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Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 14, 2016

OTTAWA-You probably thought there would be a new left-turn lane at 19th and Eisenhower as part of the new Elementary School project, right?  Well, think again.  City Planners have revealed that as a matter of fact, the city never did require the Ottawa School District to include the left turn lane…so there won’t be one.

 

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 10 pm

Recall try against commissioner hits snag

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 13, 2016

OTTAWA — County Attorney Stephen Hunting has refused to certify a petition seeking to recall County Commissioner Steve Harris.  One of the petition organizers, Steve Cox, said Hunting objected to some of the language in the proposed petition.  The language will be fixed and the petitions resubmitted as quickly as possible, Cox said.  The group wants to hold the recall election at the same time as the general election in November.  Once a petition is approved, the group can begin seeking voters’ signatures.  Because of his new job with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Harris hasn’t attended any commission meetings since mid-April.  Harris has said he won’t resign.

Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m.

Fire in vacant home investigated

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 13, 2016

OTTAWA — Ottawa firefighters put out a small fire inside a vacant home in the 1000 block of South Locust Street early this morning.  The cause of the fire is under investigation, Fire Chief Tim Mathias said.  Damage to the structure is estimated at $1,000.

Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m.

Theft reports include interrupted burglary

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 13, 2016

OTTAWA — Ottawa police received a report over the weekend that a Honda ATV was stolen from the 900 block of Bennett Road.  A  33-year-old Pomona woman reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office Tuesday that her dog was stolen from her property in the 2000 block of Old Highway 50 near Wheatland Estates southwest of Ottawa.  The estimated value of the dog was $3,000.   A 61-year-old Ottawa woman reported to the sheriff’s office that she interrupted a burglary in progress, also in the 2000 block of Old Highway 50, late Tuesday night.  She reported slightly more than $200 was taken.

Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m.

Ottawa shooting remains mystery

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 13, 2016

OTTAWA — The shooting of a 41-year-old Baldwin City man early Thursday morning in Ottawa remains a mystery.  Ottawa police learned of the shooting when the man was dropped off at Ransom Memorial Hospital.  The man received gunshot wounds in his arm and leg, Lt. Doug Waterman said. The wounds were considered non-life-threatening.  However, the case is at a standstill because the man refuses to talk to police and there’s little other information that would help the investigation, Waterman said.  He asks that anyone with information about the shooting to call the Ottawa Police Department or Franklin County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-311-TIPS.

Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m.

High court rejects Corey appeal for new trial

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 13, 2016

TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Ralph Corey, and denied his appeal.  Corey was convicted more than three years ago in Franklin County District Court of aggravated kidnapping and the attempted rape of a teenager in 2000 in Ottawa.  The case was cold more than a decade until a tissue sample match matched Corey’s DNA.  He was serving time in prison in arizona.  Corey had appealed to both the kansas appeals court and supreme court, citing various alleged errors in his case, but both appellate courts found that the evidence against corey was so strong that any errors in his trial were not substantial enough to warrant a new trial.  Corey is serving a 33-year prison sentence in a Kansas prison.

Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m.

Teen to get extended stay in stir

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 13, 2016

OTTAWA — An Ottawa teen will have an extended stay at the juvenile detention center.  The boy, who is an inmate at the center, attacked two corrections officers and another  juvenile inmate, and tried to hit two deputies, and damaged several items in the center last night, the Franklin County Sheriff’s office said.

Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m.

Mailbox blasted

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 13, 2016

RICHMOND — A 22 year-old Richmond woman reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department that someone in a light blue Ford Escape put and ignited fireworks in her mother’s mailbox in the 2400 block of Cloud Road northwest of Richmond Saturday evening. The fireworks exploded and damaged the mailbox.  Damage was estimated at $150.

Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m.

KDOT offers motorists ‘the zipper’

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 13, 2016

OLATHE — It’s called the zipper and it’s not the latest ride at the county fair.  The Kansas Dept. of Transportation is joining Missouri and a handful of states that have adopted what is officially called the “zipper merge.”  The zipper debuted on I-35 in Johnson County this week.  Using electronic signs and Doppler radar, the method gets drivers to take turns when approaching lane closures, most often associated with road construction.  KDOT said the zipper is designed to prevent the automotive scramble for space before lane closings.  The concept is simple but KDOT said that kids seem to understand it better than some adult drivers.

Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m.

Four injured in two crashes

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 13, 2016

OTTAWA — Two crashes sent four people to the hospital this weekend.  The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said a 16-year old Pomona girl, who wasn’t identified, was driving a small SUV north in the 1400 block of Delaware Road east of Williamsburg Saturday evening when she lost control of the vehicle. The SUV went off the road and overturned several times, stopping in a field to the east of the road.  The teen and two passengers were taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa for treatment, the sheriff’s office said.  In the second crash, Bradley Ruppert, 34, Garnett; was driving north in the 1000 block of U.S. 59 south of Princeton late Saturday night when his mini-van struck a deer.   He was also taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital.

Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m.

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