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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Small-Minded Members of Little Central States Church Has A Fire of Ignorance

nlike most American news media outlets- I'm not going to ignore what when on today in a  nearby MetroRegion city.

What I am going to do is file this report from my elderly correspondent about what went on without mentioning names- so as not to give that little church any further noteriety.

Flames Of Hate and Ignorance
by C. Lady

The small-minded members of a little church in a nearby city burned a Quran and an American flag today- their warped way of showing peace and love and remembrance of this 9th anniversary of the 9-11-2001 terrorist attacks.

Just prior to the burning- what appeared to be a man dressed in red with little appendages sticking out his head- arrived at the church- reportedly to light the fire.

The Man in Red and the church members danced around the flames- singing and speaking unintelligible words.

I attempted to interview Red Man- but he refused to divulge his name or any other information before he left in a whirlwind- unfortunately leaving the church members behind.

Witnesses did say that Red Man was a frequent guest at the church and often accompanied church members in their frequent trips.

MegaBus FAIL in New York

Around 1 a.m. Kansas City time Saturday morning- a double-decker bus operated by the MegaBus line struck a railroad bridge on a highway near Syracuse New York.

Depending on the media sources-from 2 to 4 people were killed and about 2 dozen were injured in the crash.

According to the manufacturer of the bus- the double-decker is 13.1-feet tall.

Driver Rescues Self After Plunge Into A Creek

It was around 4:25 a.m. Saturday morning when a young male lost control the pickup truck he was driving on 215th Street near Watts Road in far eastern Cass county MO and plunged into a rain-swollen creek.

Pleasant Hill (PH) fire and EMS- as well as the Cass County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to the scene south of Strasburg at 4:28 and 4:29 a.m. respectively.

The PHFD dispatcher reports talking to the parents in regard to this rescue call- that the water in the creek "was rising rapidly-" and that the parents were also enroute to aid their son.

The emergency responders have not arrived when- at 4:37 a.m.- PHFD dispatch tells them the parent is saying that "their son is safely out" of the truck and onto dryer land.

"The truck was "left in the creek" though.

At 4:41 a.m.- still before responders had made it to the scene- the driver- apparently uninjured- "left the scene with his parents." 

Friday, September 10, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Two-Alarm Apartment Building Fire in Mission KS

The initial alarm sounded around 11:30 p.m. Friday night- a reported fire in a 2-story apartment building in the 6100 block of Foster.

There was indeed a fire there- and a 2nd-alarm was sounded at 11:37 p.m..

At least 10 fire companies from Overland Park- JoCo Fire District No. 2- Merriam- Shawnee and Lenexa responded to the fire- reported to be under control at 11:46 p.m..

There was a report of 1 "minor" injury- a "male" who suffered "minor smoke inhalation and 1st-degree-burns to a hand when he touched a hot railing" escaping the fire.

The cause is under investigation and no report how many residents were displaced.. 

CSW BREAKING: Building Fire in Gardner KS

Not many details on this one yet- but this I do know: there's a working incident at 415 North Center Street in Gardner.

Extra companies had been ordered to the incident that is believed to be a lightning strike around 8:30 p.m..

Don't have any injuries yet and more as/if I get it....

Also- nearly 2-inches of rain in an hour have fallen in parts of Johnson County KS- generally a swath along 135th- 151st Streets.

This rainfall is moving into southern Jackson and northern Cass counties MO..


Threat of Severe Storms- Tornadoes- Cancels Metro Friday Night Football Games

During the past 45 minutes or so- I've heard several cancellations of  high school football games.

Grandview- Raytown- Blue Valley- Kearney and Leavenworth games have been postponed and/or rescheduled because of lightning in those areas as well as the existing Tornado Watch.

It sounded as though Grandview police weren't even aware the Tornado Watch was in effect as of about 8 p.m.


CSW BREAKING: Tornado Watch No. 653 Valid Until 1 A.M.- KS-MO-OK

Tornado Watch Number 653 will included the entire Metro and MetroRegion Kansas City area until 1 a.m. early Saturday morning.

The following counties in Kansas- Missouri and Oklahoma are included in TW #653:




Storms are beginning to fire-up just to our west and northwest- and this trend will continue for the next several hours.

Severe Storms Possible in Metro- MetroRegion K.C. Later Today

Here's a look at the latest NWS Doppler radar from Topeka- showing a small area of showers and thundershowers- a few with locally heavy rain- entering the Metro from the west and southwest.

More- and heavier activity is expected to develop across the entire K.C. MetroRegion over the next 6-8 hours- possibly producing severe weather and a chance for a possible tornado or two.

Torrential rainfall is also a threat.

So far- no watches or warnings anywhere in the MetroRegion- but that situation could change rapidly over the next few hours so please- keep an eye on the sky and your favorite information sources for the latest weather information.

One Confirmed- Others Feared Dead in Massive Gas Main Explosion in South San Francisco Suburb

Fires in and around American cities this week have taken out hundreds of structures and entire neighborhoods in Detroit MI and Boulder CO..

The latest fire disaster is a conflagration in California.

Around 8:15 p.m. Kansas City time Thursday evening- a possibly 24-inch underground natural gas pipeline in a suburban-type neighborhood ruptured in San Bruno California.

The violent explosion that reportedly left a crater 15 feet deep and 25 feet wide- broke a water main as it shot pavement-debris and natural gas under high pressure upward and outward- with the gas catching fire almost immediately.

A fireball shot as high as 100 feet- and the flames were maintained by the high-pressure gas roaring from the broken line for the next 3 hours until the pipeline is purged of it's supply.

Homes within 100 feet of the flaming crater caught fire immediately- the increasing flames and radiated heat- fanned of winds around 20 m.p.h. and gusting- spread quickly to other structures downwind.

People- entire families literally ran for their lives- some escaped via their backyards.

With a crucial water main broken by the pipeline rupture- it wasn't until 30 minutes after the explosion when the first water hit flames- by then fire was roaring over and into buildings for a 3-block spread.

As of this report early Friday morning- there is 1 confirmed dead- and around 2 dozen injured- several of those critically.

The explosion's crater reportedly is at or near a location where there was some sort of playground- and there's no way of knowing in the chaos right now if there was anyone there when the pipeline blew- or on the street or in the nearby houses that were incinerated almost instantly.


Thursday, September 09, 2010

Old Butch

John was in the fertilized egg business.

He had several hundred young layers (hens), called 'pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.

He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.

This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.

Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing.

Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.

John's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!

When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

To John's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring.

He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

John was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Saint Lawrence County Fair and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the "No Bell Piece Prize," but they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well.

Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making.

Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention?

Vote carefully this fall, the bells are not always audible.

Corporate Horsecrap: The Kansas City Power and Light Version

My very fine co-workers at KSHB-41 NBC Action News (breath) report that the new KCP&L coal-fired electric plant at Iatan that few people wanted has resulted in "millions in cost overruns that the company wants its customers to pay."

Now the corporate horsecrap: in that KSHB story- it's reported that a KCP&L spokesperson told The KANSAS CITY STAR that "the utility was “reasonable and prudent” in building the plant."

KCP&L spokesperson?


Another Murder in KC-MO

The call came to emergency services at 12:25 p.m. Thursday afternoon- a reported shooting in front of 1208 Brooklyn.

Officers arrived minutes later to find a male at a bus stop- dead of gunshot wounds.

Police don't have any suspect information available- nor any on the victim yet.

I think this is- again- Homicide 2-many for this fair metropolis on the eastern edge of The Great Plains.

KC-MO Fire Chief Dyer on Northland EMS Response Issue: Everything's Cool- Go Away

The Captain advised you before the Fire Department's takeover of the M.A.S.T. EMS system that the OLD way of doing things wasn't broke- so why try to FIX IT?

The poultry's returning to their recliners with news that the KC-MO FD-EMS system isn't making a good-enough showing in regard to ambulance response/arrival times in that vast area of KC-MO known as 'The Northland.'

More incredibly- I saw/heard Chief Dyer state in a KSHB-41 news interview during the 11 a.m. newscast that "(This problem) can't be fixed."

Can't be fixed?  WTF???

Sure it can be fixed- like everything else all it takes is more crews on more ambulances.

But then again- the City Clowncil is too busy giving money to professional sports playpens and nice- modern drinking holes downtown. 

So in reply to Chief Dyer's statement that acceptable response times by EMS crews in the Northland "can't" be fixed- that statement is wrong.

All the citizens need to do is ELECT RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS- not corporate shills- to the City Council- citizens who view this city's infrastructure and emergency services AS A PRIORITY.

Not millions to pro sports playpens and other corporate interests.


CSW BREAKING: More Thugish Behavior At KC-MO's Southwest High School

You may have heard/seen stories about a security guard being pushed down stairs at Southwest yesterday- and the thug-element continues to disrupt classes at the school today.

This time- someone set a trash can on fire in the school- setting off the fire alarm system and causing the school to be evacuated.

Fire investigators and police are on-the-scene after the 1:32 p.m. call- and no one was injured.

Maybe a boot-camp-run school- or outright expellation- would be more suitable for those who don't want an education and want to keep others from learning.

Central States News: Collision Between 2 U.P. Trains Closes Nebraska Railroad Mainline

A train carrying loaded coal cars enroute to Kansas City derailed as it was passing another train that was carrying empty coal cars from Kansas City- causing a massive pileup on Union Pacific's mainline tracks east of Kearney Wednesday evening.

According to the story in the GRAND ISLAND (NE) INDEPENDENT- a few of the eastbound UP train's cars loaded with coal derailed into the passing westbound train- causing cars on both trains to pile-up- and closing the UP's mainline through Nebraska.

Fortunately- no one was hurt- but UP crews will have to replace nearly one-half mile of the busy 3-track mainline before it can be re-opened.

Explosion in a High-Rise Building- Aircraft With Engine Out Keeps KC-MO Fire Companies Busy

In a 10 minute period- 15 KC-MO fire companies were taken out-of-service due to just 2 fire alarms.

Ten of those companies were dispatched at 10:48 a.m. to 303 East Cleaver II Boulevard where it was reported there had been an explosion related to painters in an apartment on the 7th-floor.

When fire companies arrived 3 minutes later- they report no fire- but a male painter had been injured.

The painter had burned arms- and singed facial hair- he was transported by KC-MO FD-EMS to the University of Kansas Medical Center in non life-threatening condition.

Damage to that apartment and the building itself was reported to be minor.

Then- at 10:56 a.m.- an "Alert-2" call to Kansas City International airport for a "single-engine" plane whose engine had reportedly "quit."

The plane was described by airport fire crews as "a trainer" and the craft had "2" people on board.

After about 15 minutes of (gliding) circling K.C.I.- the pilot makes a "textbook" landing without incident or injury at 11:14 a.m..

As of this post- that nearly half of the city's fire department that was out on calls are back in service- ready for the next one- as we used to say.


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Fire in Mobile Home On Same Block As Nude-Man Assault

By now- I'm sure many of you have heard-read about the eastern Kansas City MO woman who found a nude neighbor standing over her bed around 1 a.m. this morning- the guy the woman dragged from her mobile home by his beard.

Anyway- at 10:20 p.m.- a fire was reported in a mobile home in that same block- the 3200 block of Oakland in the Manchester Mobile Village mobile home park.

Pumper 24 arrived at 10:25 p.m.- reporting "a working fire" in a mobile home and the crew was pulling a hose line to the trailer. 

So far- haven't heard of any injured at the scene- although there was initially a problem finding a fire hydrant.

No one has been found still inside by firefighters on the interior extinguishing the fire.

As of 11:25 p.m.- fire companies have put out the fire- overhauled the scene- and were returning to their stations while an arson investigator works on the cause of this "suspicious" fire.

Can't say if this is related to this morning's events....


Tornadoes Touch Down in Dallas TX

At least 2 tornadoes- the first in the southeastern and eastern suburbs- the second near Downtown Dallas- has caused damage- but as of yet no reports of injuries.

The first tornado touched down about 25 miles southeast of Dallas around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday- as shown in these video stills from the Channel 11 news helicopter.

Damage included a shed with parts of it's roof peeled off- and a motorist on a Dallas-area freeway who was blown into the median by the tornado's winds.

While Channel 11's chopper was chasing that tornado- a second tornado touched down a few miles southwest of Downtown Dallas- touching down and lifting as the storm moved northeast over heavily-populated areas of northern Dallas.

Damage here is to businesses and a warehouse in West Dallas- as shown by the Channel 11 helicopter shots.

Notice the 18-wheeler against the side of a damaged building in one of the images.

The truck had been travelling down the street in the lower part of the photo- and the tornado blew his truck against the building.

The driver suffered non life-threatening injuries- the ONLY injury reported in the DFW Metroplex today from tornadoes.

All this activity was spawned by slowly-dying Tropical Storm Hermine- the northern extent of which is only about 50 miles south of Kansas City right now.


Flooding From Tropical Storm Hermine Kills 1- Water Rescues in Metro Dallas-Fort Worth

he remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine continues to deluge parts of the Central States.

More than 9-inches of rain in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex have necessitated water rescues of residents in homes and- as in the included video- apartment buildings.

View more news videos at:

One person has reportedly died in Killeen- north of Austin- due to the flooding.

These tropical rains continue moving north over Oklahoma- Arkansas and have now made their way into southern Kansas and Missouri.


CSW BREAKING: House Fire in Kansas City KS

Dispatched just before 11 a.m.- at least 6 companies of the KC-KS Fire department are engaged in a firefight at a house in the 4100 block of Georgia in central KC-KS..

The fire is reported to be in a 2-1/2/-story house and so far a "primary search of the 1st-floor" hasn't revealed anyone trapped inside.

There have been no reports of any injuries yet- and there aren't any more details available.

Tornado Warning Sirens Tested Today

The tornado warning/Civil Defence sirens will be tested all over Metro Kansas City at 11 a.m. this Wednesday- September 8- 2010.

Don't worry- there aren't ANY tornadoes or Russian ICBMs around!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Reported Plane On Fire at a K.C.I. Airport Gate is Minor

At 9:38 p.m.- 5 structural KC-MO Fire companies as well as the airport fire station responded to "Gate 12" at Terminal A of K.C.I. airport on the report of "a plane on fire" that's apparently parked at the gate.

At 9:43 p.m.- the fire- reported to be in "a portable vacuum" machine that was on the plane- was "out."

Doesn't sound to be any injuries either- and most of the outside fire companies have been turned around.


Around The Roundabout- Tuesday- September 7

idn't find anything breaking-wise to post today- daily reviews of Central States and MetroRegion newspaper Web sites didn't reveal much of interest.

Listening to an Internet scanner feed of the big wildfires northwest of Denver CO and a few comments on some stuff I DID see/hear today...

  • Tropical Storm Hermine came inland near Brownsville TX early this morning- now the remnant low pressure area is in the Hill Country west of Austin.

Hermine is laying down a wet carpet from the Gulf northward into Oklahoma today- all that will move slowly northward over the next 24-36 hours and be in Metro and MetroRegion kansas City by Thursday- bringing us some needed but possibly excessive rainfalls.

  • Lew Perkins finally left K.U. today and I was hoping the door didn't whack his arse on the way out of the building.

  • KC-MO Clowncilperson Cathy 'Um' Jolly announced today she won't be seeking re-election to anything when her term expires in April 2011- the same door-thing for her too.

  • A time-transplant from the Old West would feel right at home in Metro Kansas City with all the murderin' goin on.

  • There's a clown dressed in a God gown who wants to burn copies of the Quran- the Muslims' Holy book.

This Fred Phelps wanna-be- Pastor Terry Jones with the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville FL needs a long sermon on Loving Thy Neighbor- Turning Cheeks- etc..  This also goes for those who would prohibit that so-called mosque in lower Manhattan New York.  Direct some of that outrage to something constructive- use your collective imaginations if there's any left. 

  • Heh- calling the NEW Paseo bridge the Bond bridge. That'll go over like that re-naming of the Grandview Triangle.

This is Harry Truman Town- we don't name ANYTHING significant for career-polly Republicrats.

  • Speaking of the Republicrats/Tea Partiers- the TeeVee talking heads say the Bricks will knock-out the Bracks in the November election.  

Oh really? Wasn't it THEM that got us to where we're at economically in the first place?

Monday, September 06, 2010

Unsupervised Youths Almost Set House On Fire in KC-MO

C-MO firefighters have ordered police to the scene of a house fire in the Ruskin Heights area of southeastern KC-MO..

Fire crews were called at 10:16 a.m. Labor Day morning to "a kitchen fire" in a residence in the 7700 block of East 112th Terrace.

According to FD reports- "5" youths in the house- ages "14 and under- with no adult supervision" tried to cook something- and the stove-top fire got out of hand.

The damage itself was fairly minor- but a fire official on-scene requested police to come deal with those unsupervised youths at the residence.

Tropical Storm Hermine To Affect Texas Gulf- K.C. MetroRegion

An area of low pressure in the western Gulf of Mexico south of Brownsville has intensified into Tropical Storm Hermine.

TS Hermine is forecast to intensify before it makes landfall somewhere near Brownsville TX on Tuesday.

In addition- the remnants of Hermine is forecast to continue northward- and affect our weather here in the Kansas City MetroRegion by Friday.

Interests along the Texas Gulf coast from Rockport southward should maintain a close watch of TS Hermine for the next 24-36 hours- as a Hurricane Watch has just been issued for the South Texas Gulf coast from Baffin Bay southward to northern Mexico.


Sunday, September 05, 2010

Sunday Morning Shootings in Both Kansas Citys

The GOOD news is it doesn't appear anybody died...yet...

KC-MO emergency agencies were called to the area of 5th Street and Charlotte in the old North End on a reported shooting at 3:37 a.m..

None of the agenies found a victim- but around 3:45 a.m.- security officers at a nearby hospital reported "a black male- shot around 3rd Street and Charlotte" in their emergency room.

There wasn't any victim condition nor suspect info available at post time....

In KC-KS- police officers called to a report of shots fired in the area of 10th Street and Orville around 5:20 a.m. learned the gunshots found a mark...

A woman had been shot "in front of" a residence in the 1000 block of Orville and police found the "32-year-old" victim near 13th Street.

She was rushed to a hospital in serious condition while police sought a male suspect.

Latest KC-MO Water Main Break Damages Jazz District Area

The latest in a series of broken water lines has caused road and possibly building damage in one of KC-MO's taxpayer-subsidized entertainment areas.

The break was reported to the fire department a few minutes before 2 a.m. Sunday morning at 18th Street and Vine.

Pumper 10 and Rescue Company 1 was sent to check it out- along with a reported associated natural gas leak.

At 2:09 a.m. Pumper 10 reported "a major" water main break- with part of the street  "buckled" and torn-up by the rushing water. Police were requested to block 18th Street as well as Vine.

It's also reported broken main water entered the basement of the refurbished and historic Gem Theater- but the extent of damage there- if any- is unknown as well as the Jazz and Negro Baseball League Museums across 18th Street from the Gem.

Haven't heard if the KC-MO Water department arrived to shut-off the main yet- but the fire department left around 4:15 a.m..