Wednesday, July 28th
OSBI Investigates Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) has been summoned to look into a deadly officer-involved shooting that took place in Chickasha last night. OSBI officials tell our partners at KWTV News 9 that agents were called out to the neighborhood of 12th and Tennessee Avenue between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. It wasn't clear why police were sent to the area. Very little information has been released. OSBI has only reported that shots were fired, one person has died and officers were involved. The names of the individual who died and the police officers involved have not been released
Trooper Investigates Crash
State troopers were called out to a motor vehicle accident east of Ninnekah yesterday. The accident happened at State Highway 19 and CR 1420 which is also known as Dell Street. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and the intersection was shut down for about 90 minutes. No information was available about the crash.
Teens Critically Hurt in Accident
A car full of teenagers runs a stop sign and crashes into a pick-up - and two of the teens were critically injured. The accident happened north of Medicine Park about 10:00 p.m. Monday. The teens were all 15 to 17 years old and the 17-year old driver was from Fletcher. The OHP does not release the names of juveniles who are involved in accidents. The two critically-injured teens were air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital while the other two were taken by ground ambulance to a Lawton Hospital. None of the teens were wearing seat belts. The driver of the pick-up identified as 51-year old Denis Delcamp of Elgin was taken by a private vehicle to a Lawton hospital where he was treated and released. Delcamp was wearing his seat belt.
One Critical After Head-on Collision
A head-on crash between two pickups critically injured one driver near Elgin Monday morning. 52-year old Thomas Morse of Sterling was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital following the crash. He was pinned in the wreckage for about 30 minutes. The driver of the other truck identified as 49-year old Kayle Klinekole of Elgin was taken to a Lawton Hospital where she was treated and released. The trooper investigating the accident said Klinekole failed to yield to oncoming traffic while trying to turn on to State Highway 17. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.
Report: Fuel Shortage Led to 'Rolling Blackouts'
Those rolling blackouts that took place when a polar vortex hit Oklahoma and Texas in February were mostly due to fuel shortages. The website OK Energy Today cites a report from the Missouri Independent that the shortage was mostly in natural gas. Officials with The Southwest Power Pool have spent the last few months reviewing reasons for the blackouts. It found that less than half of the power pool's 'accredited' natural gas-powered electricity was available at the height of the extremely cold weather.
Two Blood Drives Being Held Today
The Oklahoma Blood Institute is in Chickasha for a couple of blood drives today. One is at Around the Clock Home Care at 313 Chickasha Avenue which is from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The other is at the University of Science and Arts Ballroom which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment is needed at either location.
Rock Island Arts Fest, Related Events to Return
One of the next big events in Chickasha is just a couple of months away. The city will host the 13th Rock Island Arts Festival the first weekend in October. The festival is three events rolled into one weekend. The Arts Festival is a three-day event, while Saturday brings the Rock Island Ride bicycle tour and the Oklahoma Food Truck competition. Word is there are already 35 food trucks that could take part with $10,000 in prize money to be paid out. For the arts festival, it is hosted by the Chickasha Area Arts Council and vendor spaces are still available. This Sunday, August 1st is the last day to purchase a space without a late fee. Applications and information about the festival is available on the festival’s website: www.rockislandartsfestival.org and you can also check out social media for info.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.65 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $74.58.
Natural gas is $3.97 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,804 and silver is $24.85.
Tuesday, July 27th
Missing Woman May Have Been Seen in Chickasha
The Caddo County Sheriff's Office continues following up on tips about 55-year old Dawn Sherrill who went missing from her rural Anadarko home last week. Sheriff Spencer Davis says one of those tips led authorities to a Chickasha fast food restaurant. Davis says they are working to get video surveillance from Taco Bell to determine if Sherrill may have been there. Davis said a tip that Sherrill may have been seen in Oklahoma City didn't pan out. Today is Day Six of the search for Sherrill who was recently diagnosed and had surgery for brain cancer. Her son said she may be confused or disoriented. Sherrill left her home in a 2007 red Ford F-150 pickup that had a black tailgate and a barbecue smoker in the bed. Anyone with information about Dawn Sherrill is asked to reach out to the Caddo County Sheriff's Office or local police.
Equipment Stolen from Chickasha Sports Complex
Thousands of dollars in equipment was stolen from the Chickasha sports complex last week. Kyle Marks, the city's Parks and Recreation Director says thieves managed to steal a UTV and a chain saw and that he's trying to determine of anything else is missing. Marks estimates the value of the stolen merchandise is anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000. The break-in occurred about 4:00 a.m. Friday, July 23rd. Marks says the culprits worked pretty fast as they were in and out in just a matter of a few minutes. He said video surveillance inside the building shows two hooded individuals rolling a Gator out of the building. Marks said video cameras outside of the building weren't working. Chickasha police are investigating. Anyone with information about the break-in can call Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS and anonymous tips can also be sent to the Grady County Crimestoppers Facebook page.
Open Transfer Coming to Oklahoma Public Schools
There are a lot of benefits for students who attend small school districts. Among them is that the student-to-teacher ratio is much lower which allows for additional one-on-one instruction. But a new state policy that will go into effect next year could change that. Alex School Superintendent Keith Weldon tells KOOL-RANCH News-
Weldon said Alex is fortunate to have one teacher and a teacher's assistant in every classroom.
Anadarko Town Hall Meeting Scheduled
A town hall meeting will be held in Anadarko next week to discuss a number of infrastructure projects proposed to improve areas like water and sewer services. A post on the city's Facebook page indicates residents will also be able to bring their ideas for improvements which city leaders may consider. The town hall meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the library. Also at Anadarko, city officials recognized long-time city employee Rodney Green for 30 years of service. Green, who is the supervisor of the city's electric department began his career as a meter reader in 1991.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $71.91 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $74.50.
Natural gas is $4.10 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,801 and silver is $25.22.
Kenneth Pace, Jr.
A graveside service for Kenneth Pace, Jr., 61, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 31st at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the SLO/RSH Foundation in Fargo, North Dakota.
Monday, July 26th
Storms Bring Heavy Rains, Power Outages
Midsummer thunderstorms dropped anywhere from a half- inch to an inch of rain throughout Grady and Caddo counties last night. One weather reporting service showed the rainfall rate in Chickasha was more than 3 1/2 inches per hour. There were also power outages with a number of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) customers in the west and southwest parts of Chickasha going dark last night. PSO reports there are still a handful of outages this morning near the Nazarene Church and the Chickasha school's agriculture barns. There are also scattered outages throughout the region for some CK Energy and Rural Electric Cooperative customers.
Silver Alert Still Active for Missing Anadarko Woman
Authorities are continuing their search for Dawn Sherrill, the Anadarko woman who has been missing since last Wednesday. The Caddo County Sheriff’s Office issued a Silver Alert for Sherrill, who was diagnosed with brain cancer just a few weeks ago. She had surgery to remove one mass and another was said to have been inoperable. Over the weekend, ground and air searches were conducted by family members, law enforcement, and pilots from the Chickasha Wings Flying School. She could be driving a red Ford F-150 pickup that had a smoker in the back. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Caddo County Sheriff's Office or local law enforcement.
Cleveland County Silver Alert Canceled
In a related story a Silver Alert issued for a missing Lexington woman over the weekend was canceled after she was located. 71-year old Shirley Coker was reported missing about 10:30 p.m. Saturday by the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office. The alert was canceled early Sunday morning. There was no information available about where she may have been found.
Grady County Rancher Named 'Cattleman of the Year'
A Grady County rancher is honored for his long service to his trade. Harold Gillenwaters was named Cattleman of the Year at the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association annual convention over the weekend. Harold and his wife Donna own and operate a ranch where they raise Angus cattle. The Gillenwaters have been active not only with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association but the Grady County Cattlemen's Association as well. Gillenwaters just completed a term on the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association executive committee where he served as the southwest district's vice president.
Verden Schools to Offer Shooting Sports, Fishing
Oklahoma school districts will be opening their classrooms in the next couple of weeks. At Verden, Superintendent Mickey Edwards said they are offering a number of non-traditional extra-curricular activities.
All the programs are offered through the State Department of Wildlife. The first day of classes for Verden Public Schools is Thursday, August 12th.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $72.07 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $74.10.
Natural gas is $4.06 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,812 and silver is $25.45.
Funeral service for Donald Habener, 65, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27th at Ferguson Funeral Home.