KOFO Local News

Ottawa woman taken to hospital following Princeton crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 27, 2015

OTTAWA — An Ottawa woman was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital Thursday eveing after her car collided with a pickup on U.S. 59 at the Princeton Quick Shop. Cord Hermreck, 16, Princeton, was in the turning lane waiting to make a left-hand turn into the Quick Shop parking lot, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. However, the highway patrol said he turned in front of a north-bound car driven by 50-year-old Karla Pitts, Ottawa. She hit his pickup in the side. Pitts, who was taken to RMH, was wearing a seat belt. Hermreck and a passenger in his truck were both wearing seat belts and weren’t injured.

Monday, April 27, 9 a.m.

City to show ardor for Arbor Day with tree planting

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 21, 2015

OTTAWA — The City of Ottawa will celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the south end of Kanza Park, 200 W. 15th St. Local Girl Scouts will help with the Arbor Day planting. The public is invited to take part. “It can take up to 100 years to have trees as magnificent as those in Forest Park,” said Steve Thompson, member of the city’s tree board. “We need to prepare for the slow transition as some trees pass away. Therefore, new trees need to be planted with a design that has a plan for the distant future.” Volunteers always are needed for planting early seedlings, care of newborn trees, and other projects, he said.

Tuesday, April 21, 3 p.m.

Small meteor shower to peak late Wednesday night

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — The annual Lyrid meteor shower is cranking up. The website Spaceweather.com said if forecasts are correct, the shower will peak Wednesday night and early Thursday morning with 10 to 20 meteors per hour. Sky watchers are already seeing some early arrivals, the website said. The Lyrid meteor shower is usually mild. Spaceweather said the best time to look is between 11 p.m. Wednesday and sunrise Thursday morning. Meteors can appear in any part of the sky, although their trails will tend to point back toward the constellation Lyra.

Tueday, April 21, 3 p.m.

Woman taken to RMH after car hit by semi

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 21, 2015

OTTAWA — A 33-year-old Ottawa woman was injured Monday morning when her car was rear-ended by a semi-truck at the I-35/K-68 junction east of Ottawa. Betsy Mastel was stopped on the north-bound I-35 exit ramp waiting to turn east onto K-68 when a semi-truck driven by Enrique Garcia, 50, Amarillo, Texas; failed to yield and hit her car, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Mastel, was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released. Garcia wasn’t injured. He was wearing a seat belt.

Tuesday, April 21, 3 p.m.

Blue Bell Complete Recall

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 21, 2015

BRENHAM TEXAS–If you have Blue Bell ice cream, or anything made by Blue Bell…throw it out!  The company has issued a recall of all of its products after more ice cream products tested positive for listeria, a deadly bacteria.  The recall covers all retail outlets, including stores located in Kansas.

Monday, Apr. 20, 9 pm

Man gets prison time for shooting

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 20, 2015

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man has been sentenced to 18 months in state prison in connection with a shooting in the 800 block of South Sycamore Street in Ottawa last October. Clarence Greenfield was charged with aggravated battery after Curtis Brown, Ottawa, showed up at Ransom Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds to his hand and neck.
Monday, April 20, 4 p.m.

Recount doesn’t change outcome of Wellsville school board race

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 20, 2015

OTTAWA – A recount of votes in one race for the Wellsville school board didn’t change the outcome, Franklin County Clerk Janet Paddock said. In the race for USD 289 Position 2, a handful of votes separated challenger Sheila Robertson and winning incumbent candidate Beth Watson and Robertson asked for a recount. Because of the Position 2 boundaries, voted had to be recounted in Franklin, Douglas, Johnson Miami counties, Paddock said. Because most of the district’s voters lived in Franklin County, Paddock was in overall charge of the recount. Franklin County commissioners canceled their study session this morning but called a special meeting in the old courtroom at the county courthouse to do a canvass of the recount. Robertson paid for election employees’ time to conduct the recount, Paddock said. However, because it was a first, Paddock said her office is working out a protocol and charges for future recounts.

Monday, April 20, 4 p.m.

New Mayor

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 16, 2015

OTTAWA–The city of Ottawa has a new mayor.  The City Commission re-organized, electing Mike Skidmore as new Mayor, and Shawn Dickinson as Mayor Pro-Tem.  Also sworn in as a new commissioner was Sharon Geiss.

Wed. Apr. 15, 10:30 pm

Crisis Intervention Team

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 14, 2015

OTTAWA–It’s no secret that many people arrested for various crimes often have mental health problems.  To try to solve that, the Ottawa Police Department and other agencies are forming a Crisis Intervention Team.  Police Chief Dennis Butler says he hopes a federal grant will pay for most of the expense.

Monday. Apr. 13, 10:45 pm

Back-In Parking

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 7, 2015

OTTAWA–If the Ottawa City Commission approves, you may be able to back in to parking spots at city hall this summer.  City officials say it is safer than traditional parking.  The Commission is expected to consider the matter at its next meeting April 15.

Monday, Apr. 6, 9:30 pm

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