KOFO Local News

Man drowns at Hillsdale Lake Sunday night

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 20, 2015

HILLSDALE LAKE — A man drowned at Hillsdale Lake Sunday night.  The Miami County Sheriff’s office didn’t immediately identify the man.  Authorities were alerted at 7:19 p.m. about a man who disappeared while swimming at Hillsdale State Park’s Jayhawk Beach, Miami County Sgt. Scott Fisher said.  Witnesses reported the man had trouble staying above water and went under and didn’t resurface, he said.  That prompted a search by Miami County emergency workers, state park rangers and dive teams from Osawatomie, Overland Park and Johnson County.  The man was found at 10 p.m. in nine feet of water approximately 20 yards from shore.

Monday, July 20, 7 a.m.

Part of trail closed after embankment collapses

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 20, 2015

OTTAWA — Part of the Prairie Spirit Trail in Ottawa will be closed beginning today for about a week, weather permitting.  The embankment is caving in at a spot about 200 feet south of 11th Street, city public works director Michael Haeffele says.  The drainage tubes that flow water from the east side of the trail to the west have developed structural problems, he said.  The repair work to the tubes will require the trail to be closed from 11th to 12th streets for about a week, he said.  The Prairie Spirit Trail stretches 51 miles from Ottawa to Iola and is a state park.

Monday, July 20, 7 a.m.

Eisenhower Road Wreck

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 19, 2015
The Police have identified those involved in the accident that caused Eisenhower road near 23rd street to be closed yesterday morning. 45 year old Gary young of garnett was driving a 2014 Honda and struck a 2004 Chevrolet driven by 29 year old Cole Fredricks of williamsburg.  OTTAWA POLICE SERGEANT CASEY CRANE SAYS TWO VEHICLES COLLIDED RIGHT IN THE INTERSECTION OF 23RD STREET ON EISENHOWER ROAD…
POLICE SERGEANT CASEY CRANE
Young was transported to overland park regional medical center for treatment. The vehicle that sustained the most damage struck the power pole at the intersection and snapped a line that has since been repaired by KCP&L. a picture of the accident scene is available on our website at Kofo.com.
7/19/15

 

 

Flack murder trial delayed six months

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 16, 2015

OTTAWA — The murder trial of Kyle Flack has been pushed back to February.  District Judge Eric Godderz agreed this morning to a request from Flack’s attorneys for a delay.  They sought the delay because they said they still have to go through a mountain of new evidence, some of which they said could help Flack’s defense.  Godderz set a new trial date of February 22, 2016.   At an earlier hearing, Godderz rejected a motion by Flack’s attorneys to move the trial out of Franklin County.  Flack faces capital murder charges in the deaths of Kaylie Bailey and her toddler daughter Lana-Leigh Bailey; and murder charges in the deaths of Andrew Stout and Steven White at a farmhouse north of Richter two years ago.

Thursday, July 17, 2 pm

Forest Park pool to reopen today

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 15, 2015

OTTAWA — After being closed two days for repairs, the Forest Park swimming pool was scheduled to reopen today after the pool’s chemicals were balanced.   The pool was closed Monday after a piece of concrete popped out of the floor. The pool had to be drained low enough to repair the area, Ottawa public works director Michael Haeffele said.  Workers made some minor cuts around the area and used a fast-setting water plug to patch the bad spot, he said.  The patch cured overnight Monday evening despite harsh winds and thunderstorms that hit the Ottawa area, he said.  The pool was refilled Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 15, 4 p.m.

Franklin County Fair begins today

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 15, 2015

OTTAWA – The 150th annual Franklin County Fair began in earnest today with entries and judging.  Some of the judging has been done before the fair, Rebecca McFarland, Frontier Extension District agent said.  Indeed, those perusing the 4-H baking and food exhibits will see photos of the winners and their entries.  The food was divided up, placed on plates and delivered to police and fire departments and fair supporters, she said.  Special commemorative 150th T-shirts will be available at the fair, said Brett Chartier, fair board member. Among fair highlights, the youth rodeo beginning today at 5, the two-day URA Professional Rodeo Thursday and Friday nights at Hayward Arena; the annual fair barbecue 5-8 p.m. Thursday, the Farm Bureau pedal pull noon Saturday, and the demolition derby 7 p.m. Saturday.

Wednesday, July 15, 4 p.m.

Wellsville man seeks trial in stabbing

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 15, 2015

OTTAWA — A Wellsville man has pleaded not guilty to attempted first degree murder and other felony charges in connection with a stabbing in Wellsville last fall.  Andrew Keith Jamison has requested a trial.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Monday in Franklin County District Court.  In addition to the attempted murder charge, Jamison is charged with aggravated battery and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer  and criminal damage to property in connection with the stabbing of Charlie O’Connor and Keith Jamison.  He remains in jail.

Wednesday, July 15, 4 p.m.

Ottawa National Guard unit to host open house

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 15, 2015

OTTAWA — The 250th Forward Support Company of the Kansas Army National Guard will host an open house at the Ottawa armory 6-10 p.m. Friday and 3- 9 p.m. Saturday.  The open house will include multiple vehicle and equipment displays as well as presentations by the soldiers in the unit.  The public is invited.  The company recently completed annual training at Salina consisting of logistical convoys, maintenance operations, communications training, field feeding operations, and supply operations in support of an artillery rocket group.  The 250th Forward Support Company is headquartered in Ottawa with detachments in Hiawatha and Clay Center.

Wednesday, July 15, 4 p.m.

Subject of Silver Alert returns safe

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 15, 2015

GLADSTONE, Mo. — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol have ended a Silver Alert for a Gladstone, Mo., man who disappeared after visiting his son in northeast Kansas last week.  Patrick Flynn has safely returned home to Gladstone, the KBI said.

Wednesday, July 15, 4 p.m.

Vyve donates to VFW for veterans programs

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 15, 2015

OTTAWA — Vyve Broadband has donated $500 to the Ottawa post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  The VFW will use the gift to foster community among veterans in Ottawa and support VFW programs that reach out to and connect with local veterans.  Vyve  provides broadband, cable television and voice services for commercial and residential customers in Ottawa.

Wednesday, July 15, 4 p.m.

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