KOFO Local News

A good time to hit it big

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 13, 2016

POMONA — Franklin County’s newest millionaires couldn’t have found out at a better time.  The couple, who the Kansas Lottery says asked not to be identified, matched five out of six winning numbers to win $2 million in last week’s half-billion-dollar Mega-Millions drawing last week.  They were sitting in a hospital emergency room waiting for treatment for one of their children, when they checked a cell phone and checked their numbers and discovered they won.  The father said the family has had a lot of health issues in the last few months, including their daughter who was in the hospital for a month and in-and-out after that; and the father, who suffered a heart attack.  They bought the winning ticket at the Casey’s General Store in Pomona.

Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m.

More Mechanics

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 12, 2016

OTTAWA–The city of Ottawa has two full-time mechanics to maintain all city vehicles, but that’s not enough.  The Public Works Department is asking for extra money to hire a third mechanic.

Monday, Jul. 11, 10:30 pm

City OKs Sunday alcohol sales

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 7, 2016

OTTAWA — The Ottawa City Commission approved an ordinance Wednesday allowing Sunday liquor sales.  Under the ordinance, liquor can be sold from noon until 8 p.m. Sundays, excluding Easter and Christmas.  The commissioners approved the measure on a 4-1 vote.   The dissenting vote came from Commissioner Mike Skidmore, who noted that increasingly, Sundays are losing their significance as a family day, and Sunday sales would accelerate the trend.  Under the ordinance, liquor can be sold on Sundays from noon until 8 p.m. Sundays, excluding Easter and Christmas, said city attorney Blaine Finch.  The measure will take effect 61 days after final publication in the Ottawa Herald, unless a petition is filed objecting to the ordinance.  If enough voters sign a protest petition, the matter would then go to an election.  Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance allowing alcohol sales at temporary events.

Thursday, July 7, 4 p.m.

KDOT approves Baldwin City Depot rehab

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 7, 2016

TOPEKA — The Kansas Dept. of Transportation has approved a bid slightly more than $226,000 from Killough Construction, Ottawa, to rehabilitate the Baldwin City Depot located at 1601 High St.  The depot serves as the station the Midland Railroad, which runs tourist trains between Baldwin City and Ottawa.

Thursday, July 7, 4 p.m.

Ottawa Guard unit part of newly-activated battalion

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 7, 2016

HAYS — The Kansas National Guard will activate a new unit, the 997th Brigade Support Battalion, in a ceremony Saturday in Hays.  Lt. Col. Erica Christie will be the battalion commander.  The battalion is headquartered in Hays with units mostly in based in central and western Kansas.  However, the 250th Forward Support Company, Ottawa, is one of the subordinate units in the new battalion.

Thursday, July 7, 4 p.m.

Topeka charged in chase that injured deputies

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 7, 2016

TOPEKA — A 27-year-old Topeka man has been charged in connection with a wild chase that started in Shawnee County and ended in Osage County with three deputies receiving minor injuries June 30.  Joseph Manganiello has been charged with attempting to elude law enforcement officers, reckless driving, aggravated battery on law enforcement officers, aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, criminal damage to property, obstruction and possession of stolen property.  Manganiello had been listed as a missing and endangered person by the Topeka Police Department.  On June 30, Shawnee County deputies spotted a cable television truck that had been reported as stolen. When they tried to pull over the truck on the south edge of Topeka, the truck took off on U.S. 75 into Osage County.  As deputies closed in on him, the driver abruptly stopped the stolen truck, then reversed into a Shawnee County sheriff’s SUV and an Osage County patrol car, injuring the deputies. The driver escaped on foot.  Manganiello was captured later.

Thursday, July 7, 4 p.m.

Teen booked for rape, sodomy

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 7, 2016

OTTAWA — A Baldwin City teen was booked into the Franklin County juvenile detention center Wednesday on suspicion of rape and sodomy.  The Franklin County Sheriff’s office didn’t identify the 16-year-old man or offer details about the case but said no bond has been set for him.

Thursday, July 7, 4 p.m.

Osage City man dies of injuries from crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 7, 2016

OSAGE CITY — A 68-year-old Osage City man has died of injuries he received from a one-vehicle crash Friday afternoon west of Osage City.  Richard Williams died Sunday in Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, as result of his injuries.  Williams was driving a car west on K-31, when the car went across the center line, dropped into the south ditch, hit a culvert, went airborne and rolled at least twice, the Osage County Sheriff’s office reported.  Williams, who was wearing a seatbelt, was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated from the wreck.  He was taken by helicopter to Stormont Vail.

Thursday, July 7, 4 p.m.

Job fair to be in Paola

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 7, 2016

PAOLA — The Osawatomie, Paola, Spring Hill and Louisburg chambers of commerce, the Miami County government and sheriff’s department, and Kansas Works will host a job fair 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Paola High School gymnasium.  The first hour will reserved for veterans.  The rest of the day is open to the public.  Employers with a variety of open positions will attend.  Organizers suggest that job hunters come dressed professionally.

Thursday, July 7, 4 p.m.

Baldwin City man treated at RMH for gunshot wound

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 7, 2016

OTTAWA — A 41-year-old Baldwin City man was treated at Ransom Memorial Hospital early this morning after he was dropped off for a gunshot wound.  The man, who wasn’t identified by Ottawa police, was treated for a non-life-threatening injury and released.  Officers were sent to the hospital at 2:27 a.m., and the detective unit is investigating, Ottawa Police Chief Dennis Butler said.  However, no suspects have been identified, nor has the location of the shooting been established, Butler said.  So far, there’s little information that would help the investigation, he said.  He asks that anyone with information about this shooting to call the Ottawa Police Department at 242-2561 or Franklin County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-311-TIPS (8477).

Thursday, July 7, 10 a.m.

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