KOFO Local News

From Gravel to Paved

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 2, 2015

OTTAWA–If everything goes as planned, at least a dozen gravel streets will get paved this summer.  That was the good news coming from the Ottawa City Commission.  The paving work on these and other streets will cost up to $160,000.

Wednesday, July 1, 10 pm

Media researcher: Flack not likely to get fair trial in Franklin County

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 30, 2015

OTTAWA — A Pittsburg State University professor who has researched news coverage of sensational murder trials testified this morning that he believed that Kyle Flack wouldn’t be able to get a fair trial in Franklin County.  Flack’s attorney Tim Frieden questioned communications professor Troy Comeau as part of his request to move Flack’s murder trial from Franklin County.  District Judge Eric Godderz said he would consider Frieden’s motion and issue a ruling later.  Godderz is hearing several pre-trial motions today in Franklin County District Court.  Frieden has also requested that Flack’s murder trial be delayed from its projected start date in September. Godderz decided to schedule another hearing for July 17 on the request.  In other motions, Godderz rejected a request by the Ottawa herald to open certain sealed court documents.  Flack faces charges of capital murder in the 2013 slayings of Kaylie Bailey and her toddler daughter Lana-Leigh Bailey, and murder charges in the deaths of Andrew Stout, and Steven White at a farmhouse north of Richter.

Tuesday, June 30, noon

Judicial panel throws out Brownback’s school finance block grants

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 29, 2015

TOPEKA — A special panel of three Shawnee County judges ruled Friday that the state has violated an agreement to adequate fund public education.  The panel also struck down Gov. Sam Brownback’s system of block grant funding for schools.  The judges said the block grant system harms schools, which Brownback had promised wouldn’t happen.  The block grants cut school funding as well as increase the gap between wealthy and poor school district, which is a violation of the state constitution, the ruling said.  “This is yet another victory for the kids of Kansas,” said John Robb, attorney for Schools for Fair Funding, the coalition of school districts that supported the original lawsuit. “When will the legislature and the Governor learn that they are not above the law and that the Constitution and court orders must be followed,” he said. “They just wasted 113 days and millions of taxpayer dollars in pursuit of an agenda that our constitution will not allow. It is time to play by the rules. Our kids have waited long enough.”  Brownback and other Republican leaders denounced the ruling a violation of the court’s constitutional authority.  Brownback said the state has increased funding to public education.  However, the court rejected that contention, saying that the state merely shifted teacher pension funding to schools, which isn’t the same as providing money for education.  Kansas Attorney Gen. Derek Schmidt wasted no time Friday filing a notice to appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court.  He asked the high court today to put on hold the  lower court’s order to increase school funding while the Supreme Court considers the state’s appeal.  He said that the lower court’s order breaks new legal ground in several regards, including trying to reinstate laws that the Legislature repealed months ago. He also noted that the lower court went so far as to declare unconstitutional provisions in two laws that had not yet been enacted when the court conducted its most recent hearing in the case.  “The Court stayed the Panel’s judgment for the duration of the last appeal, with good reason. There is even more reason to stay the Panel’s decision pending this appeal,” Schmidt wrote in the motion.  However, Alan Rupe, Schools for Fair Funding attorney, said, “when it comes to school funding, the legislature has spent the entire session ignoring their oath to uphold the constitution.  Kansas’ schoolchildren, parents, teachers, school administrators, their lawyers, and the courts are not going away until the Legislature and Governor do what they swore on the Bible that they would do.  They must provide a suitable education to all Kansas kids.”  There is no date set on a hearing for the state’s appeal.

Monday, June 26, 4 p.m.

Osawatomie man found dead on trail southeast of Rantoul

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 29, 2015

RANTOUL — A 59-year-old Osawatomie man was found dead on the Flint Hills Trail approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday southeast of Rantoul.  After receiving a report of someone unconscious, the Franklin County Sheriff’s office said deputies found Richard Beery southeast of the Jackson and Virginia intersection.  The cause of death is unknown, and an autopsy has been ordered, the sheriff’s office said.

Sunday, June 26, 4 p.m.

Several guns stolen in Wellsville burglary

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 29, 2015

WELLSVILLE — A 55-year-old Edgerton woman reported Sunday morning to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office that burglars stole several guns from the Wellsville Community Building, 707 Locust St.  The loss was estimated at more than $8,500.

Monday, June 29, 4 p.m.

Six injured in two-vehicle crash south of Wellsville

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 29, 2015

WELLSVILLE — Six people were injured in a two-vehicle accident early Sunday morning south of Wellsville.  Justyne Wilson, 25, Ottawa, had stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of the I-35 north-bound exit and K-33 at about 1:30 a.m, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.  Wilson began to enter the intersection when she saw a car going south on K-33 and stopped, the highway patrol said.  When the driver of the south-bound car, Jacob Davis, 15, Osawatomie, saw Wilson’s pickup start into the intersection, he made an evasive emergency maneuver and went off the right side of the roadway, striking hitting the pickup, the highway patrol said.  His car came to rest on the off ramp facing south.  Wilson’s truck came to rest in the intersection facing north.  Davis and three passengers in his car, Kyle McClendon, 17; Jenna Dennis, 15; and Mason Offutt, 22, all of Osawatomie; were injured and taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa.  Wilson and a passenger in her truck, Elizabeth Barrier, 22, Holden, Mo. were also injured and taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital.   Everyone except McClendon were wearing seat belts, the highway patrol said.

Monday, June 29, 4 p.m.

Two OHS grads intern for city

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 29, 2015

OTTAWA — Two Ottawa High School graduates have joined the city of Ottawa staff as summer interns.  University of Dallas senior and business major Jaime Birzer is working in the city’s finance department.  University of Central Missouri junior and computer information systems major Hayden Soph is in the city’s information technology department.  Birzer is working on a variety of assignments, including digitizing historical information for utility billing and researching crowd-funding websites to use for additional improvements to the city’s parks.  Soph is working on helpdesk issues, organization of inventory records and preparing new computers for deployment and old computers for disposal.

Monday, June 29, 4 p.m.

Run-in proves deadly to cows

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 29, 2015

POMONA — Cody Goyer, 28, Pomona, was traveling north in the 3900 block of Colorado Road north of Pomona early Saturday morning when his vehicle struck two cows, killing them.  The Franklin County Sheriff’s office said the vehicle was a total loss estimated at $9,000.  The Judd Ranch, who owned the cows, removed them from the road.  Goyer wasn’t injured.

Monday, June 29, 4 p.m.

Salina driver hospitalized after she falls asleep on I-35

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 29, 2015

WAVERLY — A Salina woman was sent to a Topeka hospital following a one-vehicle crash on I-35 in Osage County Friday evening.  Anna Zuercher, 19, was driving south on I-35 just north of the Osage-Coffey county line when she fell asleep and her car left the road.  She over-corrected and rolled her car.  She was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. She was wearing a seat belt.

Monday, June 29, 4 p.m.

U-turn results in two-vehicle crash south of Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 29, 2015

OTTAWA — The Franklin County Sheriff’s office said Aaron Gay, 28, Salina, hit a car driven by Patricia Baker, 61,  El Dorado; after he made a U-turn in the 2700 block of Eisenhower Road near the I-35 interchange just southwest of Ottawa Friday afternoon.  The sheriff’s office listed it as an injury accident but didn’t say who was injured or how severe the injuries were.

Monday, June 29, 4 p.m.

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