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Natural gas blast damages Pomona house

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 18, 2017

POMONA — A natural gas explosion blew part of the roof off a house in Pomona this morning. A man and his small dog living in the house escaped injury when the explosion occurred shortly before noon at 335 W. Franklin across from the Dollar General store, according to assistant Pomona fire chief Alan Radcliffe. “They don’t seem to be injured,” he said. “The EMS were looking at him.” The cause and the origin of the explosion wasn’t immediately known.
Monday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.

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Despite rain, Ol’ Mary hits another record

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 18, 2017

OTTAWA — The 31st annual Ol’ Marais River Run drew a record number of entrants, recording 2,123, beating last year’s record by nearly 50 vehicles. Despite the rain, throngs of people came to Forest Park to view the classic cars, according to the Over the Road Gang, Ottawa, which organizes and hosts the regionally-known show. The weather cleared enough for a good showing and stayed clear enough for Saturday’s ever-popular Cruise Night. The streets were lined with cars and the sidewalks filled with people of all ages checking out the cars parked along the street and cruising up and down Main Street all evening. Next year’s show is expected to be even better and is scheduled for Sept. 14-16.
Monday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.

Trike-in wheels into Garnett

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 18, 2017

GARNETT — While the Ol’ Marais car show was going on in Ottawa, Garnett played host to the 14th annual Kansas State Trike In. The event will feature a huge variety style and types of three wheeled vehicles from around the Midwest. “Brothers of the Third Wheel,” a group dedicated to promoting functions that bring trikers together, uses the proceed obtained at these trike ins to support charities such as Wounded Warriors, Toys for Tots and more. The event included a memorial ride, a cookout and then a ride to Parkside Nursing Home.
Monday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.

Ottawa woman injured in crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 18, 2017

OTTAWA — A 83-year-old Ottawa woman was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital as a result of a crash Sunday afternoon in Ottawa. Eric Marshall, 46, Ottawa; struck a vehicle driven Melvin Jamison, 79, Ottawa in the 1300 block of South Cedar street. Jamison’s passenger, Mary Jamison, was injured and taken to RMH.
Monday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.

Ottawa Fire Department wins national safety award

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 18, 2017

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Fire Department has received a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention efforts from the National Association of State Fire Marshals. The award recognizes fire departments for programs that have been proven to save lives year after year. The Ottawa Fire Department is one of 160 fire departments across the U.S. to receive the award this year for recording zero fire deaths in 2016 or reducing fire deaths by at least 10 percent during the year. In addition, award recipients documented active and effective fire prevention programs as well as a clear commitment to reducing the number of house fires in the community. Residential fires in the U.S. account for only 20 percent of all fires but result in 80 percent of all fire deaths.
Monday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.

Two injury collisions in the county over weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 18, 2017

OTTAWA — There were two injury accidents over the weekend in rural Franklin County. The sheriff’s office reported that on Friday afternoon, Dominic Oropeza, 15, Ottawa; was going east in the 4800 block of Stafford Road when he lost control of his pickup and overturned. He was transported to Overland Park Regional hospital for his injuries. On Saturday night, Heather Valdiviez, 19, Richmond; was driving south in the 1200 block of Indiana Road when she lost control on the gravel and struck a bridge guard rail. She received medical treatment for minor injuries.
Monday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.

High-speed chase ends with stop in hospitals

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 18, 2017

WAVERLY — Two people were hospitalized when a high-speed chase ended in a ditch along I-35 near Waverly Friday morning. Deputies tried to pull over a 2004 Jaguar X-type that was going 88 miles an hour north on I-35, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department said. The Jag didn’t pull over and raced along I-35 with deputies in pursuit. Coffey County deputies set out stop sticks along the highway, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The driver tried to avoid the stop sticks but lost control of the car, which shot across the south-bound lanes and dropped into the ditch and rolled over several times. The driver, London Blaylock, 24, Overland Park, was taken to Newman Regional Health Center in Emporia. He was treated for his injuries and booked into the Lyon County jail for suspicion of reckless driving, eluding and other traffic violations. His passenger, Raven Anderson, 26, Grandview, Mo., received disabling injuries and was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. The Jaguar had an illegal license plate, the highway patrol said.
Monday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.

Osage City woman killed when her vehicle hits tree

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 18, 2017

LECOMPTON — A 21-year-old Osage City woman was killed early Friday morning as a result of a crash in northwestern Douglas County. A deputy found a vehicle in a ditch in the 400 block of 2100 Road west Lecompton at 2 a.m. Friday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department said. The vehicle had gone off the road and hit a tree. Carly Cornelison was taken to a Topeka hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The sheriff’s office said she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Monday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.

Ol’ Mary rumbling into town this weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 14, 2017

OTTAWA — The Ol’ Marais River Run, the annual car show that draws thousands of people to Ottawa is this weekend. The show is a year-long effort by the Over the Road Gang, which literally starts planning the day after for the following year, said club president Jack Barnhart. Cars will start filling Forest Park Friday night and based on pre-registrations, the event could draw up to 3,000 from all over the nation, he said. The show drew national attention last year when it was featured on “My Classic Car” hosted by Dennis Gage on the Velocity Channel, Barnhart said. Among food and merchandise vendors will be on hand along with musical guest “Bop Daddies.” Saturday evening is Cruise Night, with the classic cars cruising up and down Main Street all evening long.
Thursday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m.

Man shocked after touching power line

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 14, 2017

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Fire Department was called to the Super 8 Motel in south Ottawa Wednesday afternoon after a man came into contact with a power line. A middle-age man on the backside of the building putting up a metal ladder and got too close to the power line, Fire Chief Tim Mathias said. The man received medical aid and utility crews were asked to check the power line line, he said. The man, who was not identified, was awake and talking as an ambulance left the scene, he said. No information on the extent of his injuries was available.
Thursday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m.