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Former roommate says suspected shooter looks much different than he remembers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Robert West flipped though photo albums, he remembered the good times when West said his friend and former roommate, Mohammed Whitaker, looked happy.

“To me, you know, I’m his family, the closest thing he has here,” West said.

The smiling picture, West said, is a far cry from the look he saw on Whitaker’s face as police arrested him Thursday night outside his home.

“To me he looked, I don’t know, looked bewildered. I don’t know what to say, he just did not look like the Mohammed I know. He looked differed. He looked odd,” said West.

What’s even more odd according to West is that the man who he lived with for the past year, and someone he loved like a nephew, is now charged as the shooter causing terror in “The Triangle.”

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Cavity in dental coverage in Missouri could be filled

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missourians on Medicaid haven’t had dental coverage since 2005. Now the legislature appears ready to fill that cavity.

Dabbie Johnson has no teeth. Sixteen badly decayed ones were pulled in recent months at Seton Center’s dental clinic.

“It affects everything — getting a job, the way people judge you,” said the 35-year-old Kansas City woman.

She believes some teeth would have been saved if she’d had dental coverage under Medicaid. It was eliminated by Missouri lawmakers in 2005.

“I suffered. I suffered a lot because there was only the emergency room and, you know, after a while the emergency room got tired of seeing me because I didn’t make it to dental ’cause I didn’t have the money to afford it,” said Johnson.

Four charged for alleged roles in burglary, vehicle pursuit through Kansas, Missouri

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Grandview neighborhood buzzes with police activity as suspected highway shooter arrested

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Police have arrested a suspect and are investigating 20-plus shootings as part of the extensive highway shootings investigation. Police say they have positively linked 12 of the shootings, most in the Three Trails Crossing area, formerly known as the Grandview Triangle, which is not far from where police say the suspect lived.

FOX 4’s Eric Burke was in the neighborhood as the suspect was apprehended and witnessed neighbors surprised to see numerous police vehicles.

While they were initially surprised, they were later relieved at the police presence that overtook the neighborhood. Most of the crowd that gathered came from a neighboring apartment complex who saw a couple of police cars drive by that later turned into what seemed like a never-ending line of law enforcement vehicles.

Police credit tips, collaborative investigating as keys to arresting shooting suspect

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Police vans and cars descended on a Grandview neighborhood for the take down of the highway shootings suspect Thursday afternoon. The scene in the neighborhood remained very active as day turned into night. FOX 4 News crews arrived at police headquarters as Kansas City, Mo., police took the suspect out of the police van and into the building for processing. Police have not yet named the man as he has not yet been charged; those charges are expected to be filed Friday morning.

Since the beginning of the investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been helping police and were on scene Thursday when the suspect was taken into custody.

Four suspects arrested following home break-in, highway chase

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four people are behind bars in Cass County after leading deputies on a chase Thursday through several counties. The chase started shortly after 10 a.m., after a homeowner in the 10000 block of East 267th Street came home to find a group of two men and two women burglarizing his home.

The man said he followed the suspects, who took off in a white van, and stayed on the phone with to give the dispatcher the description of the van, it’s driver, and where it was headed.

Deputies from Cass County and other law enforcement agencies worked together to attempt to stop the van using spike strips, but the driver was able to avoid them. The chase came to an end in Kansas City, about 30 miles from where it started, off 435 and Bannister Road.

KCPD Chief: Highway shootings suspect in custody

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Kansas City, Mo. Police Chief Darryl Forte tweeted late on Thursday afternoon that a suspect from the highway shootings is in custody.

The arrest comes about a week after police had connected 12 of approximately 20 highway shootings in an investigation that stretched as far back as 2013. FOX 4′s Eric Burke reports from the scene in Grandview that police aren’t saying much right now, but more details are expected to be released at about 7:30 on Thursday night.

FOX 4′s Megan Brilley had a chance to speak with Chief Forte as the news broke.