Local News Archives for 2019-05

May 8, 2019

The City of Enid is accepting resumes for Ward 6 City Commissioner to fill an unexpired term.

This vacancy shall be filled by a candidate who meets the following criteria:

 Must be an registered voter of the State of Oklahoma

Be at least twenty-five years of age

Shall have been, and for the next two years next preceding, a resident of the City of Enid

Must be a resident of Ward 6

Resumes will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 16.


The family of a teenage boy shot by Oklahoma City police is speaking out against the department and the officer who has returned to duty after being cleared by the district attorney last month. Lorenzo Clerkley, 14, was shot twice, in the hip and thigh, March 10 by Sgt. Kyle Holcomb when officers responded to a 911 call of a home burglary. Clerkley and four other teenage boys were playing with air guns in an abandoned house near SE 59 and Bryant Avenue. Holcomb, with his handgun pointed through a hole in the fence, ordered the boy to show his hands and drop his weapon and then fired four shots, striking the boy twice.


A former Enid Public School employee was charged last month with three misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering a dwelling without permission after being seen on surveillance video inside an elementary school after she resigned her position with the district. Officials began investigating Tabitha Leanna Mongold, a former family resource coordinator, when a nurse at Garfield Elementary Schools noticed pills were missing from bottles belonging to students. Fitzgerald said the former employee was arrested and charged by Garfield County District Attorney’s Office. She said any additional charges will be determined by the district attorney’s office.


A student is dead and 8 are injured during yet another school shooting in America, this time in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Late Tuesday night, the sheriff’s office identified one of the suspects as Devon Erickson, 18, but said it would provide no further information about him. Sheriff Spurlock said the suspects, who were armed with a handgun and other weapons, confronted law enforcement officers when they arrived. He said the suspects, Mr. Erickson and one juvenile, were not injured.

May 7, 2019

City of Enid Engineering officials announced today that crews will be making connections to a new water line; therefore, causing a temporary water outage.  Officials said the outage is estimated to last for approximately eight hours beginning at 8:00 am on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.


Areas impacted by the temporary water outage include:


On Cedar from 4th to Grand

On Birch from 4th to Grand

On Poplar from 4th to Grand

On Cherry from 4th to Grand

On 2nd from Cedar to Cherry

On 3rd from Cedar to Cherry

On Kennedy from Cedar to Cherry

On 4th from cedar to Cherry



Enid City Commission said farewell to Mayor Bill Shewey along with two other members during the regular meeting Monday night. Ward 5 Commissioner Tammy Wilson and Ward 1 Commissioner Ron Janzen were honored for their service, taking with of them a symbolic key to the city.  In their business Monday, commissioners approved three ordinances rezoning property in the Lahoma Courts addition to C-3, general commercial district. In late February, Enid City Commission purchased 25 subdivision properties, bringing the city's total possession of Lahoma Courts to 47, leaving just one property not owned by the city.


Gov. Kevin Stitt gets to decide a hotly contested liquor bill that advanced to his desk Monday. Senate Bill 608 would require all wholesalers get the opportunity to distribute the 25 top-selling liquor and wine brands. Under current law, which drastically changed when voters passed State Question 792 in 2016, manufacturers of alcohol brands have the ability to designate exclusive distributors of their products, whereas before they were forced to make their products available to all distributors.


The top US trade negotiator said Monday that the Trump administration will be moving forward on President Donald Trump's threat to escalate tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods effective Friday. As of Friday, penalties on $200 billion of Chinese goods will be lifted to 25% from 10%, as Trump tweeted on Sunday.

May 6, 2019

Enid City Commission will discuss rezoning of Lahoma Courts properties during its regular meeting Tuesday. The commission's agenda lists three separate public hearings on the rezoning plans, followed by votes on ordinances changing the properties to C-3, which is general commercial district. In late February, Enid City Commission purchased 25 subdivision properties, bringing the city's total possession of Lahoma Courts to 47, leaving just one property. The city bought the properties at a cost of $2.1 million from Westside Builders Inc.


The Oklahoma City Council will consider Tuesday whether to reverse steps taken by the Historic Preservation Commission to protect First Christian Church from demolition. Four councilmen have proposed a resolution withdrawing an application to designate the 31.8-acre First Christian Church property as a historic landmark overlay district. Initiating the process of designating the property as a historic landmark, as the Historic Preservation Commission did on April 3, can have the effect of blocking demolition for up to 180 days.


A new statement from Boeing indicates that the aerospace manufacturer knew about a problem with the 737 Max aircraft well before the deadly October 2018 Lion Air crash, but decided not to do anything about it. Boeing previously acknowledged that an alert system that was supposed to be a standard feature in the fleet "was not operable on all airplanes."


The Oklahoma delegation returned to the nation’s capital this week as Congress returned from a two-week recess. The House focused on the Climate Action Now Act, while the Senate failed to override a presidential veto. The House voted Thursday 231-190 to pass House Resolution 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which directs the president “to develop a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement.”. The Senate was unable to override President Trump’s veto of a resolution calling for an end to U.S. support of a Saudi Arabian-led military coalition in Yemen.

May 3, 2019

A 25-year-old Waukomis man faces eight possible life sentences after being charged with first-degree rape, kidnapping and domestic abuse. Hunter Landon Timm’s bond was set at $250,000 during his arraignment Thursday. Timm was charged Wednesday with felony counts of first-degree rape, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, domestic abuse assault and battery-subsequent offense, domestic assault and battery by strangulation-subsequent offense and aggravated assault and battery upon a peace officer. 


City of Enid event officials announced today the list of street closings in downtown Enid to accompany First Friday and Tri-State parade.  The May 3rd road closures will begin at 3:00 pm.  The closings include: Broadway from Washington to Grand, Grand from Randolph to Maine. Maine from Independence to Grand, Independence from Washington to Randolph, Randolph from Independence to Grand, Washington from Randolph to Maple. Officials are reminding attendees that after the Tri State parade,  Grand from Broadway to Maine and Washington from Randolph to Maple will stay closed until 10:00 pm.


Police and medical services responded to a 911 call Thursday afternoon from Waller Middle School for a student who was exhibiting unusual behavior, according to Enid Public Schools. "A staff member noticed that a student was behaving differently than normal," EPS said in an email. "School officials determined the student had likely taken an excessive amount of medication." The student was transported to a hospital by emergency vehicle, according to the email, which describes the student as "responsive" at the time.

May 2, 2019

A 41-year-old Midwest City man was charged this week in Garfield County court with a single count of felony embezzlement. Christopher Michael Ames, who has 33 prior felony convictions, faces four years to life imprisonment on the charge. Online court records show a warrant was issued for Ames' arrest Tuesday, April 30, 2019, and bond on the warrant was set at $50,000. Ames is accused of taking more than $15,000 from JTV Supply on or between March 1 and April 16, 2019.


The Oklahoma House unanimously passed House Bill 2118 on Wednesday, setting new requirements and penalties meant to protect military airspace from encroachment by wind turbine development. Mike Cooper, city of Enid military liaison and chairman of Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, said the legislation protects the strategic and economic value of airspace used by Oklahoma's three Air Force bases. 
The bill is the latest in a string of pieces of legislation passed since 2017.


 Federal wildlife officials said Wednesday a large scavenging beetle that has been classified as endangered since 1989 has become more plentiful and should be downlisted to threatened, a decision that environmentalists said is not justified by scientific data. Conservation efforts over the past 30 years have helped the beetle recover and it is now also found in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, and on Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts, said Amy Leuders, southwest regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.


Gov. Kevin Stitt raised more than $105,000 in the first three months of 2019 but didn’t use donor money to repay any of the nearly $5 million he loaned his campaign. Stitt’s campaign collected $84,000 from individuals and $21,250 from special interest groups, according to a report filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. He finished the quarter with $262,496 in his campaign account.

May 1, 2019

The intersection of Meadowbrook and Cottonwood would be closed starting Thursday for concrete repairs. According to a city of Enid press release, the intersection will be open for school traffic only, and the project is estimated to be completed in two weeks.


City of Enid Engineering officials announced today the intersection of Kennedy Street and Cherry Avenue would be closed on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 beginning at 8:00 am.  The closure will allow crews to install a new water line across the road.  Officials said the intersection is estimated to be closed until late Thursday afternoon.


The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a state law restricting access to drug-induced abortions is unconstitutional, the latest decision by the state's highest court striking down restrictions on abortions adopted by the Republican-controlled Legislature. The court overturned a 2014 state law that banned "off-label" use of mifepristone, a medication used for abortions, sometimes called RU-486. In striking down the law, the Supreme Court in a 7-1 decision ruled that the requirement "places a substantial obstacle in the path of women's choice and places an undue burden on the woman's rights."


 Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities will be prohibited from creating “free-speech zones” under a new law. A bill Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law Monday essentially doubles down on free speech rights already guaranteed to college students under the First Amendment. Some public and private colleges and universities across the country have established “free-speech zones” on campus that are intended for protests, demonstrations and other expressions of free speech.


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