Hello Everyone! How has your week been? We had another birthday celebration here at my house. It was my older son’s 5th birthday!
February 23, 2017
TO: Jake Caldwell
RE: News Article
Jake – I know there’s been several write ups about our alleged little post-Blue Heron adventure, but didn’t know if you’d seen this one from the KC Star. Give me a call later – you still owe me a beer from saving your ass…again.
LOCAL INVESTIGATOR AND COUNTY SHERIFF TIED TO GUN BATTLE
Harry Lemon, Kansas City Star Reporter
It took a while for the smoke to clear from a massive gun battle in Kansas City’s River Market on Wednesday just after midnight. Bystanders could no doubt still hear the echoes of gunfire amid the blaring sirens of the bullet ridden police cruisers surrounding the brick warehouse at the heart of the district.
“I don’t know how many people were shooting out the windows of that warehouse,” said iron worker Barney Blevitt who was having a beer at the nearby Harry’s Country Club. “It sounded like a freaking army. A bullet whizzed by my head as I was going to my car.”
Kansas City detectives and the FBI are still investigating the details of the incident that left three officers wounded and five men inside the warehouse dead.
“We’re exhausting all possible leads,” said FBI Special Agent Victoria Snell. “Until then, neither the FBI or Kansas City Police Department can comment on the case at this time.”
Sources inside the department spoke anonymously to the Star and indicated the fire fight is tied to another gun battle that happened earlier in the week in the Kansas City Stockyards. A local private investigator by the name of Jake Caldwell and Benton County Sheriff James Parley were allegedly tied to both scenes, but Agent Snell quickly doused any speculation that the two cases were related.
“We have no reason to believe Mr. Caldwell or Sheriff Parley had any material involvement in either incident. That is the only thing we can say at this time.”
The Kansas City Star has since discovered that the warehouse involved in Wednesday night’s shooting is owned by Jason Keats, local philanthropist and alleged head of the Kansas City mafia who has had his own brushes with the law over the last two decades.
Allegations of arms dealing, money laundering and loan sharking have clung to the local businessman, some even calling Keats’s generous donations to local youth organizations “blood money”.
While rumors swirl that Keats was not only at the warehouse during the shooting, but was involved in the fire fight, Agent Snell said the rumor cannot be confirmed at this time.
While the FBI may discount Jake Caldwell and Sheriff Parley’s involvement in the River Market Shootout, witnesses interviewed by the Star say both Caldwell and Parley were seen exchanging gunfire with the warehouse occupants before disappearing when the police cars arrived.
One witnessed who would speak only on the condition of anonymity identified both individuals from photos.
“That guy Parley dropped two of the dudes in the warehouse right before they was about to shoot the other guy (Caldwell). It was like something out of an action movie. I ain’t seen anybody run away that fast when the cops showed up.”
A news conference is scheduled for Monday to discuss further details.
Jake Caldwell, Sheriff James “Bear” Parley and Jason Keats all declined comment.
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With his days as a mob enforcer behind him, Jake Caldwell’s trying to go straight.
But it seems his past won’t let him go.
His first job working as a private investigator turns up a teenage girl screaming down a dead man’s cell phone, and Logan, his mentor and the only man with answers, beaten into a coma.
Now Jake’s taking it personally.
The only clues Jake has to unravel the mystery are a Russian with a stolen silver briefcase and three names: Snell, Parley and Ares. Teaming up with his best friend Bear, the sheriff of his home town, and an attractive FBI agent, Jake quickly discovers they’re not the only ones looking for the briefcase and its deadly contents.
It’s no longer about seeking revenge.
The thrilling second book in the Jake Caldwell series is a heart-stopping ride that won’t disappoint fans.
James L Weaver is the Kansas City author of the Jake Caldwell series featuring IAN Thriller of the Year finalist Poor Boy Road and soon to be released Ares Road. He makes his home in Olathe, Kansas with his wife of 19 years and two children. His previous publishing credits include a six-part story called “The Nuts” and his 5-star rated debut novel Jack & Diane, which is available on Amazon.com. Author note: a handful of the raters are actually not related to him.
His limited free time is spent writing into the wee hours of the morning, playing parental taxi cab to his kids’ sporting endeavors, and binge watching Netflix.