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2022, Oct. 17th-22nd

Saturday, Oct. 22nd

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, McClain, and Cleveland counties)

 

Child Sex Offender Sentenced

A Florida man pleads guilty to child molestation charges filed against him in Caddo County. 54-year old Robert Elgin Mister Messer of Bradenton, Fla. was arrested by Anadarko police in February of 2021 on allegations of child sexual abuse. After initially pleading not guilty to the charges in January of this year he admitted guilt last month. Yesterday, District Judge Kory Kirkland sentenced Messer to serve three consecutive 25 year prison  terms - though 15-years of each sentence were suspended which means Messer will be behind bars for 30 years so he'll be nearly 80 years old before he would be eligible for parole.

 

Ninnekah Wells Produce Lots of Natural Gas

A lot of natural gas is being produced at wells drilled just outside of Ninnekah. Continental Resources filed completion reports on the wells with the state corporation commission recently. The George wells are four wells on a single pad about three miles northeast of Ninnekah. They were bringing in a combined 35,000 Mcf of natural gas and about 1,200 barrels of oil per day. The wells are in Range 6 North and 6 West in Township 17. The wells are in the Woodford formation and were drilled to depths of about 25,000 feet.

 

USAO Prof is Part of Civil War Documentary

A USAO professor is featured in a new documentary about the Civil War. Dr. James Finck appears in the documentary entitled The Battle of Honey Springs. Directed by Oklahoma native Bryan Beasley, the film references the largest Civil War engagement in the area that was Indian Territory well before Oklahoma statehood. Finck is an associate professor of history at the university and he has spent much of his career researching The Battle of Honey Springs. Every summer, he teaches a course at the historic site which is in eastern Oklahoma near Checotah. He has his students lead tours and explain the relevance of the site to the histories of both Oklahoma and the United States. By the way, the documentary won the Oklahoma Showcase Award at its world premiere at Oklahoma City's DeadCenter Film Festival, and won best documentary at DocOKC and the Bass and Belle Film Fest in Muskogee. It is expected to air in syndication on PBS affiliates around the country next spring.

 

Talk Show Topics

Debbie Ashley with Alpacas of Oklahoma is this week's guest on the KOOL Konversation. She'll be talking about the group's Alpaca Blast Off national show that will be held in Chickasha next month. On Real Estate today this week's guests are Pat Cunningham with the Grady County Historical Society and author/historian John Dwyer discussing the society's upcoming annual meeting and Dwyer's new book. There are podcasts to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

Obituaries

Jim ‘Coop’ Cooper

A memorial service for Jim ‘Coop’ Cooper, 69, of Ninnekah will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27th at the First Baptist Church of Ninnekah. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

High School Football Scores

Clinton 40, Chickasha 7

Anadarko 49, Mt. St. Mary 9

Blanchard 47, Bridge Creek 0

Tuttle 40, Tecumseh 6

Newcastle 51, Classen SAS 12

Hinton 19, Minco 18

Elmore City 20, Rush Springs 8

Stratford 28, Dibble 6

Apache 16, Walters  0

Carnegie 21, Empire 14

Lindsay 28, Community Christian 14

Marlow 28, Sulphur 10

8-Man

Cyril 18, Alex 0

Corn Bible Academy 58, Bray-Doyle 12

No. 3 Tipton 46, No. 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 0

Maud 52, Maysville 6

Waurika 56, Central High 6

 

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Friday, Oct. 21st

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, McClain, and Cleveland counties)

 

OKC Police Officer, Wife Arrested in Grady County

An Oklahoma City police officer and his wife were arrested at their Grady County home yesterday. Arrest warrants for drug allegations had been issued for 49-year old Dean Yancy Walt Forbes – who is a sergeant with the Oklahoma City Police Deparatment - and 47-year old Sandra Joy Forbes. They were taken into custody at their home near Alex. Sgt. Forbes has been an Oklahoma City police officer for about 15 years, according to Grady County Undersheriff Gary Boggess. Grady County's DEA officer Deputy Jim Peek began investigating the couple last month when they both overdosed on cocaine and magic mushrooms. Dean Forbes reportedly told investigators he spent about $1,000 a month on illicit drugs. Forbes is on administrative leave from his post with Oklahoma City police. Both are charged with felonies which include distribution of a controlled, dangerous substance; possession of CDS; and maintaining a place for keeping or selling drugs. They could have their initial appearances on the charges in Grady County District Court today.

 

Verden Suspect Faces Sexual Battery Allegations

A Verden man is arrested for the alleged sexual battery of a female relative. 42-year old Jose Ernesto Ramirez was taken into custody this week after the victim reported the alleged assault. In a probable cause affidavit, it states that the woman told Verden Police Chief Jason Cox that the assaults have being going on for several days. She alleged that Ramirez physically kept her from leaving the house and going to work, and that he took her cell phone away from her. She said Ramirez threatened her life and the lives of her pets and even the lives of police if they were to show up. The victim managed to get out of the house when she told Ramirez she had to go work. Cox arrested Ramirez at the home without incident. Prosecutors have charged Ramirez with a felony count of sexual battery and misdemeanors of domestic abuse and threatening violence. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

Anadarko to Host Kids, Kites, and Frights

There are a couple of events in the area which are expected to draw some big crowds this weekend. In Anadarko it's Kids, Kites, and Frights with numerous activities at the Anadarko Airport. The City of Anadarko is bringing in a Missouri firm called Great American Kites. These are some of the largest kites you will ever see. Sean Beaver says one of them is similar to a wind sock which is nearly the length of a football field.

 

              

 

In addition to the kites, there are numerous activities for kids and adults. There's a 5K and fun-run in the morning where participants are encouraged to wear super hero costumes. There is a Hallowe’en costume contest, food trucks, vendors, a car show, Native American exhibits and cornhole and arm wrestling tournaments. Activities at the airport begin at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.

Blanchard Hosts Blowin' Smoke BBQ Cook-off

In Blanchard, it’s the annual Blowin' Smoke Barbecue Cook-off where teams are competing for a $500 top prize. Activities begin in Lions Park at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow with vendors and live music. Judging starts at 3:30 p.m. with tasting starting at 4:30 p.m. You have to buy a wristband to taste the entries. Adult wristbands are $10 and they are $5 for kids. The event is put on by the Blanchard Chamber of Commerce.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.98 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.38.

Natural gas is $5.36 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,629 and silver is $18.32.

 

Obituaries

Haril Walker

Funeral service for Haril Walker, 84, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

LaVonda Davis

A memorial service for LaVonda Davis, 69, of Chickasha will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home.

Katherine ‘Kay’ Leduc

Memorial service for ‘Kay’ Leduc, 80, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24th at the First Baptist Church of Verden. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

 

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Thursday, Oct. 20th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, McClain, and Cleveland counties)

 

State, Federal Officials Asked to Investigate

Another Another Massive Hand Sanitizer Fire

There was another huge hand sanitizer fire at a storage site between Chickasha and Ninnekah yesterday. It was the third such fire that has taken place over the last three months. Yesterday, it was at H and B Machine and Manufacturing which is just south of the U.S. Highway 81 and State Highway 19 junction. That's just a half-mile from where the first hand sanitizer fire destroyed the former Chickasha Manufacturing Company.  News reports indicate that Ninnekah Police Chief Scott Miller and District Attorney Jason Hicks both asked the OSBI to take over the investigation and officials have also asked federal agencies to look into the matter. As many as 2,000 pallets of expired hand sanitizer were believed to be inside and outside the metal building at the Ninnekah property. Bordwine Development Company was reported to have been leasing the facilities to store the expired sanitizer where the fires occurred. The state department of environmental quality issued a $6.6 million fine against the company after authorities say the firm dumped thousands of gallons of sanitizer into bar ditches near the site of the first two fires back in August.

 

Chix City Council to Discuss Proposed Sales Tax Hike

Chickasha residents may be asked to increase the city sales tax to help pay for police, fire, and safety measures. The Chickasha City Council will have a special work session next week to discuss the plan. The council will discuss proposing a ¼-penny sales tax increase to residents when they meet Monday night. Mayor Chris Mosley estimated it could bring in $875,000 a year and  based his estimate on last year's sales tax revenues. A number of residents attended this week's city council meeting to complain of increased crime activity in their neighborhood. Any sales tax increase proposal would have to get the approval of city voters. Should the council follow-through with sending the issue to voters an election would not be held until next year

 

Matriarch of Stidham Trailer Company Dies

A co-founder of one of Chickasha's well-known horse-trailer manufacturing companies has died. Anita Stidham, the wife of the late Jack Stidham passed away Monday. She was 91. The Stidhams opened their company in 1958 during a time when Chickasha was known as the Horse Trailer Manufacturing Capital of the World. Anita was born in McClain County in 1931 and the family moved to the Hawkins Community north of Alex when she was a child. In addition to running the trailer company Jack was also a well-known fiddle player. A graveside service for Anita Stidham was held at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon (Thursday, Oct. 20th) at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were with Sevier Funeral Home.

 

Coffee with a Cop Set for Friday Morning

Chickasha residents have an opportunity to meet some of the city's police officers in an informal gathering. Coffee with a Cop will be held in downtown Chickasha tomorrow morning at Iron Tree Coffee at 115 South 4th which is right behind Jay's Jewelry. Parking is available in the municipal parking lot in the 300 block of Kansas Avenue. Coffee with a Cop will run for a couple of hours from about 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

 

U.S. Senate Candidate Stops in Chickasha

U.S. Senate candidate Madison Horn spent some time in Chickasha this week. The Democrat is among those looking to unseat incumbent Republican James Lankford. She says Democrats and Republicans have to work together to battle economic issues like inflation and rising interest rates.

 

              

 

Horn is one of three candidates looking to oust Lankford. Also on the ballot are Independent candidate Michael Delaney and Libertarian candidate Kenneth Blevins.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.55 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $92.41.

Natural gas is $5.46 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,639 and silver is $18.53.

 

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Wednesday, Oct. 19th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Garvin, McClain, and Cleveland counties)

 

OSBI: Man Fatally Shot by Anadarko Police was Armed

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) reports that the man who was shot and killed by Anadarko police this past weekend was armed. The agency posted updated information on its official Facebook page indicating that police saw Angel Jiminez with a gun as he began running away after the vehicle he was in was pulled over for a traffic violation. Officers gave Jiminez numerous commands to drop the weapon. He did not comply, and Jiminez turned toward officers with the gun. That's when the officers fired their guns. Authorities still have not indicated why the vehicle was pulled over.

 

Grady County Burn Ban Extended

Grady County Commissioners extended a burn ban for the region this week. The ban continues through next Monday, Oct. 24th. While the area did see between one and one-and-a-half inches of rain over the weekend and has had cooler temps the last few days - the forecast is for temps to climb to the mid-80s Friday through Sunday and winds to increase which will elevate the fire threat for much of western Oklahoma. The latest burn ban map on the State Department of Agriculture website shows that Garvin, McLain, and Cleveland counties also remain under burn bans. Bans have been lifted in Stephens, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties.



More Drought Relief Approved for Ag Producers

More drought relief has been approved for the state's farmers and ranchers. The Oklahoma Conservation Commission has approved an additional $5 million to help producers. Trey Lam with the conservation commission says more than 1,300 applications have been filed as producers look for help to clean out ponds, drill water wells, and other projects. Lam said producers should stop by their local FSA office before applying. Lam said producers cannot double-dip for projects. If they've already been approved for a project through FSA they won't be available for drought relief for the same project. For grazing losses, Lam said FSA is accepting applications from all livestock producers and not just cattle. The payment rate for drought is equal to 60 percent of the lesser of monthly feed costs for covered livestock, or the normal carrying capacity of the eligible grazing land.

 

Leg Lamp Topped with Lamp Shade

One of the final pieces of Chickasha's permanent leg lamp was hoisted into place yesterday. The 10-foot tall pale-yellow lamp shade was lifted above the 30-foot leg near the Rock Island Railroad Depot. Crews from Johnson's Cranes were challenged by some light winds but the connection was made without any problems. Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council says there are still a few things to do before the project is considered complete.

 

              

 

The Saturday, Nov. 5th opening will be highlighted by a performance of The Imaginaries, Maggie McLure and Shane Henry.

 

Winter Gas Bills Expected to be Higher

If you heat your home with natural gas you’ll probably be paying more this winter.

 

              

 

 

That’s Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $82.82 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $90.03.

Natural gas is $5.74 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,644 and silver is $18.49.

 

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Tuesday, Oct. 18th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, McClain, Cleveland, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

Chix Residents Air Concerns of Crime Increase

Chickasha residents speak out about a rise in crime in their neighborhood. A number of individuals voiced their concerns during last night’s city council meeting. About 10 individuals spent nearly an hour describing what they say are drug houses and increasing problems of vandalism and vagrancy. Many of them live close to the middle school and Centennial Park. Marsha Strunk told the council her son recently installed security cameras at her home. She said the video surveillance showed 40 people go in and out of the house next door within a 24-hour period and most of them only stayed a few minutes. She said the area has become a dangerous place for children.

 

              

 

Others said that police staffing is at an all-time low and that at times only two officers are patrolling the streets. Others called for the council to come up with additional funds to hire more police officers.

 

Council Votes Down Lamp Shades for D'Town Light Poles

Angels or lampshades? Also at last night's council meeting some residents spoke out against a proposal to buy and install lamp shades to put on the light posts in downtown Chickasha for the upcoming holiday season. The lamp shades were proposed to replace the lighted angels that have adorned the street lights for about the last 20 years. One resident said the lamp shades would move the city away from the Christian values that the angels represent.

 

              

 

Jim Cowan with the Economic Development Council (EDC) said the angels had fallen into a state of disrepair and it was recommended they not be used anymore. He said the EDC came up with the recommendation for the lamp shades. The council unanimously voted against the purchase of the lamp shades and asked Cowan to see if the angels could be repaired or perhaps the EDC could buy some new angels.

 

Man Shot by Anadarko Police Dies

A man shot by Anadarko police Sunday night has died and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) has been called in to investigate. The OSBI identified the man who died as 26-year old Angel Jiminez. A post on the OSBI Official Facebook page provided this time-line of what happened. Anadarko police made a traffic stop on a vehicle about 9 p.m. Sunday at 4th and Louisiana. That's a residential area just a couple of blocks from the Anadarko City Hall. The unidentified officer called for back-up and began questioning the individuals in the vehicle. One of the officers was helping Jiminez get out of the vehicle - then Jiminez ran from the scene.  A short foot pursuit began and Jiminez was shot about a block away. Officers rendered aid until paramedics arrived. Jiminez was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. A gun was recovered at the scene but it wasn't made clear if Jiminez was armed. The OSBI says the investigation is on-going and the results will be turned over to the district attorney

 

Teen to Donate Hair to Cancer Victims

A Cement teenager wants to help children diagnosed with cancer. Cement FFA reporter Mark Sanders fills us in-

 

              

 

Sanders will let us know when Cash will have his hair cut.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.46 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $91.62.

Natural gas is $6.00 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,657 and silver is $18.65.

 

Obituary

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Chaney

Funeral service for ‘Becky’ Chaney, 67, formerly of Chickasha will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

 

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Monday, Oct. 17th

(Burn bans remain in effect for Grady, Stephens, Garvin, McClain, Cleveland, Canadian, and Oklahoma counties)

 

OSBI Investigates Officer-Involving Shooting in Anadarko

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) has been called in to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Anadarko. Very little is known about what happened but our partners at KWTV News 9 report that one person was taken to the hospital. It wasn't known how seriously the individual was injured. Two officers were reportedly involved and they were not hurt. Witnesses say the shootout took place in the street in the 300 block of West Texas.

 

Chix Officials to Consider Engineering Contract

for Upgrades to Water Distribution System

The Chickasha City Council will consider entering into a contract with Chisholm Trail Consulting for an engineering project for improvements to the city’s water distribution system. The discussion will take place during the Chickasha Municipal Authority portion of tonight’s city council meeting. The area being considered for the upgrades include from 2nd Street to Shepherd Street and from Alabama Avenue to Missouri Avenue; Virginia Avenue from Shepherd Street to Henderson Street; and constructing water mains in the 300 block of Missouri Avenue.

Lake Chickasha Oil and Gas Leases to be Discussed

The council will consider approving oil and gas leases on thousands of acres of land owned by the city at Lake Chickasha. The proposed leases with Dutton Resources include 10 sites ranging from 80 acres to 620 acres.

Bullet-proof Vests; Downtown Holiday Decorating also on the Agenda

The panel will also consider accepting a bullet-proof vest partnership grant of more than $4,000 from the Office of Justice program; a request from the Chickasha Area Arts Council to decorate the pocket park at 6th and Chickasha Avenue for the upcoming holiday season; and a similar request from Masonic Lodge No. 94 to decorate the lot at the southwest corner of 6th and Chickasha Avenue for the holidays. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Two County School Districts Receive Federal Grants

A couple of Grady County School districts have received some large grants from the U.S. Department of Justice. Chickasha and Ninnekah school districts have both received $500,000 grants to be used for violence protection programs. The districts were among seven Oklahoma school districts to receive the grants from what's known as the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Nearly $72 million in grants were distributed nationwide.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $85.61 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $91.93.

Natural gas is $6.45 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,662 and silver is $18.51.

 

Obituaries

Delbert Akins

Funeral service for Delbert Akins, 81, of Chickasha will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18th at Northside Church of Christ. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.

Colby Rogers

A viewing for Colby Rogers, 45, of Chickasha will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18th at Ferguson Funeral Home. The family will also hold a visitation from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. that afternoon.

Bill Furra

Funeral service for Bill Furra, 70, formerly of Chickasha will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19th at Ferguson Funeral Home.

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