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Local News April 13, 20011

Death of Inmate Under Investigation

Another death of a detained suspect this time in Carter County..   Sheriff Ken Grace requested an OSBI investigation in the -custody death of a jail inmate early yesterday morning . Patricia Ann Wallace 52 of Marietta, was found dead in her cell at 6 o’clock Tuesday morning. Wallace was arrested by Ardmore Police overnight for DUI. She was booked into the Carter County Detention Center at 4:04 a.m. Wallace was placed in a cell by herself. The body has been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Oklahoma City for an autopsy and a routine investigation is being conducted by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations. There is no indication at this time foul play was involved.



Ardmore Schools

Ardmore schools are asking for parents and community help in seeking the Next Superintendent. Associates, Inc., has been retained to assist the District in the search for our next Superintendent.

Meetings will be held to discuss plans and options, go to www.ardmoreschools.org to find out more information on the dates and times and also a way to give your input online with a quick survey.



Info Leaked

Both Texans and Oklahomans have had their personal information spread across the internet. The Oklahoma state health department has notified
nearly 133,000 people that their names and some personal
information may have been on an agency laptop computer stolen from
a worker’s car last week. A database related to the Oklahoma Birth
Defects Registry was on the computer. The laptop was used to record
data from hospital medical records.

The Texas state comptroller says the social security numbers, some birthdates and other personal information of about 3.5 million Texans were accidentally posted on computer servers.

Most of the information was available for anyone to access for more than a year. In some cases, birthdates and driver license numbers were included.

Today the comptroller’s office will begin sending out letters notifying those affected.



Tishomingo Trial

Trial has begun for a man charged with the rape and murder of a Johnston County teacher last year. 24-year-old Roy Zornes, Jr. faces first degree murder, rape, arson, and burglary charges.

Investigators believe Zornes, 19-year-old Angel Cassa, and 42-year-old James Baker raped and murdered 60-year-old Jane Bullard before setting fire to her Johnston County home last March, but just last month the state was forced to drop its case against Baker due to what District Attorney Craig Ladd called “evidentiary issues.”

The defense contends Zornes is mentally incompetent, although the state found him fit to stand trial last year.



No Space Shuttle for Oklahoma

Tulsa is not one of the cities chosen by NASA to house a space shuttle after the fleet is retired later this year. Twenty-one museums and visitor centers were in the running to house either the Enterprise, Discovery, Atlantis or Endeavour and officials learned Tuesday that Tulsa is not one of the four locations chosen.

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum had put in a bid for one of the shuttles and had hoped to be awarded the Enterprise.

The Enterprise was the first prototype shuttle and will be sent to New York City.

The other three shuttles are going to the Smithsonian Institution, the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.



Oklahoma Legislators Honor Soldiers

Thousands of soldiers with Oklahoma’s Air and Army National Guard who are deploying to Afghanistan in June were honored by state lawmakers.

The Oklahoma House and Senate met in a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday to honor current and soldiers with the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Infantry Division. About 3,300 soldiers with the division’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are currently training in Mississippi and preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

It will be the Oklahoma National Guard’s largest deployment since the Korean War.

Governor Mary Fallin signed a proclamation declaring Tuesday April 12th, Oklahoma National Guard and 45th Infantry Division Appreciation Day.


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Local News for April 6th, 2011

Veteran Bills

Two Oklahoma State Bills that would benefit Veterans are awaiting appropriation before going to Governor.

House Bill 1555 creates a Veteran’s Treatment Court program.  Which would allow Veterans a type of drug court atmosphere they could benefit from by the Oklahoma Mental Health Association.  Veterans often return home changed and in a different mental state including Post Traumatic Stress Order and depression.  This would allow them to be screened and determine if the cause of the incident was caused by the stress of battles.

Then Senate Bill 138 would put the American Flag on all veterans drivers license, allowing them the ability to verify their veteran status.

State Representative Pat Ownbey said this is just one small thing they can give to people who gave so much..



Highway 199 Construction

If you’re driving down Highway 199 between Ardmore and Dickson you may notice some major changes including driving a new section of the HWY a project the Oklahoma department of Transportation started last year.

Yesterday ODOT and road crews opened up the south side lanes and closed the north side lanes.  Although 199 is still a two lane road for now ODOT says they are going to demolish the north section and redo that section of the highway.

ODOT asks drivers be patient and also safe of road crew workers and pay attention to changes since this is such a big project they are planning a September 2011 opening of all 4 lanes.



Tishomingo Stabbing

Two people we’re injured in a stabbing incident in Tishomingo on Tuesday afternoon.

The call went out just after 2:00 p.m. in the 1300 block of Main St.

When authorities arrived they found two people stabbed.

One victim had to be flown out with a stab wound to the neck with the other person taken to the local hospital.

It was Tishomingo’s emergency alert system that let folks in town know they were looking for a suspect who was on the loose.

In the end, police did take one man into custody.

Police say the suspect, Michael Hesbrook, had to be tazed after he tried to attack them.

He’s behind bars, but no word on what caused this attack or the conditions of the victims


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Local Election Coverage / April 6th, 2011

Several local elections are taking place today.  Atoka residents will be voting on a school bond issue while two city council seats are open in Durant.  Caddo and Colbert are looking at tax propositions on their ballots.

In Carter county 5 total seats are open in Wilson,

The race for the at-large spot on the Healdton City Council with 4 names on the ballot.

In Springer, Billy Bob Bryant, Steve Fry and Louise Tovar are running for a spot on the board of trustees. The two top vote-getters will each be seated.

In Ringling, the city clerk seat is open, which is a four-year position.

The City of Oakland in Marshall County has 6 people vying for 3 seats on the board of trustees.

There is only one race in Love County. Incumbent Marietta Mayor Michelle Porter is running for office against James Lang, who has served as mayor in Marietta.

Here are your election results.

OKLAHOMA ELECTION RESULTS

ATOKA COUNTY

ATOKA SCHOOL BOND

Yes: 65%           No: 35%

STRINGTOWN BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Sonny Richards:

Randy Harris:

W. Gail Enochs:

George Robert Bob Smith:

BRYAN COUNTY

ACHILLE BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Kenneth Edwards: 5%

Wesley Dean Collins: 29%

Felina Borchardt: 7%

Randy Howard: 28%

Rhonda J. Howery: 31%

BENNINGTON BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Peggy Dosh: 8%

Idanel Wright: 38%

Ruth Ann Percell: 41%

Barbara L. Robbins: 14%

DURANT COUNCILMEMBER WARD 4:

Tom Wagnitz: 25%

William Jerry Polson: 57%

John R. Cathey: 18%

DURANT COUNCILMEMBER AT LARGE:

Bobby Story: 40%

Odden Grube: 26%

Stewart Hoffman: 34%

COLBERT PROPOSITION 1:

Yes: 49%

No: 51%

COLBERT PROPOSITION 2:

Yes: 59%

No: 41%

BOKCHITO BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Eric Henry: 29%

Rozell Tidwell: 23%

Jennie W. Long: 29%

Danny Stewart: 19%

CADDO BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Kenneth R. Golden: 13%

Brian Stone: 10%

Jack L. Towns: 17%

Brian Cooper: 4%

Ronnie Hill: 16%

Ron Fryer: 22%

Cody Crawford: 18%

CADDO PROPSITION 1:

Yes: 34%

No: 66%

CADDO PROPOSITION 2:

Yes: 33%

No: 67%

CARTER COUNTY

WILSON MAYOR

Rex L. Rutledge: 44%

Frank Schaaf: 56%

WILSON MUNICIPAL OFFICERS

Council Member Ward 1:

Albert G. Morris: 39%

Charles Lynch: 61%

Council Member Ward 3:

Christy Dodd Bench: 50%

Juanita Segroves: 50%

WILSON CITY CLERK/TREASURER

Elaine Blackburn: 17%

Ann Marutzky: 40%

Kelly Whatley: 19%

Melissa Williams: 24%

WILSON STREET COMMISSIONER:

Gerald Young: 40%

Kenny Emerson: 60%

HEALDTON COUNCILMEMBER:

Jerry Couch: 14%

Douglas Brown: 59%

Louis W. Robinson: 3%

Michael D. Schoffield: 25%

SPRINGER BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Billy Bob Bryant: 45%

Steve Fry: 19%

Louise Tovar: 36%

CHOCTAW COUNTY

BOSWELL BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Robert David Moore: 78%

Steve Vansickle: 22%

BOSWELL BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNEXPIRED TERM:

Chad Austin: 23%

Ishmel W. Webb: 4%

Patricia Renick: 24%

Randall W. Pierce: 26%

Bobby J. Johnson: 8%

Henry Hopkins: 7%

Chris Pardue: 10%

HUGO COUNCILMEMBER WARD 1:

Joey L. Renfro: 38.41%

Larry Redrow:  61.59%

VALLIANT PUBLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE 1:

Tony W. Tuck: 0%

Jon Stuart: 0%

JOHNSTON COUNTY

WAPANUCKA BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Doris Gooch: 23%

Laura J. Bus: 28%

Robert Redder: 19%

Betty L. Robertson: 30%

WAPANUCKA BOARD TRUSTEES UNEXPIRED TERM:

Sue Standifea: 55%

Alicia Duncan: 45%

MILL CREEK BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Scott Clark: 51%

Mary Ledbetter: 49%

MILL CREEK CLERK/TREASURER:

Stacey Stephens: 38%

Elesia Kirk: 62%

MANNSVILLE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WARD 1:

Jeanne Rebecca Hixon Broughton: 85%

Gary Glidewell: 15%

TISHOMINGO COUNCILMEMBER WARD 3:

Rex Morrell: 25%

Tom Lokey: 75%

LOVE COUNTY

MAYOR ELECTION

James C. Lang: 64%

Michelle Porter: 36%

MARSHALL COUNTY

OAKLAND BOARD OF TRUSTEES 4 YEAR TERM:

John Moss: 61%

Margarette Redwine: 39%

OAKLAND BOARD OF TRUSTEES UNEXPIRED TERM:

Kaye Idleman: 23%

Deborah A. Adams: 26%

Francine Castaneda: 20%

Billy Gene Pearce: 30%

KINGSTON BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Ophelia C. Cooper: 18%

Charlotte Matchen: 29%

Richard Taylor: 25%

Scott Uhlenhake: 28%

PONTOTOC COUNTY

ALLEN BOARD OF TRUSTEES WARD 5:

James Michael Bailey: 28%

Dianna Brannan: 72%

ROFF BOARD OF TRUSTEES WARD 3:

Angie Hyatt: 53.44%

Zack Braun: 46.56%

ROFF BOARD OF TRUSTEES WARD 5:

Alfred Atchison: 25.95%

Jeremy Grissom: 4.58%

Brent Crawford: 69.47%
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People : Albert G. MorrisAlfred AtchisonAlicia DuncanAngie HyattAnn MarutzkyBarbara L. RobbinsBetty L. RobertsonBilly Bob BryantBilly Gene PearceBobby J. JohnsonBobby StoryBrent CrawfordBrian CooperBrian StoneChad AustinCharles LynchCharlotte MatchenChris PardueChristy DoddCody CrawfordCOUNCILMEMBER WARDDanny StewartDeborah A. AdamsDianna BrannanDoris GoochDouglas BrownElaine BlackburnEric HenryFrancine CastanedaFrank SchaafGary GlidewellGeorge Robert Bob SmithGerald YoungHenry HopkinsJames C. LangJames LangJames Michael BaileyJeanne Rebecca Hixon BroughtonJennie W. LongJeremy GrissomJerry CouchJoey L. RenfroJohn MossJohn R. CatheyJon StuartJuanita SegrovesKaye IdlemanKelly WhatleyKenneth EdwardsKenneth R. GoldenKenny EmersonLarry RedrowLouis W. RobinsonLouise TovarMargarette RedwineMary LedbetterMelissa WilliamsMichael D. SchoffieldMichelle PorterOphelia C. CooperPatricia RenickPeggy DoshRandall W. PierceRandy HarrisRandy HowardRex L. RutledgeRex MorrellRhonda J. HoweryRichard TaylorRobert David MooreRobert RedderRon FryerRonnie HillRuth Ann PercellScott ClarkScott UhlenhakeStacey StephensSteve FrySteve VansickleStewart HoffmanSue StandifeaTom LokeyTom WagnitzW. Gail EnochsWesley Dean CollinsWilliam Jerry Polson




 

Local News April 1st, 2011

Happy April Fools Day!!



New Ardmore Park

What’s better this time a year than a visit to the park, for residents on the southwest side of Ardmore that can be difficult, but that’s about to change.

The Ardmore Chamber of Commerce gathered on Thursday to dedicate land for a new park near Plainview High School.

It’s all part of the Ardmore Vision 20/20 project started by the Chamber to help improve community life.

The park is still in the works and is needing some funding before the slides are in but two foundations in Ardmore say they will match dollar for dollar the community donations that come in.

Ardmore Vision 20/20 is asking the community to get involved and donate for information contact the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce at 580-2237765.



Love County Man Hunt

Law enforcement in Love County are searching for a person who took off on foot during a traffic stop Thursday night.  They do not have a good description but are hoping someone may come forward with information.

Undersheriff Jason Bone says they’ve contained the suspect to an area about one mile east of Thackerville.

As of last night they were using thermal imaging trying to find this person.

OHP, Love County Sheriff’s deputies, Thackerville Police officers and Gainesville Police officers were on the scene till late in the evening..

They say the individual was wearing blue sweater and blue jeans, has white or blond hair, and is about 5′8″ 160 lbs. Authorities could not determine whether the person was a male or female.  We will have an update on our website as information comes available.

If you have any information please contact your local authorities.



Keeping in Touch A World Away

To help keep Oklahoma National Guard Troops connected with the ones they love, AT&T will donate 401 pre-paid calling cards to soldiers from the 1/180th CAV Squadron, based in Durant. The original initiative, known as “Forget Me Not,” was started by the Bryan County VFW Post 3916, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce in January.

“Upon contacting AT&T to ask for their assistance we were informed they were already at work on securing the cards” stated Janet Reed, Executive Director Durant Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jason Winborn, AT&T Area Manager of External Affairs has worked closely with the project making sure each deploying soldier would leave with a calling card. “While we can never truly pay back our troops for the sacrifices they make, we hope that by providing them with a means to stay connected with the ones they love we can make their deployment - and their time away from family and friends - a little bit easier,” said Winborn.

The National Guard Troops from the 1/180th CAV Squadron will deploy to Afghanistan in April. In doing so, they must say goodbye to family, friends, and those they love while overseas.

The calling cards will be presented to the deploying soldiers Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, in Durant.


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Local News March 31st, 2011

Fort Washita Rendezvous

Six months after the fire that destroyed the Barracks at Fort Washita, it will be hosting the annual Fort Washita Rendezvous.
The event kicked off yesterday and will go through Sunday, April 3. Admission is $5 a car load and a portion will go toward a fund to rebuild the burned barracks.



HWY 177 Fatality

We first told you about the tragic head on collision on HWY 177 yesterday.  Oklahoma Highway Patrol have now released the identity of those involved, Tammy Burns, 31 of Sulphur, as the victim who died in the two vehicle crash Tuesday evening near the Carter-Murray County line.  Randy Johnson, 43, identified as the driver of the 2010 Chevrolet pickup, which was hit head on by Burns’ 1994 Dodge van, was treated for minor injuries and released at Mercy Memorial Health Center.



Texas Getting in the Casino Business

According to the Texas Gaming Association, Texans are spending about four billion dollars at casinos between Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Nevada. Now some texas state representatives want to keep that money in state.

But the lack of a casino in the state hasn’t stopped Texas gamblers. The potential revenue would be welcome in a state facing a more than 20 billion dollar deficit in the next two years. The Choctaw Nation owns several casinos and generates millions for the state of Oklahoma.

The suggested casinos would be Destination Resort Casinos, complete with everything from hotels, to night clubs, spas and golf courses.

The Texas Gaming Association says that consistent polling of Texans across party lines shows support of casinos in the state and that taxes alone could bring in more than one point two billion dollars.



ECU in, looking out of Ardmore Higher Education Center

A bill pending the Oklahoma House of Representatives seems to be aimed at making the Ardmore Higher Education Center a branch campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University without including East Central University in any discussions.

ECU, Southeastern, Murray State College and Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City offer courses at AHEC. ECU offers more classes than Southeastern.

House Bill 1227 originally was introduced by State Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) to rename AHEC as the University Center of Southern Oklahoma. It was passed unanimously.

Monday April 4th the Senate Education Committee will see a completely new bill substitute which will make AHEC a branch campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
ECU President John Hargrave said ECU has worked for several years with different groups in Ardmore to provide quality programs for students in the area.

“We felt like things were going well and Monday we met with Mercy Memorial Health Center and the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation to discuss expanding ECU’s nursing program in Ardmore,” Hargrave said. “On Monday afternoon we were informed that there was a plan to eliminate ECU’s nursing program altogether.”

“In fact,” he added, “ECU submitted a proposal in 2007 to develop a branch campus in Ardmore which was accepted by the Board of Trustees of the Ardmore Higher Education Center.” The Legislature later rejected a proposal for state funds to get the campus underway.

ECU has offered classes and full degree programs in Ardmore for more than 30 years. Currently 440 residents of the Ardmore area take ECU classes at AHEC. During the late 1980s ECU began offering the RN to BSN completion program which allows registered nurses to complete four-year baccalaureate degrees and become eligible for better jobs.

In 2008 ECU also began offering its generic BSN nursing program at the AHEC. A partnership with Mercy Memorial Health Center and the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation helped purchase equipment; fund a coordinator, faculty member and secretary; and remodel a building in downtown Ardmore for the program, with two nursing classrooms, two skills labs, three offices and a computer lab.

Hargrave said HB 1227 puts ECU’s nursing program in jeopardy because it is not protected under the current bill.



Ardmore Murder Trial

The last of three men charged in the robbery and murder of an Ardmore man almost a year ago is going to trial. 22-year-old Jamane Stubblefield is charged with murder in the death of 36-year-old Eric Knight.

Prosecutors say last April, Stubblefield, 28-year-old William Brown, and 17-year-old Mike Murrillo forced their way into 36-year-old Eric Knight’s Ardmore duplex, robbed 5 people inside, and fired between eight to ten shot, killing Knight.

After pleading guilty last year, Murillo was given 25 years and Brown was given life without parole.

Stubblefield’s jury trial is set for April 11.


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Local News March 30th, 2011

Ardmore Police Officers are needing your help finding a man who stole over 350 gallons of diesel.

The white male with dark hair was somehow able to unlock the pump, at a Shell Station off of West Broadway the man then uses two diesel nozzles to quickly fill several 55 gallon drums in the back of the late 90’s model white truck.



Anyone with information is asked to contact Ardmore Crime Stoppers at 580-504-4LAW.

Daniel Sims pleaded guilty in a Gainesville courtroom yesterday to the March 2010 murder of 19-year-old Whitesboro resident Jesse Vincente Hensley.

Hensley died of a gunshot wound March 31 at Sims’ home on County Road 678.

Sims, 18, and an acquaintance, Aaron Williams,18, were arrested within a couple of days of the shooting. Both were charged with first degree murder. Williams is suspected of firing the fatal shots and will face trial June 6th.

Sims was charged and sentenced to 50 years - the term recommended in the plea agreement.

The shooting apparently stemmed from a $200 drug debt Sims claimed he owed Hensley.
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