KOFO Local News

Carbondale man injured in three-vehicle crash on U.S. 75

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 22, 2017

CARBONDALE — A 47-year-old Carbondale man was flown by helicopter to a Topeka hospital following a three-vehicle crash this morning on U.S. 75 about six miles south of Carbondale. Joshua Riggles, 22, Mayetta, was driving a semi-truck south on U.S. 75 and had stopped to turn east on 189th Road, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. However, the highway patrol said Michael Rinton didn’t see that Riggles had stopped and his pickup hit the truck and then bounced into the north-bound lane and hit a mini-van driven by Delbert Ramsey, 51, Lyndon. Finton was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital. Riggles and Ramsey weren’t injured. They were all wearing seat belts. Wednesday, March 22, 3 p.m.

Massive fire in Overland Park ruled accidental

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 22, 2017

OVERLAND PARK – Monday night’s massive fire that destroyed two apartment complexes under construction and damaged 22 nearby houses in Overland Park was an accident. Sparks from a welding torch operated by welder working for a subcontractor in the Royale Apartments in the CityPlace development, near U.S. 69 in southern Overland Park, landed on wood building materials, fire investigators said during a news conference Tuesday. The combination of high winds and dry conditions resulted in a raging conflagration. Three firefighters received what was described as minor injuries.
Wednesday, March 22, 3 p.m.

Road closed for repairs following fatal crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 22, 2017

OTTAWA — The 1900 to 2100 block of Sand Creek road will remain closed for repairs following a fatal crash involving a large truck this morning that severely damaged the road. The Franklin County Public Works Department said the road will be closed through Friday and perhaps into next week. Traffic will be detoured onto Kentucky Road, Sand Creek Terrace, Iowa Terrace, Reno Road and Indiana Road. The wreck was investigated by the Kansas Highway Patrol. Information on the wreck wasn’t immediately available.
Wednesday, March 22, 3 p.m.

Missing teenager found in Olathe

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 22, 2017

OTTAWA — A missing 14-year-old Ottawa girl was found in Olathe Tuesday. Ottawa detectives are trying to figure out where Madison Holloway went after she disappeared last Wednesday night, said assistant police chief Adam Weingartner. Police are thankful for the help from the public in finding her, he said.
Wednesday, March 22, 7 a.m.

Police look for missing teen

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 16, 2017

OTTAWA __ The Ottawa Police Department is looking for a 14-year-old runaway girl. Madison Holloway was last seen approximately 6:30 p.m. Tuesday near Ottawa High School and may have left with someone she knew, assistant police chief Adam Weingartner said. It appears that she left willingly, he said. Madison has no cell phone or money with her, he said. Madison is prescribed medication but detectives do not believe she took the medication with her, he said. Madison had made comments previously that she might head to Nebraska. She has relatives in Hays and Quenemo. Detectives with the department have interviewed Madison’s friends, searched social media sites and followed up on several leads but have not located her. Detectives believe that friends or acquaintances of Madison know where she may be headed but have not shared that information with them, Weingartner said. The department contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and requested assistance creating a missing person flyer and entering Madison into their database. Madison is also entered as a missing person in a national police database. “Our goal is the safe return of Madison and we will exhaust all leads and information to accomplish this goal,” Weingartner said. “Detectives believe someone knows more information than they are sharing. Please help us get her home safe as soon as possible.” Here is the link for the missing person poster for Madison: http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1291361 Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 911 or call the Ottawa Police Department at 785-242-1700.
Thursday, March 16, 11 a.m.

Trucks at trash hauler damaged, set on fire

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 13, 2017

OTTAWA — Ottawa police and fire department arson investigators are conducting a joint investigation into the burglary and fires involving trucks owned by MBT Waste in the 200 block of North Main Street over the weekend. Someone broke into and damaged five vehicles owned by the business; and two were set on fire, said assistant police chief Adam Weingartner. The others sustained damage to electrical and fuel systems, he said. There is no immediate estimate of the total damage. The damage occurred sometime between 1 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m., he said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Department or Ottawa Fire Department at 242-1700 and ask to speak to an investigator. Police also received two reports of residential burglaries Sunday – in the 700 block of South Cherry and in the 1200 block of South Cedar. Several items were stolen in each break-in.
Monday, March 13, 3 p.m.

Two injured in police pursuit crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 13, 2017

PARKER — Drivers from Garnett and Pleasanton were injured shortly after noon Saturday as a result of a crash at the end of a police chase. Kevin Gedrose, 28, Garnett; was fleeing from police and going east on 2400 Road in Linn County approximately three miles northwest of Parker, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The highway patrol didn’t say why or who was chasing him or where the chase originated. Gedrose ran the stop sign at Devlin road and hit an SUV driven by 38-year-old Tanner Ogden, 38, Pleasanton, the highway patrol said. The crash spun Ogden’s 2014 Ford Explorer around and knocked it into a field. Gedrose’s car, a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant, also ended up in a field as a result of the impact. Ogden was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Although Gedrose may have been injured, he refused being taken to a medical facility. They were both wearing seat belts.
Monday, March 13, 3 p.m.

Investigation continues in discovery of body in burned car

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 13, 2017

CLINTON LAKE — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation into the death of someone found inside a burned car Tuesday morning at Rockhaven Campground at Clinton Lake continues. However, no other details about the investigation will be released at this time, Sgt. Kristen Dymacek said.
Monday, March 13, 3 p.m.

Severe storm spotting class tonight in Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 13, 2017

OTTAWA — The National Weather Service’s severe storm spotter class will be tonight at 7 at Celebration Hall at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Ottawa. This year’s class will focus on the basics of convective weather and severe storm structure, including important cloud features associated with super-cell and squall line thunderstorms. Franklin County emergency management coordinator Thomas Winter said he’s often asked why the county needs storm spotters despite the high-tech weather radars at the Topeka office of the National Weather Service. At Ottawa, the NWS radar beam is 5,000 feet off the ground, he said. “There’s a lot of room between 5,000 feet and the ground for things to happen that you can’t see,” Winter said. The radar also sweeps over Ottawa once every five minutes, he explained. “A lot happens between 5,000 feet and five minutes … That’s why our spotters are so important to us.” The county is always looking for new volunteers to be storm spotters, he said. Although the class is to help train spotters and those who’d like to be spotters, the class is free and open to the public. The class will take about two hours.
Monday, March 13, 3 p.m.

Tornado hit Franklin County Monday night

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 8, 2017

PRINCETON — Monday night’s severe storm included an EF-1 tornado that hit eastern Franklin County. Based on data and damage patterns, Thomas Winter, county emergency management coordinator, said that he and the National Weather Service in Topeka have concluded that there was a tornado in the storm. The tornado touched down near John Brown and Nebraska roads and traveled about a mile on the ground, Winter said. On the Fugita Scale, an EF-1 tornado wind speeds range from 85 to 110 miles an hour. The same storm cell also packed winds of 80 mph, he said. The twister ripped the roof off a home, dispossessing a family, and damaging some farm buildings and vehicles, as well as several power poles, he said. In all, the series of storms destroyed 40 poles east and north of Ottawa. About 40 households remained without power this morning, he said.
Wednesday, March 8, noon