Mollman Media News Archives for 2019-05

2019, May 20th-25th

Saturday, May 25th

 

Duo Face Drug Trafficking Charges             

Two Chickasha residents are behind bars on drug trafficking charges and one of them had a number of outstanding warrants. In custody are 26-year old Chason Joseph Daniel Grigg and 39-year old Edna Michelle Rhodes. They were arrested Wednesday night after Grady County deputies received a tip about illegal drug activity on Skyview Drive in the southwest part of  Chickasha.  Investigators found drugs that tested positive for heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana and numerous drug-related items. Both Grigg and Rhodes have been formally charged with felony drug trafficking. Grigg had outstanding warrants for unauthorized use of a vehicle, eluding, and grand larceny. His bond was set at $100,000. In addition to drug trafficking, Rhodes is also facing charges of having a firearm while on probation. Her bond was set at $75,000.

              

Funeral Tuesday for Man Killed in Crash with Semi

The funeral for an Anadarko man who died when a semi crashed into his car will be on Tuesday. 21-year old Alfredo Gamez died in the accident west of Elgin on Wednesday. Gamez was a graduate of Anadarko High School in 2016 and was a student at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Anadarko’s St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

 

Governor Issues Statewide 'State of Emergency'

The entire state of Oklahoma is under a state of emergency as the result of the recent onslaught of tornados and flooding. Gov. Kevin Stitt issuing an executive order Friday as severe weather has caused an incredible amount of damage over the last month. The executive order was already in effect for many counties. The order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases needed to get resources to local governments as quickly as possible. It's also the first step in the process should officials ask for federal assistance to help with recovery. State officials say the best way for individuals and groups to support storm victims is with cash donations to reputable non-profit groups such as the Salvation Army and Red Cross.

 

Alleged Shooter of Police Car Behind Bars              

In Duncan police say they have a suspect in custody who is alleged to have fired a weapon at a police car. The shooting happened last weekend as officers were called to investigate a domestic disturbance. The patrol car was shot in the front fender and a tire. The officer was not injured. KSWO-TV reports that the suspect was taken into custody on unrelated charges, but detectives were able to link the man to the incident. Authorities have not yet released the suspect's name, as prosecutors have not yet filed formal charges.

 

Nursing Home Measure Sent to Governor

It's hailed as a landmark bill which supporters say will lead to needed improvements in Oklahoma nursing homes. The state legislature this week approved the Nursing Home Quality Assurance Initiative. It has been sent to Gov. Kevin Stitt for his final approval. If approved, the initiative would establish a new system of required quality-improvements at nursing homes. It ties funding directly to defined quality-improvement benchmarks, and provides crucial funding for increased direct-care staffing requirements. It also calls for a mandatory minimum of four hours of Alzheimer's and Dementia training each year for all clinical staff; and a 20 percent increase in the staff-to-patient ratio to enhance resident care and reduce staff turnover.

 

Sheriff's Office Wanted List

The Grady County Sheriff’s Office has released an updated 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 by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Misti McClellan with the USAO Alumni Association is this week's guest on our KOOL Konversation. She'll be talking about the group’s summer music series, Listen Local at the Greek. On Real Estate Today with John Mosley, guests are Chickasha City Manager John Noblitt and City Councilman Jim Hopkins. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

 

Friday, May 24th

 

Alleged Russian Spy Housed in the Grady County Jail

There are reports that a Russian gun rights activist - convicted of working for the Kremlin without registering as a federal agent - is housed in the Grady County Jail. CBS News reports that Maria Butina admitted gathering intelligence on the National Rifle Association and other groups at the direction of a former Russian lawmaker. In April, Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison and was initially taken to a jail outside Washington, D.C. Butina is said to have recorded a video begging the public for money to help pay her lawyer who is filing an appeal. The Russian News Agency Tass reports the video was recorded at the Grady County Jail. A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said they aren't financing a lawyer for Butina but is doing everything possible so she will be afforded all rights as a Russian citizen.

 

City of Anadarko, OU Locating Water Valves

The City of Anadarko is teaming up with the University of Oklahoma to locate, map, and test all the city’s water valves. The information is expected to help officials make repairs to the water system and reduce the time needed to fix water valve breaks. Officials are marking the water valve locations with blue circles. Neighborhoods could experience brief water outages while they are testing the valves. The tests take about 15 minutes per valve.

 

State Lawmakers Wrap Up Legislative Session

Oklahoma lawmakers have finished their work at the state capital a week early. The 2019 legislative session officially adjourned yesterday. The lawmakers by law are supposed to end the session by the last Friday in May. Gov. Kevin Stitt praised the leadership team in the house and senate in his first legislative session, saying they've changed the culture at the state capital. Stitt said the vision of Oklahoma is starting to be implemented and that lawmakers are working together like never before.

 

Shannon Springs Park Pool

Should Open This Weekend

Barring interference from Mother Nature, the swimming pool at Chickasha's Shannon Springs Park is expected to be open for much of the Memorial Day weekend. Crews from the city of Chickasha have spent the last two months making needed repairs to the filtration and chemical systems. Public Works Director David Buchanan says they thought they would have to purchase a new filter, which had a price tag of about $90,000. Instead, city workers physically replaced the sand inside the filter, which Buchanan said was a huge task.

 

              

 

Including the cost of more than 60 gallons of paint to re-paint the pool, the city only spent about $6,500 on repairs. The pool is expected to be open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. both tomorrow and Sunday. It will be closed on Memorial Day. Beginning June 3rd, the pool will be open Monday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The YMCA will again manage the pool this summer.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $3.50 to $57.91.

London-based Brent crude is $67.76

Natural gas is $2.57 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,286 and silver is $14.53.

 

 

Thursday, May 23rd

 

Storm Damage Escalates

Oklahoma was battered with another round of severe weather yesterday, with most of the storms in east central and northeastern Oklahoma. Southwest Oklahoma escaped most of the severe weather. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of Grady, Caddo, Comanche and Stephens counties late yesterday afternoon due to 60-mile-per-hour winds and quarter-size hail. The threatening storm quickly dissipated before 5 o'clock last night. The state's Emergency Operations Center remains activated, and officials are coordinating with dozens of rescue and relief agencies to help the victims. Officials with The State Department of Emergency Management say residents can report storm damage on line at www.damage.ok.gov or by calling 2-1-1. Residential, business, and agricultural damage may be reported

 

Numerous Grady County Roads Washed Out          

A lot of roads are washed out in many parts of the state. Nearly 10 rural roadways in Grady County are closed, many in the Minco area. District Two Grady County Commissioner Kirk Painter said Jay's Arena Road southeast of Chickasha is closed, as the Washita River has washed away part of a gravel road. At the state capital, a bi-partisan group of state senators urged Oklahomans to report damage and heed warnings to take cover or evacuate. The group also thanks first responders for their efforts. Joining those in the statement were Lonnie Paxton of Tuttle who serves much of the Grady County area and Darcy Jech of Kingfisher who serves the Caddo county region.

              

Crash with Semi Kills One; Critically Injures Child

An Anadarko man has died and a 12-year old is in critical condition following a violent head-on crash involving a car and a semi. 21-year old Alfredo Gamez died in the accident that happened near Elgin. An unidentified 12-year old boy also from Anadarko - who was a passenger in the car - was air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital. The accident happened about 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Highway 62 and Cherry Road, which is about five miles west of Elgin. The highway patrol reports a vehicle in front of the semi had slowed to make a turn. The semi crossed the center line and struck the Gamez’ car. The driver of the semi, 33-year old Josh Smith of Pauls Valley, was not injured. The roadway was closed for more than six hours.

 

National Guard Troops Returning              

Some Oklahoma National Guard troops are headed home. Troops with the 1245th Transportation Company of the 345th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion have wrapped up their deployment to Kuwait as part of Operation Spartan Shield. The group completed more than 650 missions during their time overseas, moving more than 30 tons of cargo and 4,500 service members over 400 thousand miles with no casualties or injuries. A homecoming ceremony will be held in Ada tomorrow morning.

 

State 4H 'Cloverthon' in Chickasha Saturday

4H youth from across Oklahoma will be dancing in Chickasha this weekend to help the Children's Hospital Foundation. The State 4H Leadership Team is looking to raise $20,000 for the Foundation. Cathleen Taylor is the Assistant State Specialist for Leadership and Citizenship for 4H Youth Development. She says the event is part of a new Change for Change program created by the 4H state leaders. They are calling the event a Clover-thon. The event is open to the public. Admission is $10 with proceeds going to the Children's Hospital Foundation. As many as 200 people are expected to attend. The event includes a live DJ who has volunteered to play music. The event will be at the Grady County Fairgrounds on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. By the way, Kale Kennedy of Amber-Pocasset 4H is one of the members of the State 4H Leadership Team.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.42 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.99.

Natural gas is $2.54 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,277 and silver is $14.46.

 

 

Wednesday, May 22nd

 

Chix School Superintendent Still on the Job

Chickasha school superintendent Jack Herron is still on the job today. Herron's employment was discussed during a special meeting of the board of education last night. Following a lengthy 2 1/2 hour closed-door meeting, School Board President Zach McGill announced that no action would be taken regarding Herron’s employment status. Only a handful of people attended last night's meeting, and many of them left before the meeting came to a close just before 9:30 p.m. Herron was awarded a two-year contract extension this past January to run through June of 2021. But there are three new members on the school board since that contract was approved – the new members taking office following the spring school election.  We reported that former school board member Doug Brown resigned from the panel last week. In his resignation letter, Brown wrote that he disagrees with what he said was a proposal by the new school board members to seek a new superintendent.

 

Flooding Causes Road Closures              

Flooding rains over the past few days has really caused havoc on rural county roads. Sections of six Grady County roads in the Minco area have been closed to through traffic because of the excess amount of rain recently. Five of them are west and northwest of Minco, and one is southeast of town. One county road west of Chickasha was closed before big storms brought heavy rainfall on Monday. Crews for District One County Commissioner Michael Walker and District Three Commissioner Ralph Beard will be working to get those roads re-opened as soon as possible.

 

City Battle with Muscle Car Ranch May be Ending

A five-year legal battle between the City of Chickasha and the Muscle Car Ranch could be making some headway. The city council this week gave City Manager John Noblitt the go-ahead to look at the possibility of de-annexing the Muscle Car Ranch from the city limits. Muscle Car Ranch owner Curtis Hart first filed a lawsuit against the city in September of 2014. Hart wanted to open an RV Park, a request which was denied by the city. Noblitt said that the city wants to work with Hart in order that his annual TwisterFest summer concert continues. Hart does have a city permit for his upcoming TwisterFest May 31st through June 2nd. Hart has held summer concerts on his ranch for more than 30 years.

 

City Continues Work to Re-Coup Loan              

The Chickasha City Council this week also gave the city manager the authority to begin foreclosure proceedings against the owner of a company who reneged on his decision to move his firm to the area. Tom Word of Word Industries of Tulsa received a $250,000 economic development loan from the city which was supposed to help pay re-location costs. However, the move never happened. Word had put up some property he owns at Grand Lake as part of the collateral. Noblitt will now begin the process of working to have the city obtain that property.

 

Man Sentenced After Guilty Plea in Child Porn Case

An Anadarko man who pleaded guilty to a federal charge of distributing child porn is sentenced to 10 years behind bars. 27-year old Brandon Pruitt was indicted by a federal grand jury last year, after it was alleged he used a cell phone to access child porn on an Internet-based cloud storage service. Prosecutors say it occurred between 2015 and 2018. The Lawton Constitution reports a second charge related to the investigation was dropped against Pruitt in exchange for a guilty plea. The Bureau of Indian Affairs led the investigation since Pruitt worked at a Hinton casino which is on tribal trust land, and the crime also committed on trust land.

 

Some Farms May Qualify for Conservation Program

In agriculture news, the 2018 Farm Bill has provisions which will not allow some farms to take part in the ARC and PLC programs. The farms are those with cropland which were all planted to grass in the crop years from 2009 through 2017. However, Mark Jackson with the Grady County Farm Service Agency says the grassland would be able to participate in a different USDA program.

 

              

 

Producers should contact their local Farm Service Agency for information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.99 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $72.18.

Natural gas is $2.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,273 and silver is $14.43.

 

 

Tuesday, May 21st

 

Tornadoes Rip Across Oklahoma

Torrnadoes hop-scotched their way across the Sooner State Monday leaving damage from the southwest part of the state near Mangum, to near Kingfisher and Watonga, to Enid and Perry. The first tornado warning was issued just before 3:00 p.m. when National Weather Service radar indicated a possible tornado near the El Reno Airport. Strong storms impacted much of Oklahoma during the evening and overnight hours, and a tornado warning was issued for parts of Oklahoma City just before 5:00 a.m. this morning.

 

Region Avoid Twisters, but Flooding Likely

The Chickasha and Anadarko area appear to have escaped much of the severe weather. There were some heavy rains, with the rainfall total at the Chickasha Mesonet site showing about 1 3/4 inches of rain. About 2 3/4 inches were recorded at Minco, and about 2 inches of rain fell at the Acme station west of Rush Springs. There were higher rain totals in Caddo County, with nearly 4 inches at Ft. Cobb and nearly 3 inches at Apache. About six inches of rain fell in El Reno, and there was some flooding on I-40 east of El Reno. The interstate was closed in both directions for a few hours this morning between U.S. Highway 81 and Banner Road. The weather service issued flood warnings for the Washita River north of Chickasha and at Anadarko, with farmland and county roads to be affected. Also, a flood warning was issued for the Little Washita at Ninnekah, where farmland and roads may be covered with water. Remember to turn around, don't drown in high water. A flood watch remains effect until 10:00 p.m. tonight for much of the region.

 

City of Chickasha Helps Ahead of Weather Threat

Ahead of the severe weather forecast, the City of Chickasha provided free sand and sand bags for residents and businesses to help protect their property. Two dump truck loads of sand were delivered to the parking lot of the Disabled American Veterans headquarters. Many downtown businesses placed sandbags and tarps in their doorways in hopes of keeping out floodwaters. One car dealer in a flood-prone area near downtown at 4th and Oregon moved its cars and trucks off of its lot. Bryan's Car Corner moved its inventory to higher ground ahead of the flooding risk.

 

One Hurt in Caddo County Accident

The weather and unsafe speed are being blamed for a crash in Caddo County last night that sent one person to the hospital. 31-year old Kesha Files of Union City was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with leg injuries after being thrown out of her car. She was last in good condition. The accident happened on State Highway 152 about 11 miles east of Binger just after 10:00 p.m. Monday.  The trooper investigating the crash says heavy rain was falling and that Files hit some water, lost control, ran off the road, hit a culvert, and rolled twice. Files was not wearing her seatbelt.

 

Chickasha School Superintendent's Job on the Line              

What does the future hold for Chickasha school superintendent Jack Herron? The board of education will go behind closed doors in a special meeting tonight to discuss his employment status. Herron was named interim superintendent about a year ago, following the resignation of then Superintendent Dave Cash. Herron was awarded a two-year contract by the school board earlier this year, but the five-member panel has three new members since then. Plus, the veteran member of the school board, Doug Brown, resigned over the weekend, saying the new members want to fire Herron. Brown says he does not want his name connected to that decision. The special meeting will get underway at 7:00 p.m. tonight at the school administration building.

 

Chix City Council Zips Through Meeting

There was a short meeting of the Chickasha City Council last night. Several items were pulled from the agenda, including a presentation to retiring city employee Floyd Griggs and a scheduled proclamation. The council delayed taking action on going out for bids to build a new taxi lane at the airport. The group awarded the only bid that was submitted to repair the roof of the Rock Island Railroad depot. The bid for just under $25,000 was awarded to Bordwine Development. City Manager John Noblitt said the firm was the only company to bid the project, even though it was advertised locally and in contractor publications. The council also approved a payment to Bordwine Development of more than $67,000 for the completion of a maintenance project on the Lake Chickasha dam. The council also approved going out for bids to replace a small section of Country Club Road east of U.S. Highway 81 which had washed out from previous spring rains.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $63.10 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.97.

Natural gas is $2.67 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,275 and silver is $14.41.

 

 

Monday, May 20th

 

Another Chickasha School Board Member Resigns

Doug Brown has stepped down from his post on the Chickasha school board. Brown was president of the panel during a tumultuous time when a former superintendent brought in a controversial curriculum, and several administrators resigned amid allegations of grade tampering and other accusations. Brown provided KOOL/RANCH News with a copy of the letter. In it, he says with the arrival of new board members, it has become abundantly clear that they share little to no common ground on views on how to move forward. Brown said current members have determined after only two months of membership that current superintendent Jack Herron needs to be removed. Brown defends Herron saying he is a decent and honorable man, and a model superintendent with a deep reservoir of talent and experience, spanning 50 years of dedicated service to education. Brown said most school boards would regard him as a treasure, and it’s unfortunate that a majority of the current school board does not. Brown said given the clear intent of a majority of the board to remove Herron for a lack of proper reason or cause, he did not want to have his name associated with their actions in any way. Brown had one year left on his five-year term on the school board. The panel is expected to appoint a replacement to fill out the remaining months left on that term.

 

Special Chix School Board Meeting Set

to Discuss Superintendent's Employment

The employment of Chickasha School Superintendent Jack Herron will be discussed in a special board of education meeting called for tomorrow night. The previous board approved a two-year contract with Jack Herron earlier this year, but three of the five school board members have changed since then. Herron’s contract will be discussed in a closed-door meeting of the school board, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night at the Chickasha schools administration building.

 

 Street Work, Depot Roof on City Council Agenda             

A street repair project and roof repairs to the city's historic train depot are to be discussed when the Chickasha City Council meets tonight. The council is expected go out for bids to replace a portion of Country Club Road. The group is also expected to OK a nearly $25,000 bid to repair the roof of the Rock Island Depot. The bid more than likely will be awarded to Bordwine Development. Several lawsuits and collective bargaining discussions with the police and fire unions will be reviewed in a closed-door session during tonight's meeting. The lawsuits include Curtis Hart vs. the City; Merrick vs. the City; and the City of Chickasha vs. Tom Word. Longtime city employee Floyd Griggs will be recognized for his service. Griggs is retiring after working with the maintenance crew for the city's sports complex for 13 years. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at City Hall.

 

Several Injured in Weekend Traffic Accidents

A couple of weekend traffic accidents in the Watonga area sent residents of Grady and Caddo counties to the hospital. A Minco man was one of three people hospitalized after two pickups collide east of Watonga about 10:30 Saturday morning. 24-year old Blake Hughes suffered arm injuries in the crash. 68 year old Dale Kopper and 70-year old Nancy Kopper, both of Bixby were both admitted in serious condition. The trooper investigating the crash said that Hughes failed to yield from a stop sign. The other crash happened Friday night south of Watonga, near the town of Greenfield. 39-year old Stanley Dickson of Carnegie was last in stable condition with numerous injuries following the crash. The highway patrol reports Dickson was a passenger in a pickup which crashed into a car that failed to yield from a stop sign. The driver of the car, 33-year old Mark Henrichsmeyer whose hometown was not available, was last in critical condition. The driver of the pickup, 58-year old Gilbert Dickson of Arizona, was last in stable condition.

 

PSO Offers FFA Grants

FFA programs are encouraged to apply for STEM grants that are being offered by Public Service Company of Oklahoma. PSO is offering up to $5,000 to FFA programs throughout their service area. PSO will provide a total of $25,000 in grants to enhance the science, technology, engineering, and math programs. Grant applications will be accepted between June 3rd and July 1st. Applications are available on the state FFA website. Grants will be announced during the FFA's Chapter Officer Leadership Training conferences this fall.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.76 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is 72.21.

Natural gas is $2.63 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,274 and silver is $14.36.

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Saturday, May 18th

 

Powerful Thunderstorms Cause Damage, Flooding

Strong thunderstorms with powerful winds and heavy rains cause some damage and downed powerlines in the southwest part of Chickasha Saturday morning. PSO reports as many as 11 power poles down on 29th Street between Grand Avenue and Georgia Avenue. A large tree falls on a dual cab pickup just west of Chickasha, and there were about 2,500 PSO customers without power at the peak of the storm. A flash flood warning was issued for Grady, Caddo, Comanche, and Stephens counties until 11:00 a.m. Saturday because of the heavy rains in the region.

 

Grady County Man Charged with Cattle Rustling

A Ninnekah man is charged with cattle rustling, after more than two dozen head of cattle went missing from a Grady County ranch. Documents filed in Grady County District Court say that officials with the State Department Agriculture received an anonymous tip that a man was bragging about taking the animals from his employer. 40-year old Marshall Christopher Dunn is charged with two felonies in connection with the investigation. Dunn denies the charges, saying he had an agreement to work out the cost of the animals with his employer. The employer says that's not the case. The theft is alleged to have occurred in the Middleberg area in October of 2017. It's alleged that Dunn sold the animals for about $10,000. Dunn has been released from jail after posting a $2,500 bond. He's to be back in court July 10th for a preliminary hearing conference.

 

Binger Man Faces Lewd Acts Charges              

In Caddo County, a man sought for allegedly committing lewd acts with a child is in custody. A felony arrest warrant was issued this week for 30-year old Michael Wayne Oxford of Binger. Oxford was booked into the Caddo County Jail on Thursday, charged with two counts of lewd acts to a child under 10 years old. On-line court records indicate the warrant was requested following an investigation by the Anadarko Police Department. No details of the investigation were available. During his arraignment yesterday, Oxford's bond was set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for June 20th.

 

Vietnam Vets to be Memorialized

Two regional Vietnam Veterans who died after returning home from their tour of duty will be honored in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Army veterans Billy Claud Reeves of Chickasha and Louis Gene Miller of Newcastle are among seven Oklahoma soldiers and more than 500 nationwide who will be inducted into In Memory Program, which is part of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Reeves was 75 years old when he passed away in 2017. Miller was 68 years old when he also passed away in 2017. During the ceremony, the names off all 534 soldiers will be read aloud, and each will have a personal rememberance page on-line in the In Memory Honor Roll. Their photos will also be displayed when the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund mobile exhibit is on display in Oklahoma. The Saturday, June 15th ceremony at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial will be shown live on Facebook at 9:00 a.m. central time. For information on how to honor Vietnam veterans who have died as a result of their service after returning home, visit the website: www.vvmf.org/in memory

 

Blanchard May Daze Underway

The Blanchard May Daze celebration got off to a great start yesterday. Some 70 vendors are on hand for the event in downtown Blanchard, with t-shirts, caps, jewelry, old time photos, animal adoptions, home decor and baked goods among the offerings. There are number of food trucks and of course a carnival and a midway. The celebration is tentatively set to open at 10 o'clock this morning, weather permitting. Scheduled entertainment includes local tumbling and dance groups, square dancing, and musical guests that include Crossfire, Michael and Twana Scalf, and the featured group tonight, Southern Highway. There's also a hot dog eating contest this afternoon. It's a family-friendly event, with free admission.

 

Sheriff's Office Issues Warrant List

The Grady County Sheriff's Office has released an updated list of individuals they are looking for, who have oustanding 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 by calling 405-222-5085.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. The Chickasha Public Library is getting ready for its summer reading program. Brande Bradford and Courtney Mayall will be on our KOOL Konversation to discuss that and other library offerings. On Real Estate Today, Courtney Keck with OSU Extension from Canadian county will discuss landscaping your home. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

 

Friday, May 17th

 

Arrest Made Following Three-County Pursuit

A dangerous high-speed pursuit put lives at risk in three counties this week. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports it happened Monday afternoon. A state trooper reports he clocked a motorist traveling at nearly 90 miles per hour northbound on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike near mile marker 94. The driver hit the gas and speeds quickly reached 120 miles per hour. The chase went east on the Norman Spur, where the driver was weaving in and out of traffic. The motorist eventually lost control and ran off the highway and nearly hit an ODOT worker mowing the grass. The suspect veered back on the highway, then the pursuit went north on Highway 62 through Newcastle, then back on to I-44 and into Oklahoma City. The chase finally ended near I-240 and Western, when the suspect hit an OHP cruiser. Authorities arrested 27-year old Javonte Barnes of Orlando, Florida who had a suspended driver's license. Barnes was taken to the Grady County Jail.  Prosecutors formally charged him with felonies that include eluding and destruction of state property. He remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

 

 High Bond Set for Final Child Abuse Suspect             

The final suspect arrested in connection with that child abuse investigation in Rush Springs had his formal arraignment on felony charges yesterday. 30-year old William Eugene Barnes was arrested earlier this week, after a warrant had been issued for his arrest. He's facing three child abuse-related felonies and a judge set bond at $300,000. In an update concerning one of the other defendants charged in connection with this investigation, a mental competency exam has been ordered for George Mount, who is charged with neglect and failure to protect a child from neglect.

 

Veteran Gets Military Burial, No Family Found

An Oklahoma military veteran with no identified family is laid to rest at Ft. Sill National Cemetery today. SP4 James Lynn Troyer passed away at the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City on April 30th. A graveside service with full military honors was held.

 

Chickasha High School Commencement Tonight

Today is the last day of classes for students in Chickasha Public Schools. It's also graduation day for 148 high school seniors. The ceremony gets underway at 7 o'clock at the high school activity center. After the ceremony, the new alums are invited to take part in Project Graduation, hosted by the Chickasha Optimist Club. It's a drug and alcohol-free event for the grads with music, food, a money machine, and more. That will be held at the YMCA starting about 9 o'clock tonight.

 

Rain Cancels Weekend Outdoor Concert             

The forecast for wet weather has forced the cancelation of an outdoor concert in dowtown Chickasha tomorrow night. Chickasha Chamber of Commerce officials say there was no indoor location available to move the event, so they were forced to cancel it. The first outdoor downtown concert was also affected by rain, but it was moved to the Grady County Fairgrounds. Chamber President Cassandra Ersland said another event had already booked the fairgrounds. The next outdoor concert for downtown is set for June 22nd.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.87 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is$72.62.

Natural gas is $2.64 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,285 and silver is $14.46.

 

 

Thursday, May 16th

 

Final Rush Springs Child Abuse Suspect in Custody

The fifth and final defendant charged in connection with a child abuse investigation out of Rush Springs is behind bars. 30-year old William Eugene Barnes was booked into the Grady County Jail by a deputy sheriff last night. An arrest warrant had been issued for Barnes last month following an investigation by the district attorney's office. Barnes and four others are accused of the terrible treatment of a teen, which includes handcuffing him to a table at night, making him sleep on the floor, urinating on him, and making him go without food. The abuse was reported by school officials, who said the teen would come to school each day reeking of urine. Barnes, Amber Barnes, April Summers, Jeffrey Rasmussen, and George Mount are all facing charges which include child abuse, neglect, and failure to protect a child from abuse. William Barnes could have his initial appearance on his charges in Grady County District Court today.

 

Bogus Check Suspects Wanted in Other Counties

We have an update to a story we first told you about last week, about a couple accused in connection with a bogus check case in Anadarko. 28-year old Sarah Jo Hash and 25-year old Chance Alan Smith are accused of cashing three checks totaling nearly $1,000. Reports now indicate the two are connected to similar crimes in Grady, McIntosh, Wagoner, and Haskell counties. Hash and Smith were recently arrested and jailed in LeFlore County. Our partners at KWTV News 9 report that they created fake paychecks from Anadarko businesses that they didn't even work for and were able to cash them. Authorities said in addition to having them on video surveillance, the duo also used their real ID's to cash the bad checks. Their charges vary from county to county, but in Caddo County they are charged with computer fraud, forgery, and conspiracy. Smith is charged with forgery in Grady County in connection with an alleged crime in Tuttle this past March.

 

Tuttle Poised for Growth After Bond Issue Passes

Tuttle school superintendent Bobby Waitman is thankful for the overwhelming support of voters in their passage of a nearly $40 million bond issue this week. Waitman said there has been and will be a lot of growth in Tuttle, with residents wanting to help the district and the children who attend Tuttle schools.

 

              

 

Waitman said the first project will be the construction of classrooms that will also serve as storm shelters. The district will also be able to install artificial turf on its football, baseball, and softball fields. The baseball field will have the new turf in time for the 2020 spring season. The football and softball fields will have the turf for their fall 2020 seasons.

 

Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic Set

A Chickasha-based animal rescue group will provide a low-cost vaccination and micro-chipping clinic. Friends Fur Change will set up at Chickasha’s Centennial Park on Saturday, June 1st. Dog and cat vaccinations will be $10 each and micro-chipping will be available for $25 per pet. De-worming and nail trimming for pets will also be available for $5 each. No appointment will be necessary. Just bring your pet on a leash to Centennial Park on Saturday, June 1st from 9 a.m. to noon. See the Friends Fur Change Facebook page for more info.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.02 per barrel.

London-based crude oil is $71.77.

Natural gas is $2.60 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,294 and silver is $14.80.

 

 

Wednesday, May 15th

 

Tuttle Voters OK $40 Million School Bond Issue

Voters in the Tuttle school district give overwhelming approval to a nearly $40 million bond issue in a special election yesterday. The measure received nearly 82 percent approval, 535 to 118. The bonds will allow the construction of storm shelters at several schools, some STEM classroom additions, a new gymnasium for basketball and volleyball, and improvements to the band and vocal music departments. A new greenhouse will be added for plant science and horticulture. Part of the bond issue is a proposal to install artificial turf on the football, baseball, and softball fields.

 

Rush Springs Voters Turn Down Bond Issue

It was a different result in Rush Springs, where voters turned down an $18.5 million bond issue. The measure failed to receive the 60 percent majority needed for passage. The proposal did garner nearly 52 percent of the "yes" vote, 374 to 347. But that was about 60 votes shy of what was needed for passage. That measure would have allowed the district to build a new gymnasium and other school improvements.

 

Grady County Sales Tax Revenue Remains Strong

Nearly $3.5 million in sales tax revenue has been collected at the county level in Grady County in the first four months of 2019. Two projects get most of that money - the Grady County Fairgrounds and Grady Memorial Hospital. The Fairgrounds received about $1.1 million to pay for the construction of the climate-controlled event center. Grady Memorial Hospital received just over $1 million to pay for the construction of surgery suites and an imaging center. 20 county fire departments have shared about $600,000 in sales tax revenue, with each department receiving about $30,000. Each of the seven senior nutrition centers also shares about $600,000 with each one collecting $80,000. Tuttle EMS has collected about $100,000 and Rush Springs EMS has collected nearly $30,000. The county sales tax rate is 3/4th of a penny. All of the sales tax projects were approved by county voters.

 

Suspect Arrested After Car Burglarized at Funeral

A woman is shocked to find that her car was burglarized while she was attending a funeral. However, the ping of a cel phone which was stolen from the car help police catch the alleged culprit. Chickasha police were called to Holy Name Catholic Church last Saturday morning, where the victim said after attending a funeral she discovered several items had been taken from her car. Those items included her child's cel phone. A police affidavit indicates authorities tracked the cel phone ping to a neighborhood just a few blocks away. Authorities made a traffic stop on a vehicle and found the cel phone in the vehicle. The driver was arrested on complaints of having stolen merchandise and not having a driver's license. 27-year old Kevin Leroy Thomas of Tulsa was arrested. After taking him to jail, officers were informed that the car Thomas was driving had been stolen out of Oklahoma City. Thomas has been formally charge with a felony and a misdemeanor in connection with the burglary. He remains in jail pending a $5,000 bond.

 

CV Tech Employee Earns State Honor             

He's one of the best in the state in his field of expertise. Dick Lowe has been presented an Award of Excellence from the Oklahoma Association of Career Tech. Lowe is the Business and Industry Services Coordinator with the Chickasha campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center. He earned recognition for his work with the school’s post-secondary, adult, and career education division. Among the accomplishments for Lowe and his team are helping a company save $250,000 in annual costs and assisting another in saving $180,000 in annual workers compensation premiums.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.78 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is up to $71.24.

Natural gas is up to $2.66 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,298 and silver is $14.83.

 

 

Tuesday, May 14th

 

Chix Police Department Gets Suprise Donation

Descendants of a Chickasha police chief shot and killed in the line of duty more than 100 years ago have given a donation to the current police department. Emmitt Goodwin was gunned down in 1909 by a fellow law enforcement officer. It’s said the night chief held a grudge after Goodwin defeated him in an election for police chief. Current Police Chief Dee Rowell said the department had no advance notice of the contribution.

 

              

 

Rowell said the out-of-state donor wanted to remain anonymous. While only a $50 donation, Rowell said the funds were specified for the department's Blue Line fund, an account established with the local Fraternal Order of Police to help police officers in a time of need. Contributions are always welcome to the Blue Line fund.

 

Special Bond Elections Today in Rush Springs, Tuttle              

Voters in two area school districts are going to the polls to decide special bond issues today. Rush Springs voters will decide an $18.5 million measure to build a gymnasium and other needed school improvements. Tuttle voters are deciding a nearly $40 million bond issue to build storm shelters at several schools, improvements to the district's performing arts program, science and technology upgrades, and possibly installing turf on the football, baseball, and softball fields. Polls are open until 7 o'clock tonight.

 

Hearing Set for Commercial Re-Zoning Request              

The possible re-zoning of some commercial property and a request for a home-based business are among public hearings to be held by the City of Chickasha's Planning Commission this afternoon. Nelson Caywood Rentals is asking to re-zone four properties in the 700 block of South 4th Street from local commercial use to general commercial use. Tiffany Haile is asking for a use-on-review to allow a home-based beauty shop at 1930 Country Club Road. Another public hearing is for a variance regarding the city's maximum storage building size. DeRedact and Beverly Sales are asking for the variance in the 2800 block of South 29th. Any rulings by the Planning Commission are forwarded to the city council for its review. The Planning Commission meets at 4 o'clock this afternoon.

 

Thousands Added to School Foundation Endowment              

Thousands of dollars have been added to an endowment which supports Chickasha school students and teachers. A recent fundraiser for the Chickasha Public School Foundation brought in $24,000. The money raised will be added to a fund which has grown to more than $1 million since it was created more than 30 years ago. Foundation director Jen Jantzen said the fundraiser included live and silent auctions, and opportunities for individuals and businesses to purchase supplies for one classroom for a year. The Foundation will be providing three scholarships of $1,500 each to graduating Chickasha High School seniors this week.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.04 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.23.

Natural gas is $2.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,298 and silver is $14.77.

 

 

Monday, May 13th

 

One Dead in Verden House Fire, Explosion

An investigation is underway into a fatal fire and explosion that destroyed a home in Verden last night. The fire broke out about 8:00 p.m. Sunday, and there were several people in the home when the fire started. Authorities have not identified the person who died nor the individuals who were in the home. There are conflicting reports regarding whether any of the others were hurt. Reports are that the fire broke out before the explosion. While officials aren't sure how the fire started, it is believed the fire started first, and the explosion occurred when the fire got to an oxygen tank in the back of the home. The state fire marshal's office has been called in to lead the investigation.

 

Two New District Attorneys to Lead Probe

of Grady County Elected Official Salary Overpayment

Two new district attorneys have been appointed to lead the investigation into the overpayment of Grady County elected officials. Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks has recused himself from the case, telling the state attorney general he will likely have to represent the individuals listed in an audit which detailed the overpayment. In his recusal letter to Attorney General Mike Hunter, Hicks said he believed the elected officials did not know they were being overpaid. A review of county records by then state auditor Gary Jones found that a number of elected officials over the last 10 years had been overpaid by a combined total of more than $700,000. Our partners at KWTV News 9 report that District Attorney Angela Marsee from western Oklahoma will lead the case. District Attorney Greg Mashburn who serves McClain, Cleveland, and Garvin counties will assist. The former state auditor said his office warned the Grady County board that signed off on the salaries not to approve a desired 18 percent pay raise for elected officials, but the board did not heed that advice. Jones said the board approved overall budgets for departments but not salaries for elected officials.

 

 Volunteers Sought for Emergency Response Team             

The Grady County Emergency Management Agency is recruiting volunteers to be part of its Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT). Individuals will undergo about 20 hours of training to learn about working disasters and helping to spread information about disaster preparedness. Linda Swanner is with the county agency and says individuals get hands-on training, including an interesting workshop on fire suppression.

 

              

 

Ideally, officials would like to have a CERT team in every community. Contact Swanner at the Grady County Emergency Management office for more information.

 

Free Finance Workshops Underway

A program to help individuals with their finances is underway in both Chickasha and Anadarko. The weekly workshops are offered by USAO and the Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions program. It's part of a federal grant to the university to help individuals and families take control of their finances. The weekly programs run every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at USAO and every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Anadarko. This week's workshop will take a look at buying a car. Upcoming workshops include buying insurance; debit and credit cards; credit reports and scores; borrowing; protecting your identity; and planning for disasters. The programs are free and open to the public and will be held every week through June.

 

Chix High School Prepares for Graduation

This is the last week of classes for students in Chickasha Public Schools. For the seniors, graduation is Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at the CHS Activity Center. 148 seniors are expected to cross the stage to pick up their diplomas. As tradition holds, only seniors will be speaking during the ceremony. The top two Valedictorians who will speak are Hugh Nelson and Samantha Shaw. The class voted for classmates to talk about the past, present, and future. Abigail Dunn will speak on the past, Maggie Wilson on the present, and Diallo Foster on the future. Baccalaureate will be Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. at the activity center, sponsored by the ministerial alliance.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.66 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $70.62.

Natural gas is $2.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,284 and silver is $14.67

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Monday, May 13th

 

One Dead in Verden House Fire, Explosion

An investigation is underway into a fatal fire and explosion that destroyed a home in Verden last night. The fire broke out about 8:00 p.m. Sunday, and there were several people in the home when the fire started. Authorities have not identified the person who died nor the individuals who were in the home. There are conflicting reports regarding whether any of the others were hurt. Reports are that the fire broke out before the explosion. While officials aren't sure how the fire started, it is believed the fire started first, and the explosion occurred when the fire got to an oxygen tank in the back of the home. The state fire marshal's office has been called in to lead the investigation.

 

Two New District Attorneys to Lead Probe

of Grady County Elected Official Salary Overpayment

Two new district attorneys have been appointed to lead the investigation into the overpayment of Grady County elected officials. Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks has recused himself from the case, telling the state attorney general he will likely have to represent the individuals listed in an audit which detailed the overpayment. In his recusal letter to Attorney General Mike Hunter, Hicks said he believed the elected officials did not know they were being overpaid. A review of county records by then state auditor Gary Jones found that a number of elected officials over the last 10 years had been overpaid by a combined total of more than $700,000. Our partners at KWTV News 9 report that District Attorney Angela Marsee from western Oklahoma will lead the case. District Attorney Greg Mashburn who serves McClain, Cleveland, and Garvin counties will assist. The former state auditor said his office warned the Grady County board that signed off on the salaries not to approve a desired 18 percent pay raise for elected officials, but the board did not heed that advice. Jones said the board approved overall budgets for departments but not salaries for elected officials.

 

 Volunteers Sought for Emergency Response Team             

The Grady County Emergency Management Agency is recruiting volunteers to be part of its Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT). Individuals will undergo about 20 hours of training to learn about working disasters and helping to spread information about disaster preparedness. Linda Swanner is with the county agency and says individuals get hands-on training, including an interesting workshop on fire suppression.

 

              

 

Ideally, officials would like to have a CERT team in every community. Contact Swanner at the Grady County Emergency Management office for more information.

 

Free Finance Workshops Underway

A program to help individuals with their finances is underway in both Chickasha and Anadarko. The weekly workshops are offered by USAO and the Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions program. It's part of a federal grant to the university to help individuals and families take control of their finances. The weekly programs run every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at USAO and every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Anadarko. This week's workshop will take a look at buying a car. Upcoming workshops include buying insurance; debit and credit cards; credit reports and scores; borrowing; protecting your identity; and planning for disasters. The programs are free and open to the public and will be held every week through June.

 

Chix High School Prepares for Graduation

This is the last week of classes for students in Chickasha Public Schools. For the seniors, graduation is Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at the CHS Activity Center. 148 seniors are expected to cross the stage to pick up their diplomas. As tradition holds, only seniors will be speaking during the ceremony. The top two Valedictorians who will speak are Hugh Nelson and Samantha Shaw. The class voted for classmates to talk about the past, present, and future. Abigail Dunn will speak on the past, Maggie Wilson on the present, and Diallo Foster on the future. Baccalaureate will be Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. at the activity center, sponsored by the ministerial alliance.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.66 per barrel.

London-based Brent is $70.62.

Natural gas is $2.62 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,284 and silver is $14.67

 

 

Saturday, May 11th

 

Continental Has More Success in  the SCOOP             

An Oklahoma-based energy firm is reporting some good numbers from recently completed wells in Grady County. Officials with Contintental Resources is reporting that three wells are each producing more than 1,000 barrels of oil per day. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports that the largest producers are the Pyle wells, drilled south of State Highway 39 near Tabler. They are in the Woodford formation in Section 36 of Township 7 North, Range 6 West. Each are bringing in more than 1,200 barrels of oil per day, plus nearly 2,000 metric cubic feet of  natural gas. Spud dates for both were last September, with drilling finished in October. The third well is also a Pyle well, which has a production of 1,100 barrels of oil per day and more than 1,500 metric cubic feet of natural gas. That site is north of Highway 39 in Section 25 of Township 7 North, Range 6 West. It was the first well to be drilled in August of last year with drilling finished in September. Finals completions on all three wells took place this past March.

 

Donations Pour in for Couple 

Walking for Special Olympics              

Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer had a great first day on their 125-mile walk to Stillwater. The Chickasha couple collected more than $1,100 for Oklahoma Special Olympics. On her Facebook Page, Beth Ann said they walked 19 miles yesterday. She said today is their longest day, where they plan to walk to El Reno, then along historic Route 66 to Yukon, for a total of 26.5 miles. Meyer said the Craig's Walk event that was held at Chickasha High School Thursday night brought in nearly $10,000 for Olympics. The Meyers will be arriving in Stillwater next Wednesday afternoon, in time for the opening ceremonies of the state Special Olympic Games.

 

Warrants Issued for Suspects

in Anadarko Check Scheme

Anadarko police are looking for a couple from Poteau who allegedly cashed more than $1,000 in bad checks. Arrest warrants have been issued for 28-year old Sara Jo Hash and 25-year old Chance Alan Smith. They are wanted for felony computer fraud and conspiracy, and misdemeanor forgery. The scheme was first reported in February. The Lawton Constitution reports that Hash was listed as the payee on a check from a local restaurant for nearly $300, and that Smith was the payee on two checks for about $350 each from an auto parts store. All the checks were digitally signed. If arrested and convicted, the felony charges carry a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.

 

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Today

Letter carriers in your neighborhood and across the country will be working to stop hunger in their local communities. Today is the National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Members of The National Association of Letter Carriers are asking patrons to place a bag of non-perishable food items by their mail boxes today. Letter carriers will pick up the food and take it to their local post offices, with the food being distributed to local food pantries. The food drive is being held with the support of the Regional Food Bank, which provides food for thousands of children in western Oklahoma through local schools’ back-pack programs. If you happen to miss your letter carrier today, you can take non-perishable food items to your local post office any time over the next week or so.

 

Talk Show Topics

Here's what we're talking about this weekend. Dale Thompson and Linda Swanner with the Grady County Emergency Management Agency are guests on the KOOL Konversation. They'll be discussing the Certified Emergency Response Team and how you can get involved. On Real Estate today with John Mosley, this week's gust is Jill Burgess with USAO, who is the director of the Native American Serving Non-tribal Institutions program, and a financial literacy program being offered in Chickasha and Anadarko. We have links to both programs under the Community tab on this website.

 

              

Friday, May 10th

 

Teacher Accused of Being Drunk at School

A Chickasha teacher was arrested at school this week allegedly for being drunk. 42-year old Deborah Reed, a special needs teacher at Grand Elementary, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after classes were done for the day. A probable cause affidavit on file at the Grady County Courthouse indicates the principal asked the school resource officer, who is a Grady County Deputy, to test a teacher for possibly being intoxicated. The principal had received reports that Reed had an odor of alcohol on her breath. The deputy administered a breathalyzer test, which indicated that Reed had a blood-alcohol content of 0.174. That’s more than double the level considered to be impaired. The court papers indicated that Reed admitted to consuming vodka on her lunch break. Reed was arrested and taken to the Grady County Jail, where she spent the night. On Wednesday, she was formally charged with a misdemeanor for public intoxication then released after posting a $1,000 bond.  School Superintendent Jack Herron said he could not comment on the issue since it was a personnel matter, but did say it was being handled administratively and by law enforcement. It's not clear if Reed returned to work. A source with knowledge of what happens to school employees who are alleged to have violated school policy tells KOOL/RANCH News that most times an individual would be suspended until the school conducts an investigation.

 

State Agency Expands Free Water Well Testing              

Rural residents whose water wells may have been submerged in floodwater from recent storms are advised not to drink that water. The State Department of Environmental Quality is recommending that the wells be disinfected and is offering free bacteriological testing of wells in all the counties where the governor has issued a state of emergency. The free testing has been expanded to include Caddo, Kiowa, Custer, and Washita counties as well as many other areas in western Oklahoma. The testing is also available in all central Oklahoma counties. For disinfecting and sampling instructions and supplies, contact the Department of Environmental Quality by calling 1-800-522-0206 or by visiting its website: www.deq.state.ok.us

 

Couple Walking to Stillwater for Special Olympics

Once again, a Chickasha couple will be heading to Stillwater to support to state games of the Special Olympics. But they won't be driving. Stewart and Beth Ann Meyer make the 125-mile journey on foot! Today is the first day of their journey and they are walking north on U.S. Highway 81 to Minco. They walk about 25 miles per day and will arrive in Stillwater in time for the opening ceremonies at the state games next Wednesday afternoon. Along the way they collect donations which are donated to Special Olympics. They've raised about $700,000 in the years they've been taking part in the walk.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.70 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.39.

Natural gas is $2.59 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,286 and silver is $14.79.

 

 

Thursday, May 9th

 

Residents Frustrated with Trains Blocking Streets

Many Chickasha residents continue calling for something to be done about trains blocking railroad crossings on city streets. Over the last couple of years, City Councilman R.P. Ashanti-Alexander has brought up the issue at city council meetings. He did so again this week.

 

              

 

City Manager John Noblitt said they continually reach out to the railroad and ask them to comply, but haven't had much success.

 

 

Ashanti-Alexander said some residents complain that the city is not being aggressive enough in its discussion with railroad officials, after seeing news reports of what other communities are doing to battle the same problem.

 

Former Deputy Pleads Guilty in Cockfighting Case              

A former deputy sheriff pleads guilty to federal charges related to cockfighting. Douglas Butler, a former Caddo County deputy, entered the plea in U.S. District Court this week. Butler is facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Formal sentencing is to be held within 90 days. The Lawton Constitution reports a federal grand jury indicted the 67-year old Butler back in January for aiding and abetting a cockfighting operation on his property on Indian land in Caddo County from January of 2015 to March of 2016. The indictment alleged that Butler ran an interstate animal fighting venture that featured the fighting of gamecocks as sport, wagering, and entertainment.

 

Governor Expands State of Emergency Due to Storms

Gov. Kevin Stitt has declared a state of emergency in several more Oklahoma counties as a result of this week's strong storms, tornadoes, and flooding. The new counties are in western and southwestern parts of the state, including Caddo, Kiowa, Custer, and Washita counties. A state of emergency is in effect for all but 11 of the state's 77 counties. There is tornado damage in southern and southwest Oklahoma and many areas have experience flooding. Damage assessments are continuing and in some areas, assessment can't even start until floodwaters recede. The declaration allows state agencies to make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to speed up delivery of materials needed for local jurisdictions in the clean-up efforts.

 

Antique Auto Swap Meet Underway

There's a lot of activity in Chickasha this weekend, part of which is the Chickasha Antique Auto Club spring swap meet. Vendors from across the country set up shop on the club's 35-plus acre property next to the Grady County Fairgrounds. A few vendors will also be using the original indoor arena at the fairgrounds. The swap meet attracts thousands of antique auto enthusiasts looking for parts or collectibles of transportation-related items. Chase O'Brien with the antique auto club talks about one of the popular vendors.

 

              

 

The Swap meet is just getting started this morning, and it runs through Saturday. Admission is free. There is a fee for parking, but it benefits local charities.

 

Swap Meet Prompts City-Wide Garage Sales              

Because of the swap meet, the City of Chickasha has city-wide garage sales. The city is waiving garage sale permit fees for the weekend.

 

Early Voting Underway for

Rush Springs, Tuttle School Bond Issues

Early voting is underway for residents in a couple of area school districts. Both Rush Springs and Tuttle schools have special bond elections next Tuesday. Rush Springs voters will decide a nearly $18 million bond proposal. In Tuttle, a nearly $40 million plan is on the table. In-person, absentee ballots may be cast at the Grady County Election Board Office, near the Grady County Courthouse (in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.12 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $70.37.

Natural gas is $2.61 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,285 and silver is $14.83.

 

 

Wednesday, May 8th

 

Bank Robbery Suspect in Custody

Federal officials have arrested a man they say held up a bank in Chickasha last week. In custody is 65-year-old Dwayne Edward Rasmussen. The U.S. Attorney's office indicates Rusmussen was found in downtown Oklahoma City on Monday. He's believed to be in the Oklahoma County Jail on a robbery complaint. Rasmussen is accused of holding up the Community Bank of Oklahoma branch last Tuesday. Reports indicate he initially told the teller to give him all the 50 and 100 dollar bills, then said he wanted all the money. It was reported he got away with more than $10,000. Officials said Rasmussen was their primary suspect, based on surveillance video from the bank, a church across the street, and eyewitness accounts and interviews.

 

Missing Man's Body Found in Rural Grady County              

The remains of a man missing from his home in western Oklahoma for nearly a month are found in rural Grady County. Authorities say the decomposed body of 43-year old Robert Don Bishop of Sayre was found in a remote area east of Alex on Monday. The state medical examiner is trying to determine the cause of death, but officials say no foul play is suspected. Grady County Undersheriff Phil Blevins tells how they were able to tentatively identify Bishop.

 

              

 

Bishop's pickup was found on an oil lease road on April 12th.  The truck hadn't been reported stolen, and Bishop wasn't reported as missing. Investigators contacted family members last week, who said Bishop would often be gone for long periods of time. Officials convinced them to file a missing persons report. An initial search of the area where the pickup was found was unsuccessful. Blevins said a cadaver dog was brought in to search the area this past Monday. Bishop's body was found in a heavily wooded area about 500 yards from his pickup. Blevins said Bishop had some connections in the region but it wasn't clear why he had driven to the Alex area.

              

Energy Firm with SCOOP Ties Expands              

An Oklahoma City-based firm with a large interest in the SCOOP area is continuing to grow. Bison has acquired Cobalt Environmental Solutions, a water disposal company with operations in both the SCOOP and Merge plays. The website www.okenergytoday.com reports Bison officials anticipate that Cobalt employees will remain with the company. The purchase price was not disclosed. Bison also recently purchased the Oklahoma division of Big Star Trucking, which is a water-hauling transportation firm. With the acquisitions, Bison now owns and operates more than 30 commercial water disposal facilities with a capacity of more than a half-million barrels per day. Bison CEO North Whipple said the company is on track to exceed its goal of doubling his company’s permanent water infrastructure by the end of this year. Bison describes itself as the largest privately-held energy solutions company in Oklahoma and claims it’s the No. 1 provider of water midstream solutions in the state.

 

Oat Producers Face Deadline

Some small grain producers only have a few days left to timely report one of their crops. Mark Jackson with the Grady County Farm Service Agency says-

 

              

 

Contact your local farm service agency for information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.40 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $69.88.

Natural gas is $2.54 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,289 and silver is $14.93.

 

 

Tuesday, May 7th

 

Lake Chickasha Drilling OK'd

Despite Fracking Concerns

An energy company gets approval to drill for oil and natural gas at Lake Chickasha despite concerns of the possibility of earthquake-related fracking. The Chickasha City Council voted 8-1 to allow Unit Petroleum Company to drill at the lake, which is owned by the City of Chickasha. The approval came during last night’s city council meeting over the objection of City Councilman R.P. Ashanti-Alexander.

 

              

 

Unit Petroleum officials attending the meeting said none of their sites have ever had problems with earthquakes during fracking. The council also approved a surface damage agreement and an agreement to sell water from the lake to Unit Petroleum for the drilling operation.

 

Sale of Former Newspaper Building Approved

The council also approved the sale of the former Chickasha Star Newspaper building to a local investor. That came despite a protest from Councilman Tom Rose, who said the sale price was just a fraction of what the city paid for the building. The building was nearly torn down about three years ago, but was saved from destruction from individuals who said the building had historical value. The council voted 8-1 to sell the building to the Great Plains Land and Cattle Company for $15,000 with Rose the only councilman to vote against it.

 

Churches Burglarized, De-Faced;  Juveniles Arrested

Chickasha police say two neighboring churches were broken into, vandalized, and de-faced recently. Central Assembly of God at 9th and Grand, and College Heights Baptist Church just down the block at 12th and Grand, both reported break-ins the morning of Saturday, April 27th. The Chickasha Police blotter indicates that both churches had been burglarized and de-faced but it wasn't reported how. KOOL/RANCH News has asked for more detailed information regarding the break-ins, and that could be released later today. Police say two juveniles were arrested in connection with the crimes.

 

Rush Springs School Bond Issue Faces Opposition

Voters in Rush Springs will be casting ballots next week on a proposed $18 million bond issue for the school district. If approved, the bonds would help build a new gymnasium and provide funding for other school improvements. The proposal is being opposed by Steve Mills, who owns a ranch in the school district. He says while school officials are saying energy industries would pay about 75 percent of the costs, state taxpayers would really foot the bill because of the tax incentives offered to the wind industry.

 

              

 

Mills also said it just isn't right to ask voters to increase taxes on somebody else. If approved, the measure would increase property taxes  in the school district about 15 percent.

 

Tuttle School Voters to Decide

$40 Million Bond Issue

Tuttle voters will decide a nearly $40 million bond issue next week. If approved, the school district would install storm shelters at several schools; artificial turf may be installed on the football, baseball, and softball fields; a new gymnasium designed for basketball and volleyball would be built; and the weight room would be expanded. Both the Tuttle and Rush Springs school bond elections are next Tuesday, May 14th.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $62.26 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude is $71.24.

Natural gas is $2.52 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,263 and silver is $14.87.

 

 

Monday, May 6th

 

Former Chickasha Star Building May be Sold

A building that was once the home of a Chickasha-based newspaper - a building now owned by the city of Chickasha - may be sold by the city. The city council will discuss the possible sale of the old Chickasha Star Newspaper building, which is downtown in the 100 block of South 4th  Street. In background information provided to council members ahead tonight's meeting, officials say the building was acquired for demolition three years ago, but there were concerns because the building is located in the downtown historic preservation district. Current estimates are that it would cost over $600,000 to rehabilitate the building. Officials say it appeared the city pursued a request for proposals and public auction for the building, but there was no interest at the time. A company called the Great Plains Land and Cattle Company has offered a bid of $15,000 for the site.

 

Congo Creek Bridge; Sewer Project to be Reviewed              

The council is also expected to discuss going out for bids to repair the bridge on Congo Creek at Henderson Street, and to contract with an engineering firm to look at replacing a sewer line under U.S. Highway 62 and 16th Street.

 

Drilling Rig Proposed at Lake Chickasha

The panel will consider allowing Unit Petroleum Company to drill on city-owned property at Lake Chickasha. A surface damage agreement and a request to purchase water from the lake for the drilling operation are expected to be approved. The site is in Section 21 of Township 8 North, Range 9 West in Caddo County. The council is also to recognize Laura Miller as the city's Employee of the Month. Miller is the city's court clerk, who has worked in several areas of city government for 20 years. The council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.

 

Marathon Reports High-Producing Well

It took a while to make the news, but Marathon Petroleum Corporation reports a large producing well near Lindsay. The well was producing nearly 2,100 barrels of oil and more than 1,600 metric cubic feet of natural gas per day. While south of Lindsay, the well is located in the Springer Play in Stephens County in Section 10 of Township 2 North, Range 4 West. The website www.okenergytoday.com says Marathon filed the completion report nearly five months after the initial production of the rig known as Papa Pump. The report indicated the driller used more than 260 thousand barrels of fluid and nearly 13 million pounds of proppant to bring the well in.

 

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive This Week

Letter carriers across the country are getting ready for their Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The National Association of Letter Carriers work the second Saturday of each May to re-stock local food pantries. Once again this year the letter carriers are partnering with the Regional Food Bank, which helps distribute food to many areas of western Oklahoma. This week, letter carriers will be leaving a plastic bag in your mail. You're asked to put some canned goods or other non-perishable food items in the bag, and leave it by your mail box this Saturday. Steve Riggs is the state spokesman for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

 

              

 

Post offices throughout the region, including Chickasha and Anadarko will participate.

 

Chickasha Downtown Merchants to Meet

Owners and/or managers of downtown businesses which are part of the Chickasha Main Street Association will be meeting tomorrow night. The group wants to share information about the proposed new developments in downtown. The meeting is open to all downtown businesses, and membership to the association is not required. The meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is $61.94.

London-based Brent crude is $70.85.

Natural gas is $2.56 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,282 and silver is $14.87.

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