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Women’s varsity basketball teams Lakenheath Lancers and the Alconbury Dragons faced off against each other Tuesday night. Dragons’  Sadie Liddell looks for an open team mate to pass the ball in.
Ramstein’s boys and girls basketball teams went unbeaten on a trip to England over the weekend and both rank among the top contenders in the season-ending championships Feb. 15-18. Check out all the results.
1FC Kaiserslautern stormed back from an early deficit to defeat Hannover 96 in a 3-1 decision, giving the Red Devils a win in their first match back from a break that began before the World Cup. The previously fourth place Hannover squad took a 1-0 home lead into halftime, but Julian Niehues scored the equalizer just a few minutes into the second half. Terrence Boyd put 1FCK up for good in the 66th minute and Phillip Hercher added another in extra time. The win for now puts 1FCK into fourth place ahead of next week’s home match, Saturday at 1 p.m. against eighth ranked Holstein Kiel.
The Star of David is inscribed into the base of the Heunen Column in Mainz with the citys cathedral towering in the background. The Star of David is meant to symbolize the impact Jews had on the city. However, centuries of persecution have destroyed most physical traces of that history.
Learn about Jewish history in the region by visiting sites in Speyer, Worms and Mainz. The three cities are near one another and easy to reach from the KMC and other U.S. military installations in western Germany. Read more here.
In weird Kaiserslautern news, a woman reported to the police that a “clairvoyant” was blackmailing her. The 24-year-old woman told police on Wednesday that she had contacted the alleged fortune teller and, for a four-figure fee, hired him for a consultation. After the consultation, the “psychic” told her he had filmed the video call, during which the young woman had apparently undressed, and threatened to spread the nude video. He then demanded more money. The woman then blocked his cell phone number and reported the incident to the police, who are now investigating.
A traffic jam has been reported on eastbound A6 between Kaiserslautern-West and -East exits. Traffic is stalled for nearly 4 miles, causing at least a 58-minute delay for drivers, according to German Automobile Club ADAC.
The American Forces Network’s new video on demand app will livestream the AFC and NFC Championship games on Sunday and the Super Bowl on Feb. 12, network officials said Thursday. The network successfully tested its live function last weekend. The first round of playoffs was only available by video on demand after the games ended. Read more here.
There’s plenty to do in the KMC this weekend. Take a look back at last year during the Trivia Night: 2022 Recap at the Ramstein Enlisted Club on Saturday. It’s also Club Saturday at the Ramstein Bowling Center, with a DJ, as well as unlimited glow bowling and shoe rentals for $10 per person (reservations are recommended). Armstrong’s Club on the housing side of Vogelweh is going strong for the weekend with karaoke on Friday and hip-hop night on Saturday. Plus, the ice rink at Kaiserslautern’s Schillerplatz is still open daily.
Gate 9, known as the bus gate, next to Vogelweh Elementary School will be closed to all traffic from Feb. 1 to Aug. 1 due to a construction project. Bus traffic will enter through Gate 4, near the KMC Housing Office, and exit at a temporary gate west of the Child Development Center. Private and government vehicles will continue to use Gate 8 by Armstrong’s Club.
Police are looking for a large pickup truck that went “mudding” on Sunday. The vehicle was seen driving recklessly on a farmer’s field along the B270 between Kaiserslautern-Siegelbach and Otterbach between 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Sunday, according to police. The driver spun his tires while driving in circles, causing significant damage to the already sown field. Police are investigating the joyride for criminal damage to private land and are asking witnesses to come forward via 0631 369 2150. 

The KMCC Exchange will be closed for their annual inventory on Thursday. Normal business hours will resume on Friday. The concession stands and food court will remain open during this time, according to Army & Air Force Exchange Service.
The police arrested a suspected sex offender in the Saarbruecken area on Monday. The 30-year-old is suspected of sexually harassing and assaulting a then-5-year-old child on Marienburger Strasse in Kaiserslautern in April 2022. Cooperation between Saarland police and West Palatinate police headquarters led to the suspect’s apprehension at his home at around 2 p.m. Investigations are still ongoing, according to the police. The suspect appeared Tuesday at the Kaiserslautern district court, where at the request of the public prosecutor’s office, the judge ordered him to pre-trial detention.
1. FC Kaiserslautern finally gets back into soccer action after the long World Cup/winter break with an away game Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Duesseldorf. The Red Devils are in fourth place in the German second division with 29 points, with Fortuna just a point and a place behind. Kaiserslautern’s next home game is at 1 p.m. on Feb. 4, against Holstein Kiel.
Comedy fans should mark their calendars for Feb. 17. Comedians Tamer Kattan and special guest Brian Babylon will be performing at Kazabra Club at 8 p.m. Kattan is a seasoned comedian with international experience, including tours for UN troops in Afghanistan and performances at the American University in Cairo and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has received rave reviews and accolades, including winning the World Series of Comedy and Portland Comedy Festival and performing on Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity event. Babylon is a Chicago-born comic and radio host, best known for his appearances on BBC Radio, NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and Comedy Central shows Why? with Hannibal Buress and Inside Amy Schumer. Cost is $10 at the door.
Road conditions on Ramstein and Vogelweh returned to green, according to the latest update from the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron. Area roads may still be affected by recent snowfall and drivers are advised to use caution.
Police are searching for three men who cheated a taxi driver early Sunday morning. The trio had been picked up at a nightclub on Zollamtstrasse and were headed towards Landstuhl. When they passed through Einsiedlerhof, the passengers asked the driver to stop at an ATM on Kaiserstrasse so they could withdraw money. When the driver stopped the vehicle, the three men fled in the direction of a nearby residential area. U.S. military and local police searched the area but were unable to find any further clues about the men’s whereabouts. Witnesses with information about the three are asked to contact the police at 0631 369-2250.
Eight people were injured in an apartment fire in Ramstein on Sunday. The blaze began shortly after 6 a.m. in one of the apartments and was put out by arriving firefighters. A man suffered severe burns and was taken to the hospital. Seven other residents were treated for smoke inhalation and received outpatient care. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Kaiserslautern police. The apartment building is uninhabitable and neighboring properties also were affected by the fire. The damage is estimated to be in the high six figures.
Today and tomorrow, KMC weather will remain cloudy and mostly dry. The sky is expected to clear occasionally, with highs of 36 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit, and 30 degrees Fahrenheit at higher elevation. There will be moderate winds, with strong gusts possible. Overnight, it will be mostly cloudy with lows of between 35 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit, bringing a risk of renewed frost and slippery road conditions, according to the German weather service. Tomorrow, temperatures as low as 21 degrees Fahrenheit are expected with little chance of precipitation. Wednesday will be dreary and foggy in much of the region, but largely precipitation free. Light snowfall may return Thursday and on the weekend.
Speed cameras are posted along the B270 Kaiserslautern and B10 near Hinterweidenthal this morning, Kaiserslautern police said online. Roads in the KMC are largely cleared of snow, but morning frost can make many routes hazardous, according to police.
Road conditions are now on red alerts at Sembach Kaserne, Gruenstadt Army Depot, Coleman Barracks, and Germersheim Army Depot, according to base announcements. They remain at amber on other bases in the local USAG Rheinland-Pfalz footprint. Update: Ramstein is back to amber as of noon. The A6 and most major roads are clear of traffic right now, apart from minor congestion near the Messeplatz. However, it’s still icy out there.

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