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Weatherford Middle School Students Remember Florida Shooting Victims


One month after 17 students were killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Florida, students across the country, including some locally, staged a walkout yesterday to raise awareness about gun violence. Some students at Weatherford Middle School also walked out for 17 minutes Wednesday in memory of the students who were killed in the Florida incident.


Record Number of Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Oklahoma


A record number of flu-related deaths have been reported in Oklahoma. The state Department of Health says the number now stands at 194. Additionally, just over 4100 hospitalizations have been reported since the flu season began last September. Locally, there have been 23 flu-related hospitalizations in Caddo County, 18 in Beckham, 14 in Custer, 7 in Blaine, 5 in Washita and one each in Dewey and Roger Mills counties.


Court Proceedings Delayed in Teague Case


A court proceeding planned for yesterday in Washita County District Court for a Corn teen charged with first degree murder, shooting with intent to kill and first degree burglary, was stricken from the docket. All district court proceedings in the case of 14-year-old Blaize Claude Eugene Teague have been suspended until a ruling from the court of criminal appeals. The prosecution is appealing that Teague was certified as a youthful offender. Oral arguments will be held before the Court of Criminal Appeals on March 29th. Teague allegedly shot and killed Tammi Thomas and wounded her 14-year-old son at their Cordell home last July. 

Bond Continued for Carnegie Teen in Bomb Threat Case


A judge continued bond at $20,000 for a Carnegie teen charged with telephone threat of an incendiary explosive in connection with a recent bomb threat at Weatherford Regional Hospital. 18-year-old Keelan Ray Landers allegedly called the hospital emergency room and said there was a bomb inside a truck in the hospital parking lot. Police found no such device and developed information that Landers was behind the hoax. Landers was arrested at a Weatherford location in the wee hours of Wednesday morning on an arrest warrant. A preliminary hearing conference for Landers is planned for April 6th.


Fallin Extends Burn Ban Into March


Governor Mary Fallin has extended and expanded a burn ban to now include 52 counties because of extreme and extraordinary fire danger. Fallin's ban now runs through midnight March 2nd and locally includes Custer, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Dewey, Roger Mills and Washita counties. In a statement, Fallin says no measurabe rainfall has occurred in the western third of Oklahoma for 130 days, and an expanded burn ban reduces the risk of preventable wildfires and to protect lives and property.


Flu Continues to Spread Across Oklahoma


The latest numbers from the State Health Department show that influenza related illnesses have been responsible for over 3100 hospitalization since last September and 153 deaths. Locally, Caddo County has had 18 hospitalizations from flu related illnesses, 16 in Beckham County, 10 in Custer, 5 in Blaine and Washita and one each in Dewey and Roger Mills counties.


Fall 2018 Enrollment Set to Begin at SWOSU


Enrollment for summer and fall semesters at Southwestern Oklahoma State University with campus locations in Weatherford and Sayre will begin February 26th. The February 26th date is for all students who have completed 60 or more semester hours. Graduate students, athletes and student employees can also begin enrolling on that date. Students who have completed 30 or more hours can begin enrolling March 5th. Freshman and others who have not enrolled can do so beginning March 12th. However, if an incoming freshman is under 21, they are required to attend and enroll through a new student orientation session in the spring.


Accident North of Weatherford Kills Sentinel Man

An accident 6.5 miles north of Weatherford Tuesday on State Highway 54 killed a Sentinel man. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Edgar Silva died at the scene of the accident. Troopers say Silva was driving south on State Highway 54 when his pickup truck departed the road to the left, then re-entered the roadway, and was struck head-on by a semi driven by 27-year old Kameron Williams of Hydro. A southbound semi driven by 45-year-old Sidney Martin of the state of Pennsylvania, hit debris from the collision. Neither semi driver suffered injury.


Federal Public Defender Withdraws from Alfallaj Case


The Federal Public Defender representing a Saudi Arabia citizen arrested in Weatherford last week on complaints of visa fraud and making a false statement to the FBI has withdrawn from the case. Court records show 34-year-old Naif Abudlaziz Alfallaj has retained different legal counsel. A detention hearing had been planned yesterday for Alfallaj whose fingerprints tied him to an application to an Al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in late 2000. Authorities allege Alfallaj falsely answered several questions on his visa application.


Custer County Commissioners Take No Action on Burn Ban


Custer County Commissioners Monday took no action on the county burn ban, which remains in effect for another week. Meanwhile, the governor's burn ban remains in effect through midnight Friday, and could be extended without significant precipitation.