Police say Storm/Tornado enthusiast stabbed girlfriend and two dogs before burying her in garden

Our thoughts, prayers and love are with the family of Kaylynn Blue.

The news comes out of Idaho Falls – the storm/Tornado enthusiast has been charged with first-degree murder. The body of a women stabbed to death and buried in her backyard was recovered during the late hours of yesterday afternoon.

Kaylynn Blue, who was thirty three was murdered sometime between late Saturday/early Sunday morning, according to Idaho Falls Police (IFP) Chief Bryce Johnso. Phillip Schwab, is accused of the crime and has been booked into the Bonneville County Jail.

Photo credit: Eric Grossarth, EastIdahoNews.com

Police were led to the house of Blue’s Monday morning after she had not shown up to work for two days. Co-workers contacted her family members in which they contacted IFP asking for a welfare check.

Officers went to the home and Schwab answered the door. He then led police to the garden where Blue was buried in a shallow grave in a flower patch, according to the IPF Chief. Schwab was taken into custody and spoke to detectives most of that day.

According to the IPF Chief, Schwab stabbed Blue multiple times inside the home and then took her body to the backyard. Later on that day, he’s accused of stabbing two dogs in the garage and putting them in a rubbish bag. A motive is unclear at this time.

We highly recommend that you read the below two articles on the incident.

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Australian storm chaser died this morning following traffic accident in Kansas

We will not be reporting specifics regarding this accident.

Australian storm chaser and world renowned photographer, Dale Sharpe died this morning following a traffic accident in Kansas.

The news of Sharpe’s death was revealed in a post on DK Photography’s Facebook page – read in full in the Facebook post below.

Our thoughts, prayers and love are with the Dale Sharpe’s family, friends and colleagues at this time. The storm chasing community has lost a truly dedicated chaser!

Storm chaser/alleged child molester is out on bond

MIND…BLOWN!

According to the Oklahoma State Courts Network (OSCN), storm chaser/alleged child molester Lawrence McEwen is out of jail on bond.

On reviewing McEwen’s case docket on the OSCN, it shows a fifty thousand dollar bond was posted on the 4th April in order to secure his release from jail for the time being.

Nice to know there’s an alleged child molester on the streets.

There is one preliminary hearing left in relation to this case and takes place on the 18th June at 1:30pm – you can review the case details here. But wait there’s more!

McEwen’s former friend, Richard Rowe revealed yesterday that the alleged child molester is using his Facebook under a different alias – see in the photo below.

Screen capture credit: Richard Rowe

If you’re new to the case, everything you need to know can be found in the links below.

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The noobs are spoiling storm chasing!

“Storm chasing is like a ticking time bomb”

In a strongly written and rightly worded article, Matthew Cappucci of the Capital Weather Gang shared a perspective on the mobs/aka noobs ruining storm chasing.

At the start of his perspective piece, Cappucci stated that he heard “grumblings about the downsides of storm chasing for a long time” – suffice to suggest we’ve heard the same things.

Those downsides include: poor driving habits, traffic jams as cars converge near significant storms.

Cappucci concluded on this particular subject of the downsides of chasing by stating: “It had always been on my mind, but four years of venturing to the Plains had taught me it was just something with which I’d have to live. I’ve always brushed it off as an unavoidable by-product of chasing.”

Cappucci moved on to the subject of which this article is based upon – YESTERDAY’S SEVERE WEATHER RISK!!!

Cappucci started on the above mentioned subject by stating “he witnessed first-hand the practices” that would drive him away from storm chasing.

Cappucci put a six bullet point list on some of the things he’s encountered – which can be read below.

  • Chase vehicles parked perpendicular to roads – blocking major intersections.
  • “Multiple” chasers with red/blue police lights, “pulling over” others to clear their path to the storm.
  • Traffic jams two hundred cars deep.
  • Chasers parking on/in the road to take photographs – blocking traffic.
  • Chasers “barrelling” down a one-lane road at stupid speeds in our opinion – ninety miles per hour.
  • Chasers driving on the wrong side of the road. 

A photo captured by veteran chaser, Daniel Shaw perfectly illustrates a scenario which played out on Monday – see below.

Suffice to say, the dangers speak for themselves.

In his perspective piece, the Capital Weather Gang contributor stated his biggest fear wasn’t weather related; it’s other chasers. 

Yesterday, an incredibly significant and photogenic Tornado swept passed Mangum, Oklahoma – find our articles on that here. here and here

The Oklahoma Highway reported just one injury, thank god. It wasn’t caused by the adverse weather conditions… It involved two vehicles with storm chasers…

You can read the rest of Cappucci’s perspective piece here, we wanted to give you a taste. Now on to our take…

The storm chasing community has been unbelievably lucky when it comes to the lives of chasers1.

 1: Chasers have died in past traffic/Tornado incidents, however out of respect for family, friends and colleagues, we did not want to mention their names in this particular piece. However, our thoughts, prayers and love remain with above mentioned individuals.

We firmly believe the crux of the issue comes from the amount of chasers on the road. Then it comes down to the do it yourself storm chasers/amateur that have been spurred on by popular TV shows, Netflix documentaries etc. Not forgetting to mention: SMARTPHONES!

However, it’s safe to suggest it’s not just amateur chasers contributing to the issue. Professional storm chasers are also contributing to the issue – even making it worse! Sorry to say…

…With a lot of competition in the industry, many are taking it to a whole new level in order to get the best, most up close video. This tends to mean taking needless risks, not to mention putting others at risk. You know Cappucci makes an excellent point on this subject;

“Branding things as “extreme” gets clicks and views. That makes money. And across the board, we’re much more likely to celebrate an “extreme storm chaser” than we are a “safe storm chaser.” You’re not going to turn on the TV and see a headline that reads “storm chaser records tornado from a safe distance.”

Matthew Cappucci, Capital Weather Gang

With a significant amount of money involved, the dangerous and somewhat shocking behaviour looks set to get worse. Illegal driving can’t be policed, why? They’re dealing with the severe weather situation. You can’t limit the number of chasers, tourists that go chasing…

2: However, we’ll come on to that shortly…

It’s going to have to take something drastic in order to hastily get discussion underway in ways the industry change.

2 One idea we had was that chasers would have to get a special type of licence which allowed them to chase3. Here in the UK, you have to have a special licence to drive a lorry (semi-truck) for example.

In order to get that licence, you’d have to take an enhanced & relating test.  Why can’t the same be for chasers? It’s an idea we’re going to sleep on and comeback to post in this blog.

FYI: The definition of noob can be found below:

“A person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or the use of the Internet.”

However, we thought we’d apply it to this.

Watch Tornado knock semi-truck over: Iconic storm chaser rushed to help driver

This event took place yesterday – 17th May.

Iconic storm chasers Val and Amy Castor chased a Tornadic storm which developed in Beaver County, Oklahoma and moved into Kansas.

A Tornado1 was spawned by the above mentioned Tornadic storm.

In the video below, watch the Tornado1 cross Highway 542 and overturn a semi-truck. You start to see the semi tip over at around 2:31 in the video.

Val rapidly exited his vehicle to check on the driver of the semi – with the help of other chasers including: Paige Burress and David Reimer.

GREAT JOB GUYS!

2: Northeast of Fowler, Kansas

Video belongs to Val Castor and Amy Castor 

Storm chaser/alleged child molester has been arrested

Wonderful work from local authorities including the U.S. Marshals. The news emerged overnight – UK Time.

RELATED: U.S. Marshals join search for storm chaser/alleged child molester

Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office – inc. Noble, Oklahoma – has arrested a man1 who was facing four charges relating to child sex crimes. A warrant for his arrest was issued last Friday.

1: The man we’re talking about is KOCO Channel 5 storm chaser Lawrence McEwen…

…Information regarding McEwen’s roll at KOCO Channel 5 has come to light and an end.

KOCO Channel 5’s general manager said that McEwen worked for the station on a freelance basis, however “he will no longer be storm chasing for the us.”

RELATED: Storm chaser charged with multiple counts of child molestation…

McEwen, who is twenty eight years old, was booked into the Cleveland County Jail yesterday afternoon (U.S. time) on three charges of lewd molestation and indecent proposal to a child.

He was also booked in on the charge of performing lewd acts in presence of a minor. There is no information at this time regarding the details of his arrest. This is a developing story…

…Before we close out this post, a screenshot of McEwen’s booking sheet has emerged online – find below.

Screen capture credit: Marshal Phipps – The Storm Seeker

U.S. Marshals join search for storm chaser/alleged child molester

The chasing is becoming chased! You can run, you can hide BUT the boys in blue will get you.

We highly recommend that you read our first article on the news – Storm chaser charged with multiple counts of child molestation…

Noble, Oklahoma police are trying to locate and arrest man facing serious charges of child molestation.

The man we’re talking about is KOCO Channel 5 storm chaser Lawrence McEwen.

 “We are real interested in getting him in custody and taking him off the streets,” The chief of police for Noble, Keith Springstead said.

On Friday, a warrant for arrest was issued for the storm chaser.

“He has not been taking into custody at this time. We are looking for him along with other law enforcement entities to try and bring his capture,” Springstead said.

News 4 (news channel for Oklahoma City) confirmed the U.S. Marshal’s office is now helping in locating McEwen.

“We’ve been to his house. We even have given information of other places that we believe that he might have been or where he is going. We are using everything at our disposal to try to put an end to this situation, and get him into custody,” Springstead said.

IF YOU’RE IN THE AREA:

Noble police said they have investigated locations in Norman and in Oklahoma City looking for the storm chaser.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, we strongly urge you to contact the police in Noble.

“We have one thing to say. Don’t tarnish every chaser just because of this P.O.S. Chasers saves lives! Not ruin lives, like this scumbag!”

Storm chaser charged with multiple counts of child molestation…

…We’re going to start by stating our opinion on this subject: guilty or not guilty, there is no place on earth for paedophiles, also known as a nonce – not of normal criminal element – here in the UK.

This is the first article we’ve actually used a photo on, since his face deserves to be seen.

KOCO Channel 5 storm chaser Lawrence McEwen has been charged with four counts of lewd molestation and indecent proposal to a child, the lost ogle reports.

According to a probable cause affidavit, filed in Cleveland County, McEwen purportedly molested a fifteen year old boy while claiming to inspect the victim for a hernia.

He also forced the same boy to use a sex toy on himself. Why you ask? For research purposes. “Sick f**k!”

The above mentioned affidavit suggests McEwen later down the line admitted to some of his criminal actions in a letter on a flash drive that was sent to the victim and the victim’s mother.

The state involved also got their hands on an audio recording from one of McEwen’s former friends – videographer and fellow storm chaser, Richard Rowe.

In the audio recording, McEwen admits to destroying evidence and sending the letter to the victim and victim’s mother. McEwen also admitted that he checked the boy for a hernia.

McEwen’s former friend, Rowe posted the following on his Facebook account.

Screen capture credit: Richard Rowe

McEwen, who also goes by the name Lynch Wizer on Facebook, has been a KOCO 5 News First Alert Storm chaser since at least 2016.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.

Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to the victim and the victim’s family.

If you have been affected by historic/present child sexual abuse/exploitation, please contact your local authorities.  

With storm chasing growing in popularity, so do the problems that come with it

This post was inspired by Stan Finger post on The Wichita Eagle.

It’s suffice to say that storm chasers and law enforcement officers have butted heads a number of times in the recent years – best described as natural enemies – in a recent national convention for storm chasers in Wichita.

Law enforcement officers and chasers alike say this needs to change – not just for the sake those involved however to improve the safety of the public as well.

“When the storm chasers are out and storms are going on, the roads are like a high-speed chase.”

Gordon Ramsay, Wichita Police Chief

The interest in storm chasing exploded since the release of the 1996 blockbuster, Twister.

“The arrival of smartphones with ever-better photo and video capabilities means more and more people with little to no training in how to read storms are hopping in their cars and trucks and dashing after severe storms in hopes of seeing a monster tornado”

Ben Alonzo

Ben Alonzo is a Kansas native and long-time storm chaser who now works as an earth and atmospheric science professor down in Florida. In an email response to questions, Alonzo said that his meteorology students are often shocked when they ask me about the chances of getting killed by a Tornado during storm chasing…

… “I’ve told them that you’re much more likely to be in a fatal traffic accident. It’s the traffic I’m worried about – not the Tornado.”

Ben Alonzo

A significant amount of the confrontations between law enforcement and chasers are disobeying speed limits and stops signs – Butler County Emergency Management director Keri Korthals suggested. Korthals went onto to say that public safety is one of the biggest things that’s going to get law enforcement officers upset.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper (KHPT) Chad Crittenden said chasers have been known to be so aggressive in trying to get dramatic video of Tornadoes that they’ve driven across pastures, farm fields, oil battery roads and private access routes1.

                                1: causing damage and sometimes getting stuck.

Crittenden went onto to say that the KHPT had received a number of complaints from farmers in rural areas of Kansas in recent years about damage caused by chasers.

Crittenden closed on this subject by saying having to retrieve stranded chasers and other motorists who are stuck in ditches or muddy fields – for example – is more than just a nuisance for law enforcement and first responders. It’s potentially putting the lives of the responders at risk – simply because they may be in the path of an approaching Tornado.

On the other side of the argument, chasers suggest that law enforcement officers have caused problems and created dangerous situations by needlessly blocking roads and or limiting where chasers can monitor the weather. A prime example of the above scenario – a number of chasers suggested in social media posts – occurred outside of Dodge City, Kansas in 2016 in which several Tornadoes touched down near the city.

“The police had a road blocked off which backed  up traffic for miles during the event, which created a potentially dangerous situation.”

Colin Hooks, Wichita-based storm chaser

Hooks went onto to say had the Tornadoes shifted their track, the people halted on that road would have been sitting ducks because of the traffic congestion created by the road block.

During the panel at Chasercon last month, Sedgwick County Undersheriff Richard Powell stated his department had not had issues with chasers and he was so glad to see so many chasers at the conference.

“We truly do realise the value of you folks. You’re more sets of eyes, more sets of ears.”

Richard Powell, Sedgwick County Undersheriff

The presence of so many chasers at the conference reflects the level of passion, the level of professionalism is evident in what for some is a hobby and for others a profession. Korthals told the collective – in the crowd – she has a mixed reaction when she sees storm chasers converging on Butler County.

“No offense, but I’d really like not to see you in my county. If you find my county interesting, that usually means we’re going to have a bad weather day”

Butler County Emergency Management director Keri Korthals

At least one thousand four hundred square miles, however, Butler County is the largest geographically in the state. It’s fair to say, that’s a lot of territory to monitor, Korthals suggested.

“Any extra eyes on that storm is something we value immensely”

Butler County Emergency Management director Keri Korthals

Law enforcement officials, Korthals suggest in a later interview that sometimes (we) make the mistake of assuming all storm chasers are the same: They’ll do whatever it takes to get the video or photos they want – including breaking laws & putting others in danger including themselves. Korthals carried on to say that all chasers are lumped into one group – chasers are bad. All they want is the glory of the money shot.

However, some storm chasers are conducting scientific research. Others are chronicling the storms with agencies such as the National Weather Service of private forecasting services such as AccuWeather/Weathernation following their live reports. Television stations in Tornado Alley also contact chasers to track severe weather and provide video and storm reports.

Whilst getting up-to-date weather information is easier for troopers station in the metro areas such as Wichita, Crittenden stated, chasers can be a vital sources of updates for troopers in rural sectors of Kansas. Crittenden went onto say that if you have valuable information – this looks like this is going to happen – come tell me. Crittenden closed by saying at the same time, don’t be mad if I tell you that you can’t go down the road because it’s not safe.

World-renowned storm chasers Reed Timmer urged chasers at last month’s Chasercon to obey the speed limit and accept the consequences of not identifying the correct storm to track. I’d be lying if I said I have sped a few times, Timmer admitted.

Photo credit: Reed Timmer

Korthals, Crittenden and co suggested the best way for law enforcement and storm chasers to move away from being natural enemies and forgoing a better understanding is increasing communication and understanding.

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News stations won’t stop covering a Tornado simply because the golf is on

This post was inspired by Dennis Mersereau (Forbes Contributor)

The comments really got to us during the outbreak Sunday. It’s suffice to say catostropheres  like Tornadoes bring out a variety of human behaviour. We tend to see this on show at every turn – news station meteorologist on to rescuers and the everyday joe public looking for ways to help after a catastrophic event – like Sunday’s Tornado Outbreak in AL and GA.

However, a passing scroll through social media during a news station’s severe weather coverage illustrates what it looks like when individuals choose a different route. Individuals tend to send news station meteorologists angry (livid, furious) messages – and it even sometimes get to the threats stage – whenever the news station has to stop regular programming (much-loved television show, sports event) to cover severe weather.

Its suffice to say news stations almost (almost) always stop regular programming in favour of covering severe weather events – inc. Tornado warnings. Because we’re writing in the UK, this type of scenario is standard in the U.S. and is rarely disturbed just because the final round of a PGA tour event is on. It’s mind boggling to see the barrage of hate that news station meteorologists get every time a TV show or sporting event is interrupted in favour of live coverage of severe weather events.

This above scenario played out in front of our eyes on Sunday when a violent Tornado outbreak happened in Alabama, Georgia and surrounding areas. The most significant Tornado was an EF-4 (preliminary) which took the lives of twenty three people in Lee County, Alabama. Whilst news station meteorologists warned people – to seek shelter – who were in the soon-to-be affected area – they had to go through cruel, bitter and spiteful tweets from viewers to put a PGA golf tournament back on air – see in tweets below.

FYI: no matter how much pressure the news station meteorologists receive from d**khead viewers to put a PGA golf event back on when a Tornado is destroying homes and changing lives, it’s extremely unlikely that a news station will ever chose to run normal – irrelevant TV – programming whilst a significant Tornado is occurring. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

As Mersereau said in his post, “no matter how much selfish and angry hate mail people send”.

Our personal point of view can be found below.…

“ITS NOT GONNA HAPPEN! You’ll just have to wait and see Tiger Wood’s meet his next mistress on the course later…”

News stations report severe weather events – Tornado warnings – simply because it’s a hugely (massively, enormously…) important service which essence saves lives. A severe weather/Tornado warning ticker scrolling across the screen isn’t enough to save lives. The viewers in the path of what could be a significant Tornado need to see the radar, hear the towns and street names mentioned in order to drive home and face the particular scenario.

“I’m getting angry whilst writing this post just thinking of people moaning about such a thing. We’re going to close this post on this last paragraph!”

Jamie Simms, website lead

With the incredible technology at our disposal today, we have the ability to track Tornadoes in real-time – see debris being lofted in the air. It would be irresponsible, thoughtless and stupid not to use the incredible technology we have at presently in order to warn people in the path of a severe storm – Tornado.

Thanks to Dennis Mersereau for inspiring this post. We highly suggest you go and read his version on the same subject here.

Japan developing new technology to detect Tornadoes in advance

Exciting news! According to Gizmodo, officials in Tokyo are developing(& testing – as reported) on new technology that uses Weather radar and terrestrial digital radio waves to “quickly and precisely predict torrential rain and Tornadoes1” up to twenty to thirty minutes before they occur.

1: quote comes from Gizmodo.com

The technology is being developed by industry, government and academic officials – including National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). The technology is intended to be ready for deployment before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Below, find three videos of Tornadoes that have struck Japan – Tokyo etc.