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Friday, December 31, 2010

Tornado Damages Homes Southwest of St. Louis MO

At 11:34 a.m.- emergency management in Franklin County MO reported a tornado on the ground just northeast of Robertsville.

Robertsville is about 30 miles southwest of St. Louis.

At least 3 homes were damaged near Robertsville- but no reports of serious injuries.

At 11:56 a.m.- another tornado was reported in or near Byrnes Mill in Jefferson county MO..

At this same time- damages to homes and businesses with minor injuries were reported from a tornado in the southwestern St. Louis suburb of Sunset Hills.

T wo fatalities have resulted after a tornado destroyed 3 mobile homes and damaged other structures near Lecoma MO..

One is dead and at least 6 were injured in north Rolla MO when a tornado damaged or destroyed nearly 30 homes about 10:15 a.m. Friday morning.



Other CSW fatality tornado posts for New Year's Eve 2010-11: Westville OK-Cincinnati AR and Fort Leonard Wood MO area.

Tornado At Fort Leonard Wood MO

These pictures will prove that a tornado did indeed touch down around 9:30 a.m. this New year's Eve morning in Fort Leonard Wood MO..

Damage and and "minor" injuries were reported at the Fort Leonard Wood US Army post- but no confirmation on number of the injured.

At least one housing development containing 75 homes was struck- according to news media reports.

High winds and other reports of tornadoes are coming in from these areas eastward toward Rolla and into Metro St. Louis.

Other CSW fatality tornado posts for New Year's Eve 2010-11:  Westville OK-Cincinnati AR and Eastern Missouri-St. Louis area.


At Least 3 Dead- People Missing- In Tornadoes Near Fayetteville AR

The 3 dead are reported in the unincorporated community of Cincinnati- about 15 miles west of Fayetteville.

There are other reports of houses destroyed and people missing in other areas of Washington and Benton counties in northwestern Arkansas after tornadoes touched down in those areas around 6 a.m. New Year's Eve morning.

There was also the report of "lots of injuries" in and around western Washington county Arkansas.

Heavy damage- probably from a tornado- was also reported in nearby Westville Oklahoma- just southwest of the Cincinnati community..

A National Weather Service (NWS) tornado watch was in effect at the time of the tornado touchdowns.

Tornado watches continue this Friday morning for much of central through northern Arkansas as well as south and southeastern through eastern Missouri and western Illinois.

Other tornado information in the Benton-Washington counties Ar and Westville OK areas can be found on the Channel 40/29 website HERE as well as the Northwest Arkansas Newspapers (NWA) Online.

Other CSW tornado posts for New Year's Eve 2010-11 can be found HERE and HERE.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

CSW SPORTS: American Conference- NFL Football Standings - Sunday- December 26


KC-MO Shooting at Hospital Lands 2 in Hospital

KC-MO Police detectives continue investigating a shooting at Research Medical Center (RMC) at Meyer Boulevard and Prospect.

The incident occurred about 1:45 a.m. in the south parking lot of the main building and KC-MO PD officers got the call from RMC security.

Two victims were taken into the nearby emergency room.

One was a male with life-threatening injuries.  The second unknown victim had non life-threatening injuries a KC-MO police source said.

At least 3 vehicles were either involved or damaged in the incident and 2 of those vehicles were being sought by police.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

One Dead in KC-MO Christmas Morning Crash

At least one yet-unidentified person died around 7 a.m. Saturday morning when the car they were in plunged off a roadway onto a railroad right-of-way below.

It happened up to an hour prior to the wreck being located in the 2000 block of Troost- near Hospital Hill just around 6:35 a.m..

A prior call had went out shortly before 6 p.m. to fire- EMS and police of a "car on the railroad tracks" near "Pershing and Main."

No crash was located there- but police kept investigating and at 6:35 a.m. after talking to some railroad personnel- had located a crashed car that apparently had "come off of Troost onto the" railroad below.

At least one male victim was with that vehicle and had to be extricated by the FD- and lifted to the street about 40-50 feet above while C.P.R. was being performed on him.

Sources say that victim died at a nearby hospital shortly after arriving by ambulance there after 7 a.m..

So far- no "official" report of this crash is available.


CSW BREAKING: Person Dead By Gunshot East of Lawrence KS

CSW is still awaiting confirmation whether an early Christmas morning fatal shooting in the parking lot of a tavern was self or otherwise inflicted.

The incident was reported at 1:26 a.m. in the parking lot of "The Outhouse" tavern in the 1800 block of North 1500 Road.

The patient was declared dead on the scene by an EMS crew at 1:35 a.m..


Merry Christmas From Captain Spaulding and Ms. Rittenhouse



Friday, December 24, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Shooting in Midtown KC-MO Leaves Victim in Critical Condition

The Christmas Eve Guns of Kansas City have sounded-out with possibly deadly consequences...

There were multiple gunshots and critical injuries were inflicted upon an about 30-year-old male tonight just after 9:30 p.m. in the 4300 through 4500 blocks of Virginia.

That male had at least "4" gunshot wounds which were life-threatening- transported by FD-EMS to a Metro hospital.

There's a car with bullet holes as well in the area where the victim was found by police- but no other injuries reported nor clear suspect information other than an armed male.

Central States News: More than 1 Year- Omaha Family Still Missing and Police With Few Clues

Other news in the real world...

A Brazilian family living in Omaha simply disappeared from the face of the Earth on December 17- 2009.

Vanderlei Szczepanik- a carpenter- his wife Jacqueline and their 7-year-old son Christopher haven't been seen since- although 2 of their vehicles were found abandoned in Metro Omaha in the week after the family went missing.

Also- 3 Brazilian men are going to court in January 2011 for using the Szczepanik's "stolen" credit cards early this year.

Those three had not been charged with the Szczepanik family disappearance- stated the Associated Press story from The LINCOLN (NE) JOURNAL-STAR.

CSW BREAKING: "Multiple Serious Injuries" at Overland Park KS Crash

Reported to the Christmas Eve world at 2:07 p.m. in the afternoon- a vehicle containing 4 people struck a utility pole on Nieman Road south of 91st Street (north of Oak Park Mall).

The vehicle rolled- and threw virtually all the occupants out.

The Overland Park Fire Department reported lifting the vehicle from atop at least 2 of those people.

One mid (17)-teens male was whisked away by MEDACT-EMS ambulance in critical condition.

Two other female patients- ages 16 and 43- and the 65-year-old driver were taken to an Overland Park medical trauma center in less-serious condition.

The OPPD was investigating.


CSW WEATHER: Snowfall Ending in Metro Kansas City

With measured amounts of around 1 to 2 inches on grassy areas- the last band of snow is moving out of the eastern part of the Metro.

Streets and highways are mainly wet- except in the Metro K.C. Northland where temperatures are at freezing.

In the Southland- temperatures remain steady in the mid to upper 30's.

The images shown are a moderate to heavy snow shower just before noon Christmas Eve 2010.

Temperatures areawide won't fall below freezing until after dark- and most driving surfaces should be drying by then.

CSW wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas and we'll take you up to the New Year with commercial-free information.

CSW BREAKING: Shooting in Old Northeast KC-MO

KC-MO Fire-EMS reports "an 18-year-old male" is in serious to critical condition after a shooting in the 500 block of Spruce around 11:20 a.m. Christmas Eve.

Police had no suspect information- other than witness reports of "someone in the street" apparently shot into a residence on Spruce.

The victim was shot in the chest and was enroute to a Metro K.C. hospital. 

CSW BREAKING: MetroRegion Interstates Blocked- Slowed By Vehicle Crashes

There are 2 significant crashes on MetroRegion Interstates (see- click-on map image)- one on northbound I-29 in far southern Buchanan county and another on eastbound I-70 near Odessa.

The first was the I-29 crash- a reported "car" crashed into "a jack-knifed semi truck" at 10:09 a.m.- just south of the Mile 35 Faucett exit on northbound I-29- just north of the Platte county line.

Units on scene report "the roads are slick" and "blocked" at that wreck scene- with yet no number and extent of injuries.

The other crash involves at least 2 vehicles on eastbound I-70 in Lafayette county near Odessa.

Again- no injury reports yet- but the Interstates will be slowed if not blocked there.

Another band of moderate snow is moving into Metro Kansas City from the west- and will overspread the area over the next hour or two.

Temperatures here in south KC-MO are still several degrees above freezing.

CSW BREAKING: House Fire With Injury in Ray County MO

Firefighters from Lawson- Wood Heights and Excelsior Springs are engaged in a fire-fight in a home near Northeast 158th Street and Ash in extreme northwestern Ray county north-northeast of Excelsior Springs.

The alarm sounded around 9:20 a.m. this Christmas Eve and when the first fire truck arrived at 9:34 a.m.- "heavy smoke" was showing from the 1-story home.

Shortly thereafter- a "smoke inhalation" patient was reported- and their condition sounded to be increasingly serious as an EMS crew was still attempting to reach them as of 9:52 a.m..

Fire has been reported from "the basement" to "the attic-" especially that part of the structure around a "fireplace."

It took until around 10:30 a.m. to put the fire out and the cause (probable defective fireplace flue) was under investigation.

The person that suffered the smoke inhalation was taken to the Excelsior Springs Medical Center in serious condition.

No report of firefighter injuries.

Nebraska Family Shares Christmas Cheer With Elaborate Display

The MARYSVILLE (KS) ADVOCATE reports on this considerable Christmas display of lights and figurines at a rural residence just over the Nebraska state line near the small community of Summerfield KS..

It's the home of Elmer and Sandra Menninga- and the elaborate display is the inspiration and work of their son David.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the Menningas and all the good people of Marysville and the surrounding area!

Osawatomie KS Fire Volunteers Spread Christmas Joy

With one of the volunteer department's fire engines decorated one of their fire trucks and went around that Miami county community giving out presents from the city's "Cops For Tots" program and generally spreading the holiday spirit- according to the image and the story from the OSAWATOMIE (KS) GRAPHIC.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hey Santa- The Diet Worked

This Santa- standing in front of a holiday-festooned house on Route DD in Johnson County MO- apparently appeared on the TV show "Biggest Loser."

The photo is courtesy of The WARRENSBURG DAILY STAR-JOURNAL- and Merry Christmas!


CSW BREAKING: House Fires in Ray- Lafayette Counties MO- KC-KS

In the Northland- several Clay-Clinton and Ray county fire departments are battling a house fire on or near C highway in Ray county reported around 3 p.m. this afternoon.

No reports of any injuries as of 4:45 pm. and there is no other information on this fire...

Fire units from Odessa- Lafayette and eastern Jackson counties are arriving at a reported "fully-involved" house fire in rural Lafayette county- in the 4500 block of Cumberland Road.

That fire was reported just after 3:45 p.m. and was reported under control at 4:42 p.m..

There haven't been any injury reports.

There is an injury reported in a Kansas City KS house fire- a "burn victim" ...

That incident was reported at 3:47 p.m. in the 1700 block of Walker in the eastern part of that Wyandotte county city.

There was a working fire in a lived-in structure that's been declared under control just after 4 p.m..

The victim's injuries were not life-threatening - but no report on extent of burns or any other info on them.

The Red Cross was on-the-scene as of 4:50 p.m. rendering emergency aid for "3 adults and one child" who resided at the address of 1715.

A fire-cause investigation is happened now.

CSW WEATHER: NWS Winter Weather Advisories Expand Across Central US

The NWS advisories covering today into Christmas Eve now cover a large swath from central South Dakota and western Minnesota into eastern Nebraska- all of Iowa- northeastern and eastern Kansas into much of Missouri spare the Bootheel area and western through southwestern Illinois.
Travel will become hazardous on the freeways and highways in those areas with no doubt some flight delays.

CSW BREAKING: House Fire in South-Central KC-MO

KC-MO police were already on the scene when the Fire department reported a house fire in the 8100 block of Park at 1:22 p.m. this Thursday afternoon.

Unknown yet why police were already there- but just before the fire alarm went out- an officer there said there was "a power line down" and at 1:23 p.m.- a civilian told an officer that there "were propane tanks in the back" or "detached garage" area of the residence.

Fire companies reported seeing smoke from almost a mile away- and when 30's Pumper arrived at 1:25 p.m. the house was "fully-involved" with fire.

The fire has been brought under control- apparently without those propane tanks becoming involved.

As of 1:50 p.m.- no one was reported missing or being found by firefighters inside the burned-out house- thus far no report on how many lived in the home and no reports of injuries.

We're awaiting a report as to the cause of the fire and the monetary loss on the structure and contents- which sounds to be considerable.

Son Murders Father- Kills Himself in Northwest Missouri

This sad incident happened early Wednesday (not early today as the story says)- according to The ST. JOSEPH (MO) NEWS-PRESS story.

It's reported that 28-year-old  Jonathan Windhorst went to his father's home in rural Fairfax and stabbed his father- 54-year-old Wesley Windhorst- to death.

The younger Windhorst then went back home and fatally shot himself.

CSW WEATHER: NWS "Winter Weather Advisory" For Metro-MetroRegion K.C. Christmas Eve

The National Weather Service (NWS) "winter weather advisory" area around Metro and MetroRegion Kansas City will be in effect from midnight to 6 p.m. Friday- Christmas Eve.

The NWS says anywhere from "a trace to 2-inches of snow" is expected- and I stick to my earlier forecast.

Santa Brings City of Topeka $5-M For Downtown "Improvements-" Nothing For Laid-off Workers

Once again- city governments find money for cosmetic municipal fixes- but seemingly no money to be found for basic infrastructure and laid-off employees.

This latest story of taxpayer money mid-management is from Topeka- via The TOPEKA (KS) CAPITAL-JOURNAL.

KC-KS Fire Truck Involved in Non-Injury Crash Going To A Fire

A Kansas City KS Fire department pumper reportedly hit "a parked car" on the way to a stove fire in the 2300 block of South Early Thursday morning.

Pumper 3 reportedly hit a parked car not far from the fire address (exact location unknown)- but damage was reported as "minor" and no one was hurt.

The fire itself- dispatched at 9:55 a.m.- was also minor and without injury.

Earlier than the Early fire (heh)- Prairie Township- Lake Lotawana- and Lone Jack fire crews were sent to the 11200 block of South Cave Road on a reported wood-burning stove flue fire.

That  9:15 a.m. incident was also fairly minor with no one hurt there.