CR)— Charges of first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon were filed late Wednesday against a 23-year-old Enid man following a shooting on West Maine that left a teen dead and two other people wounded. Prosecutors also filed a request to deny bond to 23 year-old Christopher Reynaud. Emails released by the Enid Police Department Wednesday show Police Chief Brian O'Rourke has recused himself from the investigation of the shooting. "Due to the fact that my daughter is a witness in this case and I am also a potential witness I am appointing Captain Bryan Skaggs as acting Chief overseeing this case. He has my full authority regarding this investigation." Enid Police had previously stated that O’Rourke’s daughter was in a relationship with Reynaud. Capt. Jack Morris told the Enid News and Eagle as part of O'Rourke's recusal, the chief will not have access to any reports generated in the investigation and all records related to the investigation have been sealed from O'Rourke's view. Police received a call at 5:55 Saturday afternoon reporting domestic violence at 1814 W. Maine. Before officers arrived, a second call reported shots had been fired at the same residence. When officers arrived, they found three people shot, two men and a woman, in front of and near the residence. Reynaud was arrested on complaints of first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Daultn Dickerson and two counts of shooting with intent to kill in the wounding of 21 year-old Alyssa Cull and 18 year-old Jonathan Winters. Police served a search warrant late Saturday night, reportedly seizing a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm handgun, 14 live 9 mm rounds, four spent 9mm casings and four cellphones. Also seized were a gun holster, an empty ammo box, plastic cup and spoon, an ammo can containing more 9mm ammunition and a knife in a tube.
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RC)--A man accused of raping and molesting a boy in a Marshallese church last year pleaded guilty Wednesday. 22 year-old Johnny Andrike was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison, followed by 20 years probation, for first-degree rape. He also was ordered to serve 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years probation, for a count of lewd molestation, a sentence that will run concurrently with the sentence for rape. Andrike also was ordered to pay fines, fees and costs associated with case. He will be subject to special rules and conditions of sex offenders, as well as regular rules and conditions for those on probation, following his release. Andrike was charged in August 2015, with the rape and molestation of a boy inside a church in the 700 block of North 7th sometime between Jan.1 and Aug. 1, 2015.
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FT)--AAA projects nearly 43 million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend, the highest Fourth of July travel volume on record and five million more than Memorial Day. “The lowest gas prices since 2005 are enticing more of us than ever to travel this Independence Day weekend,” said AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai. “And it’s not just auto travel numbers that are higher, we’re predicting air travel will take off, also.” A record-high 558,400 Oklahomans are expected to travel over the long Fourth of July weekend, according to AAA, one percent more than last year. Eighty-six percent will drive, 12 percent will fly and the rest will be traveling by other means.
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MW)—Work will continue on the Cleveland Street improvement project consisting of OG&E relocating both transmission and distribution lines allowing for future street construction. Currently crews are working on Cleveland between Chestnut and Willow. Beginning Tuesday, Cleveland will be closed south of Chestnut to Fountain Lake Avenue. According to City of Enid officials, this portion of Cleveland will be closed July 5th, 6th and 7th allowing OG&E to erect new transmission poles in the Right-of-Way. The public is advised to plan their travel path around the construction area and to use caution when entering a construction zone.
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FR)--Enid fire officials are reminding residents of a citywide ban that prevents the possession and discharge of fireworks within city limits. Enid has prohibited the sale, possession, use or distribution of fireworks through city ordinance. Although it is unlawful to sell, use, possess or distribute fireworks in Enid, it is not unlawful to transport fireworks purchased at stands into city limits if they are kept in their original packaging. Consumer fireworks, commonly referred to as Class C fireworks, are prohibited in city limits, but novelty fireworks, such as party poppers, snappers and smoke bombs, are not. Anyone with fireworks in their possession can have their fireworks confiscated, according to ordinance and face fines and court costs. The use of fireworks in city limits is a class B offense and punishable by a fine up to $500 and court costs. It also is against Oklahoma law to set off fireworks on county or public roads, and it is illegal to ignite fireworks near a standing crop. There will be three professional fireworks displays: July 2 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark, July 3 at Oakwood Country Club and July 4 at Meadowlake Park.
CT)--As temperatures climb, the amount of energy Oklahomans use also increases as air conditioner units work overtime to keep homes cool and comfortable. To help customers manage summer energy use and lower their energy costs, OG&E offers the following energy-saving tips:
1. Have your heating and or cooling system tuned and inspected by a service professional. Losses from a poorly maintained system accumulate over time – Sometimes at a rate of 1-2 percent each year. OG&E’s Home Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP) provides no-cost air conditioner tune-ups, a $175 value, as well other home energy efficiency improvement rebates.
2. Clean or change air conditioner filters monthly. The flow of air is the key to cooling, so don't make your system work harder than it has to. Also, make sure that air vents are clear of furniture or other objects that might slow down the flow of air.
3. Use a programmable thermostat to manage your home’s temperature. Set your thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature when you’re home and raise it a few degrees when you’re not home. Each degree a thermostat is raised can save up to three to four percent on the cost of operating an air conditioner. Customers on OG&E’s SmartHours® program receive a free programmable thermostat and incentives for shifting their energy outside of the company’s peak hours—nearly half-price electricity during non-peak times.
4. Avoid activities that add heat or humidity to your home, particularly during the hottest parts of the day, or limit them to times when nobody is home. For example, turn on your dishwasher as you leave the house or let dishes air dry rather than use the dishwasher's heater. Cook meals and dry clothes during the cooler times of the day.
5. Use fans to keep air moving. A ceiling fan uses about as much electricity as a light bulb -- far less than an air conditioner. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms. If your fan is running in an unoccupied room, you’re wasting energy instead of saving it.
6. Use an exhaust fan to blow hot air out of your kitchen while cooking. The savings in your cooling costs far outweigh the electricity use of the fan.
7. Plant shade trees to block the heat from the sun. As the trees grow, they can dramatically cut your cooling bills.
8. Close drapes and shades on windows during the day to keep heat from the sun out of your house. (Particularly on windows with an eastern or western exposure). In the evening, opening drapes and shades lets heat escape through the windows.
To help customers better manage their monthly energy budget, OG&E also offers billing programs, such as Average Monthly Billing, which computes a customer’s bill on a rolling 12-month average so that bills are about the same every month, and Guaranteed Flat Bill, in which customers pay the same monthly amount for electricity regardless of their energy use.
FP)— Enid Public Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch to children younger than 18 during most of June. The district will provide meals free of charge on weekdays, ending June 24. Children can get breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Garfield Elementary School, 400 N. 7th St., and Monroe Elementary School, 400 N. Cottonwood. For information, contact Amber Graham Fitzgerald, communications director, at 580-366-7000.
In a related item…Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will offer its Summer Feeding Program in dozens of locations in central and western Oklahoma, including in Enid. While most children enjoy summer break, many children in Oklahoma go home to empty kitchens, food bank Executive Director Rodney Bivens said in a press release. “During the summer, electricity bills are high,” he said. “Parents, who rely on free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches, also have extra financial stress of providing meals for their children. Thankfully, children can visit a Summer Feeding site to ensure they will have enough to eat.” Enid children under the age of 18 can get summer meals on weekdays at Booker T. Washington Community Center, 800 S. 5th, noon to 12:30 p.m. through July 22; and Zoe Kids’ Cafe of Enid, 729 E. Maine, noon to 1 p.m., and 3:30-4:30 p.m. through July 29. All Summer Feeding program locations will be closed July 4. During the summer 2015, 93 sites served almost 6,500 children. For more information, go to summerfeeding.org or call (405) 972-1111.
BB)--July10th will be Youth and Family Services Back to School Bash. They will help take the burden off of Garfield County foster families by providing free haircuts, backpacks, school supplies, shoes, and a $25 gift card to help with school clothes. Right now, Youth and Family has everything they need except for the gift cards. They need an additional 100 cards. You can help by donating a $25 gift card for clothing from any local store. Gift cards or donations could be delivered to Youth and Family Services at 605 West Oxford in Enid.
CS)--The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is now accepting applications for the “Keep ‘em Flying” Teachers Institute. The purpose of this two-day workshop is to provide area teachers with more information on the history of Vance Air Force Base from its beginnings in WWII to present. The workshop will be held July 13-14 in conjunction with the Heritage Center’s exciting new exhibit “Keep ‘em Flying: 75th Anniversary of Vance Air Force Base.” The Teachers Institute will include living history presentations, primary and secondary resources, hands-on history kits and a tour of Vance AFB. The workshop sessions will be led by Heritage Center staff and guest speakers. The second day of the workshop will be spent on an in depth tour of Vance AFB. The registration fee for the “Keep ‘em Flying” Teachers Institute is $40 per teacher with registration limited to 15 teachers. Applications are available at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center or may be downloaded from the Heritage Center’s website, www.csrhc.org. The workshop registration deadline is June 24, 2016.
The exhibit, “Keep ‘em Flying: 75th Anniversary of Vance Air Force Base,” will open Memorial Day weekend and will remain on display in the Heritage Center’s J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation Gallery through Veteran’s Day weekend.
WA)--Weird Al Yankovic will perform at the Enid Event Center this summer. Weird Al’s Mandatory World Tour will perform in Enid July 17. Tickets are $35 and $50. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices. Fans who are part of the Weird Al Yankovic Fan Club can sign up for the VIP experience.
TB)--The Thunderbirds, the Air Force's elite aerial demonstration team, is coming back to Enid next summer. The team's 2016 schedule includes a scheduled performance July 23 at Vance Air Force Base. The appearance will be part of Vance's 75th anniversary celebration. The Thunderbirds have not appeared at Vance since the fall of 2008. An estimated 30,000 to 35,000 people attended that year's air show and open house.
KR)--Kenny Rogers’ final world tour, “The Gamblers Last Deal,” will take place at the Enid Event Center Friday, July 15, with special guest Linda Davis. The Grammy Award-winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Fame member has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades. Tickets are $49 and $75 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall administration offices.