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Independence plans to limit number of tobacco and convenience stores

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The city of Independence is reducing the number of tobacco and convenience stores in the area with hopes to reduce the amount of crime.

“We’ve seen a lot of an association between the category of smoke shops and convenience stores and illegal activity,” said Robert Heacock, the City Manager for Independence.

He says the city’s Unified Development Ordinance passed on Monday to limit the number of convenience stores and tobacco shops will help reduce crime.

“I don’t think it’s going to make any difference, the customers are going to be the same,” said Salima Bhura, who owns a convenience store in Independence.

Bhura sells gas also so her store is in a different category than the stand alone shops. But she says running any type of convenience store is hard work.

Little man on his way to the big time

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Vincent Savage, 5, from Kansas City, Mo. showed FOX 4′s Mark Alford how it’s done.

Vincent’s parents own http://www.VisionDigitalNetwork.com and they have helped him with his digital resume.

Nice job, Vincent! (Watch out in ten years, Mark!)

Mom files suit against gun dealer over sale to mentally ill daughter

ODESSA, Mo. — The mother of Colby Weathers says she specifically told Odessa Gun and Pawn not to sell her daughter, who she says is mentally ill, a gun. She says they did and now her husband is dead.

“She was hospitalized several times, she’s had several suicide attempts,” said Janet Delana, the mother of Colby Weathers, who said her daughter has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is filing a lawsuit on behalf of Delana against Odessa Gun and Pawn claiming the store sold her daughter a gun back in June of 2012.

“Janet alleges that her beloved husband, Tex, was killed because of the negligence of Odessa,” said Jonathan Lowy, the Director of the Legal Action Project for The Brady Campaign.

Woman charged with Feb. 14 death of her friend in drunk-driving crash

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  The Jackson County Prosecutor’s office charged a 32-year-old woman with involuntary manslaughter because police say she was drunk when she drove the wrong way onto I-70 and crashed into a truck, killing the passenger in her car.

Lanelle Griffin, according to the complaint, had a blood-alcohol content of more than .18% when she drove her 2005 Chevy Malibu the wrong way on an exit ramp at I-70 and 40 Highway at about 11:30 p.m on February 14.

Traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes, police say Griffin struck a Volvo semi-truck head-on.  The impact killed her passenger, Karl Silvey.

Police say the toxicology report also revealed Griffin had cocaine, opiates and ethanol in her blood. She was also driving on a revoked license, and faces additional charges for that.

Witnesses told police that Griffin and Silvey had been drinking at a club that night.

Police identify victim of possible Independence homicide

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Neighbors of a possible homicide victim were left with an uneasy feeling after they found out what had happened across the street from them.

Police found 65-year-old Charles Stephens, dead in his independence home on Saturday. Neighbors say his wife Carrie was gone all day, and when she got home, found her husband dead in their bed, bleeding from his mouth. Neighbors say she ran to her next door neighbor’s house and yelled for them to let her in. They called 911 and police were on the scene soon after.

Nita Wait said she always looked forward to seeing her neighbor Charles Stephens across the street.

“Just a friendly outgoing guy, he always waved,” said Wait about her neighbor.

But now she feels something a little different as she watched police cars and crime scene tape blocking off his home.

“My heart goes out to her. That’s a tough thing,” said Wait about Stephens’ wife.

Release of documents, video raise more questions in Daisy Coleman case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Documents and video just released in a controversial Maryville court case uncover new details and questions. You may remember the victim in this case, Daisy Coleman, was 14 years old when she accused a then 17-year-old Matthew Barnett of rape after a night of drinking.

The case made national headlines when Daisy’s mom, Melinda Coleman, alleged prosecutorial misconduct. The investigation began in January 2012.

Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice initially filed felony sex and child endangerment charges against Barnett. Those were dropped with Rice saying the Coleman’s refused to cooperate.

Man sentenced for death of MoDOT worker

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Jackson County judge sentenced David Murdick Friday to nine years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Missouri Department of Transportation worker Clifton Scott in September 2012.

Two families said they’re hurting following the judge’s sentence. Family members said there is no winner in a situation like this.

“I love him and I miss him.” Clifton Jerome Scott, Jr. said, “My dad was a very nice man. He helped everybody and him not being in my life really hurt.”

Scott, a 15-year veteran with MoDOT, was putting up cones to warn drivers of an accident near I-70 and 291 Highway in September of 2012. A short time later, Murdick sped through the cones, hit Scott and killed him.

“Nothing can bring him back but we have to set an example, you know. Drinking and driving, you can’t do it.” Tanicca Braxton, Scott’s stepdaughter said