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Friday, July 06, 2012

CSW BREAKING: Another Big Fire in Blue Springs MO

Details are few as of this post- but here's what is known...

Lee's Summit Fire department units are assisting the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFD) in battling a fire in the Comfort Inn motel on Northridge west of Missouri 7.

This location is north of Interstate 70- west of M-7.

CSW's 'Ms. Rittenhouse' was driving by the location earlier- but couldn't tell what type of  structure was burning- but reported it was "a large fire."

More on this page as received....

Thursday, July 05, 2012

CSW BREAKING: Blue Springs MO Brush Fire Spreading Out of Control

At 3:30 pm- additional help has been requested from a Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFPD) engine on the scene of a reported brush/"natural cover" fire. 

This fire is in the 308000 block of Stoney Point School Road- east of Arnett Road and reportedly now threatens at least one house in the area- and three additional CJCFPD engines were sent.

Fire units from the Sni Valley and Fort Osage departments were also dispatched minutes after the initial help request from the CJCFPD unit.

As of 3:50 pm- this fire has been brought under control with no structures damaged.

CSW BREAKING: Large Brush Fire Causes Evacuations of Homes in Western Lawrence KS

Fire crews from Johnson County KS have been called to assist the Lawrence Fire department on a large brush fire threatening structures in west Lawrence...

Several crews from other Douglas County-area departments have also been summonded.

According to the LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD online- the fire is in an area "east of Kansas Highway 10 near the area where Bob Billings Parkway dead-ends" and threatens " homes on Palisades Drive" near the Langston Hughes Elementary school.

As of 12:30 pm Thursday afternoon- this fire is under control with no homes damaged.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

CSW BREAKING: Roof Fire Reported at Oak Grove MO House

This fire was dispatched to the Sni Valley Fire Protection District of Oak Grove at 8:29 p.m. to an address in the 800 block of Southeast 15th Street.

This is just east of the Oak Grove High School.

Fire dispatch said "several callers" reported a house "fully-involved" in flames.

Smoke and fire was reported from the roof of a "1-story" house by the first-arriving SVFPD unit less than 10 minutes later.

At least 1 engine (pumper) company has been sent to the fire scene from the Odessa Fire department.

The fire was reported under control with no reports of injuries at 9:11 pm..

CSW BREAKING: Apartment Building Fire in Blue Springs

Virtually all on-duty Central Jackson County Fire Protection District fire crews- along with backup crews from Lee's Summit- Independence- Fort Osage and Sni Valley fire departments- are battling a fire in a 3-story apartment building in western Blue Springs.

The fire is at the Autumn Place Apartments complex in the 600 block of Northwest Candletree (off Kingsridge) Drive and began around 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday- Independence Day 2012.

"Crowd control" got to be a problem for the Blue Springs Police department- whose resources were already strained by "fireworks calls."

An injury crash elsewhere in Blue Springs reported around 6:30 pm further strained both police and fire resources.

Two children suffered non life-threatening injuries in the crash.

At 7:49 pm- the fire was reported by CJCFPD command as "under control."

No reports of serious injuries- but there have been at least 2 EMS transports of emergency personnel with heat-related medical issues from the fire scene as of 7:55 pm.

And- fire crews had only managed to do a search of the building's first floor- it is not known for sure if anyone was trapped inside by the fire that heavily-damaged the at-least 12-unit structure- and not yet known the number of people displaced by the fire.

City of Kansas City MO Does Crappy Job Informing Citizens of Bad Water

Tuesday morning- I went to do some dishes and noticed the water pressure was next to nothing.

Went looking on the Internet- nothing there- went looking around the neighborhood for any broken water main- nada.

Found out on the EVENING news (more than five hours later) there was a problem with powering a pumping station near 67th Street and Blue Parkway and that there was a boil water order in KC-MO very close to- but apparently not including our house/neighborhood.

And- as of this post- there's NO idea if the boil water order has been lifted! 

Not one thing on the KC-MO Time Warner-Looney Tunes government channel (Channel 2) nor the city's 'Water Services' Web page (as of early July 4) where one MIGHT think something affect the quality of the citizen's water supply WOULD be posted.

Hey City of Kansas City MO- why be wasting money on your TV channel and your Internet pages if you are not going to post IMPORTANT and NECESSARY information on same? 

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Andy Griffith Dead at Age 86

The actor who played the iconic Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show from 1960 to 1968 and crafty attorney Ben Matlock on Matlock died at his North Carolina home early Tuesday.

Monday, July 02, 2012

CSW BREAKING: KC-MO Police Shot Man in Inner-City

A "27-year-old male" has "three gunshot wounds" according to a KC-MO FD-EMS paramedic crew after the man was shot by police within the past half hour.

There are yet no details of why police shot the man near 23rd Street and Benton.

The victim's three wounds- "right hip- left foot and left (shoulder)" were in themselves non life-threatening and the man was in stable condition as he was being transported to a hospital.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Sunday Morning Car Chases - July 1- 2012

Three police car chases were monitored early Sunday morning- two in Kansas City KS and one in Kansas City MO...

The KC-MO chase occurred about 1:30 p.m. when police tried to stop a car containing two armed black males leaving a nightclub in the area of 85th Street and Troost.

At 1:34 a.m.- the car police were chasing crashes into a building (the old King Louie bowling alley) at "79th Street and Troost.

The passenger jumps out and runs- he's captured by police within 10 minutes "at 80th Street and Paseo- but the driver is seriously hurt and can't escape.

Police are concerned the "car's about to catch fire" at 1:35 a.m.- and pull the injured driver from the car.

Another fire department dispatching gaffe (good thing the car WASN'T on fire) doesn't see the fire department arrive until 1:44 a.m.- and the EMS crew transports the "33-year-old" male driver with serious injuries to a Metro hospital. 

Just after 3:45 a.m.- a Kansas Highway Patrol Turnpike trooper was chasing a car due to "an unpaid toll" on the Turnpike- eastbound on I-70 from Bonner Springs.

Speeds during this chase were reported around "100" mph..

The pursuit went south on I-435- one officer managed to road-spike the suspect's tires as he raced south on I-435 near the Kansas River bridge.

The last word of this chase was at 3:53 a.m. when the suspect "passed Johnson Drive" in Shawnee- and I don't know if the suspect was ever caught.

Around 4:15 a.m.- a female KC-KS police officer chased a vehicle containing 3 males on Parallel Parkway in the area of I-435 north of the Kansas Speedway.

The suspects pulled into the Walmart parking lot at 109th Street and Parallel Parkway- and bolted from the vehicle with one male actually running into the store.

All three suspects were captured within 15 minutes- and police found a large cache of fireworks inside the suspect's vehicle.

At 4:25 a.m.- officer at Walmart reported "a rollover crash in front of Walmart-"  but unknown if this was related to the chase.

Stuck Elevator Makes For Long Visit

A reported "nine (9) people" were stuck on an elevator in a building in the KC-MO 'Crossroads District' late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred at the 2000 Grand Building and the fire department was called to rescue the people at 11:51 p.m. Saturday night.

Finally- at 1:04 a.m. Sunday morning- the nine occupants of ther stuck elevator were finally freed.

No one needed EMS apparently- but perhaps a loo-call....

Another Motorcyle Crash Fatality in Kansas City KS Sunday Morning

After the tragic crash late Saturday night that killed a cyclist- another crash in Kansas City KS killed a motorcycle driver and seriously injured his passenger...

This crash occurred around 12:15 a.m. in the 1400 block of West 37th Avenue.

The cycle driver died at the scene.

The passenger- a "30-year-old female who was not wearing a helmet" and "thrown about 30 feet-" was transported to a Metro medical trauma center.

CSW BREAKING: 2-Alarm Apartment Building Fire in Overland Park KS

At 4:29 a.m. Sunday morning- five companies of the Overland Park Fire department were sent to an apartment building fire in the Waterford Place apartments in the 11400 block of West 107th Terrace.

One fire company could see smoke from the looming fire nearly 1/2-mile away- and upon their arrival at 4:38 a.m. the "two-story" building was at least one-third involved in flames.

A 2nd-alarm of five additional companies- including from Olathe and Lenexa fire departments- respond.

At 4:49 a.m.- it's determined all the building's occupants are safely out- and the fire-fight is conducted from the building's outside.

At 6:24 a.m.- the fire is finally declared under control.

No injuries have been reported- and only two people- "foreign exchange students-" needed Red Cross assistance for temporary housing and supplies out of the reported eight apartment units damaged or destroyed.

Later Sunday- the OPFD said the cause of the fire was thought to be "carelessly discarded smoking materials."

CSW BREAKING: Fatality Motorcycle Crash in Kansas City KS

Crime scene investigators are examining the scene of a deadly motorcycle crash in Kansas City KS late Saturday night.

The crash was reported at 11:15 p.m. at 47th Street and Parallel Parkway and the cycle's driver died at the scene.

Reportedly- a pickup truck rammed the rear of the motorcyclist and he was waiting at a traffic signal.

The pickup driver was not hurt.

There is- as of this post- no other information on this incident.