Shawnee mom concerned after bullets fly into her apartment, barely missing toddler

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Original Post

Someone shot into a Johnson County apartment complex and narrowly missed a toddler. Now, the mother of that child says she’s living in fear that it’s going to happen again.

“Bang, bang, bang, bang,” said the mother who asked her identity not be revealed for her and her family’s safety. “Over and over again.”

She said the bullets flew into her apartment as she was trying to feed her 1-year-old child dinner.

“The first thing I did is I grabbed my daughter, and we both went just straight down to the ground,” she said.

On Sept. 23, around 8:30 p.m., Shawnee police said someone shot their gun around 15 times at the Oasis Apartment Complex. The mother said two of those bullets went through her patio door.

Gunshots ripped through a Shawnee family’s patio door in September, barely missing a toddler inside.

“I was just pretty upset because we don`t see this kind of crime in our community or in our neighborhood — period,” she said. “Honestly, I was just in fear for my life, and I’m in fear now.”

She sustained bruising on her arm and leg from the fall, not to mention glass that she continues to find weeks later in her apartment.

“The bullets had came so close that there were shards of glass in her high chair,” the mom said.

She said it was bad enough the shooting happened but said the complex hasn’t made many, if any, changes.

“One of the property managers of Axiom said that they were going to start patrolling immediately, and that has never happened,” she said.

She’s tried to get updates from Axiom’s management, but they won’t give her details.

“They didn’t really indicate too much,” she said. “They just told me they had a group of attorneys they had hired, but they couldn’t say much else.”

FOX4 reached out to Axiom Property Management, based in KCK, for a response, but we were sent to an answering service and haven’t received a call back at the time of this article.

Now, the metro mom said she lives in fear worrying it could happen all over again.

“When I do go to bed at night I’m always wondering, ‘Is this something that`s going to happen again?’ So, I’m just always scared. I`m always fearful,” she said.

The mom said she understands things happen but hopes Axiom will take action.

“It would make me feel better, and it would help me sleep at night,” she said.

The Shawnee Police Department said no arrests have been made in the shooting at this time, and it’s an ongoing investigation.

‘Smoke Tires not Homies’ sideshow in KCMO ends with injuries, arrests

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Original Post

It was unlike anything employees at the Tin-Man Building Supply Company had seen before.

On security video they watched their parking lot turn into a sideshow leading to four arrests, and two people seriously injured. Ironically, the event was designed to promote non-violence.

FOX4 obtained exclusive video of how the event went terribly wrong.

It was a party they didn’t plan, that went out of control. The sideshow set up in the parking lot of Tin-Man Building Supply where Kansas City meets Raytown.

“Around 2:30 it looks like they started to set up,” manager, David Andrews said. “By the time five o’clock rolls around it’s full blown.”

Andrews says police came in a few days before the event to ask if they knew about it. He said they had no clue, but told police to shut it down.

“Found out that apparently it wasn’t being shut down, or at least in the prompt manner that the police would have liked for it to have been,” Andrews said.

Around 300 people filled their lot on Sunday evening for an event allegedly called “Smoke Tires not Homies.” The whole thing was caught on Tin-Man’s security cameras.

“They’re hanging out of their vehicles half the time,” Andrews said reviewing the video. “Most of the time you’d have a guy – you can see him – just hanging out of his vehicle and throwing his arms up.”

Andrews says for about an hour the event went on until some of their siding went flying into a packed crowd when a car doing donuts struck it.

“The mustang loses control, and strikes a piece of four inch by four inch red iron that was stashed out in the yard,” Andrews said.

Police say two people were severely injured by the metal, and that’s when the event went into park. Four people were arrested, and cited for being at a drag race or illegal motor vehicle speed competition.

A representative with Trifar Land Company, who owns the property, released a statement:

“We were not aware of any event being held on our property the afternoon of Sunday, September 23, 2018. We gave no permission to the organizers of the event to use the property. We have reviewed security camera footage from our tenant Tin-Man Metal building supply and were shocked at the disregard for the safety of those in attendance as well as the property itself. The property suffered thousands of dollars in damages. It is very fortunate that there were only two injured when it could have been many more. The rubber marks are only a few feet from our buildings on the property which could have resulted in more damages and injuries. We support any cause that brings the issue of the gun violence in Kansas City to the forefront, however promoting value of life and community should be done with dignity and integrity.”

“When your solution to that problem ends up being it’s own, you’ve kind of got to rethink your approach and really find a better way to try and re channel that energy in the community,” Andrews said.

Police wouldn’t comment on the status of the people injured, just to say they were severely injured and are expected to be alright.

49ers give tickets to family battling newborn’s health struggle

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Original Post

At the Kansas City Chiefs game on Sunday, it won’t just be Chiefs red at Arrowhead Stadium.

There will be some 49ers fans in the stands. Including one father and son from St. Joseph, Mo., who almost didn’t make it to the game. However, thanks to a little help from the San Francisco Bay Area, the boys will be sitting sideline.

Being a 49er fan is not a popular choice in Kansas City, and especially for some in the Juhl household. Steve and Bethany Juhl have been sweethearts since they were in school. She’s always been a Chiefs fan, and since Steve was 2-years-old he’s loved the San Francisco 49ers. His dad brought home a poster of Joe Montana, and he was sold from then on. He hasn’t missed a 49ers game at Arrowhead since the mid 1990s.

“Our house is a house divided, and we are not all 49ers fans,” Steve Juhl said. “It was very important for her to say that she is a big Chiefs fan, and she is, and I always support her in her Chiefs fandom, but I’m always going to be a 49ers fan.”

Steve’s love of The Niners is something he’s passed on to his six-year-old son Jackson, but not his two daughters, who remain steadfast Chiefs fans like their mother. Two weeks ago, Steve and Bethany welcomed their son Jetson into the world.

“He was born, and he looks just like a perfect normal baby,” Juhl said. “You’d never know if you didn’t see an MRI.”

He was born with Semilobar holoprosencephaly, an abnormal brain development, and relies on his spinal cord to survive.

“I really wanted to go to this game, but with Jetson being born, and some different things we had some difficulties with that – we didn’t know if we’d be able to afford it, and I didn’t want to be selfish and say – hey, we’re going to the Chiefs and Niners game,” Juhl said.

That’s when his mother-in-law stepped in. She’s been helping the couple with the three children through their journey with Jetson. While they were at the Ronald McDonald house Jackson got to meet some of the Chiefs players, and to say it politely, he wasn’t impressed.

“He even growled at them at one point, and when we played them in 3 weeks we were going to beat them, by a lot is what he said, and that [DeForest] Buckner was his favorite player,” Juhl said. “As proud as I was, I was mostly horrified.”

Jackson’s grandmother wrote The Niners, and surprisingly, they wrote back. They offered the father and son 50 yard line seats, and a chance for Jackson to meet DeForest Buckner, his favorite player.

“Just be recognized by the San Francisco 49ers, and to be shown such gracious hospitality by them here in Kansas City – it means a lot,” Juhl said. “We’ll get to spend time with him before the game, and after the game, and hopefully – whether it’s weeks, whether it’s months, whether it’s years – he’s a part of our family, and we’re excited to share that with him.”

If you would like to help support the Juhl family during this difficult time you can follow their story on their Facebook page, or donate to their Gofundme.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes becomes fan’s “Ma’homie” with popular shirt

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Original Post

The Chiefs’ home opener against the 49ers is only a few days away. Do you have your gear ready?

One Kansas City store is having trouble keeping a new t-shirt design on its shelves. The Chiefs new quarterback Patrick Mahomes is quickly becoming everyone’s “Ma’homie.”

Chris Harrington and Ben Smalley are close friends and lifelong Chiefs fans. However, over the past few months, they’ve made a new pal they can depend on.

“Patrick Mahomes threw six touchdowns last week. Once that happened, I was like — I need this shirt. I’ve got to rock it. He’s our quarterback. Anyone in the city couldn’t be more excited,” Smalley said.

Good thing for him Harrington makes shirts for his store, Westside Storey in KCMO, and Smalley brought him the shirt idea: “Patrick is Ma’Homie.”

“We have sold out of many runs,” Harrington said. “We’ll set a pre-sale online and generally will sell about 70 percent of that, and so we just have a little bit by the time we actually get our shipment in.”

They’ve sold so many — around 500 of them — it took Smalley a while to get one of his own.

“This is the fifth time I’ve been by this shop, my friend’s shop, trying to pick up the shirt that I told him he should make,” Smalley said. “I’m pretty excited to have it on Red Friday.”

He’s not the only one who’s been waiting and also thinks their homie Patrick is worth the hype.

“Oh yeah, yeah,” customer Vince Aquino said. “He’s definitely worth the hype.”

“This is what we’ve been waiting for,” customer Tiffany Frenking said. “I love Alex Smith, and I miss him, but I don’t think he could do this for us.”

“Yeah, he’s worth the hype,” Smalley said. “He can do everything. I had a 15-minute conversation with another friend of mine today about which touchdown was our favorite.”

That one may be hard to pick, but it’s clear which shirt goes all the way.

“Oh, I love it. As soon as I saw it online I tried to get it,” Aquino said. “Tried to get it — they said it was on wait. Called up here and they held me a couple.”

“I just thought it was really clever, and hilarious,” Frenking said. “I thought every time I wear this I’m going to look down at my shirt and just chuckle because it’s super cool.”

“It’s pretty much every conversation all day on Red Friday as you see different Chiefs fans wearing different Chiefs gear — everybody cannot stop talking about Ma’homie,” Smalley said.

If you want your own Ma’homie shirt they are available in limited quantity for $32 bucks at Westside Storey in KCMO and on their website.

Widower of Kansas City drive-by shooting victim pleads for new information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Original Post

A husband and father is pleading for help after leads in his wife’s senseless murder dry up.

“It’s almost been a year,” Shaun Burkhart said. “I just don’t want it to turn into a cold case and her not to get justice.”

Back in January, Jaclyn Burkhart died in a drive-by shooting that her husband believes was an act of road rage. He opened up to FOX4’s Sherae Honeycutt hoping to find the men responsible in a story you will only see here.

Heartbreak is now Burkhart’s daily reality.

“I lost my life,” Burkhart said.

Back on January 22, around 4:30 p.m., he took his wife, Jaclyn, and their two daughters out for dinner. Burkhart stopped at the intersection of 39th and Jackson streets to tell one of his daughters to put on her seatbelt.

“I put the car in park at the stop sign,” Burkhart said. “Turned around to yell at her to tell her to get in her seatbelt for the fifth time. When I went to put the car in drive there was a silver Impala beside us.”

Burkhart says five men were in the 2008 Chevy Impala with tinted windows, and factory issued rims.

“I told them I was moving, and the next thing I know they were shooting into the car,” Burkhart said.

It was a barrage of bullets, but they only struck Jaclyn. Burkhart believes they shot because he was blocking the street, and maybe they thought he was doing it on purpose.

“Bullets flying, glass flying, and I felt the pressure and the air from the bullets,” Burkhart said. “As soon as I heard the first gunshot, I yelled at everybody to get down. I smashed on the gas to try to get away, and she never moved. Jaclyn never moved.”

She died almost a week later in the hospital, and was laid to rest on her 33rd birthday.

“This girl hated guns. Hated them, and a gun took her life,” Burkhart said. “It still blows my mind every morning. Every night. I think about it 24/7. It don’t ever leave my mind.”

Back when the incident happened KCPD asked the public for tips, and in March they brought out the FBI to put together a sketch based on Burkhart’s memory.

“I know his face. I know his voice. No leads. None. Not one,” Burkhart said. “I promised her on that hospital bed that I’d find them. They would be captured. It was a hard promise, but me and these girls need some closure.”

Burkhart is hoping someone who remembers that day, or knows something, can bring her killers to justice.

“This guy don’t deserve to be on the streets, and could do this to another family,” Burkhart said.

In case you remember something about this case, here are some important details:

  • The shooting happened on January 22, around 4:30 p.m. in KCMO.
  • The couple’s car was stopped at the intersection of 39th and Jackson Streets.
  • Police say the car the shooter was in was a 2008 Chevy Impala with tinted windows, and factory issued rims.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-8477. There is a $10,000 reward leading to a conviction from Crime Stoppers, and you can remain anonymous.

Retired Kansas Sen. Bob Dole honored with statue at alma mater Washburn University

TOPEKA, Kan. — Original Post

Kansas native and U.S. Sen. Bob Dole was honored Friday at his alma mater in Topeka.

It was a special day on campus as the bronze statue of one of the longest serving senators in U.S. history was unveiled at Washburn University.

“We are here to celebrate a great American hero and statesman,” university President Jerry Farley said.

They placed the statue in front of Carnegie Hall, a central location on campus, hoping to inspire generations to come.

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole speaks Sept. 28, 2018, at Washburn University in Topeka after a bronze statue of Dole was unveiled.

“It’s been a wonderful experience representing the people in this audience, and I am very proud and humbled by my friends, and I don`t know what else to say,” Dole said as he teared up over the honor.

The 95-year-old veteran and presidential candidate spoke to the crowd about bipartisan leadership, stressing the need for compromise in the Senate and between people in our nation.

“Working with our many, many friends on the Democratic side, as well as our Republican colleagues, to try to make a difference in America,” Dole said. “It’s the greatest country on the face of the earth, and I was very proud to serve.”

Former Kansas Republican Sen. Lana Oleen said she remembers when Dole stumped for her campaign back in the 1990’s.

“After we finished our event he said, ‘We’ve got some time. Let`s go to the veterans hospital and say hi to people,'” Oleen said. “That’s the kind of guy he is, and he remains that way. So special to so many Kansas.”

Dole remains special to many within the state, young and old, and Farley hopes Dole’s journey and example will impact students walking through campus for generations to come.

A statue of former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole is unveiled Sept. 28, 2018, at Washburn University in Topeka.

“Many of them were not born when he ran for president of the United States, but when they read the material, they read the plaque, they’ll see what he has done in his lifetime, and they’ll realize that they are part of that being part of the Washburn community,” Farley said.

The community of Washburn, Kansas and our nation — it’s a community Dole will always have a place in years after he passes.

“I’m a proud Kansan. I love this state,” Dole said. “I love the people in the state whether they’re Democrats, Republicans, Independents. You serve the people. You don’t serve only members of your party. You serve everyone in her state.”

The statue took seven months to construct and was put together by a Kansas native. It was funded privately through donations from Dole’s friends.

Dole graduated from Washburn in the 1950s with a bachelor and doctorate degree after serving in World War II.

Billy Joel’s saxophone player meets with local teens, salutes Band of Angels

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Original Post

Even if Mark Rivera’s name doesn’t ring a bell, odds are you almost certainly have heard his music.

Rivera plays the saxophone for Billy Joel, but over a storied career he’s also played his horn for Hall & Oates, John Lennon, Foreigner and Peter Gabriel. One of Gabriel’s top hits, “Sledgehammer,” features Rivera’s saxophone playing.

Rivera has shared the stage with numerous members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and on Thursday he made special arrangements to meet with an inspiring local teen.

Ahmarie Miller is a 16-year-old at Washington High School. She’s a gifted natural musician, but until last June, Miller didn’t have an instrument.

After wowing a school assembly with her saxophone skills last year, a faculty member asked Miller an important question.

“He asked, ‘Do you have your own saxophone?’” Miller said. “I was like, ‘No sir,’ and he was like, ‘I’m going to get you your own saxophone.’ And he did.”

Ahmarie Miller and Mark Rivera perform together Sept. 20, 2018, at FOX4.

Miller received her instrument thanks to the Band of Angels, a charity partnership between Meyer Music and FOX4 that provides donated musical instruments to students who wouldn’t otherwise get one.

On Thursday afternoon, Miller had an unforgettable experience playing the saxophone with Rivera. Rivera said he’s moved by the mission of Band of Angels.

“What Band of Angels is doing is amazing,” Rivera said. “I met Mike Meyer a few months ago. He said, ‘Would you consider doing this?’ I said absolutely in a second because if you can make a difference in a person’s life, it’s paying it forward.”

Rivera also presented Miller with tickets to Friday night’s Billy Joel concert at Kauffman Stadium, courtesy of Band of Angels.

Earlier in the day, Rivera met with music students at Platte County R-3 High School.

Rivera shared a special moment with student Josh McKeague.

“It was really crazy,” McKeague said. “I love music. It’s my favorite thing. It’s an escape, and to be able to play with people and then have the same enjoyment for it — it’s spectacular.”