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Saturday, October 23, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Tornado Watch No. 705 Valid Until 10 p.m.- MO-IA

The NWS' Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman OK has issued Tornado Watch Number 705 that will be valid until 10 p.m. for a large part of  northern Missouri and southern Iowa.

Clay- Platte and Ray counties Missouri in Metro and most of the northern MetroRegion Kansas City IS INCLUDED in this watch.


Currently- thunderstorms that developed from southwest to southeast of K.C. have moved mostly into the K.C. Northland area- and continue to move rather rapidly northeast at near 40 m.p.h..

It IS possible another severe storm watch could be issued for the rest of Metro K.C. in the next several hours- so please stay tuned.

Severe Storms Possible Over The Kansas City MetroRegion Today

large area of the American Central States from the Texas Gulf coast to Minnesota and Wisconsin is outlooked for a "slight risk" of severe thunderstorms with all modes of severe weather- including a few tornadoes- later this Saturday afternoon and evening- according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.

Locally- the entire Kansas City MetroRegion is included in this severe storm risk area.

Storm development/severity will be dependent on daytime heating- so if your area gets quite a bit of sun today- watch for building cumulus clouds becoming cumulonimbus towers later on.


One Dead- One Critically-Injured in Independence Vehicle Crash

wo males- a driver and his passenger around 20-years-of-age- suffered very critical injuries and were rushed to Metro hospitals after their vehicle crashed into a tree in central Independence MO early Saturday morning.

The crash was reported just before 3 a.m. in the 2800 block of Cogan Drive.

The driver- whose identity has not yet been released by IPD- later died at a Kansas City medical trauma center.

Police are investigating with speed and wet roads from overnight thundershowers likely a factor in the crash.


Friday, October 22, 2010

National Weather Outlook for November 2010

According to these graphics from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center- the Kansas City MetroRegion is in for a warm November- with precipitation running slightly-below to average.

The December outlook will come out around Thanksgiving.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

CSW BREAKING: Fire in South KC-MO Duplex

A fire in a southern KC-MO residential structure is under control.

The alarm was first sounded at 2:55 p.m. for the fire in a duplex the 11300 block of Calico Drive.

Four pumpers and 2 ladder trucks responded- with the first company arriving at 3:03 p.m. to report "smoke showing." 

At 3:05 p.m.- Pumper 28 also reported "fire showing out the back patio door" of the structure."

Only 4 minutes later- this fire was reported under control.

At 3:19 p.m.- a firefighter is reported to have suffered "a sprained knee" at the fire scene- and was to be transported to a hospital by EMS.

No other information on this fire as of this posting.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kansas City Autumn 2010 - Part 1

Once again- a spectacular display of fall colours around Metro Kansas City.

Here are a few photos taken within a mile of the CSW HQ in south KC-MO..

Some of the weather models are showing a possible frost or freeze- either by next weekend or in the first week of November- so enjoy this stellar October while you can....


CSW Exclusive BREAKING: Fire Damages House in South KC-MO

Five companies of the KC-MO Fire department were called out at 11:38 a.m. Wednesday morning for a house fire in the 8600 block of Cambridge.

It was reported as the back of a house on fire- and when this CSW photographer got on-scene with the first arriving fire companies- heavy smoke was seen pouring from the 1-story structure.

Two handlines or "small streams" were used on the fire- which was knocked down and extinguished within 10 minutes of the fire department's arrival.

Neighbors say that a family of "squatters" were living in the house- which had no utilities.

In addition- another neighbor told CSW that he witnessed "a man with an engineer's hat and a toolbelt" on the property who had left prior to the fire department arriving.

The fire is being investigated as arson- and no one got hurt.

At 12:44 p.m.- many of the same fire companies who responded to this fire were called to another house fire in the 11700 block of Fremont in the Ruskin Heights area.

The latest fire was found to be "on the outside" of that house- with that situation quickly brought under control.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Man Robbed At Gunpoint of His New Gun at Memphis Gun Shop

This happened the other day in Memphis TN- according to that city's newspaper The COMMERCIAL APPEAL...

Didn't the new gun owner bother buying AMMO with his new gun?

WalMart Ditches Profit-Sharing For Employee Co-Pay Retirement Program

The world's largest corporation finds another way to subtract employee wages- according to this Associated Press story via the DUBUQUE (IA) TELEGRAPH HERALD.

Hey folks- keep shopping till you're dropping at WalMart!

Two Motorcyclists Killed This Weekend- One Identified- One Ignored (So Far)

unday morning- your on-the news-ball Captain reported two fatal motorcycle crashes- among other news stories that may- or may not- have been covered in print or on TV.

One crash Sunday morning in Overland Park on U.S. 69 at 151st Street killed "22-year-old Darren K. Wynn of Shawnee" I'm told by the Overland Park Police department this morning.

CSW offers our condolences to family and friends of Mr. Wynn.

However- there's no news at all about the motorcyclist killed critically-injured after striking the deer in Douglas county KS..

I was reading another local blogger who was complaining about lack of local news coverage of a double-fatality wreck in Louisiana that killed a Metro couple- what that blooger termed "a major story."

Where are the complaints of lack of complete local news coverage of local news?

Are Americans Blind or Just Stupid?

hile doing my reads of local-area and regional newspapers- I came across a poll in the ST. JOSEPH NEWS-PRESS on whether welfare recipients should be allowed to buy ... are you ready? ... SODA POP.

Not only did some of the commenters rail against those on welfare being able to buy soda pop- but some of the same commenters said that welfare recipients should BE DRUG-TESTED.

Or really? How about drug-testing our elected officials too?

There are NO provisions locally- regionally or nationally for drug or even alcohol testing politicians.

That highly-touted Republicrat you want to elect could be a cocaine addict for all you or I know.

That Demoblican you might want to keep in office could be an alcoholic- but we'd never know because NONE OF THEM get tested FOR ANYTHING!

So those of you who want welfare recipients drug-tested let's start AT THE TOP first- with the people who MAKE LAWS and SET POLICY.

Realize that everybody you elect- from dog catcher to president- don't have to be drug OR alcohol tested before they take office.

To me that concept is FAR SCARIER than a welfare mom toking on a joint....


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Three Houses Burned in Midtown KC-MO Fire

Seven companies of the KC-MO Fire department battled a blaze that heavily-damaged 3 houses early Sunday morning.

The alarm sounded at 12:53 a.m. for a house fire in the 3000 block of College.

When the first fire trucks arrived at 12:55 a.m.- they reported heavy smoke and fire showing from a 2-story house.

Within minutes- the houses on either side had ignited.

Firefighters battled the flames with several handlines- and managed to bring the fire in the original house under control by 1:16 a.m.- but it was nearly another 30 minutes until all flames were completely extinguished.

No one was reported injured- no report on the occupancy status of any of the 3 houses affected- and an arson investigator responded to the scene with no report yet


Metro Kansas City Shootings Leave 1 Dead- 2 Injured

The first shooting was reported in Olathe KS around 2:10 a.m. Sunday morning.

The incident was reportedly the result of an armed robbery of some people who were sitting outside the Marriott Residence Inn hotel at 12215 South Strang Line Road.

A male was shot in the arm by an undescribed male suspect- and was taken to a hospital in serious but not life-threatening condition.

The next shooting was at 3 a.m. at 38th Street and Broadway in KC-MO and this one was a homicide.

Police reported "2 black male suspects- ages 20 to 25" who "left in a blue- (Chevy) Monte Carlo with front end damage" shot two people in a vehicle near the Shell gasoline station there.

One male victim died at the scene.

The other victim- "a 20-year-old male was shot in the face" according to a KC-MO FD-EMS paramedic- and was taken to a hospital in serious to critical condition.


Deadly Sunday Morning for Motorcyclists in the Kansas City MetroRegion

Two motorcyclists have died in crashes this Sunday morning.

The first crash was reported east of Baldwin City KS on U.S. 56 in rural Douglas County at 12:20 a.m..

This was reported as a cyclist striking a deer between 1900 and 2000 roads and when a law officer arrived at 12:27 a.m.- he reported the cyclist  had a critical head injury.

The cyclist died on the scene of the crash.

At 2:46 a.m.- Overland Park KS agencies were called to the southbound U.S. 69 ramp from 151st Street where it was reported a motorcyclist crashed.

A police officer arriving at 2:50 a.m. reported the male cyclist "unconscious and not breathing."

That cyclist was declared dead-on-the-scene by MEDACT-EMS paramedic at 2:58 a.m..

The cause of this crash was being investigated.