KOFO Local News

Osage County sheriff: Burglar stabbed during break-in

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 15, 2016

MELVERN — A man was stabbed early Monday morning after trying to break into a home in rural Melvern, the Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said. Around 3:30 a.m., a 911 caller reported a break-in at 4500 block of East 309th Street north of Melvern, Dunn said. The caller reported that the intruder had been stabbed and had fled.  Jason Steele, 35, Kansas City, Kan., in the area a short time later, she said.  He was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital,  Topeka, for treatment of stab injuries.  One of the homeowners was also taken to Stormont Vail Hospital.  Another homeowner received minor injuries but declined medical treatment.  Steele has been booked into the Osage County jail on suspicion of aggravated burglary and aggravated battery, Dunn said.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m.

City, officers waive one step in police shooting lawsuit

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 15, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The city of Ottawa and several police officers and deputies have agreed to waive being served court summonses from the family of Joseph Jennings.  Jennings, 18, was shot several times and killed by Ottawa officers and Franklin County deputies during a 17-minute confrontation on Aug. 23, 2014, in the Orscheln’s parking lot in Ottawa.  Jennings’ family is suing the city, county and 10 officers in federal court as a result of his death.  By agreeing to the waiver, the city and officers are following a federal court guideline designed to reduce unnecessary court costs.  Under the waiver rule, the defendants must offer a reply if they intend to fight the lawsuit. However, the waiver gives defendants additional time to respond.  Federal judge Daniel Crabtree and magistrate judge James O’Hara will handle the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m.

Two injured in crash at U.S. 59 off-ramp at Montana

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 15, 2016

OTTAWA — Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at the U.S. 59 interchange at Montana Road Saturday afternoon.  Brooke McDonald, 35, Indianapolis, Ind., was traveling south on the U.S. 59 exit ramp at Montana Road when she failed to stop at the stop sign on the off-ramp, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said.  Her car was struck by a pickup driven by Mandy Pratt, 42, Wellsville, who was driving north on Montana Road.  The sheriff’s office said McDonald and a passenger in Pratt’s truck were taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital for examination.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m.

Jail, restitution ordered in wild chase case

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 8, 2016

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man has received some time in jail and a stiff  bill for wild chase in April.  Toby Lee was convicted of theft, reckless driving and failure to stop at the scene of an accident.  Ottawa police said Lee took a vehicle from the automotive business he worked at in the 100 block of North Main Street, tried to evade police, and crashed the vehicle in to a carriage-house-style apartment and garage in the alley behind the 700 block of South Cedar Street and fled on foot.  He was sentenced to three years but was given two years probation and 30 days in jail, most of which he’s already served.  He’ll also be required to pay $20,536.71 in restitution.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.

Man gets probation for fire in northern Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 8, 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 has been sentenced to probation.  Although he was originally charged with arson, Wayland Kirkland, Jr., agreed to a plea deal.  He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor criminal damage to property and received one year of probation.  He’ll also be required to pay a little more than $7,200 in restitution and fees.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.

Girl injured in parade fall released from hospital

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 8, 2016

OTTAWA — Friends said an approximately eight-year-old girl whose skull was broken when she fell from a horse during Saturday’s Veterans Day parade has been released from Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City.  The horse was going along Main Street near the end of the parade but was spooked and threw the girl off and she landed on her head, witnesses said.  The girl, who is from the Ottawa area, hasn’t been identified.  She was rushed to Children’s Mercy after she was injured.  An Ottawa man, Chris Cunningham, went to the girl’s help but was injured when he was knocked down by the horse.  He was also released from a hospital.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6:30 a.m.

Veterans’ Day events begin Friday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 3, 2016

OTTAWA — Ottawa’s Veterans Day celebration begins Friday at City Park.  The annual Field of Flags, a display of nearly 700 flags honoring area veterans, will be installed in the park, said Roy Dunn, a member of the Veterans Day committee.  A veterans’ exhibit begins Friday at the Carnegie Cultural Center, and goes through Nove. 14. A reception is 5 p.m. Friday at the Carnegie before the kick-off event 6:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium.  The parade down Main Street is Saturday morning at 10:45 and ending at Forest Park.  About 200 units are planned to be in the parade, Dunn said.  Following the parade, a series historical re-enactments of the Civil War and World War II will be Saturday afternoon in Forest Park.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m.

Union pickets Kansas Gas Service office

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 3, 2016

OTTAWA — Local members of the United Steel Workers union picketed the Ottawa office of Kansas Gas Service this morning and intend to continue picketing this evening.  The picketing is occurring across southeast Kansas to pressure the company, which is a division of One Gas, to negotiate an agreement with the union.  The contract expired Friday night.  Workers said they aren’t striking yet and that they would report to work.  Today’s picketing is intended as informational picket.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m.

KDOT awards road work bids in Franklin County

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 3, 2016

TOPEKA — The Kansas Dept. of Transportation has awarded bids for two projects in Franklin County.  One involves overlaying nearly seven miles of K-68 between Nevada Terrace and K-33 east of Ottawa.  Hamm Inc., Perry, received a $2.5 million contract for that work.  The other project involves patching 43 miles of pavement on I-35 between the Coffey County line and a point just south of Wellsville.  Realm Construction of Blue Springs, Mo., will receive nearly $2.4 million for the work.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m.

KDHE confirms E-coli cases from Ciderfest

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 3, 2016

TOPEKA — The Kansas Dept. of  Health and Environment is investigating an E-coli outbreak from the Louisburg Cider Mill’s Ciderfest.  There are at least seven confirmed cases from the Ciderfest, the KDHE said.  The Ciderfest was held over two weekends, Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2.  Investigators from the KDHE, Kansas Dept. of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration visited the Louisburg Cider Mill last week.  The KDHE asks that anyone who had diarrhea up to 10 days after attending the Ciderfest to call the agency toll-free at 1-877-427-7317.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m.