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Without powerful fire extinguishers, police would not have known man was inside burning truck

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — The fire that erupted after a driver crashed his pick-up truck at 79th and Belinder in Prairie Village Monday morning was so bad, police officers couldn’t initially see that anyone was still inside.

A neighbor grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to help before police arrived, but the home fire extinguisher was too weak.

Prairie Village officers came armed with coldfire canisters, a more powerful fire extinguisher made for these kinds of fires. It’s the same kind of extinguisher that is used in NASCAR races to put out fires.

Once they knocked down the flames they realized there was a person, or a body inside.

“We’ve got movement,” they can be heard saying on the dashcam video.

One minute and 24 seconds after police arrive on the scene, the sound of fire sirens can be heard in the distance.

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Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain Chances/Frost Opportunity/Snow?

I’ve spent the past week or so out in the wine country of California. Sonoma and Napa in particular. It’s been a wonderful time with lots of sampling and some great(!) weather…but the folks out here are very much in tune with the drought. Restaurants are not serving water unless you specifically ask them too and the agricultural interests here are most concerned. At first glance things appear pretty green. The mountain sides and the grasses/vines in the vineyards look about the same…but when you talk to the wineries about their water situation they have major concerns. Their retaining ponds and the creeks that feed them are very low and it doesn’t promise to get a lot better as the rainy season comes to a close.

They’ve had serious droughts out here before and a couple of years ago it was too much water creating headaches for the vineyards…

Johnson County welcomes Bob Dole as he tours the state

OLATHE, Kan. — Many turned out Monday in Overland Park and Olathe to see the former U.S. Senator from Kansas, Bob Dole.

Dole spent time shaking hands of longtime friends and posing for pictures during a stop at Overland Park’s Republican Party headquarters.

He’ll continue touring the state through Wednesday.

“I want to come home and thank you people, who elected me to the Senate for five terms,” he said.

Dole is 90-years old. He represented the state of Kansas in Congress for 35 years before retiring in 1996 to run for President.

Tallgrass Creek Residents/Staff Rescue Four Kittens

Tallgrass Creek Residents/Staff Rescue Four Kittens

OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 21, 2014) -- A litter of four kittens -- two males and two females -- has been rescued by residents and staff at Talllgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park. The kittens are said by a local veterinarian to be four weeks old. They are now being cared for as they seek their forever homes.

The kitten rescue has been a  labor of love:

A resident, pediatrician Dr. Don Blim, noticed the kittens yesterday and promptly notified security officer David Gregory, who then notified the Front Desk, which notified Sales Director Deborah Messmer, a lifelong animal lover who happened to be Manager on Duty for the day.

Residents and staff surrounded the kittens -- "oohing and aahing" over them in lobby.

Bomb squad and AT&T Pioneers help kids with visual impairments enjoy Easter egg hunts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Students from the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) will be hunting for special Easter eggs on Wednesday, April 16, thanks to the AT&T Pioneers and the KCMO Bomb Squad.

The first Beeper Egg Hunt was at the beautiful Loose Park. The morning hunt is hosted annually by the AT&T Telephone Pioneers.

For more than 20 years, the Pioneers have made the Beeper Eggs by placing a battery-operated beeper inside sturdy plastic eggs.When the switch is turned on, each egg emits a high-pitched tone or “beep” so the children can track the hidden eggs.

The afternoon students and infant students/families had a Beeper Egg Hunt of their very own at CCVI, hosted by the KCMO Bomb Squad.

ALDI brings jobs to Olathe area

ALDI will host a hiring event for its Olathe area stores, including its Overland Park, Lenexa and Shawnee and Olathe locations, on Wednesday, May 7.

The ALDI hiring fair runs from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. on May 7 at 16175 West 135th St., in Olathe.

Opportunities within ALDI include Store Associate and Shift Manager positions.

Store Associates positions start at $11.50 per hour while Shift Managers earn $11.50 per hour (+ $4.50 per hour when performing management duties).

You must be 18 years or older to apply.

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must be available to work anytime between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday-Sunday
  • Retail experience preferred
  • Drug screening and background check
  • Ability to lift 45 pounds


Construction of New 87-Apartment Home Building Underway at Tallgrass Creek

OVERLAND PARK, KS (April 21, 2014) – Tallgrass Creek retirement community today announced the addition of Meadowlark Terrace, its new residence building now under construction with 87 apartment homes in 10 new floor plans that vary in size and style from luxury two-bedrooms to more modest one-bedrooms. Seventy-five percent of the new apartment homes are already reserved. Information can be obtained by calling 913-897-2700 or 1-800-893-3118.  

Tallgrass Creek considered feedback about the individual apartment homes when designing Meadowlark Terrace, which will officially open late 2014.  Lantz-Boggio is the architect.