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Cavity in dental coverage in Missouri could be filled

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missourians on Medicaid haven’t had dental coverage since 2005. Now the legislature appears ready to fill that cavity.

Dabbie Johnson has no teeth. Sixteen badly decayed ones were pulled in recent months at Seton Center’s dental clinic.

“It affects everything — getting a job, the way people judge you,” said the 35-year-old Kansas City woman.

She believes some teeth would have been saved if she’d had dental coverage under Medicaid. It was eliminated by Missouri lawmakers in 2005.

“I suffered. I suffered a lot because there was only the emergency room and, you know, after a while the emergency room got tired of seeing me because I didn’t make it to dental ’cause I didn’t have the money to afford it,” said Johnson.

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KCPD Chief: Highway shootings suspect in custody

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Kansas City, Mo. Police Chief Darryl Forte tweeted late on Thursday afternoon that a suspect from the highway shootings is in custody.

The arrest comes about a week after police had connected 12 of approximately 20 highway shootings in an investigation that stretched as far back as 2013. FOX 4′s Eric Burke reports from the scene in Grandview that police aren’t saying much right now, but more details are expected to be released at about 7:30 on Thursday night.

FOX 4′s Megan Brilley had a chance to speak with Chief Forte as the news broke.

Neighbor hailed a hero after rescuing toddlers from burning apartment

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Neighbors at one Independence apartment complex are calling 50-year-old Michael Thomas a “hero.” FOX 4′s Robert Townsend talked to Thomas about how he rescued two toddlers just in the nick of time!

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence gains members after Sunday’s shootings outside Jewish centers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A local group of grandmothers are now more concerned about gun safety after Sunday’s shootings at two Jewish facilities.

They formed “Grandmothers Against Gun Violence” in September.

Click here for a link to their group.

‘GAG’ has worked to change gun laws on both sides of the state line.
Fox 4′s Kathy Quinn talked to one of the founding members of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, Judy Sherry.

Sherry is a grandmother who wants to keep guns out of the hands of people like Frazier Cross, the suspect in Sunday’s shootings.

She started Grandmothers Against Gun Violence after she heard about a similar group that started after the Sandy Hook school shootings.

Little did she know there would be a shooting here in the metro just months later targeting people of her own faith.

Kansas City community invited to interfaith service at Jewish Comm. Ctr. to honor victims

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — People of all faiths are invited to come together to mourn and honor the victims of Sunday’s deadly shootings outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom.

serviceThe Interfaith Service of Unity and Hope is at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 West 115th Street, inside the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre.

The service is expected to last 45 minutes. All are invited. In the public invitation, the service was described as a time for clergy to lead us in prayers of solace, healing and hope.

Woman calls police after she feels threatened by car on 71 Hwy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police took a report from a woman they described as ‘extremely distraught’ after she says a driver may have pointed a gun at her in the area of Red Bridge Road and 71 Highway.

The woman says it happened on Monday at about 1:30 p.m. She was driving northbound on 71 Highway and was attempting to take the I-470 eastbound exit.

She said a car pulled up next to her and the first time she glanced over at the driver, she says the passenger waved. A short time later she glanced over again and the passenger mouthed what she thought were the words “POW” or “BOOM”.

The woman says she hunched down and accelerated and took the I-70 eastbound ramp, while the other car took the exit ramp onto I-435 westbound.

The woman did not have a good description of the car, driver or whether she saw a gun.

Independence police arrest four people who tried to escape them

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Police have apprehended four individuals after they fled from officers on foot.

Around 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning, police received a call regarding a vehicle, described as a pearl white colored Cadillac Escalade, which appeared to be prowling around parked cars in the area of 24 Highway and Blue Mills.

When officers arrived at the scene, they spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the driver took off. Four suspects bailed from the vehicle in the 900 block of Arapahoe in Independence, and fled on foot. Soon after police arrested the four individuals and took them into custody.

During the chase two area schools, Claremont and Randall, were placed on lockdown.

Police recovered a weapon during the incident. Fortunately no one was hurt, and there were no crashes to report.