KOFO Local News

Vintage biplane crashes in Osage City

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 2, 2016

OSAGE CITY — Two men walked away when their vintage airplane crashed Thursday afternoon in Osage City.  Nathaniel Perlman, 38, Fort Worth, Texas, had taken off from the Osage County Airport in a 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane when the airplane lost power, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.  Perlman tried to make an emergency landing in an open field about a third of a mile north of the airport, the highway patrol said.  The plane landed but the ground was too wet, the landing gear stuck in the mud and was ripped off.   The plane came to rest on its belly facing north.  Perlman and his passenger, Raymond Lallo, Jr., 52, Fort Carson, Col., weren’t injured.

Monday, May 2, 4 p.m.

Flooding piles up debris against bridge

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on May 2, 2016

OTTAWA — One good blast of water deserved another.  But it didn’t do any good.  City public works crews tried to clear a massive log jam against the Prairie Spirit Trail bridge over the Marais des Cygnes River.  The big rains dislodged and sent wood and other debris floating down the swollen and fast-moving river, Ottawa public works director Michael Haeffele said.  The debris piled up against the bridge and with the river moving fast and rising quickly, it posed a danger to the bridge.  He said the log jam accumulated at such a fast rate that crews could not keep up.  With the log jam growing, Haeffele called the fire department Thursday afternoon. Firefighters blasted d water from a fire hose to try to dislodge the debris, Fire Chief Tim Matthias said. They had little success in breaking apart the log jam and they quit after an hour, Matthias said.  When the river started dropping, Haeffele said the log jam became less of a threat to the bridge and public works crews kept an eye on it through the weekend.

Monday, May 2, 4 p.m.

Capital Improvements

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 26, 2016

OTTAWA–The City of Ottawa’s Capital Improvements Plan for the next 4 years has been released.  It covers all facets of city operations such as street repairs.  City Manager Richard Nienstedt says it’s important to remember that not all projects may actually get accomplished.

Monday, Apr. 25,  11:30 pm

Garnett woman, 74, drowns

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 25, 2016

GARNETT — The body of a 74-year-old Garnett woman was recovered from the water near the dam at the Cedar Valley Reservoir southwest of Garnett Sunday evening.  Sharon Miller was reported missing by her husband Sunday morning, Garnett Police Chief Kevin PeKarek said.  During a search, her vehicle was found at the reservoir, he said.  Area water search and rescue teams were summoned to help with the search at the lake.  Her body was found shortly after 6 p.m., he said.  At the time, it’s not known how she ended up in the lake, he said.  An autopsy has been scheduled.

Monday, April 25, 10 a.m.

High school, college develop plan for reduced-rate college education

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 22, 2016

OTTAWA — A proposed deal between Ottawa High School and Neosho County Community College that cuts the cost of college for Ottawa students and allows them to graduate OHS with an associate’s degree from Neosho won praise from those attending Wednesday’s joint government meeting. Under the deal, students would receive free tuition for college classes taught at OHS by OHS teachers, said Ryan Cobbs, high school principal, and who gave a preview to those attending the meeting. Cobbs said he was frustrated that not many students could get college credit even though they took the classes, because they and their families couldn’t afford the $100 per credit hour tuition. “It wouldn’t take long for a student to hit $2,000 in a year or even a semester,” Cobbs said. “A lot of students can’t afford that.” Nor would they be eligible for traditional college financial aid or student loans. More than half of students at the high school are below the poverty line, he said. The school district would pay a flat $53,000 annual fee to the college during the course of the deal. Students taking courses for college credit would pay a $20 an hour fee to help fund the annual fee. Cobbs said the plan will be formally presented to the school board Monday night. Other government officials praised the plan. “This is a big deal,” said Ottawa city manager Richard Nienstedt. The plan would be a powerful economic development incentive for new businesses and industries, he said.

Thursday, April 21, 9 p.m.

Fire destroys house near Homewood

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 22, 2016

HOMEWOOD — A fire destroyed a house in the 2000 block of Indiana Road northeast of Homewood Wednesday afternoon and caused more than $125,000 in damage. The owners reported the fire, and then fled, said county fire marshal Alan Radcliffe. They had just returned from vacation and within a half-hour smelled and saw smoke, he said. The fire was in the ceiling when firefighters arrived, he said. The metal roof on the house complicated efforts to fight the fire by containing the fire and heat to under the roof line and spreading it faster. Most of the interior of the house was a total loss, he said. Williamsburg-Homewood, Pomona, Lincoln-Ottawa-Harrison and Ohio Township rural departments and Ottawa city firefighters battled the blaze for more than two hours. Radcliffe said no cause of the fire has been pinpointed.

Thursday, April 21, 9 p.m.

Two injured in T-bone crash at Spring Hill

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 22, 2016

SPRING HILL — Two drivers were taken to Kansas City hospitals following an early morning crash Wednesday at Spring Hill. Steve Walker, 46, Kansas City, Mo., ran the stop sign at the U.S. 169 and 207th Street intersection, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Jakub Dingus, 23, Spring Hill, couldn’t stop in time and his mini-van T-boned Walker’s car. The crash blocked the northbound lanes of U.S. 169 and intersection for more than an hour. Walker was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. The highway patrol said he wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Dingus was taken to Olathe Medical Center. He was wearing a seat belt.

Thursday, April 21, 9 p.m.

Suspect in stabbing collared in a backyard

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 19, 2016

OTTAWA — Early this morning, Ottawa and Franklin County authorities captured Benjamin Mastel, 35, Ottawa, following an eight-hour manhunt in connection with a stabbing that sent a man to Overland Park Regional Medical Center Monday evening. Following up a call, officers found Mastel at 2:40 a.m. in a backyard in the 400 block of South Ash, a place they had checked earlier during the search, said Ottawa Police Capt. Adam Weingartner.  Mastel surrendered without incident, Weingartner said.  The stabbing victim is a 36-year-old Ottawa man, who wasn’t immediately identified.  The man is listed in stable condition, Weingartner said.  The man was dropped off, suffering from stab wounds, at Ransom Memorial Hospital shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday, he said.  Emergency room personnel began treating him and stabilized him enough for the transfer, he said.  A suspect was quickly identified and learned the stabbing likely occurred in the 900 block of South Lincoln.  “Both the suspect and the victim know each other and there was apparently some type of fight,” Weingartner said.  Ottawa police, Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers began searching several locations in Ottawa.

Tuesday, April 19, 9:30 a.m.

Moldy Food

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 19, 2016

OTTAWA–A few food quality problems have been reported recently in the Ottawa School District.  One of the questionable items was a moldy chicken nugget.  The School Board has demanded a report from OPAA Food Management before approving a new food service contract with the firm.


Monday, Apr. 18, 11 pm

Local Connection

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 12, 2016

OTTAWA–A new Juvenile Justice Bill has been signed into law by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, and it has a local connection.  State Representative Blaine Finch was a key sponsor, and he says the new law cuts down on the juveniles put in jail, especially for misdemeanor offenders.


Monday, Apr. 11, 7:50 pm


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