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Friday, February 05, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Suspect Chased After Causing MHP Trooper Car to Overturn in Lafayette County MO

A suspect driving "a black (Chevy) Suburban" reportedly caused a "State car (MHP?) 1269" to overturn in or near Odessa MO at 9:29 pm Friday night.

It happened "west of (M-) 131 on the north outer road."  .

The trooper was not seriously injured- but EMS was sent to examine the officer.

About 5 minutes later- a law officer from Lafayette county spotted the black Suburban "westbound on I-70 passing Bates City" at 9:33 pm.

The chase continued into Jackson county at a reported speed of "80 MPH-" and has "passed (M-) 7 highway" as of 9:40 pm..

As of 9:50 pm- the chase had entered KC-MO on westbound I-70 in the area of the Truman Sports Complex- and no further was heard.

BREAKING NEWS: Working Duplex Fire- Two Injured in Kansas City MO Northland

A "working fire response" of at least six KC-MO fire companies was sent to a fire in "a 1-1/2-story duplex" in the 500 block of Northeast 107th Street. 

The alarm was sounded at 7:26 pm- followed by a dispatch report of "one injured jumping" from the burning structure. 

 Pumper 3 was first-in at 7:29 pm- reporting the "working fire-" where there are a reported "two" injured. 

 At least 2 "small (1-3/4-inch) streams were being used on the fire which is "under-control" as of 7:46 pm. 

A critically-injured patient was "an approximately 50-year-old male who jumped from a 2nd-floor window- about 10 to 15 feet" and had "20-30 percent" burns of up to the 3rd-degree.

He was transported to a KC-KS medical trauma center by KC-MO FD-EMS Medic 554.

The second injury was "a 9-year-old male who jumped about 15-feet-" KCFD "Medic 16" tells an area medical trauma center for minors.

The boy's condition was stable and not life-threatening.

At 7:57 pm- the Red Cross is requested to assist "3 adults" displaced by this fire of yet-undetermined cause. 

Video of Collapsed Apartment Building in Taiwan after 6.4m Earthquake

As of this posting- at least 4 are reported dead with scores of people injured after a major earthquake of Magnitude 6.4 in southern #Taiwan.

Click for link to live earthquake coverage on FTV (Formosa Television).

Major Damage in Kaohsiung, Taiwan From 6.4-magnitude Earthquake | 06 02 2016

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Timely Images on KC Scout Website? Don't Count on Them...

The "KC Scout" traffic Website is owned and operated by (us taxpayers) the Missouri Department of Transportation or 'MoDOT.'

Ever since MoDOT made public their budget woes last year- I have noticed that the traffic camera images that are shown on the KC Scout Web-page are up to 30 minutes delayed.
This image was 'screen-captured' at 2:06 pm.
Note the image listed on the embedded traffic camera image: "1343" or 1:43 pm CST.

Be advised of this if you rely on the 'latest' KC Scout traffic images for your commute.

BREAKING NEWS: Working House Fire near KC-MO's Ruskin Heights Area

At 1:38 pm Tuesday afternoon- five companies of the KC-MO Fire Department  were dispatched to a reported house fire at "10800 White Avenue in the Stratford Estates addition west of Ruskin Heights in south KC-MO..

Battalion chief 107 was the first to arrive at 1:44 pm and reported "smoke and fire showing from a 2-story" structure.

As of 1:50 pm- at least 3 hoselines were deployed on what is reported to be "a fire in the basement of a vacant" house "under-going renovation."

At 1:52 pm- all interior firefighting crews were ordered to "evacuate the first-floor" of the burning structure.

At 1:58 pm- BC-107 reports "fire under control" with no reports of injuries at that time. 

A "partial floor collapse on the first floor" is reported at 1:59 pm..  

Any significant update(s) will be posted here if needed.....

Sunday, January 31, 2016

New Jersey House Fire Illustrates Manpower Needed at a Working Structure Fire - 1/30/16

This video just posted by 'ole-buddy' Dave Statter at Statter 9-1-1 shows with clarity the need for personnel at working fires.

Note that three firefighters are required to operate a "large stream-" or a 2-1/2-inch hose line.

Even more firefighters are needed to re-position or move a charged large stream.

Also note on the video- firefighters save a cage of cockatiels- as well as what appears to be a bed-ridden male from one of the houses next to the burning structure.

This video shows why the need of so many firefighters is important when a structure fire breaks out 

BREAKING NEWS: Male in Late-Teens Shot in Kansas City KS

A KC-KS Fire dept. EMS unit is enroute to a medical trauma center with a male who was "shot by a high-caliber weapon in the upper thigh."

The patient's condition was serious.

It's unknown where in KC-KS the male was shot- but the reporting EMS unit is stationed near 10th Street and Central- southwest of downtown KC-KS.. 

Metro K.C. Car Chase Ends in Cops Killing Suspect/Driver

The local news media is reporting the driver of a vehicle involved in a police car chase was shot and killed by the Missouri Highway Patrol (MHP) late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.

The story from KMBC-9 News says the chase was initiated around 11 pm Saturday night by the Ray county MO Sheriff's Dept.- who was soon joined by the MHP..

The chased vehicle was "believed to be stolen."

It's reported the pursuit proceeded into Clay county and terminated at the "LaBenite Park" located on the Missouri River just east of M-291 in Sugar Creek in northern Jackson county.

The male driver/suspect then reportedly shot at law enforcement- who returned fire and killed the male.

Fatality House Fire in South-Central KC-MO Early Sunday Morning

A yet not-publicly-identified person was killed in a house fire in the 3900 block of East 72nd Street after midnight Sunday morning.

There's a story on the fire at the KSHB Web site

Winter Storm Watch Upgraded to Blizzard Watch in Northern Central States

The "Blizzard Watch" issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) includes eastern and southeastern Nebraska as well as a large part of Iowa (see map).

The blizzard watch does not go in effect until Monday afternoon and evening- and will be in effect through Tuesday- so travel to areas around Lincoln or Omaha Nebraska- and Des Moines Iowa should not be affected until after noon tomorrow (Monday).

As I stated on yesterday's weather post- Metro Kansas City should MISS the really nasty winter stuff.

The center of this new storm should go virtually over the Metro- so we'll be between the cold and warm sectors of the storm.

The Kansas City area will most likely start off as rain- changing to a light freezing mix and/or snow later Tuesday.

Metro K.C. should not get more than an inch or two of snow at most it appears right now.

I'll update this situation if any significant change appears on the weather charts.