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Judge calls elevator situation at Jackson County Courthouse ‘absolutely unacceptable’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Jackson County judge calls conditions in the courthouse “absolutely unacceptable.”

That includes only one working elevator, leading to wait times of up to 30 minutes for staff and attorneys trying to go between floors for hearings.

On Friday, a spokesperson for Jackson County Executive Frank White said he shares Presiding Judge David Byrn’s concerns.

Byrn walks 169 stairs every day to his 5th floor office in the Jackson County Courthouse.

“You’ve got a building where there’s perhaps as many as 2,000 people a day coming in, only one elevator for the public that is allowing them to get where they need to get,” Byrn said.

Two public elevators and a service elevator have been closed since January when flood waters from a broken water line filled the basement. A third public elevator was shut down for repairs Thursday.

“As big of an issue is that is, it’s really part of a much bigger problem that is lack of maintenance and repairs at this building,” Byrn said.

Flood waters also cascaded from the sixth floor down to the third floor of the historic courthouse, leaving five courtrooms and surrounding offices inoperable.

Jackson County is waiting on insurance payments to start those repairs. Byrn said the county has the funds and should have already started fixing things.

As for those elevators, White’s office said he put out a request for bids for full repair and modernization of the elevators in June, but the only bidder’s response was rejected.

Byrn said that’s because the county is asking for the new elevators to have back doors that would open directly to court rooms, something the presiding judge doesn’t want anyway. White reissued that request for proposal Wednesday.

“The County Executive will continue to pursue all options within his authority to ensure the necessary repairs are completed as quickly as possible,” Marshanna Smith, spokesperson for the County Executive’s Office, said.

Smith promised the second elevator will be fixed by Monday when 200 people report for jury duty.

But Byrn is already asking the county to look at alternatives, including moving out of the building completely until all repairs are made.

“What we do know is it will happen again, unfortunately, and probably on a regular basis,” Byrn said.

from FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports https://fox4kc.com/2019/08/16/judge-calls-elevator-situation-at-jackson-county-courthouse-absolutely-unacceptable/

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Woman rushed to hospital with ‘kidney stone’ pain gives birth to triplets

STURGIS, S.D. – A South Dakota woman who thought she was in pain from kidney stones found out she was actually about to give birth to triplets.

“I figured it was kidney stones because I’ve went through them before,” Dannette Giltz, of Sturgis, told KOTA.

Dannette and her husband, Austin, already have two children and had no immediate plans for more — until life changed in an instant.

“You don’t ever see triplets being conceived naturally, let alone going 34 weeks without knowing,” Dannette said. “I go to the doctor’s thinking I’ll have surgery for kidney stones and end up going into labor with a c-section that night. It’s crazy.”

The triplets – Blaze, Gypsy and Nikki – are healthy and should soon be back home, KOTA reports.

In the meantime, Dannette says she’s so grateful for the family members, friends and total strangers who have offered help.

from FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports https://fox4kc.com/2019/08/16/woman-rushed-to-hospital-with-kidney-stone-pain-gives-birth-to-triplets/

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Zip Trip: FOX4 takes a trip to quaint, picturesque Jamesport, Missouri

JAMESPORT, Mo. — For this week’s Zip Trip, FOX4 is taking you from Kansas City to Jamesport, Missouri. It is truly a one-of-a-kind town where you can immerse yourself in a unique culture centered around the simple life.

With a population near 500, this quaint, picturesque town is located 80 miles northeast of Kansas City. All of the Amish businesses are located outside of town while everyone else is situated in town. Jamesport is home to the state’s largest Amish community, and you can see the Amish influence everywhere. They have a proud tradition of building things by hand.

Some Amish don`t use electricity and most travel by horse-drawn carriage rather than car. Why? Because that`s how the Apostles lived during the time of Jesus.

“It`s just a simple way of life. It`s a good way of life,” Steve Hostetler said.

Hostetler owns Country Heritage Furniture and sells tables, chairs and dressers made by Amish woodworkers. When his father started the business, they made the furniture in the store.

“It was really neat, but we had a lot of dust, we had a lot of noise in the store and we needed to expand our business, and so maybe eight years ago we took that out,” he said.

The Amish pass down their skills from generation to generation, and they tend to have large families and live on farms.

These Amish businesses are way out in the country, so you`ll have to do a bit of driving and take some gravel roads if you want to visit a place like Homestead Creamery, where they make their own cheese, and this stuff is delicious.

The Creamery is a family-run business: mom and dad and their 10 kids get the milk from an uncle`s dairy down the road and use it to make aged cheddar and other kinds of cheeses. Most Amish families all work together no matter the trade.

Quilting is also a time-honored Amish tradition handed down from mother to daughter, and here at Sherwood Quilts and Fabrics, they make them and then sell them.

“My mother actually did it for other people. It was one way that she could stay at home and make money for her family,” Ada Burkholder, owner of Sherwood Quilts and Fabric, said.

“I think it something that`s very worthwhile. You have to like it because there`s not a lot of money in it.”

If quilting isn`t your jam, how about some homemade jam or a fried pastry from the Countryside Bakery, where they make all kinds of sweet treats.

There are also other fun, unique stores in downtown Jamesport, like Farmhouse Collection, where they pour dozens – sometimes hundreds – of fragrant wax candles every single day.

The businesses in town are not Amish, owned by hardworking families who love this simple life. And they benefit, too, as thousands of tourists from all over the world come to town on the weekends to experience this unique culture.

“I hope they leave with an appreciation for the simple lifestyle and understand it is not a religion, it is a lifestyle,” Hostetler said.

So, if you have a free weekend and want to do something unique with the family, go out to Jamesport and learn all about the Amish way.

from FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports https://fox4kc.com/2019/08/16/zip-trip-fox4-takes-a-trip-to-quaint-picturesque-jamesport-missouri/

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Brewery recalls beer because of ‘risk of explosion’ — but it’s still safe to drink

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin’s Lakefront Brewery says one of their newest brews, “My Turn Junk,” is at risk of exploding.

It’s still apparently safe to drink, but the problem is with one of its ingredients.

Brewery officials announced Thursday they found that the beer contains small amounts of wild yeast — from the cherries that it was brewed with — which continues to ferment.

Subsequently, carbon dioxide builds up in the bottles, potentially leading to an explosion, but outside of the bottle the beer is like any other.

“This ends up being a very personal beer for all of us involved,” said Andrew Jungwirth, Lakefront Brewery.

At Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, every employee gets a turn. From the packaging to the flavors, each worker gets to create their own beer.

Last month, Andy Jungwirth finally got his chance.

“I had to twist a few arms around here in order to make a kettle sour beer,” Jungwirth said.

The kettle sour cherry “My Turn Junk” beer became his pride.

“I was there on the brew-deck brewing the beer with the brewer. I was adding the cherries with our cellar men in the fermentation tank. I was on the packaging line bottling this beer. Every step of the way,” said Jungwirth.

Now one month later, it’s become his heartache.

“It’s very disappointing. Of course I’m disappointed,” Jungwirth said.

Lakefront issued a voluntary recall after three bottles exploded.

“Dealing with nature is unpredictable,” said Michael Stodola, Lakefront Brewery. “That wild yeast continues to eat the sugars and continues to output CO2 and alcohol and that builds pressure in the bottles.”

No one has gotten hurt or formally complained.

“The beer is selling really well. It’s delicious and it’s still 100% safe to drink,” said Jungwirth.

Jungwirth is savoring what he can until it’s someone else’s turn.

“I really wish we would make another batch now that we know what possibly went wrong, but we’re going to move on,” Jungwirth said.

Lakefront Brewery is offering a refund to those who dispose of their My Turn Junk.

from FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports https://fox4kc.com/2019/08/16/brewery-recalls-beer-because-of-risk-of-explosion-but-its-still-safe-to-drink/

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Two KC cops commended after rescuing stabbing victim while in New Orleans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two veteran police sergeants with KCPD appeared genuinely surprised to receive a hero’s welcome at KCI Airport on Friday afternoon.

But it’s been an unusual 48 hours for Justin Pinkerton and Todd Templeton, who just returned home from a weeklong convention in New Orleans.

“I got plenty of love, plenty of shout outs for it,” Pinkerton told FOX4.

Pinkerton and Templeton rushed to the aid of a man who had just been stabbed in the chest by a panhandler in New Orleans on Thursday morning.

The two had just stepped onto a bus outside of their hotel in the French Quarter.

“A disturbance happened outside the bus, right outside the window. You could tell something was going on,” Templeton said.

“I see a gentleman. He’s laid out on the ground,” Pinkerton said. “He’s bleeding profusely from his chest. I got up closer and saw he had a pretty deep stab wound.”

Pinkerton stopped the bleeding; Templeton kept the victim alert.

“I stood there and talked with him, try to keep him calm, try to keep him awake. He was pretty shaken up, asked us to call his wife,” Templeton said.

The stabbing victim will recover and the suspect was immediately apprehended by police.

“Right out in front of the police hotel, there were all kinds of officers there,” Pinkerton said. “I don’t want to say he was ever lucky to get stabbed, but if he did get stabbed, that was the best place to do it.”

The convention in New Orleans was for the National Fraternal Order of Police; the KC Police Department is Lodge 99.

Both Pinkerton and Templeton remained humble about their actions, but said they’re gratified by all of the feedback for doing the type of work they do every day.

“It is refreshing. It does kind of recharge your batteries a little bit,” Pinkerton said. “It lets you know that people really do care, and pay attention to what we’re doing.”

from FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports https://fox4kc.com/2019/08/16/two-kc-cops-commended-after-rescuing-stabbing-victim-while-in-new-orleans/

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14-year-old sucked into drain at Texas water park after possible ‘dare’

CRYSTAL BEACH, Texas — A teenager is in critical condition after he was sucked inside a drain at a Texas water park, KTRK reported.

The incident happened at the Fun Town Water Park in Crystal Beach on Saturday.

“From my understanding, it might have been on a dare,” Galveston County Sheriff Henry Troschessett said. “He’s a large, 14-year-old, my size, 5’11”, and he picked (the grate to the drain) up, and when he did that, he slipped into the intake.”

An employee shut the pipes off, but it was too late. The sheriff’s office says the teen was able to escape, but he suffered serious internal injuries.

After they finally managed to free the boy, identified as Caden Strimple, he did regain consciousness.

“He told his dad, ‘I love you, sorry it happened.’ He was able to stand up. They walked him away from the area to the gurney to get into the ambulance,” Trochesset said, according to KHOU.

Caden is now reportedly in a medically induced coma at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

KTRK reports that the water park has been operating all summer long without proof of an inspection, according to the Texas Department of Insurance. Fun Town’s owner said Thursday his heart goes out to the family but they couldn’t comment.

“Pray with us for a speedy recovery for this young man,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook Thursday.

A GoFundMe account has been created for the family.

from FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports https://fox4kc.com/2019/08/16/14-year-old-sucked-into-water-park-drain-after-possible-dare/

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They crossed the finish line hand in hand. Bad idea

TOKYO – Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown were in step with each other for much of the World Triathlon Olympic qualification event in Tokyo Thursday.

So as the British triathletes crossed the finish line before anyone else, they grabbed hands.

That move ended up getting them both disqualified, the Guardian reports.

The International Triathlon Union has a rule stating that athletes may not “finish in a contrived tie situation where no effort to separate the finish times has been made.”

A photo finish initially handed the victory to Learmonth, but both athletes were soon disqualified and an appeal was rejected.

Flora Duffy of Bermuda ended up in first place and Alice Betto of Italy in second, the BBC reports, with another British athlete, Vicky Holland, ending up in third place. The athletes had battled severe heat and humidity during the morning event.

“It’s obviously disappointing to have Jess and Georgia disqualified but it’s a testament to the depth of our female squad that we still have another athlete on the podium,” British Triathlon’s national performance director, Mike Cavendish, said.

Ultimately, British Triathlon will choose three men and three women for its Olympic team, and a spokesperson says Learmonth, Taylor-Brown, and Holland will find out next May whether they were selected.

“I really feel for Jess and Georgia because they raced exceptionally well and I feel like they absolutely smashed it and deserved the first and second finish,” Holland said. “I don’t know how British Triathlon will choose things now. I wouldn’t want to be a selector.”

Learmonth and Taylor-Brown were too upset to talk with reporters. (Read more Olympic trials stories.)

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Second round of severe thunderstorms, heavy rain comes into KC metro overnight

After last night’s heavy rain and wind damage, the last thing most of us want to hear is that we’re under another severe weather threat Friday night.

Earlier in the day, you may have noted that we were under an “enhanced” risk. That’s the third category of the five risk levels provided by the Storm Prediction Center.

Our reduction to “slight” (two) doesn’t mean the severe weather threat is done or completely diminished. It’s got more to do with the coverage of expected severe weather a little bit more isolated versus widespread. In addition, I think the threat levels have come down just a bit.

Let’s start becoming more Weather Aware after 11 p.m. That’s when the severe weather threat begins as storms will develop to our northwest.

Does that mean at 11:01 p.m. we’re going to have a widespread severe weather outbreak? Not likely.

We’ll ease into it, but I think the beginning of these storms have the greatest threat for severe weather potential.

A look at our simulated radar imagery gives us a clue on how the storms may initially develop.

As the complex begins to take shape to our northwest, it will spread further east and southeast later on. This is the time period that I think we’ve got the best chance for strong wind gusts and some larger hail.

After the initial severe threat, our biggest concern after that becomes flash flooding.

Keep in mind that some areas got over 3 inches of rain last night and with another 5-6 hours of consistently heavy rain, flooding becomes a big concern.

For that reason, a Flash Flood Watch is in place for most of the metro area until Saturday afternoon.

Localized totals WILL vary, so don’t marry yourself to this map directly. I want you to focus on trends, more than anything.

We’re going to see the possibility of 2-4 inches of rain in some cases. Most of us in the Flash Flood Watch area can bet on at least another inch of rain overnight, though.

Don’t be surprised if you get woken up overnight by loud claps of thunder and heavy rain/hail hitting the side of the house.

I’m not expecting anything tornadic to develop overnight, but the chance isn’t completely zero. This is primarily a wind and hail event with lots of flooding potential to follow.

If you’re uneasy about this stuff as you go to sleep tonight, I would just say this is probably going to a very loud thunderstorm for a lot of us overnight.

There’s going to be some damage from trees that may get snapped from the strong wind, but this is just a very heavy rain event for most of us.

We’ll keep you posted overnight on the FOX 4 Weather App if you want to check your phone in the middle of the night.

from FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports https://fox4kc.com/2019/08/16/second-round-of-severe-thunderstorms-heavy-rain-comes-into-kc-metro-overnight/

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Bugatti is making only 10 of these $9 million supercars

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Bugatti unveiled its latest limited-edition model at a classic car show in California Friday.

The Bugatti Centodieci will cost $9 million and only 10 will be made.

This car is an homage to the Bugatti EB110 supercar of the early 1990s. Centodieci means 110 in Italian.

The EB110 was built in Northern Italy’s “Motor Valley,” not far from where Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maseratis are made. It was an attempt to revive the Bugatti brand, which had been dormant since the 1950s. The Centodieci’s design recalls the EB110s low, aggressive appearance.

That business ultimately failed, but the automobile it created is still regarded as one of the greatest supercars ever made.

The prototype for the EB110 was designed by Carlo Gandini, the same man who designed the Lamborghini Countach. The final production versions of the car were designed by Giampaolo Benedini, who was also an avid racing driver.

The Centodieci is designed to be reminiscent of the wedge-like shape of the EB110 supercar of the early 1990s.

Volkswagen Group purchased the Bugatti brand name in 1998 and built its modern production facility at Bugatti’s ancestral home in Molsheim, France.

With the backing of one of the world’s largest automakers, Bugatti now makes fast cars for the extremely wealthy, much as it did in the first decades of the 20th century.

Until recently, the modern Bugatti factory produced only one car model at a time.

The Veryon was offered from 2005 to 2015, with various changes and improvements made throughout its life. Then the Chiron entered production in 2016.

Both cars were designed to be astonishingly fast but comfortable and easy to drive, thanks to massive turbocharged 16-cylinder engines mounted behind the two seats.

When it was first introduced, the Bugatti Veyron cost about $1.5 million. The Bugatti Chiron costs more than $3 million.

The Centodieci is Bugatti’s latest attempt at branching out. During last year’s Monterey car week, a series of automotive events leading up to the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, Bugatti unveiled the Divo. It started at almost $6 million and, Bugatti promised, only 40 would be made.

Then, at the Geneva Motor Show last March, Bugatti unveiled another special car of which only one would be made.

At almost $19 million, including taxes, Bugatti claimed that La Voiture Noire was the most expensive new car ever sold. Much of that car’s value stemmed from its extraordinary exclusivity being that the owner, whose name was never revealed, will have the only one.

All three of these new Bugatti models are substantially similar, in terms of their underlying engineering, to the Chiron.

All have Bugatti’s turbocharged 16-cylinder engine though, in the Centodieci, it’s specially tuned to produce up to 1,600 horsepower, 100 more than the Chiron. This car is also slightly lighter than the Chiron.

It can go from a full stop to 60 miles an hour in just 2.4 seconds. But its top speed is limited to 236 miles an hour, which is lower than the Chiron’s.

The body of the Centodieci is designed to be reminiscent of the low, wide stance and wedge-like shape of the EB110.

“Transporting this classic look into the new millennium without copying it was technically complex, to say the least,” said Bugatti designer Achim Anscheidt.

The Centodieci’s horizontal headlamps set into the hood mimic those of the EB110, but they’re narrower and more aggressive thanks to modern LED technology. Instead of the Chiron’s swooping C-shaped lines around the big side vents, the Centodieci has openings with straight edges and a cluster of round holes.

The Centodieci also has a permanently raised rear wing, unlike the Chiron’s wing, which can be lowered so that it lays against the car’s body. Both those features — the vent holes and raised rear wing — were drawn from the Bugatti EB110 SS, a very high performance version of that car.

All 10 of the supercars have already been pre-sold. Customers were able to order their Centodieci in, literally, any color they like.

from FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports https://fox4kc.com/2019/08/16/bugatti-is-making-only-10-of-these-9-million-supercars/

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Coast Guard finds $1 million worth of marijuana floating off California coast

LOS ANGELES — The US Coast Guard said it and its partner agencies recovered 1,300 pounds of marijuana wrapped in plastic from the water near Santa Catalina Island, one of California’s channel islands southwest of Los Angeles, this week.

The bales were transferred to Customs and Border Protection.

The 43 bales were transferred to Customs and Border Protection, which estimated the value at $1 million.

A civilian “reported multiple bales of what the caller believed to be narcotics floating” in the sea, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said authorities don’t know where the bales came from — or who is responsible. The case is being investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Coast Guard Investigative Service.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Aidan Cooney, a Coast Guard spokesman, said that when contraband is turned over to Customs and Border Protection, it is usually documented, preserved as evidence in the case of a prosecution or investigation, and eventually destroyed.

The seizure is just one of many over the past month.

About 1,300 pounds of marijuana were seized on Tuesday.

In July, the Coast Guard shared a video of personnel jumping onto a moving submarine carrying 17,000 pounds of cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

A few weeks later, the Coast Guard seized 26,000 pounds of cocaine worth $350 million in several operations in the eastern Pacific, including one that involved a high-speed chase with suspected drug smugglers.

Cooney said the Coast Guard has had 10 at-sea marijuana seizures weighing 5,745 pounds this year. Last year, there were 11 seizures totaling 5,872 pounds.

The Coast Guard encourages anyone who sees suspicious activity on the water, signs of distress or hazards to navigation to report it.

from FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports https://fox4kc.com/2019/08/16/coast-guard-finds-1-million-worth-of-marijuana-floating-off-california-coast/