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Friday, March 30, 2012

Awaiting Protest Rally for 27th Kansas City MO Homicide Victim of 2012

Police report a black man was found dead by gunshot on a sidewalk in the 2000 block of Montgall early Friday morning.

Police have yet to release the identity of the victim or any possible suspect information.

Since hundreds of Kansas Citians (and Mayor James) showed up to protest ONE shooting killing more than a thousand miles away- CSW is waiting to see when such a protest is held for Kansas City's 27th killing- 26th- 25th- 24th- etc.- etc.- ect. of 2012.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

CSW WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Watch From Eastern Kansas into Oklahoma

Yet another watch- this one for severe thunderstorms- is in effect close to but not including Metro KansasCity...

The latest watch Number 116 lasts until 10 p.m. and includes Kansas locations such as Lawrence- Emporia- Wichita on southwesterward into northwest Oklahoma.

Metro Kansas City is not included in any weather watch as of 6:12 p.m.- but expect thunderstorms later tonight.

CSW WEATHER: Tornado Watch in Kansas and Missouri Kansas City MetroRegion Counties

Tornado Watch Number 115 is in effect for parts of northeastern Kansas- northwestern Missouri and southeastern Nebraska until 11 p.m. this Thursday night.

The St. Joseph- Savannah and Maryville MO areas are under this tornado watch- as well as Valley Falls-Seneca and Hiawatha areas our Kansas MetroRegion.

Metro Kansas City is NOT included in Tornado Watch 115 for 2012.

Nothing severe as of post time 5:35 p.m..

Please heed all warnings and let's take care out there....

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Shooting Homicide in South-Central Kansas City MO

The Kansas City news media holds it's collective breaths as another Kansas City shooting has resulted in another homicide- believed 26 now in 2012.

March 28th's latest killing was near the intersection of 55th Street and Euclid not far from U.S.71/I-49/Bruce Watkins Expressway around 8:30 p.m. this warm Wednesday evening.

No age or identity yet of the reported male victim- who died at the scene.

CSW WEATHER: Severe Tstorm Watch Until Midnight for Metro Kansas City

Watch Number 113 is valid for much of eastern Kansas and extreme western and northwestern Missouri.

Primary threat is possible large hail and damaging wind gusts- but an isolated tornado report cannot be ruled out. 

One storm cell has passed by without incident- more develop to our southwest and west to move in over the next few hours.

CSW Weather: "Slight" Risk of Severe Weather as Thunderstorms Build West of Metro Kansas City

The Storm Prediction Center arm of the National Weather Service has Metro Kansas City and large parts of our surrounding MetroRegion in a "slight risk" forecast area for severe thunderstorms.

This risk is later this afternoon and evening- and again Thursday afternoon into Thursday night.

As shown here from the NWS Topeka Doppler radar- thunderstorms have slowly been increasing in number and intensity from north and west of Lawrence westward to the Topeka area.

These storms are showing to be moving slowly east-northeast- and storms are quite possible in Metro Kansas City (especially northwest and north areas) in the next few hours.

As usual- CSW will be keeping our 'weather-eye' out!

Kansas City MO Faces Legal Challenge For Downtown Trolley Plan

As commented on yesterday here at CSW- in our city where everything's NOT 'up-to-date-' city politicians want to spend $100-million on a trolley system that serves only Downtown Kansas City MO..

To help pay for this folly-trolley system- city pollys want to foist yet another tax increase on Downtown residents- business and property owners.

One such Downtown property owner- mega-Bank of America- only likes obscene profits and not taxes as the BoA attorneys seek a legal way to stop the proposed taxation- according to this story in the KANSAS CITY BUSINESS JOURNAL.

As much as I don't care for the BoA- I like the silly idea of trolleys on narrow Downtown streets even less.

There are more pressing needs around Kansas City- crime- possible loss of firefighters- bad streets- bad bridges- bad or no sidewalks- breaking water mains- eyesore abandoned properties- a REAL public transit system- etc- etc...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

CSW Commentary: Streetcars in Downtown Kansas City a Waste of Taxpayer Dollars

Once again- city politicians want to waste millions of taxpayer dollars on a boondoggle ... this time it's for streetcars Downtown.

  • Did the busses quit running?

  • Is there a massive influx of retail/shoppers and/or businesses downtown?

  • Are there dozens of huge conventions booked to come to Kansas City over the next 20-30 years?

  • Is all the rest of Kansas City MO's infrastructure in great shape?

If anyone can answer YES TO ANY of the above questions- then Kansas City MIGHT qualify for streetcars...


Next CSW Commentary:  Where are The Hundreds of Protesters Regarding KANSAS CITY MO Crime?

Monday, March 26, 2012

CSW BREAKING; Driver Trapped When Dump Truck Crashes on I-435 in Overland Park

The crash is on eastbound I-435 near Antioch- and it's affect both east and westbound traffic.

Around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon- a dump truck crashed into the median Jersey Barrier in the eastbound I-435 lanes- trapping the truck driver's leg between the crashed truck and the median barrier.

Overland Park Fire crews and MEDACT-EMS are tending to the situation as they continue to try and free the "49-year-old" man.

More as/if received....

CSW Weather: Metro Kansas City in Forecasted Area of Possible Severe Storms Tuesday

With the warm late-springlike weather comes the risk of thunderstorms- and that risk will increase overnight tonight into Tuesday over all but the northwestern portions of the Kansas City MetroRegion...

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) branch of our National Weather Service (NWS) has the Metro and those parts of the MetroRegion under a "slight" risk of severe thunderstorms beginning at 7 a.m. CDT tomorrow.

These will be isolated to scattered storms- with the severe activity expected late afternoon to early evening Tuesday- but no large mesoscale system is predicted with Tuesday's activity.

The primary severe threat is of possible hail 1-inch or larger and 60 m.p.h. or higher wind gusts (always remember: There's often the risk of an at least small tornado with many severe storms!).

A cold front will slow down and stall-out in the MetroRegion Tuesday and hang around through late week.

"Minor" low-pressure impulses will travel along the stationary front until the front lifts northward as a warm front by Friday.

This means at least chances of showers and thunderstorms- mostly occurring overnight into the morning hours.

Severe storm chances look very small- but will increase some Friday.

Temperatures through next weekend will remain well above average- in the 70 to 80-degree range each day.

Some weather models are advertising a stronger low pressure and frontal system affecting the Kansas City MetroRegion early next week.

The GFS weather model shows a more widespread and stronger chance of severe thunderstorms (and possible tornadoes) Monday- along with significantly colder temperatures thereafter through at least the middle of next week.

CSW BREAKING: Police Chase From Grandview MO to Kansas City Results in Wreck of Suspect Vehicle

A Grandview police "shots fired" call Monday morning turned into an about six-mile chase of a possible suspect-shooter's car by a Jackson County Sheriff's deputy and Grandview Police (GPD).

GPD reported speeds "in excess of 100 m.p.h." during the pursuit.

The action began at 2:49 a.m. at the East Frontage road of U.S. 71 highway and Blue Ridge Boulevard and ended at 2:53 a.m when the pursued "red Ford Taurus" crashed at the bottom of the northbound I-435 ramp to Gregory Boulevard.

The  Taurus's seriously-injured "black male driver" was trapped in the wreckage- and had to be later extricated by fire department and EMS crews.

At 2:56 a.m.- Kansas City Police issued an "assist the officer" call bringing law from everywhere- but the assist was cancelled minutes later as the pursued wasn't going anywhere.

No lawmen/persons report being injured as a result of the shots fired- chase or crash.

A GPD officer found shell casings but no victims at the Blue Ridge and the northbound U.S. 71 ramp starting point- and the Jackson County deputy and GPD recovered a gun from the wrecked red Ford.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

CSW BREAKING: Three Shot- 2 Critical in South-Central Kansas City MO Shooting

Details are few but here's what is known...

Three people have been shot in the area of 57th-58th Streets and Swope Parkway to Mersington.

KCFD-EMS has dispatched 3 paramedic/transport units to at least three scenes in this area and two of the victims are in critical condition.

The third person was reported by KCFD-EMS to have "superficial" gunshot wounds.

One of the critically injured was described by KCFD-EMS 30 as "an about 20-year-old male" who was shot "in the right chest and neck."

That victim was enroute to a Metro hospital with "CPR in progress" and in grave condition.

About 15 minutes later a second victim from this scene was transported by EMS-561 to another hospital: "a 32-year-old male" who was shot "in the left knee."

A short time later- a 3rd victim- "a 54-year-old female with a through and through gunshot wound to the right forearm" was transported by EMS-3 to a third hospital.

There are- as of yet- no other reports of additional victims either at the scene or arriving at a hospital by other means- nor any possible suspect info.

Keep On Going Down-River K.U. Men's Basketball!

The University of Kansas basketball Jayhawks could have taken a boat down the Kansas and Missouri rivers to the Mississippi to reach St. Louis.

After today- the Jayhawks can continue south on the Mississip via that imaginary boat all the way to New Orleans.

I don't do that much sports here on CSW- but as some of you know- I'm a "born Jayhawk" circa 1952.

Congrats to Coach Bill Self and those great and plucky Jayhawks for their win over former coach Roy William's team North Carolina to reach the Final Four of the 2011-12 NCAA men's basketball tournament in the Queen City next weekend.

This year's 'Self centered' team reminds me a lot of the 1985 World Champion Kansas City Royals...

That year- I sat in Royals Stadium or at home in front of the TV watching that team- that didn't have the winning record of some past teams- only win EVERY game they had to in order to grab the World Series title.  

Parkville Man Dies in Kansas City MO Motorcycle Crash

The call came in to the CSW news center at 11:38 p.m. late Saturday night as "a cardiac arrest" patient at "Missouri-152 highway and North Hampton" road- a few miles south of K.C.I. airport.

North Zone police responded to the incident a couple of minutes later on a reported "motorcycle" crash- and that was confirmed when the KC(MO)FD pumper arrived at 11:41 p.m..

The cyclist had crashed off to the side of the westbound M-152 exit ramp to North Hampton.

That cyclist was reported by police later Sunday as "a 51-year-old Parkville MO man" and Monday identified as "Stephen Corbin-" and died of his injuries on the scene.

For awhile it was thought another vehicle may have been involved in the crash- but police accident investigation convinced them Mr. Corbin had just lost control of his bike on the top of the Hampton exit ramp and ended up getting thrown with the cycle.

This is Kansas City's 15th traffic fatality of 2012- and CSW offers our condolences to the family and friends of the victim.