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Brown named as county administrator

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 8, 2017

OTTAWA – Franklin County commissioners have decided to name county counselor and interim administrator Derek Brown as county administrator. The move came after commissioners couldn’t strike a deal with their original finalist. Initially, Brown said he was happy being counselor and didn’t intend to apply for the administrator’s job. However, after talks broke down, commissioners decided to ask Brown to stay on as administrator, said commission chair Colt Waymire. “We told him we wanted to do the things that would help him be successful,” Waymire said. That includes hiring a new finance director who would handle budgeting and other financial oversight – duties that Brown confessed that he had little experience with. Brown said he would continue to be counselor. Several years ago, commissioners named then-counselor Lisa Johnson as administrator, which was successful, Waymire said. For his part, Brown said that as someone who was a native and who grew up in Franklin County and who has family living here, he said he’s glad to serve the community. He will receive $126,000 per year, plus a $4,800 vehicle allowance and other benefits.
Wednesday, Feb.8, 7 a.m.

Baldwin City shooting victim hospitalized

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 8, 2017

BALDWIN CITY – A 26-year-old Baldwin City man was flown by helicopter to Overland Park Regional Medical Center Tuesday night after he was shot. The shooting occurred at a duplex at 920 Deer Ridge Ct. Investigators questioned two witnesses and we’re looking for a pickup that left the scene shortly after the shooting. Police didn’t identify the victim nor did they immediately release his condition.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 a.m.

Two woman collared following Carbondale burglary

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 31, 2017

LYNDON — Two women were hauled to the Osage County jail in connection with an interrupted burglary near Carbondale late Sunday night. A resident returned to his home in the 3000 block of East 137th Street and found two women inside of his home trying to remove property, Sheriff Laurie Dunn said. As the women fled, the resident called 911 and described the women and their vehicle to dispatchers. Within four minutes of the 911 call, an Osage County deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description and stopped it at 137th Street and South California Road. The two women were taken into custody, Dunn said. Jaime Lee Cowan, 36, Topeka; and Laura Ann Barnhart, 31, Hiawatha; were booked into the jail on suspicion of aggravated burglary. Barnhart was also charged with interference with law enforcement after giving a false name. Cowan has been released on a $10,000 bond. Barnhart remained in jail earlier today.
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2 p.m.

Two men jailed after home invasion

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 31, 2017

OTTAWA — Two men are in the Franklin County jail in connection with a home invasion robbery Monday evening. Police were dispatched to a disturbance involving weapons in the 900 block of East 8th Street at about 7 p.m., said assistant police chief Adam Weingartner. Officers were told two men entered the home, threatened two women with handguns, then fled in a vehicle. Officers saw a vehicle matching the description at a distance near Lincoln Street as it traveled east on East 15th Street, leaving the city limits, he said. The vehicle was located after it drove into a farm field in the 2500 block Montana Road after the driver lost control of it on gravel went off the road. Two men left the vehicle; one fled on foot into an open field. Jacob Kennedy, 27, Ottawa; was arrested at the vehicle. He was armed with a handgun, Weingartner said. A canine with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office located Donivan Perryman, 32, Lawrence; hiding in a nearby field, Weingartner said . A second handgun and undisclosed evidence was recovered in a field nearby. Kennedy and Perryman were booked for suspicion of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, battery, theft, and interference with a law Enforcement officer. Perryman was also booked for two outstanding Douglas County warrants for failure to appear in court. Both are being held in jail, pending formal charges. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Department at 785-242-2561 and ask to speak to a detective.
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2 p.m.

Happy Birthday, Ottawa Fire Department

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 24, 2017

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Fire Department is 150 years old today. Firefighters are hosting a come-and-go reception for the public at the Second Street station 1-3 p.m. today. There will be comments and a pinning ceremony at 1:30 p.m. The department started as about 50 volunteers as a bucket brigade, said Fire Chief Tim Mathias. Volunteers were paid per call depending on how close they were in the bucket line to the fire, he said. Among the most memorable fires: Tauy Jones Hall at Ottawa University and a tanker truck explosion downtown that killed the two truckers damaged several buildings after gasoline running in the gutters and storm sewer ignited, he said. The time includes an interval of a few years in which the fire and police departments were merged into a public safety department.
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m.

County ends talks for administrator

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 23, 2017

OTTAWA — Franklin County commissioners have failed to seal the deal with their finalist for county administrator. Commissioners ended negotiations after they and the candidate couldn’t agree on a contract, said Derek Brown, acting administrator. Commissioners will have to decide how to proceed, he said. Brown said he would offer some options later this week. In the meantime, Brown, who is county counselor, said he would continue to serve as interim administrator as long as needed.
Monday, Jan. 23, noon

Area to get hammered by powerful ice storm this weekend

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2017

OTTAWA — The Franklin County area will get hammered the hardest when a powerful  storm packing freezing rain and ice hits the northern part of the state this weekend.  The National Weather Service office in Topeka predicts the storm will drop a half-inch of ice Saturday and Sunday on much of the state. However, Franklin County could see an inch of ice because the storm, which will sweep in from the south, will start here a day earlier, with the heaviest accumulation of ice Saturday afternoon and Sunday, said weather service forecaster Jennifer Prieto.  A winter storm watch goes into effect for this area for the entire weekend beginning at noon Friday.  If conditions get as bad as predicted, people should stay at home, said Franklin County emergency management director Alan Radcliffe.   Road conditions are forecast to deteriorate as early as Friday afternoon, he said.  However, if people must drive they should always check the weather and road conditions and be prepared for the worst.   Be sure to have a charged cell phone, extra blankets and kitty litter for extra traction.   “Just be prepared before you go anywhere this weekend,” Radcliffe said.  Some area schools have started to shorten or cancel classes for Friday.   Be sure to check KOFO’s list of cancellations.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m.

First legislative coffee of year is Saturday — maybe

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2017

OTTAWA — The first Ottawa legislative coffee of the year is 10 a.m. Saturday morning at Ottawa City Hall, weather permitting.  The coffee gives people a chance to hear and question area legislators.  This year is especially important because of the state’s serious financial problems, he said.  With a powerful ice storm predicted to hit the area this weekend, the coffee could be cancelled.  Coen said the decision to cancel will likely be made Saturday morning prior to the coffee.  The coffee is sponsored by the chamber’s Legislative Action Committee, the Franklin County Farm Bureau Association, and American Legion Post 60.  Refreshments will be provided by the county Republican central committee.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m.

Gun fired during confrontation between two groups

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2017

OTTAWA — Ottawa police continue to investigate a confrontation in the 1000 block of South Cypress Street in which one group of people were threatened with a firearm shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday.  The group was confronted by another group carrying weapons, said assistant police chief Adam Weingartner.  At one point, someone fired a gun in the air, he said.  No one was apparently hit by the bullet but several people received minor injuries in the fight, he said.  Police have identified suspects in the incident but are asking for information from the public.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m.

ATV reported stolen

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2017

OTTAWA — A 37-year-old Ottawa man reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office that a 2013 Polaris Ranger ATV  was stolen from the 1900 block of Pawnee Road west of Ottawa sometime Tuesday.  The loss was estimated at $9,000.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m.