SK)--A Kansas bank robbery suspect is dead after being involved in a chase and shootout with Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers on Friday east of Enid. The pursuit ended in the area around the intersection of Interstate 35 and U.S. 412 in Noble County. The male suspect fled his vehicle on foot, according to OHP, and exchanged gunfire with troopers. No troopers were harmed. OHP was notified by Kansas Turnpike Authority on Friday afternoon that a bank robbery suspect was southbound on I-35. A port of entry officer saw a vehicle enter Oklahoma that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle. A trooper located the vehicle and a short pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, the suspect fired at troopers, who fired back. The bank that was robbed was in Wellington, Kan. The suspect told people at the bank he had a bomb, so OHP’s bomb squad was called to the scene after the pursuit ended to clear the vehicle. No explosives were found. The incident is under investigation.
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YE)--Enid Public Schools will welcome its newest students next week during four-year-old enrollment for the 2023-24 school year. Families must pick up informational packets at their student’s home school sites March 28-30. Enrollment will open on April 3 and will be completed exclusively online. Guardians enrolling their children as EPS students for the first time will need the children’s immunization record, birth certificate (no hospital footprints, please) and verification of address, such as a utility bill. Families who do not have access to a device to complete enrollment online are encouraged to contact their student’s school. Home school sites can be found by visiting enidpublicschools.org, clicking “Menu”, and clicking “Find Your School” under the enrollment tab. All EPS four-year-old programs focus on the social, academic, physical and emotional needs of children. Students must be four-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2023.
Beginning May 8, full-day kindergarten enrollment for students who are new to EPS will be open online. Parents should enroll their student online at enidpublicschools.org/enrollment or visit the Welcome Center located in the Administrative Services Center, 500 S. Independence. Online enrollment will be open May 8. Students must be five-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2023 to enroll. If a child is currently an EPS pre-kindergarten student, it is not necessary to attend kindergarten enrollment because their school will send out pre-enrollment for kindergarten via call, text or email.
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IA)--A Kingfisher man was hospitalized over the weekend after being injured in a crash Friday in Kingfisher County. 50 year-old Robert Wade Tisdale was taken to Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, where he was admitted in stable condition with head and trunk injuries. Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident happened Friday morning on U.S. 81 nearly 3 miles south of Dover. According to an OHP report, Tisdale was riding a 2008 Yamaha V Star motorcycle north on U.S. 81 when a 2015 John Deere front-end loader, driven by 63 year-old Kevin Matthew Creps of Crescent was also traveling north on the shoulder and attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of Tisdale’s motorcycle at a cut-through. Tisdale, who was wearing a helmet, swerved right to avoid contact and laid the motorcycle on its side. The motorcycle nearly 150 feet. Creps was not injured.
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HB)--Hell’s Belles is coming to Stride Bank Center on Saturday, July 22nd in the Grand Ballroom. The all-female Hell’s Belles are dedicated AC/DC fanatics who strive to deliver the music of AC/DC with mechanical precision and passionate fury. It's an all out rock-n-roll assault that leaves you both satisfied and begging for more. Tickets are $40 and it is a general admission standing room only show.
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AF)--The Public Library of Enid and Garfield County is looking for participants for its annual Enid Author Fest. The event will be 1:00-5:00 p.m. April 15 at the library, 120 W. Maine. Local author festivals provide an opportunity for authors to display their work while developing connections in the area. The community also learns about authors publishing in their neighborhood. Attendees can meet some of the top writing talents in the region, sample their work and even take home an autographed book. Interested authors should visit the library’s website at enid.okpls.org/Enid-Author-Fest-2023 to view the author’s cover letter and to apply for participation. Authors accepted into the festival will be notified by March 4. Any questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PV)--Pet owners can get their animals vaccinated and licensed for $10 next month during the city of Enid’s annual pet clinic. The citywide rabies shot clinic will be held noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at Chisholm Trail Expo Center on the Garfield County Fairgrounds. Open to the public, including pet owners outside of Enid, the shot clinic will include pet vaccinations for rabies and issuance of pet licenses as required by local ordinance. A city pet license is required for every dog, cat or potbellied pig over the age of 6 months old. Registering animals allows for identification of their owners, should the pet become lost or stolen. For animals that already have been vaccinated, pet owners can bring their rabies vaccination certificate, and a city pet license will be issued for $2. City pet licenses are valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 in the year it is purchased. Payments can be made in cash or by personal check. No credit or debit cards will be taken at the event.