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Tuesday, July 17th
Second Chickasha Church Burglarized
Another Chickasha church has been burglarized. Police were called out to College Heights Baptist Church Saturday morning when the burglary was discovered. It's the second church in town to have experience a break-in within the last few weeks. At the College Heights break-in, someone broke a window to gain entry and is said to have spent a couple of hours inside. Among the items taken were a bass guitar, a laptop and a DVD-Blu Ray player. Officials are not sure if this break-in is related to a similar burglary that occurred at First Assembly of God early this month, where three people were arrested in connection with that burglary. If you have information that can help solve the College Heights Baptist Church break-in, contact Chickasha police by calling 405-222-6050 or the Chickasha and Grady County Crimestoppers at 405-224-TIPS. You can also provide anonymous tips on the Crimestoppers Facebook page.
Texas Murder Suspect Found Dead in Anadarko
A suspect wanted for questioning in connection with a homicide in Texas has been found dead in Anadarko. Anadarko police were summoned to the Wal-Mart parking lot Saturday night, where the suspect's vehicle was said to have been located. The suspect was inside and is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Texas Rangers were looking for 37-year old Jeremy Judd Owens. He was a suspect in the death of a man in the northeastern Texas town of Cromwell, about 300 miles away and east of Tyler, Texas. That’s where a man's body was found in a local cemetery last Friday. There's no word if Owens had any connections in Anadarko.
Tuttle Man Faces Rape, Incest Charges
A Grady County man is facing formal charges of rape and incest in connection with an attack on a 16-year old girl. 42-year old Donald Wayne Attebery, Jr. was arrested by Tuttle police last Friday. A probable cause affidavit filed by Tuttle police indicates the assault occurred in March. It state's Attebery walked into the girl's bedroom and forcibly attacked her. During questioning, Attebery denied the assault, but did provide some DNA samples. Tuttle police received word last month that the sample matched DNA on a bed sheet taken from the girl's bedroom. Attebery remains in the Grady County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.
Traffic Light Project Gets Approval
Despite a cost that was 40 percent higher than budgeted, the Chickasha City Council approves a plan expected to improve the flow of traffic through the city. The panel will spend $140,000 to upgrade signal lights and video cameras along 4th Street. The upgraded lights and cameras will be at 4th and Grand, 4th and Chisholm Drive and 4th and Choctaw. City Manager John Noblitt:
Work on the project is expected to start this fall.
Poverty 'Exercise' Planned
Many Oklahomans living in poverty face difficult decisions every day. Do you buy food for your family or pay your electricity bill? Do you pawn your wedding ring to get medicine for your kids? Dozens of community leaders will meet in Lawton this week to try and experience those issues. Susan Routh with Grady County OSU Extension says a Poverty Simulation exercise has been developed by the state cooperative extension service.
The exercise allows participants to look at poverty from several angles, then recognize and discuss the potential changes which may be made in their communities.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX drops below $70, down to $68.06.
London-based Brent crude falls to $71.84.
Natural gas was off a penny to $2.74 per million BTUs.
Gold is $1,242 and silver is $15.81.
Monday, July 16th
4th Street Traffic-Flow Upgrade Project to be Reviewed
The City of Chickasha may be spending nearly $140,000 on a project officials say would improve the flow of traffic along 4th Street. Officials are recommending a bid from a firm called Traffic Signals of Edmond, which would install a new controller at 4th and Grand, and new video detection at 4th and Grand, 4th and Chisholm Drive, and 4th and Choctaw. The bid from Traffic Signals is the lowest of two bids received. The other was for about $154,000. City Manager John Noblitt said the project is over budget, likely due to an increase in the cost of video equipment. The city budgeted $100,000 and Noblitt is recommending the rest of the funds come from a little-used sidewalk fund. The council will review the plan when it meets tonight.
City Council to Discuss City Manager Salary, Re-zoning Issues
The council will also go behind closed doors to discuss a salary review for the city manager. The panel will also consider a request to re-zone some property at 3rd and Texas to allow boat and RV storage and some storage units; and another proposal to allow a use-on-revue for home beauty shop in the 1200 block of South 18th, to include massage therapy services. The Planning Commission recommended that both of those requests be approved. The city council meets at 6:30 tonight at city hall.
U.S. Highway 81 Road, Bridge Upgrades Underway
A number of highway improvement projects are underway along U.S. Highway 81 in Grady County. Jay Earp with the Duncan office of the State Department of Transportation says contractors have just started upgrades on three bridges over the Washita River north of Chickasha. He says one of the bridges had been identified as structurally deficient. Earp says the number of structurally-deficient bridges has been reduced quite a bit over the last several years.
Another U.S. Highway 81 project underway is between Ninnekah and Rush Springs. Contractors are doing an asphalt overlay and repairing the concrete base underneath if needed. Earp said contractors will also soon install cable barriers in the center median along that stretch of highway.
Chickasha Mayor to Discuss 'State of the City'
Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley is preparing his State of the City address which he will be delivering later this week. Mosley will give his overview of the city this Friday morning in a special program offered by the Chamber of Commerce. Officials ask anyone interested in attending to RSVP by the close of business today (Monday). The program will be at the InterUrban Restaurant this Friday, July 20th with breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. and the program to start about 8:00 a.m. Cost is $10 if you'd like to attend. Chamber president Mark Rathe says 40 people have already signed up to hear the mayor's presentation.
Energy Industry Boom Continues
The Sooner State continues to benefit from a surging energy sector. Here's Matt Skinner with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
Skinner said the weekly rig count in Oklahoma remained unchanged at 141, while the national rig count grew by two to 1,054.
Libraray Moves 'How to Talk to Your Doctor' Program
There has been a change in the date of an upcoming program at the Chickasha Library. It's about how to talk to your doctor and health care professionals more effectively. The original date was Tuesday, July 31st but the date has been moved up a week to Tuesday, July 24th. It's for individuals and care-givers who want to have a more positive inter-action with their health-care providers. It's a free one-hour program that will start at 3:00 p.m. that day but you must register ahead of time. Visit the library or call 405-222-6075.
Energy and Metals
Crude oil on the NYMEX was lower last week to $71.01 per barrel.