City of Independence, Missouri

News Releases

City News
10/9/2015Roger T. Sermon Center to Extend Hours of Operation

Beginning Monday, November 2, the Roger T. Sermon Center will extend its hours of operation to accommodate early morning workouts and exercise classes.

9/30/2015Health Officials Urge Residents to Take Precautions Against Shigella

The City of Independence Health Department is seeing a significant increase in the number of reported Shigella cases. Shigella is the most contagious of the bacterial diarrheal illnesses.

9/30/2015Mavericks and Comets Ticket Contests Return for 2015-16

Independence residents can again register to win two tickets to a Missouri Mavericks hockey game or a Comets soccer game.

9/23/2015The Palmer Center Activities and Events for October, 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+.

9/23/2015Plein Air Art Event at George Owens Nature Park

The George Owens Nature Park in conjunction with the Independence Art Association will host a two-day Plein Air Paint the Park Event on Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 1.

9/22/2015Susan Paxton Block Award Presented September 21

Christina Leakey, Programs Supervisor in the Community Development Department, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Susan Paxton Block Award for Distinguished Public Service.

9/21/2015National Night Out October 6

On Tuesday, October 6, neighborhoods throughout Independence are invited to join forces with communities nationwide for the “National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.

9/17/2015Independence Economic Development Council President Honored with Award

Tom Lesnak, president of the Independence Economic Development Council has been named the Independence recipient of the COMBAT Neighborhood Advocate Award.

9/17/2015City of Independence Joins First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House

The City of Independence Public Health Department joined First Lady Michelle Obama and representatives from the National League of Cities (NLC) and several federal agencies at the White House September 16 for a celebratory event.

9/17/2015Annual Independence Heritage Festival Saturday, September 19

This year’s event will be held from Noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 at Hill Park located at 23rd Street and Maywood Avenue in Independence.

9/3/2015City of Independence Website Named Best of the Web

The City of Independence has won the 2015 Best of the Web award for outstanding city government website.

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.

Police News
10/1/2015Death Investigation: Apparent Murder/Suicide

(reference previous death investigation notification)

9/30/2015Death Investigation

Death investigation involving two subjects in the 800 block of S. Ash Ave.

9/23/2015Suspect Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

Suspect charged in murder of her infant son

9/22/2015Suspect Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

Suspect was charged with the September 21, death of Mr. Paul T Doughty.

9/18/2015Homicide Investigation - Shooting

Independence man was shot in front of home

9/14/2015Train Fatality

The person is believed to have been lying down on or near the railroad track

9/10/2015Shooting Investigation

Shooting occurred at Phillips 66 (23rd and Crysler Avenue)

9/3/2015Home Invasion

A suspect shot one of the residents and fled the house.

9/2/2015Vehicle Pursuit Suspect Arrested

Suspect was arrested when he responded to KU Medical Center for treatment.

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