KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jaywalking could soon be a thing of the past in Kansas City.
Not the action, of course. You’re likely to see it happen all over the city. Instead, the penalties for the offense could be taken off the books if the city council votes that way on Thursday.
Groups advocating for the end of citations say that there is an enforcement disparity. Over the past three years, according to statistics provided by the Kansas City Police Department, 83% of people who have gotten jaywalking tickets are men. And as for the racial break-down, 65% of tickets went to people who are Black.
“Is this considered jaywalking?” FOX4 Reporter Jacob Kittilstad asked while crossing a street near Swope Park.
“It probably would be since we’re not walking in a crosswalk. Under the way the law’s currently written we probably would be in violation,” Michael Kelly, policy director at BikeWalkKC said.
Kelley and BikeWalkKC are partially behind the push to reverse the jaywalking rules which he views as an entryway to over-policing.
“The jaywalking tickets have disproportionately been given to Black residents on our streets,” Kelley said.
“Even if you’re doing everything right, you still have to keep an eye out because there’s that potential that you might get pulled over for something trivial like jaywalking,” Kelley said.
“There are so many parts of our community where people would be in violation of the law even if they wanted to be following it,” Kelley said.
Another non-profit looking at infrastructure partnered on the proposal. Andrea Clark, policy director for KC Healthy Kids, gave testimony on the illusion of safety.
“Where you live – do you have sidewalks where you’re at? Have you been thinking a lot about this?” Kittilstad asked.
“A couple blocks away from me is affordable senior housing so you’ll see folks with walkers and automated wheelchairs on the street because the sidewalks are too bumpy,” Clark said.
“The idea that this improves pedestrian safety in some way, it just doesn’t make sense when you look at the data of where pedestrians are really in danger due to the traffic pattern vs. the areas where these policies are being implemented and enforced,” Clark said.
“Do you feel like most people even realize that they may have been breaking the law or breaking this ordinance daily?” Kittilstad asked Kelley.
“No. No. And I think that also speaks to why it’s sort of outgrown its use. Especially when we think about traffic violence in Missouri,” Kelley said.
This discussion on jaywalking started after Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas requested ideas on decriminalizing activities that lead to over-policing. The Kansas City council will vote on the topic during their meeting on Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 41 Action News is offering a daily recap of COVID-19 related stories from across Kansas City and the country. Check back every morning for the latest developments.
University of Kansas Health System daily update
The University of Kansas Health System is treating 22 patients with active COVID-19 infections, with seven of those in the ICU and five on ventilators. Another 10 patients are in recovery from the virus.
Doctors said they have seen an increase in cases in the Kansas City area over the last week that they hope has plateaued.
Dr. Steven Simpson joined the update to talk about sepsis and how COVID-19 can cause the body to fail.
Pricing trends for some commodities raises concern
The pandemic has caused changes in supply and demand for many commodities, which has now resulted in rising prices.
Foods like chicken and eggs are experiencing a shortage, causing restaurants to have to raise prices. Lumber is also in high demand and its price has soared, causing housing prices to soar as well.
Researchers: Vaccine may not be as effective in transplant recipients
A small Mayo Clinic study shows people with immunosuppressed bodies – such as transplant or cancer patients – may not respond to the COVID-19 vaccine correctly. The study found that transplant patients didn’t produce the antibodies the vaccine is supposed to create. More research is still needed.
Kansas City-area companies offer COVID-19 vaccine incentives
Some businesses and companies in Kansas City are offering incentives for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine as vaccination rates stall in the U.S.
The Westport Flea Market offers a free burger to customers who have their vaccines, and some companies are offering rewards through their internal wellness programs for employees.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson credits ‘balanced approach’ to COVID-19 pandemic for revenue increase
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson credited last month’s general revenue increase to the state’s “balanced approach” to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Budget Director Dan Haug reported that net general revenue increased 31.4%, or $725.2 million to $952.9 million, this April compared to 2020.
COVID-19 relief funds could help Kansas City become ‘City of Fountains’ again
Due to a nearly $7 million loss in revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parks and Recreation Department was only able to run seven of its 48 fountains last year.
This year, federal stimulus money will help those fountains flow once more.
With more shots in arms, research project tracks changes in vaccine hesitancy
The Kaiser Foundation built a COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor to track attitudes and experiences with vaccinations.
They’ve seen many people who were waiting to see how the vaccine worked go ahead and get vaccinated, but have seen no change in the group of people who said they will not get the vaccine.
How likely herd immunity to COVID-19 is in Kansas, Missouri
The Missouri COVID-19 vaccine dashboard shows 29% of the state is fully vaccinated, while the state of Kansas sits at 29.6%.
To get herd immunity for COVID-19, around 70% of the population must be vaccinated, and doctors are not optimistic that Kansas and Missouri will get to that point.
Kansas City, Missouri, health director Dr. Rex Archer announces retirement
Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer announced his retirement Tuesday.
Archer announced his decision to leave his post during a news conference. His last day will be Aug. 1.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A community is shocked and saddened as they mourn the loss of two teenagers killed on Friday night.
16-year-old Abdulwahid Abdulaziz and 15-year-old Abdirahman Abdulaziz both brothers, were shot at 8th and Olive Friday night as they were leaving Ramadan service around 11:30 p.m.
Kansas City police believe the suspect was 25-year-old Hanad Abdiaziz. He was shot and killed by a KCPD officer Saturday evening just before 6:15 p.m. near East Missouri Avenue and Maple Boulevard.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol who took over the investigation said Abdiaziz presented a firearm which resulted in shots being fired from police.
41 Action News spoke with the teen’s teacher, Ayman Hassan, about this tragedy.
“I am shocked, I can’t believe what happened exactly,” Hassan said.
Hassan said the brothers were smart and had good characters. “They were amazing, we have had no complaints from them they were not like trouble makers or something like this,” he said.
They both had a passion for learning their religion.
“Memorizing the whole Quran knowledgeable, well versed of Islam,” Hassan said.
According to Hassan, both of the teens lead a prayer just hours before they were killed.
“They recited Quran versus related to what happened to them about oppression and about how to avoid transgression, how to avoid hurting people, murder is prohibited-amazing,” Hassan said.
Hassan doesn’t know why these two young lives were taken so soon.
“I don’t know any reason, excuse or justification to what happened,” he said.
Now he hopes there’s ways to prevent this sort of violence from happening again.
“I think this is a shortcoming in bringing them up, shortcoming in managing the community, there should be short coming and we should study these shortcomings and correct them,” Hassan said.
Hassan said it’s going to be hard to talk about this tragedy with his other students in the days to come.
Funeral plans for the two teens are expected on Monday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Maurice Greene casts a long shadow in Kansas City’s track-and-field history, but Tim Harden’s career as an international sprint champion stands on its own merit.
He ranks among the fastest humans in history.
Harden — a Kansas City, Missouri, native and 1992 graduate of Northeast High School — won a silver medal on the men’s U.S. 400-meter relay at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
He ran the second leg for the relay, which lost the gold to 100-meter Olympic champion Donovan Bailey and Canada.
It was Harden’s only Olympic medal, but he also won the gold medal in the 60 meters at the 2001 World Championships and a silver at the 60 meters at the 1999 World Championships.
During the latter race, Harden set a personal record of 6.43 seconds, which remains the seventh-fastest time in recorded history. His personal record in the 100 meters was 9.92 seconds.
Harden also was a three-time NCAA champion with the University of Kentucky, winning the indoor 55 meters in 1995 and 1996, and winning the outdoor 100 meters in 1995.
Additionally, he was the U.S. champion in the 100 meters in 1998 in a wind-aided time of 9.88 seconds.
The Kansas City region has a deep, rich history with respect to the Olympic Games. As the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games approach with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for July 23, we will profile an athlete with ties to Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas each day.
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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — The Missouri Highway Patrol says a suspect is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Kansas City.
The shooting happened in the area of Maple Boulevard and East Missouri Avenue.
The Highway Patrol says Kansas City police officers came to the area to make contact with a homicide suspect.
Police say the situation is connected to Friday night’s homicide involving the deaths of a 14-year-old and 16-year-old.
A spokesperson for the Highway Patrol says the suspect pointed a short barrel rifle at the direction of the officers, who opened fire.
No officers were hurt.
The suspect was named Hanad Abdiaziz. He was 25 and from Kansas City, according to police.
KCPD is on scene of an officer-involved shooting near Maple Blvd and Independence Avenue. pic.twitter.com/eIehTQ72fu
— Leslie Aguilar (@LeslieKCTV5) May 1, 2021
A little after 6pm this evening, @kcpolice located a homicide suspect near Missouri Ave @ Maple Blvd. Officers attempted to make contact w/ the suspect, but the suspect presented a short barreled rifle. An officer fired his service weapon, striking the suspect. (1/2)cont… pic.twitter.com/oqbcEL4rAC
— MSHP Troop A (@MSHPTrooperA) May 2, 2021
Two teens killed in shooting were ‘rising stars,’ police say
Abdulwahid Abdulaziz, 16, and Abdirahman Abdulaziz, 14, were identified by police as the victims of Friday night’s shooting that happened in the area of 8th and Olive.
They were found by police around 11:30 p.m. on Friday outside of their apartments. They had just left late night Ramadan services.
“Officers and detectives on scene heard story after story about these promising young men who were leaders both in their community and at their mosque,” police tweeted. “It’s become clear that Kansas City has lost two rising stars, and we will do everything we can to seek justice for them.”
The neighborhood was on full alert following the initial shooting that claimed the boys’ lives.
The mosques in the area closed following the shooting.
“We were extremely scared,” one neighbor told KCTV5. “We just wanted to leave the house and not come back. When the police came we were a little less scared, but when the police were away we were extremely scared.”
A GoFundMe page was set up to assist the family.
It has raised nearly $20,000 as of 9 p.m. on Saturday evening.
Their teens’ deaths were the 51st and 52nd homicides of 2021.
It’s the fifth and sixth times someone under the age of 16 was murdered in Kansas City.
A police standoff near 12th Street and Hardesty Avenue has ended peacefully, Kansas City police said.Authorities said a man connected to a possible kidnapping surrendered just after 9 p.m.About 7:30 p.m., police said officers were called on a rolling disturbance, where shots may have been fired. Police said it appears the kidnapping is related to a domestic situation.That led authorities to a school bus that had been turned into a home. Police said the victim escaped from the bus and told police she was taken against her will. Police said the man holed up on a bus surrendered to officers.
A police standoff near 12th Street and Hardesty Avenue has ended peacefully, Kansas City police said.
Authorities said a man connected to a possible kidnapping surrendered just after 9 p.m.
About 7:30 p.m., police said officers were called on a rolling disturbance, where shots may have been fired. Police said it appears the kidnapping is related to a domestic situation.
That led authorities to a school bus that had been turned into a home. Police said the victim escaped from the bus and told police she was taken against her will.
Police said the man holed up on a bus surrendered to officers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The environment, children and smoking are issues Vari Patel and three other teens from the Kansas City metro felt needed attention so people can live healthier lives.
“And when you’re inside a car while someone is smoking, this cessation is 100 times greater inside of a car than when it is in an outside environment,” Patel said.
The group would like to see Kansas and Missouri lawmakers take seriously a proposal they’ve written that would ban smoking in a vehicle when children are present.
“When adults are smoking in a car, a minor is going to be present and in most times, those minors don’t necessarily have a voice to say, ‘Hey, can you stop smoking?’ Because even adults find it hard to tell other adults in the car to stop using these products,” Patel said
The suggested legislation, according to Patel, doesn’t seek to affect any groups disproportionately. As for enforcement, it would be a secondary offense.
“But when you’re speeding and a police officer pulls you over, then they can take you off for smoking in a car while a minor is present,” Patel said.
It took the teens eight weeks to research and draft the proposal that was a part of a social change internship with Startland, a community-building nonprofit.
Zara Jamshed, another group member, said they have pitched the proposal to several city councils, including Overland Park, Shawnee, Mission, Olathe, Blue Springs, Leawood and Prairie Village.
“Last week, we got in touch with people at Wyandotte and Johnson County, so we’re going to learn how you can pass legislation there, how that process works so that’s something we’ll also see in the coming months,” Jamshed said.
“If you have a reason of why you’re trying to make change, then anyone can make change and it doesn’t matter the age,” Patel said.
In the U.S., there are at least eight states that currently ban smoking with a child inside a vehicle.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas confirmed Monday not only that he’d been married earlier this month — but that he and his wife welcomed a baby boy, too.
In a post to Facebook Monday afternoon, the mayor wrote he and Katherine Carttar “were together well before I was mayor and I hope she will be willing to stand me long after.”
Lucas said the events of 2020 and beyond made the couple reconsider what’s most important to them, and the answer was family.
The mayor said their son, Bennett, has faced some medical challenges in his first few days.
The family thanked supporters for prayers and maternity and neonatal personnel at the University of Kansas Hospital for their work in the intensive care unit.
“We look forward to introducing our son and Kansas City’s newest Chiefs’ fan, Bennett, to Kansas Citians, when the time is right,” Lucas wrote.
Public records show the couple was married April 9.
The Cordish Cos. is scheduled to begin construction of the $140 million, 288-unit Three Light Luxury Apartments development in downtown Kansas City, Mo., in May and the Midland Lofts, a 139-unit, affordably priced adaptive reuse project, this summer.
Three Light is expected to deliver in May 2023 and the Midland Lofts renovations are slated for completion in late 2022.
The two projects will create more than 1,000 construction jobs and a sense of optimism for future of the city’s downtown Power & Light District following the pandemic, according to Nick Benjamin, executive director of the Power & Light District and managing director of multifamily development for The Cordish Cos.
The firm developed the Power & Light District, which included more than $10 billion in public and private development.
Three Light will be situated at the corner of Truman Road and Main Street at the intersection of the Power & Light District and the Crossroads Art District. The 26-story building will join two other multifamily high-rise properties developed by Cordish in the Power & Light District.
In August 2017, Cordish topped off Two Light Luxury Apartments, a 24-story, 296-unit tower. The 25-story, 307-unit One Light Luxury Apartments opened in November 2015. One Light was the first high-rise apartment building in downtown Kansas City in 50 years.
JE Dunn Construction has been the contractor for all three of the towers. Hord Coplan Macht is the project architect for Three Light and Two Light.
The newest luxury tower will have 19 floors of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and penthouse apartments, a seven-story garage with 472 parking spaces, and 7,600 square feet of retail space on the first floor.
Three Light will have more than 30,000 square feet of amenities including a deck overlooking 14th Street, an infinity pool, bar, demonstration kitchen and theater room. A sky bridge will be constructed above Walnut Street connecting Three Light to Two Light so residents of both towers can share amenities.
Construction on Midland Lofts, which will be located in the former Midland Office Building at 1222 Baltimore Ave., could begin as early as July. It will be directly connected to the Midland Theater and along the KC Streetcar line.
Neighborhood offerings include Cosentino’s Downtown Market, Onelife Fitness, and dozens of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. Monthly rents for the units, which will include open-concept studio and one-bedroom floorplans, will start at $700.
Amenities will include a street-level lobby with large windows to bring in natural light, multiple seating areas and a coffee bar and entertainment kitchen. The building will feature a conference room, fitness center, music room, theater, rooftop deck and various amenity spaces throughout the building.
Helix, a local architecture and design firm, is the project architect. The firm was also responsible for the historic renovations of the Midland Theater and Mainstreet Theater in the Power & Light District. RD Jones is the interior designer for the amenity spaces at Midland Lofts and Three Light.
Emelyna Aurich, director of property management for Cordish Living, said in a prepared statement the company hoped the rental prices at the Midland Lofts would be a catalyst to bring more moderately priced apartments to the downtown.
Original plans for the Midland Lofts project called for it to have 68 apartments with one-third of the units affordable to renters making 80 percent of the area median income. Cordish more than doubled the number of units in the building and priced all the units below 80 percent AMI. The company said 20 percent of the units at Three Light will also be below 80 percent AMI.
According to a recent Yardi Matrix Multifamily Kansas City Report, downtown Kansas City was the city’s most expensive submarket with rents about $1,336 per month, down 2.1 percent year-over-year.
According to Yardi Matrix, Kansas City had 7,117 multifamily units under construction as of January, most of them aimed at high-income renters. About a quarter of the total—1,776—were being built in downtown Kansas City. Seventy-six percent of the pipeline is set to deliver this year. Another 26,000 units were in the planning and permitting stage as of January.