When $15,000 disappears from a $1 billion–plus municipal budget like Kansas City's, it's not a huge hit. But it rubs people the wrong way when a sitting councilman, Michael Brooks, hands over $15,000 to an outsider like Ossco Bolton to pay for a Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaking engagement that never happens. That story might have died as another example of low-rent City Hall skulduggery, but KSHB Channel 41 reporter Ryan Kath followed a trail of crumbs to a woman who was on the receiving end of sexts from Brooks, a married pastor. Those communiques compromised Brooks and led to allegations that the photos were used to leverage the politician into forking over money to his associates. It was a great find for Kath, who has more than a few good news scoops to his name.