KOFO Local News

City to take over Roselawn Cemetery

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 20, 2016

OTTAWA — The city of Ottawa will take over Roselawn Cemetery just south of the city along U.S. 59. The small privately-owned cemetery is somewhat run down, city attorney Blaine Finch said. The perpetual care fund has largely run out, and the owner, Gwen Todd, has had troiuble keeping it mowed and maintained, prompting complaints from neighbors and families with relatives buried there, Finch said. Under state law, counties and cities have the authority to take over abandoned cemeteries, he said. In this case, the burial records are available and will be procured by the city, he said. The city commission is expected to approve an agreement taking over the cemetery at its regular meeting Wednesday.

Monday, Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m.; updated, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6 a.m.

Smart Meters

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 8, 2016

OTTAWA–The City Commission has given the go-ahead for the installation of “smart” electric and water meters.  City officials say all cities are moving to the smart meters and replacing the old electro-mechanical meters.

 

Wed. Sept. 7, 10:30 pm

Family: Keim Bakery will reopen

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 1, 2016

OTTAWA — In a Facebook post, the Keim family said they plan to reopen the Keim Bakery and Grill, 304 S. Main, but it could be a while.  Investigators continue to try to pinpoint the cause of the fire that closed the bakery although they say there is no evidence that the fire was of suspicious origins.  The fire caused extensive smoke damage to the bakery and neighboring buildings.  The family said there was so much smoke damage that everything inside the building has to be replaced.  However, they say they are still dealing with insurance companies and until they receive the OK from insurers, they can’t begin cleanup and repair.  It could be up to a year before the bakery reopens, they said.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 3 p.m.

City, county sign industrial park pact

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 1, 2016

OTTAWA — Ottawa city and Franklin County commissioners approved a contract with two engineering firms for the engineering and design work for the new Rock Creek Business Park Wednesday during a joint meeting.  The city and county will cooperate in building the streets, utilities and other improvements to develop the new industrial park.  Bartlett & West and Professional Engineering Consultants will work together in making preparations, design and engineering work.  The process of building the infrastructure will continue through midway of next year.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 3 p.m.

Amber Alert in Burlington canceled

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 1, 2016

BURLINGTON — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Burlington Police Department cancelled this morning’s Amber Alert while in the process of issuing it.  The KBI said the non-custodial father who took his two young children out of Burlington schools this morning was found in Topeka.  Although he had threatened their mother that the children would be harmed, they were found with him and were safe.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 3 p.m.

RMH expansion site plan OKd

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 1, 2016

 

OTTAWA — An expansion that would double the size of Ransom Memorial Hospital’s emergency department has cleared one of the last legal hurdles.  The Ottawa Planning Commission approved the final site plan for the expansion Wednesday.  An associated project, a new parking lot built next to the hospital, should resolve long-running parking problems around the hospital, Ottawa planning director Wynndee Lee said.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 3 p.m.

Assistant fire chief named

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 1, 2016

OTTAWA — Shawn Dillon is the new assistant Ottawa fire chief.  Dillon began his service with the Ottawa Fire Department in February 2006 as a firefighter and emergency medical technician.  He was promoted to driver/operator in april 2008, lieutenant in October 2008 and captain in July 2014.  “Assistant Fire Chief Dillon has been a significant part of the Ottawa Fire Department since becoming a lieutenant in 2008,” Fire Chief Tim Matthias said. “He has good leadership skills and is able to make adjustments in the field for the betterment of the firefighters. He has a very strong work ethic and is a great asset to the department.”  Before joining the department, Dillon worked one year with the Miami County Sheriff’s office and four years with the Concordia police and fire departments.  He has a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Fort Hays State University.  Since 1999, he has served in the Kansas Army National Guard with Battery B, 2-130th Field Artillery in Paola. His current rank is sergeant first class.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 3 p.m.

Ottawa man charged in murder of Overland Park woman

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 1, 2016

OVERLAND PARK — A 22-year-old Ottawa man is being held this morning on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of an Overland Park woman.  Korrey Rinke was arrested Wednesday night in Emporia, and is in the Johnson County detention center on a first-degree murder charge, Kansas city news media reported.  His arrest comes after a missing person report was filed for 46-year-old Julianna Pappas, 46, who has not been seen for a week-and-a-half.  Her body was found this morning in a wooded area south of West 115th Street between Switzer Road and Indian Creek Parkway in Overland Park.  A walker reported a foul odor while walking in the area Wednesday night.  Rinke and Pappas knew each other, police said.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 3 p.m.

No Deal?

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 1, 2016

WELLSVILLE–The city of Wellsville has spent the last two years trying to negotiate a renewal of the contract with Baldwin under which Wellsville buys water from Baldwin.  There remains a sticking point..a retroactive $33,000 fee that Wellsville does not want to pay.

 

Wed. Aug. 31   10:30 pm

Police: House fire that killed dogs may be arson

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 30, 2016

OTTAWA — A fire that occurred in Ottawa early Monday morning and killed two dogs remains under investigation but is being regarded as arson.  Two residents of the home at 908 N. Locust St., a 31-year old man and a 46-year old woman, escaped the fire and called 911, said Ottawa police Capt. Adam Weingartner, Patrol Division commander.  When firefighters and police arrived, the single-story residence was fully engulfed in fire, he said.  “It is fortunate that no one was injured in this fire; the residents acted quickly and escaped without injury when they woke up to find the house on fire,” he said.  “The Ottawa Fire Department worked quickly to bring the fire under control and save valuable evidence that will help this investigation.”  However, two family dogs died in the fire.   Evidence collected at the scene will be analyzed to determine if the fire was intentionally set but in the meantime, the department is investigating the fire as arson, he said.   Arson investigators from the Ottawa Fire Department, state fire marshal’s office and the Topeka Fire Department are going over the fire scene.  There are no suspects at this time, he said, and the department is asking anyone with information to contact the police department at 785-242-1700 or Franklin County Crime Soppers at 1-888-311-TIPS.

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2:30 p.m.