KOFO Local News

Ottawa woman killed after her car hits truck on I-35

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 16, 2015

OTTAWA — A 45-year-old Ottawa woman died after she ran into a truck on I-35 at the Eisenhower Road interchange late Friday night. Navdeep Singh, 34, Flushing, Mich., was driving his truck south on I-35 when he pulled over onto the shoulder and slowed to come to a stop on the shoulder, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Julia Gillespie, Ottawa, was going south-bound on the shoulder and struck the truck, the highway patrol said. She was taken to Overland Park Regional Hospital, where she later died. She was wearing a seat belt. A passenger in Singh’s truck, Harbhajan Dhuna, 55, Shelby Township, Mich., was injured and was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital. Singh wasn’t injured. They were both wearing seat belts.
Monday, March 16, 11 a.m.

Minnesota man gets 20 years for Ottawa bank heist; 25 years for kidnapping

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 16, 2015

DULUTH, Minn. — A Minnesota man was sentenced 20 years in federal prison for robbing the Great Southern Bank in Ottawa three years ago, and 25 years for kidnapping his ex-wife in Minnesota and taking her to Mexico. Timothy Caskey robbed the Ottawa bank after he grabbed his ex-wife and fled to Mexico. Mexican state police captured him and rescued her. The Kansas case was transferred to the federal court at Duluth, Minn. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim dismissed another charge, interstate domestic abuse. Caskey immediately filed an appeal in federal court. Caskey’s attorney filed a protest because Tunheim departed from federal sentencing guidelines to add more time to his sentence.
Monday, March 16, 11 a.m.

Resident dies in Osage City nursing home fire

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 16, 2015

OSAGE CITY — A resident of Peterson Nursing Home in Osage City died in a fire at the facility Saturday afternoon. The on-line news Website Osage County News reports that Osage City police hadn’t identified the fire victim this morning. The Kansas Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the fire.
Monday, March 16, 11 a.m.

Canvass breaks tie vote in West Franklin school board primary

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 10, 2015

OTTAWA — After Monday morning’s canvass by Franklin County commissioners of last week’s primary election, former West Franklin school board member Sherry Fritz-Harris was put on the April 7 general election ballot for the West Franklin at-large Position 7.  She’ll challenge top vote-getter Rusty Ecord for the position. At the end of the crowded primary last week, she was in a tie at 111 votes with Bruce Rockhold for the second slot. During the canvass, she picked up three more provisional votes, which broke the tie. Other candidates in the race were Gene Hirt and Perrie Swank. There was one other primary last week and that was for the Central Heights school board Position 1 race in the Princeton area. Lori Cotter and Patty Medina were the two top vote-getters.
Monday, March 9, 5 p.m.

Prom Date Change

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 10, 2015

POMONA–Subject to approval by the school principal, high school students in the West Franklin School District can bring older dates to prom.  The change was approved by the School Board during its regular meeting.

Monday, Mar. 9, 10:45 pm

Former Osawatomie recreation director indicted for embezzlement, tax fraud

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 9, 2015

WICHITA — A former Osawatomie recreation director has been charged in federal court with four counts of tax fraud and 10 counts of money laundering. Ron Maring, 53, Osawatomie, has been accused of embezzling more than $125,000 from the city, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Monday. Maring is scheduled for to appear March 27 in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The indictment accuses Maring of stealing the money from 2008 to 2011 while he was director of the Osawatomie Recreation Commission. He is accused of writing checks from the recreation commission’s account to himself and to American Legion baseball. The was never used for American Legion baseball, Grissom said. The indictment says that Maring persuaded recreation commission board members to sign blank checks, used his own signature as an endorsement, instructed a recreation commission employee to endorse checks and forged the name of recreation commission members. The indictment also says he failed to report the embezzled money as income on his federal income taxes during those years he deposited stolen funds into his personal account, Grissom said.

Monday, March 9, 5 p.m.

Big Crime Drop

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 6, 2015

OTTAWA–Something strange happened in Ottawa in January, but it was a good development.  Serious crime dropped by 40%, which shocked everyone, including Police Chief Dennis Butler.  Butler says he doesn’t know the reasons for the dramatic drop, but he hopes it’s a new trend.

Friday, Mar. 6, 2:10 pm

Done Deal

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 5, 2015

OTTAWA–It’s a done deal.  The Ottawa City Commission approved 5-0 moving the election date to September 1 on the Sales Tax Renewal Proposal.  It was originally scheduled to be voted on in June, but was judged to be too close to the April Ottawa School Bond Election.

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 11:45 pm

Net Neutrality

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 5, 2015

OTTAWA —  A local internet provider is crying foul over the move to make the internet subject to the F-C-C’s “Title Two” Regulation Rules. VYVE Broadband serves Ottawa and Franklin County Residents with Internet, phone, and video services and it disagrees with F-C-C’s reclassification of the Internet as a public utility. VYVE Senior Vice President of Residential Services, Vin Zachariah says now that the Government is providing oversight of the Internet, the customer stands to lose quite a bit.

The FCC claims that Title II regulation is the only way to ensure net neutrality, the concept that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, regardless of user, content, site or technological platform.

Wednesday, March 4, 6:20 p.m.

OU’s Carrier announces retirement

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 4, 2015

OTTAWA — Andy Carrier, the winningest basketball coach in Ottawa University history, has announced he’ll retire as OU’s men’s head coach after 25 years. Carrier’s teams chalked up 328 career victories, five NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances, one NAIA District 10 Championship, three KCAC championships and three KCAC yournament championships. “I am very grateful to Ottawa University for the opportunity to coach the men’s basketball team the past 25 years,” Carrier said. “It has been an honor and a privilege. I am so thankful to all current and former players, as well as current and former assistants. They have been the heart and soul of a basketball program I know we are all very proud of in so many ways.” OU administrators are discussing a variety of options that will allow Carrier to continue to serve at OU in an administrative and faculty role. In addition to coaching basketball, Carrier served as OU’s director of enrollment, athletic director, and dean of student affairs for four.  He was inducted into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. At the conclusion of the season, Carrier learned that his team was awarded the inaugural KCAC Men’s Basketball Champions of Character Team Award.  Aaron Siebenthall, Carrier’s assistant, will succeed him. Siebenthall has been an assistant with OU for nine years, where he has  served as the recruiting coordinator for the men’s team all nine years of his tenure.  He is also a professor in OU’s school of education.

Wednesday, March 4, 8 a.m.; updated, 1 p.m.


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