• Independence officer dies in off-duty accident

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  • The Independence Police Department says an officer has died in an off-duty accident over the weekend.
    Officer James Lockard died Sunday evening. On Saturday, he was hunting in northern Missouri when a falling tree knocked him off an ATV. He was flown to Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., where he died a little after 5 p.m. Sunday.
    Lockard is survived by a wife, a son and a step-son. He had been with the Police Department since 2008, working in the Patrol Division and on the Special Response Team.
    A fund has been set up to help the family with expenses. Donations can be given to:
    James Lockard Memorial c/o Code One Credit Union PO Box 270020 Kansas City, Mo. 64127
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