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Police: Man receives ‘life-threatening injuries’ from stabbing; another man in custody

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 21, 2014

OTTAWA — Ottawa police have taken a 27-year-old Ottawa man into custody in connection with a stabbing that sent a 31-year-old Ottawa man to a Kansas City area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Rocky Stephenson was stabbed during a fight early this morning in the 500 block of North Hickory Street, Police Chief Dennis Butler said. Stephenson was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital and later transferred by ambulance to Overland Park Regional Medical Center where he was taken into surgery. Butler said he didn’t have an update on Stephenson this afternoon. A suspect identified as Mike Wilson and fled the scene on foot, Butler said. Ottawa police officers and Franklin County deputies searched for Wilson. However, police later found Wilson, Butler said.
Sunday, Sept. 21, 3:30 p.m.

KU Students Say Sexual Assault Not a Priority For Administration

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 19, 2014

LAWRENCE – University of Kansas administration is getting a thumbs down from students over how it has handled sexual assault cases. KMBC-TV reports K.U. is now the subject of a federal investigation into its handling of a rape case last October in which Douglas County did not file charges and the university allowed the accused student to remain on campus, despite reports he admitted to doing it. The university chancellor says those who investigate sexual assault cases have the best interests of the school and the community, but some students say plagiarism is a much bigger priority for administrators. Last year, K.U. investigated 397 cases of plagiarism and expelled two students. The school looked into 12 complaints of sexual violence and expelled six students. From 2002 to 2012, there were 10 rape cases reported to campus police.

Updated 9/19/14 @ 3:35 p.m.

August Unemployment Figures Released

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 19, 2014

TOPEKA – The unemployment rate for August was at 4.4 percent, which is unchanged from July. That’s according to the Kansas Department of Labor, which says the rate is down 5.5 percent in August of 2013. Kansas Department of Labor economist Efua Afful says growth in weekly hours and earnings demonstrate that the economy is improving. Since July, private sector jobs decreased by 1,700, which is a 0.1 percent decline. The state lost 500 non-farm jobs over the month, showing no significant percentage gain.

Updated 9/19/14 @ 3:25 p.m.

Head-on crash near Pomona Lake kills Quenemo woman, injures Garnett man

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 16, 2014

QUENEMO — A 52-year-old Quenemo woman was killed and a 34-year-old Garnett man was injured in a head-on crash on K-268 just east of the K-368 intersection near Pomona Lake Monday morning. Bradley Ruppert, Garnett, was driving east on K-268 when his mini-van crossed the center line and hit a west-bound car driven by Dawnette Hoerner, Quenemo, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Hoerner died at the scene. Ruppert was injured and he was taken by helicopter to KU Medical Center. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. About one mile of K-268 was closed most of the day.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m.

Baldwin City man injured while repairing car

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 16, 2014

BALDWIN CITY — A 31-year-old Baldwin City man was flown by helicopter to Overland Park Regional Medical Center after his car rolled onto him while he was working on it in his driveway in the 100 block of Silver Leaf Lane in Baldwin City late Monday night. Baldwin City police say the car slipped out of gear and rolled back onto the man and trapped him. The man wasn’t identified. A volunteer firefighter lives next door and pushed the car off the man, police said.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m.

Caught red-handed; leaving empty handed

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 16, 2014

POMONA — A 65-year-old Pomona man reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office that he caught a burglar red-handed at his property in the 1300 block of Reno Road northeast of Pomona. The man tried to detain the person but the burglar escaped. However, the man recovered all of the items the thief was trying to steal.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m.

Ottawa police receive several theft reports

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 16, 2014

OTTAWA — Ottawa police received several reports of burglaries and thefts Monday. A 39-year-old Ottawa woman reported that someone entered her home in the 600 block of Burroughs, and stole property. A 43-year-old Ottawa woman someone entered her home in the 600 block of South Lincoln and stole property. A 22-year-old Ottawa man reported the theft of property from the 400 block of East Fifth. A 48-year-old Princeton woman reported the theft of her daughter’s property from the Franklin County District Court building. Dollar General, 2212 S. Princeton, reported a woman stole a gift card from the store. A 39-year-old Ottawa woman reported the theft of property from the 1900 block of South Princeton.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m.

KDOT looking for transloading facilities

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 16, 2014

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Transportation is looking for sites to build rail transloading facilities. KDOT said it expects an announcement of facility locations will be made within a year. KDOT will hire a consultant to help select the most best locations for facilities, how big they should be, how many should be built and how such a facility should be operated. Transloading is the process of moving freight containers between trucks and rail cars. Transloading can help customers who may not have local access to freight rail service or those who need expanded warehousing, KDOT said. The need for transloading facilities was identified by the state’s freight advisory committee earlier this year, KDOT secretary Mike King said.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m.

Churchgoers report purse thefts

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 16, 2014

OTTAWA — Two Waverly women reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Sunday morning that someone stole items from their purses during church services at the Rock Creek Church of Christ on U.S. 59 south of Ottawa. The loss was estimated at less than $1,000.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m.

Someone steals items from jail inmate

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 16, 2014

OTTAWA — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department received a theft report Saturday night from a 32-year-old Richmond woman whose ex-boyfriend is in the Franklin County jail. She told deputies that someone broke into a storage unit in the 100 block of North State Street in Richmond and stole items belonging to the inmate. She estimated the loss about $6,450.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m.

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