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OU plans to open second residential college campus

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 20, 2017

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Ottawa University plans to open a second residential campus — complete with an athletics program — in Arizona, the university announced Friday. Ottawa University-Arizona will launch this fall in Surprise, Ariz., where officials held a dedication ceremony Friday. The university has taken over an existing 27,000-square-foot building as its academic and administrative hub. Howeeaders hope to break ground on two new buildings in the coming month, a residence hall and a training and administrative facility for outdoor sports. The new campus’ enrollment goals far exceed the size of its Ottawa, Kan., campus which currently has approximately 700 students. Ottawa University-Arizona aims to enroll 250 students for its first semester of classes at the new campus, and have 3,000 residential students within 10 years, according to the university’s announcement. The school will offer multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees and 19 varsity men’s and women’s sports teams. The school aims to obtain National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics designation, which would make it one of only four NAIA programs in Arizona. OU-A teams will be called the Spirit, with their mascot as a gray wolf.
Monday, Feb. 20, 4 p.m.

Main Street lane to be closed for water main work

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 20, 2017

OTTAWA — City utility crews and contractors are working to replace a water main on the east side of Main Street between 13th to 15th streets. There will be periodic closures of the north-bound outside lane of Main street in that area. Intermittent closures are anticipated to begin this week. Depending on weather and unforeseen delays, the project is anticipated to continue for a minimum of two weeks. Traffic control measures will be in place when closures occur.
Monday, Feb. 20, 4 p.m.

Osawatomie man injured in Linn County crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 20, 2017

PARKER — A 25-year-old Osawatomie man was injured early Friday morning when his car went off a Linn County road a mile-and-a-half east of Parker. Ryan Warner was driving east on Linn County’s 2100 Road when his car dropped off the south side of the road, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. He over-corrected and his car careened across the road and crashed on its side facing west on north ditch. He was taken to Miami County Medical Center in Paola. He was wearing a seat belt.
Monday, Feb. 20, 4 p.m.

Three airlifted after crashes in smoke

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 20, 2017

OSAGE CITY — The Osage County Sheriff’s Department said heavy smoke from a controlled burn along U.S. 56 contributed to crashes that injured three people Saturday evening. The crashes began when Craig Matthews II, Carbondale, slowed because of the smoke and because another vehicle slowed ahead, the sheriff’s office said. Robert Berry. Admire, rear-ended Matthews’pickup. Other drivers pulled over to offer help. The sheriff’s office said Clarke Wenger, Osage City then plowed into two people standing on the highway helping Berry and hit two parked vehicles. Helicopters flew the two pedestrians and berry to hospitals. Shaun Tevis of Admire was flown to KU Medical Center and Jarod Mosiman, Valley Falls; and Berry were each flown to Stormont Vail Medical Center in Topeka.
Monday, Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.

Gone with the wind, comes a ticket

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 20, 2017

OTTAWA — A 66-year-old Ottawa man was ticketed after a police officer pulled him over for having dogs in cages riding on top of the roof of his vehicle in the 1600 block of South Main Street.
Glen Webb was cited Saturday morning for cruelty to animals, police said.
Monday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.

Two killed; three injured in Linn County crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 20, 2017

MOUND CITY — Two people were killed and three were injured in a two-vehicle crash at a rural intersection two miles north of Mound City Saturday afternoon. Ryan Boyd, 25, Independence, Mo., was driving south on Linn County Road 1095 and Johnny Stephens, Jr., 38, Independence, Mo., was driving east on Linn County Road 1150 when Stephen’s SUV entered the intersection, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Boyd didn’t stop at the stop sign and hit the back of Stephens’ SUV, the highway patrol said. .Both vehicles went off the road and into the southeast ditch where Stephens’ SUV hit a utility pole. A passenger in Boyd’s car, Issiah Pendergrass,18, Gardner, was killed. A passenger in Stephens’ SUV, Trista Vail, 34, Butler, Mo., was killed. Both drivers were severely injured. Boyd was taken to Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Stephens was taken to KU Medical Center. A passenger in Stephens’ SUV, 2-month-old KeyLynn Stephens was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
Monday, Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m.

Teen missing after boat capsizes

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 20, 2017

BALDWIN CITY — Douglas County deputies continue to search for a 17-year-old man who disappeared when his boat capsized on the Douglas County state fishing lake Saturday night. Two teens were in a jon boat when it capsized, the sheriff’s office said. The other teen made it to shore. The missing teen wasn’t immediately identified. It wasn’t known if the teens were wearing life jackets. The search is concentrating on the north side of the lake near the dam. The lake is just northeast of Baldwin City.
Monday, Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m.

Baldwin City woman killed when car hits tree

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 20, 2017

LeLOUP — A 61-year-old Baldwin City woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash near LeLoup Saturday morning. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department didn’t immediately identify the woman. She was driving north in the 4700 block of Ohio Road when her car went off the road and hit a tree, the sheriff’s office said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Monday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.

County considers alternate site for proposed asphalt plant

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 9, 2017

OTTAWA — A Topeka company has put its plan on hold to put an asphalt plant on 15th Street at I-35. Instead, Bettis Asphalt and Concrete are working on an alternate proposal to lease 15 acres from the county on Osborne Terrace across from the transfer station, said county planner Larry Walrod. The county bought the 40-acre site across from the existing transfer station several years ago to be the new landfill when the present one is closed. However, at the current rate the present site is being filled the county won’t need the site for another 20 years, said solid waste director John Hiatt. Bettis would put its asphalt plant in the northwest corner of the plot and won’t be in the way of county operations, Hiatt said. Because the site would be used to create profits for a private business, the county would have to pay property taxes on the site, even though it’s publicly owned. Bettis would lease 15 acres on the site for 10 years but pay property taxes on the entire tract, said company attorney Rich Eckert. Commissioners have said they were agreeable to the new proposal and have instructed county administrator and counselor Derek Brown to work out terms of a lease. However, commission chair Colt Waymire said although commissioners are agreeable, they would follow proper procedure which includes referring it back to the county planning commission first. Eckert said the company would like to move in equipment and begin operations in April.
Thursday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m.

Plea deal in crash that killed OU football player

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 9, 2017

OTTAWA — A former Ottawa University football player has accepted a plea deal in a crash that killed a fellow OU football player Nov. 11, 2015. Jordan Reed pleaded no contest in Franklin County District Court this afternoon to misdemeanor vehicular homicide in the death of Samuel Brazeal, 19, Perrin, Texas. The two were driving and drinking during the Veterans Day holiday of 2015 when Reed started down the Flint Hills Trail at a high rate of speed, County Attorney Stephen Hunting said. Reed was going 50 to 60 miles an hour when he hit his brakes before crossing the narrow pedestrian bridge just west of I-35, Hunting said. Reed’s pickup went off the bridge and fell into the creek bed below, killing Brazeal. The wreck left Reed unconscious for an unknown length of time, Hunting said. When he came to and saw the wreck, he walked back along the trail bloodied and dazed, Hunting said. When he finally met and told a roommate about the wreck, the roommate went down the trail and when he discovered the crash scene, called authorities, who arrived shortly after 5 a.m., he said. A deputy questioned Reed about two hours later and administered a blood-alcohol test, Hunting said. Although the deputy smelled alcohol on Reed, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation lab didn’t find any evidence of alcohol in his blood, he said. Although they didn’t attend today’s hearing, Hunting said Brazeal’s parents were aware of the plea deal and approved of it. “Their input had a tremendous input on how we handled this case,” Hunting told District Judge Douglas Witteman. Reed’s sentencing has been set for April 26. He could be fined up to $2,500 and sentenced up to a year in jail. Reed’s attorney Frederick Meier asked Witteman that sentencing be delayed until after a memorial fund-raising run organized by Brazeal’s parents in their son’s name is held. That will be April 8.
Thursday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m.