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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Metro Kansas City BREAKING NEWS: Yet Another Drowning Reported In Independence-MO



At 9:20 pm- Independence emergency crews were called to the scene of a possible drowning- in the swimming pool of a motel in the 4100 block of Noland Road.

The victim was reported to be "an approximately 20-year-old female"- and CPR was reportedly being given to the victim by someone at the scene.

The victim was on the way to an area medical trauma center in very critical condition as of 9:45 pm..




Just over an hour earlier- a male child was found not breathing in the swimming pool of a northern Lee's Summit residence.

That victim has been flown to Children's Mercy hospital by a medical helicopter- still in critical condition.

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Metro Kansas City's BREAKING NEWS: High-Rise Full Of Elderly Evacuated In Raytown-MO

It was reported to be an electrical fire at Temple Heights- a multi-story building occupied by elderly residents in the 5400 block of Blue Ridge Cutoff.

This incident that started around 8:30 pm has resulted in power being shut off to the about 10-story building and an evacuation of it's about 100 residents necessary.

The fire itself was fairly-minor- but without air conditioning and elevators- firefighters and EMS crews from as far away as Lee's Summit and KC-MO are helping to move those residents to a safer location.

Have heard of only "one patient prepared for transport" to a medical facility as of 8:55pm..

As of 9:45pm- there have been at least 3 residents transported to area hospitals from this location due to medical problems due to this incident.

KCP&L is on-scene tending to at least one burned electrical transformer while the building's emergency generator powers minimal systems at Temple Heights.

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Metro Kansas City's BREAKING NEWS: Child Clings To Life After Lee's Summit MO Drowning



At 8:05 pm Saturday evening- Lee's Summit fire- EMS and police units were sent to a home in the 400 block of Northeast Medford Drive in the Lakewood subdivision on a reported child who had been found in a swimming pool and was not breathing.

That child- a male- has been whisked by Lee's Summit Fire-EMS to a nearby medical center in critical condition.

Police say there were "about a dozen" people at the home at the time of the incident.

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Suspect Named In Cole Camp Triple Murder



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he Missouri Highway Patrol- Benton County and Cole Camp authorities report the suspect arrested in the triple murder of the Luetjen family is 45-year-old Robert Blurton.

Blurton is in an Allen county KS jail awaiting extradition to Missouri. Blurton's bond has been set at $3-million.

Investigators say the motive appeared to be robbery of Donnie Luetjen- a longtime collector of Native American and other artifacts.

It's also believed that Robert Blurton had accomplices- and those people are being sought by law enforcement agencies across the Central States and America.


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Metro K.C. BREAKING NEWS: Severe Tstm Watch No. 529 Valid Until 11 PM- KS-MO-IL



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his watch does NOT include Metro Kansas City- but includes the Missouri counties of Cass- Johnson and Lafayette and the Kansas counties of Miami and Linn until 11 pm.



A severe thunderstorm is over southern Johnson county KS (not in the watch)- and has dropped an inch of rain already over that area.

Power is reported out in parts of Gardner-KS- as well as traffic lights in that area says Gardner police.

Be alert for possible flash flooding in southern Johnson county Kansas!



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Metro K.C. BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Tstm Warning- Johnson - Miami Counties KS



BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
538 PM CDT SAT JUN 27 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN JOHNSON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...
NORTHERN MIAMI COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...

* UNTIL 615 PM CDT

* AT 538 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR EDGERTON...AND MOVING EAST
AT 20 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR...
GARDNER AROUND 545 PM CDT.
SPRING HILL AROUND 600 PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE CLARE...
BUCYRUS AND STILLWELL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WIND IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH...
DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...DEADLY LIGHTNING...AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR
PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME
OR BUSINESS. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO
AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD.



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Metro K.C. WEATHER: Thunderstorms Are Developing



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hough Metro Kansas City is not under any severe weather watch yet- there is Severe Thunderstorm Watch No. 528 that includes only Anderson and Coffey counties Kansas in the extreme southwestern MetroRegion.


Thunderstorms are beginning to fire up along a cold front that will move through the MetroRegion tonight.

The front wil usher in cooler and drier air Sunday and the first of next week- with highs in the 80's and lows in the 60's.

If any watch is issued for Metro K.C.- it'll be posted here.

Meanwhile- the latest visible satellite and NWS Doppler weather radar images:


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June 26-27 KC-MO Sobriety Checkpoint Yields Neglible Results



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arly this Saturday morning- the citizens of KC-MO and my ears were graced by a sobriety checkpoint at 29th Street and U.S.71/Watkins Expressway.




The STAR reports that out of 1371 vehicles checked in the Big Brother roundup that went from 10pm Friday night to 4am this morning- there were only 13 DUI arrests or about 1% of the total drivers stopped.



That's right- one percent.



I heard one motorist try to elude the checkpoint around 2:3o am and that resulted in a vehicle pursuit at reported speeds of around 100 mph.



That chase went into Kansas- and possibly returned to KC-MO where- around 3:09 am- a Kansas State Patrol trooper watched the chased vehicle crash on Forest just south of Linwood.



Fortunately- no innocent motorists were injured during this week's sobriety checkpoint pursuit.



Also during this checkpoint- several KC-MO police patrol "zones" were "blacked-out"- or without in-service police officers to run other more minor calls- like shots fired- domestic violence assaults- wrecks- etc..



Your tax dollars efficiently at work....

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Suspect In Cole Camp-MO Triple Murder In Custody



T
he story is that the Missouri Highway Patrol won't confirm any other facts in this case until a news conference at 6:30pm today in Cole Camp...


What IS known is that a suspect in the murders of the Luetjens- Donnie- Sharon and their 15-year-old grand-daughter in their Cole Camp home June 9 IS in police custody.
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Metro Kansas City WEATHER: Risk of Severe Storms Later Today


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Kansas City's BREAKING NEWS: Another Homicide In KC-KS



The killing spree continues in KC-KS...

Just after 4:30 am- police were called to the 2300 block of North 18th Street where they found a person shot dead and a "large number of people" who "didn't see anything."

Police chased 2 possible suspects in a vehicle on I-35 from northern JoCo-KS about 20 minutes later.

Those suspects bailed and ran around 18th Street and Jefferson in KC-MO at 4:54am.. One suspect was possibly in custody at West Pennway and Washington as of 5:21am..

As yet- no ident on the victim.
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Friday, June 26, 2009

Kansas City's BREAKING NEWS: One Dead- One Critically Hurt in KC-MO Crash



The crash was reported around 4:45pm at Woodswether Road and Liberty in Kansas City's West Bottoms area.

One fatality at the scene was confirmed- according to KSHB-41 News.

MAST-EMS transported one critical injury to a nearby medical trauma center- 41Action News reports that person to be a child.

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Breaking News UPDATE on Shawnee-KS Fire

At 4:28 pm- the fire in one of the buildings in the Valencia Hills apartment complex is under control.

Nearly 40 firefighters responded to the scene in the 10900 block of West 65th Street that began around 3:30pm..

No medical transports from the scene have been heard.



Also hearing of a fatality wreck- possibly somewhere in Northland KC-MO....

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Metro Kansas City's BREAKING NEWS: Apartment Building Fire In Shawnee-KS



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n almost 2-alarm response of at least 30 firefighters is on the scene of an apartment building fire in the 10900 block of West 65th Terrace in Shawnee.


The initial alarm sounded around 3:30 pm.

No other details yet- and no word on any injuries.
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Michael Jackson Dead


T
he Los Angeles Times is reporting pop star Michael Jackson has died of a cardiac arrest at a L.A. area hospital.


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BREAKING: Farrah Fawcett Dead At 62



I
t's being reported by a number of news organizations that one of the original "Charlie's Angels"- Farrah Fawcett- has lost her battle with cancer.


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Metro Kansas City Can't Shake Daily Thunderstorms



T
oday will mark the 3rd day in a row that afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms will grace our skies.


It will also mark the 3rd day in a row we've been near or (today) in a "slight risk" area for forecasted severe thunderstorms.


That risk area appears to remain along and east of I-35 in Missouri- then east of the state line south of K.C..

More worrysome is again the risk of torrential rainfall.

Last evening- Turkey Creek got within 3 feet of it's 61-foot flood stage at Southwest Boulevard in southeastern KC-KS..

More than 2.5-inches of rain fell in parts of the Turkey Creek watershed in less than an hour Wednesday.

KS Highway Patrol troopers came close to closing the northbound lanes of I-35 near I-635 when the creek approached the roadway. The last time the road was closed there due to flooding was in October of 1998.

There was a fear that a young person had been swept into the creek near 52nd Street and Merriam Drive- but police and fire department crews did not find anyone after an extensive search.

Brush Creek also approached flood stage near State Line Road last evening.

The additional rainfall has taken the June rainfall totals in some areas of Johnson County KS to near the one-foot mark.

Another round of heavy storms over those same areas could produce rapid flash flooding.

This morning's scattered showers and thunderstorms MAY reduce the risk of additional storms later today- but any strong heating will not sustain any reduction.

One good effect of the storms is that it won't get as hot as originally forecasted.



I'll be watching the situation....


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Republicrats Pick Wrong Rally Points

Where the HELL were all these Republicrats who are opposed to Americans getting universal health care when their brethren were giving away HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS to AIG and other broke financial outfits?

Watch out what you bitch about Republicrats (with the best care anywhere in their ruling palace)!
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Metro K.C. BREAKING NEWS: Flash Flooding Along Turkey Creek



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t 8:07 pm- Mission police were reporting flash flooding on Turkey Creek- and a possible water rescue- at 52nd Street and Merriam Drive.

Police say witnesses "possibly" saw a young white male with blond hair was seen in the water there.

About 2.4-inches of rain fell in about an hour in the middle Turkey Creek watershed.

Police also report Turkey creek "about over the Interstate (35- northbound lanes)" at I-635.


Flooding is quite possible along Southwest Boulevard within the hour.

The heavy rains have ended for the time being.
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K.C. MetroRegion BREAKING NEWS: Possible Drowning At Clinton Lake Unfounded



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t 6:49 pm Wednesday evening- Lawrence and Douglas county KS emergency services were responing on "a water rescue" at "Bloomington Beach" at Clinton Lake.


Clinton Lake is about 10 miles southwest of downtown Lawrence.

At 7:10 pm- 3 of 4 persons needing help were reported out of the water- but the report from the scene was that "one person is unaccounted for."

At 7:18 pm- it's reported that 4th person was located apparently okay some distance from the beach area....
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Weather Update - June 24- 2009



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t present- the only severe storm is entering Lawrence-KS at this time.


Strong thunderstorms are in the northwestern Metro as seen on the radar image. Storms are moving only slowly south to southeast.

Very heavy rains may also produce localized flash flooding.

Only damage reports received thus far are a few power line down calls in Leavenworth county and in Lawrence KS..


Updates as needed...
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Metro K.C.'s WEATHER: Severe Tstm Watch No. 505 Until 11 PM- KS-MO



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ll of Metro Kansas City and most of our MetroRegion is included in Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 505 until 11 pm.


Far northern- northeast and eastern portions of the Kansas City MetroRegion are NOT included.

The scenario will be much like last night- only the likelyhood of isolated severe storms like what struck Liberty and KC-KS are less- a semi-squall line to our northwest (see radar image below) will charge in with gusty winds- deadly lightning and very heay rain.


Here are the latest visible satellite and Doppler radar images as of this post:



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"Slight Risk" of Severe Storms Again Today - Some K.C. Area Rainfall Totals So Far June 2009



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fter last night's "surprise" thunderstorms that produced damage in Liberty-MO and Johnson and Wyandotte counties-KS (covered FIRST here at CSW during 6 pm TV newscasts)- there's yet a risk later today that some storms could become severe.


This risk is generally the northern half of the Kansas City MetroRegion- from the Kansas and Missouri rivers northward- as shown by this image courtesy of the NWS' Storm Prediction Center (SPC).


It has rained a lot in some areas of Metro K.C. so far this June.

Referring to the Johnson County "Stormwatch" rainfall totals image (click on image for full size)- you can see some areas in JoCo-KS have received just over 9-inches of rain.

With more rain in the forecast during the last 6 days of June- it's likely some areas will (or maybe already have) go over the 10-inch mark of total rainfall for June 2009.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kansas City's BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Tstm Warning- Jo-WyCo KS Till 9 PM



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Severe Thunderstorm warning has been issued "for extreme northeastern Johnson and extreme southeastern Wyandotte counties until 9pm..


Winds of around 60 mph are possible.

Higher winds possible if this storm suddenly collapses as it's top is at 44000-feet.

One report of a tree down on power lines and blocking most of Key Lane in the 1900 block in KC-KS..

No other reports yet...
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Popup Severe Thunderstorm Causes Damage In Liberty-MO

Liberty emergency services are stretched thin at this hour- after a severe thunderstorm with wind gusts "estimated around 70 miles per hour" struck Liberty just before 6 pm.

Part of the roof of at least one and possibly two apartment buildings were torn off in the Wilshire complex (see image) in the 200 block of Belmont.

Residents have been evacuated from 209 Belmont and at 7 pm- were being "allowed back in" to 217 Belmont.

Police also confirmed a convenience store's roof damaged when a power pole and transformer fell on it.

Police and fire department units report "numerous tree limbs and power lines down"- mostly in that part of Liberty to the east of I-35 from south of M-152 north to M-291.

An unknown- but large number of Liberty residents are without power- as heat indices again rise to the upper-90's to around 100-degrees.

No injuries have been reported as a direct result of the storm.

Within twenty-five minutes after the storm initially produced damage- the storm had nearly dissipated just north of Liberty.





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Metro Kansas City's BREAKING NEWS: Wind Damage In Liberty-MO



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iberty fire and police are reporting "numerous power lines down in the area of I-35- (M-)152 and (M-)291" highways.

In addition- the fire department was responding on "power lines down and a transformer lying in the street" in the 1400 block of Hemlock.

At 5:59pm- Liberty police dispatch says a woman called to report "part of her roof gone at Wilshire at 209 Belmont."

A NWS-warned severe thunderstorm is currently over Liberty.


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