KS KCUR Reporter Aviva Okeson-Haberman Found Shot Dead Friday ‘Stray Bullet’

JACKSON COUNTY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Aviva Ruth Okeson-Haberman, from Columbia, Missouri, has been identified as the Kansas City KCUR reporter killed in her apartment in a freak incident involving a stray bullet.

Okeson-Haberman, 24, the daughter of Sarah Okeson of the DC Report, was tragically killed in what appears to be an incident involving a random, stray bullet.

According to reports, Okeson-Haberman was inside her apartment in the 2900 block of Lockridge Avenue in Kansas City, when an apparent stray bullet entered the dwelling striking her on Friday afternoon.

Okeson-Haberman was found dead in her apartment of apparent gunshot injuries during a welfare check conducted by a colleague after she failed failed to respond to messages.

Okeson-Haberman worked at KCUR in Kansas City, which described her as an accomplished reporter.

“The killing appeared to be the result of a bullet that pierced one of the windows of her first-floor apartment in the Santa Fe neighborhood. She was discovered there in the 2900 block of Lockridge Avenue on Friday afternoon by a colleague who had gone to check on her after she’d failed to respond to messages throughout the day,” the station reported. “She was an especially beloved friend and colleague just beginning what promised to be a brilliant career. We, at KCUR, join her family and friends in mourning her passing.”

She had been planning on leaving that apartment, reports RawStory:

“Hours before she was shot, she’d been looking at an apartment in Lawrence. She was moving into a new role covering social issues and criminal justice for the Kansas News Service, a statewide reporting partnership based at KCUR,” the station reported.

“Aviva had already demonstrated outstanding reporting skills. She joined KCUR in June 2019 as the Missouri politics and government reporter, having interned at the station a year earlier and impressed the newsroom with her work ethic, diligence, conscientiousness and eagerness to learn. Above all, she was sweet, kind and gracious, giving little hint of the strength of purpose that made her such a skilled and tough reporter.”

The cause of the deadly incident remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Jackson County is located in the western portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 674,158. The estimated population in 2019 is 703,011 making it the second-most populous county in the state – Wikipedia.

GoFundMe For Little Girl Injured In Britt Reid Crash Reaches Over $45K

KANSAS CITY, MO. (THECOUNT) — The family of “Ariel,” the 5-year-old girl left in critical condition after a Thursday night Missouri vehicle crash, has set up a GoFundMe, and it’s already surpassed its fundraising goal of $45,000. Britt Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and Chiefs outside linebackers coach, was involved in the wreck.

Reid was notably absent from his Super Bowl duties after he was involved in the multi-vehicle crash Thursday night in Missouri that left two children critically injured.

Reid, 35, was operating a pickup truck when the vehicle struck two other vehicles, one that was disabled and the other that was assisting the disabled vehicle. Reid later told officers he had consumed between two and three drinks and had ingested Adderall.

According to KSN, Ariel was with her mother who was helping a relative who had run out of gas near I-435 and Stadium Drive.

The GoFundMe was created on Saturday morning. The amount of $45,000 surpasses the fundraising goal.

The crash occurred on a freeway entrance ramp on Interstate 435 about 9 p.m. Thursday, according to police.

A Kansas City police officer reported smelling “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages” and that Britt Reid’s eyes were bloodshot and red. The station based its reporting on a search warrant application.

Reid was not arrested. Blood was drawn for further investigation, according to KSHB.

Reid did not coach during Sunday’s big game against the home team at Tampa Bay, in which the Chiefs lost.

According to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania court records, Reid was charged with driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2007. The next year, he was sentenced to up to six months behind bars.

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Geo quick facts: Kansas City sits on Missouri’s western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It’s known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Downtown, the American Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecocks out front, houses nearly 40,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary collections – wikipedia.

Andy Reid Son Chiefs LB Coach Britt Reid DUI Suspect In Crash That Critically Injured Kids

KANSAS CITY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Britt Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and Chiefs outside linebackers coach, is expected to miss his Super Bowl duties after he was involved in a multi-vehicle crash Thursday night in Missouri that left two children critically injured.

Reid, 35, was operating a pickup truck when the vehicle struck two other vehicles, one that was disabled and the other that was assisting the disabled vehicle.

The crash occurred on a freeway entrance ramp on Interstate 435 about 9 p.m. Thursday, according to police.

NBC affiliate KSHB of Kansas City reported Friday that a Kansas City police officer reported smelling “a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages” and that Britt Reid’s eyes were bloodshot and red. The station based its reporting on a search warrant application.

The coach told an officer he’d had two or three drinks, KSHB said. Reid complained of stomach pain and was transported to an area hospital for treatment, the station reported.

Reid was not arrested. Blood was drawn for further investigation, according to KSHB.

Reid will not coach during Sunday’s game against the home team at Tampa Bay, according to NFL Network Insider reporter Ian Rapoport.

According to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania court records, Reid was charged with driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2007. The next year, he was sentenced to up to six months behind bars.

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Geo quick facts: Kansas City sits on Missouri’s western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It’s known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Downtown, the American Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecocks out front, houses nearly 40,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary collections – wikipedia.

KS Woman Sends Text To Dead Brother After Killing His Murderer ‘I Owe Em That Body’

KANSAS CITY, KS. (THECOUNT) — Tityana Coppage has been identified as the Kansas City woman charged with second-degree murder after police say she tracked down the man suspected of killing her teenage brother, Jason Ugwuh, last week in Kansas.

Coppage, 21, sent a text to her dead brother afterward letting him know she had avenged his death saying, “Sent a [expletive] to my brother I owe em that body,” according to the affidavit.

Coppage remains in the Jackson County jail on $200,000 bond.

Coppage’s 16-year-old brother was shot and killed January 10th.

In 2016, their family suffered another tragedy when their younger brother and cousin—Jayden Ugwuh and Montell Ross—were shot and killed while sleeping in their home. The boys who were 8 and 9 years old. That case remains unsolved.

Police said Coppage led the gunman to her brother’s suspected killer on January 13th.

Police used eyewitness accounts and surveillance video to track down the vehicle used in the shooting and speak with Coppage. Coppage admitted to having called the victim before the shooting and admitted to getting into an exchange of gunfire but said that was in self-defense, saying he shot her vehicle first according to a police probable cause affidavit.

Investigators reviewed Coppage’s cell phone and found texts she sent a contact named “Auntie”, asking for .45-caliber bullets and saying, “LOL I used to many on bro.”

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Geo quick facts: Kansas City sits on Missouri’s western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It’s known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Downtown, the American Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecocks out front, houses nearly 40,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary collections – wikipedia.

Missing 3-Year-Old KS Girl Olivia Ann Jansen Found Dead ‘Abducted’

WYANDOTTE COUNTY, KS. (THECOUNT) — The body of missing Kansas City, Kansas, 3-year-old Olivia Ann Jansen, was believed located on Friday afternoon after the girl went missing Friday morning in Wyandotte County.

Kansas City officials say they believe the body found is Jansen.

Jansen was last seen at her residence in the 4400 block of Gibbs Road in Kansas City, Kansas around 6:30 a.m. Friday. She was wearing pink pajamas.

According to reports, Jansen’s father woke up and discovered the girl not in the residence and the back door of the dwelling standing open.

Police said due to Jansen’s age and location they believe she was abducted from the location.

Police said there is no known suspect at this time.

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Geo quick facts: Wyandotte County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 157,505, making it the fourth-most populous county in Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Kansas City, with which it shares a unified government – Wikipedia.

MO Woman Sharon Douglas ID’d As Victim In Wednesday Night Kansas City Fatal ATV Shooting

KANSAS CITY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Sharon Douglas has been identified as the victim fatally shot while riding an ATV on Wednesday night in Kansas City, Missouri.

Douglas, 41, was shot and killed while on an ATV Wednesday night in Kansas City.

According to reports, Douglas was on an All Terrain Vehicle, when she was struck by gunfire around 8 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Red Bridge Road & Bennington Avenue in Kansas City.

Douglas was pronounced dead at the scene of gunshot injuries.

The cause of the deadly incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with possible information contact the homicide unit at 816-234-5043 or the anonymous tips hotline at 816-474-TIPS. Anyone information leading to an arrest is eligible for up to a $25,000 cash reward.

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Geo quick facts: Kansas City sits on Missouri’s western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It’s known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Downtown, the American Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecocks out front, houses nearly 40,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary collections – wikipedia.

MO Man Michael Boes ID’d As Victim In Tuesday Night Lebanon Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash

LACLEDE COUNTY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Michael Boes, of Weatherby Lake, Missouri, has been identified as the victim in a fatal vehicle crash Tuesday night in Laclede County.

Boes, 40, was killed Tuesday night in a single-vehicle crash near Lebanon.

According to reports, Boes was traveling in a pickup truck operating by an unnamed driver on I-44 near Lebanon, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and exited the roadway around mile marker 143. The vehicle then collided with an embankment.

Authorities did not provide information on the condition of the driver.

Boes was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Laclede County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 35,571. Its county seat is Lebanon. The county was organized February 24, 1849, and was named after Pierre Laclède, founder of St. Louis. Laclede County comprises the Lebanon, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

2 Dead Sunday In Kansas City Power & Light District Drive-By Shooting

KANSAS CITY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Two male pedestrians were fatally shot in Kansas City Power and Light district early Sunday morning, according to reports.

Officials say, a group of people were on-foot near the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, when a vehicle pulled up and opened fire about 2:15 a.m.

Officers working the beat just north in the 1200 block of Walnut, heard the gunfire and responded to the scene where they discovered two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds in front of a vacant business.

The officers rendered aid to the two victims until EMS took over, where they declared one man dead at the scene. The other victim was transported to the hospital where he was declared dead shortly after arrival, reports KCTV5.

Witnesses indicate there was a group of people, including the two victims, walking northbound on Walnut when an unknown vehicle pulled along side the group.

Someone inside the vehicle fired shots at the group, striking the two victims.

There were numerous people in the vicinity of the blocks surrounding this shooting.

If anyone saw or heard anything or knows anything about the case, you are asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS or the homicide unit directly at 816-234-5043.

There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

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Geo quick facts: The buzzing Power & Light District is home to the Sprint Center, drawing big crowds for basketball games and concerts. Nearby, the College Basketball Experience tells the history of the sport through interactive exhibits. Cocktail bars and steakhouses in the area have a party vibe, and there are upscale clubs for late-night dancing and live music. The shopping scene offers chic boutiques for fashion and accessories – wikipedia.

Heavily Armed MO Man Enroute To KC ‘Legends Outlets’ Who Had Just Killed Wife Neutralized In Police Shootout Tuesday

KANSAS CITY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Charles Roy Pearson, Lenexa, MO, has been identified as the heavily armed suspect killed in a shootout with Kansas City Police on Tuesday.

Pearson, 51, who was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle was reportedly on his way to Legends Outlets on Village West Parkway, after killing his wife.

Kansas City, Kansas police shot and killed Pearson who they say was heavily armed Tuesday morning. Police say he shot at them after telling a hotel manager he had killed his wife and was headed to Legends Outlets.

Pearson’s wife, Sylvia Ann Ussery-Pearson, was reported missing on Tuesday morning. So far there’s no official confirmation that she’s dead, despite Charles Pearson making that claim, reports FOX2NOW.

Police said when officers encountered the suspect, he was armed with an AR-15 rifle.

KCK police are conducting their investigation around the vehicle the suspect was driving.

There was a lot of chaos in the busy area when police arrived. A Cerner employee told FOX4 the KCK location was on lockdown due to the police activity in the area, but it was lifted. The Legends Shopping Center was also on high alert, but police said the suspect was never actually at the Legends.

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Geo quick facts: Kansas City sits on the eastern edge of Kansas, at the border with Missouri. It’s home to the Kansas Speedway, which hosts NASCAR races and has a casino. Vast Wyandotte County Lake Park offers trails, a playground and boat rentals. At the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, Kaw Point Park marks the site where the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped in 1804 and has views of the downtown skyline – wikipedia.

KC ‘Disgruntled Employee’ With Gun In Standoff With Police At Underground Caves Tuesday

KANSAS CITY, MO. (THECOUNT) — A disgruntled employee with a firearm is reportedly engaged in a standoff with police in northeast Kansas City, Missouri Tuesday morning, according to local reports.

Police tactical units responded to the mines in northeast Kansas City, Missouri, Tuesday morning on reports of a man armed with a gun.

It is unknown if any shot have been fired and no injuries have been reports at this time.

Just before 9 a.m., police set up a command post at the nearby Ameristar Casino, reports KSHB.

The standoff itself was located at the underground caves, 8200 NE Underground Dr.

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Geo quick facts: Kansas City sits on Missouri’s western edge, straddling the border with Kansas. It’s known for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Downtown, the American Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with giant shuttlecocks out front, houses nearly 40,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary collections – wikipedia.