KOFO Local News

Area to get hammered by powerful ice storm this weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2017

OTTAWA — The Franklin County area will get hammered the hardest when a powerful  storm packing freezing rain and ice hits the northern part of the state this weekend.  The National Weather Service office in Topeka predicts the storm will drop a half-inch of ice Saturday and Sunday on much of the state. However, Franklin County could see an inch of ice because the storm, which will sweep in from the south, will start here a day earlier, with the heaviest accumulation of ice Saturday afternoon and Sunday, said weather service forecaster Jennifer Prieto.  A winter storm watch goes into effect for this area for the entire weekend beginning at noon Friday.  If conditions get as bad as predicted, people should stay at home, said Franklin County emergency management director Alan Radcliffe.   Road conditions are forecast to deteriorate as early as Friday afternoon, he said.  However, if people must drive they should always check the weather and road conditions and be prepared for the worst.   Be sure to have a charged cell phone, extra blankets and kitty litter for extra traction.   “Just be prepared before you go anywhere this weekend,” Radcliffe said.  Some area schools have started to shorten or cancel classes for Friday.   Be sure to check KOFO’s list of cancellations.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m.

First legislative coffee of year is Saturday — maybe

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2017

OTTAWA — The first Ottawa legislative coffee of the year is 10 a.m. Saturday morning at Ottawa City Hall, weather permitting.  The coffee gives people a chance to hear and question area legislators.  This year is especially important because of the state’s serious financial problems, he said.  With a powerful ice storm predicted to hit the area this weekend, the coffee could be cancelled.  Coen said the decision to cancel will likely be made Saturday morning prior to the coffee.  The coffee is sponsored by the chamber’s Legislative Action Committee, the Franklin County Farm Bureau Association, and American Legion Post 60.  Refreshments will be provided by the county Republican central committee.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m.

Gun fired during confrontation between two groups

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2017

OTTAWA — Ottawa police continue to investigate a confrontation in the 1000 block of South Cypress Street in which one group of people were threatened with a firearm shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday.  The group was confronted by another group carrying weapons, said assistant police chief Adam Weingartner.  At one point, someone fired a gun in the air, he said.  No one was apparently hit by the bullet but several people received minor injuries in the fight, he said.  Police have identified suspects in the incident but are asking for information from the public.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m.

ATV reported stolen

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2017

OTTAWA — A 37-year-old Ottawa man reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office that a 2013 Polaris Ranger ATV  was stolen from the 1900 block of Pawnee Road west of Ottawa sometime Tuesday.  The loss was estimated at $9,000.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m.

Several vehicles stolen in Osage County

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 10, 2017

LYNDON — The Osage County Sheriff’s Office and the Osage City Police Department are asking for help with a spate of vehicle thefts.  About eight vehicles have been stolen since the middle of last week, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said.  There were two attempted thefts this morning:  A 1989 Ford flatbed, blue with rust color, bearing Kansas license plate 303ETM was taken from the area of 201st and Urish roads in Osage City.  A stolen vehicle from Topeka was found nearby.  The other attempted theft occurred along 125th Street northwest of Carbondale.  On Monday morning, a 1984-1985 gray Chevy truck with an expired tag was stolen from the 800 block of 125th Street.  In the last week, numerous vehicles have been taken in or around Osage City, Lyndon, Lebo, Vassar and Carbondale area.   All vehicles but the two trucks have been recovered, Dunn said.  However, one of the stolen vehicles had a handgun and that gun has not been recovered, she said.  At this time the suspects in these vehicle burglaries and theft should be considered armed and dangerous, she said.   A  white man has been seen in the areas where the thefts occurred, she said.   Dunn that anyone who sees suspicious activity to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121 or 911 immediately or Osage County Crimestoppers at 1-877-OSCRIME.  She also asks everyone to lock their vehicles and remove valuables.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 3 p.m.

Baker releases fall dean’s list

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 10, 2017

BALDWIN CITY —  Baker University has named students who are on the undergraduate dean’s list for maintaining a 3.5 grade point average or higher during the fall semester. They include:  Rebecca Antes, Edgerton; Jesse Austin, Baldwin City; Sarah Baker, Wellsville; Olivia Beins, Baldwin City; Destiny Bruno, Gardner; Emerald Byrd, Gardner; Benjamin Carpenter, Spring Hill; Tyler Cawley, Baldwin City; Brittney Diehm, Parker; Brandon Dofat and Erin Drees, both Spring Hill; Riley England, Osawatomie; Michael Epp, Spring Hill; Cameryn Galvan, Baldwin City; Jessica Georgie, Gardner; Weston Gloss, Overbrook; Jackson Godwin, Gardner; Autumn Green, Spring Hill; Hannah Green, Ottawa; Madison Haefke, Gardner; Asher Hannon, Baldwin City; Michelle Henry, Louisburg; Brenna Herdman, Vassar; Francisca Hinojosa, Bucyrus; Jarrett Hobby, Osage City; Victoria Jones, Gardner; Abigail Key, Louisburg;  Kelsey Larson, Colony; Adam Lomenick and Madeline McCrary, both Baldwin City; Sierra McKinney, Wellsville; Jack Mills, Spring Hill; Jasmine Parra, Baldwin City; Krista Porter, Osage City; Jonathon Pratt, Baldwin City; Carrington Ream, Ottawa; Jenny Robbs and Kristen Robbs, both Baldwin City; Anastasia Samsonov, Wellsville; Dylan Slavin, Baldwin City; Anna Staats, Paola; Sara Swickard, Bucyrus; Nacole Tedrow, Gardner; Brittany Tompkins and Jacob Tompkins, both Baldwin City; Daisy Turney, Garnett; Emma Ure, Paola; Rachel Vogelmeier, Spring Hill; Bethany Warrick, Baldwin City; and Alexis Weidman, Paola.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m.

Hearing this week for Ottawa man charged with murder

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 10, 2017

OLATHE — A hearing for an Ottawa man charged with capital murder and rape in Johnson County will be Friday.  The hearing for Korrey Rinkewill include his new attorney, who was appointed Monday to represent him.  Rinke is charged with the August death of Julianna Pappas, 46, in Overland Park.  He was arrested after her body was found in a wooded area.  Police say Rinke was acquainted with her.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m.

Valve installation may reduce water for some Osawatomie residents today

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 10, 2017

OSAWATOMIE — Some Osawatomie residents may experience low water pressure this morning.  City public works crews will install a valve on the Carr Avenue water main in front of the municipal power and water plant beginning this morning at 8. The work is expected to last until about noon.  Residents along Carr, Parker and Lincoln avenues between Seventh and Eighth streets may experience low water pressure, said city manager Don Cawby.  Once the valve is installed, city crews will be able to more easily make repairs in the event of a leak or line break between the plant and Seventh Street  without shutting down the water plant, he said.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7 a.m.

High speed chase ends in crash near Ottawa, two officers injured

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 7, 2017

OTTAWA – A 50-year-old Lawrence man’s flight from Lawrence police came to earth with a crash at the I-35 and U.S. 59 interchange northeast of Ottawa at about 2:15 a.m. today. Lawrence police said Nelson Higgins took off after being stopped by officers for suspicion of drunken driving. Police says he rear-ended one patrol car, injuring one officer. Nelson drove the pickup from Lawrence while being pursued at high speed, when he lost control and his truck left the road on the entrance ramp from U.S. 59, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said. The truck ran down into a ditch and through a barbed wire fence. One other Lawrence officer received minor injuries during his arrest, Lawrence police said. Nelson wasn’t injured. He was booked into the Douglas County jail on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, failing to report an accident, reckless driving, aggravated battery of a law enforcement office with a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding, failure to stop for an accident, and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 3 p.m.

Two injured in weather-related pileup

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 7, 2017

CARBONDALE — Two people were sent to a Topeka hospital Thursday morning following a weather-related pileup on U.S. 75 south of Carbondale. Michael Hays, 58, Topeka, was driving a Kansas Dept. of Transportation snow plow north on U.S. 75 when his truck was rear-ended by a Jeep driven by old Dakota Lynch-Adams, 20, Scranton, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. That set off a chain-reaction crash that involved three other vehicles, the highway patrol said. Lynch-Adams was injured and was taken to St. Francis Medical Center. Hays wasn’t injured.  Another driver, James Adams, Jr., 43, Topeka; was also injured and was taken to St Francis. The two other drivers weren’t injured. They were Kelli Doty, 47, and Kelly Shrimplin, 57, both of Carbondale. A 4-year-old passenger in Doty’s mini-van wasn’t injured.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 3 p.m.