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Saturday, March 26, 2011

A 2nd Saturday KC-MO Homicide

KC-MO police worked a shooting scene that has resulted in the 2nd homicide in less than 12 hours- this time involving teenagers...

The incident occurred around 8 p.m. in the 4400 block of Agnes- where police had responded to a report of shots fired between vehicles.

Officers arrived to find two teenaged males- one from each vehicle- with several gunshot wounds.

One of the males died at the scene- the other transported to an area hospital in serious condition.

There were no other suspects being sought- and yet no ID information on this or the city's earlier homicide.


Central States News: Federal Radio Mandate Has Iowa Emergency Agencies Sweating

Local and state governments nationwide are scrambling to come up with money to buy new radio systems- a Federal mandate effective in 2013.

In the worst "recession (depression) since the Great Depression of the 1930's- the Federal radio mandate requires funds many agencies simply do not have without additional tax & fee rises.

In Iowa- the unfunded Federal mandate is creating some real budgetary issues- as reported by the DES MOINES (IA) REGISTER.

KC-MO Police Say Homicide on East Side

Saturday afternoon the body of a black female was found on the front porch of an East Side house- and police have 2 suspects in custody.

Police were called to the address in the 5600 block of East 27th Terrace around 3:10 p.m.- where they found the woman's body- showing obvious signs of trauma- after they arrived.

A KSHB scene photo shows the radio tower for the East Patrol police station in the background.

Police arrested 2 people at the scene of the crime- "persons of interest" as they now call suspects.

The deceased woman's identity hasn't been released yet.


Friday, March 25, 2011

CSW Weather: Spring Vs. Winter in Metro- MetroRegion Kansas City- Part 1

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Pleasant Hill- covering Metro Kansas City- has issued a "Winter Weather Advisory" from 2 p.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday for Missouri counties JUST east of Metro Kansas City.

Areas generally along and east of a Chillicothe- Polo- Orrick- Odessa- Holden to Clinton line are forecast to receive anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of- ahem- snow.

Yes- snow- my friends- 5 days into spring...

Anyway you cut it- it's going to mostly be a cold and wet weekend and next week- and it doesn't look like we'll return to even 60-degree readings until next Friday- April Fools Day.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Soon- KMBZ's Right-Wingnuts Can Be Heard on Kansas City FM

Corporate radio broadcasting companies do so little to serve the local populace that I'm surprised many of them manage to keep the licenses of the stations they own.

With shockingly few exceptions- try getting local breaking news or weather late nights or weekends on ANY local AM or FM.

Enter Entercom- who has announced the "soft rock" we knew and sometimes loved on KUDL-FM will be taken over as KMBZ-FM where all the wingnut talkers will be simulcast on 98.1mhz.

I guess Entercom figures that the AM side doesn't pollute Kansas City airwaves enough- now we have to endure the SAME schlock on the FM side in the place of relaxing music.

Oh BTW- this from a friend who actually listens to 'BZ- he says the new morning wingnut who took Beck's place "sucks- doesn't know what he's talking about."

I wouldn't know- the ONLY talker anywhere I listen to is Rick Barber on KOA-850AM in Denver- so I can gladly surrender the 98.1 spot on my FM tuner to another radio station now.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

CSW BREAKING: "Homicide" in Lenexa KS

The KC-MO Police department issued a pick-up for a male suspect "in a homicide that just occurred in Lenexa near  87th Street and Lenexa Drive" at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

A "47-year-old woman" was shot and killed in a construction zone- according to Lenexa Police- and that the shooting "didn't appear to be a random" incident.

It was later determined that the woman was shot and killed by her "estranged husband-" who was later found dead of an apparently "self-inflicted gunshot" in KC-MO..

Police and Johnson County sheriff's deputies closed Lenexa Drive north of 87th Street for almost 10 hours after the shooting.


Kansas City's New Mayor Sylvester 'Sly' James and His Court of Newly-Elected Jesters

Out of nearly one-half million Kansas Citians- slightly less than 70400 of them voted in a new mayor and council people on Tuesday.

That means around 150000 or so registered voters in KC-MO either didn't give a damn who won (and/) or could have cared less that there was an election.

The graphics are the vote totals- courtesy of news partner KSHB-41 NBC Action News.

If you don't see your council district graphics it's because that person ran unopposed.

Mayor-elect Sly James won 54% of that paltry vote total (38265) to Mike Burke's 46% vote total (32117).

South Kansas Citians apparently are satisfied with the downhill ride in the 6th District- re-electing In-District Statue John Sharp and Mr. Cathy "John Taylor" Jolly over Tracy Ward for the At-Large council seat.

Not much else changed city-wide either: if an incumbent ran again- they were re-elected no matter how bad the last City Council was.

One at-large council seat I didn't even vote for: 'Build A New Convention Hotel Tomorrow' Ford vs. 'Build A New Convention Hotel Last Week' Dillingham.

In fact- most of the council people elected are Friends of TIFs- that taxpayer-provided corporate welfare that has taxpayers and shoppers paying out of both ends.

I imagine most if not all the newly-elected want to continue Kansas City's Cash Cow known as the Earnings Tax and continue Gifts to Developers who will build future blight upon our landscape.

Kansas Citians gleefully look forward (NOT) to continually falling real estate worth but rising property taxes- rates- fees and corporate giveaways for the next 4 years.

Oh- and maybe a gleaming new convention hotel you wish you could afford to stay at.....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

16 Tornadoes in Iowa Tonight- Watch Cancelled for Metro K.C.

It was an active tornado evening in west through south Iowa Tuesday.

Except for one report in eastern Nebraska near the Iowa border- 16 tornadoes have been reported since 5 p.m..

The NWS' Storm Prediction Center (SPC) or local news media hasn't reported any injuries with the mini tornado outbreak- and only scattered damage.

A dryline/wind shift/cold front stretches at this time from the northwest tip of Missouri into east-central Kansas.

Thunderstorm have formed a "squall" line from east of St. Joseph northeastward through northern Missouri and southern Iowa.

A few storms could yet develop through midnight south along the advancing front- but no severe weather is expected.

CSW BREAKING WEATHER: Tornado Watch No. 53 Includes Much of Metro- MetroRegion Kansas City

This Tornado Watch No. 53 is in effect until 9 p.m. this Tuesday night.

The area included in the watch (see- click on graphics) is generally along and north of U.S. 54 highway- including Pleasanton KS- along and west of U.S. 65 in Missouri west to just east of U.S. 77/Interstate-135 in Kansas.

Thus far- the only strong or severe storms have been reported west of the tornado watch area in Nebraska- but the skies and weather radars will be lighting up during the next several hours.

Please refer to the informational panel on the right side of this page- and your TV and radio stations for the latest....


CSW BREAKING: Aircraft In-Trouble Enroute to KC-MO Downtown Airport

The 2nd aircraft emergency in less than 30 minutes- this time at KC-MO's Downtown Airport.

At 11 a.m.- this is reported to be "a twin-engine turboprop with smoke in the cockpit."

There are reported to be "2" people on board this airplane.

Standby fire companies- one manning the airport's lone fire rig- are on-scene waiting.

At 11:14 a.m.- the plane makes it safely to the ground on Downtown's north-south runway.

At 11:15 p.m. the Downtown airport was reported to be "closed" to air traffic until the target plane made it to an unused taxiway.


CSW BREAKING: Aircraft Emergency at K.C.I. Airport- All Safe

At 10:41 a.m.- a passenger jet enroute to KCI Airport declared an in-flight emergency- and the KC-MO Fire department was sent  to stand by.

The unknown-airline plane was reportedly having problems with "partial flaps" and has "51" people on-board.

At 10:48 a.m.- that aircraft has reportedly "landed safely" at the airport.

Significant Earthquake Aftershocks in Japan This Morning

Two magnitude 6.6's and a 6.4 rattled quake and tsunami-ravaged eastern Japan Tuesday morning Kansas City time.

I'm monitoring a live Web broadcast of Japan's NHK-TV- but no reports of additional damage or injuries heard/seen yet.

More than 22000 people remain missing or are dead from March 11th's 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

CSW Weather: Only A Slight Risk of Severe Storms Today

To quote a 1960's Philly band- It's A Beautiful Morning.

Should be a lovely day to go vote in Kansas City MO's general election today for a new mayor and council people.

With temperatures well into the 70's today and a cold front approaching- there's a chance for thunderstorms later this Tuesday afternoon and evening.

A few of those storms could be strong to severe- especially as you go north of Kansas City toward the Iowa border.

According to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center- no widespread coverage of severe storms is expected- but we will turn colder for the latter portion of this week.

There's even a chance of some (ugh) wintry precipitation by the weekend.

Enough of all that until it happens- please get out and vote if you're allowed/supposed to today.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Kansas City MO Residents: PLEASE Vote Tomorrow (Tuesday- March 22)

We're voting on a new mayor- council district and council at-large candidates tomorrow.

The weather will be excellent (except for a chance of strong to severe thunderstorms late Tuesday afternoon and evening) and it will give you bitching rights if the mayor and/or council is barely/ineffective (or for any OTHER reason as you see fit).

CSW endorsements are:

Mayor- Sylvester 'Sly' James-

Council 5th District- Michael Brooks-

Council 5th District at Large- Charlie Angel-

Council 6th District- Terrence Nash-

Council 6th District-at-Large- Tracy Ward.



Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Begins With 3 Homicides in Kansas City MO in Less Than 8 Hours

Around 9: 45 a.m. Sunday morning- a man was found shot and killed by his mother in the bedroom of her son's house in the 4000 block of Benton in Kansas City's East-Midtown area.

The man was 34-year-old Keith D. Williams police say- and there was no suspect information.

This is the 3rd KC-MO homicide in less than 8 hours.

The other 2 murders- reported first in Kansas City here at CSW- happened within 30 minutes of each other and were unrelated.

The first occurred at a vacant party house in the 2600 block of Lawn about 5 minutes before 3 a.m..

Three males were shot there- one of them died later at a KC-MO hospital.

 Police had plenty of witnesses- reporting "50-60" people at the scene when they arrived.

The 2nd homicide occurred around 3:15 a.m. when unknown person or persons shot into a car containing 2 men around 8th Street and Charlotte in the northeastern Downtown Loop.

The men managed to drive themselves the about mile and a half south to Truman Med Center's emergency room (ER) where one of the victims died and the other one declared "critical" condition by police.

There are no suspects in custody in either of those 2 killings either in the deadliest Sunday morning of 2011 in Kansas City MO..

Two Shot- 1 Dies- Other Mayhem Near North Downtown KC-MO Nightclub

Around the same time of the triple shooting on Kansas City's East Side- KC-MO Police were dealing with other issues around a controversial nightclub on the north side of Downtown..

Just before 3 a.m.- somebody ran into 2 KC-MO police cars and struck a security guard from the club.

The guard suffered a minor leg injury and was taken to a hospital.

Two people were also hit by gunfire blocks from the club- in the area of 8th Street and Charlotte.

At least one of them was in critical condition and later died at a hospital.

The victims were dropped off at hospitals by others- not ambulances.

Police were investigating the latest weekend mayhem that occurs on a weekly basis at the former NV or NRG or whatever the nighclub is called now ("Xpressions").

CSW Weather: Severe Storm Chances in Central States- Metro and MetroRegion K.C. Next Few Days

With some severe storms already occurring over parts od southwestern Iowa early Sunday morning- more severe storms are forecast into Tuesday over parts of the American Central States.

Today's severe storm chances are for parts of Iowa and Missouri (see-click-on images).

On Monday- the severe weather threat included some of today's threat areas- and also shifts west into Kansas and Nebraska.

On Tuesday- the severe weather threat covers a wider area that includes both Metro and MetroRegion Kansas City- as well as points south into Oklahoma and parts of Texas.

A major severe weather outbreak is not expected- but the threats bear watching over the next several days.

Flooding is likely to be an issue as well- especially in areas already experiencing same.

Please check here at CSW for the latest threats of severe thunderstorms and any possible weather watches

CSW BREAKING: Shooting at East KC-MO Party Injures At Least 3- Two Critically- 1 Dies

The call came into KC-MO emergency services at 2:48 a.m. Sunday morning: a reported shooting in the 2600 block of Lawn on Kansas City's East Side.

When the first police officer arrived at 2:52 a.m.- he reports "3 to 4 people shot- apparently a party (was) in progress" there.

At least one other shooting victim left that scene- they showed up in a Plaza-area hospital about 20 minutes later.

Two critically-injured victims were transported to area hospitals by EMS- both males.

There wasn't any other info on any additional shooting victims- nor had police broadcast any suspect information as of this post.

A few hours after this incident- one of the gunshot victims died at the hospital he had been taken to by KC-MO Fire-EMS.