KOFO Local News

Two injured after car hits dog

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 30, 2016

LANE — A 26-year-old Osawatomie woman and her 7-year-old passenger were injured when their car hit a dog during a driving rainstorm Wednesday afternoon in the extreme southeast corner of Franklin County.  Elizabeth Wright was driving north on U.S. 169 just north of Virginia Road while it raining hard and didn’t see a dog standing on the highway, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.  After she struck the dog, her car crossed the center line and went into the south-bound ditch, striking a culvert and flipping over onto the driver’s side.  Wright and her passenger, Kaiden Reynolds, were taken to Miami County Medical Center in Paola.  The highway patrol said they were both wearing seat belts.

Monday, May 30, 11 a.m.

City seeks to install jet fuel unit at airport

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 30, 2016

OTTAWA — A new jet fuel pump station will soon be set up at the Ottawa Municipal Airport.  The new pump station will provide easy access for the business jets that land at the airport but must get fuel elsewhere, said public works director Michael Haeffele said.  He said he’s looking at a stand-alone unit.  “All we have to build a concrete pad and they bring it in on a truck and slide if off the truck and put the concrete pad,” he said. “We hook the electricity to it … the above-ground storage tanks are far cheaper than underground tanks.”  The new station will cost around $85,000 but 85 percent will be paid for with a grant from the Kansas Dept. of Transportation.  The city commission is expected to officially approve the fuel station at its regular meeting Wednesday.

Monday, May 30, 11 a.m.

Free summer lunch programs begin Tuesday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 30, 2016

OTTAWA — ECKAN will provide free meals to children in Ottawa and in Anderson County this summer.  Beginning Tuesday at noon, meals will be served at ORC’s Don Woodward Center in Ottawa and at Ray Meyer Gym, at 305 N. Oak, Garnett. The Garnett gym is a different location from previous years.  Any child age 18 or under are welcome to come to eat.  Meals are free.  There are no income requirements or registration.  The purpose of the program is to ensure children receive adequate nutrition during the summer months when school lunches aren’t available, and children are sometimes caring for themselves while parents work, ECKAN’s Richard Jackson said.  Menus will be printed in advance and are based on the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s food guide pyramid.  The lunches continue through July 29.

Monday, May 30, 11 a.m.

Emporia woman sentenced for death of Ottawa bicyclist

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 30, 2016

EMPORIA — An Emporia woman was sentenced to a year in the Lyon County jail after a killing an Ottawa bicyclist two miles west of Emporia more than two years ago.  Jean Getten was convicted of vehicular homicide in the death of 51-year-old Ronald Kennedy of Ottawa.   Getten was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter.  She was driving a pickup that hit Kennedy on U.S. 50 after dark in October 2013.

Monday, May 30, 11 a.m.

Spate of thefts reported

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 30, 2016

OTTAWA — Ottawa police received several reports of burglaries and thefts over the last week.  On Tuesday, a 36-year-old Ottawa man reported the theft of an item from his property in the 1600 block of South Osage Drive.  A 24-year-old Ottawa woman reported the theft of items from her vehicle parked in the 1200 block of South Main Street.  An 81-year-old Ottawa man, reported a theft of an item belonging to him in the 1800 block South Elm Street.  He told police he knew who the suspect was.  A 27-year-old Ottawa woman reported Tuesday items were stolen from her vehicle at an unknown time and location.   On Wednesday afternoon,  an 18-year-old Ottawa woman reported her home in the 500 block of South Oak was burglarized and items were stolen.

Monday, May 30, 11 a.m.

Man jailed for threatening, slapping postal worker

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 30, 2016

OTTAWA — James Adell, 40, Ottawa, was booked into the Franklin County jail Wednesday morning for suspicion of aggravated assault and battery with a weapon.

Ottawa police said Adell threatened a U.S. Postal Service employee with an air rifle in the 900 block of North Cedar then slapped the worker in the face.  The postal employee wasn’t injured.

Monday, May 30, 11 a.m.

Power line causes two fires

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 30, 2016

OTTAWA — Ottawa firefighters were called twice in two days to deal with a power line fire behind a downtown business building at 216 S. Main St.  A power line dropped down in the rear of the building Tuesday afternoon and caught fire, Ottawa Fire Chief Tim Mathias said.  The fire caused a power outage in the business.  On Wednesday afternoon, the power lines arced and a spark fell into a plastic trash can on the deck of the second floor patio, causing a fire in the trash can, he said.  An employee put out the fire before firefighters arrive.  Mathias said the only damage was to the plastic trash can and that was about $30.

Monday, May 30, 11 a.m.

Wait A While

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 24, 2016

OTTAWA–It looks like it will be a while before Ottawa High School adopts a new science curriculum.  OHS Science teacher James Dean says new science textbooks are simply not ready.  He says it would be better to wait until new textbooks are available so they can be used for many years down the road.

Monday, May 23, 10:45 pm

Franklin County corrections officer arrested

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 19, 2016

OTTAWA — A Franklin County corrections officer has been arrested for suspicion of felony child abuse.  Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards says he learned April 20 that Christopher Lambie was the subject of a criminal investigation in Gardner.  Richards says Lambie was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.  He says Lambie was arrested today. As a result, Lambie was fired.  Calling it a personnel matter, Richards says he won’t provide any additional details.

Thursday, May 19, 4 p.m.

Kincaid man killed in crash in Garnett

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 19, 2016

GARNETT — An 80-year-old Kincaid man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a crash on U.S. 59 in front of the Garnett Elementary School.  Richard Crabtree was driving south on U.S. 59 when his pickup went off the road and dropped into the west ditch, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.  The pickup hit a road approach and came to rest on its passenger side.  Crabtree wasn’t wearing a seat belt, the highway patrol said.  An autopsy is planned.

Thursday, May 16, 2 p.m.

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