Kansas City, Kan., police reports

March 26
Theft, 700 block of North 38th, Hyundai Sonata, $6,000 value.
Burglary, 3000 block of South 53rd, safe, cash, necklace, $3,700 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 1300 block of North 76th, window trim, $800 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 2900 block of North 52nd, window pane, three televisions, $4,165 value.
Burglary, criminal damage, 3600 block of Farrow, handgun, two televisions, $1,249.99 value.

March 25
Burglary, criminal damage, 2600 block of South 28th, door frame damaged, can of tuna stolen, meat cleaver recovered, $106.25 value.

March 22
Burglary, 2800 block of Eaton, motorcycle, motorcycle jacket, helmet, $8,400 value.
March 15
Criminal use of financial card, 4600 block of Shawnee Drive, cash, $300 value.

Kansas Supreme Court upholds murder conviction

The Kansas Supreme Court today affirmed the conviction of Kelvin H. Gibson Jr. for first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in 2008 in Kansas City, Kan.

Gibson, who was 17 then, was found guilty of the Oct. 6, 2008, killing of Phillip Martin.

Martin died from multiple gunshot wounds, and was found dead on his kitchen floor in what appeared to be a drug-related crime, according to court documents.

Gibson had appealed his conviction, arguing that his statements to investigating detectives were not freely and voluntarily given and that he should have been given an opportunity to testify to suppress the statements after he refused to testify at his first hearing.

In a unanimous decision, the court agreed with the district court’s determination that Gibson’s two interviews with detectives on separate days were voluntary.

Gibson, who was 17 years old at the time, argued he was under the influence of marijuana during his first interview and that his young age made him intimidated by the officers. The court noted Gibson had denied being under the influence of any drugs when interviewed and that the interview video showed his responses were prompt and clear when detectives read him his rights, and that he had admitted to being treated fairly, not threatened, or being uncomfortable.

The court also held the district court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to give Gibson a second chance to testify about why the statements should be suppressed because he had refused his opportunity to testify at an earlier hearing on that issue.

The Supreme Court decision is online at  http://www.kscourts.org/Cases-and-Opinions/opinions/SupCt/2014/20140418/106646.pdf.


Open burning ban lifted today

A temporary open burn ban has been lifted today in Kansas City, Kan., for those who have a permit.
According to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, weather conditions will be monitored the next few days to determine if the temporary burn ban will be reinstated.
Residents need to have a burn permit for open burning, and all safety requirements and conditions on the burn permit must be followed, a spokesman for the Fire Department said.
Residents also are asked to use caution when using outdoor barbecue equipment.