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Faster stroke treatment improves survival, reduces disability

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – When a person is having a stroke, 30,000 nerve cells die each minute that passes without treatment. A big study finds efforts by some hospitals to get a drug to patients sooner are saving more lives and preventing disability.

Shirley Robertson is piecing a quilt for her granddaughter. Her ability was in jeopardy in February when she suddenly had trouble seeing out of one eye. Then her leg went numb. Robertson immediately thought it could be a stroke.

“Something was wrong and called 911,” she said.

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5-year-old traumatized by gas station shooting; friend fights in hospital

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – FOX 4 learned more on Tuesday about a five-year-old boy caught in the middle of a deadly shooting at a Kansas City gas station late last Friday. In the meantime, 10-year-old Ka’Vyea Tyson was seriously wounded in the shooting and remains at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

A relative said that he underwent another surgery on Tuesday and his five-year-old friend, who witnessed the double-shooting from the backseat, is now undergoing counseling.

“The idea and the thought that I could’ve lost my grandson was really devastating to me,” said his grandmother, Terrie Parker.

Parker still gets chills when her mind flashes back to what she said her five-year-old grandson, whom she calls “Little Terrell,” witnessed Friday night.

“It’s devastating, you know? I’m just trying to stay prayed up so I can get through this,” she said.

Prosecutors: Man was drunk, speeding Monday afternoon when he caused deadly crash that killed husband, father

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Clay County Prosecutor’s Office charged a 20-year-old man with involuntary manslaughter in the death of  a husband and father, whom they say he crashed into head-on Monday afternoon while speeding and drunk.

According to the probable cause statement, Joseph C. Surratt, 20, of Lee’s Summit, told a detective he doesn’t know why he was driving his 1994 Pontiac Sunbird so fast when he lost control at 102nd and Woodland at about 2:15 p.m. Monday in the Northland.

Witnesses say Surratt was going about 60-85 m.p.h. in a 40 m.p.h. zone when he crossed the center line and crashed into the victim, George Sykora. Sykora, according to police, saw the car coming toward him and tried to pull off to the side of the road to avoid him, but the road has no shoulder.

Sykora was taken to the hospital, but died from his injuries.

Dead body found inside a truck submerged in a pond

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rescue crews recovered a truck from a small pond at an apartment complex on Monday evening in the 6000 block of NW Prairie View Road. Upon investigation the discovery of a dead body was made inside the truck.

Authorities have not released the person’s identity or the manner in which the person died. The truck pulled from the pond does match the general description of a truck that the family of a man missing for nine days was last seen in.

FOX 4 spoke with Vince Reynolds’ family on Sunday, who said the 42-year-old was last seen April 12 leaving One Eyed Jack’s, a bar located at 5044 NE Parvin Road in Kansas City, Mo.

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Talk about a new gas station causing a stir in area neighborhood

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You love them when you’re out of gas, but apparently not always when it’s in your neighborhood.

“I’m not sure Southwest Trafficway is built for somebody who is reaching speeds of 45 mph to take a hard right into a gas station,” said Joseph Peaks, who lives in the neighborhood.

Many neighborhood residents are concerned about QuikTrips’ proposal to build a gas station on Southwest Trafficway between 33rd and 34th street.

“That would be my major concern, is QuikTrip tends to think more about their business and less about how people get to them, and I think that would be the concern of our neighborhood,” Peaks added.

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.