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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Goodbye Mrs. Cleaver - Barbara Billingsley Dies At Age 94

Everyone from my generation and many others from subsequent generations remembers the pretty- gentle and loving June Cleaver from the 1950-60's TV show 'Leave It To Beaver.'

Sadly- I report that Ms. Barbara Billingsley- the actress that portrayed June Cleaver passed away earlier today in her Santa Monica home after a long illness.

God Speed Mrs. Cleaver!


Annual Complaints About The Kansas City Marathon

On the K.C. STAR's Webpage this morning is a story about how KC-MO Police dispatchers were "being  bombarded" by calls from people complaining about the streets closed because of the marathon.

An 11 a.m. check of the KSHB Action News desk indicates otherwise.

Editor Caroline Rooney told CSW "there were no calls" of people complaining of any inconvenience because of the marathon.

Ms. Rooney also reminded CSW that "people complain every year" about the street closures and that KSHB had "been (showing) route maps of the race all week" on the station's numerous newscasts.

There were "a couple of calls" thanking KSHB for their live coverage of the Kansas City Marathon that began in the Crown Center district at 7:30 a.m.- Ms. Rooney added.

Man Critically-Injured After Flipping Vehicle into Swope Park Woods

The third time was a charm finding a one-vehicle rollover crash Saturday morning in KC-MO around Swope Park.

The first call for this incident was to 67th Street and Richmond at 2:07 a.m..- nothing was found.

The next call was at 2:08 a.m. to the 4400 block of East 63rd Street and nothing was found there either.

By 2:16 a.m.- the crash had been located- east of Lewis Road on "Wildcat Hollow Road-" also 67th Street.

There police- fire and EMS crews found a vehicle that was "about 25 feet off the road- and 10-12 feet down a ravine and on it's top."

Fire crews spent about the next 20 minutes extricating the male driver from the vehicle and into the ambulance via a "Stokes basket."

The "approximately 30-year-old" man was taken to a Kansas City medical trauma center with critical head and other injuries. 

The fire and EMS crews estimated the man was going "about 40-50 miles per hour" when he left the roadway.


Fires in the Kansas City MetroRegion Friday Night into Saturday Morning

There have been structure fires in Blue Springs and KC-MO- as well as Overland Park and Douglas County KS....

A residence in Blue Springs burned around 11:10 p.m. Friday night in the 200 block of Southeast Westminister.

Four companies of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District responded and it was  after midnight when the fire was reported "out.".

No injuries were reported and the fire was investigated with no public report yet.

The next working fire was in an apartment building in Overland Park.

The alarm sounded at 11:44 p.m. for reported smoke in a building at 8416 West 88th Street at the Louisburg Square Apartments.

Police arriving about 5 minutes later reported "heavy smoke" and the building "being evacuated."

A fire was found in an apartment there and was brought under control within 15 minutes by OP and Lenexa fire crews.

No injuries were reported- cause was said to be careless smoking.

Fire crews from several Douglas county KS departments fought a "fully-involved" fire in a vacant house around 3:40 a.m. Saturday.

The blaze was in the 1700 block of East 50 Road- and Kanwaka Township fire crews first responded on the 2-story structure.

They arrived at 3:49 a.m. and hollered for help- it wasn't until 4:36 a.m. that the fire was declared "under control."

No injuries reported and an investigation as to the cause (arson) is under way.

Six companies of the KC-MO fire department were battling a fire in a 3-story house- reported just before 6 a.m..

The fire was in the 2500 block of Myrtle- and 2 "small streams" brought that fire under control at 6:10 a.m..

No injuries were reported as of 6:30 a.m.- and this fire is under investigation.


Overnight Gunfights at the Metro Kansas City Corral

As usual- the lead was flying overnight into Saturday morning...

The first was reported at the Executive Lounge at 4929 State Avenue in Kansas City KS around 12:20 a.m..

There- police found  a 27-year-old male who had a gunshot to his left shoulder.

While the victim was rushed to a hospital- police interviewed witnesses in the club but didn't release any suspect information yet this Saturday morning.

The second and last shooting reported thus far this morning was in KC-MO around 2:20 a.m....

This incident was in the 3600 block of Cleveland- where an unknown-age male had been shot in the abdomen.

That victim was taken to a hospital in serious but stable condition while police sought suspect information.

Not a shooting- but an assault of some note took place in Old Northeast KC-MO just after 3 a.m..

This reported domestic dispute in the 3600 block of East Anderson resulted in a 23-year-old male being ran over- twice according to fire department EMS paramedics- by a pickup truck driven by another male.

The victim's injuries were not life-threatening- and the cops were looking for the suspect.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Libertarian Jonathan Dine of Riverside For U.S. Senate

CSW endorses Mr. Jonathan Dine of Riverside MO as the Libertarian Party candidate for the United States Senate.

Mr. Dine's Website explains to us why he's running- which I will gladly re-publish below:

Hi, my name is Jonathan Dine and I’m running for the US Senate seat in the State of Missouri with the Libertarian party.

I’ve decided to run for the US Senate because our country is in dire need of a better representation of the people. Current Senators are to secluded in Washington D.C. and are out of touch with Americans.

I want to make sure you understand that I am not a politician; however, I am well educated in many of the political issues which face this country today.

I have created this site to inform you of my views so you can make an educated decision on who will best represent your voice in our government.

The real difference between my opponents and me is they are both career politicians.

I have unique experiences to bring to the table – they are professional bureaucrats. The United States started sinking on their watch. I blame this on partisan politics and the lack of term limits for congress, which has lead to legislative stagnation and all of the power in the hands of a few unjust men.

Republicans and Democrats have strayed from the original purpose of the federal government: to protect life, liberty and our pursuit of happiness.

I understand the vices of our government mainly because I am not a part of it. I see life from the ground level. I don’t look down to see it or have to ask anybody about it. I live it and feel it everyday. I have an open mind and will listen to the people of this state.

As a Senator, I represent you. I am your voice. When I vote on bills or propose legislation, I’ll remember my life experiences and the people I represent, not a party or a lobbyist.

I do not see a devotion to the Constitution from either of my opponents who are running for this office. I see empty promise-makers ready to march in step with their own party’s agenda.

I don’t think either party is serious about reducing the size of government, restoring your civil liberties, or lowering your tax burden.

It’s time to stop voting for the lesser of two evils. Now is the time to vote Libertarian. I truly believe the political system would be better off if more acceptance and credibility were attributed to Independents.

Although Independents won’t necessarily come up with totally new stances, they are more likely to represent a combination of views. An Independent-elected politician would be more likely to think outside the box to generate creative solutions instead of the same old nonsense the other two parties regurgitate year after year.

I truly believe we need more ordinary Americans to stand up and take an active role in government. The career politician has forgotten what life outside of politics is like and doesn’t remember the most important role of a politician is to listen to the people they represent and make sure that view point is reflected in the decisions they make in Washington.

Americans deserve better than we’re getting from Washington. Those currently in the US Congress work to build bridges to nowhere, wage wars without end, force people to buy health insurance, and stuff their own freezers with cash.

Americans are tired of the same old politics and I think voters are looking for a fresh approach to government. They know that with a lot more common sense and a lot less nonsense, we can make our country a happier and healthier place to live.

I’m ready to stand up for my freedom and start reigning in government spending and over-regulation. It’s time to remind our government that WE THE PEOPLE are the rightful masters of both the Courts and the Congress.

Yours in Liberty,

Jonathan Dine


CSW BREAKING: Pilot Dead After MO Highway Patrol Helicopter Crashes Near St. Louis

The pilot of a Missouri Highway Patrol helicopter is dead after the aircraft crashed in Chesterfield MO- a western suburb of St. Louis.

The ST. LOUIS (MO) POST-DISPATCH says that the crash occurred around 11 a.m. "in the 1800 block of Horseshoe Ridge Road, in unincorporated St. Louis County between Chesterfield and Ballwin" stated the POST-DISPATCH story.

The pilot was the only occupant of the aircraft and no one on the ground was hurt- nor were any structures reported to be damaged by the crash.


Obama Administration Official "Questioned The Need" For Halting Home Foreclosures

If you read my last post- you'll begin to come to the conclusion that the Federal government doesn't really give a damn about Americans.

This post is about the moratorium on home foreclosures that came to light after it was determined many American bankers didn't even read foreclosure notices and their other mortgage frauds perpetrated on Americans.

One Obama Administration official- David Axelrod- said last Sunday that "I'm not sure about a national moratorium because there are in fact valid foreclosures that probably should go forward"- states the ASSOCIATED PRESS story.

A clear pattern is developing here: American government gladly will bail-out the rich who screw-up- but DAMNED the American citizens being screwed by the very institutions their tax money bailed-out.


Federal Government Says Screw The Wishes of California Voters

Did you need FURTHER proof that the American government is no longer "For The People" or "By The People?"

According to the ASSOCIATED PRESS via MyWay news- the Obama Administration's Attorney General Eric Holder says if Californians legalize marijuana- the Feds WILL STILL ENFORCE those anti-American marijuana laws.

Doesn't matter what American voters have to say.

Too bad that same Attorney General won't enforce laws that would send the bankers and Wall Street people that have ruined the American economy to jail.



State of Missouri Temporarily Suspends Installation of New 'Red Light' Cameras

Saying outright that some municipalities use the cameras for revenue- MO-Dot has "put the brakes" on any additional 'red light' cameras on state highways- according to the story in The JOPLIN (MO) GLOBE.

The story states that the camera suspesion is "temporary" pending "a study" by MODot.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lee's Summit Proposed Anti-Smoking Law Would Punish Parents

Anyone with half a brain in 2010 knows that parents have little to no control of what teenagers do when they're not around their parents.

According to this story in the LEE'S SUMMIT (MO) JOURNAL- it reads that some pollys in Lee's Summit don't even have half a brain.

One LS elected official now wants a hefty fine added to the parents of teens caught smoking cigarettes (I assume cigars- pipes too).

Not only that- this same air-headed polly would make both the teens and their parents attend "smoking cessation classes."

Maybe it would just be better for Lee's Summit (the entire UCSA) to outlaw tobacco outright if it's so fugging bad for people.

Then again- MAYBE this stupid law proposal is some underhanded attempt to raise revenue to cover Ted White's coming lawsuit against the City of Lee's Summit without cutting-off the revenue LS makes in taxes on tobacco sales....

Central States News: Police Shoot At TV News Videographer in Des Moines IA

The DES MOINES (IA) REGISTER says a videographer from KCCI-TV in Des Moines was "accidentally" shot at by a police officer when the officer responded to the station on a suspicious person call.

Reportedly- the cop mistook the videographer's cellphone for a gun.

The videographer was not hit- and The REGISTER reports that other officers nabbed the actual suspicious person- who was throwing rocks at vehicles in the KCCI parking lot.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

'Reality' Television at It's Best: Rescue of the Trapped Chilean Miners

The continuing live coverage of the rescue of the 33 trapped Chilean miners is- without a doubt one of the most emotional news events I've seen in recent memory.

To see each person return to the surface and into the arms of their family and friends is emotional to the point I've had to kind-of choke back tears each time a miner is brought up.

I won't TOTALLY celebrate until ALL the trapped miners return to the surface- but look what can happen WHEN THE ENTIRE WORLD COMES TOGETHER FOR SOMETHING GOOD.

That in itself is emotional and inspiring

UPDATE- 1955 CDT - The last of the trapped miners is now on the surface.

Corporate Welfare Sought For Proposed Olathe KS Soccer Complex

It seems I'm reporting on these things AT LEAST once a week- wealthy developers seeking tax breaks for their projects around Metro Kansas City.

This is the SECOND request for corporate welfare presented to Olathe's elected officials in less than a month!

The latest begging comes from a developer who wants to build a soccer complex off of K-10 and Ridgeview- according to the story in The KANSAS CITY (MO) STAR.

Of course the developer- Global Connections- has all these rosy earnings projections for their project- as did developers of Kansas City's Power & Light District- which COSTS K.C. taxpayers $10 to 15-million per year of cash subsidies to stay open.

Note that this latest request for rich-people welfare comes after a proposal to develop a hotel and another eatery near the VERY successful retail development at 119th Street and I-35.

When and where does all of this corporate welfare END????


Central States NEWS: Morning Earthquake near Oklahoma City Upgraded to a 5.1

The Central States are known for our changeable- sometimes violent weather- not earthquakes.

Just after 9 a.m. this Wednesday morning- what what initially reported as a "4.3" quake that was recently upgraded to "5.1" struck with an epicenter reported by The OKLAHOMA CITY (OK) OKLAHOMAN as being "8 miles southeast of Norman.

Two injuries have been reported according to the OKLAHOMAN.

There are no reports of "major" damage- although The OKLAHOMAN said several people reported "cracks to walls" and objects falling.

In addition- a friend of CSW who resides in Eufaula OK which is about 150 miles east of Oklahoma City/Norman reported feeling the quake.

This is also the 2nd-largest earthquake ever reported in that state.

The biggest was a "5.5" quake that occurred near El Reno on April 9, 1952. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Central States News: TULSA WORLD- Leon Russell Gets His Due From ... Elton John

Elton John credits Tulsa-based rocker Leon Russell with much of the inspiration John got to enter the rock 'n' roll world in the late 1960's.

However- Mr. John hadn't spoke with Mr. Russell in about 35 years.

Elton made contact with Leon- and the two men have made a duet recording that was to be released today- according to The TULSA WORLD.

Leon will also perform with Elton John when the latter appears for a show in Tulsa November 12 at Tulsa's BOK Center.


Occupants of Car Hit By Gunfire on Watkins Expressway-U.S. 71 Monday Night

ou might recall the Lawrence KS woman who was killed by random gunfire on Bruce Watkins Expressway/U.S. 71 in July 2009- well- another incident occurred near that spot on Monday night.

KC-MO police report a female motorist and her passenger was fired-upon from another vehicle as she was entering the expressway at 55th Street before 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Police say the woman attempted to speed away from the shooter- and when she reached 39th Street on the expressway she discovered her passenger had been shot.

The woman- "slightly injured by flying glass" herself- drove to a hospital where her passenger was said to be in "critical condition" police stated

Again- the KC-MO Police department is asking anyone with information on this incident are asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS.

KC-MO Police Seek Information on Critically-Injured Man Found in Westport Sunday Morning

KC-MO Police are investigating the circumstances of a 24-year-old man who was found in Westport during the weekend with critical head injuries.

A KC-MO Fire department pumper and an EMS crew had been called at 2:36 a.m. Sunday morning to "510 Westport Road" where it reported "Westport security" officers were with an "unconscious" male who was "lying on the sidewalk in front of America's Pub."

That male was transported to an area hospital "with a wound to the back of his head-" possible intoxication and in very critical condition with "C.P.R. in-progress."

The man remained unresponsive since he was taken to a Metro medical trauma center- where he has died of his injuries- reports the KC-MO Police department. 

Police are asking anyone with information about how exactly this man was hurt call the KC-MO Police department.

CSW BREAKING: Armed Business Robbery in Raytown MO

Within the past 20 minutes- an armed business robbery was reported in Raytown.

It is reported that "3 black males" robbed the "Advance America" payday-loan/check cashing business at "9598 East M-350."

No one was hurt- and the robbers were last seen "westbound on Gregory" in a vehicle....

CSW BREAKING: Missing Worker Swept Away in Raymore Storm Sewer Located

he search has ended for a construction worker who was swept away after he was lowered into a storm sewer Tuesday morning in the 600 block of Foxwood Drive in Raymore MO..

It appears the man is still alive.

Crews from the South Metro along with the KC-MO Fire department are searching storm sewer lines for the man who was swept away after being lowered into the line by fellow workers to check if construction had interferred with the line's flow.

A safety rope or harness that was attached to the missing worker somehow became detacted from the worker- and he was swept down the line.

Morning rainshowers had dropped about a quarter-inch of rain in the area about an hour prior to the man's disappearance around 8 a.m..

At 9:25 a.m.- it's been announced that the missing man had been located "off 155th Street near Madison" and a medical helicopter has been requested.

Lifeflight-Eagle medical helicopter has transported the man- described as "approximately 40-years-old" to St. Luke's Plaza hospital.

The man was suffering from hypothermia among other medical issues- and the patient's condition was described as serious to critical after his "half-mile" trek inside the storm sewer line.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tens Are Wild

t's 10:10 a.m. on the tenth day of the tenth month of the year 2010.

It'll be a nice day weather-wise- so enjoy it!


Breaking and Other Sunday Morning K.C. MetroRegion Structure Fires

First- the breaking news of "a large house" on fire in Johnson county MO....

The alarm sounded for Leeton and other JoCo-area fire districts around 6 a.m. for the address in the 800 block of Southeast 601 Road- several miles southwest of Whiteman Air Force Base.

The caller reportedly told JoCoMO 9-1-1 that "it was his parent's house on fire" and that "the parents were in Kansas City" and not in the burning house.

As of 6:30 a.m.- the house was reported to be "fully-engulfed" in flames as fire crews using only trucked-in water fight the fire with no injuries reported.

At least 2 apartments in a building in the 3900 block of Roanoke were damaged by a fire reported just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

A kitchen fire in a 2nd-floor apartment managed to spread to an empty 3rd-floor apartment before 6 companies of KC-MO firefighters managed to finally stop the flames by 2 a.m..

No one was hurt- but the American Red Cross was requested to assist an unknown number of displaced building occupants.

Suspects Shot At Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy in KC-MO

While KC-MO officers were sorting out details and Channel 41 News photojournalist Al Miller was videoing a shooting scene near Southwest Boulevard and Broadway Sunday morning- all of them looked around when they heard shots fired nearby just before 3:30 a.m..

It was very soon reported that a Jackson County Sheriff's department deputy was "chasing a red Nissan- possibly a vehicle taken in a carjacking- in the area of Cesar Chavez (23rd Street) and Jarboe" on the West Side.

It was also reported by a KC-MO police dispatcher that "a Hispanic male was hanging out of the passenger-side window shooting at the deputy" during the chase.

The carjacking had occurred about 3:20 a.m. around Southwest Boulevard and 29th Street- where two people from the jacked car had been "pistol-whipped" by the robbers.

At 3:40 a.m.- that Red Nissan was reportedly found abandonned at "24th Street and Jarboe" and a perimeter was established and the manhunt was on for the reported "4 Hispanic males" that had occupied the Nissan.

The sheriff's deputy wasn't injured- but his vehicle was reportedly struck by bullets.

Police were also trying to obtain a search warrant for a residence in the 2300 block of Holly in relation to this incident as of 4:45 a.m.- and had surrounded that house as of 5:30 a.m..

One Dead- Four Injured in Overnight KC-MO Shootings

Three shooting scenes have left a total of one dead and four injured- 2 of those critically- in KC-MO..

The first shooting was reported at 12:35 a.m. Sunday morning near the intersection of 73rd Street and Bellfountaine.

There police and EMS crews found a male in his 40's who had been shot in the buttocks.  The only suspect information was that the shooter was "in a green car."

The victim's injuries were not life-threatening.

The next shooting- reported at 1:33 a.m. in the 3000 block of East 12th Street was the homicide.

Police arrived a few minutes after the call was dispatched to find a female lying in a parking lot dead from gunshot wounds. 

Police soon learn that another gunshot victim from this incident- a man- was "critically-injured" and was driven by someone to a hospital.

There was no suspect information whatsoever in this incident.

Just before 3 a.m.- 2 young men were shot in a S.U.V. by one of 4 indivduals in "a newer-model black S.U.V." near the Town Topic at 2021 Broadway.

One of the victims- said by EMS to be "26-years-old" had been shot "3 times in the abdomen" and was rushed to a nearby medical trauma center in serious to critical condition.

The 2nd man was shot in a leg- and his injuries were not immediately life-threatening. 

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