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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Toddler Dies After Being Hit by Vehicle in Olathe KS

Tragic!  My condolences to the child's family and everyone involved.



Toddler dies after being hit by vehicle in Olathe: A 14-month-old girl was critically injured after she was struck by a vehicle.

Friday, July 22, 2016

BREAKING: KC-MO Police "Operation-100' in the Northland

Refer to the map image below- this PD tactical operation in in the general area of N.E. 61st Street and North Drury.


Few details that I know- other than it sounds to be a male barricaded in that area and that so far- does not appear to be anyone hurt.


The news media is being "staged" at the "Ravenwood (Elementary) School" at 5800 North Brighton.


UPDATE: 1630 CDT- KC MO Police have the barricaded male in custody without injury.  Possibly the male was having suicidal thoughts- but the Op-100 is about to officially end.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

KC KS Police Officer Killed in Shooting


KCK police officer in critical condition after being shot near 22nd, Haskell: A KCK police officer has been shot Tuesday afternoon. Police Chief Terry Zeigler said the shooting happened at 22nd Street and Haskell Avenue.

UPDATE 3:15 PM:  KMBC-9 reports "3 suspects in custody."  Victim- a police captain- last reported to be "in critical condition."

Incident reportedly began as a "shots fired" call in at the Juniper Gardens apartment complex at 2nd St. and Edgerton- about a mile east of 22nd and Haskell...


UPDATE 3:35 PM: Reports are that the KC-KS police captain has died at K.U Med Center.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Kansas City Police Surround Home of Baton Rouge Shooter


Kansas City police surround home of Baton Rouge shooter: A man believed to have taken part in the shooting that killed at least three police officers from Baton Rouge was from the metro area.

BREAKING NEWS: Working Duplex Fire in Grandview MO

All Grandview firefighters with assistance from  Belton FD are engaged in a firefight in a duplex in the 6200 block of East 129th Street.

The initial alarm sounded at 7:05 pm with a report of someone still trapped inside the structure.

Fire crews arriving less than 3 minutes later reported the "duplex fully-involved" in fire- but shortly later said all occupants were "out" of the building.

The fire is still underway with yet no reports of injuries.


Updates on this post when received....


Sunday Night TV: 1966-67 (Rare promos, bumpers, commercials, etc.)

With all the bad news going on- I take you back to earlier and somewhat lighter days of Sunday night programming on American network TV.



A big thanx to "Fred Fix" for sharing this....



Let There Be Peace on Earth - Harlem Boys' Choir

WATCH LIVE: Officials Confirm 2 Law Enforcement Officers Dead, 5 Injured in Baton Rouge LA

WATCH LIVE: Officials confirm 2 law enforcement officers dead, 5 injured during shooting: Police are responding to a report of officers shot at a location on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Locals celebrating Bastille Day mourn terror attack in Nice, France

Locals celebrating Bastille Day mourn terror attack in Nice, France: Barbara Rafael, owner of Le Fou Frog in Kansas City, informed diners celebrating Bastille Day at her restaurant of what President Barrack Obama and other officials are calling a 'horrific terrorist...



KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Even in Kansas City, Bastille Day, France's National Day, is one of celebration but on Thursday, it turned to one of despair.
In Nice, France, someone drove a truck into a crowd celebrating its country with guns blazing leaving more than 75 people dead and hundreds more injured.
Barbara Rafael, owner of Le Fou Frog in Kansas City, informed diners celebrating Bastille Day at her restaurant of what President Barrack Obama and other officials are calling a 'horrific terrorist attack.'
"We would like to take a moment of silence," Rafael said. 
Together, the restaurant prayed. Barbara's daughter, Madeleine, just returned from France two days earlier.
"I just couldn't believe that they'd do it on this day," Madeleine said.
For Madeleine, it's a country filled with family. Three attacks in France in one year makes her and many others ask, 'why?' 
"It's so sad because they've had so many tragedies lately and it was just people celebrating and this happens," she said. "I don't understand why such an amazing country's been targeted so many times and it's really sad the world has so much violence going on."
Madeleine wanted to stay in France for Bastille Day but her parents told her she should come home. In hindsight, she was lucky. Her dad, Mano Rafael, is thankful his daughter is home.
For 20 years, the family has owned Le Fou Frog and proudly displayed a French flag outside.
This Bastille Day celebration, is now much different than years past. 
"Killing people. Killing people that are innocent," Madeleine's dad said. 
After the moment of silence, the restaurant sang the French National anthem as a sign of their French pride.
Madeleine says for the month she was there, she says there was a noticeable increase in security and police. 

Monday, July 04, 2016

Overland Park Project First Big Test in New Era of STAR Bond Oversight

When will corporate welfare cease?

When will the corporate news media (besides occasionally The KC STAR) seriously address this?


Overland Park project first big test in new era of STAR bond oversight: State officials in Kansas are evaluating a potential $200 million request for government-backed bonds to finance one-third of an Overland Park development featuring an amateur hockey arena and spaceflight museum.

CSW BREAKING: Motorcyclist Hit During KC-MO Police Chase

Police were chasing an alleged "stolen...silver Chrysler" in regard "to a kidnapping" in which there are yet no details in South KC-MO..

The chase began around 11:22 am on Blue River Road north and eastbound- then the suspect went south on U.S. 71/I-49..

At 11:26 am- officers report the suspect vehicle "hit a motorcycle on the Red Bridge ramp (from southbound) I-49" and requested "EMS" for the cyclist.

The cyclist's injuries- and the victim's reported to be a male- are reported serious.

PD had reported suspect vehicle's speed as "85-90" MPH when the cyclist was struck.


At 11:46 am- KC-MO FD-EMS "Medic-42" was enroute to the nearest medical trauma center with the cyclist.

42's report "the male (cyclist) was sideswiped by a vehicle going 90-95 MPH- the (patient) was going about 55 (MPH) and was thrown about 50 feet" from his bike when he was struck.

The man was knocked unconscious- but reportedly had regained consciousness enroute to the hospital.

His condition was serious to critical.


It sounds as if the silver suspect vehicle was stopped near the crash scene and a female occupant- the driver- was taken into custody.

There is still no info on the reported "kidnapping" that precipitated the police chase.

US Declassified Report Listing Individuals in 9/11 Probe

US declassified report listing individuals in 9/11 probe: Amid the clamor a year ago to release 28 still-secret pages of a congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks, the government quietly declassified a little-known report listing more than...

Sunday, July 03, 2016

NWS Flash Flood Warning for Jackson County MO- But No Serious Problems Yet

Cellphones across the county went off within the past 10 minutes for this warning- but the heaviest rains are now over eastern JaCoMO..

There have been rainfalls of slightly more than 4-inches reported near Knobtown in SE KC-MO- but a check of area stream and river gauges show all major waterways well within their banks.

The previous weeks of mostly rain-free weather allowed the ground to soak up much of the rain- which fortunately didn't come down all at once but in waves several hours apart.

More activity will develop/move into the Metro through the next 6 hours or so- but amounts should remain below 2-inches and I don't anticipate any serious flash flooding issues in the Metro through the end of this event later today.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Fire Destroys Grandview Restaurant

The alarm sounded at 11:21 pm Friday night for the fire at 1309 Main Street.

There was heavy smoke showing from the back and roof of the business when firefighters arrived.

Grandview was assisted by a ladder truck from Belton.

Fire destroys Grandview restaurant: A Grandview diner is significantly damaged after a fire broke out Friday night.


Friday, July 01, 2016

G. Star Swain Sings "The National Anthem" Live at the Lincoln Memorial

Beautiful spur-of-the-moment concert in D.C....



Happy Independence Day everybody!  ;)



Murder in Belton MO

Woman killed in Belton shooting, police search for suspect: Police are searching for a suspect after a woman was found shot in front of a Belton strip mall.



KC-MO Police have the possible suspect cornered in South KC near U.S. 71 and 85th St..

Concerned Citizens Form Coalition Against Kansas City MO Water Rate Hike

These citizens are correct- water rates are already too high!



Thank you KCTV...



Concerned citizens form coalition against Kansas City water rate hike: A new group is calling out the city on its water rate hikes.



KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A new group is calling out the city on its water rate hikes.
Called Right2Water, the group sent a letter to Kansas City Water Services Director Terry Leeds, expressing its concern over the water rate increases.
JoNina and Lorenzo Ervin are worried about how they will be able to afford their water bill, which could more than double by the year 2035.
"We have a right to affordable water," JoNina Ervin says. "We're not asking for it to be free; we know it's not going to be. But we do have a right to get water at affordable rates for people."
Water rates are going up - and they'll keep rising for another 14 years. 
Right now, the average monthly water bill in Kansas City is about 110 dollars. KCTV5 previously reported that rate could rise to $229 by the year 2035. 
Leeds tells KCTV5 the city needs money to comply with a requirement mandated by the federal government. That mandate says cities across the country must separate sewer and storm water.
Leeds also backed off a bit about the number. 
"Uh, the rates will continue to...I don't know about that number though," he said. "I don't have a number, because when you look that far ahead, it's hard to know what the economy is going to do." 
Previous estimates showed a cost of $2.5 billion for the fix. KCTV5 has learned that cost will be much higher - between $4.5 - $5 billion - over a 25-year period. 
Most of that cost will fall to consumers. 
"This is why we're organizing this movement, so that we're all in a position to have a voice in how this billing is going down, how the system is run," Lorenzo Ervin said. 
The Right2Water will be hosting a community forum from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. It will be held at the Quilombo Cultural Center, located at 3504 Woodland Avenue in Kansas City
The city has its own task force to consider the cost issues. Its next meeting is set for Tuesday, July 19. If interested, check out this Website, which is updated regularly from the city with new meeting information
Leeds says he is prepared to listen to Right2Water or anyone else concerned with the bills. 
"We'll be glad to come out and talk to them about our rates and why they are what they are," he said. "We'd like to be as transparent as we can."
The full letter from Right2Water to the city:
Recently, I and a group of water company ratepayers and concerned citizens  met to discuss how to respond to your April 2016 water rate hike, which doubled and even tripled water rates of most residential customers. We created a group, “Right2Water Coalition-KCMO,” which is a watchdog group, designed to compel regulatory compliance, fairness in the water rate structure, and community control of water service.
Your April rate hike of double the amount of customers’ bills concerns us greatly. We believe your rationale that it must be done to address the sewage infrastructure crisis, and that EPA is compelling you to bill Kansas City ratepayers $2.5 billion is false, and we believe that these are numbers you have made up yourself. We are not saying that the financial necessity does not exist for the construction project, but we believe that the company’s construction request contains an inflated figure, and further believe that you have not stated the economic necessity for it. We feel that there is no financial justification for such a massive customer rate hike over a 25-year period to obtain it, and that there has to be a better method You just are not considering it. Finally, we believe that you are not locked into the kind of pipes or other construction products you purchase from a particular vendor, and should be seeking to save money, instead of adopting a “cadillac plan” of profligate overspending. Ratepayers are on the hook for whatever you do.
Why was there no consideration of a one-cent sales tax over 25 years, similar to that for the newly inaugurated downtown streetcar service? Why not try to raise taxes (or secure municipal bonds) for an equivalent amount from residents of the entire city and surrounding county, any of which depends on KC Water Services?  In addition, why are people who use less than 2,500 gallons of water seeing any increase at all, that is, if you are concerned about overburdening the poor and low income workers with these hikes to their bills? Further, we question if commercial and industrial customers received similar rate hikes for sewer infrastructure since you have kept this a company secret from the media and public. In our opinion, businesses generally should pay much more than residential customers for their services, and they should bear the lion’s share of all payments toward the current sewer infrastructure repairs.  If they use more water and have more toilets, like Kauffman Stadium, they should be paying more, as just one example.
Finally, sir, if the city and water company officials had applied to EPA for infrastructure grants from their Clean Water State Revolving Fund years ago, when company and government officials first realized they were polluting the Missouri River with sewage,  then the city likely would have gotten federal grant money and federal support, rather than a massive $600,000+ fine for violating the Clean Water Act.  This is a matter of bad leadership, poor planning, and dishonesty by local government officials.  This is why it is hard for us to believe you now when you say you need $2.5 billion in project funds, as we believe the figure may be much smaller, and if you obtained this amount, much of the surplus of this money would be transferred to the General Operating Fund of the city government for unrestricted and unaccountable spending by politicians.
We are also concerned about the possible shutoffs of many customers’ water service altogether, more than your “assistance plan” can possibly handle because of these and other water rate hikes affecting so many people. Most families cannot pay $200-$300 per month, which is the projected cost for your service over the next few years. If this happens, we could quickly have a social crisis like Detroit or Flint, Michigan, where  thousands have no water at all, because of mass shutoffs and their inability to pay. We fear that this city’s water service is also becoming unaffordable.
In April 2016, local government and company officials also created the “Cost of Service Task Force,” which supposedly is looking for diversified funding. This body supports the public posture that KC Water is investigating other sources of funding for the sewage repair project. Well, EPA grant-making may still be possible from the Clean Water Fund, but there are also numerous other grants from both government  and corporate foundations. This would drive down significantly the amount of revenue expected to be paid by local water ratepayers. In fact, it is irresponsible, and would be mismanagement of the worst sort to place the entire burden on residential ratepayers alone for the years of neglect by local government and company officials.
We therefore emphatically urge your Cost of Service Task Force to begin to immediately consider an EPA grant and other such funding sources, and not continue with their charade of how to pick the pockets of ratepayers, and make them accept your corporate plan as being in their own interest, or the only possible option.
We Object to the composition and Functioning of the Cost of Water Task Force.
In addition to the April 2016 water rate hike, we object to the undemocratic process used to select the members of the Cost of Services Task Force. It is stocked with 15 well-heeled, politically connected cronies of the mayor and representatives of big business and commercial customers.  Further, it is a conflict of interest to have city council members be on this COS Task Force, since they voted for the creation of the body and serve in the local government. This is clearly unethical, and ratepayers can have no faith in the veracity of such a process. There is not even one low-income ratepayer among these 15 appointees. This is a travesty, but it points out that this body is totally unresponsive and just a political sounding board, not a body seeking to work with all the ratepayers of your company to come up with actual solutions to the sewer infrastructure crisis. This COS-TF body needs to be dismantled and reconstructed to ensure that everyone has a voice and seat at the table, even those who disagree with company methods.
This COS Task Force structure, as presently constructed, is all one-way communication, which makes it clear that low income and residential customers need their own organization, a pressure group that will make you listen to us, and which allows us to express a dissident opinion. We do not accept a puppet body which does not express our needs and concerns. We therefore created the Right2Water Coalition-KCMO, an independent non-governmental and non-corporate watchdog to ensure accountability and to challenge authority in this matter.  We will contact you again and attend some of your COS-TF meetings where we will raise our positions and concerns on behalf of ratepayers.  Thank you.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Captain Kangaroo's Son Leaving Kansas Government?



Possible Strong-Severe Storms- Flash Flooding In or Near Metro Kansas City

The NWS' Storm Prediction Center's (SPC) latest convective (tstm) outlook for the rest of this Thursday has eastern and southern parts of Metro KC outlooked for possible severe thunderstorms (tstms).


The immediate city and environs are in a "marginal" risk area for severe storms.


In addition- a large part of Kansas and Missouri is included in a "Flash Flood Watch" that is valid through Sunday July 3.


Currently- there are NO watches or warnings in effect for the Kansas City MetroRegion- but that should change later today and certainly by late Friday....

Sunday, June 26, 2016

CSW BREAKING: 2-Alarm Apartment Fire in OLATHE KS

This fire is at the Avignon complex on the north side of W. 119th St. about a half-mile east of I-35.


No injuries reported- but a multi-unit building was heavily damaged.

A lightning strike was assigned the cause of the fire.....

2 killed when car runs off Kansas City highway overpass


2 killed when car runs off Kansas City highway overpass: Two people died when the car they were in ran off an interstate overpass in Kansas City.
The driver, Calleb M. Lugano, 22, of Overland Park, Kansas, and a passenger, Tuiemanu Ripley, 21, of Warrensburg, Missouri, died in the wreck.
Two female passengers, ages 23 and 22, are still in a hospital. One of them remains in critical condition. Their names have not yet been released.
The University of Central Missouri said three of the people in the car were students there.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Child Drowns in Independence MO

A "22-month-old female" is enroute emergency to a nearby hospital after being found in a pool.

This happened around 8:30 pm Saturday evening in the 19000 block of East 34th Street South in Independence.

CPR was reportedly performed on the child by "an off-duty firefighter" and was continuing enroute to the hospital.

Further details pending....

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

List of Metro Kansas City Fireworks Displays 2016

Where can I see fireworks in my neighborhood?: Here is a list of fireworks, festivals and other Independence Day events in cities across the metro area.



KC Riverfest
KC Riverfest is the premiere Independence Day celebration in the region. Located on the Missouri Riverfront at beautiful Berkley Riverfront Park, KC Riverfest is a celebration of our culture, heritage and country.


When: Musical performances begin Monday, July 4, at 4 p.m. with fireworks over the Missouri River starting at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Berkley Riverfront Park between the Heart of America and Paseo bridges.
Ticket Information: Tickets are $5 but Children 12 and under are FREE. Tickets are available for purchase at the gate, CASH ONLY. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. all admission is FREE.
For more information, click here.
Jackson County Fourth of July Celebration
Celebration Independence Day "Jackson County Style!" This 4th of July celebration has fast become one of the Greater Kansas City region's most popular. More than 25,000 people attended last year alone.
When: Gates open Monday, July 4, at 5:30 p.m., musical performances begin a 6:15 p.m. and Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m.
Where: Longview Lake, Shelter #13
Ticket Information: Admissions is FREE but concession stand food is available for purchase.
For more information, click here.
Parkville Fourth of July Fireworks and Festival
Bring the entire family for a taste of good old-fashioned Americana! Our traditional salute to Independence Day includes pancakes for breakfast, a community parade, carnival rides, lots of food, fun, games, shopping, music and, of course, our fabulous fireworks finale.
When: Parade and carnival begin Monday, July 4, at 10 a.m. with ongoing events until 10 p.m. and fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
Where: English Landing Park on the Missouri River
Ticket Information: The event is FREE but concessions and vender booths will be available.
For more information, click here.
Overland Park Star Spangled Spectacular
Each year thousands of people attend the Star Spangled Spectacular at Corporate Woods in Overland Park. The largest fireworks display in the Kansas City metro offers free parking, music, activities for the children and plenty of grass space for blankets and lawn chairs.
When: Ongoing events begin Monday, July 4, at 4 p.m. with live music starting at 5 p.m. and Fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Corporate Woods, Interstate 435 and College Boulevard at 109th/Mastin.
Ticket Information: Admission is FREE
Rain Date: Tuesday, July 5. There will not be vendors or other activities, but the fireworks will go on at the same time and place.
For more information, click here.
Worlds of Fun
Come celebrate Independence Day at Worlds of Fun! Complimentary admission for Veterans of the American Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Veterans can also purchase discounted admissions for up to six (6) members of their immediate family at $29.99 + tax each 
When: Fireworks displays will begin at 10 p.m. each night July 1 through July 4.
Where: Watch from within Worlds of Fun.
For more information, click here.
Smithville Lake Dam Fireworks Display
Smithville Marina holds its annual festivities with a huge display shot off the north end of the Smithville Dam. View at the marina, by boat, or at the Smith's Fork Park. There will be designated parking and free admission.
When: Fireworks begin at dusk.
Where: Smithville Lake, Smithville, MO. Smith Fork Park is located at 1601 DD Hwy.
Ticket Information: the display is FREE.
Blue Springs Red, White and Blue Springs Fireworks
Red, White and Blue Springs! The city of Blue Springs proudly presents the annual fireworks program at Peve Stadium. Watching a professional fireworks display is a safe way to enjoy they holiday!
When: Gates open on Monday, July 4, at 6:30 p.m., live music starts at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks will start around 9:30 p.m.
Where: Blue Springs High School Peve Stadium, 200 NW Ashton Drive.
Ticket information: Admission is FREE but concessions will be available.
Rain Date: In case of inclement weather the fireworks display will be on Tuesday, July 5.
For more information, click here.
Liberty 4th Fest
Liberty is getting ready to light up the sky again – and you’re invited!
When: Food trucks and a beer garden will open Monday, July 4, at 5 p.m., family activities will be available from 5-8 p.m., live music will play from 8-9:30 p.m., and fireworks will start at 9:45p.m.
Where: Fountain Bluff Sports Complex 2200 Old State Hwy 210.
For more information, click here.
Spirit of America Fourth of July Celebration with Raymore
Join the Parks & Recreation Department for this annual tradition at Recreation Park. There will be a car show, refreshments, entertainment and much more before the sun sets and we light up the sky with a unique fireworks display.
When: There will be ongoing activities all day on Monday, July 4.
Where: Recreation Park, 1021 S. Madison, Raymore, MO.
Ticket Information: Admission is FREE.
For more information, click here
Platte City Family Fun and Fireworks
When:  The fireworks display will be on Monday, July 4, and will start at 9:45 p.m.
Where: Platte Ridge Park, 17130 MO-371 Highway, Platte City
Ticket Information: The display is FREE.
Legacy Blast Fireworks Extravaganza at Legacy Park
Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation and the city of Lee's Summit invite you to a free fireworks extravaganza at Legacy Park in Lee's Summit. The amazing display will be choreographed to music and simulcast on 94.9 KCMO. Food vendors, local entertainers and inflatables will be on-site at each venue before the fireworks show. Bring the family and blankets for fun under the stars.
When:  The Extravaganza is on Friday, July 1. Gates open at 6 p.m. with free entertainment and concessions available until the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Legacy Park 1201 NE legacy park Dr., Lee’s Summit
Ticket Information: The events and display are FREE.
Cities of Fairway, Westwood, Roeland Park, Mission Woods and Westwood Hills
Fairway Parks & Recreation, in partnership with the Cities of Westwood and Roeland Park, along with financial assistance from the Cities of Westwood Hills and Mission Woods, is proud to announce the 2016 fireworks display.  
When: The fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3.  
Where: Bishop Miege High School, 5041 Reinhardt Dr., Roeland Park, KS.
Ticket Information: Admission and parking are FREE.
For more information, click here.
Lenexa Community Days Parade
NO FIREWORKS DISPLAY. The annual Lenexa Community Days Parade is a hometown tradition that draws thousands of spectators to Old Town Lenexa to celebrate Independence Day. Dozens of organizations, businesses and groups gather together to walk through the crowd-lined streets.
When: Beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 4.
Where: Old Town Lenexa, Santa Fe Trail Dr. & Pflumm Rd., Lenexa KS.
Ticket Information: The event is FREE to the public.
For more information, click here.
Leawood Fourth of July Celebration
The City of Leawood is proud of the excitement and tradition that the annual 4th of July celebration brings to the community. City Park will be closed to all vehicles on Monday, July 4 and free shuttle buses will be running from the parking lots along the west side of Tomahawk Creek Parkway.
When:  Kids activities and food vendors will open on Monday, July 4, at 5 p.m., live music starts at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks will start at 9:45 p.m.
Where: Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard.
Ticket Information: Admission is FREE but an all access ride and activity band is available for purchase for children under 14 for $5 CASH ONLY.
For more information, click here.
Fourth of July Celebration at Ft. Leavenworth
This year we are commemorating veterans who served during the Vietnam conflict (50th Anniversary) and veterans who served during Desert Shield/Desert Storm (25th Anniversary).
When: The celebration begins on Monday, July 4, at 4 p.m., with live rock music starting at 5:30 p.m., a Salute to the Union at 8:30 p.m., and a fireworks display 30 minutes after sunset.
Where: Merritt Lake, Leavenworth, KS 66027
Ticket Information: The event is FREE and open to the public.
Rain Date: In the case of inclement weather the band performance will be canceled, the Salute to the Union will go as scheduled and fireworks will be displayed on the next clear night.
For more information, check out their Facebook page or call (913) 684-1674
Olathe- Red, White and Blue
Mark your calendars for Olathe – Red, White and Blue, a week filled with fireworks, music, and fun. 
When: The annual fireworks display begins Monday, July 4, at 9:30 p.m.
Where: College Boulevard Activity Complex, 11031 S. Valley Parkway.
Ticket Information: The Display is FREE
For more information, click here.
Boom & Blooms Festival at Powell Gardens
July brings a blaze of color to Powell Gardens during the biggest one-day festival of the summer at Kansas City's botanical garden. Booms & Blooms is set for July 3, with festivities taking place throughout the day and concluding with a dramatic fireworks display ending the evening.
When: The event is scheduled for Saturday, July, 2, with children’s activities until 7:30 p.m. and live music from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The fireworks display will begin around 9:30 p.m.
Where: Powell Gardens
Ticket Information: Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 get in FREE. Festival admission includes all day access to the Gardens including the Heartland Harvest Garden and the Jurassic Garden exhibition, parking, trolley/tram service and performances.
Rain Date: Sunday, July 3.
For more information, click here.
Higginsville’s Family Fun & Fireworks Festivities
When: Events including youth activities and live music begin at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks begin at dusk, around 8 p.m.
Where: Fairground Park, Higginsville, MO
For more information, click here.
Lansing’s Independence Day Celebration
Come join in on the fun at Lansing’s Independence Day Celebration, with one of the largest fireworks displays in the area that is also timed to music.
When: The event begins Friday, July 1, at 6 p.m. with inflatable rides and food vendors. Fireworks begin at sunset.
Where: Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park, located off of 4-H Road on the west side of Lansing.
Ticket Information: The event and parking are FREE.


Read more: http://www.kctv5.com/story/18895849/where-can-i-see-fireworks#ixzz4CKnJCGj8

Monday, June 20, 2016

KC-MO: Boy, 4, Dies After Being Caught up in Rolling Gun Battle

Disgustingly tragic! 



Boy, 4, dies after being caught up in rolling gun battle: A child riding in the backseat of a vehicle died Monday morning after getting caught up in a rolling gun battle between two other vehicles, police said.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Severe Thunderstorm Approaching Lawrence KS

The NWS has a severe storm warning on the cell and that includes Clinton Lake as well as the Lawrence area.

If the storm maintains- it could affect western Metro KC in a couple of hours. 

It's entirely possible a shower/storm or two could develop in advance of the Lawrence cell.

FYI- storms in the Wichita area have dropped as much as 5-inches of rain in the past 5 hours.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Scattered Showers and Storms Today- "Enhanced" Risk of Severe Storms Tuesday

Sunday afternoon Metro Kansas City saw scattered showers and thunderstorms develop and move over parts of our area- and the same thing is occurring this Monday afternoon.

The latest NWS Topeka Doppler radar image shown depicts this activity increasing over east central Kansas with individual cells moving slowly northeast.

This trend will continue through the afternoon with pop-up showers and storms developing just about anywhere in and around the Metro.

On Tuesday- storms will be more organized and possibly severe in and around Metro KC- with an "enhanced" risk of severe storms locally as well. 




Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Today Marks 50-Years Since Topeka Kansas EF-5 Tornado

Here is the sequence of photographs taken by TOPEKA CAPITAL-JOURNAL's Perry Riddle beginning shortly after 7 PM on the evening of June 8 1966: