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Deceased Person Found In Vehicle

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Weatherford police confirm they are working a situation of a deceased person found in a vehicle this morning on carriage way. Police chief Louis Flowers says the medical examiner has been called to the scene. Police anticipate to release more details later today.

 

Sweetwater Teacher Charged with Multiple Sex-Related Crimes

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Sex-related charges have been filed in Beckham county district court against a science teacher at Sweetwater schools. Cameron Gladd of Elk City is charged with use of technology to solicit a minor for sexual conduct, violation of the computer crimes act, rape by instrumentation, two counts of forcible oral sodomy and 3 counts of sexual battery. Many of the charges surround Gladd texting and having inappropriate contact with a 16 year old female student dating back as far as June of 2018. Gladd also allegedly had similar texting and physical contact with another female student during her senior year in the 2017-18 school year. A preliminary hearing conference for Gladd is planned for march 4th.

Tom Stafford Speaks at Pentagon

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Weatherford native, Lt. General Tom Stafford held a question and answer session this week at the pentagon. Stafford spoke before an audience of airmen, coalition partners and industry leaders about his contributions to both the air force and N-A-S-A. In total, General Stafford flew 10 Gemini missions in 20 months and five Apollo missions in nine months. Stafford remains an air force and space advocate.

Local Unemployment Rates

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Unemployment rates were lower in many Oklahoma counties for the month of December compared to a year ago. Locally, Custer county fell by six-tenths of a percent to 2.1%. Beckham county fell by nine-tenths to 2.3% and Washita county also fell by nine-tenths to 2.6%. Dewey and Blaine counties had the second and third lowest unemployment rates in the state at 1.6 and 1.7% respectively.

Two men Enter Assult Charges

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Two Bessie men entered pleas yesterday in Custer county district court in connection with an incident in February 2017. 67 year old CareyJohn Dudgeon and 40 year old Jimmy Dudgeon entered pleas of guilty to one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and pleas of no contest to kidnapping and a second charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Authorities say the men went into a trailer house in the 300 block of Reid road in Weatherford where they tied up and stabbed the occupant of the home. Formal sentencing for both men will be held at a future date.

Stafford Air and Space Expansion Project

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The Weatherford city commission will meet Thursday. Under the public works authority, the commission will consider a resolution to approve incurring indebtedness by the trustees not to exceed $1 million to provide funds for the StaffordAir & Space museum expansion project. The commission meets Thursday at 5.

SWOSU Jazz Festival

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Trumpeter Sean Jones and the Josh Hanlon trio will be featured at the 49th annual SWOSU jazz festival on February 7th and 8th in Weatherford. The artists will be featured in a Thursday evening 7pm concert in the Berrong music hall and then will highlight a full day activities on Friday with concerts at 1pm and 8pm in the fine arts center. The SWOSU jazz ensemble a will be also be in performance with the artists. SWOSU will also host the annual big band competition starting on Friday February 8th at 8am with schools from across the state.

Elk City Car Accident

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An Elk City man was last listed in critical condition at OU Medical Center after a one vehicle accident early Sunday on 20th street, one mile south and 2.5 miles west of Elk City in Beckham county. The Oklahoma highway patrol says Juan Reyes Rendon was injured when the pickup truck he was driving went off the road. Rendon over-corrected and the truck struck a fence and power pole. Rendon was pinned inside the truck for about 30 minutes before being freed by the Elk City fire department.

Water Leak Repairs in Clinton

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Repairs to a water line leak in the sights acres area of Clinton is scheduled for this morning beginning at 10am. City officials say crews are waiting until mid-morning to begin repairs for the convenience of residents and allow for them to complete their morning routines.

Beckham County Inmates Charged for Riot

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Eight inmates have been charged with a count of riot in Beckham county district court in connection with an April 2017 incident at the north fork correctional center on the alpha north housing unit. A court affidavit shows that a disruption occurred in the housing unit that involved more than 30 inmates. During the incident, inmates were hit and kicked, and a broken broom or mop handle was also used to strike inmates during the disruption.