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Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Kansas City MetroRegion Overnight News and Weather Report - Saturday, April 07, 2007


Just before 1 am, police were called to a house in the 6700 block of South Benton on a shooting. There they found a male with a fatal gunshot wound to the chest.

Police were talking to the man's girlfriend this morning but had no other leads or witnesses.

KC-MO police also reported 2 unrelated shooting victims overnight - one from the 1500 block of Poplar around 4:15 am and another victim of a reported shooting that occurred in the 2300 block of Holly who appeared in the emergency room of a midtown hospital.

Both of those victims are expected to recover.


The call went out to six fire companies at 2:28 am of a fire on the 4th-floor of the 11-story Crossline Tower in the 1000 block of North 7th Street.

In seven minutes- heavy smoke was reported on the 4th- then the 5th floor of the residential structure. Evacuations of the 4th through 6th floors were carried out as a second-alarm was sounded at 2:38 am for additional help.

The flames were located in Apartment 406 by 2:44 am and the fire is out 10 minutes later.

At least 5 persons - including a firefighter who suffered hand cuts - were treated at the scene and/or transported to a hospital.

None of those people - most of them more than 60-years-old- appeared to have serious injuries - mostly mild smoke inhalation and anxiety attacks.

The cause is under investigation.


The first wreck was a single-vehicle rollover on eastbound I-470 near Raytown Road around 12:30 am.
The female driver was ejected and suffered serious to critical injuries.

The 2nd serious-injury accident was also a single-vehicle rollover with ejection of the driver - this on on the northbound I-435 ramp to northbound I-35 just before 1:30 am..
The male driver was taken to a nearby trauma center in critical condition.


Police and MAST-EMS went to the gas station in the 3000 block of Van Brunt just before 3:45 am on the report of an armed robbery & assault.

There was no suspect information given and the victim's injuries were not serious.


The coldest temperature on this date since weather records began in 1889 was broken by 3 am..

The reading at that hour was 21-degrees - 3-degrees colder than the previous record low of 24 set in 1936.

Gusty northwestly winds dropped wind chills to the single-digits - but it was dry under mostly clear skies as of dawn.

First with Kansas City Metro- Region Breaking News - KSHB NBC41 ACTION NEWS.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Monday, April 02, 2007

Oh Thank You Great Spirit!

Yeah, I know it's Monday - but what a GLORIOUS day it is!

The sun is bright and warm - the air resplendent with the sweet smell of mowed grass and the new life and beauty exploding from the ground everywhere you look.

Nothing touched me today as much as the beautiful tulips that have sprouted their unique beauty since my return from a trip to Texas.

There is so much sadness and tragedy in the world. This is nothing new - that's been going on since Humankind's existence.

Today however - if but for a minute or a few hours - Mother Nature is center stage. Today is for taking in not only with our eyes- but with our hearts - the beauty that is not only around us - but within us.
Today is for breathing in deep that which- if we let it - will replenish our souls and our very lives.

I wish these same moments for each and every one of you as well - for let us not forget - in a New York minute - everything can change.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Kansas City MetroRegion Overnight News and Weather Report - Sunday, April 01, 2007


What resulted to be someone playing with a fire extinguisher - perhaps an April Fool's Day prank - caused injury to a Lawrence, KS. firefighter early Sunday morning.

The automatic alarm at Naismith Hall- 1800 Naismith Drive- came in at 2:28 a.m.. First arriving fire companies were told by residents of smoke on the 5th-floor of the 9-story structure.

As firefighters use stairs to carry up their equipment - one of them suffers chest pains and becomes short-of-breath at the 4th-floor level. He was taken to Lawrence Memorial hospital in stable condition.

The scene commander then orders more equipment- a "2nd-alarm" - at 2:34 a.m.. Within the next 10 minutes- it's determined the "smoke" was residue in the air due to someone discharging a dry-chemical fire extinquisher.

While searching each room with occupants not accounted for in the evacuation- firefighters found 2 students "passed-out" in their rooms on the 2nd & 6th-floors.

Those people were taken from the building and turned over to friends until firefighters cleared the structure- and the scene- at 3:48 a.m..

Fire crews from 3 other departments assisted the Osawatomie fire department in battling a building fire that was dispatched at 5:48 a.m. Sunday morning.

The fire was in the 1000 block of East Mill Street and was believed to be under control around 7 a.m. with no reports of injuries.


Just before 4 a.m.- Olathe, KS. police responded to an armed disturbance in the 12900 block of South Summit where it was reported "a male with a knife was in the street screaming he was going to kill somebody."

When police finally made access to the inside of the house about 30 minutes later- they find at least "8" people thoughout the house "hiding" from officers and 2 of those people had been assaulted. Their injuries were minor.

The original-call suspect had left prior to police arrival.

Police report possibly 2 "walk-in" shooting victims to Research Medical Center overnight - one around 12:30 and the other at 1:45 a.m..

There were no reports on medical conditions available.


The cloud cover that produced a few showers when Sunday began have mostly moved east of the KC Metro by dawn.
A cool front has moved through and turned winds to the west- dropping morning low temperatures to the coldest values in a little more than a week - into the mid-40's in some places in the Northland.

Temperatures will recover to the 80-degree mark for Monday's Royal's baseball season opener.
Then a stronger cold front will sweep through the MetroRegion by noon Tuesday - bringing a chance for showers and/or thunderstorms upon it's passage.

More importantly- temperatures will only be at or up to 10 degrees colder than normal this coming week- with a chance of a morning freeze by mid-week.

Temperatures will recover to the levels that have spoiled us by next weekend.

First with Kansas City Metro- Region Breaking News - KSHB NBC41 ACTION NEWS.