Church Elder Planned Wife’s Murder Days In Advance

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
Robert Lee Harris Jr., 30, who was charged on January, 10, with  premeditated first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Tanisha Stuart-Harris, 38, may have planned the murder days before her death.
Autopsy results show she was strangled, according to court documents.
According to court documents, police were called to the couple’s apartment in Overland Park, Kansas on a domestic disturbance call.  When police arrived they noticed red stains on the carpet and broken glass, but police did not find anything abnormal in the apartment complex’s dumpster.
However, a witness told police he saw Harris pushing a large trash bin to his SUV and noted that the bin seemed to contain a heavy object. He told police that he heard loud, thumping noises as Harris struggled to move the trash bin.
Harris was seen making two more trips from the apartment carrying two white trash bags.
A witness also told police that they heard what sounded like someone yelling, “Help me”.
Police said that they were called back to Harris’ apartment later that night,  where he reported his wife missing. Police noticed the  smell of bleach and police allege, in court documents, Harris had been trying to remove the stains police contend were there earlier from the carpet.
After the conversation, police allege that Harris confessed to being “involved” in his wife’s disappearance. The next morning Mrs. Stuart Harris’ body was found in a rural area in Raymore, Mo., in a trash bag on January 9.
During the investigation, police found a receipt from Walmart that showed he had purchased the trash bin, a filleting knife, trash bags, carpet cleaner, knives and other items several days before the murder.
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9-Year Old Boy Killed In Crossfire

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
Police report that a  9-year-old boy was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire at 71 Hwy and Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.
The 9-year-old was later identified as Dominic Young Jr.
The boy’s father, Dominic Young Sr.  told police that he was driving with his son Saturday night, Jan. 20, when people in two other vehicles began shooting at each other.
Young Sr. and his son were coming from a skating party.
Young Sr. said that he did not initially realize that his child had been caught in the crossfire and continued driving to Grandview. When his son’s wounds were discovered, the boy was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Pictures show where the stray bullet had gone through the car’s windshield.
D.J. was a student at Ingels Elementary school. He was a third-grader who kissed his mother goodbye every morning and told her how much he loved her.

Prominent Businessman Dies


SERVICES TO BE HELD JANUARY 27 . . . Well-known and respected business man Robert Lee Newsome Sr., 80, died on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in Kansas City, Mo. Services will be held Saturday, January 27, at 11 a.m., at the United Believers Community church, located at 5600 E. 112th Terr. Visitation will be on Friday, Jan. 26, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Watkins Heritage chapel, and Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Mt. Moriah cemetery.