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KGWA Local News Monday

CV)-- The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 218 new COVID-19 cases across the state Monday, bringing the total number of the state’s positive cases to 10,733. No additional deaths were reported Monday. According to the health department, there have been 369 coronavirus deaths statewide. Over the weekend officials said there have been 1,229 total hospitalizations, and that 197 people are currently hospitalized.


There have been 55 positive COVID-19 cases in Garfield County. 51 of those cases have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Noble has reported 29 cases, Kingfisher County has reported 19 cases, Blaine County is at 14 cases, Major 8, Grant 2, and Alfalfa 1.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results



Confirmed Positive Cases


*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date (As of 6/19)


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date (As of 6/19)


**Currently Hospitalized (As of 6/19)


Total Cumulative Hospitalizations


Deaths in the Past 24 hours


Total Cumulative Deaths


*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health. *As of 2020-06-22 at 7:00 a.m.

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IA)—A Garber man was hospitalized after being injured in a motorcycle crash early this morning. 20 year-old Richard Dylan Staerkel was transported by private vehicle to Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City where he was admitted in stable condition with head and arm injuries. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, Staerkel was traveling down a private drive on the north side of US 412, eight miles east of Enid about 1:30 this morning when the 1997 Harley Davidson motorcycle he was riding hit the partially opened gate. The condition of Staerkel, who was not wearing a helmet, was listed as apparently normal.

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EQ)-- A magnitude 3.0 earthquake was recorded just before 3:00 this afternoon in Grant County. The quake, centered about 24 miles north-northeast of Enid according to U.S. Geological Survey.


A magnitude 4.2 earthquake shook northern Oklahoma on Saturday. The U.S. Geological Survey says it recorded the quake at 10:15 Saturday night about 29 miles east of Enid, just west of I-35. It was the strongest earthquake we've felt in some time. It was strong enough The National Weather Service says its staff felt the tremor in its Tulsa office.


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BO)--Enid Police Department officials say an Enid officer is under criminal investigation. A press release from the department does not name the officer and information is not required to be released under the Oklahoma Open Records Act. The officer remains on administrative suspension and is without police powers or responsibilities. EPD Capt. Tim Jacobi said about noon May 23, an on-duty Enid officer was involved in a domestic disturbance with his spouse at ABC Park, 900 W. Oak. Multiple witnesses were present and reported the officer was yelling profanities and forcefully grabbed his spouse by the arm. The officer and his spouse left the scene in separate vehicles and the witnesses contacted a police supervisor to make a complaint. The district attorney’s office is presently reviewing the case in consideration of criminal charges." During the investigation of this incident, the EPD was contacted by another Oklahoma law enforcement agency. That agency reported it was investigating the same officer for allegations of child molestation, alleged to have occurred several years ago at a location outside of Enid and before the accused was employed as an Enid police officer. "An administrative investigation is currently underway for the multiple policy violations alleged to have occurred by the officer during this incident," Jacobi said. "The results of this administrative investigation, once completed, will be reviewed by the Police Civil Service Commission. They will determine if any disciplinary action is merited, up to and including job termination."

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VB)--The Enid Police Department is seeking the public’s help in its investigation of a vehicle burglary that occurred last week. On June 10, officers were sent to the 5300 block of West Ritchie in reference to a burglary to vehicle. It was reported an unknown person entered a vehicle and took a number of items including three pairs of Oakley sunglasses, a blue Nike baseball bag containing a black and gold baseball bat, a baseball glove, a pair of navy and gold cleats, a pair of blue and white baseball cleats, two blue and white Nike batting gloves and an Enid High batting helmet and baseball hat. Anyone with information leading to the arrest or prosecution of this or any crime can report an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, text to 274637, typing “Enid” and a message in the text box or Those submitting a tip could earn a reward up to $1,000 and will not be required to testify nor be identified.


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SG)--The Stride Bank Center is expecting the first ever celebrity guest appearance at an Enid Comic Con. Sam J. Jones, best known for his role as Flash Gordon, will be coming to the 3rd annual event August 1st and 2nd. Jones has over 65 films and hundreds of television shows to his credit, including comedic appearances in Ted and Ted 2.


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SF)--A forum for candidates of the 2020 Sheriff’s race in Garfield County will be held Tuesday, June 23 at the Stride Bank Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the grand ballroom. The intent of the forum is to provide the public an opportunity to learn about the candidates, their views on issues, and to get questions answered and concerns addressed.


Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions in writing at the forum. Questions should be based on relevant issues and must be applicable to all candidates. No personal attacks or biased questions will be accepted. Depending on the number of questions and time constraints, all questions may not be asked. To preserve the neutrality of the forum, no candidate literature or campaign materials will be allowed inside the event. Campaign materials will be available after the event. The forum will be moderated by Pastor Barry Robinson. The forum will be livestreamed on the City of Enid’s Facebook page:


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KO)--United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma will kick off its annual fundraising campaign with a coordinators' luncheon, noon to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Nick Benson Ballroom at Stride Bank Center. RSVP deadline for the luncheon is Monday. Dan Schiedel, executive director of United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma, the event is open to employers, business owners and community leaders who will coordinate efforts in the “United Together” annual campaign. Schiedel said this year's public campaign kickoff event will be combined with the annual United Way golf tournament, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schiedel said the June 24 luncheon is not a fundraiser, but an organizational event and an opportunity to celebrate the community's charitable giving. United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma has set a goal of raising $800,000 to support its 15 partner agencies through 2021, up from $725,000 last year. Employers will be able to pick up their campaign packets at the luncheon. To RSVP for the luncheon, email or call (580) 237-0821 by close of business on Monday.


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NS)--Enid Public Schools has enrollment open for students new to EPS for the upcoming school year. Enrollment can be completed online or in person at the EPS Welcome Center, located at 500 S. Independence, between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Students must be five-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2020 to enroll. If a child is currently an EPS pre-kindergarten student, it is not necessary to attend kindergarten enrollment because their school has sent enrollment information home with the student to complete.


Parents enrolling their children as EPS students for the first time should bring the children’s immunization record, birth certificate (no hospital footprints, please), verification of address (such as utility bill), and guardianship papers, if applicable. Online enrollment can be done by completing the following steps:


Visit Hover over the Enrollment tab and click on New Student Registration. Sign in or create an account and follow the prompts to enroll a new EPS student. Email the proper documents listed above to


EPS is taking precautions to ensure family’s safety and the safety of staff by assisting with the following if enrolling at the Welcome Center: Limiting the lobby to five guests at a time and the Welcome Center to four guests at a time. If there are numerous people in the lobby, please wait at the front door. EPS will take contact information and call families when it is their turn. Please limit entry to one representative per family, if possible. Staff and guests are encouraged to wear masks. Enrollment kiosks will be sanitized by staff between each use. Restrooms are currently closed to the public. Please practice social distancing of at least six feet from non-family members. For questions and more information, contact EPS Welcome Center at 580.366.7100.



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