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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Kansas Teen Shot - Killed During Underage Drinking Party



T
he Topeka (KS) Capitol-Journal reports that a 14-year-old girl was shot and killed late Friday night in Augusta-KS- about 20 miles east of Wichita...



The story says there was "an underage drinking party" going on at the time- and that "a 25-year-old man" at the party had pulled out a gun to show it off and the gun went off- killing Augusta High School freshman Andrea Young.


Reportedly- the man showing-off the gun also owned the house where the party was. That guy was arrested and is being held by police.

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WEATHER: Freeze Warning Metro K.C.



W
e didn't get a frost or freeze in the Metro Saturday morning- only got down to 38-degrees here in South KC-MO but the NWS says there's a chance of a freeze Sunday morning.


We didn't recover much at all temperature-wise today- it's 40-degrees here in at CSW HQ now.

With a cloud cover hanging around plus some warm air aloft sneaking in overnight- it looks like possibly those of us in the central Metro may escape a freeze.

But outlying and low-lying areas could possibly dip below the 32-degree mark after midnight.


At least we haven't had any snow- like these graphics from Nebraska traffic cameras showed early Saturday morning.



Some parts of the Cornhusker State got up to 10-inches of snow Saturday morning- as shown here from Ogallala and North Platte around the 1 am hour.

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Arson Suspected In KC-MO "North-End" Fire



F
ive companies of the KC-MO Fire department rolled out early Saturday morning to a structure fire in the 500 block of Harrison in Kansas City's Old World North End.


Pumper 25 arrived 3 minutes after the 3:07 am dispatch- and found the back porch of a duplex burning.

A working fire response was ordered and firefighters used 2 handlines on the fire over the next 15 minutes until the flames were controlled.

During the firefight- the on-scene battalion chief spotted a Dumpster on fire a block away on Gillis. Another pumper company was dispatched on that fire.

The structure- a 2-story duplex- was unoccupied and there were no firefighter injuries. Dangerous buildings department was called as the burned back porch of the fire building was nearing collapse.


The cause of the Harrison fire- as well as the Dumpster fire on Gillis were suspicious- and a fire investigator was called in and discovered both fires were arson- according to a nameless KC-MO FD employee late Saturday afternoon.
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Grandview-MO Home Damaged By Fire



T
he Grandview Fire department sent all on-duty hands to a house fire in the 13700 block of Parker at 12:09 am Saturday morning.


The fire reportedly started in the living room of the lived-in structure- and had spread throughout the house by the time the first firefighters arrived at 12:12 am..

Belton Fire sent a "mutual-aid" pumper truck to the fire- and KC-MO Fire sent a pumper company- truck company and a battalion chief to fill-in at an empty Grandview fire station.

Using at least 2 handlines- GFD had the fire under control by 12:35 am with no injuries reported.

Red Cross was summoned to the scene to render aid to the unknown number of the home's occupants.

A fire investigator was sent to the scene and the report was not yet available.
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Man Critically Injured In KC-MO Shooting



A
t 3:38 am Saturday morning- KC-MO Center Zone police officers responded on a reported shooting in the 1900 block of East Missouri Avenue in the near-Northeast area.


When officers arrived about 3:45 am- they found a male victim with "4" gunshot wounds (according to MAST-EMS) and "a large crowd"- none of whom apparently "saw anything" a C-Z officer said.


An investigation is underway without the limited witness evidence.

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Two Shooting Victims In KC-KS Early Saturday

Police are investigating 2 shootings in their city Saturday morning- one possibly injured a child.


The first shooting victim was found by police at 18th Street and Central Avenue around 1:45 am..

The "uncooperative" male was reported by KC-KS FD-EMS to have "2" gunshot wounds as well as other serious injuries.

Police were investigating...


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The 2nd shooting occurred about 2:55 am in the 300 block of South 10th Street.

Before police got to the address- someone had already driven the victim- reported as "an 8-year-old female shot in the chest" to a Metro medical trauma center.

The victim's condition was unknown.

There was also reportedly a 2nd person shot at the address- but their condition was said by police to be "not life-threatening."

Police reported a possible suspect vehicle as "a black SUV containing up to 4 Hispanic males.

KC-KS police spotted a vehicle meeting that description around 3:15 am near 7th Street and Kansas Avenue and gave a brief chase before the SUV crashed and the occupants bailed out.

At least 2 of those occupants was in police custody by 3:30 am- but a foot search was underway for one and possibly another.

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BREAKING NEWS: Fatality Hit & Run In Oak Grove-MO



N
ot too many details yet on this incident that occurred during the 1 o'clock hour Saturday morning.


A man was found apparently struck by a vehicle in Oak Grove in the area of 15th Street & Broadway and was dead-on-arrival of Sni Valley EMS.

The victim had also been decapitated.

The Missouri Highway Patrol was investigating.
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Friday, October 09, 2009

WEATHER: Frost- Freeze Warnings For Kansas City Metro-MetroRegion



B
y this time tomorrow- the growing season will have ended over most of the Kansas City MetroRegion.



Frost warnings are in effect early Saturday morning - "3-9 am" - for all of Metro Kansas City and surrounding areas southwest to east


Freeze warnings exist from areas in and around Topeka- Lawrence- Atchison-KS to St. Joseph and Chillicothe-MO..


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When Economic Conditions Suck- Cities Turn To New Arenas



I
n this "recession (depression)"- we citizens who can't get into our neighbor's pocket for added revenue turn to cost-cutting and hopefully- savings.


Responsible governments theoretically also cut costs and trim pork- including putting glitz projects on hold.

Don't tell the City of Independence-MO about glitz- as they just opened their new (and competing with Sprint and Kemper) arena.

Also don't tell Lincoln-NE about glitz- as their city leaders are preparing to put plans for a new arena there on the November ballot.

Ah- what the Hell- infrastructure is sooooo unsexy...
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Thursday, October 08, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: M-23 Highway Closed Between Concordia and Knob Noster



R
eported about 5 minutes ago over the Johnson County MO Sheriff's radio:

Missouri "(M)-23 highway is closed in the Blackwater (River) Bottoms due to flooding."

This is a main route between I-70 at Concordia and U.S. 50 in Knob Noster.
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Central States WEATHER: NWS- "Very Serious Flash Flooding Threat" in Central Missouri



T
his is for areas on the extreme eastern edges of the Kansas City MetroRegion- areas in and around Columbia and Jefferson City- where up to 7-inches of rain has fallen today.
More rain is on the way for the same areas.

If you plan on driving in any of the below-warned areas- PLEASE use extreme caution!


BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1212 PM CDT THU OCT 8 2009


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
AUDRAIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSOURI... BOONE COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSOURI... CALLAWAY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSOURI... COLE COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSOURI... MONITEAU COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSOURI... MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI... OSAGE COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSOURI...

* UNTIL 600 PM CDT

* AT 1205 PM CDT...A VERY SERIOUS FLASH FLOODING THREAT HAS DEVELOPED OVER MID MISSOURI.
RAINFALLS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES HAVE ALREADY OCCURRED IN AN EAST-WEST BAND FROM WEST OF COLUMBIA TO NEAR MONTGOMERY CITY... AND MORE RAIN IS ON THE WAY DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.

DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE BRIEF BREAK IN THE HEAVY RAIN THAT WILL OCCUR EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.
MORE RAIN...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL DEVELOP LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EARLY EVENING HOURS.

NUMEROUS ROADS ACROSS MID-MISSOURI WERE FLOODED AND CLOSED AT MIDDAY... AND AS THE RAIN AND RUNOFF CONTINUES TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL BECOME MORE HAZARDOUS.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE:
ASHLAND... CALIFORNIA... CENTRALIA... COLUMBIA... FULTON... HOLTS SUMMIT... JEFFERSON CITY... LINN... MEXICO... MONTGOMERY CITY... TIPTON...VANDALIA... WELLSVILLE... AUXVASSE... BELLFLOWER... BIG SPRING... BRAZITO... BUELL... CENTERTOWN... CHAMOIS... CLARKSBURG... EASLEY... FARBER... FREEBURG... HALLSVILLE... HICKORY HILL... HIGH POINT... JAMESTOWN... JONESBURG AND LADDONIA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR IS IMMINENT.
MOST FLOOD RELATED DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS WATER COVERED BRIDGES... DIPS... OR LOW WATER CROSSINGS.
NEVER TRY TO CROSS A FLOWING STREAM... EVEN A SMALL ONE... ON FOOT OR IN A VEHICLE.
IF YOU COME ACROSS A FLOODED ROAD TURN AROUND AND FIND ANOTHER ROUTE TO YOUR DESTINATION.
NO TRIP IS WORTH YOUR LIFE!

THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF LOW WATER CROSSINGS WHICH ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS IN HEAVY RAIN.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS FLOODED ROADS.
FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES. IT ONLY TAKES A FEW INCHES OF SWIFTLY FLOWING WATER TO CARRY VEHICLES AWAY.

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Retailers: Don't Let September Reprieve Fool You



O
n news that American consumers spent more than expected in September- the stock market rises along with oil prices.


It's inflationary exuberance at it's American worst...

Nearly everyone I know won't be spending much if at all for Christmas.

Many have returned to a "traditional" Christmas- exchanging self-made items and eschewing budget-busting store buying.

The American consumer holds the key to ANY "economic recovery"- and our confidence is shot in this "system" where million and billionaires are rewarded for borderline-criminal financial activity while we American consumers are left holding the bag.

Make it a "homemade Christmas" again this year American consumer and show Wall Street and all the rich bastards we ain't taking their "business as usual."
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WEATHER: Rain Round 1 Moving Out- Round 2 To Follow



M
uch of Metro Kansas City south of The Rivers has received more than 1-inch of rain: 1.47" here near the old Bannister Mall area as of 10:45 am Thursday.


Areas south of Kansas City (see radar graphic- counties outlined in green) are under flood and flash flood warnings already.

The areas under warnings need to pay close attention to future precipitation trends.

Don't expect anything but nuisance flooding around Metro K.C.- but pay heed and watch for high water if travelling southwest- south or southeast of Metro Kansas City.
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Gardner-KS Voters Attempt Recall of Unresponsive Councilpeople



A
s Kansas City-MO councilpeople and it's Mayor will realize next election- it's not wise for a politician to go against 72-percent of your constituents wishes or otherwise jack the voters around.


That's what's facing at least 2 Gardner councilpeople and would happen to even MORE Gardner councilpeople if not for a state law that says you can't throw the WHOLE council out.

According to the OLATHE (KS) NEWS- the councilpeople in jeopardy went against 72% of voters wanting the city to come to a better agreement with BN over the intermodal rail center being built southwest of Gardner.

Like I've said until I'm blue in the face- people we elect to make laws and policy- that breed known as politicians- NEED to take drug tests before taking their oaths of office.

We drug test for retail workers for Christ's Sake- wouldn't it just be A LITTLE prudent to pre-drug test politicians (see the CSW poll on the right)?
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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Kansas City MetroRegion-Central States Under Excessive Rainfall Risk



H
ere are the latest NWS graphic and statements on the forecasted heavy rain event that's already beginning to our southwest.



The green or "slight risk" area of forecasted excessive rains through Thursday evening includes about the southeastern half of Metro Kansas City- with the risk for flooding rains increasing toward the south.

The "high risk" area includes areas in and around Fort Scott-KS- Nevada and Clinton-MO..

Rainfalls of 5-inches and possibly more are forecast in a swath from around Tulsa-OK- northeastward through Joplin-Springfield to near St. Louis-MO..

More updates to come here at CSW....

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Kansas City's BREAKING NEWS: Large House Fire In The Northland



T
he alarm went out to 5 KC-MO fire companies at 2:33 pm: A house fire in the 10100 block of Northeast 101st Street in far northeastern KC-MO near Liberty.



Responding companies spotted the smoke from the fire- reported to be in a "2-story" house- from more than a mile away.

The house is reported totally-involved in flames as of 2:43 pm and a "working fire response" of additional fire companies has been requested.

No word on the occupancy status of the burning home in this new subdivision- and firefighters are trying to keep flames from spreading to neighboring homes due to gusty South winds today.

Updates here as needed...

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UPDATE - 3:15 pm: The house fire in the 10100 block of Northeast 101st Street was reported "under control" at 2:55 pm after 3 handlines and a pumper's "deck gun (turret)" was used on the fire and the house next door to the north.

No one in the house at the time of the fire was injured- but the "2 adults and 3 children" living in the home were displaced by the fire.

The cause is currently under investigation.

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A Nearly Ton of Pumpkin

(Photo courtesy of the Associated Press)
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WEATHER: Heavy Rain- Flooding- Snow Possible??



I
t's going to be an active coming 5-day period weather-wise.


As shown by the accompanying graphic from the National Weather Service (NWS)- flood watches are in effect for southern portions of the Kansas City MetroRegion beginning Thursday.

A strong storm system with a strong cold front will sweep over the Central States over the next few days.

This will bring a good chance for rain here in the Metro- as well as a frost/freeze over much of the MetroRegion.

We'll have to watch Sunday- as there COULD be a chance of snow somewhere in the Kansas City MetroRegion!

More on this developing weather situation as it unfolds....
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Student Suing Blue Springs School District



T
he Independence-Blue Springs-Grain Valley EXAMINER reports that a Blue Springs student is suing the school district over injuries the student suffered during an informal kick-boxing session after a cancelled wrestling team practice.


The student- named by The EXAMINER as "Samuel Gomez"- suffered oral injuries.
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Addendum on S.C. Nuke Waste Transport Route



A
s noted on our previous post regarding South Carolina's planned December (through spring 2010) transport of it's 15000 (55-gallon-drum?) barrels of depleted uranium waste to a site in Utah- here's a map graphic (click-on to enlarge) showing proposed routings of UCSA's uranium wastes.




These routes were proposed in 2006 (as shown on the graphic) for the also proposed Yucca Mountain radioactive storage facility.





Note how most of this lethal crap from the eastern 2/3 of the country winds up going through Chicago-Omaha/Council Bluffs-Cheyenne-WY and west.



But also note the busy secondary feeder to the Omaha route west: right through Kansas City.



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South Carolina's Nuclear Waste May Come Through Kansas City In December



O
ne only has to know facts and look at a map to figure out how South Carolina's "15,000 drums of depleted uranium" is going to get routed to it's Utah "disposal" site.


Without the Associated Press's story even mentioning Kansas City- we know K.C. is the No. 1 rail hub and we're on a direct route between South Carolina and Utah.


So come December- if rail cars seem to be glowing as bright as Plaza Christmas lights- at least you'll know why.


And IF that train derails in Kansas City- we'll ALL look like the Plaza....

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Afghanistan War = FAIL



E
ven the USSR couldn't win in Afghanistan so naturally- America's "leaders" are entertaining notions of increasing troop strength to that stagnant war of more than 6 years running.



All the war in Afghanistan is doing is increasing the UCSA debt and killing our youth and all we're doing is continuing Herr Bush's failed policies.


America can no more "stop" terrorism with bullets and bombs than our nation can stop this "recession (Depression)" with more taxpayer dollars poured into criminal banking and financial institutions.

If you REALLY want to stop terrorism and "recessions (Depressions)"- pour that money directly TO THE PEOPLE.


Remember- folks with little to nothing to start with have little to nothing to lose....

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WEATHER: Frost- Freeze Possible This Weekend



A
strong cold front will surge through MetroRegion Kansas City later this week- bringing lots of rain as well as a chance for the area's first frost and/or freeze this weekend.



At this time- it's looking like the precipitation will end before it gets cold enough for snow- but will be watching that situation as we get closer to the weekend.


Nonetheless- be prepared for at least frost in Metro Kansas City with a freeze possible in low-lying and northern areas of the MetroRegion.

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Maybe The Shawnee-Mission Deer Ate Floyd's Apples?



T
he Lawrence (KS) JOURNAL-WORLD reports a farmer near Eudora had thieves clean out a crop of apples.


Floyd Ott says someone came into his orchard and picked a couple of hundred of bushels of apples.

No word if this is the vanguard of the UCSA's (United Corporate States of America) new "Apples for Assholes" program- and Mr. Ott has no suspects (maybe it's the Shawnee-Mission Park's overgrown deer population).

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What Kool-Aid Is The Kansas City Star Execs Drinking?



C
ommercialism is overrunning virtually ALL forms of content today.


When you watch a movie on TV- the commercials increase in number and length toward the end of that movie- so bad the original program becomes unwatchable.

It's much the same for today's newspapers- you try to read news stories through full-page advertisements of shiny material crap.


What I read this morning trumps ALL the above.


The KANSAS CITY STAR in it's infinite corporate stupidity is actually INCREASING THE PRICE of it's advertising-fat Thanksgiving Day edition- from the "normal" 75-cents to a whopping TWO DOLLARS!


Imagine- the STAR's subscribers are CHARGED MORE FOR FOR A PAPER FILLED WITH COMMERCIALS!!!!!!!!!!!

How f-ing stupid is this???


I hope The KANSAS CITY STAR continues losing subscribers based on this boneheaded move- it'll absolutely serve them right and thank McClatchy for a whole-lot-of NOTHING....
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Monday, October 05, 2009

Oklahoma State Trooper Martin Is At It Again



Y
ou may remember the highway patrolman from Oklahoma- Trooper Daniel Martin- who got in an altercation with an EMS crew last spring- reported HERE and HERE.


Well- Trooper Martin has become involved in another altercation- this time with a civilian who wasn't related to a car stop Trooper was on at the time- according to STATter 911.


Are the same people in charge of the Oklahoma State Patrol who are in charge of University of Kansas athletics?


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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Car Crashes Near Main Gate of Lake City Munitions Plant



I
n today's Age of Terrorism- imagine being a guard at the entrance to the Lake City/U.S. Army ammunition plant at Missouri 7 and 78 highways around 6:10 am Sunday morning.

Here was a car- careening down the roadway toward the front gate of one of the US military's biggest munitions manufacturing plants and that car wasn't going to stop.


The car- containing 2 occupants- rolled-over and came to rest near the main gate of Lake City- it's 2 male occupants injured.

A medical helicopter was sent for one of the car's occupants: "a male in his 20's who (appeared) uninjured but highly" intoxicated.

The 2nd occupant- also a younger male- was transported by AMR-EMS to an eastern Metro medical trauma center.

You have to think the guards at Lake City's main gate were relieved it was JUST a crash by a possibly intoxicated driver and not a terrorist attempt.

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Fatality Wreck In Kansas City-KS



J
ust after 2:45 am this morning- a Ford Explorer ran a traffic signal at Southwest Boulevard and Rainbow and slammed into 2 other vehicles.



One of the vehicles struck had 5 people in it- one of the 3 reported in the backseat of this vehicle died at the scene.

At least two others in that car had critical injuries and all the about 5 transported injured ages ranged from the late teens to around 30.

Police were investigating and yet no word on any tickets issued.

The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash ran from the scene.


Please watch KSHB-41 NBC Action News at 8 am- 5 & 10 pm for video and more information.

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