KOFO Local News

State baseball, softball games postponed to weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 28, 2015

TOPEKA — Because of wet conditions and predicted storms, Ottawa’s opening game in the 4-A, Division I, baseball tournament at Salina today has been postponed to Sunday.  Wellsville’s 3-A baseball and softball games have also been postponed.

Thursday, May 28, 1 p.m.

Hearing set June 9 on opening documents in Flack murder trial

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 28, 2015

OTTAWA — District Judge Eric Godderz has scheduled a hearing for June 9 in Franklin County District on whether to open up certain court documents in the capital murder trial of Kyle Flack.  The hearing is response to a motion by the Ottawa Herald to intervene in the case and to open sealed court documents in the case.  In his filing, the paper’s attorney Maxwell Kautsch said the decision to close the documents doesn’t meet the standards set by the Kansas Supreme Court and the Legislature.  Because of secrecy surrounding the trial, it’s not always clear what sealed motions have been filed in the case, he said.  Neither prosecutors nor glack’s attorneys have clearly proved that the release of the documents would jeopardize flack’s right to an impartial jury or a fair trial, Kautsch said.  Previously, news organizations have filed suit to open various hearings and documents in the case.  Flack is charged with killing Kailie Bailey, her 18-month-old daughter Lana Leigh Bailey, Andrew Stout and Steven White two years ago near Richter.

Thursday, May 28, 1 p.m.

Body found in Hillsdale Lake; 23-year-old missing persons case solved

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 26, 2015

HILLSDALE LAKE — The discovery of a car submerged at Hillsdale Lake and a body inside it solves a 23-year-old missing persons case.  While fishing, an angler using underwater sonar located the submerged car north of the Jayhawker Boat Ramp approximately 40 yards out into the lake, Miami County Undersheriff Wayne Minckley said.  Miami County deputies, park rangers, and members of the Osawatomie Fire Department water rescue team pulled a 1981 Chevrolet Ditation from the water Thursday evening, Minckley said.  They found a body in the driver’s seat inside the car, he said.  The car was registered to Fremont O’Berg, Jr., rural Paola. An autopsy confirms the body is of the 57-year-old O’Berg, Minckley said.  O’Berg vanished without a trace and was reported missing on Jan. 6, 1992.  After he disappeared, searches were conducted around Miami County, which including Hillsdale Lake.  His family has now been notified.  Minckley said the case is still under investigation.

Tuesday, May 26, 11 a.m.

Open houses set for Friday for new county judicial center

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 26, 2015

OTTAWA — Work on the new county law enforcement center is nearly done.  The county has converted the old Neosho County Community College building at Second and Beech into headquarters for the sheriff’s department and the county attorney.  The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting for the new facility at 8 a.m. Friday. That will be followed by open houses 8-11 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.  Because of security rules, the open houses will be the only time most people will get to see the inside of the new center, Sheriff Jeff Richards said.  The new center offers more space and will be more functional, separating members of the public and scofflaws who rub elbows in the small lobby of the present sheriff’s office on the third floor of the jail, he said.

Tuesday, May 26, 10 a.m.

New Ottawa police officer on streets

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 26, 2015

OTTAWA — The newest Ottawa police officer is out on the street for another three months’ of field training.  Carson Simmons recently graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center at Hutchinson.  Once his field training is completed, Simmons will be released to solo patrol this summer, Police Chief Dennis Butler said.

Tuesday, May 26, 10 a.m.

Westphalia farmer named to state ag board

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 26, 2015

TOPEKA — Westphalia farmer and rancher Bill Pracht has been appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to the Kansas State Board of Agriculture.  Pracht will serve a four-year term.  The state board reviews and makes recommendations on the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture’s legislative initiatives and proposed rules and regulations.  Pracht is chairman of East Kansas Agri-Energy, which operates the Garnett ethanol plant.

Tuesday, May 26, 10 a.m.

Planners rework Wednesday meeting

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 26, 2015

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Planning Commission’s study session at noon Wednesday has been canceled.  Instead, the planners will have a regular meeting and public hearing 7 p.m. Wednesday night at 7 at city hall.  A study session will follow.

Tuesday, May 26, 10 a.m.

Lunch Bunch begins today for the summer

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 26, 2015

OTTAWA — ECKAN’s free summer lunch program begins today.   This summer, beginning today, Lunch Bunch meals will be served at Ottawa Recreation Commission’s Don Woodward Center Monday through Friday  from noon to 12:30.   All children 18 or younger are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Menus will be printed in advance.  For the second year, ECKAN will offer the free summer lunch program in Anderson County.  That will be Monday through Friday  from 11:30 to noon at the Garnett First United Methodist Church from June 1 to 26.  The purpose of the program is to ensure children receive adequate nutrition during the summer months when school lunches are not available, and when children are sometimes caring for themselves while parents work, said Richard Jackson, ECKAN CEO.  The program in Ottawa, which is funded by a U.S. Agriculture Department grant, will continue through July 31st.

Tuesday, May 26, 10 a.m.

Baxter Springs man sentenced for drug charge, high-speed chase ending in Osage County

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 26, 2015

LYNDON — A 24-year-old Baxter Springs man was sentenced to serve six and a half years in state prison for drug charges and for a high-speed chase that ended in Osage cCounty.  Charles Miller pleaded guilty to possessing drug precursors for the manufacture of  methamphetamine and fleeing law enforcement, Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones said.  Miller took off at high speed when a state trooper tried to pull him over.  During the chase, miller and a woman in his vehicle threw items from the vehicle including chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.  Some of the chemicals struck the pursuing trooper’s car, Jones said.  Miller and the woman bailed out of the vehicle at a rural residence just north of Melvern Lake and fled on foot.  They were caught following a manhunt.  The woman also faces charges in the case, Jones said.

Tuesday, May 26, 10 a.m.

Airport Movies

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 19, 2015

OTTAWA–While no one is going to say the Ottawa Municipal Airport is a movie theater…it was last Friday night.  City officials are so happy with the turnout they may show another movie later on.

Monday, May 18, 8:30 pm

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