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House near Lane shot

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 8, 2017

LANE — A 72-year-old woman reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department that someone shot into her home in the 4000 block of Cloud Road west of Lane Saturday afternoon. A window was damaged. A witness told a deputy that a man was target-shooting south of the woman’s home. However, the man remains unidentified.
Friday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.

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Motorcyclists injured in separate crashes

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 8, 2017

OTTAWA – Two motorcyclists were hospitalized as a result of two separate crashes over the past weekend. Shaun Melte, 30, Rantoul; motorcyclist was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center Thursday night, Dec. 1, when he collided with a deer. Melte was riding his motorcycle west in the 4700 block of Jackson Road southeast of Rantoul when a deer ran into the road and his bike hit it, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said. In the second crash, a 37-year-old Olathe motorcyclist injured his right wrist Saturday afternoon. Christopher Claxton was riding his motorcycle south in the 100 block of North Seventh Street in Centropolis when he lost control of the bike and went into the ditch, the sheriff’s office said. A friend took Claxton to a hospital.
Friday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.

‘A Christmas Carol’ radio style in Paola

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 8, 2017

PAOLA — Cornerstone Performing Arts will present that holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” as a live radio play this weekend. Performances will be 7 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Paola Community Center. Tickets are $9, $7 for students, and $5 for seniors. Tickets are available at Citizens Bank in Paola, the Paola Community Center, or at the door.
Friday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.

Woman hospitalized after she hits object in road

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 8, 2017

OTTAWA — A 24-year-old Paola woman was taken to Ransom Memorial Health center in Ottawa following a crash in eastern Franklin County early Saturday morning. Kacy Gonzalez was driving west in the 4700 block of K-68 when she hit an unknown object, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said. She turned into a driveway and became stuck. The sheriff’s office said she was to be given a blood-alcohol test following the crash.
Friday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.

Jail food any way

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 27, 2017

POMONA – A 25-year-old Pomona man decided he didn’t want to spend Thanksgiving in the Franklin County Jai. But he got an opportunity to sample the jail’s Thanksgiving dinner any way. Gunner Thompson refused to report to the jail Wednesday and when deputies came to call, he barricaded himself inside a home in the 100 block of Monroe Street in Pomona, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said.
Monday, Nov. 27, 4 p.m.

Fire damages house in Lane

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 27, 2017

LANE – A home in Lane received heavy damage because of a fire Wednesday evening. Betty McCall, 65, called firefighters when she saw flames coming from the roof of her house in the 700 block of West Fifth Street, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said. There was no immediate cause of the fire determined, nor was there an estimate of the damage.
Monday, Nov. 27, 4 p.m.

On-line threat aimed at high school investigated

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 27, 2017

OTTAWA — Ottawa USD 290 officials notified Ottawa police of a possible threat made via social media Sunday. Police have been investigating and have been in contact with school officials, Ottawa High School principal David Morford told parents in an e-mail. Classes resumed today as normal, and school staff and police took steps to ensure the safety of students and teachers, Morford said.
Monday, Nov. 27, 3:30;p.m.

Commissioner among those fleeing Costco gunman

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 27, 2017

LENEXA – Franklin County Commissioner Randall Renoud’s routine shopping trip to a Costco store in Lenexa turned into a nightmare Sunday morning. Customers and store staff fled the store when a man entered the store and started waving a gun and yelling. An off-duty police officer shot and killed the man. Renoud said he was at the bakery in the back of the store when people started running by. “People were running …,” Renoud said. “They were yelling ‘You’ve got to get out of the building; you’ve got to get out of the building.” Renoud held doors open as people fled outside. Not aware of the man with the gun, nor seeing or hearing anything, Renoud said he and a couple employees moved through the store when they saw the man about 40 yards away. Then they heard gunshots. “That’s when I thought I should leave.”
Monday, Nov. 27, 3:30 p.m.

Osawatomie offers Thanksgiving dinner to those forced out by fire

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 27, 2017

OSAWATOMIE — Osawatomie city officials and firefighters hosted a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday evening for those who were temporarily homeless after a Tuesday night fire that forced the evacuation of residents at Osawatomie Court, a senior apartment complex. The blaze, which was reported at 5:33 p.m. Tuesday, displaced 46 residents, but no one was injured. Most residents were scheduled to be allowed to move back into their apartments this afternoon after repairs and recertification of safety equipment, according to city manager Don Cawby. Tuesday’s fire began in the kitchen area of a second-floor apartment in the east wing of the complex. Within minutes, Osawatomie police officers arrived, and extinguished the fire on the cooktop. Local firefighters, who were also on the scene, found the fire had spread into the wall. Black smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the building. Osawatomie Fire Chief Brian Love called for a total evacuation of the building, and requested additional resources, including assistance from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, the Paola and Fontana fire departments and three school buses to help with evacuation efforts. Medical staff from Life Care Center of Osawatomie was also asked to respond to the city auditorium to help residents being transported there. Officials said four units were extensively damaged and could take some time before they can be occupied. The entire east portion of the building has some degree of water damage, Love said, adding the entire building received smoke damage.
Monday, Nov. 27, 3:30 p.m.

Two arrested today in two-county high-speed chase

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 27, 2017

HILLSDALE LAKE — A vehicle chase and ground search this morning involving Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies, the Kansas Highway Patrol and Miami County law officers ended at 12:25 with the capture of a man believed to have led authorities on a high-speed chase through Franklin and Miami counties. The chase headed east out of Franklin County on K-68. An officer pulled over the vehicle at Davis Road and K-68 in eastern Ottawa because it appeared to have stolen license plates, said Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards. The vehicle also matched the description of a vehicle that eluded state troopers during a chase last week, he said. The vehicle took off along K-68. According to initial reports, the pickup truck involved in the chase turned down several Miami County roads and turned onto a dead-end low-maintenance road in the 3600 block of 319th Road near Hillsdale Lake. The occupants abandoned it and fled on foot through a heavily-wooded area. Officers arrested a woman near the truck at 11:44 a.m., and a man suspect was tracked down by a sheriff’s K-9 and found in a tree and taken into custody at 12:25 p.m. A helicopter helped in the search.
Monday, Nov. 27, 2 p.m.; updated 2:20 p.m.