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Saturday, Sept. 22nd

 

Chickasha Area Avoids Flood Damage

A flood advisory for central Oklahoma has been cancelled as the heaviest rains from a tropical air mass struck south-central Oklahoma yesterday. The Chickasha area received about 2 3/4 inches of rain Friday and there were no reports of serious flooding in the city limits. A few downtown businesses took precautionary measures and placed sand bags around their doors, as officials had warned that rainfall totals could be much higher. The City of Chickasha provided the sand and sand bags, which a number of individuals took advantage of Thursday evening and Friday morning before the heaviest rain hit. There were no immediate reports of damage. Unconfirmed reports indicated that the activity center at Chickasha High School had some roof leaks in the auditorium and the sports arena but it wasn't clear if there was significant damage.

               

Rain Causes Crash Involving OKC High School Football Team

Friday’s heavy rains caused a traffic accident near Chickasha involving a charter bus of high school football players. A bus from Southeast High School in Oklahoma City hit a car that was trying to pass the bus and may have hydroplaned. The team was on its way to play a game at Altus. No one on the bus was hurt, and Southeast coach Kenny Blair said the bus driver kept the bus from rolling over. The damage to the bus was minimal but the team returned to Oklahoma City. The game was re-scheduled for this afternoon.

 

Suspect Charged in Connection with Shooting Roommate

The man accused of shooting his roommate in the knee has been formally charged with a felony. Prosecutors filed an assault and battery with a deadly weapon charge against 61-year old Michael Wayne Fitzpatrick in Grady County District Court yesterday. Fitzpatrick was arrested earlier this week, after it's alleged he shot his roommate with a shotgun after arguing about finances. Fitzpatrick remains in jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. He's to announce his attorney Oct. 19th, with a preliminary hearing conference scheduled Nov. 7th. The victim, Kendall Dunn, spent a couple of days in the hospital, but he has been released.

 

Bogus Check Charged Filed Against OKC Man

Prosecutors have filed a felony bogus check charge against an Oklahoma City man for trying to cash a bad check at a Grady County bank. 20-year old Brandon Elijah Coulter was arrested after he allegedly tried to cash a $2,000 check from an Oklahoma City business at a Tuttle bank. Coulter told Tuttle police that two men told him they would give him $1,000 if he cashed the check. Coulter remains in jail pending a $5,000 bond.

 

 Chickasha, FFA Chapters Receive PSO Grants              

Several high school FFA chapters will benefit from thousands of dollars in grants from Public Service Company of Oklahoma. The utility is handing out $16,000 for after-school STEM projects - STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. $2,500 grants have been provided to both Chickasha and Rush Springs FFA chapters for a joint project where they will fully equip and operate a chicken production facility. They will donate all chickens to local food pantries. FFA chapters in Tipton, Snyder, Kiefer, Sand Springs, Sperry and Webster were also awarded grants.

 

Talk Show Topic

Here's what we're talking about this week Jason Jarnagin and Phyllis Steelman with the Chickasha Main Street merchants are on our KOOL Konversation program to discuss a number of upcoming events in downtown Chickasha, as well as a special promotion that stretches through 2019. We have a link to the program elsewhere on this website. You'll find it under the Community Tab.

 

Friday Night High School Football Scores

Tuttle 28, Tecumseh 6

Cache 19, Anadarko 0

Rush Springs 50, Velma-Alma 6

John Marshall 83, Bridge Creek 10

 

 

Friday, Sept. 21st

 

 

Downtown Chickasha Prepares for Flooding Threat

Not wanting to take any chances, the City of Chickasha offers downtown merchants and residents the opportunity to minimize damage from any flooding that might occur with heavy rains that are forecast over the next 30 hours. The city provided sand bags and a truckload of sand for those concerned that waters could rise should extremely heavy rainfall occur. 250 sandbags placed at Fire Station No. 1 near the high school were gone within an hour Thursday afternoon, and officials placed a few more there last night. The sand is located just north of the parking lot of the DAV center at 6th and Chickasha Avenue. City Manager John Noblitt said additional bags would be made available this morning, and will be placed near the sand at the DAV office. Individuals should bring their own shovels.

 

Flooding Possible, says Emergency Management Director

Grady County Emergency Management Director Dale Thompson says flooding in low-lying areas should be expected.

 

                

 

Thompson urges motorists to heed the warning, turn around don't drown. It doesn't matter if you’re in the city or the country - if you don't know how deep the water is, find a way to get around it. The latest forecast is for the heaviest rain to be in south-central and southeastern Oklahoma. But a flood watch is in effect for all of central and southwest Oklahoma until 1:00 p.m. Saturday. It does include the Oklahoma City metro area.

 

Lindsay Police Officers Injured in Crash

Several Lindsay police officers are recovering after being injured in a traffic accident. The officers were attending a training program in Ponca City, when they were involved in a chain-reaction wreck started by a semi. Six of Lindsay's 10 officers were injured and one had to be air-lifted to an Oklahoma City hospital for treatment. Media reports indicated that all are expected to be OK.

 

Anadarko To Have New Police Chief

There will be a changing of the guard at the Anadarko Police Department. Current Police Chief Tracy Roles will be stepping down as he has accepted the police chief position in Bartlesville. Taking his place will be Eric Harlan, who has been with the department for about 18 years. Harlan currently serves as lieutenant and patrol commander. The Lawton Constitution reports Harlan has worked his way up the ladder, starting as an animal control officer, then to patrol, corporal, and sergeant. Harlan also served in the Oklahoma National Guard. Harlan will take over as Anadarko police chief next Friday.

 

Giving Day Goes Well for USAO

Giving Day, 2018 was a big success for USAO yesterday. The 12-hour telethon brought in nearly $140,000 from almost 600 donors. The program benefitting the most was the Neill-Wint Center for Neurodiversity, which received $50,000 in pledges. Student scholarships received more than $17,000. The USAO women's basketball team led the athletic division with more than $7,000. The baseball ream picked up $5,000. The national champion softball team collected $2,300.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was lower to $70.80 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude fell to $78.70.

Natural gas was up to $2.98 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,211 and silver is $14.41.

 

Thursday Night High School Football Scores

Chickasha 49, Elk City 19

Bethany 24, Blanchard 13

Clinton 53, Newcastle 13

Elmore City 21, Dibble 14

Destiny Christian 48, Alex 30

Empire 40, Cyril 8

Apache 56, Healdton 8

Lindsay 43, Tishomingo 12

Marlow 41, Douglass 12

 

Thursday, Sept. 20th

 

 

Flood Watch Issued for Central, Southwest Oklahoma

There is a flood watch in effect for all of southwest Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area from 7:00 a.m. Friday unitl 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Heavy rains could drop four to seven inches of rain in the region. Make sure you stay weather aware.

 

Shooting Victim Improving, Still Hospitalized

A Chickasha man shot in the leg is getting better but still in the hospital this morning. The victim's roommate has been arrested as a suspect in connection with the shooting. This all took place at a home near 22nd and Dakota Tuesday night. The victim called 911 and said he was shot in the knee by his roommate over a disagreement about finances. The suspect was at the house, and police arrested 61-year old Michael Shane Fitzpatrick on a complaint of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Fitzpatrick remains in the Grady County Jail and could be arraigned sometime today. The victim, 52-year old Kendall Dunn, was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital, where he has been upgraded from serious to good condition this morning.

 

Semi Slams into SUV; SUV Driver Allegedly At Fault

A semi crashes into an SUV at a Chickasha intersection, and the SUV driver is fortunate to avoid serious injury. The accident happened at 4th and Minnesota about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses say the driver of the SUV was northbound on 4th Street and was attempting to turn west onto Minnesota, when he failed to yield to the oncoming semi. The semi broadsided the passenger side of the SUV. The SUV driver, 27-year old Charles Ransom Pendarvis, was initially taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, then taken to jail for outstanding warrants out of both Grady and Payne counties. It was also alleged that Pendarvis did not have a valid driver’s license. The driver of the semi was Kyle Wilkerson of Pauls Valley. Neither he nor a passenger in the big rig were injured.

 

Man Sentenced for Bomb Threat Made to County Courthouse

20 years in prison. That's the sentence for the man convicted of e-mailing a bomb threat to the Grady County courthouse. A U.S. District Court Judge handed down the sentence to 35-year old Robert Shane Apgar this week. Part of the sentence includes a conviction for Apgar having child porn, which authorities found after getting a search warrant for his Oklahoma City home after getting the threat. This all took place back in December of 2015. Apgar is reported to have sent an e-mail saying someone would place a bomb at the courthouse. He was trying to lay the blame on his ex-wife. After serving time in prison, Apgar will serve 10 years’ probation and will have to register as a sex offender.

 

Chickasha Schools to Honor Donors

Two Chickasha high school alumni and long-time local residents will be recognized for their long support of the school district. The Chickasha Board of Education approved the recognition for Homer Hulme and Sam Rayburn. The bus lane at the high school will be named Homer Hulme Lane. Hulme has long been a donor to the high school wrestling program, even funding trips for the wrestlers to attend OU and OSU wrestling matches for many years. Hulme recently partnered with the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma to set up the Hulme Wrestling Endowment with the Chickasha Community Foundation, investing $50,000 toward funding future Bedlam trips for Chickasha wrestling.  The weight room at the high school will be named after Rayburn as he and fellow CHS grad and NFLer Stephen Alexander donated equipment to the facility. Rayburn played at the University of Tulsa, and also spent five years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played in Superbowl XXXIX. School superintendent Jack Herron said formal ceremonies for the dedications will be scheduled at a later date.

 

'Giving Day' Underway at USAO

It's a big day at USAO. Giving Day is underway, as the university foundation and alumni association combine to try and raise $100,000 for the university. Students, professors, administrators, and supporters are being asked to reach out via social media to ask for contributions, in light of the reduction of state funding over the last several years. Last year, this drive brought in about $150,000. A website tracking the drive and various challenges will be active until 9:00 p.m. tonight. Check the progress on line at www.givingday.usao.edu

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is up to $71.72 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude climbs to $79.40.

Natural gas slips to $2.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,207 and silver is $14.26.

 

 

Wednesday, Sept. 19th

 

BREAKING (This story is not on the morning news podcast)

A shooting at a Chickasha home sends one man to the hospital and another to jail. Chickasha police say the victim called 911 after being shot by his roommate following a dispute over finances. A press release from the police department indicates the shooting occurred at a home near 22nd and Dakota just after 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. The victim, 52-year old Kendall Dunn of Chickasha, was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital and was last in stable condition. Police arrested 61-year old Michael Shane Fitzpatrick at the home without incident. Fitzpatrick is being held in the Grady County Jail on a complaint of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

 

Police Hold Active-Shooter Awareness Programs

Over the last few months, Chickasha police have been holding active shooter seminars throughout the community. Last week, about 40 individuals from area churches took the time to attend one of these training programs. According to the police department's Facebook page, training including recent active-shooter case studies, what active shooters have in common, safety preparation, emergency action planning, and what to do to try to prevent the tragedies.

 

Injured Officers Receive Purple Heart Medallions

Three Chickasha police officers have received their Purple Heart medallions from the Oklahoma Association of Police Chiefs. Sgt. Matt Schoolfield and officers Fidencio Ramirez and Colton Weger were all injured while trying to issue an arrest warrant at a Chickasha home last September. This past June, their efforts were recognized by the police chief's group. Officer Ramirez also was presented a Medal of Valor for his actions of Sept. 17th, 2017. The Purple Heart medallion becomes a permanent part of an officer's dress uniform, and serves as a reminder of the dangers officers face on a daily basis.

 

More Permits to Drill Approved in Grady County

More permits to drill for oil and gas in Grady County are approved by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Roan Resources gets the go-ahead to drill four wells, including the Nita Fay Nos. 1 and 2 about three miles north of  Amber in Section 31 of Township 9 North, Range 6 West. Also approved were I'll Have Another Nos. 3 and 4 in Section 9 of Township 9 North, Range 6 West which is a little northeast of Amber.

 

Teen Awarded for Raising Funds for Cancer Research

A high school student gets some national recognition for raising thousands of dollars after her dad is diagnosed with cancer.  Adelaide Jones, the granddaughter of Kay Jones of Rush Springs,  was able to raise more than $58,000 in just 10 weeks. Adelaide recently earned the Student of the Year Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It was two years ago that Scot Jones was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Adelaide says everyone hears about cancer and knows about the damage it causes but most don't understand its impact until it hits home. Fortunately, after under-going about six months of chemotherapy, Scot's disease was in remission. Kay Jones says she's more than proud of her granddaughter. While she was inspired by her father's illness, Kay said that sometimes the hardest things in life can challenge us in positive ways. Adelaide and her parents live in Church Point, Louisiana.

 

Toastmasters to hold Anniversary Open House

Toastmasters International, a group that helps individuals improve their   communication skills, is celebrating nearly 100 years of service. There is a Chickasha Toastmaster's group, which will be holding its first anniversary with an open house this weekend. After a short program there will be refreshments and an opportunity to get more information about the group. The open house is Saturday, Sept. 22nd at 10:00 a.m. at Southern Oaks Church of Christ.

 

Library Friends Prepare for Semi-Annual Book Sale

Avid readers will have another chance to add to their personal libraries. The Friends of the Chickasha Library will have their fall used book sale in a couple of weeks. All books will be one dollar with proceeds going to support the library. Among the selections will be fiction and non-fiction, teen and children's books, reference materials, even some DVDs and books on CD. In addition, there will be a silent auction for several items, and there will be some vintage books for sale, some of which are from the 19th century. Friends of the Library members will have first choice with a preview on Thursday, Oct. 4th then the sale will open to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Oct. 5th through 7th. It only costs $5 a year to be a friend of the library.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is up to $69.85 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude is up to $79.03.

Natural gas is up to $2.93 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,207 and silver is $14.20.

 

 

Tuesday, Sept. 18th

 

 

City Council OKs Emergency Repair to Water Reservoir Motor

The Chickasha City Council approves emergency repairs on a motor for a pump at the Ft. Cobb reservoir. It's a critical piece of equipment that sends water from the reservoir into the pipeline for delivery to Chickasha. City administrators had already put the emergency plan in motion after the motor malfunctioned earlier this month. Officials had contacted Evan Enterprises out of Norman to make the repairs. On selecting that company, city manager John Noblitt told the council –

 

                

 

The cost of the repairs is about $35,000 while the cost of a new pump was estimated at $50,000 to $100,000. Officials are using a back-up motor right now but because it’s a larger motor, its only running at about 20 percent capacity so it won't damage the water lines. It will still take about a month before the first motor can be repaired and installed. Noblitt is not expecting any problems with Chickasha getting the water in needs.

 

Police, Fire Union Contracts Tabled

There was no action taken regarding new contracts for the police or fire unions. After a more than 45-minute closed door session, the council took no action on approving the collective bargaining agreements for the 2019 fiscal year with either group. The council also denied a tort claim from a resident who claims her car was damaged while trying to turn onto a narrow street at a busy intersection. Beverly Johnson is seeking about $1,200 in repair and wrecker costs while trying to turn at 4th and Grand. Specifically, Johnson said the corner is a safety issue, especially with semis going northbound on 4th Street and trying to turn east onto Grand Avenue, which is just one lane. She also believes it’s a liability issue for the city.

 

School Board Set to Vote on Union Deals

The Chickasha Board of Education has a lengthy agenda for its meeting tonight. Normally, the board meets the second Tuesday of the month but this month's meeting was postponed a week.  The panel is expected to approve contracts for the Chickasha United Teaching Association and the Chickasha Association of Support Employees. The panel will also decide on naming the bus lane on the high school campus as Homer Hulme Lane, and will consider naming the weight room in honor of Sam Rayburn, former CHS football player who played in the NFL for five years, and is now an assistant coach for high school football team.

 

Chamber Prepares for Fall Festival

Members of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce are preparing for the chamber's annual fall festival. The group will celebrate many of its accomplishments to date in 2018, preview what's to come to close out the year, and some plans for 2019. A number of corporate sponsorships are making the evening possible, and there are a few table sponsorships and individual tickets available as well. The local band Dollar 98 will perform. The fall festival is next Thursday, Sept. 27th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Contact the chamber for tickets and sponsorship information.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX is lower at $68.91 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude dips to $78.05.

Natural gas was up to $2.81 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,203 and silver is $14.23.

 

 

 

Monday, Sept. 17th

 

North Carolina Family Impacted by Hurricane is Safe in Cyril

A North Carolina couple who fled their home to avoid Hurricane Florence is spending some time in their former hometown of Cyril. Justin and Renae Snider debated riding out the storm, but then decided it would be best to evacuate. So last Tuesday, they boarded up the windows in their home, put their outdoor furniture in the garage and headed west with their children. The Sniders said a few people thought they were crazy for making the 1,300-mile trip, But they knew they had family and friends they could stay with. Both are school teachers. KSWO-TV reporting that Justin's school has a lot of damage. The Sniders don't know when they'll be able to get back to the east coast.

 

Emergency Repairs Needed on Ft. Cobb Reservoir Pump

Thousands of dollars in emergency repairs are needed for a pump that sends water from the Ft. Cobb reservoir to Chickasha. The Chickasha City Council will be asked to declare an emergency and waive competitive bidding to get the repairs done as soon as possible. In background information given to city council members, the public works department says the primary motor at Ft. Cobb stopped running at low speed on Sept. 8th. It was determined that it could run at high speed, but the power could damage water lines and/or the motor could stop running completely. The motor was sent to a contractor and repairs were estimated at $35,000 - while replacing the motor could cost between $50,000 to $100,000. City administrators say bidding out the repairs could cost valuable time that the city may not have. If approved, it will still take up to three weeks before the motor can be repaired and re-installed.

 

Police, Fire Union Contracts May be Approved

The council is also to go behind closed doors to discuss contract negotiations with both the Fraternal Order of Police, Local 129 and the International Association of Firefighters, Local 2041 and possibly approve the collective bargaining agreements for both unions. The council is also to consider approving the payment of retirement funds to former employee Juliana Buckmaster.  The council meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at city hall.

 

Giving Week Underway at USAO

It's a big week on the USAO campus. The USAO Foundation is hosting TAG Week. TAG is short for Think About Giving. It's an effort to raise $100,000 for the university, to make up for several years of cuts in state spending. Among the events today is something called Swag Cart, which is a take-off of a game show. Misti McLellan is with the USAO Foundation.

 

                

 

Today, students can "get the scoop" on TAG week  with free ice cream sundaes. Tonight is trivia night at the Legends Cafe. There are different activities every day, which culminate on Thursday with Giving Day. It’s a 12-hour marathon involving university students, staff, alumni, and supporters asked to encourage their social media contacts to contribute to the university.

 

Energy and Metals

Crude oil on the NYMEX was up for the week to $68.99 per barrel.

London-based Brent crude was higher to $78.09.

Natural gas was down slightly for the week to $2.76 per million BTUs.

Gold finished a bit higher last week at $1,201 while silver was slightly lower to $14.19.

Thursday, Sept. 20th

 

There is a flood watch in effect for all of southwest Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area

From 7:00 a.m. Friday unitl 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Heavy rains could drop four to seven inches of rain in the region. Make sure you stay weather aware.

 

 

A Chickasha man shot in the leg is getting better but still in the hospital this morning. The victim's roommate has been arrested as a suspect in connection with the shooting. This all took place at a home near 22nd and Dakota Tuesday night. The victim called 911 and said he was shot in the knee by his roommate over a disagreement about finances. The suspect was at the house, and police arrested 61-year old Michael Shane Fitzpatrick on a complaint of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Fitzpatrick remains in the Grady County Jail and could be arraigned sometime today. The victim, 52-year old Kendall Dunn, was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital, where he has been upgraded from serious to good condition this morning.

 

A semi crashes into an SUV at a Chickasha intersection, and the SUV driver is fortunate to avoid serious injury. The accident happened at 4th and Minnesota about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses say the driver of the SUV was northbound on 4th Street and was attempting to turn west onto Minnesota, when he failed to yield to the oncoming semi. The semi broadsided the passenger side of the SUV. The SUV driver, 27-year old Charles Ransom Pendarvis, was initially taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, then taken to jail for outstanding warrants out of both Grady and Payne counties. It was also alleged that Pendarvis did not have a valid driver’s license. The driver of the semi was Kyle Wilkerson of Pauls Valley. Neither he nor a passenger in the big rig were injured.

 

 

20 years in prison. That's the sentence for the man convicted of e-mailing a bomb threat to the Grady County courthouse. A U.S. District Court Judge handed down the sentence to 35-year old Robert Shane Apgar this week. Part of the sentence includes a conviction for Apgar having child porn, which authorities found after getting a search warrant for his Oklahoma City home after getting the threat. This all took place back in December of 2015. Apgar is reported to have sent an e-mail saying someone would place a bomb at the courthouse. He was trying to lay the blame on his ex-wife. After serving time in prison, Apgar will serve 10 years’ probation and will have to register as a sex offender.

 

Two Chickasha high school alumni and long-time local residents will be recognized for their long support of the school district. The Chickasha Board of Education approved the recognition for Homer Hulme and Sam Rayburn. The bus lane at the high school will be named Homer Hulme Lane. Hulme has long been a donor to the high school wrestling program, even funding trips for the wrestlers to attend OU and OSU wrestling matches for many years. Hulme recently partnered with the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma to set up the Hulme Wrestling Endowment with the Chickasha Community Foundation, investing $50,000 toward funding future Bedlam trips for Chickasha wrestling.  The weight room at the high school will be named after Rayburn as he and fellow CHS grad and NFLer Stephen Alexander donated equipment to the facility. Rayburn played at the University of Tulsa, and also spent five years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played in Superbowl XXXIX. School superintendent Jack Herron said formal ceremonies for the dedications will be scheduled at a later date.

 

It's a big day at USAO. Giving Day is underway, as the university foundation and alumni association combine to try and raise $100,000 for the university. Students, professors, administrators, and supporters are being asked to reach out via social media to ask for contributions, in light of the reduction of state funding over the last several years. Last year, this drive brought in about $150,000. A website tracking the drive and various challenges will be active until 9:00 p.m. tonight. Check the progress on line at www.givingday.usao.edu

 

Crude oil on the NYMEX is up to $71.72 a barrel.

London-based Brent crude climbs to $79.40.

Natural gas slips to $2.90 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,207 and silver is $14.26.

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