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Benevento Bound Over in Custer County District Court

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A Clinton man has been bound over in Custer County District Court on a first degree murder charge. 39 year old Brandon Joseph Benevento will be formally arraigned November 27th in connection with the April fatal shooting death of his ex-wife in an arapaho convenience store parking lot. 

Federal Grand Jury Charges Carnegie Man

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A federal grand jury has charged a carnegie man with premeditated murder and assault with intent to commit murder. 34 year old Isaiah Whitefox Redbird allegedly deliberately killed a person by striking him in the head with a blunt force instrument in September 2018, in Indian Country. He is charged with a seperate count of assaulting a person identified as K.R. on the same day with the intent to commit murder. Carnegie Police say they discovered the body of K.R.'s boyfriend, Byron Tongeamah Jr., in the carport of an abandoned residence in which they had been sleeping. K.R. was found by police walking on a carnegie street with severe head injuries.  

Speaker Wright Holds Interim Study

House Speaker Pro Tem Harold Wright of Weatherford held an interim study yesterday before the House Health Services and Long-Term Care Committee to examine modernization to the Smoking in Public Places and Indoor Workplaces Act as a way to address second-hand smoke exposure and related illnesses in Oklahoma. Presenters said that even brief exposure to smoke or second-hand smoke leads to increased risk of illnesses such as cardiovascular disease.

Weatherofrd - SWOSU Saturday

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SWOSU Saturday, an event for prospective students and their family members, is planned for this Saturday on the Weatherford campus. The annual event gives high school juniors and seniors, as well as college transfer students, an opportunity to preview the SWOSU campus. SWOSU officials say over 500 visitors are expected on campus.

Weatherford - Invenergy Update

A spokesperson with Invenergy spoke to a group of senior citizens in Weatherford yesterday regarding a new wind farm project in Custer and Blaine counties. Allie James says the wind energy project is still about a year from getting underway. James says during construction there will be a peak of 350 construction jobs, with 32 fulltime jobs following construction.

Custer County District Court - Jefferson Not Guilty Plea

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A Weatherford woman has pleaded not guilty in Custer County District Court to a charge of child abuse. 31 Year old Rachel Irene Peachy-Jefferson allegedly struck an 11 month old child during a diaper change, leaving what authorities say was a hand-print on the child. A pre trial hearing is planned for February 21st.

Weatherford - WRH CEO Search Update

Progress is being made in connection with the search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer for Weatherford Regional Hospital. Interim CEO Bridget Cosby provided a progress update to the hospital board last night. The hospital is seeking a new CEO after hospital officials with SSM Health recently decided to make a leadership change.

Custer County - Saferoom Reimbursement Update

Custer county Emergency Management Director Mike Galloway provided an update to Custer County Commissioners on reimbursement of a county saferoom project. Galloway says there were 54 saferooms to be funded in the Grant, and that there are 29 on a waiting list for the next saferoom project.

Custer County - Barnitz Creek Bridge Project

Custer County Commissioners approved resolutions with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation surrounding the bridge project over West Barnitz in the northwest corner of the county, says Commissioner Lyle Miller. Work on the project isn't expected to occur until next year.

Weatherford - Progress on New Schools

Weatherford Schools Superintendent Chad Wilson says the district is making progress toward the construction of two new elementary schools for East and West Elementaries. Being able to construct both schools at the same time will save money on construction costs in the long run.