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CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will meet today in Special Meeting. Commissioners are scheduled to meet in executive session to discuss whether to offer an incentive to a developer for a department store to possibly come to Enid. Following the executive session, commissioners return to open session to potentially approve an economic development proposal for the unnamed developer. Enid City Manager Jerald Gilbert said an incentive proposal on the table is possible for a department store to come to The District, the 20-acre retail corridor at Cleveland and Garriott. Enid Regional Development Alliance is involved with the proposal. The ERDA board has not approved a proposal this time, but Executive Director Lisa Powell told Enid News and Eagle, that members would be familiar with the concept. This developer would have to construct the building on a vacant 7.4 lots, Powell said, unlike a recent rebate proposal offered to the developer of the former Kmart building at Garriott and Oakwood. The City Commission meeting will be held in Council Chambers of the City Administration on West Garriott beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

 

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DA)--An Enid man pleaded guilty Tuesday to an amended charge of second-degree murder in relation to the January 2020 fatal shooting of teenager during a home invasion. 21 year-old Damon Lee Robinson was charged in March 2020 along with 17 year-old Rico Lamar Stennis with one count of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy for acting in concert with 14-year-old Ezavier Condit and causing Condit’s death during the commission of a first-degree burglary in the 1600 block of East Park. Condit died after being shot by the resident of the home during the break-in. In Oklahoma, when a person dies during the commission of a felony, in this case a first-degree burglary, other people involved in the commission of the crime can be charged with murder. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and is due by March 4. Robinson’s sentencing date is scheduled for March 14.

 

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RW)--The intersection of Cleveland and Willow has been turned into a 4-way stop with the traffic control in red flashing signals beginning today. This will allow crews to replace the water line under West Willow and is expected to last approximately one week.

Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with extreme caution in this area during the construction effort.

 

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CT)--Local hospitals are asking people seeking COVID-19 tests to not go to emergency rooms. As ERs in parts of the country are becoming overcrowded by those in need of COVID-19 tests, both St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Integris Bass Baptist Health Center are encouraging people to use appropriate testing sites to allow ER staff to focus on treating urgent medical needs.

 

Tests for COVID-19 are available at various sites in Enid, including Garfield County Health Department, 2051 Mercer, by appointment only from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; Xpress Wellness Urgent Care, 220 S. Van Buren, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday by filling out an online form; Walgreens Pharmacy, 929 W. Garriott and 3915 E. Garriott, by making an appointment online; CVS Pharmacy, 930 W. Garriott, via the drive-thru by filling out a form online for a PCR/NAAT test; and Enid Live Well, 2111 N. Van Buren, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, by filling out two forms. Integris’ Urgent Care Plus and Urgent Care North both offer testing for COVID-19, as well, though patients need to have seen a provider before getting the test, At-home COVID-19 tests are available at a number of local retail locations.

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has found that Oklahoma’s law creating a 10-minute limit on trains blocking city streets violates the federal government’s authority. “Exclusive jurisdiction over transportation by rail carriers and the operation of tracks or facilities, including side tracks” rests with the federal Surface Transportation Board under the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act, according to Tuesday's ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision upholds a 2020 ruling by a federal judge in Oklahoma that the law was unconstitutional. BNSF Railway Co. filed suit after police in Edmond and Davis cited the company for violating the law passed in 2019. The state argued the law was allowed because it addressed a public safety issue as the stopped trains previously had blocked emergency responders such as paramedics and firefighters.

 

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SC)--After spending less than a year as the secretary for Garfield County Election Board, Jody Helm returned to law enforcement earlier this week. Helm, a former Garfield County sheriff with 15 years of experience in law enforcement, started on Monday as undersheriff for Grant County. With the departure of Helm, State Sen. Roland Pederson in late December recommended Coulten Cue, a Waukomis native, for the position of election board secretary. Pending the State Election Board’s approval, Cue will start in early February. Cue, who has experience in law enforcement and a background in agriculture, said he’s always been interested in politics and democracy and hopes to be in place by the February 8th election.

 

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CN)—Thirty-one virus-related deaths and 5,507 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Currently, 66,444 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 1,047 people hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus.  

 

Situation Update: COVID-19

Data shown are preliminary and subject to change
as additional information is obtained

 

COVID-19 Cases

775,169

New Cases

5,507

New Cases 7 day Average

7,185

Active Cases

66,444

CDC/NCHS Provisional Deaths

12,697

 

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CH)--In observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the City of Enid Administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, and Recycle Center will be closed on Monday. Additionally, the Enid Public Transportation Authority (EPTA) will not be operating on Monday. The landfill will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday. There will be no changes to trash schedules.

 

Residents can sign up for mobile app notifications to get communication about trash schedules, water outages, and other important events by going to: Enid.org/RequestCenter or by downloading the SeeClickFix app.

 

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KC)—Enid’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration will be held this weekend. High school students in Enid were invited to write a letter to the late civil rights movement leader on how they think his famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered in 1963 has affected the United States. The theme of this year’s celebration, “We Are America.” Awards will be presented at the end of the holiday commission’s week of celebrating King’s birthday, during a ceremony Saturday Jan. 15 at Stride Bank Center. The long-held march in honor of King will begin at 1:30 p.m. outside Stride Bank Center, at 301 S. Independence. The program and dinner will begin inside at 2:00 p.m., with inspirational speakers, music and contest and diversity awards. Food will be provided by the event center. The event would be free and open to the public.

 

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