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Saturday, August 21, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Homicide in Kansas City KS

Police are investigating the shooting death of a male in the 2000 block of South Mill.

The call was received from a female at the location just after 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

Police arrived and declared the victim dead by 6:10 a.m..

There was yet no suspect information- and there may be a "possible abduction of a black female" from the homicide scene as well- police say just after 7 a.m..

Woman Dies in a Northland KC-MO Crash

This wasn't just any crash- for it took nearly an hour and a half to extricate the a person from the wreckage- who died.

It was in spite of a valiant effort by KC-MO Fire and paramedic crews- who worked on the "25-year-old female" trapped in a mangled car since the wreck was first reported at 1:07 a.m.- on southbound I-29 under one of the bridges of the I-635 interchange on the northern border of Riverside.

Extrication tools and airbags were used- while medics wiggled around the wreckage trying to keep the trapped woman alive.

That effort failed when- after the 2:32 a.m. extrication of the female was completed- she was declared dead-at-the-scene by the paramedic.

A second male patient- reportedly the driver of the car- refused medical transport.

The wreck is being investigated while southbound I-29 at I-635 remained closed for several hours Saturday morning.
Please watch KSHB-41 NBC Action News at 8 a.m.- 5 and 10 p.m. for details on this incident...


Two-Alarm Olathe KS House Fire Possibly Lightning-Caused

amage is severe to a 2-1/2-story house in the 18500 block of West 114th Street in northern Olathe.

Five companies of Olathe and Lenexa firefighters got the call at 12:50 a.m. Saturday morning- and "heavy" smoke and fire was coming from the roof of the house when the first fire unit arrived at 12:54 a.m..

The fire spread throughout the structure- and threatened the house next door while aerial heavy water streams were raised to fight the flames from above while the occupants who escaped safely watched.

More crews were needed- and at 1:09 a.m.- a 2nd-alarm was sounded for the fire.

The at least 8 fire companies brought the fire under control at 1:32 a.m. and as of 2:25 a.m.- no injuries had been reported.

Lightning as a cause of the fire is reportedly being investigated- according to witnesses.
Please watch KSHB-41 NBC Action News at 8 a.m.- 5 and 10 p.m. for details on this incident...


Friday, August 20, 2010

BULLETIN: NWS Flash Flood Warning For Johnson County Kansas

NWS says 2-1/2- OP Stormwatch gages show more than 4 inches at JoCo Community College!


Friday Evening's Weather and News- Includes the Latest KC-MO Homicide(s?)

I'm supposed to take a nap before the overnight shift starting at midnight- but the evening's thunderstorms have made that impossible so far...

First off- the BREAKING NEWS of one- and a possible 2nd killing on Kansas City's East Side.

It was reported at 8:32 p.m. in the 2700 block of Cypress- and 2 victims were found.

One is a yet-unidentified female human being who died at the scene- the other a male with a gunshot wound to his chest who was taken to a Metro trauma center in grave condition..

The other sig-news is the weather...the nighttime that came more than an hour before sunset....

Some areas received more than 2-inches of mostly needed rain in about that many hours.

There were no significant flooding issues- with just one reported water rescue in the Ruskin Heights area of KC-MO..

There have been no significant reports of wind damage other than tree and minor structural damage in Holt MO from an afternoon storm that caused a tornado waarning to be issued.

No tornado was sighted.

Then- there was all that lightning...

Around 8:45 p.m.- a KC-MO EMS unit was transporting a young woman who was reported as "an employee of Worlds Of Fun" to a Metro Northland hospital after she received a "shock from a lightning strike" on a nearby ride.

The patient's condition was described by a paramedic as good.

The most significant reported so far is a strike on a 3-story structure in Lawrence KS..

That bolt produced a fire- reported at 7:40 p.m. in the 400  block of Forest and the fire wasn't reported under control until 8:15 p.m..

No report of any significant injuries.

Other lightning strikes on homes or businesses have reportedly occurred from Lafayette- Johnson- Cass and Jackson counties in Missouri to Douglas- Leavenworth- Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas.

The severe storm watch runs until 10 p.m.- with weather radar showing the last severe line segment of storms moving east in the southern Metro with some scattered heavy storm cells north of the MO River.

Hope YOU make/made it through okay and updates as needed later.

CSW UPDATE: Reported Child Abduction in Raymore MO Was "A Civil Matter"

Cass County MO Sheriff and other Cass county police departments are now reporting  the "abduction of a 2-year-old male" from a residence in the 500 block of Skyview about 5:45 p.m. this Friday afternoon was "a civil matter" apparently needing no further law enforcement attention as of 6:08 p.m..

CSW WEATHER: Severe T-stm Watch No. 628 Valid Until 8 PM- KS-MO-IA-IL

Severe Thunderstorm (t-stm) Watch Number 628 will include ONLY those Metro Kansas City counties south of the River on the Missouri side- but DOES include Miami & Linn counties in Kansas until 8 p.m.

The primary threat will be severe wind gusts of around 60 m.p.h. or greater and possible large hail (1-inch or greater).

Although a tornado warning WAS issued for parts of the K.C. Metro Northland earlier- the on-going tornado threat remains small.

Here's a look at the NWS Topeka office weather radar:


Highwoods Properties Out To Destroy Kansas City's Country Club Plaza

he owner of Kansas city's unique shopping area known as the Country Club Plaza- Highwoods Properties of North Carolina- along with local firm Polsinelli Shughart want to transform the northeast corner of 47th Street and Broadway from this

to this

(Photos courtesy of The KANSAS CITY (MO) STAR)

Highwoods is building Polsinelli Shughart an 8-story building there- apparently without ANY regard to the existing architecture of that area.

Take your photos soon- because it appears that Highwoods Properties wants to totally do-away with the area formerly known as the Plaza and probably soon to be called Corporate Woods-East....


MetroRegion K.C. Weather: "Slight Risk" of Severe Thunderstorms Today

he National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has outlooked  the entire Kansas City MetroRegion for a "slight" chance of severe thunderstorms (t-stms) later today and tonight.

This forecast area DOES INCLUDE Metro K.C..

The primary mode of severe weather expected is possible damaging wind gusts of 58 m.p.h. or greater.

Any risk of tornadoes is very small.

Any weather watch issued will be posted here at CSW so keep a browser tab refreshed here....

Spacecraft MESSENGER Photo of Earth- Moon

Compliments of here are photos- the original and my cropped- of Earth and our Moon from a distance of 114 million miles away from the "vulcanoid-"hunting spacecraft MESSENGER.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

K-10 Fatality Crash Victims Identified

The LAWRENCE (KS) JOURNAL-WORLD is reporting that the name of the person who died in the cross-over crash on K-10 near De Soto is 23-year-old Amanda Newton of Lawrence.

The LJW reports that Ms. Newton was eastbound on K-10 when her vehicle crossed the grassy median for an unknown reason and- after avoiding at least 2 other vehicles- slammed head-on into a westbound Fed Ex truck driven by "Donavan Henderson of Kansas City MO.."

(Photo courtesy of The LAWRENCE (KS) JOURNAL-WORLD)

Ms. Newton was killed instantly and Mr. Henderson was flown by medical helicopter to Overland Park-Region Med Center in serious but non life-threatening condition- as first reported anywhere here at CSW Thursday morning.

CSW offers our condolences to Amanda Newton's friends and family and pray for a quick and total recovery for Mr. Henderson.

CSW UPDATE 2: U.S. 71 Northbound Now Open at 155th Street

he crash has been cleared and the highway is now open- thanks to Belton police!


CSW UPDATE: Northbound U.S. 71 Still Closed at Jackson-Cass County Line

A K.C. Scout camera shows northbound U.S. 71 is still closed after a non-injury crash of an 18-wheeler earlier this morning.

It appears that stretch of the highway MAY be re-opened soon.

Northbound traffic is being routed onto the northbound 155th Street off-ramp them back onto the northbound U.S. 71 access ramp from 155th Street.


CSW BREAKING: Single-Engine Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Clay County MO Field

It has been reported by Kearney MO Fire that "the pilot's not injured" after his "Cessna 182" developed engine trouble and forced an emergency landing in a field.

The incident was first reported at 10 a.m. in the 19600 block of Northeast 128th Street west of the Clay County Regional airport between Liberty and Excelsior Springs.

The pilot reported "water in the engine" of the plane after he departed Kansas City International airport and attempted to make it to the Clay County airport- but was forced to make that emergency landing in "a field" behind a residence at 19625 N.E. 128th Street.

There was also an uninjured passenger on that single-engine aircraft.

The FAA is enroute too.

Budget-breaking New "Driveway Tax" Conjured Up By Mission KS Pollys

mmm- how can I further tax the people? said the Mission city council and then they count the ways...

This newest strain on The People is called "a driveway tax."  The amount of tax is determined on the traffic coming and going from Mission driveways.

Don't own a car but have a driveway?  No problem- Mission will STILL tax you.

The KANSAS CITY STAR calls this new tax passed by Mission KS pollys "groundbreaking."

I call the tax "budget-breaking-" as in how many more new/increased taxes can a person on say a fixed income- can bear?

This governmental tax-raising frenzy is absolutely nuts- the total financial destruction of the American "middle-class" as we once knew it.


CSW BREAKING: Northbound U.S. 71 Closed at 155th Street Due To 18-Wheeler Crash

The driver is reportedly "not injured" according to Belton MO police on-the-scene- but an "18-wheeler on it's side" has closed northbound U.S. 71 at 155th Street on the Jackson-Cass counties line south of Grandview.

The crash was reported at 9:29 a.m.- and police are diverting northbound U.S. 71 traffic to the 155th Street off-ramp.

The semi-truck's trailer is reported to be "fully-loaded with lumber" so the highway may be closed or restricted northbound at the crash scene for several hours.

CSW BREAKING: Fatality Crash on K-10 Near De Soto KS

There has been the report of a fatality at a 2-vehicle crash on westbound K-10 near Sunflower Road in far northwestern Johnson county KS near De Soto.

The crash reportedly involves a "Fed Ex box truck" and another vehicle stated the KS Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported at 8:27 a.m. Thursday morning.

There is no information yet on the deceased person- but the male Fed Ex driver has a broken leg and other reportedly non life-threatening injuries according to JoCo MEDACT-EMS and was transported to an Overland Park hospital.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Critical-Injury House Fire in Kansas City KS

Six companies of the KC-KS Fire department are battling a fire in a house in the 400 block of North Thompson in the eastern part of that city.

The fire was reported about 4:35 p.m. Wednesday afternoon- and fire crews reported "an injured female in the backyard" of the burning house at 4:43 p.m..

That unknown-age female has been transported to a hospital with "20-25% coverage of 2nd and 3rd-degree burns to her arms and legs" along with likely respiratory issues- according to a KC-KS FD paramedic.

It was thought for a time there were also children in the burning house- but that was reported to be unfounded at 5:04 p.m.

There are reported to be at least 2 house pets that have died in the fire.

No other injuries have been reported and the fire's not declared under control yet (1708 CDT).

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Haz-Mat Incident in Pleasant Hill MO

Around 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon- Pleasant Hill firefighters were called out to Independence Avenue and Cedar on the report of fuel spilled into a creek there.

Firefighters have found gasoline in the small neighborhood creek/drainage ditch- reportedly originating from a nearby (Casey's) convenience store- and- at 2:09 p.m.- requested a Harrisonville FD Haz-Mat crew.

Reports from the scene indicate there was possibly some sort of "alarm sounding the past few days" regarding the convenience store's underground fuel tanks- but no one at the store apparently bothered to advise authorities.

No word yet on the amount of fuel spilled into the creek- it sounds to be fairly considerable- or of any possible evacuations of the affected area one block west of M-7 highway in central PH....

CSW BREAKING: I-435 Crash South of I-70 in KC-MO Involves Multiple Vehicles

At 08:16 a.m.- a crash was reported in KC_MO on northbound I-435 between the Raytown Road and I-70 exits.

K.C. Scout images at the scene indicate multiple vehicles- including a tanker truck- are involved with traffic on northbound I-435 severely constricted at this time.

No word yet on injuries- but camera images tend to show those injuries SHOULD be non life-threatening.

Central States News: Bad Eggs Recalled

o- I'm NOT talking about Kansas City's crappy politicians- but REAL bad eggs- as in salmonella.

According to the LINCOLN (NE) JOURNAL-STAR-  "Eggs recalled were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers, and food service companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. These companies distribute nationwide."

"Eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph's, Boomsma's, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps.

There have been confirmed Salmonella enteritidis illnesses connected to the eggs."


Monday, August 16, 2010

KC-MO Officials Stop At Nothing To Halt E-Tax Vote

In case you were wondering as I was who filed the lawsuit to stop the citizen-initiative vote on the earnings tax in Kansas City and St. Louis- it was the city attorney Galen Beaufort with an assist from a local AFL-CIO labor official- Pat Dujakovich says The KANSAS CITY STAR.

With support of course from Mayor Funkhouser and the rest of the City "Clowncil."

Of course I thought the lawsuit was frivolous- but Clowncilman Ed Ford- one of the corporate welfare kings on the Clowncil told The STAR the lawsuit “(Is) not frivolous by any means.”

Oh no.  Trying to take away a basic American freedom of redressing it's government(s) is not frivolous in the least.


Clowncilman Ford would probably approve a name-change for America too- to the United Corporate States of America for Ford knows which side his bread is buttered on- and it's NOT the citizens' side.

If the Cole county judge throws out the citizen petitions to hold the election on that unpopular tax- then America as we know it has completely left the building.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday Morning Homicide in South-Central KC-MO

Police are investigating Kansas City MO's latest homicide.

The call was received by emergency services around 4:30 a.m. to a house in the 5500 block of Michigan.

Sorrowfully expressive friends and relatives could be heard as police officers requested more officers- as well as crime scene investigators and a homicide detective- to control and process the scene where a male had been shot dead.

Cops say "preliminary suspect information" has police looking for "a light-skinned black male wearing braids who goes by the name of Jamie."

That suspect "left the scene northbound on Michigan in a gold Ford F-150 pickup truck."