KOFO Local News

Car-trash truck crash closes Princeton Street

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2016

OTTAWA — One person was hospitalized and both lanes of north-bound Princeton Street were closed after a car rear-ended a trash truck in the 1900 block of Princeton Road this morning.  A car tried to pass another vehicle and went to the right and hit the truck, Ottawa Police Sgt. A.J. Smith.  The driver of the car, who wasn’t immediately identified, was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital.  The driver and crew on the trash truck weren’t injured.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m.

Feral cat capture program to be explained

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2016

OTTAWA — Representatives from Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, the Humane Society of the United States and other animal experts will have a town hall meeting tonight  at 7 to discuss their plan to catch and release many of the city’s wild and feral cats.  The program, which is called “trap-neuter-return,” will reduce the number of feral cats in and around the city in a humane manner, Prairie Paws director Melissa Reed said.  Once the cats are trapped, they’ll be sterilized and vaccinated and returned to the outdoor locations where they were trapped, she said.  The released cats, who are highly territorial, will continue to prey on rodents in the wild, keep away other feral cats while being reduced in population, she said.  The program has been successful in other communities, she said. She said organizers have been working for some time on an Ottawa program, but Kansas State  University veterinarians will do the spaying and vaccinating for free, making the program possible, she said.  The meeting will be in the Neosho Community College auditorium.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m.

‘Calling Coyotes’ class cancelled

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2016

OTTAWA — Because Kansas State Extension wildlife specialist Charlie Lee, who was the guest speaker, was hospitalized and can’t give the program, the Frontier Extension District has cancelled Wednesday night’s “Calling All Coyotes” meeting in Ottawa.  No new date has been set; and it likely won’t be rescheduled until fall, said Frontier Extension District’s Rod Schaub.  He said he’s heard reports that area coyotes are becoming more bold and have attacked young calves in the area. The coyote population isbelieved to be at an all time high, roaming all of North America, including many cities, he said.  Coyotes will eat almost anything including rabbits, mice, frogs, deer, insects, snakes, watermelosn, tomatoes, livestock, and even snacking on the occasional household pets.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m.

Pomona Lake discharges more water

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2016

POMONA LAKE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the discharge from Pomona Lake has been increased to 500 cubic feet per second since Monday afternoon.  The lake level is about four feet above the normal conservation pool level.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m.

Howard named commission chair

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2016

OTTAWA — During Monday’s Franklin County Commission reorganization meeting, commissioners elected the sole Democrat on the commission, Rick Howard of Williamsburg, as the chairman for this year.  The newest commissioner, Randall Renoud,  Wellsville Republican, was named the vice chair.  On a 4-1 vote, commissioners decided to maintain the same schedule of regular meetings on Wednesday mornings with study sessions on two Monday mornings each month.  Commissioner Steve Harris sought to change the times when county meetings are held to the evenings, saying the time change would be more convenient for the public to attend.  However, Colt Waymire was skeptical.  He noted that when his grandfather, Don Waymire, was on the county commission, the commission decided to hold night meetings.  However, no one showed up and it was difficult to get vendors and other professionals to attend the night meetings, he said.  In recent months, some of the biggest audiences occurred during the morning meetings, Howard.  “That tells me if it’s important enough to them, they’ll show up,” Howard said.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m.

Flood Insurance

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 12, 2016

OTTAWA–For the time being, the city of Ottawa has no plans to change its flood insurance policy.  The City Commission is discussing changes, with Mayor Mike Skidmore asking if it is even needed, given the levee system.  The commission will continue studying the matter.

 

Monday, Jan. 11 11 pm

Power Outage

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 7, 2016

OTTAWA–It took a while, but Ottawa Utility crews finally found the cause of repeated power outages.  Utilities Director Dennis Tharp says there was a bad valve in a transformer, which was fixed.  He says having to put in a new transformer would’ve cost several million dollars.

 

Wed. Jan. 6, 9:30 pm

9-1-1 Again

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 5, 2016

OTTAWA–It looks like the city of Ottawa and Franklin County are at loggerheads again over funding for the 9-1-1 Call Center.  Ottawa City Commissioners says Ottawa pays more than their fair share for the amount of calls that come from the city.

Monday, Jan. 4 8 pm

Flack’s attorneys seek another delay in murder trial

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 4, 2016

OTTAWA — Defense attorneys for Kyle Flack have requested another delay in the start of his murder trial.  At this morning’s hearing in Franklin County District Court, Flack’s attorneys say they’re having trouble getting back some evidence from experts.  District Judge Eric Godderz denied the request. However, Godderz said he’ll be willing to reconsider the request for a delay at a planned hearing Jan. 26.  The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 17 on charges that Flack killed Kaylie Bailey, her 18-month-old daughter Lana Leigh Bailey, Steven White and Andrew Stout at Stout’s farm near Richter nearly three years ago.

Monday, Jan. 4, 3 p.m.

Fire causes $30,000 in damage to mobile home

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 4, 2016

OTTAWA — An early Saturday morning fire caused serious damage to a mobile home at 814 S. Cherry St.   The occupants were at home when the fire occurred, discovered it and fled, Fire Chief Jeff Carner said.  When firefighters arrived, the fire was burning most of the home, he said.  The fire caused an estimated $35,000 damage to the structure and the contents.  The cause is under investigation, he said.  Firefighters returned to the site about 12 hours later to deal with a small hot spot that was smoldering.  There was no additional damage.

Monday, Jan. 4, 3 p.m.

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