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April 19, 2019

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has recused himself from the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by two former University of Oklahoma administrators and his office has appointed a special counsel to assist with legal proceedings related to the investigation. Former U.S. attorney Patrick Ryan received a letter from first assistant attorney general Dawn Cash on Tuesday confirming his role as special counsel. 

 

Enid Police Department is investigating a robbery at a local convenience store that occurred Tuesday night. Sgt. Eric Reddick said about 9:45 p.m. a man entered Pete's Market, 2006 N. Grand, through the front door of the business and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. Anyone with information leading to the arrest or prosecution of this or any crime can report an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233

 

 A man accused of murdering his long-time girlfriend and dismembering her body made his initial court appearance Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Kingfisher, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and first reported by the Enid News and Eagle. The Kingfisher County District Attorney’s Office filed first-degree murder and desecration of a human corpse charges against Steven Stricker in conjunction with the murder of Barbara Baber.

 

Preliminary damage reports taken after Wednesdays’s storms in western Oklahoma point to an EF1 tornado having touched down and traveling about 1.5 miles, according to the National Weather Service. About 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, two tornadoes were reported at the same time about 4 miles west and northwest of Shattuck. Two homes in the area were thought to have been damaged by a tornado, with one sustaining heavy damage and the other home sustaining roof damage. No injuries were reported in connection with the tornadoes.

April 18, 2019

Yesterday was the final State of the City address for outgoing mayor Bill Shewey that was held at the Stride Bank Center ballroom. In his address, Shewey went over the successes of the city over the past 12 months including the Kaw Lake Project, The renovations at Vance Air Force Base, and the improvements in city infrastructure such as road construction. Former Governor Frank Keating was also on hand and addressed the audience by praising the hospitality and generosity of the community. After the governors speech, Mayor Shewey presented Governor Keating with a donation to the American Indian Cultural Center as a thank you for coming to Enid.

 

Enid City Commission on Tuesday approved an agreement for mutual aid and law enforcement assistance between Enid Police Department and the town of Lahoma. The agreement was approved without discussion during the regular meeting. Under the agreement, EPD officers will serve as law enforcement officers upon the request of Lahoma and approval of EPD Chief Brian O'Rourke.

 

A 45-year-old Enid businessman was charged Tuesday in Garfield County District Court with attempted extortion for threatening his business partner's life if the man did not relinquish his share of ownership in a business. Travis Blake Morgan was charged with felony attempted extortion and misdemeanor assault and battery. Morgan faces up to two years in prison on the felony charge and up to 90 days in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000 on the misdemeanor.

 

French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Tuesday to rebuild Paris' beloved Notre Dame Cathedral "even more beautifully" after a raging fire destroyed its spire and its roof but spared most of the structure, including the church's twin medieval bell towers. Macron said he wanted to see the renovation of the beloved Roman Catholic architectural landmark completed within five years.

April 17, 2019

Enid-born Skylab and space shuttle astronaut Owen K. Garriott died Monday, April 15, 2019, at age 88, according to his family. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The nonprofit Association of Space Explorers received word Garriott died at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. Colleagues and fellow astronauts alike took to twitter to commemorate the Enid native when news of his passing was reported.

 

The inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument's "most precious treasures," including the Crown of Thorns purportedly worn by Jesus officials said Tuesday. Also surviving was the Roman Catholic cathedral's famous 18th century organ that boasts more than 8,000 pipes, after a plan to safeguard the masterpieces and relics was quickly put into action after the fire broke out Monday. Statues removed from the roof for restoration just days ago also were saved.

 

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, the Oklahoma City Democrat who scored an upset victory in November, collected nearly $378,000 in the first three months of this year for her re-election campaign as Republicans made her one of the top targets in the country. It was the highest fundraising total in the seven-person Oklahoma congressional delegation, eclipsing even the amount raised by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, whose receipts for the quarter totaled $334,566.

 

Enid Mayor Bill Shewey cordially invites you to attend the State of the City address set for Wednesday, April 17. The doors at the Stride Bank Center will open by 11:30am with the program getting underway immediately.  There is NO cost for those attending the event; however, if you choose to enjoy the lunch buffet, the cost is $10 per person and you can pay at the door.

April 16, 2019

Paris firefighters declared victory Tuesday, saying that the devastating Notre Dame Cathedral fire was officially put out after an intense effort to save the world famous house of worship in the French capital.  The Paris Fire Service announced on Twitter that firefighters "came to grips with" the blaze at 3:30 a.m Tuesday, more than 12 hours after nearly 400 firefighters had battled the inferno that altered the city's skyline. Two policemen and one firefighter had been slightly injured, according to the fire service.  The cathedral's iconic twin bell towers were visibly intact. The 18th century organ that boasts 8,000 pipes also appeared to have survived, along with other treasures inside the structure as first reported by CNN.

 

Kennedy Street between Birch Avenue and Cedar Avenue will be closed on Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 8am until 4pm to install a new water line across the road. Officials estimate the road to be closed approximately eight hours from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Tuesday, April 16 according to the City of Enid Engineering Officials in an announcement on Monday.

 

Greater Enid Parent Legislative Action Committee is hosting its second meeting Thursday, featuring guest speaker Shawn Hime, director of Oklahoma State School Board Association. The meeting will be 6 p.m. in the Autry Technology Center lectorium. Before taking over as OSSBA director, Hime served as the superintendent of Enid Public Schools. During his visit with the PLAC, Hime will discuss the state education budget and other education bills remaining in the Legislature, Greater Enid PLAC founder Roxanne Pollard said.

 

President Donald Trump wants to explore a twice-rejected proposal to send migrants to "sanctuary cities," but that is not the preferred solution to fix the straining immigration system, the White House said Sunday. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said it was one of many options, though she hoped Congress would work with the president on a comprehensive immigration overhaul.

April 15, 2019

Enid Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating the suspect involved in a theft at Lucky Mart on March 29. Officers were dispatched to Lucky Mart, 802 E. Broadway, in reference to a theft. The clerk told officers a man came into the store and took an item without paying. Video surveillance shows the man grabbed the item and put it in his pocket before leaving the store without paying. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233 

 

The North Van Buren railroad overpass currently being reconstructed will be named Veterans Memorial Bridge and will be adorned with more than 80 American flags on holidays and special occasions, thanks to a project of Enid A.M. AMBUCS. Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded a $10.9 million contract last June to Bridges Inc., doing business as Scudder Bridge Co., of Newton, Kan., to demolish and rebuild both spans of the overpass. AMBUCS said the flag project is slated to move forward as soon as construction is complete on the bridge

 

Gov. Kevin Stitt is making progress on the ever-growing stack of bills on his desk, but has yet to issue his first gubernatorial veto. Stitt, who is in his first year as governor, has signed 36 bills so far this session. He also has 17 bills — 22 from the House and 14 from the Senate — on his desk awaiting action. Earlier this session, Stitt signed bills that expanded his executive power over hiring the heads of five major state agencies. He also signed the permitless carry bill that allows people to openly carry firearms without a background check or training.

 

President Donald Trump wants to explore a twice-rejected proposal to send migrants to "sanctuary cities," but that is not the preferred solution to fix the straining immigration system, the White House said Sunday. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said it was one of many options, though she hoped Congress would work with the president on a comprehensive immigration overhaul. The Trump administration is dealing with an ever-increasing number of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, an influx that has pushed the immigration system to the breaking point.

April 11, 2019

Staff at a juvenile detention center where a teenager died by suicide in 2016 did not follow policies and protocols upon finding the boy unresponsive in his cell, records show. An Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Client Advocacy report, recently filed in a lawsuit brought by Victims’ estate, states employees in several instances did not abide by the facility’s written policies and protocols for suicide prevention. Following the death, the state’s Office of Juvenile Affairs revoked the detention center’s license to operate.

 

University of Oklahoma regents spent more than six hours on Tuesday hearing the findings of an investigation into former President David Boren. Those findings were not released. The OU Board of Regents hired Jones Day, a law firm, to investigate allegations against Boren of sexual misconduct. Rainbolt-Forbes declined to answer questions after the meeting, say whether the investigation was over or describe what the board’s response might be.

 

Drugmakers that Oklahoma sued over their alleged role in the nation's deadly opioid crisis appear divided over whether they want their case tried before a judge or jury. Johnson & Johnson filed a motion Tuesday seeking a jury trial. The request came after Attorney General Mike Hunter dropped some of the state's claims last week. The move triggered a request to have a judge, not a jury, decide the case. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA and Allergan filed a motion indicating they don't object to a trial before a judge if the state agrees to certain conditions.

 

Scientists on Wednesday revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting a fiery orange and black ring of gravity-twisted light swirling around the edge of the abyss. The picture, assembled from data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world, shows the hot, shadowy lip of a supermassive black hole, one of the light-sucking monsters of the universe theorized by Einstein more than a century ago and confirmed by observations for decades. It is along this edge that light bends around itself in a cosmic funhouse effect.

 

April 10, 2019

A new law went into effect last week allowing for court-appointed volunteers to serve as guardians for disabled veterans in managing their finances. Senate Bill 931, which creates the Veterans Volunteer Guardianship Act, was signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The bill was authored by state Sen. Paul Rosino, and allows for volunteer guardians to be appointed by Oklahoma courts to represent veterans who are incapacitated or partially incapacitated to act as fiduciaries for their financial affairs.

 

The woman accused of vandalizing multiple Norman and Oklahoma City locations with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti was formally charged in county court Monday. Allison Christine Johnson, faces a felony count of malicious injury to property over $1,000, three misdemeanor counts of malicious injury to property under $1,000, and a fifth count of malicious intimidation or harassment. A hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 30 where Johnson can either schedule or waive a preliminary hearing, at which she would enter a plea.

 

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 14 Covington special election is April 19, according to a press release from Garfield County Election Board. Anyone not registered may become registered by filling out an Oklahoma voter registration application form, and mailing the form to Garfield County Election Board office, the release said. Applications are available at the election board. They also are available at most post offices, tag agencies and public libraries in the county, the release said.

 

Community Develop Support Association received $10,000 in financial support Friday from Enel Green Power North America to boost the organization's home weatherization program. EGP, owner and operator of the Chisholm View I and II wind farms in Grant and Garfield counties, presented the donation to CDSA Executive Director Cheri Ezzell and CDSA board members during a brief ceremony Friday morning.

April 9, 2019

City of Enid Engineering officials announced today that water would be off temporarily in the following areas to make connections to a new water line.  The temporary water outage will last approximately nine hours beginning at 8:00 am on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Area impacted includes: Hemlock from Grand to 4th street. Kennedy from Hemlock to Beech. Mimosa from Kennedy to Beech

 

City of Enid Utility maintenance crews will have the water off temporarily to allow for the repair of a main valve. The area impacted includes: South Van Buren from Moore to Rupe, on Moore from Van Buren to Monroe, and on Jackson from Thompson to Moore. The water outage is scheduled for 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

 

Edgar Ellis, 83, of Okeene, has died from injuries suffered in an accident in Major County last week, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report. Ellis was injured when the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer he was driving departed the roadway to the right and traveled through a ditch and a barbed-wire fence before rolling one and one-half times, coming to rest on its top, according to the report.

 

A woman accused of spray painting racist graffiti described in detail "committing all of the acts that had occurred in Norman and Oklahoma City," court records show. Allison Christine Johnson, 45, told police that her intention was to "scare Jewish people, and people of different races, other than white," an investigator reported. Johnson was arrested Thursday afternoon by Norman police. She was booked into Cleveland County jail, where she remained Monday.

April 8, 2019

Enid Police Department is seeking the public’s help in its investigation of a burglary to an Enid business last month. At 1:47 a.m. March 29, offi­cers responded to Hos­sein’s Store, 757 N. 10th, in reference to an alarm where they found The subjects are seen on surveillance video going to the register counter where they disable the security cameras. Anyone with information leading to the arrest or prosecution of this or any crime can report an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233. 

 

Enid Public Schools is working to open its own day care center by next school year, in an effort to provide teachers and district employees with low-cost childcare. As a not-for-profit enterprise, it will be able to offer services for notably less than other options in the Enid area. There is no official estimate yet of what the day care center will cost the district, officials expect it to be “relatively low.”

 

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned amid President Donald Trump's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border. Trump announced on Sunday in a tweet that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would be taking over as acting head of the department. McAleenan is a longtime border official who is well respected by many members of Congress and within the administration. The decision to name a top immigration officer to the post reflects Trump's priority for the sprawling department founded to combat terrorism following the Sept. 11 attacks.

 

The Oklahoma Senate has moved at a slow pace in confirming Gov. Kevin Stitt’s appointments to his cabinet, state agencies and various boards and commissions as Senate leadership said it seeks a more thorough approach to vetting gubernatorial appointments. With a May 31 end-of-session deadline looming, the Senate has confirmed just two of the 66 appointments Stitt has made thus far. But the pace for confirming gubernatorial appointments is about to pick up, Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat told reporters last week.

April 5, 2019

City of Enid Event officials announced today the street closures for First Friday and the Chisholm Foundation Glow Run set for April 5, 2019.  The closures are scheduled to take place between 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Washington will be closed from Maple to Randolph. Randolph and Maine will be closed from Independence to Grand. Grand and Independence will be closed from Randolph to Maine. The Glow Run through downtown Enid begins at 8:00 pm. This is a 5K chip-timed event, as well as a fun run. Proceeds will be used to benefit the Chisholm Foundation in support of educational excellence throughout the Chisholm Public School District.

After passing the House by a wide margin last month, a bill allowing school boards to permit certain personnel to carry handguns on campus is awaiting Senate approval. Under the bill, dubbed the Local School Protection Bill, Oklahoma school boards could decide whether to allow authorized personnel to be armed on school grounds, provided they have a reserve peace officer certification or a valid handgun license. The measure was approved 72-25 by the House.

 

A Perkins man was charged this week in Garfield County District Court with a single count of home repair fraud. The felony filed Monday accuses James Heath Curry, 36, of willfully and unlawfully entering into a "consumer transaction for home repair" with a woman and then required payment at a price that "unreasonably" exceeded the value of the repair and materials earlier this year. Curry faces up to five years in prison, a fine of $5,000 or both. 

Gov. Kevin Stitt chose a former chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court to serve as the next member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Steven W. Taylor was appointed by Stitt on Wednesday morning to serve a nine-year term on the state's coordinating board for higher education. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

April 3, 2019

Former councilman Dan O’Neil won the mayoral race with 4,385 votes, compared to Charles Lamb’s 2,159. Lamb was incumbent mayor who died in December shortly after filing for office. His name remained on the ballot since the issue went unaddressed by Edmond city charter and ordinances.

 

Election officials are gearing up to remove tens of thousands of Oklahomans from the state’s voter rolls. Oklahoma is one of seven states that allow election officials to remove names from the state’s voter registration list if they haven’t voted in several election cycles and don’t respond to address confirmation mailings.

 

Voters across Northwest Oklahoma chose representatives in municipal and school board elections. In North Enid, voters chose Jason Dockins, 85 votes; Mark Miller, 73 votes; and Matthew Miller, 70 votes, to serve on the board of trustees. James Coleman received 55 votes. In Waukomis, voters decided three races. For Office 1 on the board of trustees, Kevin Thedford defeated Shannon Kirkhart, 113-43. For Office 5 on the board of trustees, Michael hellman defeated Vanessa Burchardt, 91-62. For town clerk-treasurer, Rachael Felber defeated Misty Best and Tosha Tharpe. Felber received 94 votes, to 53 for Tharpe and 11 for Best. In Lahoma, Megan Murrow defeated Cheryl Bukacek by a vote of 17-12 for town clerk. In the Kremlin-Hillsdale Public Schools district, Jesse McCants defeated Jamie McAlister, 76-41, for the Office 4 school board seat. In the Garber Public Schools district, Jodi Sharp defeated Tim Beebe by a vote of 132-107 for the Office 4 school board seat.

April 2, 2019

We have plenty of road work to report on here on CTB News in 90 that will happen this week. Starting with the crack seal project on west broadway.

 

City of Enid street officials announced today the crack seal roadway project will resume on West Broadway Avenue beginning Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019.  Work will begin on West Broadway at Cleveland and proceed east to the railroad tracks. Officials are reminding motorists this will be a moving work zone with traffic control devices in place. The crack seal work on West Broadway is scheduled to take place daily between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Work is expected to last approximately one week.

 

City of Enid street officials announced today that the eastbound lane of East Cambridge Avenue between 4th Street and 7th Street would be closed Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 beginning at 8:00 a.m. This temporary closure will allow crews to complete street repairs in the area.

 

City of Enid Engineering officials announced today that the intersection of Kennedy Street and Birch Avenue would be closed on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.  The closure will allow crews to install a new water line across the road.  Officials said the intersection would be closed until Friday, April 5, 2019.

 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Oklahoma death row inmate Julius D. Jones, who was convicted of killing an Edmond man in his driveway in 1999. Without comment, the court declined to hear Jones’ argument that his conviction and sentence were tainted by a racist juror. Jones has now exhausted his appeals and is eligible for an execution date when the state resumes executions.

April 1, 2019

Westminster Presbyterian Church recently purchased the West Willow Community Church building and grounds, providing a new home to the Westminster members and joining both congregations into the newly-formed Westminster Church. Westminster pastor Tim Palmer said his congregation completed the purchase this month, and has moved into the West Willow Community Church location at 2217 Constitution. Westminster split from First Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Church USA to form its own congregation in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in October 2011. Story first reported by the Enid News and Eagle. 

 

Oklahoma’s state agency overseeing mental health and substance abuse could undergo a significant transition under Gov. Kevin Stitt, who has already appointed brand new members to its board and has said his wife will play a central role in related policy. After the Legislature gave him new powers last month to hire agency directors and appoint new board members, Stitt announced five members — all of them new — to the Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The new members are Courtney L. Knoblock of Tulsa; Hossein Moini of Lawton; Kristin F. Stacy of Blanchard; A. Jeanne Russell of Tulsa; and Gary Cox of Edmond.

 

Vandals spray-painted racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic remarks outside the headquarters of the Oklahoma Democratic Party and offices of the Chickasaw Nation, officials said Thursday, and police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes. Racist and anti-Semitic epithets were spray painted on the front door, walkway and other areas outside the state Democratic Party headquarters in Oklahoma City, said former Democratic Gov. David Walters, who owns the building with his wife, Rhonda. Swastikas were also spray-painted onto the doors.

March 28, 2019

Street and sidewalk work will force workers to close 12th from Chestnut to Walnut beginning Today. City of Enid officials said the closure will allow for street and sidewalk removal including replacement. According to Engineering Department staff,12th will be closed indefinitely.

 

The family of former Oklahoma City Police Department officer and Enid native Daniel Holtzclaw said taxpayers should be outraged by Oklahoma City’s recent settlement of an excessive force case. Oklahoma City Council approved a $25,000 settlement in a lawsuit against Holtzclaw, who is serving a 263-year sentence for rape and other sexual offenses. The council unanimously voted Tuesday to settle the case.

 

Johnson & Johnson, which has faced a string of lawsuits nationwide, reached a settlement Wednesday in Oklahoma County with a woman who alleged asbestos exposure from the company’s baby powder. Sharon Pipes, 75, will receive a confidential amount from the company following a 2 1/2-week civil trial. She said Johnson & Johnson talcum powders have been contaminated with asbestos for decades and caused her to form mesothelioma, a type of cancer known to result from asbestos exposure.

 

The key prosecution witness in a murder-for-hire trial testified Wednesday that zookeeper Joe Exotic paid him $3,000 in cash in 2017 to kill the operator of a Florida animal sanctuary. The 56-year-old defendant, whose full name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, is on trial in Oklahoma City federal court. He is accused of twice plotting to kill his chief critic, Carole Baskin, the CEO of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa. He claims he was framed the first time and not serious the second.

 

March 27, 2019

The City of Enid Engineering Department officials announced the closing of 12th street from Chestnut Avenue to Walnut Avenue beginning Thursday, March 28, 2019.  Officials said the closure would allow for street and sidewalk removal including replacement.  12th street would be closed indefinitely according to Engineering staff.

 

The maker of OxyContin and the family that owns the company have reached a $270 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma over the prescription painkiller's role in the nation's deadly opioid crisis, a person familiar with the agreement said Tuesday. The deal comes two months before Oklahoma's lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and other drug companies was set to become the first one in the current coast-to-coast wave of litigation against the industry to go to trial.

 

Sandy Howard, long-time director of Our Daily Bread, has announced she plans to retire from running the soup kitchen this summer. Howard, who is in her 21st year of serving as director, said she's stepping down effective June 29 to focus on taking care of her ailing husband. Our Daily Bread, at 616 W. Randolph, serves meals to 100-300 people a day, five days a week, with an emphasis on serving Enid's homeless population. This story first reported by the Enid News and Eagle.

 

In a stunning reversal, prosecutors dropped all charges against actor Jussie Smollett Tuesday. He had been charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct after Chicago police say he staged a racial and homophobic attack in the city in January. Those charges will be now be wiped from Smollett's record. After going over all the evidence, the Cook County Attorney's Office said they are voluntarily discontinuing the case.

March 26, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials announced on Monday the temporary closing of Kenwood Boulevard. Bridges Inc. will be driving piling for the south side of the new Van Buren overpass bridge and will need to close Kenwood Boulevard.  Work crews will be closing the road starting Tuesday, March 26.  ODOT officials said Kenwood will be reopened at the end of every workday.

 

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has denied a request by drugmakers to postpone the trial in the state's lawsuit accusing them of fueling the opioid epidemic. Attorney General Mike Hunter's office says the state's highest court handed down the decision Monday, a week after attorneys made oral presentations on the request to delay the trial's scheduled May 28 start. Several states have filed similar lawsuits, but Oklahoma's is expected to be the first to go to trial.

 

An escaped inmate has been arrested after a pursuit and standoff with law officers that lasted for more than two hours early Tuesday in Oklahoma City, police reported. About 3:50 a.m., University of Oklahoma Police officers tried to stop a driver of a car on the OU Medical Center campus, but the man sped off, police Lt. Michelle Henderson said. A warrant has been issued for the man for escaping from an Oklahoma Department of Corrections facility. Henderson did not give the man's name. Story first reported by the Oklahoman.

 

Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student who was admitted as part of the ongoing college admissions scandal, the first instance of a school doing so since the scheme became public two weeks ago. Yale has said two people applied to the university with fraudulent athletic endorsements from women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith. One was denied admission despite the endorsement, and the other was admitted and was attending Yale, the university said on its website.

March 25, 2019

City of Enid Engineering officials announced late Friday the intersection of Kennedy and Poplar will be closed beginning Monday, March 25, 2019 at 8am until Wednesday, March 27, 2019 to allow for the installation a new water line across the road.  Motorists are advised to avoid this intersection when possible.

 

An endangered federal program that has helped preserve the historic Route 66 Highway for two decades has issued its last call for grants aimed at saving aging buildings and landmarks. The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is accepting grant applications until April 12, and it's not clear if Congress will continue the project after that. The program is set to end in the fall, and no agreement has been reached to keep it going. At risk are millions of dollars in cost-share grants aimed at reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns.

 

A collision Friday evening between a four-wheeler and a pickup south of Kingfisher claimed the life of a Kingfisher man. According to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, Christopher Michael McCollum, 34, of Kingfisher, was driving a Kawasaki four-wheeler west on a private drive about 3 1/2 miles south of Kingfisher at approximately 6:36 p.m. Friday. The OHP report lists the condition of both drivers and the cause of the collision as "under investigation."

 

The Justice Department declared Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s long investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, setting off celebrations of vindication by Trump and his supporters. Mueller also investigated whether Trump obstructed justice but did not come to a definitive answer. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said, “The summary of the Mueller report Attorney General Barr provided to Congress today was clear: there was no evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice — and this was after nearly a two-year investigation with virtually bottomless resources.

March 21, 2019

Drugmakers are trying to persuade Oklahoma's top court to postpone the trial in the state's lawsuit accusing them of fueling the opioid epidemic. The Oklahoma Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday, a week after rejecting drugmakers' request to immediately postpone the scheduled May 28 start. The 2017 lawsuit filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter accuses 13 opioid manufacturers of running fraudulent marketing campaigns that led to thousands of overdose addictions and deaths. Story first reported by the Enid News and Eagle

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service recently announced a recall of more than 78,000 pounds of Butterball ground turkey that may be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund. The prepackaged raw meat was produced July 7, 2018. Barbara Brown, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension food specialist, said even though the meat was produced eight months ago, consumers still can be at risk.

 

Speaking to leaders of the Oklahoma National Guard, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Wednesday that the nation was still demanding too much from Guard units but that the situation was getting better. Inhofe is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

 

President Trump said Wednesday that he would support the public release of the special counsel report on possible Russian ties to his 2016 campaign, telling reporters that Attorney General William P. Barr should “let it come out.”Mr. Trump, who declined last month to commit to making the results of the investigation public, said “tens of millions” of Americans would want to read the report prepared by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III according to CNN.

March 20, 2019

Enid City Commission heard an update on the Kaw Lake water supply project in short meetings Tuesday evening. Michael Graves, vice president of Garver Engineering, updated commissioners on easement acquisition and the construction manager at risk schedule. Graves said all survey tasks are on schedule for the end of May, with the exception of a few parcels in the process of being accessed. He said the topographical survey is complete for the Indian Meridian, Salt Fork, Arkansas River and Kaw sections. The project is on schedule to provide 30 percent plans updated based on the survey by the end of July as first reported by the Enid news and Eagle

 

An attorney who resigned from the Oklahoma State Department of Health filed a lawsuit Tuesday against her former state agency, claiming Oklahoma’s new medical marijuana regulations are unconstitutional. Julia Ezell filed the lawsuit on behalf of Leslie Ann Collum, a registered nurse and owner of an Oklahoma City medical marijuana dispensary. The lawsuit argued the Unity Bill is too vague with the disciplinary powers it gives the Heath Department.

 

Two Oklahoma lawmakers plan to visit the White House this week to discuss First Amendment rights on college campuses. State Sen. Julie Daniels and State Rep. Mark Lepak will travel to Washington on Thursday to hear President Donald Trump speak about protecting “free speech” on college campuses. The two legislators co-authored Senate Bill 361 that would require Oklahoma’s public universities, colleges and career technology institutions to take action to protect students’ rights to free speech on campus.

March 19, 2019

Enid City Commission is set to hear a Kaw Lake update, discuss a floodplain ordinance and make numerous board appointments in its study and regular sessions Tuesday night. In study session prior to the regular meeting, commissioners are scheduled to discuss the updated Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) federal flood insurance rate map, along with review of an accompanying floodplain ordinance. Enid City Commission is scheduled to meet in study session at 5 p.m. with the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. upstairs in commission chambers.

 

A 41-year-old Major County man, a convicted sex offender, was charged Friday with another sex offense felony/ Jason Paul Pierce, of Fairview, was charged March 15 with one felony count of lewd or indecent acts to a child, according to court documents filed in Major County District Court. The crime is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. However, due to a previous conviction, the felony is amendable to a punishment of six years to life in prison.

 

Enid firefighters were called out to a fire early Monday afternoon, the second in the last four days at the same residence. When firefighters arrived at the residence, no residents were inside. The EFD asks anyone who lives in the area ad knows anything about the fires to contact Enid Fire Department at (580) 234-0541.

 

Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice John Reif will retire at the end of April after serving on the state’s highest court for nearly 12 years. Reif submitted a letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt announcing his retirement effective April 30, according to a Friday release.

March 18, 2019

City of Enid street officials announced today the crack seal roadway project will resume on East Randolph beginning today. Road work will begin on East Randolph at 10th Street and proceed west to Grand Avenue. Officials are reminding motorists this will be a moving work zone with traffic control devices in place. The crack seal work on East Randolph is scheduled to take place daily between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Work is expected to last approximately one week. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution in this area.

 

After a long stretch of growth, retail sales are down in Enid compared to a year ago. Sales are down nearly $2.6 million, or down 4.1 percent, when compared to sales reported in March 2018, according to Oklahoma Tax Commission reports released this month. On the year, though, sales are up 2.6 percent. Last month's report showed sales tax numbers up almost $2.9 million, or 4.1 percent, from February 2018.

 

Enid Police Department is seeking information form the public concerning a burglary at a local lumber yard earlier this month. On March 7, officers were sent to Hughes Lumber, 1217 N. Van Buren, on a report of a burglary. Once inside the fenced area, the subjects broke into two vehicles and a storage shed. Officers were told there were numerous tools taken from the vehicles and the storage shed. Anyone with information leading to the arrest or prosecution of this or any crime can report an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233.

 

Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice John Reif will retire at the end of April after serving on the state’s highest court for nearly 12 years. Reif submitted a letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt announcing his retirement effective April 30, according to a Friday release.

 

 

March 15, 2019

Chisholm Public Schools superintendent Roydon Tilley announced he is retiring at the end of the year. Tilley has served as the superintendent since 2005 and his final day will be on June 30th. The OSSBA also said that an online survey will be made available to the Chisholm community on the district's website, asking participants what qualities they would most like to see in their next superintendent and they hope to have a replacement by May.

 

City of Enid street officials announced today that the intersection of 10th and East Pine would be closed beginning Friday, March 15th, 2019. However, the westbound lane of East Pine will remain open for local traffic only.

 

This closure will allow contractors to complete concrete work at the intersection. Work is expected to last approximately one week.  Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously around construction sites.

 

City of Enid Engineering officials announced today that the intersection of Kennedy Street and Cherry Avenue would be closed on Friday, March 15, 2019.  The closure will allow crews to install a new water line across the road.  Officials said the intersection would be closed approximately eight hours from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

The Republican-run Senate firmly rejected President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday. The Senate voted 59-41 to cancel Trump's February proclamation of a border emergency, which he invoked to spend $3.6 billion more for border barriers than Congress had approved. Trump is expected to veto the senate’s decision.

March 14, 2019

City of Enid officials announced late Wednesday evening that Utility Maintenance Department will have the outside, south bound lane on Cleveland closed all day between Maine and Cherokee.  The partial closure of Cleveland will begin Thursday, March 14 and continue thru Monday, March 18.  The temporary closure will allow crews to make an emergency water main repair.

 

The process of nominating Enid Downtown Historic District to National Register of Historic Places and Oklahoma State Register of Historic Places is set to continue with an April meeting in Oklahoma City. The nomination will be considered by Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Review Committee 1:30 p.m. April 18 in the Oklahoma Historical Society boardroom at Oklahoma History Center, in Oklahoma City as first reported by the Enid News and Eagle

 

Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been charged in New York with mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies. News of the indictment came shortly after Mr. Manafort was sentenced to his second federal prison term in two weeks; he now faces a combined sentence of more than seven years for tax and bank fraud and conspiracy in two related cases brought by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

 

The U.S. is issuing an emergency order Wednesday grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft "effective immediately," in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people, President Donald Trump said. Many nations had already barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace, but until Trump's announcement, the Federal Aviation Administration had said that it didn't have any data to show the jets are unsafe. Trump cited "new information" that had come to light in the ongoing investigation into the incident. He did not elaborate.

March 13, 2019

City of Enid Technical Services officials announced late Tuesday afternoon the placement of a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Oakwood Road and Randolph Avenue.  Due to electrical power issues at the intersection, the four-way stop sign will remain in place until the issue is resolved. As a safety reminder, motorists are encouraged to drive cautiously thru the intersection today. 

 

A Northern Oklahoma College instructor was recently named a finalist for the Oklahoma Medal of Excellence in Regional University and Community College Teaching.The nominee, Jena Kodesh, is a fine arts instructor at the NOC Enid campus, according to an NOC news release. The award is one of five presented annually by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in recognition of the state's best educators at each level of education: elementary, secondary, community college, and regional and research universities, according to the foundation website.

 

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among more than four dozen people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal that involved wealthy individuals purportedly paying up to $6.5 million to place their children into elite universities, say court records released Tuesday. Officials have been investigating the case, named "Operation Varsity Blues," for more than a year.

 

March 11, 2019

Authorities have released the identities of a man killed and another injured in a saltwater disposal site blast last week southwest of Enid. The victim was identified as Javier Barraza, a 32-year-old Hispanic male. It was determined that blunt force head trauma was the cause of death, which was ruled an accident.

 

Threats of violence at Purcell High School are under investigation by police, and the district has canceled classes Monday. About 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Purcell police learned through social media of a a threat to perform an act of violence at the Purcell High School on Monday, according to police. Police said the threat was not credible, and they do not think any of the Purcell schools are threatened.

 

Police have reported an arrest in the 20th homicide case of the year in Oklahoma City. About 12:50 a.m. Sunday, officers found a man lying near apartments in a parking lot. The man was dead at the scene, police Lt. Dennis Layden said. Late Sunday afternoon, a man was arrested and taken to the Oklahoma County jail, Layden said. The man's name was not immediately available.

 

Seattle police said they rescued 26 women after a three-and-a-half-year investigation into massage parlors across the city. After receiving dozens of complaints, police investigated 11 businesses and arrested six people for promoting prostitution and money laundering. The victims, who are originally from China, were between the ages of 20 and 60. Police said they were forced to work 20 hour days, seven days a week in unsafe living conditions.

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