KOFO Local News

Now is time to plant fall garden

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 13, 2016

PAOLA — After eating plenty of tomatoes and peppers, now is the time to start gardening again. Marais des Cygnes Extension District’s Megan Westerhold said it’s fall garden time. Plant cool-season plants such as lettuce, spinach and radishes; and with a bit of luck, green beans and summer squash; and with some transplants, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, she said. There are many advantages to fall gardening, including less insect and weed pressure, she said. The disadvantage – there’s not the rains that comes during the spring, she said. She said you may want to plant seeds a little deeper to compensate.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 3:30 p.m.

No fire, but lots of water

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 13, 2016

OTTAWA — There was no fire but lots of water Tuesday night at the Franklin County juvenile detention center. The Ottawa Fire Department was called to the center for a fire alarm but that was cancelled. The sheriff’s office said a 14-year-old Emporia girl damaged a fire-sprinkler head in her cell. After the alarm was cancelled, fire Capt. Shawn Dillon continued to the center to check on the situation, Fire Chief Tim Mathias said. The water was turned off and the sprinkler head was replaced, Mathias said. The sheriff’s office said the girl was charged for criminal damage to property.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 3:30 p.m.

Plea deal set in arson fire

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 13, 2016

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man accused of arson in a fire that occurred at his home in the 400 block of West First Street a year ago that will accept a plea deal. District court records indicate that Wayland Kirkland Jr. will plead guilty to criminal damage to property at a hearing Sept. 12.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 3:30 p.m.

911 center could switch offices

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 13, 2016

OTTAWA — The county’s 911 emergency dispatch center could be switched from the sheriff’s department to the emergency management office. The move has been under discussion for a few weeks, county administrator Jon Holmes said. The change is being considered because new federal rules could require the 911 center and the county’s radio network to be combined, he said. There would be no change in the number of personnel, he said. He said once commissioners decide, it would be a matter of a few weeks to make the change. Sheriff Jeff Richards, who doesn’t object to the switch, said several other counties have done something similar. The center’s location wouldn’t be moved anytime in the future, said emergency manager Alan Radcliffe.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 3:30 p.m.

Man charged in standoff due in court

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 13, 2016

OTTAWA — A man who held off police and deputies in a six-hour standoff at 7th and Walnut in Ottawa two weeks ago will be in district court  Aug. 31. Christopher Fawl has been charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and interference with law enforcement officers in connection with the incident. The Franklin County Sheriff’s office said Fawl dragged a deputy 10 to 15 feet after he tried to stop Fawl’s vehicle during the stop. Fawl is free on $25,000 bond.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 3:30 p.m.

Plea deal set in sex crimes case

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 13, 2016

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man charged with multiple sex crimes involving girls under the age of 14 will be sentenced in Franklin County District Court Aug. 22. Derek Joseph Fletcher was arrested last October. He was charged with 14 different crimes ranging from rape, aggravated sodomy, sexual exploitation and aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of aggravated sodomy. Under a plea deal, Fletcher pleaded guilty to half of the charges. He remains in jail is on a half-million dollar bond.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 3:30 p.m.

Court hearing set in fight

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 13, 2016

OTTAWA — A preliminary hearing for Andrew Mayfield III in connection with a fight that hospitalized two people this summer has been rescheduled to Aug. 29. He has been charged with aggravated battery. The fight in the 100 block of South Elm sent Kevin Elsasser and Christina Elssasser, both of Ottawa, to Ransom Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police said Mayfield fled the fight scene and was captured a day later. A woman also charged in the incident, Leah Maynard, of Ottawa, accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor battery.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 3:30 p.m.

Osage County deputy in crash in Osage City

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 13, 2016

OSAGE CITY — One driver received minor injuries as a result of a collision with an Osage County deputy in Osage City Monday night. The Osage City Police Department said deputy Richard Lamb was driving west on Ellinwood Street in his sheriff’s pickup truck when he collided in the intersection with Topeka Avenue with a south-bound car driven by Robin Stepp. Lamb’s truck rolled on its side. Stepp received what were described as minor injuries was treated at the scene. Lamb wasn’t injured.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 3:30 p.m.

Crash on K-68 resulted in minor injuries

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 13, 2016

OTTAWA — A 17 year old Pomona man was traveling east-bound in the2400 block of K-68 west of Ottawa when he crossed the centerline striking a pickup driven by Donald Coates, 58, Ottawa; that was traveling west bound Monday morning. Both drivers were treated at the scene, said Sheriff Jeff Richards. Richards said that given the usual severity of injury crashes on K-68, the injuries was surprisingly minor.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 3:30 p.m.

Safe Tenants

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 11, 2016

OTTAWA–The City of Wellsville is taking the first steps toward a possible ordinance that would involve inspecting rental properties.  Wellsville Mayor Bill Lytle says it is not a definite program yet because he wants to get input from landlords about the project.

 

Wed. Aug. 10 10 pm

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