CLAY COUNTY — Noah T. Cole, 23, of Kansas City faces charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action, burglary and arson in Clay County in connection with a crime spree that encompassed multiple counties and included a fire in London Towers apartments in Gladstone over Thanksgiving weekend.

Gladstone firefighters were dispatched to the apartments around 7:17 p.m. Nov. 27, at 2505 NE Shady Lane Drive, to a neighbor reporting smoke filling the apartment from elsewhere. According to the probable cause statement, first responders determined the smoke was coming from another apartment at 2503 NE 63rd Place.

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