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Saturday, March 10th
Mother, Son Escape House Fire
Fire at a Chickasha home Friday afternoon, where a young mother and her four-year old son were inside. Thankfully, neither were injured, though the home suffered significant damage. The fire at 1424 S. 12th started just before 2 p.m. Friday. Kristan Kirkland and her son Lucas were watching TV when she noticed it. Kirkland said:
The dog is a one-year old pug which also wasn't hurt. Kirkland and her boyfriend Brett Stringfellow were renting the one-story wood-frame home, and had only lived there about three months. Stringfellow was at work when the fire started. Chickasha Fire Chief Brian Zalewski said the cause of the fire was due to a heat lamp placed too close to a rabbit cage. It wasn't known if any animals died. Estimated damage is about $20,000 - mainly to the exterior and attic of the home. We have video of the fire on our Facebook page.
Texas Fugitive Taken Down by Task Force
A fugitive from Texas is behind bars following his arrest at a Chickasha home. A tactical team involving about 50 law enforcement officials converged on a home at 1628 W. Chickasha Avenue Thursday night, and arrested 35-year old Robin Sean Davis. The tactical team included U.S. marshals, the highway patrol, Grady County Sheriff's deputies and Chickasha police. U.S. Marshal’s spokesman Callen Stephens said Davis surrendered without incident. Stephens said Davis was wanted on firearms charges out of Cleburne, Texas. Texas officials asked for Oklahoma assistance after learning Davis was in the Sooner State. It wasn’t known how long Davis had been in Chickasha. A search warrant for the home was issued, and Stephens said they did find weapons, but didn't say how many or what type. Davis bond on the Texas charges is $1 million. Also arrested was Davis' girlfriend, 35-year old Angela Danielle Keller on complaints of harboring a fugitive. Both Davis and Keller were both booked into the Grady County Jail.
Update on Fatal Stabbing at Chickasha Home
A Chickasha woman who authorities say was stabbed in the neck by her step-father is out of the hospital. Jessica Marie Hayes was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after last weekend's violent attack, where the suspect is also accused of the stabbing death of his wife, Lisa Delira, who is also Hayes’ mother. The suspect, Jesus Gaspar Delira, was formally charged with first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the attacks. Bond was denied. Delira is also on hold for immigration officials. A probable cause affidavit filed by the OSBI indicates Hayes told investigators she was at the home doing laundry in the garage with her mom. Hayes became angry when the suspect was being rough with her mother. The document indicates that Delira and her mom went inside the house, and that he returned to the garage alone and stabbed Hayes. She did not know what had happened to her mother. Delira said that he didn't get along with his step-daughter. He told the OSBI that he and Hayes got into an argument, and he picked up a knife and swung at her, but Mrs. Delira got in the way. Jesus Delira is to be back in court later this month to announce his attorney, and a preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for April 4th.
Sheriff's Office Wanted List
Each week, the Grady County Sheriff’s Office issues a list of individuals with outstanding warrants. Here’s Public Information Officer, Lisa Hatchett.
If you have information regarding any of these individuals, you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office.
Youth Rodeo Set this Weekend
A youth rodeo competition is being held this weekend at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The Central Oklahoma Little Britches Rodeo Association is for kids as young as five-years old. Teens take part in events like you see in a big-time rodeo, like bull riding, steer wrestling, and calf roping. The youngsters have events that include barrel racing; flag racing; pole bending, and goat tying. Events are being held both Saturday and Sunday. This is the eighth of nine stops for the association, which holds monthly competitions at different locations from August through March. The final stop will be the finals in Anadarko in June.
Talk Show Topic
Here's what we're talking about this weekend. The Chickasha Community Theatre continues undergoing renovations, and Susan Fagalde is on our KOOL Konversation Program to talk about the group's fund-raising campaign and a special performance scheduled this summer. We have a link with that interview elsewhere on this website. Find it under the Community tab.
Friday, March 9th
Firefighters Save Homes Threatened by Grass Fire
That huge grass fire just southwest of Chickasha Thursday afternoon threatened dozens of homes, and HSI Sensing. About 60 fire fighters from about a dozen departments were summoned to beat back the flames, and managed to get things under control with no property damage. The fire burned right up to a mobile home where Delbert Akins and his family lives. His granddaughter Caitlyn lives next door, and she has a three-month only baby. Their homes were among several that were evacuated, and residents in the Harbors and University Heights Additions were asked to voluntarily evacuate. The fire was about 1/4 mile wide and 1 1/2 miles long at one point. Buddy Myers with the Grady County Fire Department estimates it burned about 160 acres. Myers said the fire started when a brush fire got out of control. We have a video of part of the fire on our Facebook page.
One Hurt in Ninnekah Crash
One man is taken to the hospital after a traffic accident in Ninnekah last night. It happened about 6:00 p.m. just south of U.S. Highways 81 and 277. Grady County Fire Department spokeman Buddy Myers was at that accident as well as the Chickasha fire earlier. A car had pulled out onto Highway 81 and was hit in the driver's side by a southbound one-ton truck. The unidentified driver of the car was taken to the hospital with undetermined injuries. That was the second accident within about 12 hours near that intersection. Two pick-ups collided in that area about 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
Injured Officer to be Honored By OKC Thunder
A Chickasha police officer injured in a shootout last fall will be recognized by the Oklahoma City Thunder and one of its corporate partners. Sgt. Matthew Schoolfield will be awarded with a safety partner award, and will also be recognized at an Oklahoma CityThunder basketball game. Schoolfield suffered a serious arm injury after being shot while serving a search warrant last September. On Thursday, March 15th, Schoolfield will be presented the Enable Midstream Safety Partner award at the Chickasha Police Department. The Thunder girls and Rumble the Bison will be on hand for that. Enable will also present a donation to the police department. Asst. Chickasha Police Chief G.G. Music also said Schoolfield will be honored during the Oklahoma City Thunder game vs. the Miami Heat on Friday, March 23rd.
Southern Plains Partners with Spine Hospital
People suffering from serious back pain now don't have to go to Oklahoma City for treatment. A new partnership between Southern Plains Medical Center and the Oklahoma Spine Hospital will allow patients to see specialists locally. Len Lacefied is the CEO of Southern Plains Medical Center.
Lacefield said Dr. Bridger Cox, a board certified neurosurgeon with the Spine Hospital will lead the team at Southern Plains.
More Flu Cases in Oklahoma
Two more Oklahomans have died from the flue in the past week and there were 86 total new flu cases in the last seven days. The state health department reports the total number of deaths from the flu are now at 228, with more than 4,300 total flu cases since last September. Grady County flu cases are now at 71; Stephens County is 67; Garvin County at 37; McClain County is 59. Comanche County reports 125 and Caddo County still has the lowest number at 23.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $60.12 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $63.61.
Natural gas is $2.75 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,320 and silver is $16.50.
Thursday, March 8th
School Bus Crashes Occur in Minco, Mustang
Police in Minco and Mustang are investigating school bus accidents which occurred this morning. In Minco, a bus with 16 students on board was rear-ended by a motorist. None of those students nor drivers were injured. In Mustang one of four student passengers was treated for minor injuries. The Minco accident happened in the 600 block of NW 3rd about 7:45 a.m. Minco Police Officer John Junkersfeld said the bus was southbound, and was preparing to stop and pick up more students, when a car ran up underneath the back of the bus. Junkersfeld said the bus driver quickly got the students off the bus, and all were checked by Tuttle EMS. The kids were all pre-school to high school-aged students, put on another bus and taken to school. Junkersfeld has not yet released the name of the Minco woman who drove into the back of the bus. The bus crash in Mustang happened about 8:00 a.m at SW 104th and Mustang Road. There were no immediate details about that accident.
One Dead, One Hospitalized Following Fatal Crash
A deadly crash south of Minco, where a semi rear-ended a car and sent it into oncoming traffic. Killed in the crash was 60-year old Joyce McDaniel of Minco. A second person who was a passenger in another vehicle was sent to the hospital. That crash occurred just after 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, two miles south of Minco on Highway 81. The Highway patrol reports that McDaniel was southbound on the highway, and had stopped to allow traffic to clear before turning on to the county road. Her car was rear-ended by a semi driven by 26-year old Koby Griffin of Childress, Texas. McDaniel's car was then hit by an oncoming pickup driven by 30-year old Benjamin Meraz of El Reno. Neither Griffin nor Meraz were seriously injured. A passenger in Meraz’ pickup, 52-year old Jose Castro Perez of El Reno, was last in good condition in an Oklahoma City hospital.
Smoke Alarm Wakes Local Family
Frantic moments for a Norge family this morning, when they were awakened by their smoke alarm. Fire crews from Pioneer and Ninnekah were dispatched to the home about 12:30 this morning. Grady County Fire Department spokesman Buddy Myers says the residents saw smoke billowing out of the mobile home’s floor vent. Myers says fire fighters were able to contain the fire to a bedroom, and neither of the two residents suffered any injuries. An electrical problem is believed to have caused that fire.
Two Injured in Morning Crash
Myers also tells us about an early morning traffic accident south of Chickasha. Two pickups were involved in the crash at the junction of U.S. Highways 81 and 277 about 5:30 this morning. Southbound traffic on Highway 81 was narrowed to one lane for a couple of hours. Two unidentified people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
All Ft. Cobb Home Invasion Suspects in Custody
Caddo County authorities now say all three suspects alleged to have been involved in a home invasion in Ft. Cobb last weekend are in custody. A post on the Caddo County Sheriff's Office Facebook page says 26-year old Montana Beaver and 21-year old Damond Dailey were both in custody Tuesday evening. A third suspect was already behind bars. The arrest warrant for one of the men indicates that the trio went to the home Saturday night. One of them knocked on the door, and when someone answered, two men with guns forced their way inside and fired several shots. No one inside the home was hurt. Beaver and Dailey are both from Anadarko. A third suspect is Stephen Hawzipta of Tahlequah. All have been formally charged with attempted robbery with a weapon.
Healthy Soil, Clean Water Linked
There is a connection between healthy soil and clean water. Blake White, a Grady County 4Her studying geology and soil health, says soil erosion and the run-off of fertilizers and pesticides are common sources of water pollution. He says that erosion is due to a lack of organic matter in soil.
White says just a one percent increase in organic matter to the soil allows it to hold an additional 19,000 gallons of water per acre.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.15 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $64.34.
Natural gas is $2.77 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,325 and silver is $16.47.
Wednesday, March 7th
Arrests Made in Child Neglect Case
A toddler found roaming along a busy highway was the beginning of an investigation where children are found living in sub-standard conditions. Chickasha police found a mobile home reeking of urine and feces and one-year old child wearing an old soiled diaper. When an officer went to change the diaper, it had stuck to the children’s bottom, and some of her skin came off. A probable cause affidavit indicates that as police initially tried to find the home where the wandering toddler lived, the child's parents drove up. They said the children were asleep, and they left them alone to go to a restaurant. 23-year old Darien Amill Jeffers and 27-year old Jazzmine Julia Kay Bennet were arrested and prosecutors have filed felony child neglect charges against them. They remain in the Grady County Jail pending $100,000 bond each.
GOP Holds House District 51 Seat
Republicans hold on to a seat in the State House of Representatives. Brad Boles defeated Democrat Charles Murdoch in yesterday's special election for House District 51. The region includes parts of Chickasha and eastern Grady County, as well as Marlow and a portion of Stephens County. Boles, the Mayor of Marlow, picked up 72 percent of the vote, 1,501 to 580. Boles will take the seat previously held by Chickasha's Scott Biggs, who stepped down from the post last November. Once he is sworn in, Boles term runs through the end of 2018.
Minco Voters OK Bonds for New Middle School
A new middle school will be built in Minco. Voters approved a $14.5 million, 10-year bond issue in a special election yesterday by a nearly two-to-one margin. The measure picked up 66 percent of the vote, 224 to 113. In addition to a new middle school, Superintendent Kevin Sims said the current middle school will be renovated and will be used as the elementary school, safe rooms will be built, and they'll be able to purchase Chrome tablets for all students in grades 4-12. Funds will also be used to purchase text books. A second transportation measure also passed with nearly 72 percent voter approval. That was a $450,000 measure to purchase new school buses, and other vehicles for school use.
Caddo County Voters Extend Sales Tax
In Caddo County, voters overwhelmingly approved the continuation of a quarter-of-a-penny, county-wide sales tax. The measure collected more than 9 out of every 10 votes, easily passing 855 to 72. The funds are used to support the Caddo County Sheriff's Office, the county courthouse, senior nutrition programs, volunteer fire departments, the county fairgrounds, OSU Extension office, and many district fairs. The tax which was initially passed in 1993 will now run through 2014.
Erratic Driver Arrested After Crash Takes Out Light Pole
A motorist is arrested after a weekend traffic accident takes out a light pole at a Chickasha intersection. Police initially received a call about an erratic driver on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike, and the downtown area. The accident occurred at 16th Street and Highway 62 early Sunday morning. Authorities arrested 27-year old Clifton Yeahquo of Anadarko on complaints of DUI and drug possession. He's been formally charged with a felony count of drug possession with intent to distribute and misdemeanor charges of DUI and transporting an open container. He's being held in the Grady County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.
High Winds Fuel Fires
Tuesday’s high winds were to blame on a number of wildfires in the region. The largest was in the Purcell area on I-35. Smoke from the fire stopped traffic on the interstate. Firefighters were called out to a couple of fires in the Pocasset area. One was west of Highway 81 and Giles Road and the other was east of Highway 81 and the Amber cut-off. Luckily, fire crews quickly got those under control, each one scorching about an acre of grassland. Grady County Fire Department spokesman Buddy Myers says one fire was caused by burning trash and the other by someone welding. Myers says individuals may have to pay for firefighter services if they are found responsible for starting fires when there is a high fire risk.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.60 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $65.79.
Natural gas is $2.75 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,333 and silver is $16.72.
Tuesday, March 6th
New Chickasha Police Chief on Board
New Chickasha Police Chief Greg Anderson spent his first day on the job meeting a lot of city officials and getting used to his new surroundings. Anderson spent the last 23 years working for the Moore Police Department. His first day in Chickasha included a meeting with the city manager, some city council representatives, and a few police officers. Anderson says he wants the department to be involved in the community.
Anderson said he'll have an open door policy with residents.
Property Near Railroad Re-zoned for Industrial Use
The Chickasha City Council approves the re-zoning of some land in the north part of the city for industrial development. More than 33 acres of city-owned land was recently sold to the city's economic development council, which hopes to recruit companies and their jobs to the region. The area is just north of the Whispering Pines Apartments. The land had been zoned for multi-family residential use, but since it is next to a railroad, officials believe the new zoning will make it attractive for a firm that could use rail service.
Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing Event Approved
An outdoor mixed martial arts and boxing competition is approved by the Chickasha City Council. After some discussion regarding noise complaints, and if the event is properly licensed by the state, the panel approved the event for April 19th and 20th. A weigh-in for the event will be held April 19th at the Legends Cafe, the former Long John Silver's restaurant. The actual event will be April 20th at the Legends Pub House, the former Eduardo's Restaurant. The event, which is supposed to include a concert afterwards, will have to shut down by 11:00 p.m. April 20th.
One Arrested, Two Sought in Ft. Cobb Home Invasion
Authorities in Caddo County have one person in custody and are looking for two others in connection with a home invasion that occurred near Ft. Cobb over the weekend. Reports indicate that three armed men broke into a home Saturday night. KSWO-TV reports that two of the men drove away, and a third was caught about a quarter-mile away. 40-year-old Stephen Hawzipta of Tahlequah was formally charged with attempted robbery with a weapon in Caddo County District Court yesterday. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond. Arrest warrants have been issued for 26-year- old Montana Beaver and 21-year old Damon Dailey, both of Anadarko. Anyone with information on the two men are asked to call the Caddo County Sheriff's office, 405-247-5700.
Election Day in Some Areas
It's election day in some parts of Oklahoma. Voters in Minco are going to the polls to decide two special bond issues for the school district. One is a $14.5 million measure to build a new middle school, some safe rooms, and other improvements. There's also a $450,000 transportation bond. Voters will choose a new member for the State House of Representatives in House District 51. Democrat Charles Murdoch and Republican Brad Boles are on the ballot. The district includes Ninnekah, Alex, and Marlow, including most of eastern Grady County, and northern and eastern sections of Stephens County. There is also one precinct in Newcastle in the district. In Caddo County, voters will decide if a one-quarter county-wide sales tax should be extended for five years. The tax helps fund services that include the Caddo County Sheriff's Office, the courthouse, volunteer fire departments, and more. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight. For Grady County voters who used to vote at the Cox City Baptist Church, that precinct has moved to the Vimy Ridge Baptist Church in Rush Springs.
Ft. Sill Troops Finally Home
Ft. Sill troops who spent the last nine months deployed to South Korea are finally home, after several delays postponed their return. About 260 soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery were stuck in Alaska on their return flight home, and spent about four days in Anchorage. Engine problems on their plane was the big reason for the delays, then the flight crew had been up so long they had to have a mandatory rest period. The troops were finally reunited with family and friends late Sunday night.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.57 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $65.54.
Natural gas is $2.70 per million BTU.
Gold is $1,326 and silver is $16.63.
Monday, March 5th
OSBI Investigates Deadly Chickasha Stabbing
The investigation continues into a deadly stabbing at a Chickasha home this past weekend. Authorities have a suspect in custody in connection with the attack, which also left a second woman hospitalized. Chickasha police were summoned to a home at 928 South 2nd Street Saturday night. A police spokesman said a woman called authorities saying she had been stabbed by her step-father, and believed her mother was dead. Authorities found the body of 53-year old Lisa Marie Delira inside the home. Police also arrested 64-year old Jesus Gaspar Delira, who was still inside the home. The woman who called police, 31-year old Jessica Marie Hayes, was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. She was listed in stable condition this morning. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was called in to the lead the probe into the attack. Officials have not yet indicated a possible motive.
Weekend Fires Destroy Home; Scorches Grassland
A weekend fire destroys a home southeast of Chickasha. Grady County and Chickasha fire firefighters were called out about 2 o'clock Sunday morning to the home, about 1 ½ miles east of the Highway 81 and 19 junction. Officials say the home was fully involved when they arrived. Fire officials took a defensive stand against the blaze to protect nearby buildings, and it did spark a grass fire that burned about an acre. The resident of the home, Marie Story, was not there when the fire started. Officials had not yet determined how the fire started. Grady County fire crews were also dispatched to a grass fire south of the Ninnekah Cemetery Friday night. Firefighters managed to get that fire out with no damage to property, although about 50 acres were burned. Grady County Fire Department spokesman Buddy Myers said an individual was burning some brush when the fire got out of control, and ignited some love grass that was about a foot high.
New Chickasha Police Chief to Start
A new police chief arrives in Chickasha this morning. Greg Anderson was recently named the new chief after a nationwide search. Anderson is a 23-year law enforcement veteran with the Moore police department. He's spent the last 12 years as a supervisor with the last six years as captain. Anderson has more than 2,000 hours of police training, and holds a bachelor's degree in law enforcement administration and ethics. Anderson fills the post previously held by Stewart Steele, who moved on to Rio Rancho, New Mexico to serve as police chief there. Assistant Police Chief G.G. Music has been serving as interim chief since last fall.
Mick Cornett Campaign for Governor Hits Chickasha
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, who has announced his candidacy for governor, will be in Chickasha later today. Cornett will have a meet-and-greet and is also to appear at the on-going forum for gubernatorial candidates at USAO. Cornett says his priorities are health and education, and will work to put an end to partisan politics. Regarding the Step-Up Oklahoma plan which was proposed before the legislative session started, Cornett said he did not support every segment of it.
A meet-and-greet for Cornett will be held at the InterUrban Restaurant from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. tonight, then he’lll speak at the USAO forum at 7:00 p.m.
City Council May Auction Mineral Rights
The Chickasha City Council meets tonight, and among discussion items are to consider a public sale of mineral rights for about 47 acres of land the city owns near the city’s airport. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.25 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $64.37.
Natural gas is $2.69 per million BTU.
Gold is $1,324 and silver is $16.52