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Army jazz band to perform in Ottawa May 6

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 19, 2017

OTTAWA — The 312th Army Jazz Band will perform 7 p.m. May 6 at the Ottawa Memorial Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. The program will include concert band, brass band, and large popular music rock group and will feature genres of music ranging from patriotic and traditional marches to rock music under the baton of commander and bandmaster Nicholas Proctor, chief warrant officer; and First Sgt. Cardell Edwards. Ottawa High School band director Courtney Nichols will guest conduct. The 312th Army Band features a marching band, concert band, jazz band, rock band, jazz combo, blues band, brass quintet, woodwind quintet, and ceremonial detail. The band, which is stationed in Lawrence, is made up of 40 members of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Wednesday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.

Ottawa attorney suing Garnett, Anderson County

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 19, 2017

GARNETT — An Ottawa attorney is suing Anderson County and the city of Garnett for injuries he received after he slipped on ice at the county jail than two years ago. The Anderson County Review reports Forrest Lowry left the jail Feb. 17, 2015, and slipped and fell, breaking his ankle. In his filing, Lowry said the city and county were negligent in keeping the sidewalk clear and safe for pedestrians. He’s asking for $75,000 and court costs. No court hearing has been set.
Wednesday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.

Woman injured in roll-over near Melvern

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MELVERN — A 28-year-old Melvern woman was injured when her pick-up rolled over east of Melvern early Tuesday morning. Rachael DeHoff was driving east in the 3300 block of 309th Street when her truck drifted off the left side of the road and rolled over in the ditch, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. She was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. The highway patrol said she wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
Wednesday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.

Three head of cattle rustled near Ottawa

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OTTAWA — Corey Tucker, 27, Ottawa, reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Monday that three head of cattle were rustled from the 2100 block of Pawnee Road northwest of Ottawa. The loss was estimated at $3,000.
Wednesday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.

Richmond woman says someone tried to run over her son

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RICHMOND — A 35-year-old Richmond woman reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Monday that a 33-year-old Richmond man who she knew tried to run over her son with a vehicle in the 400 block of Louisiana Road last week.
Wednesday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.

Goppert Foundation donates $50,000 to teen park

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OTTAWA — The Goppert Foundation will give $50,000 to the Ottawa Teen Park. Goppert’s donation will be added to $110,000 already raised over the past year for the teen park, said Mayor Sara Caylor. The final goal is $250,000. The teen park fund-raising has been ongoing since the beginning of the 2016, with pledges received from the city, Ottawa Rotary, Franklin County, an anonymous donor who gave $50,000 and funds from an Ottawa Middle School dodgeball tournament, she said. In addition, a shoe drive also has raised money for the park. “It is no surprise that the Goppert Foundation is willing to build on its previous philanthropic efforts in the community, but it is very significant to this project,” Caylor said. “They are absolutely ensuring the dreams of our teens will become a reality.” “I was happy to help facilitate the opportunity for this gift,” said Mike Skidmore, city commissioner and vice president of Goppert State Savings Bank. Play Task Force Chairperson Fonda Rose said the task force is excited about the donation. “We are going to do this thing and make the vision come true for our area youth,” she said. The first phase includes relocating the skate park amenities to the Teen Park location south of 15th Street and Kanza Park. It also will include three basketball courts and a zip line. The second phase includes a pump track, an above-ground looped system with slopes and banks for bicycles, skateboarding and skating.
Wednesday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.

Car show registrations at record pace

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OTTAWA — With five months yet, more than 500 vehicles have been pre-registered for the Ol’ Marais River Run car show in Ottawa. That’s 100 more than the normal pace of registrations for this time of year, said Don Stottlemire, a member of the Over the Road Gang, which hosts the annual vintage vehicle extravaganza. Since a popular cable TV automotive show highlighted last year’s River Run, the club has gotten calls from across the country, he said. The club has been scrambling to find more space to deal with the expected record number of vehicles, he said. Stottlemire gave an update to county commissioners Monday morning and asked them to donate to hiring a trolley shuttle between Forest Park and downtown during the three-day car show.
Wednesday, April 19, 4 p.m.

Williamsburg gun threat investigated

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WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Elementary School reported Monday that a fourth-grader may have made a threat involving a gun, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said. However, deputies investigated but decided no crime had been committed.
Wednesday, April 19, 4 p.m.

Sheriff’s office investigating rape report

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POMONA — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said it is investigating a report that a 13-year-old Pomona girl was raped by a 15 year old Pomona resident in Pomona sometime in February and reported this weekend.
Wednesday, April 19, 4 p.m.

Pomona Lake outflow reduced to near normal

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POMONA LAKE — After opening gates wide because of the recent series of rains, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ratcheted down the outflow from Pomona Lake. The Corps said it has reduced the lake’s outflow to less than 15 cubic feet per second, which is normal. The lake level is slightly more than 975 feet above sea level, or a foot above normal. The Carbolyn boat ramp is the only ramp remaining that’s closed because of high water.
Wednesday, April 19, 4 p.m.