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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Slick-Road Crashes- Male with Multiple Stab Wounds in KC-KS and KC-MO Police Chase Leads Pre-Dawn Saturday Morning News

esides the 2-alarm apartment building fire reported here at CSW first in Kansas City- weather-slickened roads- a KC-KS teen stabbing victim- and a KC-MO Police chase of 3 possible armed street robbery suspects into KC-KS leads the overnight news...

The inch or less of snow that fell in upper-teen temperatures Friday led to many vehicle crashes on area roads late Friday night into early Saturday morning.

No fatalities reported- but multiple-vehicle crashes closed parts of some Metro freeways.

Multiple vehicle wrecks slowed or stopped I-35 near College Boulevard in Lenexa-Olathe KS- I-70 at I-635 in KC-KS- I-35 northbound near Southwest Trafficway- I-70 near 18th Street and I-435 near Front Street in KC-MO..

No serious injuries were reported in any of those incidents.

Other wrecks occurred along I-70 from I-435 eastward into Lafayette County at various times as well as I-470 in Lee's Summit MO from Friday night into Saturday morning.

A "40-year-old" woman was seriously injured when her car went off eastbound I-70 near Oak Grove and overturned around 1:10 am..

The snow had exited all of Metro Kansas City by 5 am but some patchy ice remained on arear roadways and freeways.


At 2:20 am- KC-KS Fire and EMS with police went to the 2900 block of South 51st Street where a resident had reported "a black male" was "bleeding- appears to have been stabbed."

That male- reported by a KC-KS paramedic as "18-years-old"- indeed was stabbed - "eight (8) times."

The victim was rushed to a hospital in serious to critical condition.

KC-KS Police report having "little to go on" in regard to any suspect(s) and were investigating.


Kansas City MO Center Zone police officers conducted a 2: city-county-state pursuit of 3 possible armed robbery suspects from Downtown and the River Market areas of KC-MO into east-central KS-KS just after 3 am.

No one was hurt either as a result of the robbery or chase- but police reported the suspect vehicle crashed into either objects or other parked vehicles at least four times during the chase.

The chase terminated around 3:20 am at 18th Street and Hiawatha and after a short foot chase- at least one of the suspects was apprehended.

That one suspect reportedly suffered an ankle injury during the footchase and was taken in custody to a local medical center..


CSW BREAKING: Midtown KC-MO 2-Alarm Apartment Building Fire

A 2-alarm fire in a 3-story apartment building in the 1400 block of East 30th Street has rendered seven people at least temporarily homeless- but no injuries have been reported as of this post.

The initial "regular" alarm to 1414 E. 30th St. was reported at 3:11 am. Five fire companies responded.

When the 12 firefighters from Station 17's pumper- truck and rescue squad arrived at 3:13 am- they found fire showing from the 3rd-floor windows of the building.

A "working fire" response was issued at 3:14 am sending another rescue squad- fire investigator and a firefighter air-supply vehicle.

The incident response was upgraded 5 more companies when a 2nd-alarm was struck less than a minute later.

By 3:20 am- the incident chief reported "fire on the 2nd and 3rd floors" of the building with 2 hoselines being used.

Nine minutes later- 4 hoselines had been deployed. At 3:35 am- the fire's declared "under control."

There were no rescues reported during the course of the fire and no one was found on 2 searches of the three floors.

The American Red Cross (please donate) were called to assist the reported 7 residents of the building displaced by the fire's damage.

Friday, January 29, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Three Displaced In KC-KS House Fire

Fire broke out in a home near the intersection of 14th Street and Scott in KC-KS just before 10 pm Friday night.

Fire was seen coming from the roof of the house when firefighters arrived at 9:58 pm- four minutes after the dispatch.

The fire was under control 12 minutes after fire crews arrived.

Heavy damage to the 1-story residence is indicated with no injuries at this report.

Three "adult" Hispanic males were needing Red Cross assistance for temporary lodging because of the damage.


CSW BREAKING: House Fire in Rural Northeastern Jackson County MO

Units from the Fort Osage- Sni-Valley and Central Jackson County fire protection districts are involved in a working house fire northwest of Buckner in N.E. Jackson County MO..

The incident- reported at 5:12 pm Friday afternoon- is in the 25200 block of East Blue Mills Road.

Eight minutes after dispatch the first FD unit arrived reporting "fire showing"- and this is reported to be "a 2-story" house which is "50-percent involved" in flames by 5:29 pm..

There is yet no word on the occupancy status of the structure and yet whether anyone was trapped inside.

An injury on-scene is indicated at 5:43 pm as a Liberty Fire department EMS ambulance was ordered "emergency" to the fire scene.

At 5:46 pm- an Independence Fire department pumper/engine and chief officer was sent to a Fort Osage station for standby- as well as a pumper from Liberty.

Further info as received....


Johnson County MO House Fire and Authorities Investigate Wednesday Fire Death

Fire units from at least 2 Johnson County MO departments are currently on the scene of a "2-story" house on fire in the southwestern part of the county.

The fire alarm was sounded at 2:32 pm for the fire in the 100 block of Southwest 50 Road near Kingsville.

Ititial reports indicate that the burning house is "unoccupied"- but there is no other information yet available on this incident.


Meanwhile- JoCo law officers continue to investigate a fatal mobile home fire Wednesday.

(Photo courtesy of The Warrensburg (MO) DAILY NEWS)

An unidentified woman estimated to be in her late 40's was killed in the "suspicious" fire at 27 S.W. 325th Road- according to The WARRENSBURG (MO) DAILY NEWS.

Kansas Lawmakers Target 'Novelty' Lighters

s if the State of Kansas has nothing more important on it's collective plate- this story from The LAWRENCE (KS) JOURNAL-WORLD reports that now Kansas legislators are attempting to outlaw those novelty cigarette lighters you see shaped like other things.

These lawmakers- who seem to be doing little for the children's looming and increasing education budget deficit- are worried the same under or plain uneducated kids could be harmed by "misuse" of said lighters.

(Photo courtesy of The LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD)

This just after Kansas lawmakers took the time out their budget-strapped agenda to de-legalize the new 'manufactured' marijuana-like substance K-2.

At last report- there is no evidence offered that anyone has been killed or injured by a novelty lighter- so we sheep are certainly glad these lawmakers are trying to protect us and our kids from... EVERYTHING (including a fully-budgeted education).

Gee- I'm sure glad I don't live 6 miles further west than I do....


CSW BREAKING UPDATE: Now A 2-Alarm House Fire in KC-MO

At 12:32 pm Friday afternoon- the house fire in the 6600 block of Blue Parkway was upgraded to a 2nd-alarm.

Five more companies were dispatched to the scene- reported first in Kansas City here at CSW.

There are still no reports of anyone hurt in this fire- a stubborn blaze in a 2-story house in a mobile home park.


Six companies of the Kansas City Missouri Fire department are currently fighting a house fire in the 6600 block of Blue Parkway.

The alarm was sounded at 11:41 am Friday morning for a fire in what is reported to be the manager's residence of the trailer park there.

When the first fire crew arrived at 11:45 am- heavy smoke was coming from the 2-story structure.

The occupants of the house reportedly had escaped uninjured with the firefight on-going as of this post.

More here if newsworthy....


Roeder Convicted in Murder of Dr. George Tiller

cott Roeder- the man who killed Dr. George Tiller in Wichita- has been convicted of first-degree murder by the jury.

At least ordinary citizens- that jury- knows crime AND justice when it's presented to them.


Snow Beginning In Metro Kansas City

Rather than "go on the air early" I'm 'staying up late' to update on the winter storm.

Snow began in just the past hour over southern Johnson county Kansas as well as southern Jackson and northern Cass counties Missouri.

As shown on this random tour of Overland Park traffic cameras- courtesy of the OP Traffic Department- a varied scene of beginning snowcover starting in the southeast on 151st Street near U.S. 69 highway with moderate snow and a noticable snowcover on 151st Street looking west from U.S. 69.

A little less snowfall on the pavement- but light to moderate snowfall according to this next camera view at Metcalf looking east along 135th Street.

No snow on the pavement at all yet on the last camera view from 75th Street and Metcalf- camera looking south- but flurries were falling.

Roadways here in south KC-MO were beginning to look like the 151st Street camera view in some places.

All weather radar activity is moving north- so those green shades south of Metro Kansas City will be moving in through the pre-dawn hours.

Expect one to two inches of snow south of the Kansas and Missouri rivers to the Cass MO and Miami KS county lines (more south- less north).

Totals from one inch decrease north of the rivers.

DUe to slick roadways- Friday drive-time will be slow- how slow depends on you drivers.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

CSW WEATHER: NWS Weather Advisory South Metro- MetroRegion Kansas City

NWS Pleasant Hill MO has issued a "Winter Weather Advisory" for the following counties:


and includes the cities of Pleasanton- Mound City- Osawatomie and Paola in Kansas- Harrisonville- Butler- Belton- Pleasant Hill- Warrensburg- Clinton and Sedalia in Missouri.

The NWS forecasts "2 to 5 inches" of snow- with the heavier amounts south by Friday.

Extrapolating from this advisory- it seems 1 to 2 inches can be expected south of the Kansas and Missouri rivers in Metro Kansas City- with an inch and less as one moves north from the rivers.


CSW BREAKING: Plane Crash Report In Clinton County MO Appears Unfounded

So far police and fire crews haven't found any evidence of any crash- but at 2:07 pm Holt and Lawson MO fire crews were called out on "reports of a plane down in the area of (Southeast) 212th Street and U.S. 69 highway.

One fire department member had reported by radio that 2 planes had been "flying low along (U.S.) 69" just prior to the call- but that person said he did not witness any crash.

As of this post- emergency agenies continue to search this area anyway- but are determining the call to be unfounded.

CSW WEATHER: NWS 'WinterWeather Advisory' S.W. Kansas City MetroRegion


This will include Kansas City MetroRegion cities such as Emporia- Ottawa- Garnett and Osage City.

The NWS forecasts "3 to 5 inches of snow" by Friday evening.

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for areas around Pittsburg KS- Joplin and Springfield MO..

Updates here at CSW as received....


Who CARES What Murderer Scott Roeder Thinks

he circus trial of 1st-degree murderer Scott Roeder continues in Wichita with Sedgwick County District Judge Warren Wilbert as ringmaster.

Or is the judge the lead clown? With the way this supposedly cut and dried trial is going- I think the latter applies.

Judge- most reasonable citizens of Kansas and the rest of the UCSA could CARE LESS about murderer Scott Roeder's opinions on... ANYTHING!

With Judge Warren Wilbert's reasoning- foreign terrorists could get off scott free- anybody could kill our president based only on that individuals' warped beliefs and- well- ANY American could commit any crime if that person BELIEVED what they were doing was the right or moral thing.

Sedgwick County District Judge Warren Wilbert needs to be removed from this trial- and the bench or American law thrown completely out.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Parkville MO Bank Robbed

olice say they have one of two armed men who robbed a Parkville bank this morning in custody.

The robbery occurred around 10:15 am this morning at the Commerce Bank branch at bank at 9155 Northwest M-45 highway.

One vehicle the men escaped in was found within two hours of the robbery with one of the suspects later arrested in Kansas City KS..

No one at the bank was hurt during the heist.

Proposed Missouri Bill Would Drug Test Welfare Recipients

f course- Missouri pollys don't want THEMSELVES drug tested- just people who recieve welfare- according to this story from The ST. JOSEPH (MO) NEWS-PRESS.

Note as well that this bill doesn't state how the Hell a budget-strapped state will PAY for these drug tests nor are there ANY provisions for drug-testing other recipients of taxpayer welfare like banks- brokerage houses- etc...

Kansas Republicrats Nix Sales Tax Increase

et's forget for a moment who got us in this budget mess- regardless- Kansas Republicrats have said NYET to a proposal by Kansas Governor Parkinson to increase the state's sales tax- according to this story from The TOPEKA (KS) CAPITOL-JOURNAL.


CSW WEATHER: Winter Storm Threatens Kansas City MetroRegion

ight NOW- it appears that most of this in a series of winter storms will affect areas MOSTLY in the southern Kansas City MetroRegion and the southern Central States of Arkansas- Oklahoma as well as southern Kansas and Missouri.

These areas will see ice and snow accumulations- the latter of up to a foot.

At this time- the ONLY areas of Metro Kansas City to be POSSIBLY affected by light snowfall will be south of I-70- probably south of U.S. 50.

As with all storms that are 1 to 2 days from striking- the situation and areas affected can change- so we'll keep a weather eye as always on this developing situation.


Doug Copp's Mostly Refuted Earthquake Survival Tips

ot many people in the Kansas City MetroRegion have experienced an earthquake although we are but a couple of hundred miles from one of the United States' biggest faults- the New Madrid.

I felt my first quake in 1968 while working at an auto parts store on Truman Road near Brooklyn. The quake had been centered in southern Illinois- about a 5 on the Richter Scale.

Three of us were doing inventory in the back of the store- the part over a concrete pad and not the store's basement- when the quake struck.

Automotive tailpipes above us rattled and the boxed car battery I was sitting on began to sway.

The shaking lasted only about 10-15 seconds- but more than enough time to scare the 3 of us in the back of the store!

The rest of the store's employees who were over the basement section felt nothing.

The reason I bring all this up- with Haiti's quake still very much in the news- is a controversial email I received with NEW tips on surviving an earthquake from a Mr. Doug Copp.

After the email is a link to provide an alternative view of Mr. Copp and his claims.

Here are Copp's claims via that "Triangle of Life" email:


My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world's most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.

I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries.

I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.

The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene, unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles. I didn't at the time know that the children were told to hide under something. I am amazed that even today schools are still using the ?Duck and Cover? instructions- telling the children to squat under their desks with their heads bowed and covered with their hands. This was the technique used in the Mexico City school.

Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call the 'triangle of life'. The larger the object, the stronger, the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the 'triangles' you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building.


1) Almost everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' when buildings collapse ARE CRUSHED TO DEATH. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.

2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. That position helps you survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs. Concrete slab buildings are the most dangerous during an earthquake.

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.

6) Almost everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorwa y and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different 'moment of frequency (they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads ? horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn't collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.

8) Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible - It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked.

9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and lying in the fetal position next to their vehicles. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly across them.

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.

In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul , University of Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did 'duck and cover,' and ten mannequins I used in my 'triangle of life' survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results.

The film, in which I practiced my survival techniques under directly observable, scientific conditions, relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover.

There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using my method of the 'triangle of life.' This film has been seen by millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe , and it was seen in the USA , Canada and Latin America on the TV program Real TV.

Spread the word and save someone's life... The entire world is experiencing natural calamities so be prepared!

Like all Internet mass-sent emails- it was worth checking into further.
This Net site disavows much of what Copp claims- but the subject of earthquake survival bears review here.

Most important to remember is that after a mass disaster- you and yours are probably going to be on your own as far as survival for up to a week after the disaster.

It's important to have both a survival plan and survival supplies BEFORE a disaster strikes.


Monday, January 25, 2010

KC-MO Police Warn of Serial Rapist in The Waldo Area

olice believe the same man is responsible for 2 weekend sexual assaults in the Waldo area as well as other rapes that occurred in the same area last fall.

KC-MO police are seeking a bald black male about 6-feet tall and weighing around 250 pounds.

(Crime map courtesy of KMBC-9 News)

The possible suspect was also bald with pitted cheeks, possibly from acne scars and "smelled of smoke" 2 victims said.

Anyone with tips on the crimes are urged to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

CSW BREAKING: Blue Valley Northwest Evacuated Due To Fire

Five companies of the Overland Park Fire department were summonded at 1:34 pm for a reported "fire in (a) girl's bathroom" at Blue Valley Northwest High school at 13260 Switzer in southern Overland Park KS..

The school was "being evacuated" when the first fire unit arrived at 1:38 pm. The fire was reported to be in a restroom near the school's main entrance.

All companies are currently out of service at the fire scene as of this post.

No injuries have yet been reported.


UPDATE- 1351 CST: The fire is apparently fairly minor as most fire companies have just been released from the incident at Blue Valley Northwest High school.

At least one fire company remained for "smoke removal."

A Kansas City Power & Light crew has been requested at the scene but again- no injuries have been reported.


More Soldiers From Leavenworth USDB Arrested

ou may have recently read here at CSW of 3 soldiers arrested for shooting up people's property in Atchison KS..

Now The LEAVENWORTH (KS) TIMES tells of 3 more soldiers from the U.S. Army's Disiplinary Barracks arrested for a tavern disturbance involving Leavenworth police officers early last Friday morning.

Two Leavenworth cops were injured in the disturbance.

Makes one wonder just what the Hell is going on with the soldiers at the USDB?


CSW BREAKING: "Large" Barn Fire in Far Southeastern KC-MO

At 11:49 am Monday morning- four KC-MO and 2 Lee's Summit Fire companies responded to a barn fire in the 8500 block of Lee's Summit Road.

Lee's Summit Pumper 4 spotted "heavy smoke" as they left their station on Woods Chapel Road- and upon arrival several minutes later reported heavy fire showing from a "large barn."

Two more fire companies have been sent to the scene and there is no word if there were any animals in the barn.

The firefight is being made difficult by gusty northwest winds and sub-freezing temperatures.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Slow News Day Trivia: What KC-MO Movie Theater Was Evacuated Briefly?

f you answered the Plaza's Palace Theater you win the STAR's coverage of this more-or-less non-story that we had but didn't feel it important enough to post.

Oh- I HAD the story AND the graphic ready if the call amounted to anything- which it did not- but here goes anyway:

At exactly 1:11 pm Sunday afternoon- a "1st-Alarm" of seven KC-MO Fire companies reponded to the Palace theater in the 500 block of (West) Nichols Road on the report of "smoke in the theater."

At 1:15 pm after Pumper 32 had arrived- they report "a furnace problem"- specifically- a "malfunctioning furnace motor"- but no fire.

The theaters were evacuated for about 15 minutes as a precaution- firefighters removed the smoke and the patrons returned.

No one was hurt and the incident was very minor.

VERY minor.