in the 400 block of Jackson in regard to a shooting. Police found Gregory Warrior, 23, of Kansas City, Kas., was located at Independence Ave. and Cleveland. He was transported to a local hospital where he died. A male suspect was taken in to custody at the residence. He was the city’s 147th homicide.
On Christmas Eve the City recorded its 148th homicide Police were called to the 300 block of Garfield Avenue and found a gunshot victim, who died hours later at a hospital.
The City has posted 104 homicides by means of a handgun; four have been by means of a rifle; three have been by means of a shotgun and 17 have been by means of an unknown firearm.
Easy access to firearms is a contributing factor in the increased number of homicides. Many local activists and elected officials have spoken out against  the easy access to handguns state-wide and city-wide.
Handguns, rifles and shotguns alone account for 128 of the City’s 148 homicides.
The other causes of homicides include nine homicides by means of a knife; five have been by means blunt force by hands or feet and five  blunt force trauma by object.
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8-Year-Old Dra’Viontay Baker Killed By Trash Truck Driver

Police say 8-year-old Dra’Viontay Baker was hit by a garbage truck on Friday, Dec. 8, in south Kansas City.
According to Police, around 3:30 p.m., Dra’Viontay and his friend were playing with a red Radio Flyer wagon when the driver of a Town and Country garbage truck struck the young boy in front of his grandparents’ home at E. 100th Street and Drury Ave.
The impact sent the boy underneath the truck. Paramedics took him to the hospital where he died.
His friend had minor injuries, but was expected to survive.
The driver was not under the influence when he struck Dra’Viontay, said officers who were investigating the crash.
Family members said he was the eldest of six children, and his mother’s only child.


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African American Voters At The Heart Of Doug Jones Win In Hotly Contested Alabama Senate Race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday, Dec. 12, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.
It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but sure in the age of Trump. It was a major embarrassment for the president and a fresh wound for the nation’s already divided Republican Party.
The victory by Jones, a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for Birmingham’s infamous 1963 church bombing, narrows the GOP advantage in the U.S. Senate to 51-49. That imperils already-uncertain Republican tax, budget and health proposals and injects tremendous energy into the Democratic Party’s early push to reclaim House and Senate majorities in 2018.
Still, many Washington Republicans viewed the defeat of Moore as perhaps the best outcome for the party nationally despite the short-term sting. The fiery Christian conservative’s positions have alienated women, racial minorities, gays and Muslims — in addition to the multiple allegations that he was guilty of sexual misconduct with teens, one only 14, when he was in his 30s.
A number of Republicans declined to support him, including Alabama’s long-serving Sen. Richard Shelby. But Trump lent his name and the national GOP’s resources to Moore’s campaign in recent days.
Had Moore won, the GOP would have been saddled with a colleague accused of sordid conduct as Republicans nationwide struggle with Trump’s historically low popularity. Senate leaders had promised that Moore would have faced an immediate ethics investigation.
Jones takes over the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The term expires in January of 2021.


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