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Sunday, December 24, 2006

KC MetroRegion Overnight News for Sunday, December 24, 2006

TWO SHOT - ONE DIES - IN KANSAS CITY, KS











>>> Overnight weather began with clear skies then clouds moved in around dawn. Temperatures held in the upper-20's to the lower-30's.



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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Overnight News for Saturday, December 23, 2006 ...

MORE THAN HALF-DOZEN PERSONS SHOT AT A KANSAS CITY, MO. NIGHTCLUB.

****Police report "10" people injured - "9" of them shot - at the "6902 Club" in the 6900 block of Prospect around 11:30 pm Friday night.

Three of those shot are reported to be in critical condition.
At least one of those shot was driven to a nearby hospital before police arrived. One male patient "had his fingers blown off" by gunfire. Another man was "shot in the thigh" - another "in the buttocks." Police also say another patrons' injuries are "not life-threatening - a (male) trampled in the panic" as the shots were fired.

Police were seeking the shooter in "a white Cadillac - last seen southbound on Prospect." The suspect said to be "a black male - 5'7" to 5'10" (tall)- 190 pounds (with) gold upper front teeth."

Victims went to 5 area trauma centers - closing some of those trauma centers for several hours. Four fire companies - 9 MAST ambulances and at least a dozen police cars responded to the scene.


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***A mid to late-teen male was in serious to critical condition after being beaten & stabbed in KC's Northeast area.
It happened in the area of Independence Avenue and Benton around 1:30 am. Police didn't report any suspect information. The "16-17-year-old" was taken to a nearby suburban trauma center.


**Another man reportedly walked from where he was stabbed to find police.
An officer at Armour & Troost reports the victim says his injuries were sustained at a house around 33rd & Paseo. The "47-year-old" patient was taken emergency by MAST to a trauma center.
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***Two "young females" suffered critical injuries in a one-car rollover accident in Miami County KS. near Paola around 2:15 am. Paola FD extrication equipment was necessary for both occupants.
Scene EMS command tried to get 2 medical helicopters to the wreck- but only one would fly. At least one patient remained unconscious throughout the EMS transport.

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***BREAKING***
0745 am - House fire on KC, MO's East side - 1800 block of Newton. Flames are reported knocked down 10 minutes later. Firefighters don't find any bodies inside.

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>>> Overnight weather saw the clouds depart - then reappear with areas of fog around sunrise. Temperatures fell from the upper-30's to the 30-degree mark.



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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Overnight News - Sunday, 17 December 2006

Noisy overnight - but little in the way of major news....

The action was in Kansas City, Missouri-

**Around 1:45 AM Sunday morning- a man in his early-30's was stabbed in the back. This happened in the 5400 block of Northwest Waukomis Drive and police were looking for 2 white suspects - male and female. The victim was taken to an area trauma center in critical condition.


**Just after 2 AM- a man crashed his vehicle into a tree in the 2700 block of Cleveland. After a short extrication by the Fire Department- the driver was whisked to an area trauma center in serious to critical condition.



>>>Overnight weather brought cloudy skies and tho the temperatures were colder than the previous morning- were still more than 10 degrees above normal.



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Saturday, December 16, 2006

BULLETIN ...

POLICE ARE ON THE SCENE OF WHAT WAS DISPATCHED AS "A MULTIPLE (VICTIM) SHOOTING" IN THE 5500 BLOCK OF PALOMA IN EASTERN KANSAS CITY, MO..

THE CALL CAME IN AT 8:49AM AND POLICE HAD TO BREAK DOWN A DOOR TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE STRUCTURE.

AT LEAST ONE DEAD PERSON AND POSSIBLY MORE ARE FOUND INSIDE AND HOMICIDE DETECTIVES WERE ORDERED.

"ONE SMALL CHILD" WAS DETECTED "STILL BREATHING" BY POLICE AROUND 9:10 AM. MAST SOON TRANSPORTED THIS VICTIM - "A 5-6-YEAR-OLD MALE WITH A GUNSHOT TO THE ROOF OF HIS MOUTH" - TO A TRAUMA CENTER IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

THE INVESTIGATION IS IN PROGRESS.


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ADD- AP - 1138 CST -
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Police: Man Kills 5, Self in Kansas City

Dec 16, 12:37 PM (ET)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -A man killed five people, including three of his children, before fatally shooting himself Saturday morning, and a fourth child was in the hospital with life-threatening wounds, police said.

The man killed one woman Friday night, then shot his longtime girlfriend, their four children and himself Saturday morning, Capt. Rich Lockhart said.

Police did not immediately identify the shooter or the women. Relatives identified the shooter's girlfriend as Shanika King, who was in her 30s.

The slain children were a 1-year-old boy, 11-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl, police said. An 8-year-old boy was in critical condition.

Overnight News - Saturday, 16 December 2006

Three car wrecks over 40 minutes kill 2 and critically-injure at least 2 others.

The fatal crashes were in Jackson County Missouri and Johnson County Kansas.

***In Oak Grove, MO-34-year-old Fredy W. Walls of Blue Springs died at an area medical center after crashing a 2001 ACURA just after 2am on westbound I-70.
The MO Highway Patrol reports Walls struck the rear of another car at high speed- lost control and overturned several times.
Walls and his passenger Dawn M. Bueneman - 37 - of Wildwood, MO were ejected during the crash. She was flown by LifeNet medical helicopter to an area trauma center in serious condition. The driver of the second vehicle was not injured.


***Around 2:30am-a single-car wreck on I-35 near Gardner, KS killed the male driver. The mid-sized car was southbound- left the road - and struck a wall. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by MedAct paramedics.

**A male driver is in critical condition at an area hospital after his vehicle struck a concrete median divider on I-435 at State Line around 1:50 am.


**Two men will live after a shooting at a south Kansas City, MO tavern.
It happened just after 2am- during a disturbance inside an establishment in the 8200 block of Hickman Mills Drive.
One victim was driven to a nearby hospital before police arrived. The other man- shot in the leg- was transported by MAST. An investigation is underway.


**A night manager of a Northland fast food establishment was robbed and carjacked in Gladstone around 5:45am. It happened at 72nd St. and North Oak. Police were seeking an armed male suspect and the manager's gray Chevy Corsica.


*Around 1:15am- someone set fire to a vacant house near the KC-Independence, MO border. The structure near Blue Ridge and Thompson was heavily-damaged and no one was hurt.


>>>>>Overnight weatherwise- clouds moved in and the thermometer went up. Light southerly breezes brought low-level moisture and it's cloudiness while temperatures rose ever higher into the 50's past dawn.

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Overnight News - Saturday, 09 December 2006


All the significant news was in Kansas City, MO overnight...

Around midnight- some one tried to set fire to an occupied house in the 2400 block of Brooklyn. The fire - reportedly in a bedroom- was quickly brought under control with no injuries.


During the 2-o'clock hour- a gunshot victim was driven to a local hospital's emergency room. Police report the victim says they were shot at a nightclub at Blue Parkway and 63rd Street but there was no suspect description given.


Three males reportedly carjacked a person at a south KC convenience store around 11:15pm Friday night. It happened near 87th Street and Hillcrest and the victim was not hurt. Police were looking for the suspects and the stolen 1997 Honda.


Around 3 am Saturday morning- a male driver crashed his vehicle through concrete median dividers on I-35 north of Cambridge Circle. The force of the crash ejected the driver and pushed the dividers into the northbound lanes forcing the Interstate to be closed for a time. The man was taken to a nearby trauma center with life-threatening injuries.


A "major water break" in a south KC hotel caused significant damage. The incident was reported around 6:30 am in the 500 block of East 105th Street. An unknown number of hotel guests were evacuated by firefighters to unaffected portions of the building but no one was hurt.



Overnight weather had clear skies with temperatures that stayed right around the 30-degree mark. Blustery southwesterly winds made it seem about a dozen degrees colder however.


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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Overnight News - Sunday, 03 December 2006



Kansas City, MO firefighters were busy at their job Sunday morning.

A house is consumed in flames in Kansas City's Northland.
The alarm went out around 10am to the 5200 block of N.E. 63rd Terrace. The fire in the 1-1/2-story home was reported under control at 10:52am. Two adults and a child have been displaced - but no reports of injuries.

Earlier- three firefighters escaped serious injury after falling through the floor at a 2-alarm fire in the 1700 block of Corrington.
The 4:50am incident involved eight KCFD companies and burned 2 houses. One was occupied by 2 adults and 2 children who escaped injury. The other was vacant.
A 32-year-old male firefighter fell through a hole in the floor and into the basement of the vacant house - his air mask ripped from his face in the process.
He was quickly rescued by his comrades and whisked to an area hospital in good condition. Two other firefighters who also fell through holes in the floor didn't require medical treatment.
The fire was under control at 5:33am and at least 6 streams of water were reportedly used. The cause was being investigated as arson.

At 12:32am, another fire occurred in a house that had a fire on Saturday. This incident was in the 1300 block of East 84th Street. Flames that were "through the roof" when the first company arrived were under control at 12:51am. No injuries here and this fire had suspicious origins and was being investigated.


Lawrence, KS emergency services dealt with a car containing 4 occupants slamming into a tree. The call went out at 1:15am to the intersection of Quail Creek & Tam-o-shanter. One of the injured - a 19-year-old male front passenger - was flown by LifeStar medical helicopter to a KC-area hospital in serious condition.

Another man in his 20's is in serious to critical condition after slamming his pickup truck into a concrete median divider. This wreck was reported around 4am on eastbound I-670 east of the Kansas state line.


Police are looking for suspects in two alleged home-invasions in the Kansas City, MO Southland - one of the invasions was unsuccessful.
The home invasion that was carried off was in the 9400 block of Stark just before 1am. Police report 3 black males broke down a back door and entered the residence. No one was injured and no word on what was taken.

The failed invasion was in the 6600 block of Winchester. There 2 black male suspects tried to force open a door and not succeeding they left in a possibly light-pink colored Neon.



Overnight weather experienced dry conditions as clouds moved out. Temperatures fell from the low 20's into the mid-teens- but lessening winds didn't make it feel much colder.


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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Overnight News - Saturday, 02 December 2006


At 6:19am- Independence, MO ambulance service AMR-EMS went on a call for unknown medical reasons of "a man down" at 19th street and Cedar. About 10 minutes later- AMR reported that person was dead-on-arrival.
The reason for the man's death was being investigated.


Leavenworth, KS police and the Kansas Highway Patrol are investigating an incident that was dispatched at 2:21am as a "pedestrian hit." The incident reportedly occurred at "Broadway and Pottawatomie" in Leavenworth.
Very serious injuries were indicated by LPD officers on that scene.


House fires in both Kansas Cities caused significant damage - but no injuries.

First was a fire in a vacant house at 4:38am in the 5900 block of East 14th Street in KC MO. Two handlines were used to bring the blaze under control at 4:48am.
The origin of the fire was suspicious - and under investigation.

The second incident was in a lived-in house in the 1700 block of North 43rd Street in KC KS at 5:06am. An unknown-number of occupants escaped the home before the first fire company arrived three minutes later. At 5:30am- the on-scene district chief pulled all crews from the structure for fear of a floor collapse into the basement. It was 5:41am before this fire was knocked down.
Origin of this fire was in the basement - unoffically from a defective or improperly-used kerosene heater.


Overnight weather was mostly cloudy with a temperature that fell only 2 degrees from midnight's 23-degree reading. Light southwesterly winds still took the wind chill into the lower-teens over the 8-inch snowpack here in KC MO's Loma Vista area.



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Friday, December 01, 2006

Channel 4! 2-Alarm fire about a mile from yer studios!

Some "breaking news" operation that is- fire's near the 31st & Gilliam area and it came in shortly after 9pm.

Cut some of the commercials 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A PS at 2153 CST- 4 FINALLY has a reporter - Nancy Lewis - on the scene of the fire and she came off as TOTALLY CLUELESS about the incident.

Geez reporters- CONSULT THE ASSIGNMENT DESK for the facts!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

HEAVY SNOW WARNING FOR METRO KC

Just moments ago- the NWS in Pleasant Hill sent a "HEAVY SNOW WARNING" over their NOAA weatherradio.

Six (north) to 12 inches (south) are expected to fall in Metro Kansas City before this event ends early Friday morning.

Your personal observations and comments on this severe weather event are welcome....

ICE STORM WARNING FOR METRO KANSAS CITY

The development of a significant - double-barrel" winter-type storm continues to unfold.

Round one will be a possible significant ice storm - with quarter to half-inch ice accumulations - from the KC Metro northeastward into northern Missouri today into early Thursday (see official NWS warning and safety tips below).

After the ice comes a snow event. From 1-3 inches could fall in the far north & northwest north Metro with 4-6 inches in the far southern & southeastern Metro areas.

Not to mention- windy & brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! PLEASE- be careful!


From the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, MO.:

LEAVENWORTH-WYANDOTTE-JOHNSON (counties) KS- CLINTON-CALDWELL-PLATTE-CLAY-RAY- JACKSON (Counties MO)- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF: LEAVENWORTH... KANSAS CITY KS... OVERLAND PARK... OLATHE... PLATTSBURG... KINGSTON... HAMILTON... POLO...PARKVILLE... PLATTE CITY... WESTON... LIBERTY...EXCELSIOR SPRINGS... RICHMOND... KANSAS CITY... INDEPENDENCE.
437 AM CST WED NOV 29 2006

...ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 AM CST THURSDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED AN ICE STORM WARNING... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 AM CST THURSDAY.
THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

A STRONG COLD FRONT HAS MOVED SOUTH OF A PAOLA TO CARROLLTON LINE EARLY THIS MORNING...CAUSING TEMPERATURES TO DROP INTO THE UPPER 40S WITHIN MINUTES AFTER THE FRONT PASSED BY.
TEMPERATURES WILL EVENTUALLY FALL INTO THE UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S BY THIS AFTERNOON. PERIODS OF RAIN IN THE MORNING IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN THIS AFTERNOON... AND CONTINUE THROUGH THIS EVENING.
THIS WILL LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH BY THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.

AN ICE STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR oCCURRING.
*SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. COMMERCE WILL LIKELY BE SEVERELY IMPACTED.
*IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
*ICE ACCUMULATIONS AND WINDS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO SNAPPED POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES THAT ADD TO THE DANGER.


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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Plethora of Weather

A wide range of varying weather conditions are in store for the Kansas City MetroRegion over the next 48 hours.

Today and tonight- warm temperatures and thunderstorms - some of those possibly strong to severe - will give way to an Arctic cold front bringing a chance of freezing rain and snow later Wednesday into Thursday.

Chances for accumulating frozen precipitiation are increasing as this complicated weather situation begins to unfold.

Check in here for updates as I get them.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Ho, Ho, Ho! What do YOU want for Christmas?

Tell us what you want under the tree.

Spill it by clicking on the word COMMENTS below this message or send an email to doctor_mulcahy@yahoo.com and I'll add them below.

Groucho wants the usual fare: Peace on Earth, a wealthy woman (I WILL settle for loving, gentle, kind, attentive, affectionate, passionate and laughs at my pratfalls) and - for the 26th year in a row since I think Santa always loses my order - a fire-engine red Ferrari.

Overnight News - Sunday, 26 November 2006

It is my joy to report that from midnight to 7 am Sunday morning there were no serious incidents heard anywhere in the 13 Missouri & Kansas counties I monitor.
You're on a roll here people- keep up the good work and show peace to each other!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Overnight News - Saturday, 25 November 2006



KANSAS CITY, MO.

At 1:25am early Saturday morning, a man was found with multiple gunshots in the parking lot of the Save-A-Lot grocery store in the 8700 block of Blue Ridge. Police report the 34-year-old was shot by 4-5 black males who left southbound on Blue Ridge in an older-model dark blue or gray 4-door car. Even though the victim was shot at least 3 times according to the transporting MAST-EMS crew, his injuries did not sound to be immediately life-threatening.

Around 12:45am, a woman was critically injured during a disturbance at a house in the 3900 block of Bell. Police say a male was assaulting his girlfriend and pushed the girlfriend's mother, causing her to fall onto a piece of statuary which impaled her. The mother's injuries were critical and the perpetrator was arrested.

At 4:51am, emergency services were called to southbound I-29 south of I-635 on a 1-vehicle accident. There they found a vehicle had gone off the road containing a 45-year-old male. After the driver was extricated by the fire department, he was taken to a nearby trauma center in what the paramedic described as critical condition.

At 2:30am, another 45-year-old male was run over by a car in front of a tavern in the 8100 block of Hickman Mills Drive. That driver left the scene in what police said was a Chevy Monte Carlo. The victim was taken to a nearby medical center with a badly fractured leg.

KANSAS CITY, KS.

A house fire in the 2900 block of North 29th Street at 6:20am has displaced the three adults and 3 children occupying the structure. Firefighters reported flames showing from a back bedroom when they rolled up several minutes after the alarm. The fire was brought under control about 10 minutes later and no one was hurt.


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Thursday, November 23, 2006

NWS' Winter Weather Outlook

You've no doubt by now heard all the local forecasters' predictions for the 2006-07 winter season.

Well- old Groucho has been a weather geek since he was 4-1/2 when that F-5 tornado leveled Ruskin Heights. Also a charter member of America's FIRST self-sponsored teenager weather service in the late 1960's and a storm 'chaser' since I started driving around 1970. So I DO know what a cloud is. (grin)

Regardless- I made my Winter prediction about a month ago: Temperatures and precipitation normal to slightly above normal.

Below are just-released charts from the National Weather Service that forecasts the temperature and precipitation trends for January, February and March of 2007. They seem to corelate my own prognostication.






For the short term - from now until about mid-December- it appears by the models (Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, etc.) that we will undergo a wide fluctuation of temperatures that nonetheless will average out to near normal. It also appears that several storm systems will affect the Kansas City MetroRegion during this period. Precipitation amounts will be normal to slightly above-normal through mid-December.

Of note- a storm system that will affect us by mid next week could produce severe thunderstorms close to but mainly south and southeast of the KC MetroRegion. While we will enjoy balmy conditions until the frontal passage - now forecast for early next Wednesday - the front will usher in a blast of Arctic air.

The Great Escape (Attempt)

Today is a holiday and as such a day off from all the sad & ugly news stories. So courtesy of the Associated Press- have a chuckle with us.

Turkeys Try to Catch Train Out of N.J.

RAMSEY, N.J. (AP) - Some wild turkeys, it appears, were trying to get out of New Jersey before Thanksgiving Day. A spokesman for the NJ Transit said train officials reported a dozen or so wild turkeys waiting on a station platform in Ramsey, about 20 miles northwest of New York City, on Wednesday afternoon. The line travels to Suffern, N.Y.

"For a moment, it looked like the turkeys were waiting for the next outbound train," said Dan Stessel, a spokesman for NJ Transit. "Clearly, they're trying to catch a train and escape their fate."

Transit workers followed the bird's movements on surveillance cameras. "I have no idea how they got there," Stessel said.

A Ramsey police dispatcher said the department had received three calls about the traveling turkeys who also were blamed for causing morning rush hour traffic problems on a roadway.

"From time to time, I've heard calls that there are turkeys on the loose," said Erik Endress, president of the Ramsey Rescue Squad, a volunteer group. "Maybe they're trying to make a break."

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Winter Holidays in Kansas City

In case you can't make it to Kansas City during the Christmas holiday, here are a few photographs of The Plaza and Crown Center Christmas displays - from http://community.webshots.com/album/106148409odKzrw and published by a dhawblitzel.
Here's wishing for Peace On Earth and Goodwill toward ALL peoples ... someday...

Happy Thanksgiving !

Ole Groucho here and all the Marx Family wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

If any of you are taking in a movie this weekend- may I suggest the new film 'Bobby"- a picture about the late Senator and 1968 presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Robert Altman Dead at 81

Kansas City native son and motion picture director Robert Altman died in a Los Angeles hospital Monday night.

Altman was famous for such films as 'M*A*S*H*'- 'Nashville' and 2001's 'Gosford Park.' He had been past-nominated for 5 Academy Awards, and only earlier this year received the Academy's 'Lifetime Achievment' Oscar for his extensive and often out-of-the-mainstream film work.

Born in Kansas City, MO. February 20, 1925, Altman moved from his hometown in the late 1950's but often returned to visit friends & family.

BULLETIN ...

There is a serious-injury accident on I-70 Westbound near Oak Grove.

Reportedly- at least two trucks were involved and at least one of the vehicles burst into flames.
The driver of one truck - a "60-year-old male" was extricated from the burning truck "by bystanders" according to Research Eagle-3 medical helicopter.

Traffic on I-70 near Oak Grove will be slowed or stopped for at least the next 30 minutes.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Mark Funkhouser Announces Candidacy for KC Mayor

Joining a field of what seems like more than a thousand candidates, former Kansas City auditor Mark Funkhouser has thrown his accountant's hat into the ring to be KC's next mayor.

I have long liked this gentleman and his no-nonsense 'Harry Truman-like' approach to the city's fiscal matters. I liked him even more after getting into a tiff with Mayor Barnes earlier this year over city financial issues.

Mark Funkhouser as mayor will make SURE that this city will focus on economically-sound projects as he has ALWAYS looked out for the Kansas City taxpayer.

I heartily endorse this man to be our next mayor.

Sanity Finds It's Way to FOX Network

Well ... FOX has announced they're NOT going to air the O.J. Simpson interview '(If) I Did It.'

No word yet what FOX will replace this piece of nonsense with or if that will be something equally inane and insulting to it's viewers' intelligence.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

BULLETIN

Seven fire companies from 3 Johnson County, Kansas fire depart-
ments are extin-
guishing the last flames in a 2-story house in the 17900 block of Dearborn.

Smoke was visible from a fire station several miles away just after the 9:54 am call was sent out Sunday morning. The fire reportedly began in the rear of the house and spread throughout the interior.

The occupants escaped uninjured and no other injuries as of this report.


Kansas City, Kansas police were busy early Sunday morning.

Just after 3 am- an Asian man was found dead in his home in the 700 block of Sandusky. The victim was discovered by the man's wife upon her return from work. The means of the man's death are not yet known as police continue to investigate this as a homicide.

Just before 1:30 am- emergency services responded to a reported shooting at South 10th Street and Ray. When police arrived- they were told by witnesses that the victim had been loaded into a white van and driven away. A crime scene was located and the law was seeking 2 Hispanic male suspects who left in Ford Probe.

Also in KC, KS - A newspaper carrier reports being kidnapped with the threat of a weapon around 5 am from the 4400 block of Shawnee Drive and driven to the area of 43rd & Leavenworth Road. The carrier was not hurt. The suspects- one and possibly as many as three white males - took the man's van -leaving newspapers scattered on a freeway on ramp as they sped away.


Fire damaged homes in both Kansas Citys overnight.
The first blaze was in a lived-in home in the 2600 block of North 21st Place in KC, KS.. Two streams were used to quell the flames. Two adults and two children were displaced and sought Red Cross assistance. No one was injured.

A fire in KC, MO. heavily-damaged a 2-1/2-story vacant house in the 3700 block of Indiana just before 4:30 am.. Police reported a black male was seen walking away from the area with a gas can in his hand. No arrests made and no one was hurt.


A Gardner, KS. man is being sought by police after he tried to run over his wife with his pickup truck. The incident occurred about 1:50 am in the 200 block of East Colleen Court. THe woman's injuries were minor according to MEDACT-EMS.


A one-car wreck seriously injured a 29-year-old man in southeastern Jackson County, MO. just before 6 am.. The crash happened at U.S. 50 and M-150 and it's reported the man's vehicle left the road, crashed into a tree and overturned. The driver was flown by medical helicopter to an area hospital.


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Saturday, November 18, 2006


A 30 to 40-year old female driver suffered massive head injuries just before 12:40 am in an EMS-reported car crash on eastbound I-70 west of Noland Road in Independence, MO.. The woman's injuries were grave.

In Kansas City, MO- a 38-year-old woman was stabbed, cut and robbed at 73rd Street and Prospect around 3:40 am. Her injuries were not life-threatening but there was no suspect information available.

Five fire companies responded to an unoccupied house fire in the 5300 block of Blue Parkway shortly before 4:30 am.. The structure was heavily-damaged. One firefighter suffered a minor foot injury after his leg went through the roof while battling the blaze. Cause of this fire was under investigation.



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Friday, November 17, 2006

Time-Warner: Try Truth In Advertising

Let the buyer beware!

For the first time in nearly 60 years, the Marx family has quit doing business with the telephone company.

A part of the reason was that AT&T- the company who swallowed Southwestern Bell- began billing us for services we either discontinued long ago or never had.

Time-Warner - the company that provides this household's television and Internet service - was offering digital phone service and - with the sweetening of a years' free movie channels thrown in - we took the bait.

This is turning out to be a big mistake.

Since the initial T-W installation on Friday, November 3 there have been 4 service calls.
All were necessary to revive my Internet 'Roadrunner' service in addition to the new digital phone service - which often rendered the home phones unusable for as long as 10 minutes at a time.

One service tech even admitted that T-W was "having lots of problems with digital phone" service.

Today, apparently T-W's entire digital phone network went down - and stayed down for nearly 30 minutes. No calls could be made - including emergency services 9-1-1.

To make matters worse- it took more than 45 minutes to reach T-W's service department once service was restored.

In fact- my lady in Vancouver, BC, Canada was able to reach T-W HERE and find out what went wrong before I could - "a Sprint (comm company) circuit (failed)."

Time-Warner heavily advertises their digital phone service on electronic and print media.

What T-W does NOT advertise is the "lots of problems" that comes with their digital phone service and what a customer is to do in case of an emergency requiring use of the phone.

They do not provide a backup cell phone.

Time-Warner - I suggest you back off the promotions of this service until you get all the bugs worked out.

Or at LEAST tell people it's anything but 100% reliable after installation or on calm sunny days.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

KC Voters Approve Light-Rail

One of the most surprising upsets in city election history was when voters passed Clay Chastain's plan for light rail transit.

Voters- by a 53 to 47-percent margin- said they want a national-class transportation system that includes rapid-transit light rail as well as busses.

Kansas City council members threatened before November 7th that they may well reject this plan should it pass. It has passed and I think these councilpersons- many up for election soon- better rethink rejecting the citizen's voice on this matter.

A plan should be now be developed and implimented that INCLUDES a light-rail hub system utilizing the under-used Union Station.

The Union Station used to be a transportation hub. Look at a big map of Metro Kansas City and it's location is virtually right in the center.

In that vein, I have long wondered why a rapid-transit rail line was not first at least strongly considered between the Truman Sports Complex and the Union Station. It would surely be viable from a usage standpoint.

During weekdays- the line could serve commuters working downtown. A rapid-transit station built on a corner of the stadium complex would provide drop-off and park & ride facilities.
This could take untold numbers of vehicles off I-70. Busses then could run frequent shuttles from the Union Station to points Downtown.

During game days- travel from the Union Station hub TO the stadiums would benefit residents & tourists alike - the Amtrak station is already at Union Station plus the nearby hotels.
The growing Warehouse District is just over the recently installed pedestrian bridge at Union Station and Sprint Center and the Loop's entertainment district just a mile north.

Future plans could be made to extend the stadium line east toward Blue Springs or southeast along existing railroad right-of-way into Lee's Summit.

Additional rapid-transit lines could eventually be built south along the Broadway/Brookside/Wornall corridor, southwest into Johnson County and north across the Missouri River - which could be smartly planned into the new Paseo bridge and west into Kansas City, Kansas with possibly another park and ride station at the Kansas Speedway.

The north line could be extended to KC International airport as funding and population trends dictated.

Voters could accept some vision as that described above as a logical modification of Clay Chastain's actual plan. The initial Sports Complex line can be done with the approved 5/8-cent extention even with minimal state & federal help and serve a considerable potential ridership i.e. most likely to pay for itself over time.

If we aspire to become a world-class city we must first become a livable, national-class city. A multi-modal, efficient transportation system plays a large part of that equasion.

Kansas City voters have said at the polls and are willing to fund from their pockets we are ready for that national-class rapid transit system.

Kansas City politicians should heed this mandate- as well the mood of the voters in this election.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Even Republicans Can't Stand Shrub

I had a very nice elderly lady sit next to me at the casino earlier today. Francis ("Frannie") & I got to talking and she told me that even though she is a lifelong Republican, she CANNOT STAND Dubya!

Francis, as I do, thinks the US of A is being hijacked by "a bunch of corrupt phonies" as she called her fellow party members in power.

I made the mistake of telling her I was seriously considering NOT voting next month - she kindly and gently admonished me about that. I WILL vote now - just for all the Frannies in the country.

I also encourage YOU, the reader, to vote.
PLEASE seriously consider voting for 3rd-party candidates too. The Democrats are just as guilty for the decline of this nation ... all of them are in politics for the power and money.

NEITHER the Republicrats nor the Demublicans really give a damn about the average American and if we'd ALL get behind a 3rd-party (mine's Libertarian) MAYBE we'd throw the fear of God into these corrupt bastards destroying America!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Sometimes- I Hate This Job ...

Yeah well I haven't posted much on here lately.

Guess it's the downer I'm having seeing all this stuff going down in the Mid East. Or the bummer from seeing a parent's health deterorate.

Yeah- life's a bitch!

My observation: we're living in the period of the Acceptable Absurd.
Just one example of that was what I saw on July 4: the legal fireworks blazing at the ball park did not compare to the illegal show going on over the city.
I could go on about how the Acceptable Absurd applies in nearly all facets of life today - politics especially - but I think you get the point.

Well the Heat Is On here in Dead Central for about the next 5 days or so. With that and the cost of gasoline at the Absurd- think I'll stay home all week and try to sleep this off.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Another Tip of the Insurance Iceberg Exposed.

The following is an interesting AP story & post below so you don't have to wander away.
Have a prompt premium and a long settlement!


Insurance Limbo Delays Gulf Rebuilding

Jun 12, 12:16 AM (ET) By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The owners of the sagging, flood-stained home aren't in. Above the front door, a banner explains their absence, and the lack of progress: "Allstate paid $10,113.34 on this house for storm damage."

Like the home next to it and the one after that, the house was disemboweled nine months ago by Hurricane Katrina. The force of the gushing water punched the refrigerator into the kitchen wall, and it still sits leaning through the house's broken ribcage. Inside, mud has hardened into a crusty carpet, covering a designer sofa and a leather swivel chair.

"I want people to drive by my home and decide for themselves: Could I repair this for $10,000?" asks Eric Moskau, the home's exiled owner who had over $1.2 million in coverage on his 3,000-square-foot home.

Behind the sign he hung from his porch is a story all-too-common in this once-posh neighborhood of pummeled homes: Even New Orleans' affluent homeowners, who thought they had done the right thing by properly insuring their investment, are finding that technicalities are keeping them from securing enough from their insurers to rebuild.


The insurance industry says it has settled over 90 percent of its Hurricane Katrina claims, proving it's meeting its obligations to policyholders. But consumer advocates say insurers settled numerous claims for only a fraction of the actual damages, using numerous exclusions to reduce payouts. Insurance modeling firm ISO estimates Louisiana had $24.3 billion in insured losses, but the state department of insurance says only $12.5 billion had been paid out as of the end of April, the last month for which figures were available.

Without enough money from their insurers to rebuild, homeowners are left with two choices: Give up and leave, or else rebuild by hand, using their savings to pay for labor and materials.

"It's basically self-insurance," said Moskau, who had what he thought was plenty of coverage on his $600,000 two-story house and now counts himself among those who have abandoned their homes on once-stylish Bellaire Avenue.

Exactly 63 buckled, warped and mud-filled homes separate Moskau from the nearest neighbor who is now repairing his home. "With this," says 79-year-old Pascal Warner, holding up his large, lined hands, as the light streams in through the ribs of his still unfinished walls.

He and his 71-year-old wife, Irma, have dragged their sopping furniture to the curb, ripped the wet wallboard off the walls and stripped the house to the studs. With only a pittance from their homeowner's insurance, they had just enough money for supplies, not labor.


After last year's floodwaters receded, politicians initially blamed the residents of this below-sea-level city, claiming too few had purchased federal flood insurance on top of their homeowners policies, which cover only wind damage.

Yet an analysis by the office of Donald Powell, the Bush administration's Gulf Coast recovery czar, found few communities were better insured against flooding than New Orleans: Two out of three homes had flood insurance, 13 times more than the national average of 5 percent. It's also far more than in many other communities historically prone to flooding. For example, Harris County, Texas, has one of the highest rates of repetitive flooding in the nation and yet only a quarter of homeowners have flood coverage.

Moskau, a well-to-do real estate appraiser, thought he had taken every precaution: He had the maximum federal flood insurance of $250,000. But when the government issued that check, it was issued in two names: Moskau's and his bank's. His bank applied the check to his $600,000 mortgage, leaving him with an outstanding note of $350,000 and no money for repairs.

According to a spokesman at Freddie Mac, which over the last five years has bought over $7.5 billion in mortgages in Louisiana, banks are required to put insurance checks into an escrow account, disbursing the funds as repairs are completed. An exception is allowed if the home is in an area where rebuilding has been prohibited. In that case, the insurance check can be applied to the outstanding mortgage, said spokesman Brad German.

Flanking one of the city's buckled levees, portions of Bellaire Avenue are still in rebuilding limbo.

Warner, who has lived in the same ranch-style house for 40 years, had just $3,000 after his flood insurance settlement was used to pay off his remaining mortgage. He also received around $18,000 from his homeowners for wind damage, enough for construction materials but not labor.

Moskau's house, like most on Bellaire, swallowed less than 6 feet of water. It was enough to destroy the first floor, but not the second. The second floor, however, got wet, too. Water seeped in through the vents, pushed in by the hurricane's 140 mile-per-hour winds, he said. The roof was damaged and windows were punched out - damage, says Moskau, which should be covered under the wind-only policy. Allstate told him it was all due to flooding.

"I agree that the first floor flooded. I used to be an insurance adjuster and I know the rules, so I didn't expect Allstate to pay me for that. But the second floor clearly didn't. So shouldn't I at least get 50 percent of my policy?" asked Moskau. He said that would be enough to pay off the mortgage and cover much of the rebuilding cost.

The CEOs of the State Farm Insurance Co. and Allstate Corp. (ALL), the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 insurers, declined to discuss specific claims. Together, they control half the insurance market in Louisiana.

"When you track our claim satisfaction, it is very high in those areas. Ninety-three to 94 percent of our Katrina claims have been settled," said Allstate CEO Edward M. Liddy.

(AP) A swimming pool in the backyard of a home in the Lakeview area is still filled with storm debris...
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That hasn't stopped critical reviews by insurance regulators and lawsuits by policyholders.

Louisiana's top insurance regulator recently ordered reviews of consumer complaints regarding Allstate and St. Paul Travelers Cos. (STA) In District Court in New Orleans, a class action lawsuit was filed last month against 15 insurers, claiming they capriciously denied claims.

In Mississippi, U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, whose Pascagoula home was torn off its foundation, is joining hundreds of his constituents in suing State Farm for unpaid wind damage.

Part of what really rankles consumers is the record profits property-and-casualty insurers are posting despite the unprecedented losses inflicted by Katrina.

The industry cleared a $43 billion profit in 2005, an 11.7 percent increase over the previous year and a 15-year high, according to the trade group, the Insurance Information Institute.

"I would say it's definitely good times in the property-and-casualty insurance industry," said Donald Light, a senior analyst at Celent LLC, a research and consulting firm.

But insurers say the profit numbers are only half the story: Nearly half the $58 billion in insured losses along the Gulf Coast resulting from last year's hurricanes were absorbed by reinsurers, companies that insure insurance companies.

Those same reinsurers are now jacking the rates they charge insurance companies by an average 80 percent in coastal regions, according to an analysis by Guy Carpenter & Co., a division of insurance-brokerage firm Marsh & McLennan Cos. (MMC)

For some companies, the price has tripled: Allstate will spend $600 million on reinsurance this year, compared to under $200 million in 2005. To offset that cost, Allstate announced plans to seek premium increases in a majority of the 49 states in which it operates. It also canceled 30,000 policies in coastal counties of New York, including Brooklyn, even though a major hurricane has not hit there since 1938.

In the past year in Florida, insurers have left the state by the dozen, while those that are staying are seeking steep rate increases. State Farm is seeking a 70 percent hike in premiums.

"We're paying the price for hurricanes that hit thousands of miles away from New England," said George A. Cole III, Senior Vice President of Massachusetts-based Hingham Mutual. Cole explained that the company had no choice but to cancel 6,500 of their customers, most on Cape Cod, after being hit with a 50 percent rate increase from their own reinsurer.

Back in New Orleans, homeowners fight over money and the fret over deep financial losses is taking an emotional toll.

Moskau, who is living in Idaho with his wife and two boys, literally hasn't been able to sit still since Allstate cut him the check for $10,113.34 several months ago. He still does not know what to do with his buckled home, for which he is still paying a $3,500-a-month mortgage, and is instead making plans to build a new house an hour's drive outside New Orleans.

"My wife is always telling me, 'Will you please stop moving your foot?' We'll be sitting at the lunch table and the whole thing is moving," he said. "All from the anxiety."

Friday, June 02, 2006

Yoo-Hoo.... Dear Reader?

Enough of what ticks ole Groucho off - what pisses YOU off ????????

Click COMMENTS below this post and share with us - let's ALL get indignant!


(Try to keep it 500,000 words or less HAHa)

UMKC-us

Back in the late 1990's, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), with just over $7 million taxpayer dollars and eminent domain powers, obtained the Twin Oaks apartment buildings on Oak Street across from their ever-sprawling campus.

At that time, UMKC promised to "rehabilitate" the very well-built twin, 11-story structures for student housing and the residents that lived there could stay.

Then, UMKC was blinded by dollar signs.

In January 2005 UMKC reneged on that promise and served eviction notices on the nearly 600 students and residents, claiming it was "not economically feasible" to keep Twin Oaks.
The university would spend $5 million to tear down the still quite-servicable buildings and spend another $25 million to build a 500-unit apartment complex there.
UMKC would then "lease" the land to a private developer. The new apartment complex would supposively be bought by the developer, "paid for" by rents from what one can only assume to be affluent students (since tuitions keep rising faster than gas prices after a Gulf hurricane and the Governmint keeps cutting student assistance programs).
All in all- this scheme involves more than $37 million dollars of taxpayer money.

Residents and students had until this past Wednesday to vacate the buildings and, with alleged threats from UMKC, most did.
Two did not and apparently will not anytime soon.

Twin Oaks resident and True American Maverick Paula Fesenmeyer filed a Federal lawsuit against UMKC the very day the eviction notices went out. She contends UMKC didn't maintain the buildings, allowing them to become blighted (sound inner-city familiar?). She wants Twin Oaks returned to the residents, most of whom have already moved out.

Since the court case is still pending, Fesenmeyer claims that if she and her blind son who lives across the hall from her leaves, UMKC will tear down "the evidence" in her suit - the Twin Oaks buildings themselves.
Fesenmeyer has filed a court motion seeking an injunction to halt her and her son's eviction and also asks UMKC to stop their "harassment, threats ... and intimidation." Defendants named in the motion the UMKC curators and Govenor A-Reason-To-Vote-For-Anybody-BUT Matt Blunt.


It's a classic 'David versus Golliath' story here - and I'll keep you posted on it's developments.

American Justice - Part 6, 439, 788

My news-tipper in MASSACHUSETTS tells me a dump truck ran over and killed a 52-year-old woman at a construction site near her. The truck driver was not charged. (www.wggb.com)

The news-tipper also told me that at a different location - a construction truck backed into a state trooper's vehicle. The trooper was NOT injured- but charges WERE filed against that dump-truck driver.

Unconfirmed reports also state that O.J. Simpson continues to search Florida golf courses for the killer of his wife and her friend.
Also unconfirmed is that Ken Lay will get the Congressional Medal of Honor (or at very least a pardon when President Shrub leaves office).

Justice is blind alright - especially if your wealthy or are connected to the Government either by employ or contribution.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

David Glass Uses A Crowbar

American Major League baseball has the Kansas City Royals.
The KC Royals have an owner - David Glass, former WalMart CEO - that makes Scrooge look like Andrew Carnegie.

Well folks, Herr Glass has pried open his change purse and reportedly spent at least a million a year until 2010 on a new member of the formerly-proud, 1985 World Champion KC Royals organization.

Dayton Moore does not pitch, does not hit, and the only fielding he does that I know of is questions from the KC news/sports media. Moore is the Royals' new general manager.

His job? To TRY and find people who can pitch, hit and field on WalMart-like wages (which are still considerable higher than ACTUAL WalMart employees).

I wish the best of luck to Dayton Moore - he's going to need it.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

American Troops Make More Friends In Iraq

This time, an Iraqi woman about to give birth is killed by American troop gunfire.

It seems, according to the AP story (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060601/D8HV5I8G0.html), the car carrying the pregnant woman had sped though a military checkpoint to a "restricted area" and "shots were fired to disable the vehicle" the woman was in.

"The loss of life is regrettable and coalition forces go to great lengths to prevent them," said some military mouthpiece.

This incident comes on the heels of another military public relations extravaganza where it was revealed that U.S. Marines murdered unarmed civilians in the Iraq city of Haditha last November.


Somewhat related to our "war" in Iraq, it is still reported that 1) Social Security will go broke within the next 20 years, 2) there remains no universal health care for Americans and 3) the Bush Administration has no clue how to do much of anything right.

A Bizarre Story of Mistaken Identity

According to the Associated Press (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060601/D8HV5HV80.html), the VanRyn family from MICHIGAN thought their daughter had survived a deadly road crash in INDIANA and was recovering nicely after being in a coma.

It turns out however that who the VanRyns THOUGHT was their daughter Laura was actually one of their daughter's friends - Whitney Cerak.

The Ceraks had already buried who they THOUGHT was Whitney but who was actually Laura.

The INDIANA authorities naturally gave their OMG & Gee-Whizz statements for the AP story. Not stated in the dispatch was the possibility authorities had been confused because both women were Angelo-Saxon blondes.

The Tedium of the TV News Medium

Just love those TV "newscast" teasers ...
"Tune in at (some other time) to see the full story" or "Will it rain in (name that town)?"

Why the hell don't you report the "full story" or TELL US if it's gonna rain right NOW?

I once shot an elephant in my pajamas.
Check here later for "the rest of the story."

Hello - I Must Be Going


It's said everybody has their 15 minutes of fame.
Screw fame, I'd rather have 5 minutes in an open, unattended bank vault.

I'll post here as time permits, my views, which have probably no relevance nor will change a damn thing.
Kind of like the present Administration.

-Groucho Karl Marx