Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ron Partee, wannabe Saul Goodman, pleads guilty to money laundering in drug case

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Its too late to call Saul, Ronald.
  • Partee's website
  • It's too late to call Saul, Ronald.
Better call Saul! That has a better ring than "better call Ronald."

Prominent criminal defense lawyer Ronald Partee found himself in a moment straight out of the law offices of Saul Goodman, Walter White's shady attorney on Breaking Bad.

Wednesday, though, Partee did something that Saul probably wouldn't: He pleaded guilty to laundering money, which he believed had come from the sale of marijuana.

Ah, but there was no pot. And the guy in need of having his money laundered, "Maxwell Gannon"? Uh, he was an undercover agent.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Man accused of ax attack after Pitch reporter asks about homeless-camp killing

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Michael Gullet is now charged with attacking a homeless man with an axe.
  • Michael Gullet is now charged with attacking a homeless man with an ax.
A dark update to one of our stories published this morning: Last week, The Pitch visited a homeless camp along the Missouri River near East Front Street and North Kansas Avenue where Joe Loehr was found dead on September 8.

A person of interest in Loehr's killing, 56-year-old Mike Gullett, was still living there. Two men were hanging out with him on Thursday and talked to The Pitch about the killing. The Pitch's story finished with 47-year-old Gregory Kump passing out drunk on the ground just feet from where Gullett told The Pitch that he thought Loehr might have died.

It turns out that the story didn't really end there.

That evening, a few hours after The Pitch left the camp, police say Gullett attacked a sleeping Kump with an ax.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fast Eddie, British fugitive found in Missouri, gets deported

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Fast Eddie is going back to England.
  • Fast Eddie is going back to England.
Edward John Maher, aka Fast Eddie, a Briton long thought to have orchestrated a 1993 $1.5-million bank heist in Essex, England, who was found to be living in Ozark, Missouri in February has been deported. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the news yesterday.

ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations branch said Maher, who lived undetected in Missouri for 19 years under an assumed name was sent back to Britain, where he was turned over to authorities. His story was an nearly unbelievable story of alleged robbery and escape. Maher, who was 37 at the time of the heist, was working as an armored car driver pulled up to a bank in Felixstowe, England with his partner. While his partner went inside to make deliver some cash. Then, he allegedly put his plan into motion.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Michelle Preston, ex-Shawnee Mission West teacher, must register as sex offender, gets probation

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Michelle Preston will be required to register as a sex offender.
  • Michelle Preston will be required to register as a sex offender.
Michelle Preston, the former Shawnee Mission West teacher accused of having sexual encounters with students, won't be getting prison time. Preston, 28, was sentenced Friday to three years' probation and must register as a sex offender, according to KCTV 5.

Preston reportedly cut a plea deal with the prosecution, and she avoided prison time - even though that's typically the end result in similar cases in Kansas. She had pleaded guilty in April to having sexual contact with three students. Preston admitted having sex with the students multiple times (KCTV 5 says 15 times), and semen from one of the boys was found on a couch cushion in Preston's home.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Red-light cameras work, study says; judge rules some tickets unconstitutional

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Red light cameras might reduce accidents in KC, but St. Louis courts are giving them hell.
  • Red-light cameras might reduce accidents in KC, but St. Louis courts are giving them hell.
The same week that the Kansas City Police Department and American Traffic Solution declared red-light cameras in KC a success, a circuit judge in St. Louis ruled that some tickets ATS sent to motorists are unconstitutional, The Kansas City Daily Record reports.

In a narrow ruling on Monday, Judge Theresa Counts Burke acquitted driver Nicholas Pateri and state Sen. Jim Lembke (R-St. Louis) of running red lights because the tickets ATS mailed to them did not give the drivers a court date or fully inform them about their options to challenge the citations. The tickets only said they could challenge the fines by saying they were not driving or claiming that their cars had been stolen. Burke ruled that a violation of due process. She did not consider whether the use of cameras was constitutional.

It's the second legal blow to ATS from a St. Louis court this year. In February, Judge Mark Neill ruled that the city's red-light camera tickets violated drivers' due process for the same reasons. But Neil's ruling went much further than Burke's. He ruled that the use of the cameras was a violation of the Constitution because the state Legislature never gave cities permission to issue tickets based on photos. St. Louis is appealing that ruling.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kristen Lamb found not guilty of possessing child porn

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Kristen Lamb: Not guilty of possessing child porn
  • Kristen Lamb: Not guilty of possessing child porn
In March 2011, a 20-year-old woman named Kristen Lamb was accused of possessing child pornography. At the time, a Cyber Crimes Task Force in Boone County discovered a computer in Columbia offering child porn through a file-sharing program, which they traced to Lamb's apartment. The file in question allegedly showed child-porn videos featuring pre-pubescent children.

Lamb was charged with suspicion of possession of child pornography.

Last week, her trial ended, and a jury found her not guilty.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Have you seen these dumpers?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM


Kansas City officials are asking for the public's help this week in identifying two men who illegally dumped a crap-ton of picket fencing in the middle of the 8100 block of Wabash Avenue. A city camera photographed two men in a Dodge Ram pickup unload the giant pile of wood on January 24 at 2:34 in the afternoon.

As you can see in the photo on the right, these jerks didn't even have the decency to dump it on the side of the road. Come on, buttheads, if you're going to ugly up our city, the least you could do is not block traffic. They could be fined $1,000 and face jail time. The Neighborhood and Community Services Department asks anybody with information about these dumpers to call either 311 or code enforcement Officer Ryan Kasper-Cushman at 816-719-0637, or contact him by e-mail at

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Eric Bratton charged in Independence Center mall shooting

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM


Eric Bratton, pictured above, is charged with first-degree aggravated assault, second-degree aggravated assault and two counts of armed criminal action for the Saturday-afternoon shooting at the Independence Center shopping mall.

Court records say Bratton, 24, and the male shooting victims got into an altercation after Bratton made a comment about the female shooting victim's butt. The male victim and Bratton got into a fight, which was broken up. Bratton then allegedly threatened to "shoot your bitch ass in the leg then shoot you in the head." The male turned around and saw Bratton pull a semiautomatic handgun from his waistband.

Court records say the male victim was shot in the leg, and Bratton allegedly tried to shoot him in the head but "narrowly missed."

According to court documents, Bratton told police that he got into a fight with a man at the mall and shot him with a .45-caliber handgun.

Bratton is being held on $500,000 bond.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Two shot at Independence Center shopping mall, police looking for suspects

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Have you seen this guy?
  • Have you seen this guy? most terrifying story of the weekend came Saturday afternoon when two teens were shot at the Independence Center shopping mall. The shooting victims — a 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl — are expected to recover, KCTV Channel 5 reported.

Independence police are looking for two "persons of interest" pictured in the photos attached to this story. So if you've seen these guys or know where to find them, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 or the Independence Police Department Investigations Unit at 816-325-7330.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Former employee accuses Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph for fostering a 'sexually hostile workplace'

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

The Catholic Diocese is facing another lawsuit.
  • The Catholic Diocese is facing another lawsuit.
In late November, a whistle-blower named Larry Probst accused the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph of fostering a "sexually hostile workplace." Two months later, Probst is the latest person to file a lawsuit against the diocese.

Probst worked at the diocese as a part-time archivist at the Chancery office. He started in 1999 or 2000 on an intermittent basis and then "on a more regular, permanent, part-time basis" in 2007. His lawsuit says the "unwanted and unwelcome sexual harassment from his supervisory priests" and from a co-worker started in spring 2010 and continued until June 30, 2011, when he was fired for what he claims was retaliation for complaining about the unwanted advances.

The lawsuit says the Rev. Charles Michael Coleman, who served as Archivist for the Chancery, hired his friend, a man named Michael St. George, to do data entry from the sacramental records into a computer program called "Parish-Soft." The lawsuit alleges that Coleman and the Rev. Robert Cameron "fawned over" St. George in front of Probst. The lawsuit says Coleman, Cameron and others would talk "about St. George in sexually suggestive ways ... in the presence of" Probst.

The lawsuit also alleges that St. George made unwanted sexual advances toward Probst, creating "a sexually hostile work environment."

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