KOFO Local News

Brown Picked As Franklin County Counselor

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 29, 2014

OTTAWA – A Central Heights High School graduate has been selected to serve as the Franklin County Counselor. Derek Brown has been tabbed by the Franklin County Commission to fill the role, which was previously held by Lisa Johnson, who also served a dual role as county administrator. Brown currently serves as an attorney with a law firm in Topeka, and he tells KOFO News he is looking forward to serving the people he grew up with. Brown is expected to begin his duties with Franklin County on September 15. The Commission is still in the process of selecting a candidate to serve as county administrator.

Updated 8/29/14 @ 3:35 p.m.

One Dead Following U.S. 59 Collision

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 29, 2014

A car collision on U.S. Highway 59 near mile marker 124 has claimed the life of a Garnett woman. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon when 19 year old Casey Butterfield was following a semi-truck and for some unknown reason, veered into on-coming traffic. Butterfield’s car struck an automobile driven by 19 year old Allison Schulz of Princeton, who also had a one week old infant in the car. Authorities say the baby was properly restrained and both the mother and the baby were taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital with unspecified injuries.

Updated 8/29/14 @ 3:15 p.m.

Osage County sheriff investigating death of 4-month-old boy

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 28, 2014

LYNDON — The Osage County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a four-month-old baby boy Monday. Emergency crews were called to a Lyndon day care center, 1020 Monroe St. , for a report of a child that wasn’t breathing, Sheriff Laurie Dunn said. The child, Brody Johnston, Scranton, died in the ambulance while he was on the way to a Topeka hospital, Dunn said. The family requested that the boy be identified, Dunn said. The baby’s organs were donated and at least two other infants have been saved by the donations, she said. The cause of death hasn’t been determined. Dunn said the Osage County Health Department closed the day care for at least two days after the boy’s death.
Thursday, Aug. 28, 3 p.m.

U.S. 59 reopens following fatal crash north of Princeton

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 28, 2014

PRINCETON – U.S. 59 has reopened after it was closed at Haskell Road earlier this afternoon following a head-on crash that killed one person. There were no other details immediately available. The crash investigation was being handled by the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Thursday, Aug. 28, 3 p.m.

Excessive Police Force?

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 26, 2014

OTTAWA–A candlelight vigil was held for 18 year old Joseph Jennings of Ottawa, who was killed by Ottawa Police Officers near the Orscheln’s Parking Lot Saturday night.  Relatives of Jennings accused police of excessive force, claiming that police fired at least 24 shots at him.  Ottawa Police Chief Dennis Butler says it’s a tragic situation, but he can’t comment until an official investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is completed.

Jones, Witteman forwarded to governor for district judge vacancy

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 25, 2014

OTTAWA — The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission has nominated Anderson and Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones, and Coffey County Attorney Douglas Witteman for district court judge to Gov. Sam Brownback. Under state law, Brownback has 60 days to appoint one of the two men to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of District Court Judge Thomas Sachse. The commission interviewed four people for the vacancy Friday in Ottawa. Jones is both Anderson County Attorney and Osage County Attorney. His past experience includes as an assistant county attorney for Franklin County and Douglas County, and an assistant attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s office. Witteman is Coffey County Attorney. His past experience includes working in private practice for two Wichita law firms. The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission is made up of attorneys and citizens and consists of Justice Eric Rosen as the nonvoting chair; and James Campbell, Burlington; Sara Caylor, Ottawa; Craig Cole, Garnett; Thomas DeBaun, Osage City; Forrest Lowry, Ottawa; Eugene Highberger, Westphalia; Janet Walsh, Lyndon; and Timothy Sipe, Waverly.
Monday, Aug. 25, 4:30 p.m.

Candlelight vigils set for Ottawa man shot by police

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 25, 2014

OTTAWA — The first of two candlelight vigils for Joseph Jennings, 18, Ottawa will be tonight at 7 at Orscheln’s Farm and Home parking lot where he was shot by Ottawa police and Franklin County deputies. Jennings died of his wounds at Ransom Memorial Hospital. His aunt Brandy Smith said there will be a bike rally and candelight vigil tonight. Another candlelight vigil organized by Raven Gray of Ottawa will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Orscheln’s. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is looking at the shooting. An autopsy was done Sunday on Jennings’ body, Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting said. However, he said it take some time before the KBI presents the final report to his office. Smith, who witnessed the shooting, said Jennings, who had some mental issues and who had been released from Ransom Memorial Hospital three hours before the shooting, didn’t have a gun in his hands and that officers over-reacted in shooting him. Officials, citing the ongoing investigation, say few details would be released about incident until the KBI turns in the report. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is the standard procedure, Ottawa Police Chief Dennis Butler said.
Monday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m.

Man found dead along U.S 56 near Overbrook

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 25, 2014

OVERBROOK — A 24-year-old Carbondale man was found dead early Sunday morning after he was walking on U.S. 56 west of Overbrook. Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said her office received a call shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday about a man walking along U.S. 56 about a half-mile west of Paulen Road. Shortly afterwards, her office received a second call of a body in the road in about the same location. Deputies found the body of Timothy Kemble on the highway, she said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. There is no immediate cause of death. Dunn said an autopsy is will be performed today. The Osage County Sheriff’s office is asking anyone who was travelling on U.S. 56 at about 5 a.m. Sunday, or who may have talked to Kemble, to call them.
Monday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m.

Sterling woman when car hits tree near LeLoup

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 25, 2014

LeLOUP — A Sterling woman was hospitalized following a one-vehicle crash along i-35 near LeLoup Sunday afternoon. Melanie Twineham, 64, Hutchinson, was driving south on I-35, five miles south of Wellsville, when her car dropped off the side of the road, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. She over-corrected and lost control of her car, the highway patrol said. The car ran off the right side of the road, went through a ditch and hit a tree. Her passenger, Marilyn Lawrence, 86, Sterling, was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital. Twineham wasn’t injured. They were both wearing seat belts.
Monday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m.

12:35 Sunday Press Conference with Ottawa Police Chief Dennis Butler, Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting and Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards. Second cut of audio is with Brandy Smith the aunt of Joseph Jennings the victim.

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 24, 2014
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