City of Independence, Missouri

News Releases

City News
11/17/2015Independence Public Health Manager Awarded 2015 Nurse of the Year

Shawnna Jackson, RN, MSN, APHN-BC, public health manager with the City of Independence Health Department, was awarded the 2015 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award.

11/16/2015Independence Fire Department Lifts Burn Ban

The Independence Fire Department has lifted the burn ban for the City of Independence which was imposed on November 12, 2015.

11/12/2015Independence Fire Department Issues Burn Ban

The City of Independence Fire Department has issued a burn-ban effective today for all outside or open fire (except for residential barbequing) to remain in effect until further notice.

11/6/2015Independence recognized for addressing childhood obesity through Let's Move!

The National League of Cities (NLC) recognized the City of Independence, MO for achieving gold medals in all five Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) goal areas, which are based on achievements made to improve access to healthy, affordable food and promote physical activity for children and adults.

11/6/2015City of Independence Wins Digital Cities Award

The City of Independence was recognized by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) as one of the leading examples of cities using technology to improve services and boost efficiencies.

11/2/2015Palmer Center Activities and Events for November, 2015

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

10/30/2015Best Little Arts and Crafts Show in Independence

The City of Independence Parks and Recreation Department will host the 32nd Annual Arts and Crafts Show on November 20 and 21.

10/29/2015Independence Mayor Eileen Weir Hosts Annual Prayer Hour

The 2015 Mayor’s Prayer Hour will be held beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Community of Christ Auditorium.

10/19/2015Red Flag Fire Warning Issued for City of Independence

The National Weather service has issued a Red Flag Fire Warning for the City of Independence for Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20.

10/15/2015John Pinch Named Independence City Manager

On Monday, October 12, Mayor Eileen Weir and the Independence City Council appointed John Pinch as the City Manager of Independence, Missouri.

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.

Police News
11/25/2015Attempt to Identify Armed Residential Burglary Suspect

Surveillance video released of armed residential burglary suspect in home

11/23/2015IPD Sergeant Awarded for Crisis Intervention Team Life Saving Act

IPD Sergeant awarded the NAMI-KC CIT Officer of the Year

11/23/2015IPD Officers Awarded at Valor Awards Event

Numerous IPD Officers receive various awards at Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association annual Valor Awards event

10/31/2015Pursuit Ends in Arrest of Three

Pursuit of Stolen Vehicle Leads to the Arrest of Three Persons

10/26/2015Homicide Investigation - Murder 1st Degree

Man Charged in Mother’s Homicide

10/23/2015Warning about the Dangers of Meeting Strangers Online

Approximately 15 men in six months reported having been robbed while attempting to meet strangers online for paid sexual encounters

10/15/2015Crimestoppers Officer of the Year and Clarence M. Kelley Award

Police Officer and Police Chief both receive prestigious awards at KC Crime Commission Event

10/15/2015Silver Alert - Missing Person
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