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KGWA Local News Monday

BT)--There has been a shakeup in command at Vance Air Force Base. Air Force officials announced Friday Col. Timothy Danielson had been relieved as 71st Flying Training Wing commander at Vance Air Force Base. Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, relieved Danielson for a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to effectively command the 71st FTW. No specifics were made public. Col. Jay Johnson, 71st FTW’s vice commander, temporarily assumed command of the wing. Danielson took over the reins of the 71st FTW from Col. Corey Simmons, on June 29. The 71st FTW operates more than 200 aircraft, flies more than 50,000 sorties annually and logs more than 74,000 flying hours in the T-1A, T-6A and T-38C. More than 300 U.S. Air Force and allied student pilots graduate from pilot training at Vance each year.


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DD)--An Enid man was injured Saturday in an alcohol-related, one-vehicle crash in Washita County in Southwest Oklahoma. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said 63 year-old Orland Mitchell Wasson was transported to Weatherford Regional Hospital and then to OU Medical Center, in Oklahoma City, where he was admitted in stable condition with head, trunk and leg injuries. According to the report, Wasson was driving a GMC Yukon west on State Highway 152, south of Colony, at approximately 7:20 Saturday morning when the vehicle departed the roadway struck a fence and went airborne before impacting a culvert embankment. Wasson’s condition and cause of collision are listed on the report as DUI. The vehicle was equipped with a seatbelt that was not in use.


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BD)--An Oklahoma man will spend the next 20 years in prison following the death of a 2-month-old baby in Ringwood. According to KFOR, on February 21st, emergency crews were called to a home on State Highway 58 in Ringwood. First responders were told that the 2-month-old baby aspirated while being fed by the child’s father, 24 year-old Dustin Lamm. The baby was rushed to a nearby hospital before being transferred to OU Children’s Hospital. Doctors reported that the baby had multiple injuries to the head and torso. Lamm was initially arrested for child abuse, but the charge was changed to first-degree murder after the child’s death. Last week, Lamm pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Major County District Court.


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CN)—50 more virus-related deaths and 380 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state since Sunday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The vast majority of the newly reported deaths occurred in January. The health department said 12,745 cases are considered active in the state, with 528 people currently hospitalized for treatment of the virus. The seven-day rolling average for new daily cases reported was 719.


COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results





*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date (As of 02/26/21)


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date (As of 02/26/21)


Acute Care OSDH Licensed Facility Hospitalizations (As of 02/26/21)


Other Types of Facilities Hospitalizations (As of 02/26/21)


Total Cumulative Hospitalizations


Total Cumulative Deaths



*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. As a result, counts are subject to change. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health. As of 2021-03-01 at 7:00 a.m.


There have been 7569 positive COVID-19 cases, and 77 deaths in Garfield County. 6689 of those cases and 69 deaths have been in Enid. In surrounding counties: Kingfisher County has reported 1975 cases, Alfalfa 1147, Blaine County is at 992 cases, Major 937, and Grant 534.


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WP)--The City of Enid Engineering Department has scheduled a presentation for interested business owners, property owners, and residents on the waterline construction along East Randolph between North Washington and North 7th Street. The presentation will be held in the Benson Ballroom at the Stride Bank Center at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and will cover the projects progress and schedule. 


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