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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Man Shot at After-Hours Club in South KC-MO


A male is in critical condition at a Metro hospital after being shot in the abdomen during a disturbance at an after-hours nightclub in south KC-MO Saturday morning.


The shooting occurred around 4:10 a.m. in the 8100 block of Troost at a place called "The Apollo Club."

KC-MO Metro Zone police arrived to find the victim- said to be around 30-years-old- sitting in a car in the club's parking lot.

A 32-year-old woman was also injured- said to have been "stomped in the face" by an unknown suspect- and she was also taken to a hospital with her not life-threatening injuries.


Police detained  a number of people inside and outside the establishment for questioning- and had no suspect information to release yet to the news media and a curious public.

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House Burns in Pleasanton KS

The call came in for Pleasanton and other fire crews around Linn County at 3:27 a.m.- "the upper floor of a 2-story house engulfed in flames" at "7th Street and Center."


It was reported that a neighbor "knocked on the door" of the house on fire "as long as they could-" but couldn't get any response from inside.

When firefighters arrived at 3:35 a.m.- the "entire" house was burning.

It was only later that it was determined that the structure was unoccupied at the time of the fire- and no firefighter injuries were reported.


An investigation is underway.

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Pedestrian Struck- Very Critical Injuries in Independence MO

An "approximately 40-year-old male" suffered very critical head injuries when he was struck by a vehicle on Missouri (M) 291 in Independence early Saturday morning.


The incident was reported at 12:22 a.m. "between Hidden Valley Road and Gudgell" and the man was reportedly struck by the vehicle that was going "about 40-45 m.p.h." an AMR-EMS paramedic said.

The victim was in grave condition as he was being transported to a Metro K.C. medical trauma center.

No further information was yet available.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

CSW Commentary: Funkhouser's Right- Quit Subsidizing The Pro Sports Teams



Mayor Mark Funkhouser- due to the city's stressful financial situation- wants to discontinue the $2-million annual taxpayer subsidy to the Truman Sports Complex where our corporate pro sports teams play their games.

It's said that this taxpayer subsidy is a "gentleman's agreement-" no written one- between the city and the owner of the sports stadiums- Jackson County (us).

Not surprising yet incredibly- most of the KC-MO City Council disagrees with Mayor Funkhouser's opinion on this subsidy.

It makes me have to ask- who does these Councilpeople work for- the citizens of this city or the owners of these corporate sports teams?

We- The Citizens- are faced with tremendous increases in water and sewer bills as well as other rises in utilities- food and fuel.

They- The City- have already laid-off employees and cut city programs and services- not to mention facing possible further cuts in revenue with the upcoming vote on the city's Earnings Tax.

Plus- tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer welfare already go to subsidize corporate interests in this town- the Power & Light and Jazz Districts and J.E. Dunn Construction Company to name just a few.

Like the stadium subsidies (welfare)- none of those monies goes to basic city infrastructure or services.

So the Mayor is right in making cuts in this taxpayer-provided corporate welfare where he can and the stadium subsidy is a good start.


Any and all of these Councilpeople who oppose the Mayor in this regard are wrong and we- the voters- should tell them so via the upcoming city elections.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Daily and All-Time Record Lows Recorded in Central States Overnight


Bitter temperatures followed Tuesday and Wednesday's heavy snowfall over the Central States.



A low this morning of -28°F at Bartlesville Oklahoma broke their all-time record low temperature of -25 set in 1930 on January 22 of that year.


Also- according to the NWS in Norman- this sets an all-time low temperature record for the entire State of Oklahoma.



Other temperature records set this morning as follows:


RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE SET AT TOPEKA KS... A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF -9 DEGREES WAS SET AT TOPEKA KS THIS MORNING. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF -8 SET IN 1982.

WICHITA KANSAS MID CONTINENT AIRPORT: THE TEMPERATURE PLUNGED TO A RECORD LOW OF -17 DEGREES DURING THE MORNING OF FEBRUARY 10TH. THIS SHATTERS THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF -5 DEGREES SET IN 1980.

SALINA KANSAS: THE TEMPERATURE PLUNGED TO A RECORD LOW OF -15 DEGREES DURING THE MORNING OF FEBRUARY 10TH. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF -11 DEGREES SET IN 1905.

RUSSELL KANSAS: THE TEMPERATURE FELL TO A RECORD LOW OF -10 DEGREES DURING THE MORNING OF FEBRUARY 10TH. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF -7 DEGREES SET IN 1981.

CHANUTE KANSAS: THE TEMPERATURE PLUNGED TO A RECORD LOW OF -15 DEGREES DURING THE MORNING OF FEBRUARY 10TH.. THIS SHATTERS THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF -7 DEGREES SET IN 1980.

A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF -10 DEGREES WAS SET AT SPRINGFIELD MO THIS MORNING. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF -3 SET IN 1929.

A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF -8 DEGREES WAS SET AT JOPLIN MO THIS MORNING. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 0 SET IN 1981.

A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF -2 DEGREES WAS SET AT WEST PLAINS MO THIS MORNING. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 0 SET IN 1971.





PONCA CITY OK               -25*     1948 -12 1/19/1984
FREEDOM OK                  -22*     1948 -17 12/23/1989
HELENA OK                     -21*      1906 -15 12/23/1989
WAYNOKA OK                 -21*      1938 -15 1/19/1943
TALOGA OK                     -21**     1900 -21 1/04/1947
BILLINGS OK                    -19*      1959 -15 1/08/1988
BLACKWELL OK              -19*      1954 -12 12/22/1954
STILLWATER OK 2 W       -20*      1893 -18 2/04/1996***
NEWKIRK OK 1 NW          -19      1898 ALL-TIME LOW -22

JEFFERSON OK               -20      1894 ALL-TIME LOW -23
WATONGA OK                 -13      1902 ALL-TIME LOW -15
HENNESSEY OK 4 ESE   -16      1895 ALL-TIME LOW -17
CHANDLER OK                  -7      1901 ALL-TIME LOW -20
SEMINOLE OK                   -4      1933 ALL-TIME LOW -12
HOLLIS OK                        -1      1922 ALL-TIME LOW -12
DUNCAN OK                       1      1936 ALL-TIME LOW -8
HEALDTON OK                  -3      1894 ALL-TIME LOW -14
OKLAHOMA CITY OK         -5      1890 ALL-TIME LOW -17

WICHITA FALLS TX             3      1923 ALL-TIME LOW -12

* ALL-TIME RECORD
** TIED ALL-TIME RECORD
*** AND OTHER YEARS


GOOD NEWS:  This is quite possibly the last of the very coldest temperatures that we'll experience this Winter of 2010-11.




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CSW BREAKING: House Fire With Injury in KC-MO Northland

The fire was reported around 10:50 a.m. Thursday morning in the 8300 block of Northeast 107th Terrace.




Liberty Fire department companies were also sent to assist KC-MO Fire on what's reported to be a "2-story" house "with heavy smoke and fire showing" when the KC-MO battalion chief arrived at 10:59 a.m..

FD-EMS has dispatched 2 paramedic units on a reported "injury" at this fire- believed to be a possible occupant of the residence.

The lone occupant of the house- a male- refused EMS treatment or transport.


At 11:11 a.m.- firefighters on the 2nd-floor of the burning house were reportedly briefly "trapped-"  but a"rapid intervention (RIT)" crew made it to the area quickly and brough the endangered crew to safety.

None of those firefighters are reported to be injured.


Three handlines were used on the fire that was reported to be brought under control at 11:29 a.m..


The house appears to be very heavily-damaged- no word on the cause of the fire as of this report.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

CSW BREAKING: Children Overcome By Carbon Monoxide at South-Central KC-MO School

This incident is at the "Brookside Frontier Math and Science School" in the 5600 block of Troost.


Just after 1 p.m.- KC-MO Fire and EMS got the call of a carbon monoxide (CO) issue at the school and- as of this post- at least 14 children are reportedly suffering symptoms from the deadly gas and are to be transported to hospitals.


None of the CO poisoning victims are said to be life-threatening.


As of 1:57 p.m.- ten youths- mostly teenagers- have been or are being transported to 3 KC-MO hospitals: Children's Mercy- St. Luke's-Plaza and Research.


Oddly- a KC-MO FD official said their CO readings in the school's furnace area were "zero" and there were no other reports of high CO readings in any other area of the school- in the former Country Club Dairy building.


The investigation of the sicknesses continue- and KC-MO FD Haz-Mat has been on-scene for some time now- along with at least 4 other fire companies and EMS units.
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CSW BREAKING: "Explosion" Reported at Business in Leeds Area of KC-MO

At 10:30 a.m.- five companies of the KC-MO Fire department on a reported fire "in a production facility" of a business in the 3800 block of Fremont.


When companies arrived at 10:37 a.m.- they report "one victim" of an "explosion" at that facility- but apparently little or no fire.

A chief on-scene reports "one wall- blown out" by the explosion "of an unknown cause" with "one patient being treated for burns."


According to KC-MO FD-EMS- the victim is "a 53-year-old male who was thrown for a ways by the force of some gas explosion- 1st-degree burns on his face- upper back- hair singed- 2nd-degree burns on his hands" and suffering vaious pains to his body.


The injuries were not life-threatening and he was taken to a KC-MO medical trauma center.
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Latest Snowfall Creates Traffic Issues in Metro K.C.

Although this morning's snowfall was generally less than 2-inches across Metro Kansas City- it still produced a number of vehicle crashes but no major injuries.


Crashes involving school buses in those districts that didn't cancel today occurred in the KC-MO Northland and South-Central- but no one was hurt in either of those 2 incidents.

A foot of snow has been reported in Emporia this morning by KDoT via Twitter- with "at least 8-inches" of snow reported east-southeast of Pleasanton in Linn county KS (thanx Cyn!) with around 8-10-inches in central Kansas around Salina.


Snow has also fallen over most of Oklahoma and parts of western Arkansas- where winter storm warnings continue through at least mid-day.


After a cold next 2 mornings with near or below-zero temperatures- a forecasted warm-up through early next week- with temperatures Tuesday at or just beyond the 50-degree mark- according to the latest NWS predictions.
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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

MetroRegion K.C. News: Fire Destroys Building at Garnett KS Business

A fire early Tuesday morning destroyed one of 4 buildings that belong to the Astro Truck Covers Company in eastern Garnett.


The fire burned a building reportedly used for storage of finished products- according to KCTV-5 News- and it took firefighters from around Anderson County about 6 hours to extinguish the flames.


No one was hurt- and the business which employs "50 to 80 people" will be back in operation soon- according to the KCTV-5 story.

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CSW BREAKING: Homes Burn in MO Metro North and Southland

Fire crews around the Metro are busy this frigid Tuesday afternoon...


With wind chill temperatures below zero- KC-MO and Southern Platte County fire crews have brought a house fire in the Northland under control at 1:31 p.m..


The alarm first went out at 1:17 p.m. for a house near the intersections of Missouri (M) 9 highway and Northwest Coronado.

Upon arrival at 1:21 p.m.- the first-in fire crew reported "smoke showing from a 1-story" house- and the first of "2" handlines were deployed on the blaze.

No one has been found inside the burned house- and no injuries- other than some house pets- have been reported.

No cause or damage figures yet available.




At 1:33 p.m.- West Peculiar fire fighters were called to a working house fire in the 20400 block of South J highway north of Peculiar.


The first-arriving fire crew reported "fire through the roof" of the 1-story structure at 1:37 p.m.- and help was requested from the Central Cass- Belton and South Metro fire departments.

It's a "defensive" firefight- or outside the structure- an occupant of the house was said to be "outside" when that first fire crew arrived.

Thus far- no injuries have been reported.


More on this fire if there is a significant development....
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Photo: "Two Feet of Snow" in Pittsburg KS

Some more snow-art- this one's from The PITTSBURG (KS) MORNING SUN:

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MetorRegion News: Sedalia MO Man Turns Snow To Art For His Wife

So you're tired of all the destructive- homicidal and otherwise negative news?  Me too...



Here's a photo by Tonya Fennell and her story from the SEDALIA (MO) DEMOCRAT about Jody Gardner's snow sculpture for his wife Jennifer.




The sculpture would make a nice brief for KCPT's 'Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations' if it didn't melt by the time the crew got there. 
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CSW WEATHER: Some Camera Views Across Kansas With KC Radar

Travel will become increasingly hazardous west to south from Kansas City today due to the latest snowfall.

It appears that MOST of Metro K.C. will escape any significant snow- with the chances of any accumulations in far southwest through southern areas- Miami county KS and Cass county MO..


Some camera views from around the area within the past 20 minutes or so:



Salina KS




Wichita KS




West of Louisburg KS on K-68



Emporia KS




Wellsville KS




Kansas City weather radar

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CSW BREAKING: Heavy Smoke in a South KC-MO Elderly Care Facility


A 1st-alarm equivalent response consisting of seven companies of the KC-MO Fire department has been sent to the Villa Ventura elderly care facility at 12100 Wornall at 6:56 a.m..


"Heavy smoke in a hallway" has been reported by the first-arriving fire company- and there is reported "the smell of something burning."

As of 7:15 a.m.- the source of the possible fire has not yet been located- but a crew on-scene believes it's "in the walls" result of a room's "heating and cooling unit."

Apparently- the fire was small- as of 7:45 a.m. some of the companies at the scene were returned to service- and by 8:15 a.m.- the situation was under control.


No word if there were any evacuations of the residents of the facility- but there were no injuries reported.
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Now You Can Follow CSW on Twitter

As I continue to be dragged kicking and screaming into 21st Century technology- you can now follow Capt. Spaulding's World on Twitter.


I must approve your following my Tweets- but you can log in and send a request to CaptGSpaulding on Twitter and I'll open the door and welcome you in.


Sit down- kick your shoes off- lemme get you a drink and smoking's allowed in the CSW office area....
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Monday, February 07, 2011

A Video Tribute to The Late Gary Moore of Thin Lizzy



The talented ax-man Gary Moore- who was with the band Thin Lizzy (among others)- passed away Sunday at the young age of 58 while on holiday in Spain.





The best way to honor Gary is by the following video of one of my faves- a recent rendition of Parisienne Walkways:


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CSW WEATHER: That 4-Letter "S" Word


Even the most ardent advocates of the cold season are beginning to tire of the Winter of 2010-11- and although there's some bad news- there's also some good news.


You will note the NWS national watch/warning map and see that snow advisories/winter storm watches for Tuesday cover about the southwestern half of the Central States and parts of the MetroRegion- but so far- no such nonsense in the Metro.

The advisories come close- Lawrence- Topeka- Emporia- Ottawa KS areas- but drop off in our immediate counties and the first tier of Kansas counties west of the Missouri state line (yes my dear- Pleasanton gets a break too...so far).



Note by the NWS-HPC (Hydrological Prediction Center) snowfall forecast graphics for Tuesday that the green line indicating a "moderate" chance of snows 4-inches or greater comes into western MO and eastern KS from the Metro southward.


The last graphic shows the blue line or "slight" chance of snows 8-inches or greater even comes in to the Fort Scott KS-Nevada MO area.


So the southern Metro Kansas City area southward along the state line isn't out of the woods yet in regard to more snow- but nothing like the depths seen early last week.


Now the good news!

After another Arctic air mass settles in Wednesday and Thursday (the last of which we may feel for another 10 days or so)- temperatures start to moderate by the coming weekend.

In fact- we should see temps ABOVE AVERAGE- 40's and 50's- on Saturday and Sunday- which will bite into our old (and new) snow cover.

Another cold front comes through later next Monday- but no significant precip is yet associated with that front.

Really no super cold air with that Monday front either- and the latter half of next week we see another warm-up into above-average territory- with a chance of precip (rain) next weekend.


The LAST DAY of 'meteorological winter' is 3 weeks from today.

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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Flames Heavily Damage Tracy MO House


The fire was reported to Central Platte County fire crews in Platte City at 1:18 a.m. Sunday morning at a house in the 200 block of Andy Street in Tracy- just northwest of Platte City on Missouri 92 highway.




Flames were showing when the first fire crew arrived at 1:26 a.m.- and water tankers from the West Platte and another area fire department were dispatched to the scene.


No injuries were reported- and the Red Cross was requested to assist the unknown-number of occupants who lived at the home.


No cause of the fire was available yet.
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Shawnee KS Police Investigate A Homicide

This incident was reported about 12:10 a.m. Sunday morning- first as an EMS call to the Bonner Springs emergency services: an unconcious male in the street at "47th Street and Theden Road."

Several minutes later- the call to Bonner Springs units is cancelled when it's determined the "call is in Shawnee."

It was another 10 minutes after the original call that Shawnee emergency services were finally dispatched- and they were sent to "43rd Street and Lakecrest" (which I challenge anyone to find on a GOOGLE or BING map).

Anyway- police arrived and found the man dead- so they set up their "mobile command unit" (used to order people around at the scene of dead bodies?) and called in their detectives as well as investigators from the area's Metro Squad


The news media are awaiting further statements from the Shawnee Police on this incident.

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CSW BREAKING: Two Shot on KC-MO's East Side

Police are looking for 3 black males "wearing dredlocks-" after two people were shot in the 2000 block of Wheeling Sunday afternoon.


The incident was reported at 2:37 p.m.- and when KC-MO East zone police officers arrived less than 5 minutes later- they report finding the 2 victims with "not life-threatening" gunshot wounds police say.


One of the victims is a 12-year-old boy who was "shot in the neck" by a possibly "small-caliber" weapon.


He's enroute to a Metro hospital in serious condition.


No info on the reported 2nd victim yet....


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