by Ivan Foley
Cade Springston, 19, of Weatherby Lake, has been cited for non-aggravated assault after allegedly hitting an 18-year-old woman in the face with his fist.
Springston is the son of Scott Springston, the former superintendent of the Park Hill School District. Scott Springston resigned as superintendent in April following a “personnel investigation” by the district. His resignation came about six weeks after Weatherby Lake police had been called to the Springston home by the superintendent's wife, who told police she was involved in a verbal argument with her husband. According to that police report, Mrs. Springston told police when her husband arrived home from work “he was intoxicated and the two of them had been arguing for an hour before she called the police.” Scott Springston left the residence before police arrived.
In this latest incident, Cade Springston was issued a general summons citation for the alleged assault by Kansas City Police Department. His court date is scheduled in Kansas City Municipal Court on Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.
The alleged assault occurred inside a vehicle in the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 3. It was first reported to Weatherby Lake Police Department. After it was determined the alleged assault had occurred while the car was on Barry Road near Mace Road in the city of Kansas City, the alleged victim was advised to contact Kansas City police regarding the incident.
The call to Weatherby Lake police was made shortly after 3 a.m. Weatherby Lake police stayed on the scene at Thompson Park and at the Springston home in Weatherby Lake with the parties about the alleged assault and other activity for more than two hours.
Kansas City police say the alleged assault victim arrived at Kansas City North Patrol Division to file an assault report at 5:30 a.m.
The 18-year-old female told police that she and a few other people were drinking at the Springston home. According to the police report, she told authorities they got into a vehicle, went to Walmart and then headed back to Springston’s address.
According to the police report, an argument began and Cade Springston, who was the front passenger, allegedly turned and struck the female in the face with his fist. The female was sitting in the middle of the back seat.
A witness told police she was sitting behind the driver and next to the alleged victim when the incident occurred and related it happened as the alleged victim stated, according to the police report.
A second witness arrived to the North Patrol Division headquarters and told police he was in the back seat with the alleged victim and the other witness. This witness said the group went to Walmart because the alleged victim wanted Springston to steal liquor, according to the police report. The argument, according to the police report, was in regard to Springston not stealing liquor and the alleged victim was antagonizing Springston, so Springston kicked the alleged victim out of the car, according to this witness. This witness told police he did not see Springston hit the female.
Another person was interviewed by police at North Patrol. According to the police report, this person said he was at Springston’s house when Springston, the driver and another person returned. According to the police report, this person was told what happened and he left to go pick up the girls. When he found the girls, the alleged victim was rubbing her cheek area and stated she was mad at Springston for not stealing liquor, according to the police report. She then stated Springston hit her but this person was not a witness to the alleged assault, according to the police report.
Springston responded to North Patrol to speak with police. According to the police report, Springston stated he did not hit the alleged victim. Springston told authorities the alleged victim wanted him to steal liquor but he refused and she got mad at him, according to the police report. He told police he kicked her out of his car.
AN EARLIER INCIDENT
AT WEATHERBY LAKE
Earlier in the evening prior to the filing of the assault report with Kansas City, the same subjects had been interviewed by Weatherby Lake police, who had been dispatched at 3:08 a.m. on a call of an assault/possible armed party at the Springston home, according to a police report.
According to the report, Weatherby Lake Police Chief Gary McMullin says officers performed a check inside the Springston home after being told by two 18-year-olds at the scene that Cade Springston had been walking around with a rifle or shotgun strapped to his shoulder and yelling. According to the police report, one witness told officers she saw Springston with the weapon slung on his shoulder walk into the street in front of his house and yell “ain’t nobody getting into my house because I’m strapped up.”
After being told by two witnesses and the alleged assault suspect that there had been two other persons inside the residence--Springston’s sister and a male friend of Springston--police rang the doorbell and knocked on the door. There was no answer.
The police chief, according to his report, then had a female witness dial Springston’s cell phone.
“I left a message that I was going to check on the other two people in the home to ensure their safety since he was reported to have a firearm and was reported to be intoxicated and violent,” McMullin wrote in his police report.
Shortly after leaving that message, McMullin’s report indicates he received word from other officers that Springston was at the park and detained. McMullin went to the park to tell Springston he was going inside the home to check on the safety of the others.
“As we walked in the open garage door, Cade began to back up, flexing his muscles and at the same time asked if I had a warrant. Considering that Cade had (allegedly) been armed and had already (allegedly) assaulted one person, when Cade started flexing I restrained Cade and advised him that he was under arrest,” McMullin wrote in his report. “He then calmed down and stated the other parties were ok and were asleep and then stated I could check on them,” the police chief wrote in his report.
According to the report, McMullin then told Springston he would release him and “just detain him at this time until I had further facts about the crimes in which he was a suspect.”
McMullin says police entered the home and were able to check both persons inside to ensure they were alive and well.
According to the report, Springston told authorities there were weapons in the house but that they were locked up. Springston told police he didn’t know how to open the door to get to the weapons.
Springston also told police he had no weapons at anytime in the night, according to the report.
“Cade was shirtless and I noticed several marks and scratches on his back, neck and side. I inquired as to the cause of the injuries and Cade stated he had played football on Sunday and had been injured during the game. I photographed the injuries and thanked Cade for his assistance,” McMullin wrote in his police report.
“Upon completion of the statements, the victim was advised to contact the Kansas City Police Department regarding the assault, which was determined to have happened on Barry Road near Mace Road,” McMullin’s report says.
McMullin told The Landmark last week that there have been no charges for any events that occurred inside the city limits of Weatherby Lake that night.
WITH THE LAW
In February of this year, Cade Springston entered a guilty plea to two misdemeanor amended counts of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on supervised probation for two years. He was also ordered to perform 30 hours of community service.
Those charges had been amended from original misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute.
That case dealt with an Aug. 30, 2014 incident in Kansas City at Hwy. 152 and North Amity. According to the statement of probable cause filed with the original charges, police found marijuana in a car in which Springston was a front seat passenger. Police say they pulled the car over after it was observed swerving and failing to maintain a single lane of traffic, almost running onto the shoulder of the highway. The car was Springston’s but he was not the driver, according to the court documents.
According to the statement of probable cause, authorities say Springston reached down to the floorboard under the front seat and retrieved a clear plastic bag that police say contained marijuana. Authorities say in court documents filed with the original charges that an inventory of the vehicle revealed a plastic cup under the front passenger seat with multiple empty plastic bags.
Also found in the vehicle was a large glass bong allegedly containing marijuana reside, police say. According to the probable cause statement filed with those original charges, Springston told police the large glass bong was his.
According to the probable cause statement, Springston told police the marijuana belonged to the female friend who was driving his vehicle.