KOFO Local News

Tree-lighting ceremony is Saturday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 22, 2017

OTTAWA — The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is Saturday evening in Haley Park in downtown Ottawa. Party Rockerz DJ service will provide music and entertainment leading up the 6 p.m. lighting ceremony. Arvest Bank will provide free hot chocolate. Ottawa mayor Sara Caylor will flip the switch on the lights. The reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ will be by Phil Messenger. And then comes Santa. Everyone in attendance can get one ticket for a chance to win $10 in chamber currency. If you bring an item for the Willow Domestic Violence Center, you will get a second ticket. Items currently needed: razors and shaving cream, body lotion and facial lotion, laundry pods, dishwasher pods, bristle brushes, afro combs, winter gloves and hats, ethnic hair care products, pull ups and diapers in large sizes. Arvest Bank will give away two kids bicycles.
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m.

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Searchers duck out of crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 22, 2017

OTTAWA — It might have looked like a crash even though emergency crews looked. Deputies, firefighters and an ambulance were dispatched to a report of a crash on Old Highway 59 near new U.S. 59 north of Ottawa early this morning. The sheriff’s office said they searched for vehicles or debris but didn’t find anything in the area. They did, however, find some duck hunters with flashlights and that might have prompted the report.
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m.

Man jailed in connection with burglary

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 22, 2017

OTTAWA — A 32-year-old Ottawa man was booked into the Franklin County jail in connection with a burglary at an Ottawa-area business that was reported on Tuesday. Shawn Scott was booked for suspicion of theft in connection with the burglary at StagePro in the 3100 block of K-68 east of Ottawa. A trailer and aluminum items were stolen from the business, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said. The loss was estimated at nearly $43,000.
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m.

Fire damages three structures

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 22, 2017

CENTROPOLIS — A wind-whipped fire caused damage to three buildings in the 200 block of North Seventh Street in Centropolis Monday afternoon. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said the fire started accidentally and may have started in a fire pit.
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m.

County, city scrub meetings

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 20, 2017

OTTAWA – County commissioners will get an early start on the Thanksgiving holiday. Wednesday’s Franklin County Commission meeting has been cancelled. Commissioners will hold a study session at 8:30 a.m. next Monday. Ottawa city commissioners cancelled their work session originally scheduled for tonight.
Monday, Nov.20, 11 a.m.

Cattle missing from Overbrook pasture

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 20, 2017

OVERBROOK – TRACE, the regional anti-crime cooperative, has issued an alert an about 20 calves that disappeared slightly more than a month ago from a pasture northeast of OVERBROOK in rural Douglas County. The cattle, which were owned by Tanner Nitcher, Pomona; were likely stolen but may have wandered off. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department has described the cattle as mostly heifers and steers, with one or two bulls. The calves were black in color and unbranded, with red ear tags in their left ears. Each tag had the letters N-N and the numbers 17-15, followed by numbers between 1 and 50. Each of the calves weigh 400-500 pounds. TRACE says if you have information about the cattle, call your local law enforcement agency or the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department at 785-843-0250.
Monday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.

Talent show deadline Tuesday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 20, 2017

PAOLA – The last chance to be a star is Tuesday. Entry forms for the Paola Optimists’ “We’ve Got Talent” must be turned in by Tuesday. The youth talent show will be Jan. 20. Entry forms are available at the Paola Area Chamber of Commerce. Entrants must be between 7-18 and enrolled in Miami County public or private schools, or homeschools. Auditions will be Dec. 16 at Paola Middle School. For information, call Ron at 913-269-8250 or e-mail rsulliv8@mokancomm.net.
Monday, Nov.20, 11 a.m.

Rantoul man killed when ATV flips

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 20, 2017

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man was killed when the ATV he was riding flipped over Saturday night east of Peoria. Roger Cupp, 55, was riding the ATV in the 2800 block of Utah Road and tried to negotiate a corner around a tree, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said. The ATV flipped over onto Cupp in a steep embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.
Monday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.

Preliminary hearing set for Ottawa man charged with capital murder

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 17, 2017

OLATHE – The preliminary hearing for an Ottawa man charged with capital murder and rape in Johnson County has been set for April 4. Attorneys for Korrey Rinke, 24, have filed documents that say they intend to challenge the constitutionality of statements he made to police after he was arrested. A preliminary hearing will determine whether there’s enough evidence to justify a trial for Rinke. Rinke was charged after police said he told them that he had raped and beat Julianna Pappas, 46, Overland Park, during their date and left her to die near a popular trail in an Overland Park in August 2016.
Friday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m.

City gives OK to riverfront plaza proposal

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 17, 2017

OTTAWA — A proposal for the Downtown River Plaza picked up the blessing from Ottawa City commissioners Wednesday. The blessing also includes $10,000 and some land. The project, headed up by the group Onward Ottawa, would include a market pavilion near the intersection of the Prairie Spirit and Flint Hills trails at First and Walnut, as well as a space for public events and entertainment, said John Coen, Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce president and member of Onward Ottawa, which a quasi-public group. The plaza, which is one key suggestion made by the public in a series of public hearings, is designed to spark renewed vitality in downtown Ottawa while highlighting the trails, he said. The group will be raising funds for the proposal. Commissioners lauded the proposal. Other Onward Ottawa projects include making Main Street in downtown more pedestrian friendly and revitalize Memorial Auditorium.
Friday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m.