Rain hits Wyandotte County

Motorists made their way to work in the rain about 7 a.m. Thursday on I-70 near 86th Street. (KC Scout photo)

A large area of showers and thunderstorms will gradually weaken as it spreads from Kansas and west central Missouri towards central Missouri this morning.

The National Weather Service said no severe weather is anticipated today. However, heavy rains up to an inch plus small hail were possible from the Kansas City area southward.

Much of the rain has already fallen early this morning in Kansas City, and rain was expected to be over by 11 a.m.

The rain caused several accidents in the Kansas City area. One was at I-635 and I-35, about 7:08 a.m.

The heaviest rains were along and south of I-70 with local amounts over an inch possible.

At 8 a.m., K-5 in Leavenworth County was closed to all traffic at Seven-Mile Creek. Flood waters were over the roadway, and motorists were asked to use alternate routes.

While widespread flooding is not expected, minor flooding is likely in those areas that are prone to excessive runoff and low water crossing areas, according to the weather service. The Kansas and Missouri rivers were well below flood stage at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Today’s high temperature will be 75 degrees.

Friday’s forecast is sunny and 77. Saturday, temperatures will be near 86 with mostly sunny skies.

The rain returns to the forecast with a 50 percent chance of showers and storms Saturday night. There is a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms on Sunday. Showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Severe weather outlook Thursday. (National Weather Service graphic)

Thursday rainfall. (National Weather Service graphic)

Water levels at Turkey Creek at Southwest Boulevard. (NOAA graphic)

Explosion at KCK salvage yard results in minor burns for employee

An employee at a Kansas City, Kan., salvage yard was treated for minor flash burns to the face in a fire today.

The explosion and fire at 3:41 p.m. June 11 at 836 S. 26th St. resulted when crews were working with welding equipment near vehicles that had been run through a crusher, according to a Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department spokesman.

Workers said there was an odor of gasoline in the area when an explosion occurred, causing crushed vehicles to catch on fire. Firefighters arrived within two minutes of the call.

The injured employee was taken non-emergency to the hospital for evaluation of minor burns.

The fire was brought under control in five minutes, a spokesman said.

The fire is under investigation, and there were no other injuries. There was no loss reported for property and contents.

Firearms charge filed against murder suspect

A federal grand jury Wednesday returned an indictment charging a defendant in a state murder case with a federal firearms violation, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Luis M. Murillo-Rosales, 25, who has been living in Kansas City, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a foreign citizen who is in the United States illegally.

In court records it is alleged that on May 25, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the 1600 block north of Universal Avenue in Kansas City, Mo.

They found a deceased victim and recovered a spent 9 mm shell casing near the body. Witnesses reported seeing a man point a gun at the victim, fire one shot and then flee the scene.

Investigators served a search warrant at Murillo-Rosales’ home in the 1200 block of Ridge Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. They recovered a 9 mm handgun that allegedly was used in the shooting.

Murillo-Rosales was charged in state court in Jackson County, Mo., in connection with the shooting.

If convicted on the federal firearm charge, Murillo-Rosales faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt is prosecuting.