City of Independence, Missouri

News Releases

City News
9/1/2015The Palmer Center Activities and Programs for September, 2015.

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+.

8/3/2015Little Princess Ball To Be Held Saturday, September 19.

Princesses ages 4 – 10 are invited to attend the annual Little Princess Ball at the Truman Memorial Building and enjoy an evening of fun with their father, brother, uncle or close family friend.

7/28/2015Excessive Heat Continues - Cooling Center Open

Due to excessive heat, the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., will be available as a cooling center until 9 p.m. tonight.

7/27/2015Excessive Heat Warning - Cooling Center Open

With the heat index expected to be well over 100 degrees this afternoon, the Roger R. Sermon Community Center will be available as a cooling center until 9 p.m. tonight.

7/24/2015Excessive Heat Warning for Independence

Excessive Heat Warning for Jackson County in effect until 9 p.m. Friday, July 24.

7/24/2015The Palmer Center Classes and Activities for August

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+.

7/20/2015Disaster Debris Assistance Hotline Ending July 21.

The Disaster Debris Assistance Hotline established to help residents with vegetative debris as a result of the June 26 thunderstorm will be closed effective Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

7/13/2015Excessive Heat Warning for City of Independence

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning that remains in effect from noon until 9 pm today.

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.

Police News
9/1/2015Vehicle Pursuit

The suspect knowingly struck the police car with the intent to escape being blocked in.

8/26/2015Motel Sweeps Net Large Number of Arrests

Search warrants were obtained after havin received several complaints of criminal activity.

8/25/2015Help Identify Attempted Armed Robbery Suspect

The suspect entered the service station about 7:50 p.m. and pointed a handgun at the employee . . .

8/17/2015Sobriety Checkpoint Results

Six people arrested for DWI during saturation patrol and checkpoint initiative.

8/3/2015Suspect Charged in Shooting

Police were called at approximately 12:05 a.m. to the 1700 block of N. Lynn St.

7/27/2015Sobriety Checkpoint Results

Independence Police Traffic Safety Unit conducted city wide DWI saturation patrol

7/27/2015Excessive Heat Warning - Cooling Center Open

The heat index will range from 103 - 107 degrees, effective 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today

7/24/2015Suspect Charged with Invasion of Privacy

Suspect arrested and charged with Invasion of Privacy reference a camera-phone dressing room incident

7/21/2015Theft/Pursuit/Agg Assault of Police Officers

Suspect driver swerved toward officers trying to deploy stop sticks and also rammed a police car

7/20/2015Disaster Debris Hotline Closing

The Disaster Debris Assistance Hotline will close on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

7/15/2015Homicide Investigation

Shooting at 30th terr. and Lee's Summit Road

7/13/2015Excessive Heat Warning

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning ...

7/8/2015Suspect Identified

The name of the suspect in the carjackin, pursuit, and fatal shooting is being released.

7/7/2015Carjacking / Pursuit / Shooting

The victim of a carjacking was at a stop sign when a suspect got into his vehicle . . .

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