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City considers memorial gardens for cremations

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — A new way to deal with death may be on the way for Ottawa cemeteries. During budget discussions, city public works director Michael Haeffele asked commissioners for $10,000 for a study on creating a memorial garden at Highland Cemetery for bodies that are cremated. Commissioners took note of the increase in cremations and expressed interest in the idea.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Missouri motorist killed in crash north of Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — A person from Missouri was killed as a result of a one-vehicle crash north of Ottawa early Wednesday morning. Deputies responded to a report and found a vehicle overturned in the ditch along U.S. 59 below the Old Highway 59 flyover, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards. The victim, who was dead at the scene, had been thrown out of the vehicle. Richards said the identification of the victim was being withheld at this time.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Democratic legislator to resign post

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

LAWRENCE — Democrat state representative John Wilson said he’ll resign for family and work reasons. He’ll formally submit his resignation in August or September, he said. Wilson, Lawrence, said he wants to spend more time with his family and his work for a non-profit group dealing with childhood obesity. Wilson is from the 10th House District, which includes Baldwin City, southern Douglas County and southwestern Lawrence. He has been in the legislature for five years. Democratic precinct committee members in the 10th District will pick his successor.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Colorado banking company buys Peoples Bank

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — A Colorado-based bank will buy the Peoples Bank holding company. Officials of National Bank Holdings Corporation of Greenwood Village, Colo., and Peoples Bank announced the $143 million deal Wednesday. The purchase will add to the National Bank Holdings’ presence in the Colorado Front Range and the greater Kansas City region, NBH CEO Tim Laney said. “In addition, we believe Peoples brings us one of the strongest retail mortgage banking platforms based within a community bank,” Laney said.. “We expect this transaction will be strongly accretive and will accelerate NBH’s trajectory toward our financial targets,” Peoples, which originated in Ottawa, has banks in the Kansas City area, in Colorado and in New Mexico. “We are very pleased to be joining NBH,´ said Wint Winter Jr., Chairman and CEO of Peoples. “Our family has built Peoples over the past five decades with a focus on caring for our customers, employees and the communities we serve. We found those same values at NBH and are proud to partner with the NBH family.” NBH’s banks in Kansas are known as Bank Midwest. The transaction adds approximately $865 million of assets, $483 million of loans held for investment and $719 million of deposits to the expanded company. The board of directors for both companies have approved the deal and Peoples stockholders have also given their approval. Under the terms of the agreement, Peoples shareholders will receive approximately $36.3 million of cash consideration and approximately 3.4 million shares of NBHh common stock, subject to certain adjustments. The deal must be approved by federal regulators but is expected to close by the end of the year.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Paola council offers written guarantee on trail funds

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

PAOLA — Paola City Council members have put their guarantee in writing. The council recently approved a resolution that guarantees that all grant funds and private donations raised by the Paola Pathways Task Force will be used for the Paola Pathways Trails System. The system of hiking and biking trails will link key locations throughout the city, especially schools, parks, and recreational facilities. Phase one of the system was completed in Wallace Park in June 2014. The second phase at Lake Miola is near completion. Other work will be done as money is raised.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Man killed; woman hospitalized after SUV rolls over near Carbondale

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

CARBONDALE — A Bourbon County man was killed and a woman hospitalized as a result of a one-vehicle crash north of Carbondale Tuesday afternoon. Eric Lucas, 56, Redfield, was driving a 1996 Chevy Tahoe and a trailer north on U.S. 75 near East 117th Street, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The SUV blew a tire, went off the road, and overturned in the ditch. The highway patrol said Lucas wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. His passenger, 53-year-old Amanda Lucas, 56, Redfield; was injured and was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. She was wearing a seat belt.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Trash bin fires investigated as arson

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — Ottawa police and fire investigators are looking at two arson fires occurring early Tuesday morning. Police said trash bins were found on fire in the 1300 block of South Mulberry and the 800 block of East Ninth streets shortly after midnight.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Two chases result in arrests; bust of vehicle theft ring

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — Two people are in custody and a vehicle theft ring may have been busted as a result of two chases that started in Franklin County Monday. Deputies spotted a stolen 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck, occupied by unknown subjects, in the 3900 block of Arkansas Road southwest of Appanoose early Monday morning, the Franklin County Sheriff’s department said. When they tried to stop the truck, the driver took off. The deputies pursued the truck, which was involved in a crash in the 1000 block of Pawnee Road northeast of Pomona. All subjects in the truck fled on foot. One person was later arrested, Sheriff Jeff Richards said. In the second chase, someone stole a 2000 Dodge Ram pickup from the 3500 block of Colorado Road north of Pomona monday afternoon. The truck was later recovered in Osage County after a vehicle pursuit, Richards said. Officers used dogs and Highway Patrol helicopters in both cases. Corey Mason, 24, Hoyt, was booked in connection with the second chase. As a result of the investigation, it appears the arrests may have helped break up the theft ring, which mostly targeted vehicles in eastern Osage County, Richards said. A vehicle stolen in Osage County was also recovered, he said.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Uncle of man killed in hit-and-run dies from crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

GARNETT — A Welda man died at a Kansas City-area hospital Monday morning as a result of a crash last week near Greeley that occurred as he was headed to a fund-raiser for his nephew who was recently killed in a hit-and-run incident west of Garnett. The Anderson County Review reported that Troy McDaniel, 51, had been sedated and on a ventilator in an attempt to stabilize his breathing following the crash. McDaniel was driving south-bound on U.S. 169 about two miles north of Greeley around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday as he was headed home from work in Olathe when he lost control of his pickup. He lost control of the truck, which went off the road, then overturned when it came back onto the roadway. He was thrown out. He and overturned into both lanes of traffic. He was taken by helicopter ambulance to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. His family told the Review that McDaniel was enroute to a fundraiser at Garnett Pizza Hut for the family of his nephew, Clay Yoder, 22, Mont Ida, who was killed in a hit-and-run incident west of Garnett on June 11. McDaniel is the brother of Rebecca Yoder, whose son is Clay Yoder. Two people have been charged in Yoder’s death.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Wrong place for fight

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — Franklin County jail guards broke up the latest version of the fight club involving two inmates Saturday afternoon. After the fight was broken up, Hunter Kiefer, 20, Ottawa; was booked for battery; and Justin Hendrix, 34, Kansas City, Kan.; was booked for aggravated battery, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.