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SF)--The U.S. Marshals Service, along with officers from the Enid and Oklahoma City police departments, are looking for a local man accused of sexually assaulting a 6-month-old baby. According to Oklahoma City police, U.S. Marshals and Enid police officers are searching for 22 year-old Brice Gage Watkins who is accused of sexually assaulting a 6-month-old baby, recording the assault and then distributing it on social media. According to Enid police, Watkins is facing multiple charges, including distribution of child pornography, manufacturing of child pornography and three counts of lewd acts with a child under the age of 12. Police said he could be in Oklahoma City and has ties to Norman and Enid. Anyone with information regarding the immediate whereabouts of Watkins is urged to call 911.



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CV)—One new virus-related death and 833 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Monday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Beginning today, the department has started including coronavirus rapid tests in its daily updates for the first time. The rapid tests are the ones that people get at urgent care clinics or other places. They come back in minute instead of days, but the state hasn't been including them in its daily updates until today. A total of 65,053 Oklahomans have tested positive for COVID-19 in confirmed tests and the total number of deaths went up to 854.


There have been 1184 positive COVID-19 cases, and 14 deaths in Garfield County. 1115 of those cases and all 14 deaths have been in Enid. Currently, Garfield County is in a "moderate risk" or Orange Level 2 category as defined by the OSDH. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 289 cases, Blaine County is at 88 cases, Major 57, Grant 30, and Alfalfa 19.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results



Confirmed Positive Cases


*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date  (As of Sept 4)


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date  (As of Sept 4)


*Currently Hospitalized (As of Sept 4)


Total Cumulative Hospitalizations


Identified 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 2020-09-08 at 7:00 a.m.

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BF)--Enid attorney Robert Faulk was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to two charges of domestic abuse related to a May 2019 incident. Faulk pleaded guilty to a felony count of domestic abuse-prior pattern of physical abuse. Enid News and Eagle reports he received a two-year deferred sentence, supervised by Oklahoma Department of Corrections. He also must submit to random drug tests; complete a 52-week domestic violence cessation counseling program with the first year of his probation; and attend weekly Alcoholics Anonymous or Celebrate Recovery meetings for the first 18 months of probation. Faulk also must pay a $2,500 fine and court costs. The other charge Faulk pleaded guilty to was a misdemeanor count of domestic abuse. He received a one-year suspended sentence and must pay court costs. The sentence will run consecutively to the felony count. As a result of the felony plea, Faulk could face the loss of his ability to practice law. The outcome of the sentencing was transmitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association, and Faulk now faces possible suspension and/or revocation by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.



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CT)--The Enid Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding the person responsible for stealing copper last month. On Aug. 30, EPD officers responded to the area of 300 N. 4th in reference to a theft of copper. The reporting party stated they had witnessed a man leaving a building in the area carrying blue bags. He was seen loading one bag into the back of a black Mustang. Officers located another black bag on the ground that contained copper wire. Anyone having information can call Crime Stoppers at 580-233-6233, text to 847411, just type EPDTIP and a message in the text box, or go to and submit a tip anonymously. Those leaving tips could earn a reward up to $1,000 and will not be identified or required to testify.



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CS)--The Enid YWCA has a new director. Courtney Strzinek is the new executive director, replacing Carrie Sanders, who recently took over as CEO of the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation. Strzinek is no stranger to the YWCA. She has visited with us many times in her roles for the organization in the marketing department and as a part of the YWCA board of directors. The annual YWCA meeting is September 15th in the Grand Ball Room at Stride Bank Center. Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m., and the program starts at noon. Mike Fields, Garfield County district attorney, will be the guest speaker.


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SR)--Overall collections to the state treasury last month were nearly 5% below collections from August 2019, driven mostly by a slump in oil and gas prices. Oklahoma Treasurer Randy McDaniel said the decline in August marked the fifth month since February that total receipts were lower than those from the same month in the prior year. Tax collections from oil and natural gas production fell by 46.3% from, or $35.1 million, from collections in August 2019. It marks the 12th consecutive month that gross production receipts were less than the same month of the prior year. Oil and gas tax receipts have dropped by more than $430 million during the past year.


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BS)--Oklahoma Blood Institute faces an immediate need for donors of all blood types. All healthy adults are strongly urged to donate blood as soon as possible at their nearest Oklahoma Blood Institute donor center or mobile blood drive. All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Appointments are preferred to help with social distancing, but walk-ins will be accepted as schedules allow. CDC guidelines will be followed at all donor centers and mobile drives. Donors may visit or call 877-340-8777 to schedule their appointment now at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Enid donor center located at 301 E. Cherokee.



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