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Kansas City, KS Police Department joins nationwide struggle to recruit

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The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department is just one department looking for the next wave of recruits.

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You may be getting overcharged for water services you don’t use

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When was the last time you took a good look at your utility bills? Your water bill? You may be getting overcharged for services you don’t use.

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Man warns others after he says restaurant forged higher tip on receipt

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Every time you leave your receipt behind at a restaurant or don’t double check the charge, it could be costing you. Odds are, you might not catch it. 

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Best strategy for buying a used car so you don't get ripped off

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More than 40 million used cars change hands every year, but how do you know what you are getting?

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Woman seeks answers after hacker steals her Facebook account

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If you think Facebook has your back when you get hacked, you might want to think again.

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Firefighter’s son questions convictions, joins forces with defendant in 1988 arson case

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The son of a Kansas City firefighter killed in an explosion is breaking his silence. James Kilventon is publicly questioning the convictions of five people held responsible in the fatal arson which killed a total of six firefighters back in 1988.

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Man released in arson that killed 6 Kansas City firefighters fights to free co-defendants

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Bryan Sheppard is free for the first time in more than 22 years. He was released days ago and is speaking to KCTV5 in his first sit-down interview.

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What to know: Concealed guns now legal on Kansas college campuses

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On July 1, in the state of Kansas, it became legal to conceal and carry a firearm at public colleges and universities. Students 21 and older can carry a concealed handgun on Kansas university campuses.

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Lawrence couple's dream kitchen renovation turns into a $12,000 nightmare

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For a retired couple, $12,000 is a lot of money. It's more than they wanted to spend on a construction project that never was. 

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High water bills in Kansas City? You aren’t alone

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Kansas City water bills are higher than many comparable cities. The average family with small consumption pays about $115 a month.

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Johnson County man freed 17 years later after lookalike becomes suspect in robbery

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KCTV5 News is revealing new details and information in case that stunned Johnson County prosecutors.

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Predatory towing: What to know and how to protect yourself after a wreck

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Wreck chasers, or predatory tow truck companies, illegally race to the scene of an accident and get you to agree to a tow that may cost you nearly $1,000 without you knowing up front. 

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Average 911 hold time in Kansas City is 31 seconds, data shows

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If you live in Kansas City and need to call 911 for emergency help, be prepared to wait.

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Annoyed by all those robocalls? Here's how to stop them

During the past 12 months, the FTC reports the number of complaints about robocalls was 60 percent more than the number of calls made the year before to 5.6 million.  (KCTV5) During the past 12 months, the FTC reports the number of complaints about robocalls was 60 percent more than the number of calls made the year before to 5.6 million.  (KCTV5)
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During the past 12 months, the FTC reports the number of complaints about robocalls was 60 percent more than the number of calls made the year before to 5.6 million. 

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Your phone apps may be collecting your personal info without you knowing it

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The more than seven million apps out there that make life more convenient could also be the ones collecting personal information without the user knowing it and selling it or, even worse, leaving it unprotected and available for hackers to steal it.

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Overland Park man questions child support after DNA shows daughter not his

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Randy Bryant says a recent DNA test shows he is not the father of a child born back in 1988, but his paychecks are still being garnished.

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Kansas City woman's Facebook hack will have you rethinking your safety online

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Consider this a reality check for many of the nearly two billion people with Facebook accounts. A Kansas City area woman has a warning. After her experience, she says, if you think your account is secure and Facebook has your back, you are wrong.

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Olathe man says neck adjustment at chiropractor led to stroke

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An Olathe man says he went into an Overland Park chiropractor’s office for an adjustment and left in an ambulance. Josh Clark says a simple visit at Spine Aline led to a stroke.

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Woman out thousands after HomeAdvisor recommends 'trusted pro' for repairs

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A Johnson County widow says a home improvement project turned into a mess, and she’s not getting any real help from HomeAdvisor.

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Does your dog or cat need expensive pet food?

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In 2016, Americans spent nearly $30 billion on pet food. That’s more than a 20-percent increase from the previous year. There are thousands of brands and a wide range of prices. Picking the right food for your pet and your budget can be overwhelming.

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Those online Facebook quizzes are prime targets for scammers

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Facebook now has nearly two billion users and that makes it a prime target for scammers.

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Breeder beware: Puppy dies days after coming home

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A Raytown family brought home a new puppy that died in their arms 36 hours later. The Jensen family contacted KCTV5 News after they couldn’t get answers from the breeder who they paid $750 for the puppy.

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KCTV5 helps solve Overland Park man's postal problem

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Grabbing the mail is something most people take for granted every day, but it's not that easy for an Overland Park man who is paralyzed from the waist down. After no response from the post office to drop his mail at his door, KCTV5 stepped in to help.

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International romance scam targets Overland Park widow out $70,000

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KCTV5 News is unraveling an international scam involving our viewers after tracking down victims across the nation in a complicated romance scheme that involved an Overland Park nurse.

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Big changes coming to shape the future of downtown Kansas City

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Kansas City is not the same place it was 20 years ago. The Sprint Center, Kauffman Center and streetcar are just a few of the changes the city has seen, but there’s more to come.

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The real face of prostitution in Kansas City

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If you think prostitution in Kansas City happens under the cover of darkness, think again.

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Behind the pharmacy counter: The drug theft problem in Kansas, Missouri

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KCTV5 News went through years of records in Kansas and Missouri documenting cases of illegal drug use and illegal behavior happening behind the pharmacy counter. 

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Simple fixes can strengthen your home against burglary

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Summer is coming, but fun for you and your family means the house is empty, making it a prime time target for burglars. However, don’t count on your home security system to keep them out.

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Disturbing details emerge about boy's isolation, torture before fed to pigs

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Adrian Jones lived the last moments of his life trapped in a shower. The 7-year-old's death made national news because his family fed his lifeless body to pigs to cover the crime.

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Contracting Nightmare: Couple furious after paying company to build deck they never got

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An Independence couple is furious after paying a company $6,000 to build a deck they never got. Five months later, they still have an uncompleted deck. They say they can't get a straight answer from the builder, so they turned to KCTV5 for help.

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Mystery Ticket: KCTV5 News gets results when police ticket wrong person

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Last year, Kansas City police issued 169,568 traffic citations. However, one couple found out though that the wrong person could be ticketed.

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Online Valentine's Day flower deliveries put to the test

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KCTV5 News did a few test orders with some of the most popular online flower delivery services to find out if you what you see online is what is actually delivered to your loved one’s front door.

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'I can't take that back, I wish I could,' says Det. Brad Lancaster’s killer

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Curtis Ayers will spend the rest of his life in prison for the May 9, 2016, shooting of 39-year-old Detective Brad Lancaster. He recently spoke with KCTV5 about that day saying he hopes it will serve as a warning to others.

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Ransomware: WiFi allows thieves easy access inside your home

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Thieves don’t need to break into your home to cost you thousands of dollars and, in some cases, compromise your personal information. It’s called ransomware, and, the FBI warns hackers are finding ways to steal thousands of dollars from families and businesses every year.

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Missouri residents need to know there’s help with electric bills, advocates say

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Lawmakers in Jefferson City are debating a proposed rate hike by KCP&L. Part of that discussion concerns a little known program called the Economic Relief Program with currently more than a $500,000 just sitting in that fund.

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Lawmakers: Remove Olathe woman with disabilities from abuse, neglect registry

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A KCTV5 News investigation is getting results after an Olathe woman with disabilities was branded as abusive and neglectful.

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Family of Olathe woman with special needs says daughter wrongly branded on state registry

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KCTV5 is taking a closer look at the Kansas Child Abuse and Neglect Registry. We got involved when we discovered a 32-year-old woman with a developmental disability was on that list. Her family is outraged.

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Kansas City widow waits 6 weeks for death certificate

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KCTV5 News is taking a closer look at death certificates and who signs them after a Kansas City widow contacted our investigative department for help.

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Families pay the price after lawmakers break promises to help

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KCTV5 News is holding politicians accountable. Parents of sick kids asked our investigative team to help them find answers. They want to know how politicians pass a law, congratulate themselves and then nothing happens.

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Raped and trapped: Jackson County Jail rape victims share their story

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Following reports of sexual assaults to two female inmates inside the Jackson County Jail, all female detainees have been removed from the jail. 

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New details uncovered in ongoing problems at Jackson County Jail

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The Jackson County Jail is under the microscope after prisoners found keys, wandered the jail in the middle of the night and are accused of committing more crimes inside the jail.

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Whistleblowers warn of security concerns at Jackson County Jail

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You name it, and you could probably sneak it inside the Jackson County Jail, two delivery drivers recently warn.

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Employees, inmates speak out over Jackson County Jail security concerns

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Inmates, guards and former employees are speaking out about cell doors that don’t always latch and the use of padlocks to secure inmates inside the Jackson County Detention Center.

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Man says he was raped in Jackson County Jail, sent bill for attack

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A former Jackson County inmate serving time for a probation violation, due to marijuana possession, said he was raped in jail then sent the bill for his attack.

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KCTV5 investigates 911 hold times in Kansas City

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KCTV5 News investigated 911 hold times after multiple viewers complained they called for help and got a message instead of a live person.

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Mother questions 911 hold times after son dies in medical emergency

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Teresa Tschirhart says she was alone and scared when she found her 36-year-old son unconscious in her Kansas City home. She called 911 for help, but she didn’t get a person. She got a message informing her all call takers were busy. 

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Kansas City police respond to growing 911 response times

Data shows about half of the calls will be classified as non-emergency. Those include calls about missing pets, trash collection, kids missing curfew or refusing to eat cereal in the morning. (KCTV5) Data shows about half of the calls will be classified as non-emergency. Those include calls about missing pets, trash collection, kids missing curfew or refusing to eat cereal in the morning. (KCTV5)
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Data shows about half of the calls will be classified as non-emergency. Those include calls about missing pets, trash collection, kids missing curfew or refusing to eat cereal in the morning.

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KCTV5 investigates 911 hold times on busy nights

Someone calling on Halloween night waited as long as 7 minutes and 28 seconds for someone to take their 911 call. (KCTV) Someone calling on Halloween night waited as long as 7 minutes and 28 seconds for someone to take their 911 call. (KCTV)
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KCTV5 took a closer look at 911 wait times after viewers contacted our newsroom with concerns about how long they were put on hold when calling about accidents or crime scenes.

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KCPD seeks $1 million to improve 911 service

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Community concerns and KCTV5 News reports about the Kansas City police department's 911 system are getting results.

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