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Police report details horrors inside Cleveland home

CLEVELAND – How did Ariel Castro allegedly get away with three abductions on a busy Cleveland street, and keep his diabolical crimes a secret for so long?

A copy of a Cleveland police report obtained by the FOX 8 I-Team reveals that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight told police that each of them was walking in the same five block area of Lorain Avenue, when they were offered a ride by Castro.

Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins, who was briefed on the investigation, told FOX 8,  “We believe that the daughter of Ariel Castro was involved in some way, shape or form in indicating this was her father and you know, we’re going to give you a ride.”

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9 secrets to living longer

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Want to lengthen your life by 10 or 12 years? Even without the best genes, researchers say most of us can live into our early nineties and live well.

In Janet Williams’ tiny backyard, you find an oasis and Janet’s purpose in life.

“There’s no greater blessing than to put something in the ground and see it grow,” says Janet.

Having a purpose in life can add seven years to a person’s life. It’s one of the “Power 9″ outlined in the book Blue Zones.

SEE ALSO: The 9 secrets to living longer

Last May, our neighbors to the north in Iowa started designating some cities as Blue Zones with a focus on making healthy choices easier.

“I think it could work in Kansas City or anywhere else in the country,” says Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

Emma’s Angel Ride to benefit victim of fatal bus fall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A benefit will happen in June for the family of Jamie Frecks, the 26-year-old killed in a weekend freak accident where she fell from a moving party bus along I-35.

The motorcycle ride will raise money for the girl’s one-month-old baby.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kobi’s Bar & Grill, 113 Oak St., Bonner Springs, Kan.

The benefit ride will cost $25 per rider and $10 for passengers. It begins and ends at the bar & grill.

If you’d like to make a donation instead:

  • First Legends Bank & Trust
  • c/o Jamie Frecks Memorial Fund
  • 10900 Parallel Parkway
  • Kansas City, Kan., 66109


For more information on the ride, contact Monica at 816-806-6318 or by email at mjshonk5@gmail.com.

No sign of Lana, but search continues; Flack charged

OTTAWA, Kan. — First-degree murder charges were filed Friday in the deaths of three adults and a child in Franklin County, Kan. An 18-month-old girl remains missing and is presumed dead.

Prosecutors filed charges against Kyle Flack, 27, for the murders of Kaylie Bailey, Andrew Stout and Steven White whose bodies were found on Stout’s Franklin County, Kan., farm earlier this week. First-degree murder charges were also filed in the death of Lana Bailey, despite her body not yet being found.

In addition, Flack faces two capital murder charges, a rape charge and an unlawful use of a firearm charge.

Flack is expected back in court on May 13.

Randy Jackson leaving ‘Idol’ after 12 seasons

LOS ANGELES — Musician, producer and judge on FOX’s “American Idol,” Randy Jackson said Thursday he will not return for a thirteenth season of the hit show.

“To put all of the speculation to rest, after twelve years of judging on American Idol I have decided to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures,” a statement by his publicist said.

You can watch the finale of this season’s Idol on May 16 right here on FOX 4.

KC No. 2 on ‘Most Redneck Cities’ list

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Congrats Kansas Citians! We’ve made number two on the “Top 10 Most Redneck Cities” list. But don’t shoot the messenger — it’s according to website Movoto.com.

The website compared the 50 largest cities, by population, and used a series of criteria to narrow it down, including:

  • Percent of population that didn’t complete high school
  • Number of gun and ammo stores per capita
  • Number of cowboy boots stores per capita
  • Number of Walmarts per capita

(To see the full list of criteria, click here)

Here’s a look at the complete top ten “redneck” cities:

Children plant seeds and watch plants grow

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Students love to plant seeds and watch their plants grow.

At the Primrose School in Overland Park, children work, play and learn in the school’s garden, the Primrose Patch.

For more information on the Primrose Patch, click here.