City of Independence, Missouri

News Releases

City News
7/2/2015City of Independence Partners with Relief Organizations

The City of Independence has partnered with relief organizations to assist with management of debris removal following the June 26 storm.

7/1/2015Susan Paxton Block Public Service Award Nominations Due August 14

Anyone can nominate a City employee, volunteer or elected official who has demonstrated outstanding public service, valor, and job performance with leadership for the Susan Paxton Block Distinguished Public Service Award.

7/1/2015Free Storm Debris Drop Off Hours Extended

Independence residents may drop off tree limbs and brush through July 10.

6/29/2015Free Disposal Location for Storm Debris

The City of Independence will open the Drop-Off Depot for free disposal of tree limbs and brush through Thursday, July 2.

6/10/2015Free Gardening Class June 15

The Independence Health Department, in partnership with Kansas City Community Gardens, will host "Insects in Your Garden."

5/29/2015The 8th Annual Independence EcoFest - “It’s All About Water!”

Teach children about preserving natural resources and protecting the environment from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Drive.

5/29/2015Le Moyne College Honors Mayor Eileen Weir with Community Service Award

On Saturday, May 30, Independence Mayor Eileen Weir will be honored by her alma mater Le Moyne College, located in upstate New York.

5/22/2015Adventure Oasis Water Park Opening Postponed

Cool temperatures and expected rainfall will postpone the opening of Adventure Oasis Water Park.

5/7/20152015 Truman Public Service Award Recipients Announced

The Independence Harry S. Truman Commission has chosen former United States Senator John C. “Jack” Danforth as the 2015 Harry S. Truman Public Service Award recipient.

5/7/2015Independence Hosts Social Services Summit

The City of Independence and the Independence Ministerial Alliance will sponsor a Social Service Summit on Tuesday, May 19.

5/4/2015Tim Gramling Named Public Works Director

Following the retirement of John Powell, City Manager Robert Heacock has named Tim Gramling as the next Director of Public Works for the City of Independence.

4/24/2015The Palmer Center Classes and Programs for May

The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO is operated by the City of Independence and is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 50+.

4/20/2015Farmers' Market Opens Saturday, May 2

Celebrate opening day of the Independence Farmers’ Market/Craft Market on Saturday, May 2 at its new location at the northwest corner of West Walnut Street and South Liberty Street.

4/15/2015"From The Mayor's Desk" to debut May 30.

Mayor Weir announces an online book chat for Saturday, May 30 to discuss books of interest to Independence citizens.

3/31/2015The Palmer Center Activities and Classes for April

The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, MO is operated by the City of Independence and is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 50+.

3/23/2015Independence Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday, April 4

The annual household hazardous waste collection will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

3/12/2015NAIA Women's Basketball Student Athletes To Participate in Champions of Character

During the week of March 18-24, representatives from the top collegiate women’s teams will participate in a character-building program that will help a children’s non-profit in Independence.

3/6/2015Applications for 2015 Fireworks Vendors Accepted Between April 13 and 17

Applications from not-for-profit groups for the sale of consumer grade, or Division 1.4G, fireworks will be accepted at the City of Independence Finance Department between 8 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2015 and 5 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015.

Police News
7/2/2015Fireworks Safety and Ordinance Information

Fireworks within the City limits shall only be permitted on July 3 and July 5 of each year . . .

7/1/2015Storm Damage Drop-Off

The City's offer of free Drop-off for storm damage has been extended

7/1/2015Motorcycle Crash

A northbound motorcyclist lost control and was ejected from the vehicle

6/26/2015Storm Damage Drop-Off

A drop-off location to take storm damage refuse will be available at no charge.

6/24/2015Missing Person

Mr. Demeree was last seen on June 13.

6/23/2015Sobriety Checkpoint Results

Independence Police Traffic Safety Unit and Jackson Cournty Traffic Safety Task Force Conducted Asobriety Checkpoint

6/18/2015Robbery / Shooting

Suspect entered business demanding money and then shot the victim

6/16/2015Escaped Prisoner Apprehended

The suspect ran away from an officer who was preparing to walk him into the jail

6/5/2015Burglary in Progress

Suspect fled the house and got into stolen vehicle with two other suspects . . .

6/3/2015Aggravated Assault

Independence Police received a call at 2:15 a.m. this morning that a man had been shot

5/24/2015Aggravated Assault

One person is held in custody on suspicion of shooting two people

5/19/2015Driver Killed Identified

Driver of pickup truck killed on Thursday, May 14, is identified

5/19/2015Passenger Killed at M-78 and Holke Identified

The passenger who was killed at the intersection of M-78 and Holke on Monday, May 18, was . . .

5/19/2015Driver Killed on I-70 Identified

The driver was killed in a collision on westbound I-70 just east of 470 on Saturday May 16.

5/17/2015Armed Robbery

A female robbery suspect accosted an employee and forced the employee to obtain . . .

5/14/2015Fatal Traffic Collision Investigation

Fatal accident is still under investigation.

5/13/2015Reported Shooting

A police officer was close by when the call came out that someone had been shot

5/11/2015Sobriety Checkpoint

Independence Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint Friday, May 15 . . .

5/4/2015Train Accident Victims Identified

The names of the two individuals who were struck by a train on Friday, May 1, have been released.

5/4/2015Seat Belt Enforcement

Independence Police Department is participating with state-wide law enforcement May 18 - 31

5/1/2015Train vs. Pedestrian Collision

Train vs. Pedestrian Collision at Winner Rd. and Home Ave involving two pedestrians

4/30/2015Missing / Endangered Person

Missing Endangered Person: James L. Kinder

4/30/2015Suspect Charged in Residential Burglary

One Arraigned in Court on Residential Burglary

4/30/2015Suspect Charged in Child Molestation

Independence Man Charged with Child Molestation 1st Degree and Statutory Sodomy 1st Degree

4/27/2015DWI Saturation Patrol

The Traffic Safety Unit conducted a DWI Saturation Patrol and Sobriety Checkpoint

4/23/2015Missing Person Located

A Quik Trip clerk notified Independence Police that he thought the missing young man was in his store . . .

4/10/2015Suspects Charged With Robbery and Kidnapping

Four suspects were charged today in the Circuit Court of Jackson County . . .

4/7/2015Motorcyclist Killed on Sunday

The motorcyclist who was killed on Sunday, April 5, is identified as . . .

4/7/2015Suspect Charged in Assault of Police Officer

Edwin L. Richardson, 29 yrs, Independence, MO, was arraigned today in the 16th Judicial Court

4/5/2015Suspect Attempts to Run Down Officer

Suspect ran off roadway, turned vehicle around and drove straight at officer

3/30/2015Hit and Run Suspect

The suspect in the hit and run crash on Saturday, March 28, has been identified

3/26/2015Barricaded Subject

The standoff in the 11500 block of E. 10th St. ended a little after 2:00 p.m.

3/24/2015Two Women Charged with Child Abuse

Two women charged with Child Abuse that resulted in serious physical injury

3/24/2015Two Charged With Murder

Two people were arraigned in Jackson Co. Division 30

3/23/2015Sobriety Checkpoint Results

There were several violations including DWIs and drug arrest

3/4/2015Victim Identified

The deceased victim was found on Sunday, February 22, 2015, along a wooded area