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Six companies of the Lee's Summit (LS) Fire department are battling a fire that has a house heavily-involved in flames in the south-central part of that southeastern Jackson county city.
The fire was first reported at 2:06 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the 200 block of Southeast 16th Terrace and when the first fire company arrived at 2:14 p.m.- they reported "heavy smoke showing " from a "single-story" house (shown on GOOGLE map image).
Additional fire companies were also then requested and sent- and for at least 25 minutes after arrival the flames were fought from the outside of the structure in south-central LS-MO.
The flames appeared to be knocked down as of 2:40 p.m. withthe fire declared under control at 2:54 p.m..
It's a lived-in house- but no one was at home at the time of the fire- the owner showed up around 3:04 p.m..
There were no reports of any injuries.
LS Police closed roads in the immediate area of the fire.
The call came into KC-MO Fire and (MAST) EMS at 8:54 p.m. Friday night: an "electrocution" victim was to be found at one of the emergency entrances to Worlds of Fun at 4545 North Worlds of Fun Drive in the eastern Northland.
According to a MAST-FIRE-EMS paramedic- the patient was "a 54-year-old female" who was shocked "by screwing in a light bulb."
Her injuries appeared to be very minor as she was taken to a Northland hospital.
The main street going through this abandoned wasteland is pocked with chuck-holes- appropriate since I have called Hillcrest Road 'Chuck Eddy Drive' since Bannister Mall died during that former KC-MO councilman's term.
I'm thinking of renaming that re-name to 'Eddy-Sharp Drive' to include the current ineffective councilman for this area John Sharp.
Jilted by the Wizards soccer team for another city and their corporate welfare give-outs- the former site of Bannister Mall and Walmart's 'Hypermart' gathers weeds- trash and four-legged creatures awaiting promised development by the site's owner Lane 4 Development company.
The JACKSON COUNTY ADVOCATE reports from what was no doubt a press release some bad math- as Lane 4 president Owen Buckley says that "The plan still has three legs to the stool...(the) retail and corporate office ‘legs’ still remain.”
Hmmm- that's only 2 legs on a stool.
Also-Buckley says "his development team is working on a new Master Plan for ‘The Trails’ which they will re-submit to the city for TIF purposes by the end of the summer. "
We'll dismiss that corporate hype to the old Missouri saying of "Show Me-" as well as eternally wonder why corporations can't build using their OWN money instead of putting tax burdens on residential and small-business property owners in the form of corporate welfare or TIFs.
Where WERE these people when the PATRIOT Act was approved? Lotta loss of freedoms there.
Where WAS this "party" when we got into a senseless- expensive war (invasion actually) with Iraq and then the last Administration started bailing out Wall Street? Lotta taxpayer money spent there and there.
Funny too- this "Tea Party" rally for less government and taxes held in a city where- two days earlier- the residents approved MORE taxes upon themselves.
My wonderment of timing is more-or-less answered by the current occupant of The White House as well as the speakers I see showing up at these "Tea Party" rallies
Which leads to the Why Them?
The speakers are all upper-income white people- most of them associated with the Republicrat Party and/or FOX (Faux) News- and under the blah-blah-blah of their scripted speeches is a STRONG resentment of having their lily-White House occupied by a- a- a BLACK FAMILY!
It's too bad those same speakers had horrible poker faces when Mr. Obama was elected and tipped their hand to JUST SAY NO!
The Tea Party is at least 5 years late in arriving for me- and the bus they arrived on was filled with undesirables: a governor who QUIT her office- a small- balding former Republicrat administraction hack and Faux news personalities that make six-figure incomes spewing lies and division.
The Tea Party seems to be a haven for the ultra right-wingers who- in reality- don't know WHO the Hell to be mad at- besides President Obama- the very man who DIDN"T start the mess we're in.
Vote Libertarian or some other VALID 3rd-party if you REALLY want to rock the boat..
From what investigators can piece together right now- it appears George Morejon- who was having marital issues and armed with a handgun- shot his daughter Gabrielle in the home's finished basement- then went out to his car in the driveway and shot himself dead.
The Olathe KS Police are $5000 poorer after having to pay that to a man ticketed for saying "fuck you" and giving an officer the finger after the man- Scott Schaper- was stopped by police for "failing to yield at a stop sign"- says the story in The KANSAS CITY (MO) STAR.
Schaper reportedly made $4000 off the deal- the ACLU getting the other 1k.
All companies of the Southern Platte County Fire Protection District (SPFD) and 4 from the KC-MO Fire department responded to a reported fire in an apartment in the building at 11008 Northwest Lema.
The alarm was sounded at 1:28 p.m. Thursday afternoon and 2 minutes later- the SPFD dispatcher told responding units that there was "possibly 2 people trapped" in one of the apartments.
At 1:31 p.m.- KC-MO Fire sends a regular alarm response of 3 pumpers and a ladder truck to the Lema incident.
The first SPFD engine to arrive at 1:32 p.m. reported "nothing showing" on the outside of the building- but "blackened windows" on some first-floor apartments.
The "trapped" person is led out and light to moderate smoke conditions are reported by fire interior crews on the 1st and 2nd floors and it's not until 1:39 p.m. that it's determined it's a "possible fire in the basement."
By 1:49 p.m.- whatever was burning is "out-" it appears IF anyone was injured that the injuries are very minor as is this seemingly 'why bother?' incident.
Such a HUGE news media hoopla was made about the H1N1 or "swine flu" virus last fall- and pharmaceutical firms rushed to produce the vaccines.
Many millions of Americans (moi included) didn't fall for the media hype and elected NOT to get the untested vaccines and now- according to this story from The OMAHA (NE) WORLD-HERALD- those unused shots are being dumped in the trash.
Jonathan or "Jon" Sloan owns Bouncing Bear Botanicals (BBB) on U.S. 59 highway just inside the Jefferson County (JF-CO) line north of Lawrence.
Mr. Sloans' business- "...one of the largest suppliers of ethnobotanicals in..." America according to the story in The LAWRENCE (KS) JOURNAL-WORLD- was raided back in February by federal- state and local law enforcers who seized "$700,000 in cash from the business and bank accounts and took several items from the warehouse, including thousands of cactus plants and 20 toads" states the LJW.
Jon Sloan was charged with "eight felony drug offenses, including the unlawful manufacture and distribution of controlled substances-" the LJW story states.
Most of the lawpeople's hassle was brought on by the fake-pot "K-2" which BBB supplied to a Lawrence herb store that had also been raided.
On Monday- Sloan was notified by the law that all charges had been dropped.
Aresident suffered non life-threatening burns after their mattress caught fire inside a mobile home in the 7100 block of East 28th Terrace early Tuesday afternoon.
The fire alarm was sounded at 12:21 p.m. to the address in the "Heart Mobile Home" park- and arriving fire crews found the smoldering mattress outside the trailer.
One of the residents- a "48-year-old male-" suffered minor burns to his hands- wrists and face from the fire and the mattress removal- according to a MAST-EMS paramedic and he was transported "non-emergency" to a Metro medical trauma center.
A KC-MO fire investigator is checking the circumstances of the incident.
In Lawrence- fire crews on the scene of a natural gas line break in the 1000 block of New York Avenue report at 12:41 p.m. that "the leak has been stopped."
Four fire companies- as well as LPD units were called there at 12:22 p.m. and were forced to evacuate at least some residences on the "east side" of New York until the leak was stopped and the gas dispersed.
Fire crews also stood by with charged fire lines- as well as monitoring the gas levels at an elementary school just north of the break.
There were no evacuations of the school- and the area is slowly returning to normal.
This is just one reason your Captain has nothing to do with places that uses- then actually charges YOU to keep your money- a.k.a. banks.
A Cass County MO man has "a potential class-action lawsuit" pending against Kansas City-headquartered UMB Bank in regard to their overdraft policies.
According to the KANSAS CITY BUSINESS JOURNAL story- David Johnson filed the lawsuit April 5th- and Johnson "seeks class-action status to open the suit to all UMB Bank customers in Missouri who think they have been unfairly charged overdraft fees" states the KCBJ story.
"The rear of the vehicle slid until it was nearly sideways before the electronic stability control system kicked in"- stated the AP story- and this problem would likely cause a rollover of the vehicle in real-world driving conditions.
As you know- Toyota has been having all kinds of problems- both with their various vehicles as well as public relations in regard to those vehicle problems.
Five OP Fire companies are on the scene of "a small flue fire" in the Smokehouse restaurant at 7121 West 119th Street.
The initial alarm was received at 12:25 p.m.- the images here- courtesy of the OP Traffic division show what the first-arriving fire saw- "light smoke" appearing to be coming from a roof vent there.
At 12:33 p.m.- a "small fire" was determined to be in the grill "flue" and the restaurant was ordered evacuated.
That small fire was declared under control at 12:39 p.m.. No injuries have been reported- but the restaurant will likely remained closed until those areas affected by the fire are cleaned and checked by OP health inspectors.
Saturday night while Ms. Rittenhouse and I were enjoying a glorious spring evening at home with a bottle of Menage' a Troi- "hundreds" of young people- apparently mostly black youths- converged on the Plaza. Reportedly- police used gallons of pepper spray to disperse the crowds and Plaza patrons suffered that too- one person reportedly pepper-sprayed was the husband of a STAR reporter.
There was at least one report of "a serious head injury" patient and at least one "strong-arm robbery" too.
There were also reports of "scattered" property damage.
Who do we blame here? Police? Parents? White people? Black people? The fact there isn't much to do if you're a young adult in the Metro on a weekend night?
Make your own call here- but what happened on The Plaza is one of the reasons we avoid public areas on weekends.