Wednesday, July 6th
Vandals Cause Massive Drilling Fluid Spill in Cyril
A Cyril park is closed while officials clean up a drilling fluid spill that appears to be the work of vandals. Officials with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission say nearly 250,000 gallons of drilling fluid - the equivalent of some 6,000 barrels - leaked from the plant from Monday night into Tuesday. KWTV News 9 reports that Caddo County deputies suspect someone broke into the property of Stellar Drilling Fluids saying the chain-link fence surrounding the company was definitely cut. Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said the spill is made more complicated by the fact that it happened within the city limits. The town of Cyril posted on its Facebook page that Keechi Trail and Park would be closed until further notice. The fluid got into the park's recreational ponds which are used for fishing. Investigators will review video surveillance to see if any suspects can be identified. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is also investigating. There was no estimate available regarding the clean up.
One Hospitalized, One Jailed After Man Hit by Truck
A Chickasha man suffered broken bones and another is in jail after a fight ends with one man driving his pick up into the other. Documents filed in Grady County District Court indicate Chickasha police were called to a home in the 600 block of North 9th Street just after midnight Tuesday to investigate a fight. Police arrested 41-year old Timothy Carl Stover of Oklahoma City...after its alleged he intentionally drove his SUV into the victim, pinning him against a pickup. Stover told police that the victim attacked him with a bat. The victim said Stover was threatening his family, so he hit the windshield of Stover's SUV with the bat. The victim was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital to be treated for a broken arm, a broken ankle and possible internal injuries. Stover has been formally charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and felony DUI. He remains in the Grady County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Just a couple of months ago, Stover pleaded guilty to a charge of having a firearm after conviction and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but 90 days suspended.
July 4th Pursuit Suspect Identified
An Anadarko man was arrested for leading numerous law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase across three counties on Monday. Anadarko police say 38 year old Michael Ruban Brown was taken into custody following the pursuit from Anadarko to Newcastle which lasted about an hour. Brown is facing charges that include burglary, larceny of a vehicle, conspiracy to commit violence, and attempting to elude. He's not yet had his initial appearance on the charges.
New Chix Restaurants Win Approval to Sell Alcohol
A couple of new Chickasha restaurants get to go-ahead to serve alcohol when they open their doors. Public hearings for the restaurants' use-on-review applications were held during last night's city council meeting and neither received opposition. The applications for Brandi Terry to serve alcohol at 101 Chickasha Avenue and for Brett Kappus to serve alcohol next door at 117 Chickasha Avenue were passed unanimously in a 6-0 vote.
'Street Outlaws' Filming Passes; Legal Issues Still Being Discussed
After some debate, the council approved a temporary street closure to allow the Discovery Channel to film an episode of the popular 'Street Outlaws' program at the Airport Industrial Park. There are some legal details that still needed to be worked out but the measure passed by a 5-1 vote with councilman Brian Gerdes recusing his vote.
Chix Firm Wins Bid to Help Expand Festival of Light
The council approved a bid of just over $100,000 from Electrical Technologies of Chickasha to expand electrical service at Shannon Springs Park for the Festival of Light. The company will have to provide a performance bond and unit pricing which weren't included in their initial bid.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $97.43 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $102.77.
Natural gas is $5.52 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,763 and silver is $19.16.
Funeral for Freddie Ogles, 83, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 8th at St. Johns AME Church in Arcadia. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.
Funeral for Mary Johnson, 77, of Alex will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 9th at the Alex United Methodist Church. Arrangements are with Sevier Funeral Home.
A memorial service for Jami Hackney, 62, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the USAO Alumni Chapel. Arrangements are with McRay Funeral Home.
Tuesday, July 5th
Driver Arrested Following Lengthy High-Speed Pursuit
A driver was arrested yesterday after a high-speed chase that covered three counties. During the chase through Caddo, Grady, and McClain County, a state trooper crashed and rolled his cruiser. There was no information regarding the status of injuries the trooper may have suffered. The pursuit began Monday morning in Anadarko where state troopers say the suspect was trying to break into a shed and get away from Anadarko police. Reports then indicate the suspect broke into a home, took some keys, stole a car, and drove off. During the pursuit, troopers say the suspect fired shots at them and tried to hit the cruisers of several troopers. The pursuit finally came to an end near Newcastle not far from the State Highway 37 and State Highway 76 junction. The roadway was closed for about three hours. The unidentified suspect was taken to the Caddo County Jail.
Officials Work to Name Victim of Fiery Crash
A fiery weekend crash which killed a driver near Carnegie remains under investigation. The unidentified driver died in the crash that happened just after midnight Sunday about two miles west of Carnegie in Kiowa County. The highway patrol reports that the driver was in a pickup which was southbound on a county road when the truck ran off the road, hit an embankment, and caught fire. The state medical examiner is working to identify the driver.
Public Hearings Dot Chix City Council Agenda
A number of public hearings are scheduled for tonight's Chickasha City Council meeting. Among them are a couple of use-on-review applications to sell alcohol. One is for Brandi Terry at 101 West Chickasha Avenue and the other is for Brett Kappus at 117 West Chickasha. A third hearing is to consider amendments to the final plat of the Red Bud Ridge housing addition. A fourth hearing is to discuss and consider changes to zoning ordinances as they pertain to congregate living facilities.
'Festival of Light' Electrical Expansion to be Considered
The council will also consider awarding a project to expand the electrical service in Shannon Springs Park for the Festival of Light. Three bids were submitted however none of them included all the required information. The engineering firm for the project, Chisholm Trail Consulting, indicates the council can declare a waiver to award a contract for just over $100,000 to Electrical Technologies, Inc. of Chickasha or reject all bids and re-start the process.
'Street Outlaws' May Film in Chickasha
The council is also to consider a temporary street closure to allow the filming of the popular Discovery channel program Street Outlaws. The proposal calls for the closure of the Airport Industrial Road during a two-week period between July 18th and August 6th. Producers would pay the expenses for any public safety overtime or they would hire off-duty public safety officials to fill their safety needs. The filming would be done at night. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX is $108.43 per barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $114.79.
Natural gas is $5.73 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,802 and silver is $19.82.
A graveside service for Leonard Hillary, 89, of Chickasha will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6th at Fairlawn Cemetery. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Arrangements are with Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Funeral for Norma Chasten, 80, of Anadarko will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 9th at the Greater First Baptist Church of Anadarko. Arrangements are with Brown-Thomas Funeral Home.
Monday, July 4th
No news due to the Independence Day holiday
U.S. Highway 62 and Van Buren
7th and Choctaw Avenue in Chickasha, across from Dairy Queen
Chickasha Inn, 2101 S. 4th (4th and Grand Ave, across from McDonald's