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Richmond Fire Update

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 17, 2018

A fire in Richmond yesterday morning destroyed a house belonging to Mike and Darla Larose.  Fire crews from several departments were dispatched to the scene to assist in fighting the fire.  Larose said he had been remodeling the home for the past two years and was preparing to complete another project.

He believes that the fire started in the basement, possibly in the furnace and quickly spread to the rest of the house.  He says that if he and his wife had stayed in the house just a few minutes more they would not have made it out.  The fire is still under investigation by the Kansas Fire Marshall.

Ransom Memorial Hack Resolved

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 17, 2018

The recent phishing attack on Ransom Memorial Health has been resolved.  Due to the fact that it was handled quickly, officials say they stopped it before anything potentially harmful happened.  However, Public Relations Director Brenda Pfizenmaier says Ransom is doing some things to notify those who may have been affected.

She added that there is no indication that any information is in the hands of someone it should not be, and there is no indication that any information is being bought or sold on the internet.

The New Victory Chrysler is Official

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 17, 2018

Ottawa Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram became Victory Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Monday.  The new ownership group has five locations in the KC metro area and is the largest faith-based dealer group in the country. General Manager Kallon Laforge says that they have one main goal in mind.

Victory started managing the dealership in the middle of last month. They look forward to serving the people of Ottawa and understand how important it is to get involved in the community.

Paola Hit and Run

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 17, 2018

Paola police officers have arrested a suspect in connection with a hit-and-run accident yesterday that seriously injured a 12-year-old boy.  The incident took place at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon.  The boy was hit by a dark-colored sports utility vehicle traveling south on Pearl Street near El Potro Mexican Cafe.  According to a news release by the Paola Police Department, the child was hit near Grandview Street.  The driver fled the scene in the vehicle, and the 12-year-old boy was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.  According to the release, the vehicle was described as having front end damage on the passenger or toward the middle, and it also was leaking fluid as it left the scene.  The police department posted a photo of the vehicle in question on its Facebook page last night asking for the community’s help in locating the driver.  Later in the evening, it was announced that a suspect was in custody after the vehicle was spotted by a Paola police officer.

Richmond Fire Update

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 16, 2018

A fire earlier this morning in Richmond has completely destroyed the home of Mike and Darla Larose.  Five different fire departments responded to the fire at 551 East Central in Richmond, including Richmond, Potowatomie, Williamsburg, Anderson County, and LOH. Larose says the smoke woke him up and the house was filled with smoke.

Larose says that he had been remodeling the inside of the house over the course of the last two years and was getting ready to put in new flooring.  He adds that he is sure the fire started in the basement, as the flames were coming from the heater vents.  The fire did close Highway 59 for a time while a ladder truck from Garnett assisted in putting the flames out.  The house is a total loss.  Larose and his wife are staying with family until they can figure out what to do with the property.

Attorney General’s Responsibility to Mental Illness

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 16, 2018

When Brandon Jones takes over as Franklin County Attorney, he’ll have his hands full.  He says when he takes over around the first of November he’ll have to get familiar with what types of cases he faces.

Jones says that one of the biggest problems facing attorneys and other authorities is the epidemic of mental illness among criminal defendants.

Jones’ Outlook on New Position

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 16, 2018

When it comes to being county attorney, you never know what to expect.  Bradon Jones is the new Franklin County Attorney.  He says it’s all a matter of trying to do what is right.

Jones plans to officially take over Franklin County Attorney around the first of November.

Ottawa Generator Usage

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 16, 2018

When the generators at the Ottawa Power Plant are turned on, they’re making electricity for Ottawa customers, right?  Well, it’s more complicated than that.  Ottawa Utilities Director Dennis Tharp says sometimes Ottawa’s power is needed by other cities.

During a presentation by an official from the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency, commissioners were informed that the city is getting 36 percent of its total energy from renewable resources.

Ottawa Leading in Renewable Energy

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 16, 2018

There has been a trend for several years for cities to change over to renewable energy sources, and Ottawa appears to be a leader.  Paul Mahlberg is general manager for the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency.  He told the city commission about some pleasantly surprising news.

Mahlberg says the city’s ability to generate its own electricity when needed also puts it in a strong position in the energy market.

Wall of Honor

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 16, 2018

The Ottawa High School Wall of Honor is coming up and this year’s inductees have done some very special things in their careers.  Superintendent Doctor Ryan Cobbs says it is something to look forward to.

This year’s inductees are Elizabeth Butler Scalet, class of 1966; Doctor Bob Jones, class of 1944; and Darrel McDaniel, class of 1949.  The induction banquet will take place Thursday and the community induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the football game Friday night.