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Saturday, July 30, 2011

CSW BREAKING: KC-MO Police Involved in Crash During Car Chase

Minutes ago at 5:12 p.m.- KC-MO Police were involved in a crash requiring extrication after a pursuit of a suspect vehicle containing at least 2 occupants in east Midtown.

The crash is in the 3000 block of East 21st Street.

Right before police announced the crash and asked for fire and EMS response- a radio transmission came across with some person in obvious agony.

Fire department crews and EMS are just arriving on the scene.

Two female officers in the crashed patrol cars- a "34-year-old" and "a 35-year-old" according to KC-MO FD-EMS No. 18- were transported non-emergency to a Northland medical trauma center with not life-threatening injuries.


It's believed the suspect(s) in the vehilce that was being chased by police were caught and taken into custody.

Missouri River Flood of 2011 - Upper Missouri Reservoir Readings- 5-Day Rainfall Forecast for July 30

The following are the latest reservoir readings on the upper Missouri River- taken on Saturday morning- July 30.

NOTE: Beginning August 1- this presentation will be posted once a week until September.


The key to the project parameters listed can be found on this previous CSW post on daily USACE project readings.


There are also three-week predictions made by USACE on inflows and discharges for each dam/reservoir in the Pick-Sloan system found HERE.


Also- the National Weather Service's US 5-Day precipitation outlook and forecasted rainfall amounts.

CSW BREAKING: Critical-Injury Crash Closes West I-435 in KC-MO

A 2-vehicle crash on westbound I-435 just west of Grandview Road in KC-MO has closed that stretch of freeway.

The crash was reported at 3:17 a.m. Saturday morning and it involved a pickup truck and another vehicle that reportedly "crashed into a guardrail."

The driver of the guardrail vehicle- "an about 28-year-old male-" was transported to Overland Park- Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

The driver of the pickup truck refused EMS services.

About 15 minutes after the wreck was reported- police closed westbound I-435 at U.S. 71 to all traffic.

It is unknown how long the freeway will be closed there.

Friday, July 29, 2011

K.C. Missouri Metro Pisses Away More Taxpayer Dollars To Steal Kansas Metro Jobs


More "tax incentives" a.k.a. "corporate welfare" to report...

The KANSAS CITY (MO) STAR reports that corporate welfare was given to North American Saving Bank's mortgage lending division to move their Overland Park office BACK to KC-MO..


When does this issuing corporate welfare to firms from OUR OWN METRO AREA to shuffle existing jobs/firms across state lines end?


Where- after tax increases- fee increases- utility increases- gasoline increases- food increases- etc. are TAXPAYER INCENTIVES (a.k.a. relief)?

Missouri River Flood of 2011 - Upper Missouri Reservoir Readings- 5-Day Rainfall Forecast for July 29

The following are the latest reservoir readings on the upper Missouri River- taken on Friday morning- July 29.

NOTE: Beginning August 1- this presentation will be posted once a week until September.


The key to the project parameters listed can be found on this previous CSW post on daily USACE project readings.


There are also three-week predictions made by USACE on inflows and discharges for each dam/reservoir in the Pick-Sloan system found HERE.


Also- the National Weather Service's US 5-Day precipitation outlook and forecasted rainfall amounts.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

CSW BREAKING: KC-MO Police Set Up A "Command Post" For a Possible Operation-100

A command post has been established by Metro zone KC-MO Police and tactical officers at 55th Street and Prospect in South-Midtown.


An 'Operation-100-' KC-MO Police jargon for a tactical situation of a person barricaded in a house- is prompting the set-up of this command post.

This is in regard to a shooting that occurred near 50th Street and Wabash around 5:35 p.m. Thursday afternoon.


A possibly armed male suspect is holed-up in a house in that area- necessitating the Op-100.

Central States NEWS: Dubuque IA Hit By Record Rainfall- Flooding


The northeastern Iowa city of Dubuque was inundated by more than 14-inches of rain that began Wednesday afternoon into this Thursday morning.



Flooding has been reported in an around Dubuque forcing evacuations- and at least 2 structure fires also required a complete call-out of all off-duty Dubuque firefighters- according to the DUBUQUE (IA) TIMES-HERALD.


The mayor of Dubuque issued a "disaster" declaration and some evacuations were still on-going as of midday Thursday.

KMBC-9's Annoying Weather-Noise

While Dad is bedridden- he watches a LOT of TV... especially local newscasts that I don't watch.

So as I do the news and weather thing in my space- I have an audio monitor next to Dad so we can hear him around the house.

One thing that comes across the monitor is some loud- annoying musical notes during Channel 9's weather segments.

So annoying it is- that I'll turn the monitor down or completely OFF when Pa's watching KMBC's newscasts.


Somebody PLEASE clue me in on what purpose those irritating musical notes that Channel 9 assaults their viewers with serves...

CSW BREAKING: Three Fire Departments Battle House Fire in Lathrop MO


As of this post- Lathrop firefighters are being assisted by fire crews from Holt and Kearney in fighting a house fire in that southeastern Clinton County city.



The alarm came in shortly before 10 a.m. for an address in the 100 block of Maple in Lathrop.


There are no reports of injuries so far- as CSW continues to monitor the incident.

Missouri River Flood of 2011 - Upper Missouri Reservoir Readings- 5-Day Rainfall Forecast for July 28

The following are the latest reservoir readings on the upper Missouri River- taken on Thursday morning- July 28.

NOTE: Beginning August 1- this presentation will be posted once a week until September.


The key to the project parameters listed can be found on this previous CSW post on daily USACE project readings.


There are also three-week predictions made by USACE on inflows and discharges for each dam/reservoir in the Pick-Sloan system found HERE.


Also- the National Weather Service's US 5-Day precipitation outlook and forecasted rainfall amounts.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

CSW WEATHER: Tropical Storm Don Forms- Heading For Texas Gulf Coast


The National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center (NWS-NHC) in Miami FL announced the formation of Tropical Storm Don off the north coast of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula Wednesday afternoon.




At this time- the NWS-NHC forecasts TS Don to remain just below hurricane strength as the storm moves west to northwest toward the Texas Gulf coast.


One model has the tropical storm making landfall near Houston/Galveston.




Another model on the 1200Z run this morning- shown here- had Tropical Storm Don making a landfall just south of Corpus Christi at just below Category 1 hurricane strength just after Hour 60 (Midnight-0600 CDT Saturday).



More as TS Don moves on....

Central States NEWS: (ATTN: Nancy Grace) St. Louis County Man Charged For Murdering Son

The good people at the ST. LOUIS (MO) POST-DISPATCH report that a "north St. Louis County man- 23-year-old Ramond L. Woods-" was charged with the death of his 2 year-old son.


Woods took his son Jamal Reed to a medical emergency room on Tuesday where it was found Jamal had "broken ribs, bruising to his back and buttocks and a lacerated liver."


The child died of his injuries.



No word if the cable news networks and/or Nancy Grace will converge on St. Louis- for we've had a parent charged with killing their child.


(Methinks this will get only cursory local TV news coverage- odd how that works isn't it? ;))

I-70 Remains Closed West Of Topeka KS

A person who is barricaded in a recreational vehicle on the shoulder of I-70 west of Topeka continues to keep BOTH directions of Interstate 70 closed- according to the TOPEKA CAPITAL-JOURNAL.


The closure comes only days after another incident closed much of the same stretch of freeway for more than 9 hours.


This incident began around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning- for updates click HERE for the Kansas Roads Web page.

CSW BREAKING: Industrial Fire Injures One in KC-MO


A fire in an industial building in KC-MO's East Bottoms is under control.



The fire was in a building in the 1500 block of North Monroe- or directly south of the Missouri River from Harrah's Casino.

The fire- dispatched around 10:45 a.m. was reportedly involving a railcar and styrofoam.


Fire command reported one "civilian" injured shortly after 11 a.m..

That person reportedly had "minor burns and smoke inhalation."

CSW Weather: Brief Relief From Heat Wave in Form of Severe Storms Possible Thursday


Cloud cover this Wednesday morning is offering SOME relief from this extended heat wave.


More than 16 KC-MO residents have already died from reported heat-related issues.



According to the "Day-2" outlook from the NWS' Storm Prediction Center- the Metro Kansas City and northern MetroRegion areas are forecast to have a "slight" risk of possibly severe thunderstorms from 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday.


A weak cool front will settle into our area later tomorrow- but will bring only some temporary relief from the 100-degree temperatures until a stronger cool front makes it's way south late in the weekend or early next week.



Today's severe storm risk will be in northern areas of the Central States- across Iowa and Nebraska- and some of these storms could drop south into our area on Thursday.

Missouri River Flood of 2011 - Upper Missouri Reservoir Readings- 5-Day Rainfall Forecast for July 27

The following are the latest reservoir readings on the upper Missouri River- taken on Wednesday morning- July 27.

NOTE: Beginning August 1- this presentation will be posted once a week until September.

The key to the project parameters listed can be found on this previous CSW post on daily USACE project readings.


There are also three-week predictions made by USACE on inflows and discharges for each dam/reservoir in the Pick-Sloan system found HERE.


Also- the National Weather Service's US 5-Day precipitation outlook and forecasted rainfall amounts.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

CENTRAL STATES NEWS: Laura Milkins Walks Home

Laura's not just walking across the neighborhood- or across town.


Laura Milkins is walking from Tucson AZ to her mom's house in Grand Rapids MI.- says the ABILENE (KS) REFLECTOR.


Day 84 had Laura walking from Salina to Abilene.


Each night- she stays with a host and cooks dinner for them in return for their hospitality.


Laura began her trek May 1- and she's scheduled to reach Grand Rapids in October.

Her progress can be monitored on her Web site found HERE.

God Speed Laura!

Joplin Tornado Insurance Payout Largest in Missouri History

The Joplin Tornado of May 22 2011 could ultimately cost insurance companies as much as $2-billion.


The JOPLIN (MO) GLOBE reports that as of June 30- $505-million has already been payed-out for losses in the EF-5 twister that killed 160 people.


Look for your insurance rates to rise as a result....

Sister Wants To Find Out Who Burned Her Brother To Death

Frank D. Locklear's last ride alive was documented here at CSW- but no where else in a large metropolitan area with multiple news media organizations.


The 51-year-old man reportedly had been living in a shed behind a house in the 800 block of Miami in Kansas City KS..

Reportedly an alcoholic with no job- neighbors nonetheless liked Frank- who would do odd jobs and fix neighborhood lawnmowers that went on the fritz.


On the morning of July 2nd- someone set fire to Frank Locklear.


Initially reported here- it was first thought by emergency service workers in KC-KS that Frank was burned over "100% of his body- trying to start a fire with gasoline."

Frank Locklear was rushed to the University of Kansas Medical Center burn unit- where he later died of his injuries.


It was only later that police determined that Mr. Locklear had had an argument with 2 people that July morning- then one or both of those people poured gasoline on Frank and set him on fire.


Frank Locklear's sister- Debbie Cain of Shawnee- badly wants her brother's killer(s) brought to justice.

According to The SHAWNEE (KS) DISPATCH- Debbie Cain and her family has established a reward fund to aid in finding out who killed her brother.


The fund is up to $1500- and Ms. Cain kindly asks those who'd like to contribute to her brother's reward fund to send their checks- money orders- what have you- to the Frank Locklear fund- U.S. Bank- 9900 W. 87th St.- Overland Park KS- 66212.


CSW hopes that those who killed Frank Locklear are swiftly brought to justice.

Missouri River Flood of 2011 - Upper Missouri Reservoir Readings- 5-Day Rainfall Forecast for July 26

The following are the latest reservoir readings on the upper Missouri River- taken on Tuesday morning- July 26.


The key to the project parameters listed can be found on this previous CSW post on daily USACE project readings.


There are also three-week predictions made by USACE on inflows and discharges for each dam/reservoir in the Pick-Sloan system found HERE.


Also- the National Weather Service's US 5-Day precipitation outlook and forecasted rainfall amounts.

Monday, July 25, 2011

CSW BREAKING: Reported "Building Collapse" in East KC-MO

At 3:09 p.m.- a regular alarm response of KC-MO Fire companies are enroute to a reported "building collapse" at 10th Street and Spruce.


Initial report at 3:13 p.m. is that this is "the front of a building under renovation" that has collapsed.


There were no reports of anyone being injured.

CSW BREAKING: 2-Alarm Apartment Building Fire in Southwestern KC-MO


Five companies of the KC-MO Fire department were sent to a reported apartment building fire in the 11200 block of Oak at 2:56 p.m. Monday afternoon.



At 3 p.m.- Pumper 28 is first to arrive and they reported "smoke showing from the 2nd-story of a 3-story apartment building" and a "working fire response" was requested- bring another company and other fire apparatus to the scene.


At 3:07 p.m.- a 2nd-alarm response was sent to this scene.


A search of the structure revealed no victims and as of this report there are no injuries.

The fire was brought under control around 3:15 p.m. with "4" handlines used- 3 on the interior and one line on the roof of the 3-story building.


Fire command reports "2 units" in the building are "unlivable-" and the Red Cross has been requested for "2 adults and 3 children" who lived in one of the units.

Mission KS Apartment Fire Fatalities Identified

As reported here at CSW first in Kansas City Sunday morning- two people died in a multi-alarm fire at The Falls Apartments at 6565 Foxridge Drive.


The deceased have been identified by Johnson County's Fire District No. 2 as "23-year-old Jessica Theordoroff" and "28-year-old Bryce Rader-" both people were residents at the apartment complex.


CSW offers our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Theodoroff and Mr. Rader.

CSW BREAKING: Fatality Crash Closes Sbnd I-435 in KC-MO Northland

The crash occurred around 12:45 p.m. on southbound I-435 between Northeast 98th and Northeast 108th Street.


Reports are that "multiple" vehicles were involved.


Two serious injuries have been transported to North Kansas City and Liberty hospitals- and one fatality was reported at the scene.


Southbound I-435 is closed south of M-291/Cookingham Drive until further notice.

Missouri River Flood of 2011 - Upper Missouri Reservoir Readings- 5-Day Rainfall Forecast for July 25

The following are the latest reservoir readings on the upper Missouri River- taken on Monday morning- July 25.


The key to the project parameters listed can be found on this previous CSW post on daily USACE project readings.


There are also three-week predictions made by USACE on inflows and discharges for each dam/reservoir in the Pick-Sloan system found HERE.


Also- the National Weather Service's US 5-Day precipitation outlook and forecasted rainfall amounts.