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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.

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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:

Monday, May 30, 2016

Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms Likely This Memorial Day Afternoon and Evening

Some heat-of-the-day activity has and is developing south of Metro Kansas City and moving slowly northward toward the Metro.

This trend will continue until sunset- with a few of the storms becoming locally heavy/severe with mostly large hail and gusty winds possible.

The greater concern is heavy rainfall over soils already fairly saturated with rains for the past week. 

At this time- there are no weather watches in effect or expected- but don't be surprised a random severe thunderstorm or perhaps flash flood warning is issued later today in and/or around Metro Kansas City.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tornado Watch and Flash Flood Risk for Metro Kansas City

The entire KC Metro is included on Tornado Watch No. 216 until 10 pm this Thursday night.

There is also a Flash Flood Watch that includes Metro KC..

Severe storms and tornado warnings are already rampant across Kansas....

Monday, May 23, 2016

Metro KC Dodges Bullet With Excessive Rain Event

Heavy showers and thunderstorms moved through Metro Kansas City with the heaviest amounts near and along the I-35 corridor from Johnson county KS into Clay county MO..

Refer to the map image- you can see slightly over 4-inches fell on one of the 4 Rock Creeks located around the Metro- this particular creek runs from the south part of the KC-MO Northland into Avondale into North KC..

Some flooding did occur in NKC- but the creek has since receded.

Three-inch amounts fell further north in the Line Creek and Shoal Creek watersheds.

Some high water was reported in eastern Gladstone along another Rock Creek- but that water too has subsided.

Two to three-inch totals were observed along Turkey Creek from near Shawnee into southern KC-KS- but no flooding occurred along the Turkey.

Note that no measurable rain fell at the gage located at M-350 and the Little Blue River in far southeastern KC-MO (Knobtown).

Sunday, May 22, 2016

ATV Ride Turns Fatal in Platte County MO

Heard parts of this call on the scanner. Southern Platte FPD had reported the victim with "a head injury" with "CPR in-progress" after they arrived on-scene.

ATV ride turns fatal in Platte County: One person is dead after an ATV accident in Platte County early Sunday morning.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CSW BREAKING: KC-MO PD "Operation-100" Called

KC-MO South Patrol officers reportedly were attempting to contact a person "in regard to stolen property" in a room at the motel at 11801 Blue Ridge- near the Grandview border.

That person- reportedly with a "nationwide warrant-" refused to open the door and officers said that person "threatened to shoot himself in the head."

Officers then requested an Operation-100 be called to that location- with the staging area at the Save-A-Lot "parking lot at Longview and Blue Ridge."

It is not yet known if busy Blue Ridge Boulevard- just north of I-49/U.S. 71- is being closed to traffic.

Kansas Basketball Coach Self, Other LLCs Avoid Taxes Under Kansas Law

Another reason Kansas is suffering financially...

Kansas coach Self, other LLCs avoid taxes under Kansas law: Bill Self isn't paying state taxes on the bulk of his millions of dollars of income as men's basketball coach at Kansas, all legal under 2012 tax reforms.

Meteor-Like Fireball Lights Up Sky in Portland, Maine

Combating Metro Kansas City's Feral Cat Boom

Combating the feral cat boom: Thousands of feral cats roam the metro. Rescue groups and communities have very different ways to try and control the population.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Monday, May 09, 2016

Severe Tstm Watch No. 154 Until 9 pm- KS-OK

ST Watch valid until 9 pm this Monday night includes the Kansas counties west of the first tier of counties along the Missouri border- or just west of Metro Kansas City.

Some nearby Kansas cities (counties) in this watch include: Garnett (Anderson)- Ottawa (Franklin)- Baldwin City and Lawrence (Douglas)- Oskaloosa and Valley Falls (Jefferson).

Friday, May 06, 2016

CSW BREAKING: Homicide in South-Central KC-MO

At least 2 were shot with one dead in the past hour in the 5300 block of Brooklyn in south-central Kansas City MO..

A short time ago- a 2nd death was reported regarding this incident.
No other details....

'This is as Bad as it Gets': Super 8 Motel Burns in Fort McMurray Alberta Canada

This is in Fort McMurray- a city of just under 90000 people in the oil-shale rich area of northern Alberta province Canada.

A huge out-of-control wildfire has forced the evacuation of virtually the area's entire population and has burned thousands of structures in and around Fort Mac.

Smoke from this very fire caused a midday haze in the skies over Metro Kansas City on Thursday.

Metro KC Severe Storm Chances on the Increase in Upcoming Week

The upcoming week will bring thunderstorms and the attending threat of severe weather to the Kansas City MetroRegion.
The following is the NWS' Storm Prediction Center (SPC) "Day 3" prediction is for the time frame of 7 am Sunday (Mother's Day) May 8 to 7 am Monday May 9.
At this time- it appears any severe weather in Metro KC proper will come late Monday into Tuesday morning- about 12 hours beyond the scope of the Day 3 forecast shown in the graphics here.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

2-Alarm Apartment Fire in KC-MO Near Old Northeast KC-MO

A 2nd-alarm has been requested for a fire in a 2-story apartment building at St. John and Brooklyn in near Old Northeast KC-MO.

The initial alarm was sounded around 11:30 pm with a 2nd-alarm ordered by the first-arriving fire company who reported "heavy fire showing" at 11:34 pm..

Three EMS units have responded to this incident- but no reports of any injuries as of this posing at 11:44 pm.

The fire has been declared under control at this time as well.

Refresh this post for updates......

At 11:47 pm- the 2nd-alarm fire companies as well as one of the EMS units had been "cancelled."

Still no injuries reported and searches have revealed no victims as of yet.


Kansas City International Airport New Terminal Plan Shelved

Just announced this Tuesday afternoon...

Kansas City's appropriately-named mayor "Sly" James says the city will not submit plans for a single airport terminal to voters this year.

Millions have already been spent on studies to consolidate KCI's 3 terminals into one-  against the wishes of many travelers who like the convenience of the present layout.

A grass-roots organization then mounted a petition drive to force the terminal issue to a public vote- which in itself actually killed the mayor and council's grandiose and costly plan.  

This comes on the heels of revelations of police officer shortages- fire station closings and exorbitant water/sewer bill increases.

Over 100 KC-MO Police Officer Jobs Eliminated

Imagine how many cops we'd have lost if the sacred "earnings tax" hadn't been renewed?

Remember- we're paying $10-15-million yearly for the Power and Light entertainment district.

Enjoy your high-priced meal and drink....

Over 100 KCMO Police Officer Jobs Eliminated: Concern is growing in communities tonight where police officers' jobs are being cut.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016