PRINCETON — The 75-year-old Princeton man who was the subject of the Silver Alert issued this morning by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department has been found safe. The sheriff’s department has cancelled the Silver Alert for Donald Cook. Cook was located at a Kansas City area hospital after he checked himself in, the sheriff’s department said. His family said that earlier this week, Cook was diagnosed with terminal stage four cancer and was upset by the diagnosis. He left his home Wednesday afternoon without telling anyone and without taking his wallet, money or cell phone.
Thursday, April 17, 1:30 p.m.
TOPEKA — A federal grand jury indicted three people from Quenemo Wednesday in connection with last month’s robbery of the Goppert State Service Bank in Pomona. Caleb Jeffcoat, 26; Christel Collins, 37; and 39-year-old Robert Martin, 39; were each charged with one count of bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. The trio were still in the Franklin County jail Wednesday. If convicted, they could face up to 20 years in federal prison.
Thursday, April 17, 9 a.m.
OTTAWA–During reorganization, the Ottawa City Commission selected Linda Reed as the new Mayor. Mike Skidmore is the Mayor Pro Tem. The reorganization occurs in April of each year. The position is largely ceremonial.
Wed. Apr. 16, 10:35 pm
RICHTER — A 44-year-old Ottawa man was killed in a crash on K-68 and Georgia Road at Richter Wednesday morning. Troy Lewis was driving west on K-68 when his Jeep drifted into the east-bound lane and hit a pickup driven by Dan Willford, 42, Pomona; nearly head-on shortly after 6:30 a.m., Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said. Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene. Willford was taken by a Franklin County ambulance to Overland Park Regional Hospital. Barricades were put up to detour traffic away from the accident scene and K-68 was closed at Richter for several hours as investigators worked the scene. Although the Kansas Highway Patrol is the lead investigator for the accident, an accident reconstruction team of Ottawa police officers and Franklin County deputies worked the accident scene, he said. The highway was reopened late in the morning. The wreck renewed the debate about the safety of K-68 west of Ottawa. There has been discussion for years about the condition of the highway, including a lack of shoulders and sharp drop-offs, he said. “It’s hard to avoid a crash because you have nowhere to go,” Richards said.
Wednesday, April 16, 7 a.m.; updated, 9:30 a.m.; updated 10:45 a.m.; updated 1 p.m.; updated Thursday, April 17, 2 p.m.
OTTAWA — More than 400 Franklin County middle school students will descend upon the Franklin County fairgrounds today for the 10th annual Franklin County Earth Festival. The students will take part in various environmental education lessons presented by volunteers from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, K-State Research and Extension, and conservation district experts, Franklin County Conservation District’s Keri Harris said.
Wednesday, April 16, 7 a.m.
PAOLA — There’s no school today at Paola High School but there will be plenty of high school students in the building. Paola is hosting the state large group music competition all day today.
Wednesday, April 16, 7 a.m.
OTTAWA — Retired U.S. Sen. Bob Dole will visit Faith Lutheran Church in Ottawa, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Monday. The public is welcome. Dole saID he isn’t running for anything but wanted to come to Ottawa to see old friends and meet new ones. He said he’s glad to be back in Kansas. His visit is part of a series of visits in northeast Kansas next week.
Tuesday, April 15, 4 p.m.
PRINCETON – This morning, investigators were examining the remains of a two-story house that was destroyed by a fire west of Princeton Tuesday afternoon. A special fire investigation team of Ottawa Fire Department inspectosr and a member of the state fire marshal’s office were looking at the ruins of the house, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards. “We maintained the scene,” Richards said. There was no immediate reason to believe the cause of the fire was of a suspicious nature, he said. “… Right now, it’s being done out of an abundance of caution,” Richards said. The Franklin County Red Cross had contacted the family to offer assistance, he said. No one was at home when the fire occurred, he said. According to initial reports, a passerby reported the fire and tried to find if anyone was in the house. The fire was on John Brown Road west of Louisiana Road.
Tuesday, April 15, 4 p.m.; updated Wednesday, April 16, 1 p.m.
OTTAWA — The Ottawa University dance team has won the NDA Collegiate National championship. It was OU’s first appearance at the national championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. Team members are Jenna Lunger and Riley McAdoo of Ottawa, Leah Powell, of Wellsville; Brylee Beiswanger, Bethany Cobbs, Ada Castro Madrid, Jacyn Dawes, Rebecca Houseman, Taylor Jones, Baylie Kiefer and Tawny Lopez.
Tuesday, April 15, 4 p.m.
OSAGE CITY — The final public design workshop on the development of the Flint Hills Nature Trail will be 5-7:30 p.m. Monday at the Osage City Community Building. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and the Kanza Rails to Trails Conservancy have held a series of the workshops to get input on the trail, which is along an abandoned Missouri Pacific right of way that extends 117 miles between Osawatomie and Herington. No formal presentation is planned. The public can show up at any time on a come-and-to basis.