Man indicted for alleged escape


LEAVENWORTH — A federal grand jury has indicted a Leavenworth man for allegedly escaping from the custody of a re-entry facility, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Monta Simmons, 31, Leavenworth, is charged with escaping from federal custody at the Grossman Center in Leavenworth. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 20, according to the news release from the office of Stephen McAllister, U.S. attorney for Kansas.


The Grossman Center is a re-entry facility for inmates who are completing their sentences.


If convicted, Simmons could face up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000, according to the news release.


‘Coffee with a Cop’ program to begin


OTTAWA — The Ottawa Police Foundation has partnered with Mugshot Coffee and Corner Market in downtown Ottawa to begin a new Coffee with a Cop program.


“While there may not be an officer in these shops every day my hope is you will see more officers out of the cars and in the community,” said Ottawa Police Chief Adam Weingartner.


The new program will start with two Coffee with a Cop programs next week. The first is slated for Tuesday at Mug Shot Coffee and the second for Wednesday at Corner Market. Both events are from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.