KOFO Local News

Storm’s wind, hail and rain pummels area

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 16, 2017

OTTAWA — A fast-moving thunderstorm blew through Ottawa and Franklin County packing strong winds, heavy rains and lightning Saturday evening. There were several reports of power outages across Ottawa and in areas outside of Ottawa. Several people reported trees and limbs were knocked down across the area and snapped power line poles at Orlis Cox Ballpark. Some homes received some damage from falling branches and the winds. Hail ranging from pea- to golfball-size pelted the Garnett and Richmond area. One Ottawa woman reported to KOFO Radio that the wind knocked over a Price Chopper employee, skinning her knee and scattering the contents of her purse across the parking lot. She helped the employee catch and pick up some of her credit cards and some cash but they couldn’t find her driver’s license or medication. There wasn’t an immediate estimate on damage or if there were any injuries reported.
Monday, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.

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Judicial vacancy in Coffey County announced; candidates sought

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 16, 2017

TOPEKA — The 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks candidates to fill a district judge vacancy in Coffey County. The person will succeed Phillip Fromme, who is retiring Nov. 30. Candidates for district judge must be a lawyer admitted to practice in Kansas and have been engaged in the practice of law for at least five years and must be a resident of Coffey County at the time of taking office and while holding office. Candidates can apply or be recommended, but recommendations must come on a nomination form and include the candidate’s signature. Forms are available from the clerk of the district court office in Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties, from the appellate court at the judicial center in Topeka; or on the Kansas Judicial Branch website. One original and nine copies of the completed nomination form and supporting letters must be submitted no later than noon, Nov. 9, to Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen at the Kansas Judicial Center in topeka. The nominating commission will convene at 9 a.m. on Dec. 7 to conduct interviews that are open to the public. The commission then will select three to five candidates whose names will be submitted to the governor, who will make the appointment.
Monday, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Inmates escape Marshall County jail; fire shots at firefighters, homeowner and police officers

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 16, 2017

MARYSVILLE — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the Saturday afternoon escape of two inmates from the Marshall County jail in Marysville. Inmates started a fire in a cell, causing smoke to fill the jail and two inmates, Jeffrey Guenther, 46; and Matson Hatfield, 30; forced their way through the jail, grabbed two shotguns and then left the jail and ran into the sheriff’s office parking lot, the KBI said. They are accused of stealing a civilian county employee’s pickup truck at gunpoint, and firing at a Marysville Fire Department truck. A Marysville police officer fired at Guenther in the truck. Meanwhile, Hatfield fled on foot to a home near the jail, and fired shots toward a man standing in front of the residence. Hatfield knew the residents of the home. A short time later, Hatfield surrendered to a Marysville police officer. Guenther fled the area in the stolen pickup and headed north on K-77, and into Nebraska. He was pursued by Marysville police until he crashed and rolled the truck and was arrested in rural Gage County, Neb. No one was injured during or after the escape. The remaining Marshall County jail inmates were transferred to the Washington County jail.
Monday, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Pedestrian killed in Miami County

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 16, 2017

GARDNER — A Miami County man was killed while he was walking along a road early Saturday morning. Brian Phillips, 45, was walking along Moonlight Road, just south of the 223 Street intersection, south of Gardner; when Mason Findley, 26, driving a 2003 Mazda SUV south on Moonlight, struck Phillips shortly after 6:30 a.m., said Miami County Undersheriff Wayne Minckley. Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene. He lived in the area and was known to walk that stretch of road, Minckley said. Phillips was wearing dark clothes at the time of the crash.
Monday, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Work on bike-walker lanes on 15th begins Monday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 12, 2017

OTTAWA — Improvements are set to begin Monday on the East 15th Street bicycle and sidewalk project. Drivers can expect lane narrowing throughout the project, but the street will remain open for the duration of the project. This is a joint project between the city and the Kansas Dept. of Transportation, with KDOT being the managing entity. The project will begin on the north side of 15th Street and then continue on the south side of the street. The project is expected to take a few months to complete.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

Cell phone distraction = crash with semi-truck

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 12, 2017

OTTAWA — A 27-year-old Burlington man was taken to a Kansas City area hospital after he crashed into a semi-truck on I-35 just south of Ottawa Wednesday evening. William Stevens was driving south in the 2600 block of I-35 near the U.S. 59 interchange when he was distracted by his cell phone and veered off the roadway at approximately 6:40 p.m., the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said. He ran into a disabled semi-truck parked on the side of the road and shoulder. Stevens was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. The trucker, Adaan Abdi, 35, St. Cloud, Minn., wasn’t injured.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

County helps rural fire departments get loans for new emergency radios

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 12, 2017

OTTAWA — You got no credit? No problem! You’re in a pickle and need more than a nickle? Franklin County Clerk Janet Paddock has your solution! And that was the case for four rural fire departments – Wellsville-Franklin Township, Pomona-Northwest, Pottawatomie-Lane, and Richmond – which had trouble getting the loans needed to buy the new emergency radios for the county’s new radio network because they had no credit history. Paddock said she and county administrator Derek Brown tried to find a solution that would satisfy U.S. Bank, which won the bid to underwrite the loans for all of the governmental entities buying radios for the county network. However, under state law, the county can’t guarantee the loans, Brown said. So the county’s bond consultant worked out an arrangement involving two lease-purchase deals, one for each department, and a backup conditional lease-purchase by the county for each department that has the effect of guarantying the loans, he said. County commissioners approved the work-around Wednesday.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

Chief judge of district retiring

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 12, 2017

BURLINGTON — Chief Judge Phillip M. Fromme, who has served in the 4th Judicial District for 34 years, will retire Nov. 30. Fromme was named a district judge in 1996 and since 2003 has been chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, which is composed of Franklin, Anderson, Coffey and Osage counties. The 4th Judicial District nominating commission, which is in the process of reforming, will announce when it is accepting applications for Fromme’s successor. After interviewing candidates, the commission will forward the names of three to five finalists to the governor, who will appoint the next judge. Franklin County commissioners named Commissioner Randall Renoud as the county’s public representative on the nomination group.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

ECKAN Christmas Bureau seeking applications, donations

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 12, 2017

OTTAWA — The ECKAN Christmas Bureau is accepting applications for assistance beginning now through Nov. 27th. The Christmas Bureau is a program designed to help low income families during Christmas by providing toys for children and food for individuals and families. If you would like to apply, go to the ECKAN community center office at the Don Woodward ORC Building. You will need to have verification of income to apply. The organization is also taking donations for the cause. If you would like to help, contact the ECKAN office.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

Grand Prix races to be remembered with Garnett event

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 12, 2017

GARNETT — The third annual Lake Garnett Grand Prix Revival is this weekend at Lake Garnett, which was the site of the internationally-known sports car races in the late 1950s, 60s and early 70s. This year is “Mopar Extravanganza” honoring Dodge, Plymouth and Chrysler cars. A regional Mopar club is expected to take part in the activities Saturday and Sunday, said co-organizer Kevin Hinkle. Among the highlights, an autocross, car show and “track events” in which cars will make high-speed laps around the lake road. Spectators are free.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.