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KGWA Local News Tuesday 04.02.24

LS)--Enid Police Department officers arrested a man Monday afternoon in connection to a shooting at Love's Travel Stop, in the 4100 block of East Randolph that left a woman hospitalized. The suspect, identified as 30 year-old Marquis D. Hughes was arrested in Government Springs Park North, near St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, around 3:40 Monday afternoon. Enid Police officers responded just after 3:15 Monday afternoon to a call reporting a woman who had been shot at Love’s. Responding officers found the 32 year-old woman lying in the doorway of the business and provided aid until Enid Fire Department and Life EMS personnel arrived on scene. The woman was transported to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center with multiple gunshot wounds but is expected to survive her injuries. She was transported by ambulance to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Officers learned Hughes had a physical altercation with the victim prior to the shooting, then fled the scene. EPD officers and Garfield County Sheriff’s office deputies located the vehicle and Hughes at the north entrance of Government Springs North Park. According to the report, Hughes ran from the vehicle with a gun in his hand. Officers and deputies chased and surrounded him in the park. During the chase, Hughes reportedly fired his weapon but caused no damage or injuries. Hughes was booked on complaints of shooting with intent to kill, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction and two Garfield County warrants. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Enid Police Department by calling (580) 242-7000.

 

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RE)—Voters in the Enid Public Schools district will vote today on a school bond issue. Officials said the proposal is to address technology, security and transportation needs. The bond issues package totals about $10.8 million.  Plus, City of Enid Ward 1 residents will cast ballots in the Enid Municipal Recall Election. On the ballot will be Judd Blevins and Cheryl Patterson. The election will decide who will represent residents in Ward 1 going forward. Polling locations will be open today until 7:00 p.m.  Residents can look up their polling location by going to Oklahoma.gov/elections and can view the ward map at: Enid.org/WardMap. If you have any questions about the election, you may contact the Garfield County Election Board at (580) 237-6016. The office is located at 903 Failing Avenue.

 

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CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners will meet today in Study Session and Regular Meeting. The Study Session will be held at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Regular Meeting at 6:30. Both meeting will be held in Council Chambers of the City administration Building on West Garriott and will be open to the public.  

 

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CP)--Garfield County Commissioners will hear a presentation from the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians today about the tribe possibly bringing a casino to Garfield County. The meeting will be 1:30 this afternoon at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center Pavilion to accommodate the possible large audience. Garfield County Commissioner Clarence Maly requested the item be put on the meeting agenda. He said the tribe contacted him to set up a meeting with commissioners, although there won’t be any action taken during the meeting as it is a presentation being heard. Maly said if a casino were to be built outside of Enid, county commissioners wouldn’t have much say in the matter anyway, but that he’s curious how the tribe plans to acquire the land for a potential casino.

 

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CF)--Several positions in Garfield County will be up for election this year. Garfield County positions up for election this year are county commissioner District 2, county clerk, court clerk and sheriff. The filing period will be April 3-5. County candidates will file at the Garfield County Election Board, 903 Failing. In addition, state and national positions also will be contested, with those candidates filing at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. The 3rd Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas will be up for election. In the state Legislature, odd numbered Senate districts will be up, including District 19, currently held by Sen. Roland Pederson. All state House positions will be up, including all of those representing Garfield County: District 40, currently held by Rep. Chad Caldwell of Enid; District 59, held by Rep. Mike Dobrinski of Okeene; District 58, held by Rep. Carl Newton, of Cherokee; and District 38, held by Rep. John Pfeiffer, of Orlando.

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SU)--City of Enid Information Technology department announced a planned upgrade to circuits and routers for 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4th that will impact some public-facing systems and operations, including the internet, payments, City WI-FI in parks, and the telephone system. City departments will not be able to make or receive phone calls or process any transactions during this time. Residents and businesses are encouraged to handle in-person business related to utility payments, traffic fine payments, and permitting before 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4th.

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