On Monday September 18, 2017 at the Independence City Council meeting, new radios for the Independence Police Department are on the consent agenda. 

From the City Council agenda item cover sheet:

Agenda Title:

Council action is recommended to issue a purchase order to Motorola Solutions Inc, in the amount of $240,816.76  for Motorola Portable and Mobile Radios for the Police Department.


Council action to approve issuance of a purchase order.

The Independence Fire Department Hazmat unit was dispatched to Hy-Vee at 1525 E. 23rd street  just after 9 p.m. Friday night. Employees that came into contact with the package had multiple symptoms including difficulty breathing, an itchy throat and chest pains. A the time of this publishing it is not clear what was inside the package.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm after he fired at a woman and her children.

Senecca T. Spencer, 41, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Today’s sentence is the maximum penalty provided under the statute.

On Feb. 2, 2017, Spencer pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Spencer admitted he was in possession of a Jimenez Arms 9mm pistol and ammunition on May 25, 2016.

Independence police officers were called to an Independence residence on a report of a domestic violence disturbance on May 25, 2016. Spencer had pointed and discharged the firearm in the direction of a woman and her two minor children.

Spencer had already left by the time officers arrived at the residence, but he was located later that same evening and stopped in his vehicle near the intersection of 43rd Street and Phelps. As he was being placed under arrest, a police officer found a 9mm cartridge in Spencer’s front left pocket. The loaded 9mm pistol was discovered in the center console area of the vehicle.

Spencer also admitted that he made threatening telephone calls to the victim while he was incarcerated in federal custody. During these telephone calls, Spencer threatened her with violence, harm and death. Spencer also admitted he contacted the victim’s daughter by telephone. Spencer’s telephone calls were intended to coerce, intimidate, and compel her to become an uncooperative witness/victim in hopes of minimizing his potential prison sentence.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Spencer has four prior felony conviction for assault with a dangerous weapon and seven prior felony convictions for assault and battery, and prior felony convictions for assault and battery on a police officer, armed robbery and possession with intent to distribute/manufacture a controlled substance.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley K. Kavanaugh. It was investigated by the Independence, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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A review for competency hearing will be held tomorrow for an Independence man accused of killing his mother. Shane M. Harrelson was charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of his mother Michelle R. Harrelson. Police found the suspect in a detached garage putting a tattoo on his leg that said "MOM." 

Independence Missouri police responded to a shooting at Truman and Sterling last night. The victim was reportedly shot at the Timberwind apartments near 13th and Cunningham. He traveled to the QuikTrip for help and was transported to an undisclosed hospital. The victims condition was not known at the time of this publishing.