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June 20th, 2013

Kisses for Kenady benefit poker run

June 20, 2013

An area family is turning from sorrow to saving lives as they reach out to others to donate to help a sick child.
Stephanie McCaslin and Cassie Wagley recently lost their daughter, Kenady Charlotte Catherine Wagley, 15-months, to illness. Kenady's mothers were able to see beyond the tragedy of a life lost so early and realize that Kenady was not only a gift to them but also to other ill children in need.

Summer concert series starts Saturday

June 20, 2013

The Donald W. Reynolds Community Center kicks off its Under the Stars summer concert series Saturday with Kalamity Jane.
The concert is the first of five shows planned at the center amphitheater in the coming weeks.
Kalamity Jane is a pop country all-girl group from Oklahoma whose members' experience ranges from singing in front of churches at a very young age to venues across the region.
Concerts start at 8 p.m. and tickets to the shows are $5 at the gate.

June 18th

Fire v. Police in Wister Guns 'N Hoses

June 18, 2013

Wister fire department and law enforcement staffs are asking all area residents to come to the Guns ‘N Hoses blood drive with Oklahoma Blood Institute from 1:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, in the high school band room.
To fuel a little healthy competition, donors will choose which department to support by donating on behalf of law enforcement or the fire department.
Donors will receive a voucher, redeemable for two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and this year’s Guns ‘N Hoses T-shirt. 
Anyone who is healthy and 16 years of age can donate, and donations can be made every 56 days.

Police kill man who took girl at Oklahoma store

June 18, 2013

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer shot and killed a man who'd taken a toddler hostage at a Walmart Market in suburban Oklahoma City.

Midwest City Police Assistant Chief Sid Porter says the child wasn't harmed in the incident Monday afternoon. Police say Sammie Lamont Wallace took the 2-year-old girl out of her mother's shopping cart and held a knife to the child. Porter says the store was evacuated within minutes and police began negotiating with Wallace.

Porter says an officer opened fire after Wallace began "counting down" on the girl's life.

Rodsters rock the Panama car show

June 18, 2013

The annual Panama car show was a hit Saturday at the Panama Elementary Schools. More than 30 cars, trucks and motorcycles were on display as well as vendors and entertainment.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

NTSB: Poor eyesight probable cause of Okla. Crash

June 18, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The driver of one of two freight trains that collided in the Oklahoma Panhandle last year, killing three railroad workers, had complained that he couldn't distinguish between red and green signals, an investigator told the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday.

Dr. Mary Pat McKay was among several investigators presenting evidence to an NTSB panel in Washington charged with determining the cause of the June 24, 2012, crash near Goodwell.

June 17th

Former CASC employee charged with theft; pleads guilty

June 17, 2013

A former employee of Carl Albert State College has pleaded guilty to money theft after the FBI was called to investigate missing federal funds.
Jennifer Hall Campbell, 45, of Poteau was employed at CASC as the campus federal programs bookkeeper and a Perkins loan officer.
On June 6, the U.S. District Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma filed information in the case charging Campbell with federal program theft.

June 14th

July hearing set for teen charged in Duncan death

June 14, 2013

DUNCAN,(AP) — A 16-year-old boy charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Duncan girl is being held without bond after his first court appearance.

The teenager appeared in Stephens County District Court on Thursday after he was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 14-year-old Alyssa Wiles. Court records show that court hearings were set for July 19 and July 31 in the case.

Police say Alyssa's father found her dead Monday at their home. Authorities say she was stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Okla. health department urges rabies precautions

June 14, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials in Oklahoma are urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their pets from rabies by having their pets vaccinated.

Oklahoma rules and regulations require that a veterinarian vaccinate dogs, cats and ferrets against rabies by the time the animal is 4 months old. Rabies vaccines are also available and are recommended for horses, sheep and cattle.

The state Health Department reports 41 cases of rabies in Oklahoma thus far in 2013. The cases include 25 skunks, nine cows, five dogs, one horse and one fox.

June 13th

May 31 Oklahoma storms death toll rises to 22

June 13, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma medical examiner's office has confirmed a 22nd fatality from the May 31 tornadoes and flash floods after a girl's body was recovered from the Oklahoma River.

The office said Thursday the cause of the girl's death has not been determined.

Oklahoma City Fire Department Deputy Chief Marc Woodard says the girl's body was recovered Wednesday in Oklahoma City, about two miles from where she and her family sheltered from the tornado in a storm drain. Woodard says she hasn't been formally identified.

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