KOFO Local News

No Race Problem?

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 4, 2015

OTTAWA–Multiple cities across the U.S. have been in the news surrounding race and the problem of police treatment.  Ottawa City Commissioner Shawn Dickinson attended a conference in Washington DC last week.  He says what he heard makes him glad to live in Ottawa because there are no obvious race problems here.  He says though it’s vital to have a conversation on race to head off any problems.

Monday, Aug. 3, 8:30 pm

23rd Street closed because of water main break

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 3, 2015

OTTAWA — 23rd Street will be closed between Main and Oak streets until further notice, the city utilities department said.  Both lanes will be closed.  City crews are repairing a water main break.

Monday, Aug. 3, 7:30 a.m.

Night Out Against Crime

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 29, 2015

OTTAWA–At least 18 neighborhoods signed up for the annual Night Out Against Crime in Ottawa.  Mayor Mike Skidmore says in a time when neighbors don’t even know next-door neighbors, this is an occasion when people on a block can meet in a non-threatening environment.

Tuesday, Jul. 28, 9:30 pm

Richter Fire

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 28, 2015

AN EARLY MORNING FIRE AT 3236 IDAHO ROAD NEAR RICHTER DESTROYED AN ATTACHED GARAGE AND DAMAGED FOUR VEHICLES AND THE HOUSE. A PUPPY BELONGING TO THE FAMILY WAS ALSO KILLED.

OTTAWA UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR BRIAN JONES SAYS HIS FAMILY WAS ASLEEP WHEN ONE OF THE FAMILY DOGS WOKE THEM UP AT ABOUT 4:30:

BRIAN JONES

FIREFIGHTERS FROM POMONA, LINCOLN-OTTAWA-HARRISON AND CENTROPOLIS FIRE DEPARTMENTS BATTLED THE BLAZE FOR ABOUT THREE HOURS.

JONES SAYS THE RED CROSS WILL PUT HIS FAMILY IN A MOTEL FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS WHILE THEY LOOK AT THEIR OPTIONS.

THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ESTIMATED THE DAMAGE TO HOUSE, VEHICLES AND CONTENTS AT $400,000.

This morning’s house fire causes $400,000 in damage

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 28, 2015

RICHTER — A family dog alerted a sleeping family to a fire that severely damaged their home at 3236 idaho road near richter early this morning.  Brian Jones, Ottawa University professor, said a family German shepherd jumped on a bedroom door to alert his family of the fire.  The smoke alarms began sounding shortly after, he said.  The family of five fled the house.  There were no injuries, except to a family puppy, which died in the fire, he said.  The fire appears to have originated at an electrical box in the garage, he said.  The fire destroyed an attached garage and damaged four vehicles, as well as the house.  The plastic siding on one side of a detached shed was also melted.  Firefighters from pomona, lincoln-ottawa-harrison and centropolis fire departments battled the blaze for about three hours.  The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department estimated the damage to house, vehicles and contents at $400,000.  The Red Cross will put his family in a motel for a couple of days while they look at their options and talk to the insurance company.

Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 a.m.; updated 11 a.m.

OMA Director

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 28, 2015

OTTAWA–The Ottawa Municipal Auditorium Advisory Board says if the facility is to be successful, it must have a full-time director.  The Ottawa City Commission was advised of this finding during its regular study session.

Monday, Jul. 27, 10 pm

Fire severely damages hay baler

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 27, 2015

HOMEWOOD —  Ronald Smith, 69, Williamsburg, was operating a hay baler on property in the 1400 block of Jackson Road, north of Homewood, when the baler caught on fire Sunday evening.  The Franklin County Sheriff’s office estimated the damage at $11,000.

Monday, July 27, 4 p.m.

Prison inmate, county attorney duel over request for third kidnapping, attempted rape trial

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 27, 2015

TOPEKA — Prison inmate Ralph Corey and the Franklin County Attorney’s office skirmished in filings and counter filings to the Kansas Supreme Court Thursday and Friday.  Corey, who was convicted twice of aggravated kidnapping, attempted rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and criminal threat involving a 15-year-old cold case, is seeking a third trial.  Corey argues that there is a mistake in the trial court record and he should get a re-trial.  In his written motion, deputy county attorney Josh Smith said the mistake is minor and wouldn’t affect the outcome of Corey’s second trial.  He is seeking that the case be sent back to Franklin County District Court so the record can be formally corrected.  Smith also requested that the high court delay a deadline set for Friday for filing a motion concerning the case.  In a counter-filing, Corey expressed opposition to both requests, saying the county hadn’t bothered to correct the document and that the mistake was serious enough to warrant a retrial.  Corey was convicted of kidnapping a then-teen girl from Williamsburg from the Wal-Mart SuperCenter parking lot and trying to rape her.  The first trial was ended on a mistrial, after a juror used a smart phone to get additional information on the incident.  An earlier attempt by Corey for a retrial was rejected by the state appeals court but the high court agreed earlier this month to review the case.  Corey, a former truck driver, was in prison in Arizona for a sex crime when a new KBI computer program matched his DNA to evidence in the Ottawa case.

Monday, July 27, 4 p.m.

Flack’s attorneys seeking KBI investigative report

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 27, 2015

OTTAWA — Kyle Flack’s attorneys have filed a filed a motion to force Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting to turn over records from a KBI investigation.  The motion was filed last week in Franklin County District Court.  Flack is charged with the murders of Kaylie Bailey, her 18-month-old daughter, Lana Leigh Bailey; Andrew Stout and Steven White at a farmhouse north of Richter two years ago.  Because his attorneys have been collecting more evidence as well as trying to obtain federal investigative material, Flack’s trial has been postponed to February.  The next court hearing for Flack is Aug. 20.

Monday, July 27, 4 p.m.

Third Pomona bank robber gets probation

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 27, 2015

KANSAS CITY — The third person convicted in the robbery at the Goppert State Service Bank at Pmona last year will receive two years of supervised probation for her part in the robbery.  Christel Collins, Quenemo, was sentenced for aiding and abetting after the fact to the time she has already served and was released.  Charges of bank robbery were dismissed against her.  She was ordered to pay $5,811 in restitution.  Two Quenemo men, Caleb Jeffcoat and Robert Martin, were each sentenced to 30 months for taking part in the bank robbery.

Monday, July 27, 4 p.m.

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