Several fire departments battled a large fire yesterday afternoon, south of Bessie. The structure fire was located at an oilfield service company. Several fire departments, including Cordell, helped extinguish the blaze.
An El Reno man who served as a correctional officer at Great Plains Correctional Facility in Hinton has pleaded guilty to bribery and wire fraud conspiracy charges. 34-year-old Charles Daniel Lynn admitted to accepting a bribe as a federal correctional officer and conspiring to commit wire fraud. Lynn agreed to receive contraband items and smuggle them into the correctional facility and escorted an inmate of the facility to various parts of Great Plains to distribute the contraband to other inmates. Lynn was paid through interstate wire transfers. He could be sentenced up to 15 years prison for bribery and up to 20 years prison for conspiracy. Sentencing will occur in about 90 days.
A Weatherford man convicted of the 2012 shooting death of Jaray Wilson will have a jury trial beginning March 13th in Custer County district court on the re-sentencing of his conviction. Tucker Ryan McGee had his life without parole sentence overturned by a higher court late last year. The court said in part, there was no evidence of important youth related considerations during the trial, such as the juvenile's immaturity, the incompetencies associated with youth and whether the circumstances suggest the possibility of rehabilitation.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will take part in the annual “Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive to Zero Fatalities.” It's a traffic safety initiative scheduled for the Thanksgiving holiday period. The challenge will consist of increased patrols along the I-40 corridor that stretches through 8 states including Oklahoma. The challenge will take place on the busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving period, tomorrow through Sunday.
A Weatherford man is hospitalized at OUMedical Center following a two-vehicle accident on Monday on Interstate 40, westbound at Red Rock Road in Canadian County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 58-year-old Henry Deaton was westbound on I-40 at a high rate of speed and struck a truck from behind driven by Charles Daughtery from Calumet, causing Daughtery's truck to catch fire. Deaton was transported to OUMedical by AirEvac and was listed critical but stable condition. Daughtery was treated and released at Mercy Hospital in El Reno.
Flex-Chem Corporation is generously providing a $10,000 matching donation to Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford as part of the university's 2017 Giving Tuesday scholarship fundraising competition. The corporation maintains operations in Weatherford, Edmond, Ada and Pecos, Texas. Giving Tuesday is an international day of charity.
The Weatherford Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the annual Roots & Wings and Weatherford Hall of Fame awards.
The Roots and Wings award honors a Weatherford citizen that has exhibited exceptional support for the youth of Weatherford through volunteer efforts. The Hall of Fame award is made to a present or former resident of Weatherford who has made a significant impact to the community, the state of Oklahoma or nation.
Applications are available at the chamber office. Application deadline is December 5th. The awards will be presented at the Weatherford Chamber annual banquet on January 25th.
Cordell Memorial Hospital will begin to administer free flu shots beginning Thursday and continuing over the next several days in Washita County. Flu vaccines will be available Thursday at Burns Flat City Hall from 8:30 to 9:30 and the City Hall in Dill City from 10 to 11:30. Also, flu shots will be available at Canute High School from 1 to 3 Thursday afternoon.
It's election day for voters in the City of Elk City and the Sentinel School District. Beckham County Election Board Secretary Deidre O'Briant says voters in the city of Elk City will cast ballots on a franchise proposition for Public Service Company of Oklahoma. Meanwhile, voters of the Sentinel School District will be deciding a proposition concerning the forming of an emergency medical services district. Polls are open until 7 tonight.
Funeral services will be held today in Clinton for a former Second Judicial District Judge who died last week. Services for Judge Charles “Buzz” Goodwin will be held at 3:00 in First United Methodist Church. He served as Second Judicial District Judge that covers Custer, Beckham, Washita, Roger Mills and Ellis counties. In honor of Judge Goodwin, the Custer County Courthouse will close today at 2:00.