The 63rd Street Raytown branch of Bank of America was robbed at about 11:30 am today. The robber was described as a late middle-aged, white female who was wearing a stocking cap. The robber handed a teller a demand note. It has been reported that no weapon was displayed. There is no information at this time as to the amount of money involved. More on this when the Raytown Police Department releases information on the robbery.
A Jackson County judge sentenced Garcia to 14 years last week; Garcia pleaded guilty on Oct. 28 to Robbery 2nd Degree. He also was sentenced to five years on two other burglary counts; that five-year sentence will run concurrently to the 14-year sentence. After his sentencing, Garcia surrendered as was sent to the Missouri Department of Corrections to begin to serve his sentence.
According to court records, Raytown Police officers found the robbery victim in the 9000 block of East 85th Terrace. The victim told police that the suspect pressed a gun to his head after he pulled his vehicle over and was calling for assistance. The suspect took his phone and wallet, driver’s license and other personal items. Soon after, Raytown police were tipped to two men running east on 85th Terrace and Garcia was taken into custody
35-year-old Jeremy Bradley of Raytown has been charged by prosecutors for taking photos and videos of women in the Kohl’s dressing room on 95th Street in Lenexa, Kansas.
Click HERE to see a KMBC channel 9 photo of the suspect.
Police Pension Board Meeting Notice-December 4, 2013
November 25, 2013
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Raytown Police Pension Board of Trustees will conduct an open meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 8:00 a.m., in the Raytown Police Department Squad Room:
The agenda will include:
1. Investment Review & Market Outlook, – Brian Perott, FCI
2. Consultant Updated Agreements
3. Round Table Discussion
The 2014 Police Pension meeting dates are:
8:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 5, 2014
8:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 4, 2014
8:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 3, 2014
8:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Chief of Police
The crime took place in Kansas City Kansas, not Raytown, but maybe someone in Raytown will recognize them.
Thanks to FOX 4 KC for allowing this video to be embeded. For more on this and some very good still pictures, click HERE to read the FOX 4 article.
At about 12:30 pm today, a white Chevy pickup truck that was described as possibly a 2010 model crashed into the front of Fox Drugs. No one inside was injured, but the driver was taken from the scene in an ambulance. One unconfirmed source stated that it may have been a heart attack that caused the loss of control.
Photo with truck from Raytown Fire District website http://raytownfire.blogspot.com/
Raytown, MO Police Department Joins National Crackdown To Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities
‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Will Target Drunk Drivers
Raytown, MO – From mid-December through New Year’s Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown, will include high-visibility enforcement throughout the Kansas City Metro area and will run from December 13 through January 2, 2014.
The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving over the winter holidays.
Raytown Police said its Officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.
Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.
Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators according to National Highway Traffic Safety. In 2012, 230 people died in Missouri crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to approximately one impaired driving fatality every 1 ½ days.”
I have just received a message that Joseph has been found.
It is not from any official source.
Joseph Eversoll was last seen in Raytown on Sat. He is described as 5′ 9″ to 6′ 0″, brown hair, hazel eyes, 175 lbs. You are asked to contact the Raytown or Independence Police with any info. A report is on file in Independence, but as of this report no report was found in Raytown.
Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for attempting to rob Blue Ridge Bank and Trust at gunpoint, after being foiled by a bank guard and a federal agent who was a customer at the bank.
Smith was found guilty at trial of attempted armed bank robbery, using a firearm during a violent crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm on Aug. 14, 2013.
Smith attempted to rob Blue Ridge Bank and Trust, 6202 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown, Mo., on June 23, 2012. Smith entered the bank and pointed a firearm at a security guard who was seated in the lobby. Smith walked straight to the guard, still pointing the firearm at him, and demanded that the guard give him his weapon. Smith fled from the bank without taking any money when the guard fired three rounds from his 9mm Glock handgun in Smith’s direction. A bullet fired from the guard’s gun shattered the glass in one of the doors through which Smith exited the bank.
The only customer in the bank, a federal agent who was dressed in plain clothes, drew his weapon, pointed it at Smith and pursued Smith out of the bank along with the guard. Smith stopped in the parking lot and turned and fired one shot toward the bank, guard and federal agent. Smith continued running through the parking lot and around the western corner of the strip mall. Smith ran to a red four-door sedan he had parked behind the mall and sped away.
An anonymous tipster saw a surveillance photo of Smith and called the Crime Stoppers TIP Hotline on June 26, 2012. The caller reported that Smith had a bandaged right hand since Saturday but no hand injury on Friday night. The tip led law enforcement officers to the home of Smith’s mother, where he was staying. Smith was at home and was arrested on outstanding warrants.
When agents searched the house, they found a loaded .40-caliber Ruger under a cushion of the couch. The Ruger matched the firearm used by Smith in the attempted bank robbery. The brand of ammunition found in the firearm matched the live round and the shell casing found in the parking lot of Blue Ridge Bank and Trust. Additionally, a forensic expert determined that the .40-caliber shell casing recovered from the parking lot was fired from the Ruger found under the couch cushion. The Ruger contained live rounds of ammunition that matched the shell casing and bullet recovered from the crime scene. Law enforcement officers also identified a Ford four-door sedan parked at the residence that matches the vehicle in which the robber fled.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Smith has two prior felony convictions for aggravated robbery.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Y. Tabor. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.
Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former Jackson County, Mo., attorney was sentenced in federal court today for bank fraud, which involved stealing funds from the Sam and Lindsey Porter foundation, as well as bankruptcy fraud.
Harley Kent Desselle, 63, of Raytown, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to three years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Desselle to pay a total of $348,794 in restitution, including $343,045 to one of his victims and $5,749 to the Bankruptcy Trustee for the U.S. District Court.
On May 6, 2013, Desselle pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of making a false oath in a bankruptcy proceeding. He also admitted that he defrauded the widow of a longtime friend in an investment fraud scheme.
“This was a pattern of deceit, a series of fraud schemes that spanned at least eight years by a now-disgraced and disbarred attorney,” Dickinson said. “He abused his position as an officer of the court to take advantage of a grieving widow and to prey upon the memory of murdered children. He abused the legal system in a fraud-tainted bankruptcy filing. The law that he was sworn to serve, but spurned instead, will hold him accountable.”
At the time of the fraud schemes, Desselle was an attorney in private practice and operated an investment company called New Century Investments. Desselle was suspended from the practice of law in December 2008 and disbarred by the Missouri Supreme Court in April 2009.
Porter Foundation Scheme
Sam and Lindsey Porter were the children of Tina Porter. They disappeared in 2004. Their bodies were not discovered until 2007, when their father admitted his role in their deaths and pleaded guilty to murder. Beginning in 2007, donations were made to a bank account opened at the Bank of Grain Valley under the name of samandlindsey.org, Inc. Funds donated to the bank account were intended for use in building a children’s playground.
Desselle charged $2,500 for the initial set up of samandlindsey.org, Inc. He began managing the samandlindsey.org, Inc., bank account in September 2007. At the time the foundation was established, Desselle told Tina Porter he would take care of everything on the account. He was the only person who could sign foundation checks. Porter asked Desselle, on numerous occasions, for bank statements and/or documents related to the account, but Desselle refused to produce documents and would not disclose the bank account information.
On Oct. 25, 2007, Desselle wrote a $12,000 check drawn on the foundation’s account and deposited it into his law firm trust account. Porter did not authorize the $12,000 check. On Oct. 29, 2007, Desselle wrote a $7,500 check drawn on the foundation’s account, made payable to New Century Investments, and deposited it into his New Century account. Porter was not aware of and did not authorize the $7,500 check.
When Porter learned of the $19,500 in misappropriations she insisted that Desselle return the funds to the foundation’s account. Desselle deposited two checks into the foundation account – a $19,500 check with “original investment” listed in the memo and a $2,238 check with “balance of investment with interest” listed in the memo. The $2,238 check actually came from legal fees earned by Desselle in his law practice and/or money borrowed from friends or family members instead of interest earned on the account.
Nunez Bankruptcy Scheme
Desselle acted as the attorney for Christina Nunez in her bankruptcy filing in 2008. Nunez owned a motorcycle that would not have been exempt under bankruptcy law. Desselle directed Nunez to sell the motorcycle and give him the proceeds, which she believed would be placed in the law firm’s trust account and used to pay down debt due her creditors. Desselle told Nunez the motorcycle sale proceeds would be exempt from bankruptcy creditors and not part of the estate.
Nunez sold the motorcycle for $13,500; she kept $500 and gave the remaining $13,000 to Desselle. Desselle used the $13,000 deposited in trust for Nunez for his own personal expenses rather than payment of Nunez’s creditors.
Desselle filed Nunez’s bankruptcy on Oct. 13, 2008. Nunez testified at a subsequent bankruptcy hearing that she never reviewed the bankruptcy petition and never signed the schedules. The bankruptcy schedules submitted by Desselle on Nunez’s behalf did not include the $13,000 he received from Nunez for the sale of the motorcycle.
On May 12, 2009, the bankruptcy court ordered Desselle to refund all the money withdrawn from Nunez’s trust account to the bankruptcy trustee. (Desselle refunded $7,251, but kept the remaining $5,749.) During the hearing, the court stated Desselle was involved in “…numerous acts of malpractice, deceit, and …stealing,” and “…likely falsified all of the bankruptcy schedules and statements and the various documents that had to be filed in order to initiate a bankruptcy filing.”
Clifton Life Insurance Scheme
In addition to the two specific counts of the indictment to which Desselle pleaded guilty, his plea agreement also acknowledges that he defrauded Nancy Clifton, to whom he must pay $343,045 in restitution.
Clifton received $750,000 in life insurance proceeds in 1996 when her husband was killed in a motor vehicle accident. Desselle, a longtime friend of Clifton’s husband, offered to invest the life insurance proceeds for Clifton in New Century and promised her high yields on the investment.
Clifton received only two investment statements from Desselle, one in 2006 and one in 2007. Those statements were both false and fraudulent. Desselle created both documents to lull Clifton into believing her money was safe. In reality, Clifton’s funds were lost by Desselle several years earlier, between 1998 and 2000.
Desselle made “interest payments” on Clifton’s investments by creating false documents to lull her into believing she was receiving interest payments, when the funds actually came from Desselle’s law firm or from funds Desselle solicited from family members. One of those payments came from the samandlindsey.org, Inc., account.
When Clifton read newspaper reports of Desselle’s handling of the Porter foundation account in 2008, she told Desselle to liquidate her investments as soon as possible. Desselle eventually admitted that her investments had all been lost.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Pansing Brown. It was investigated by FBI and the U.S. Trustee for Region 13 and the Kansas City Office of U.S. Trustee. Region 13 of the U.S. Trustee Program is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., with additional offices in St. Louis, Mo., Little Rock, Ark. and Omaha, Neb. The U.S. Trustee Program is the component of the Justice Department that protects the integrity of the bankruptcy system by overseeing case administration and litigating to enforce the bankruptcy laws.
Previous RaytownOnline stories on this crime
Raytown MO- Police received a call to the area of 66th St., and Blue Ridge Blvd. at around 12:00 P.M., on Wednesday (11-06-13) in regard to an unknown person shooting a gun from a moving car. No injuries were reported at the time.
Police report a black man driving a gray four door Chevrolet was seen in the area. Police describe the black male between the ages of 30-35, between 5’06- 6’00, last seen wearing a woodland camouflage coat, and khaki pants.
The person and car pictured below might have valuable information about the incident.
John D. Pierson white male, 26 years, and Raytown resident was shot Saturday evening during a robbery he is accused of participating in. Pierson is charged with Robbery in the 1st degree and Burglary in the 1st degree. It is alleged that Mr. Pierson and another unidentified white male came to the door of a residence in the 800 block of S. Park, in Independence MO. knocked and when one of the residents answered, the two suspects started asking about pills. When one of the victims stated he knew nothing about pills, the two suspects allegedly forced their way into the home, where they beat and robbed the two residents. One of the residents stated he would get them what they wanted (presumably pills) and left the room, but what he got was not pills, it was his shotgun. On returning, the resident shot Pierson in the abdomen with a 12 gauge shotgun and the other accused robber fled. Pierson was transported to Centerpoint Hospital.
The second suspect is described as a white male approximately 5’10-5’11 , medium build, with short dark hair.
Attorney General Chris Koster said today that a Jackson County jury found Tawanda Kunonga, 29, of Kansas City, guilty October 29 of first degree murder and armed criminal action in the killing of Latoya Hopkins of Raytown.
Kunonga murdered his ex-girlfriend Latoya Hopkins in her home in June 2010 by stabbing her and beating her with a meat tenderizer. Kunonga left his fingerprint and palm print in the victim’s blood and his DNA was found at the crime scene.
“This was a horrific crime,” Koster said. “While nothing can lessen the loss for the victim’s friends and family, at least the conviction brings some measure of justice.”
The defendant represented himself throughout the pre-trial proceedings and throughout the seven day jury trial.
Jackson County Circuit Judge Charles McKenzie presided over the trial, and assistant attorneys general Julie Tolle and Monty Platz served as special prosecutors. Sentencing is scheduled for December 4, 2013. The only possible sentence under Missouri law is life in prison without the possibility of probation or parole.
RaytownOnline published two previous stories on this case when it happened in June of 2010. Links to those stories are below.
Police were called to the area of 74th Terrace and 75th Street, today (10-29-13,) just before 3:00 PM in regard to the sounds of shots fired. When officers arrived they spoke with a witness who told them that one man had been shot and had left the scene in a private vehicle. It was then discovered that while the victim was en route to the hospital he was involved in a motor vehicle accident. The victim was transported to a local hospital and his injuries are unknown. A witness described a possible suspect vehicle as a white sports utility vehicle. The suspects are unknown at this time.
Anyone with information about this, or any other, crime is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 474-TIPS.
A former Raytown police officer has been charged in connection with thefts of drugs and valuables from a Raytown police evidence room, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Justin M. Pool, 35, faces three felony counts of Theft of a Controlled Substance and two other felony counts of Theft of Property.*
The thefts occurred in January 2013, according to court records filed today. An investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control found missing valuables, including gold jewelry and controlled substances, including pills of Oxycodone. Pool was an officer in Raytown at the time.
The Raytown Police Department requested the Highway Patrol investigate after Raytown police began to suspect that thefts had occurred. Raytown police do not believe the loss of any evidence should impact any open criminal case.
The thefts were accomplished by checking evidence out on the pretext of photographing the evidence, then over the counter medication was substituted for the controlled substances and other objects were substituted for the more valuable jewelry.
Prosecutors requested a bond of $50,000/10 percent or secured.
A Kansas City man faces felony charges in connection with a robbery Thursday in Raytown, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Brian A. King Jr., 17 (dob: 3/16/1996), faces Robbery 1st Degree.*
According to court records, the defendant pointed what appeared to be a gun at the victim, according to the victim, and stole the victim’s wallet. The victim escaped and ran into a business to seek help. Later, police found the victim’s wallet just a few blocks from the site of the robbery. The defendant and a juvenile suspect were taken into custody by Raytown police after a vehicle meeting the description of the car involved in the robbery was found in an apartment complex.
Prosecutors requested a bond of $100,000/10 percent.
On 10-17-2013, just after 9:00p.m., Raytown Officers were called to a business in the 9400 block of 350 Highway in regard to a Robbery. The victim stated he had met the two suspects earlier in the evening at another business. The suspects offered to give him a ride and he accepted. Shortly after arriving at their destination, one of the suspects approached the victim and told him he forgot something in the car. When the victim returned to the car to retrieve the item, he was held at gunpoint and his wallet was taken. He gave the Officers information which led to the suspects being apprehended. It was determined the vehicle driven by one of the suspects had been stolen earlier in the day and was recovered in the 8600 block of Utopia Drive with the suspects. The suspects were taken into custody and the investigation is ongoing, charges are pending. The name of the suspects will not be released at this time and no injuries were reported.