OTTAWA–It looks like it will be a while before Ottawa High School adopts a new science curriculum. OHS Science teacher James Dean says new science textbooks are simply not ready. He says it would be better to wait until new textbooks are available so they can be used for many years down the road.
Monday, May 23, 10:45 pm
OTTAWA — A Franklin County corrections officer has been arrested for suspicion of felony child abuse. Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards says he learned April 20 that Christopher Lambie was the subject of a criminal investigation in Gardner. Richards says Lambie was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation. He says Lambie was arrested today. As a result, Lambie was fired. Calling it a personnel matter, Richards says he won’t provide any additional details.
Thursday, May 19, 4 p.m.
GARNETT — An 80-year-old Kincaid man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a crash on U.S. 59 in front of the Garnett Elementary School. Richard Crabtree was driving south on U.S. 59 when his pickup went off the road and dropped into the west ditch, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The pickup hit a road approach and came to rest on its passenger side. Crabtree wasn’t wearing a seat belt, the highway patrol said. An autopsy is planned.
Thursday, May 16, 2 p.m.
POMONA–The West Franklin School Board is considering a list of projects that need to be done in the district. The School Board will decide at a later date whether to ask for a special bond election to pay for the more expensive projects.
Wednesday, May 18, 10:45 pm
OTTAWA — District Judge Eric Godderz sentenced Kyle Flack to death this morning for the murders of Kaylie Bailey and her 18-month-old daughter Lana Leigh Bailey three years ago at a farmstead near Richter. Flack was sentenced to life for the murders of Andrew Stout and Steven White. A Franklin County jury convicted Flack two months ago of the murders and recommended that he receive the death penalty. Godderz accepted the jury’s recommendation, saying the death penalty was supported by the evidence presented during the trial. “No one will ever forget the harm that you have done,” Godderz said. “…If there is any silver lining in all this tragedy it’s that you will never get a chance to do this again.” Prior to the sentencing, family members of the victims were allowed to testify. Lisa Smith, mother of Kaylie Bailey and grandmother of Lana Leigh Bailey, said they were beautiful children and “they were taken by a savage murderer. Every step I now take is like walking across cut glass.” In the meantime, Flack’s attorneys have filed a motion for a new trial, saying there were significant errors in the trial to warrant a retrial. No hearing has been set for that motion.
Wednesday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.
OTTAWA–Ottawa University is really going to town when it comes to enrollment. O-U officials say enrollment for the upcoming Fall semester on the Ottawa campus is the largest in 41 years.
OTTAWA–The annual National Law Enforcement Memorial Service was held at Faith Lutheran Church in Ottawa. Police Chief Dennis Butler paid tribute to Captain Robert Cowdin, who died in 1963 while trying to control a riot in Garnett. He also paid respects to Deputy Samuel A. Smith, who died in a car crash in 2010 while responding to a domestic disturbance call.
Wed. May 11, 8:30 pm
OTTAWA — The log jam at the Prairie Spirit Trail bridge over the Marais des Cygnes River is coming unjammed, although a bit more slowly than most local officials would like. Ottawa City Commissioner Blake Jorgensen told his fellow commissioners Monday that he sees some progress and that the debris field is started to break up. City officials said they’ll continue watching the river closely as Pomona Lake continues to release large volumes of water into the river.
Tuesday, May 10, 3:30 p.m.
OTTAWA — A 25-year-old Ottawa man was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital early this morning as a result of a three-vehicle accident on Old Highway 59 north of Ottawa. Tones Copp was driving south in the 3800 block of Old Highway 59 when his pickup crossed the center line and struck a car driven by Lorrain Cromwell, 60, Ottawa, the Franklin County Sheriff’s office said. Copp’s truck then hit a car driven by Lowell Manis, 48, Ottawa, then dropped into the ditch and struck a power pole owned by Kansas City Power & Light.
Tuesday, May 10, 3:30 p.m.
PAOLA — The Paola Police Department is asking for help from the public to identify and locate a vehicle and subject that was seen around Lake Miola approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said a man driving a van approached a female pedestrian and asked questions that made the walker feel uncomfortable and concerned. On the opposite side of the lake, the driver again approached the walker, asking more questions that concerned her so she called the police. Officers immediately responded to the area but didn’t find the vehicle or the subject. Police describe the vehicle as an older model plain white van with Missouri license plates. The van had custom narrow windows on driver’s side, covered with some type of white material, police said. Other than a front passenger door, there were no other side doors. The van had hinged back doors with one window on the right side with chain link fencing on the inside of the window. Papers were on the dash in front of the passenger’s seat. Police describe the driver as a white man 50 to 60 years old. He had gray and brown hair, and a graying 5 o’clock shadow beard. He had a raspy voice. He wore a gray T-shirt with a gray and blue ball cap. Contact the Paola Police Department at (913) 259-3640. Callers may remain anonymous.
Tuesday, May 10, 3:30 p.m.