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Saturday, January 16, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Multiple Vehicle Crash With Fatality On I-35 In Franklin County KS

Just before 8 am- Franklin and Johnson County KS emergency services responded on a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 35 near Wellsville- the first exit southwest of Edgerton KS..

At least 20 injuries have been reported along with at least 1 fatality as of 8:15 am and the crash is between Mile 192 and Mile 198 on I-35..

It's not known yet exactly how many vehicles are involved in this crash but at least "several" semi trucks are involved and JoCo Fire has requested "Haz-Mat" crews to this scene.

Weather conditions at the time of the wreck was dense freezing fog with low visibilities.


Friday, January 15, 2010

"God" Comments On Pat Robertson

"God" gives interviews about as often as Kansas City "pro" sports teams wins world championships.

According to The BOROWITZ REPORT- among other things- "God" said- "If Pat Robertson were on NBC he'd be replaced by Jay Leno by now."

Some Metro K.C. Rainfall Totals For 2009 and 2008-2009

ere are the final rainfall totals for the Overland Park STORMWATCH rain gauges that cover a large part of Johnson County KS and central and southern KC-MO (click on image for full size):

Also- here are the 2-year accumulated rainfall totals beginning January 1 2008 to December 31 2009:

Note the small rainfall totals on the end of these lists. Those represent raingages that were not in service during the entire observational period.

Will we see flooding in Metro Kansas City this spring? It is quite possible- and that flooding threat exists before spring begins.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Three KC-MO Incidents: Fire- Burn and Crash

KC-MO fire companies are mopping up after a house fire in the 5300 block of North Kensington.

The alarm was sounded at 12:53 pm Wednesday afternoon- and when firefighters arrived they found a "working fire" in "the basement" of the single-story house.

Occupancy status of the house is unknown- but no one was found inside after searches of the structure.

The fire was declared "out" at 1:06 pm with no injuries reported thus far.


At 1:05 pm- MAST-EMS- Fire and police were responding to 3620 Warwick on the report of a child burned by an yet-unknown method in an apartment there.

The patient was reported by MAST-EMS as a Hispanic male infant- "who somehow had hot oil poured on him" and was suffering non life-threatening "2nd-degree burns on his shoulder- neck and chin."

The child was taken to Children's Mercy hospital and police were investigating the incident.


KC-MO Police- fire & MAST-EMS units are on-scene "on I-35 under Southwest Trafficway" on a serious-injury crash.

Northbound I-35 traffic north of the Cambridge Circle is restricted to one-lane at this time..

"Thousands" Feared Dead After Haiti Earthquake

he 7.0 quake that struck Haiti's capitol city of Port-au-Prince struck at 3:53 pm Tuesday afternoon Kansas City time.

That city of an estimated 2 to 3 million population is reported to be "virtually destroyed" by the powerful quake.

Our prayers are with the Haitian people today.


Kansas Police Chief Arrested For Suspected Child Rape

he police chief of Inman Kansas- Mark Akins- has been arrested on charges of "multiple charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and one count of rape" according to this story in The SALINA (KS) JOURNAL.

Two Children Die In KC-KS House Fire

From all accounts- the fire around 3 am Wednesday morning in the 1800 block of North 32nd Street wasn't a big one.

Yet- the "smoldering fire" as several media accounts called it killed the 2 children in the bedroom of the home: a 1 and a 2-year-old.

The cause of that fire was still under investigation as of this post.


Water Warning In Overbrook KS

People in Overbrook in northeast Osage County Kansas are being advised to boil their drinking and cooking water today because of a water main break that has drained Overbrook's water tower and has caused low pressure in that city's water lines- reports The TOPEKA (KS) CAPITOL-JOURNAL.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Body Found On Railroad Tracks In KC-KS

Several companies of the Kansas City KS Fire department are currently recovering a dead body on the railroad tracks under I-635 next to the Missouri River.

At 3:15 pm- KC-KS Fire dispatched a call on "a jumper on the bridge" on southbound I-635 near Kansas highway (K-) 5.

When the fire companies arrived- they spotted a body on the railroad tracks under the bridge.

Those firefighters are currently retrieving the body.

Police are investigating the incident.


ADDITIONAL BREAKING: A "multi-vehicle" crash is reported in Raymore-Belton MO on U.S. 71 at or near Missouri (M) 58 highways.

Direction of travel and number/severity of injuries not yet known....

ANOTHER Lawsuit Against KC-MO Mayor Funkhouser

ity budgets get slashed- city employees get laid-off- municipal services suffer- yet the lawsuits against the Mayor and his wife continue.

The KANSAS CITY (MO) STAR reports the latest lawsuit: "Shawn Pierce alleges he was the victim of retaliatory termination because he sided with Ruth Bates, a former mayoral aide who previously sued the mayor, his wife, Gloria Squitiro, and the city for alleged harassment and discrimination."

Wonderful- when does this crap stop???

Last Friday's Camden MO House Fire Involved Fatality

eported first in Kansas City last Friday here on CSW was the fatality fire in the rural Ray County MO community of Camden.

Breaking out just after noon (not 1 pm as is reported in an "official" report provided by an anonymous source and again in the RICHMOND (MO) DAILY NEWS Online)- firefighters from Richmond- Orrick- Wood Heights and Lawson battled the flames at 605 Back Street in Camden before finding the owner and lone occupant of the house Clarence Baum, Jr.- age 87- in the debris afterwards.

CSW offers our condolences to the Baum family and thanks to the many paid and volunteer firefighters who fought the fire in single-digit temperatures and snow flurries.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Kansas Justice Reverts To Old West (Stone Age)

he murder of abortion doctor George Tiller at his church by assassin Scott Roeder SHOULD have been a cut and dried murder trial.

American justice was severely perverted by Sedgwick County Kansas Judge Warren Wilbert last Friday decided to allow murderer Roeder to prepare the defense for a lesser charge of ... "voluntary manslaughter."

I think I'm going to start telling people I was born in Missouri....

CSW BREAKING: Five Homeless After South-Midtown KC-MO House Fire

At 5:08 pm Monday evening- 5 companies of the KC-MO Fire department rolled to a house fire in the 4200 block of East 60th Terrace north of Swope Park.

When ladder Truck 11 arrived at 5:11 pm- they reported the "single-story" house "fully-involved" in flames with the 5 occupants- "3 adults and 2 children" outside.

It took until 5:23 pm to get the fire under control- and the Red Cross has been requested to assist the displaced occupants with temporary lodging.

No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is still being determined.


K.C. STAR: MoDOT Says Work On I-70-I-435 Interchange To Begin Later This Month

n a story today on the KANSAS CITY STAR Web site- the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announces that work to re-construct the PITA I-70/I-435 interchange near the Truman Sports Complex will begin later this month

Starting a major freeway reconstruction during the WINTER is a smart move (NOT!)..

Here's another bulletin: The Clarkson Construction Company- the ONLY bidder on this project- is also going to replace the Blue Ridge Cutoff ("George Brett") bridge over I-70 and- according to the STAR's story- "Work will not be done during the baseball season.

Let's see- the baseball season runs from April to October- about the same time as the construction season.



Sunday, January 10, 2010

Good Neighbor CSW Cleans HIS Sidewalk (Street)

n the following images- just a glance at our own snow removal efforts at CSW.

The sidewalks here have been shoveled within 24 hours of every snowstorm and today I went out to break up some of the ice & snow packed down on the street in front of the house.

Another image shows the sidewalk north from our house untouched by a human shovel.

Imagine how KC-MO would look if everyone pitched in and cleaned off your own sidewalk and street in front of your house because after all- this series of snowstorms bordered on a minor disaster and our municipal employees in such times can't be everywhere and do everything....


Kansas State Legislator Proposes Johnson County Tollroad

ust what Metro Kansas City (doesn't) need- another highway and more urban sprawl.

Yet that is exactly what Kansas Representative Melvin Neufeld- a Republicrat from Ingalls- proposes.

Rep. Nuefeld is in favor of a toll-road from the new Leavenworth county interchange with I-70/Kansas Turnpike into southern Johnson county and "east into Grandview MO" says the story in the LAWRENCE (KS) JOURNAL-WORLD.


University of Oklahoma Student Missing In Edmond


Kidnapped New Jersey Man Rescued by Police In Lake Ozark MO

An alert convenience store employee and police in Lake Ozark MO are credited with rescuing a man Saturday who was kidnapped by 3 men in New Jersey Friday.

According to the story in The Jefferson City (MO) NEWS-TRIBUNE- Jeff Muller- age 59 of Newton N.J.- was kidnapped by 3 suspects "Douglas Stangeland, 46, of Nevada, Mo.; Andrew David Wadel, 21, and Lonnie Eugene Swarnes, 44, both of Rich Hill, Mo." outside of a pet store Muller owned in Newton NJ states the NEWS-TRIBUNE.

While in Lake Ozark early Saturday- the suspect's vehicle became "disabled" and they pulled into the convenience store's parking lot.

Victim Muller had loosened his bonds and attempted to escape the suspect's vehicle while in the lot and the clerk in the store witnessed the attempt and called police.

The three suspects were taken into custody and Mr. Muller was taken to a hospital for "minor injuries."