February 28, 2015

NWS: up to 6″ of snow possible in parts of Missouri this weekend

A large swath of Missouri could see up to half-a-foot of snow this weekend based on projections from the National Weather Service.

This weather graphic from the National Weather Service includes predicted total snowfall by Sunday night.

This weather graphic from the National Weather Service includes predicted total snowfall by Sunday night.

Meteorologist Spencer Mell told Missourinet the storm that could bring that snow is pushing our way from the Pacific Northwest this morning and will cross the western U.S. through today and tomorrow.

“Looks like we’ll probably start to see snow enter into western Missouri as we get into the very late morning hours tomorrow, and then we’ll see that continue through the afternoon on Saturday overspreading most of the area between Interstate 44 and Interstate 70 through most of the afternoon, and then continuing through Saturday night when we’ll probably see the bulk of the snowfall fall across the area,” said Mell. “Then even perhaps a second shot as we get into the day on Sunday.”

The heaviest snow is expected to fall in an area from roughly St. Joseph to Kirksville in northern Missouri, to as far south as a Nevada to St. Louis line.

Snow is expected to begin accumulating by Saturday night.

“We’ll see snow totals by Saturday evening pretty much around the inch to two-inch range. By the time we get through Saturday night we’ll probably look at snowfall totals already reaching that three to five-inch range,” Mell said. “By the time we add up all our snowfall totals by Sunday evening we’re probably looking at a four to six total snowfall range for this whole event.”

Mell says Missourians should pay attention to the weather this weekend and be prepared to alter travel plans, and those that do have to get out should allow extra time to do so.

UPDATE: Nine reported dead in southern Missouri crime scenes

11:00am update

Authorities have found nine people dead in six separate crime scenes in two southern Missouri counties.

Highway Patrol spokesman Jeff Kinder said a juvenile girl heard gunshots in her home in the Texas County town of Tyrone and ran to a neighbor’s house to call law enforcement.

“Responding deputies found two deceased persons at this residence. Further investigation revealed five additional victims who were deceased and one additional victim who was wounded in three additional residences,” said Kinder.

The names of the dead are not being released while family members are still being contacted. The County Coroner told Missourinet affiliate KTTS the victims ranged in age from their 40s to their 60s.

Authorities believe a 36-year-old male, who was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a vehicle in Shannon County, murdered 6 people and wounded one other. An elderly woman was also found dead but is believed to have died of natural causes.

Earlier story:

Nine people have reportedly been killed in multiple crime scenes in and around Texas County in south-central Missouri.

The state Highway Patrol tells Missourinet affiliate KTTS eight people were murdered and the apparent killer was found dead in Shannon County.

Sheriff James Sigman tells the Houston Herald four of those crime scenes are in the town of Tyrone and there are possibly two others outside his county.

The Herald reports that the Houston School District has informed staff to arrive early to work for counseling sessions.

A media conference has been rescheduled for 9:00 this morning while law enforcement continue to notify relatives of the deceased.

Don Louzader reports

Reports: Schweich called reporters minutes before apparent suicide

Clayton police are investigating the death of Missouri auditor and candidate for governor Tom Schweich as an apparent suicide. They were called to Schweich’s home shortly before 10 Thursday morning.

The campaign site for Tom Schweich's campaign for governor has been replaced with this photo of his family and the message, "Please join with all Missourians in praying for Tom’s family, including his wife Kathy and children, Emilie and Thomas, Jr."

The website for Tom Schweich’s campaign for governor has been replaced with this photo of his family and the message, “Please join with all Missourians in praying for Tom’s family, including his wife Kathy and children, Emilie and Thomas, Jr.”

An autopsy is scheduled for this morning at 7:30.

“Everything we know at this time is that it is an apparent act at Mr. Schweich’s own hand and family is cooperating with our investigation,” Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy said in a press conference Thursday.

One thing Murphy said will be looked into is a possible motive, and what was happening leading up to the incident.

“Family and friends, we are talking to, and I want to make it clear that at this point everyone is cooperating with our investigation,” Murphy told reporters.

Murphy said at least one family member was in Schweich’s Clayton home with him when police were called.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that minutes before the shooting, Schweich had made phone calls to set up an interview to discuss his belief a top Republican party official was spreading false information about his religion.

Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy addresses the police on the investigation of the apparent suicide of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.

Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy addresses the police on the investigation of the apparent suicide of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.

“We do a thorough investigation, and that would include all information that we are told that we can develop through the course of our investigation, whatever that might give us,” Murphy said.

The Post-Dispatch reports Schweich believed Republican Party chairman John Hancock, elected last weekend, was saying Schweich is Jewish to hurt him politically in the gubernatorial primary race, as many Republican voters are evangelical Christians. Hancock tells the Dispatch he had once thought Schweich was Jewish but denied saying so in a derogatory manner.

Schweich had reportedly planned to hold a press conference in Jefferson City this week to accuse Hancock of making an anti-Semitic remark and Hancock went to Jefferson City to be at that conference and present his side of the story. That conference never happened.

Schweich, 54, had two children with his wife Kathy.  Governor Jay Nixon (D) will appoint an auditor to fill out Schweich’s 4-year term, which began in January.

Missouri political leaders react to news of Schweich’s death

Missouri auditor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich has died after suffering what sources say has been called a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Clayton. His office confirmed the auditor’s passing in an e-mail.

Tom Schweich

Tom Schweich

Schweich, 54, was sworn in for his second term as state auditor in January and later that month announced his candidacy for governor in the 2016 campaign cycle. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children.

The state House, which had adjourned for the week, re-opened to host a prayer service for Schweich and his family. Legislators from both chambers, other elected officials, staff and members of the media were visibly shaken and saddened during the somber gathering.

Reaction to Schweich’s death began coming in from across the world of Missouri public service. In a statement, Governor Jay Nixon (D) called Schweich, “A brilliant, devoted, and accomplished public servant who dedicated his career to making Missouri and the world a better place.”

Nixon continued, “From his courageous work to combat the illegal drug trade abroad in Afghanistan to his tireless efforts to protect the interests of taxpayers here in Missouri, Tom Schweich’s exceptional intellect and unwavering dedication to public service left a legacy that will endure for many years to come. The First Lady and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Tom’s wife Kathy and two children, Emilie and Thomas, Jr.”

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder (R) wrote,”It is with great sadness that I heard today of the tragic passing of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich. Tom had a long and unblemished record as a great public servant. As the state’s auditor for the past four years he has served Missouri taxpayers with quiet competence and unswerving dedication. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this extremely difficult time.”

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) tweeted, “I am very sad and hurt so much for Tom Schweich’s Family. Good man. Dedicated public servant. Hug those you love.”

Senator Roy Blunt tweeted, “Tom Schweich was very smart, very capable, outstanding at his job, and a good friend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy, their children, and the rest of Tom’s friends and family as they deal with this tragic loss.”

Attorney General Chris Koster (D) said in a statement, “Tom Schweich was a lifelong public servant for our state and country. I am deeply saddened by his sudden loss, and extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family. I ask all Missourians to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander said, “Tom Schweich was a devoted public servant that I feel fortunate to have gotten to know as a friend and colleague over the past few years. Whether he was serving as our State Auditor, the U.S. Coordinator for Counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan, or working at the State Department, Tom always fought tirelessly for the people he was serving. Anyone who had a conversation with Tom knew how dedicated he was to his service. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Kathy and his children Emilie and Thomas, Jr.”

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel wrote, “”It is with a heavy heart that I send my thoughts and prayers to the Schweich family during this difficult time. Tom served his state and country admirably, and fought strongly for his values. With his passing, Missouri has lost a devoted public servant. He will be missed.”

State Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple said, “The death of Auditor Tom Schweich is devastating news for his family and all Missourians,” said Roy Temple, Chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schweich family during this tragic time.”

Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock said he is in, “utter shock,” at the news of Schweich’s passing. “Tom will be remembered as a tenacious, energetic, effective elected official who worked tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of this state and this nation. I ask all Missourians to join me in praying for Tom’s family,” wrote Hancock.

 

 

Missouri Auditor, candidate for governor dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Schweich was running for the Republican nomination for governor.

Schweich was running for the Republican nomination for governor.

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has died from a gunshot wound. His spokesman, Spence sent out a statement about 1:30 p.m. today:

“It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich today.  Please keep in mind his wife Kathy and two children.”

Earlier, the St. Louis Post Dispatch cited a police source as saying Schweich suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There has been no official confirmation of that at this time. The incident reportedly happened at his home near St. Louis this morning.

Schweich was treated at Barnes Jewish hospital. Schweich was seeking the Republican nomination for governor of Missouri.

The Missouri House of Representives scheduled an impromptu prayer service for 1:45 this afternoon.

Gov. Jay Nixon issued statement: “I join all Missourians in mourning the passing of State Auditor Tom Schweich, a brilliant, devoted and accomplished public servant who dedicated his career to making Missouri and the world a better place,” Gov. Nixon said. “From his courageous work to combat the illegal drug trade abroad in Afghanistan to his tireless efforts to protect the interests of taxpayers here in Missouri, Tom Schweich’s exceptional intellect and unwavering dedication to public service left a legacy that will endure for many years to come.  The First Lady and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Tom’s wife Kathy and two children, Emilie and Thomas, Jr.”

Nixon ordered flags at all Missouri state facilities to be lowered to half-staff.