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    RP)--A 27-year-old Enid man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison after entering an Alford plea to a charge of second-degree rape. Jemial Dashawn Lofton was charged in November 2017, with first-degree rape and was accused of having sex with an unconscious woman. According to Enid News and Eagle, on April 15, prosecutors amended the charge to second-degree rape, and Lofton entered an Alford plea, which is considered a guilty plea without the defendant admitting guilt but admitting the prosecution likely could prove the charge. District Judge Paul Woodward sentenced Lofton to 15 years in prison, with credit for time served. The sentence runs concurrent to another 2017 case for charges of possession of a firearm after former felony conviction and receiving/concealing stolen property. Lofton also entered Alford pleas to those charges. Lofton will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release, pay court costs, pay $50 to the victims compensation fund and more than $20,000 in jail costs.

     

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    BE)--A warrant has been issued for the arrest of an Enid woman charged last week with felony embezzlement. 25 year-old Reno Michelle Kennedy is accused of fraudulently appropriating money from her employer Candlewood Suites for a use or purpose not authorized by the business sometime between June 1 and Aug. 30, 2018. Kennedy is accused of taking just over $8500 in cash and $32,000 in checks from the hotel. Hotel management told Enid Police, the checks were cancelled but the cash was never located. Kennedy reportedly used some of the money to make car and utility payments. If convicted, Kennedy faces up to five years imprisonment and/or a fine, as well as restitution. Bond on the warrant for Kennedy's arrest has been set at $10,000.

     

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    RA)--Enid Police arrested a local man this week in connection with an April 16 theft at Pete's Market on North Grand. Sgt. Nick John told Enid News and Eagle 26 year-old Dylan Eck was booked on complaints of first-degree burglary and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Eck is accused of entering the store’s office and taking cash, before fleeing on foot. Following a search of a residence in the 200 block of East Cherry, police reported recovering clothing belonging to Eck that matched a description provided by the store’s clerk and seen on video surveillance.

     

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    Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics this Saturday will be assisting with Prescription Take Back Day across the state to collect and safely dispose of old, expired home medication that could be targeted for abuse. OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said the agency’s Safe Trips for Scripts program has 176 OBN drug disposal boxes located in law enforcement lobbies in all 77 Oklahoma counties. Two of the boxes are located in Enid, in the lobby of Enid Police Department and lobby of Garfield County Sheriff's Office. Woodward said it allows the public to dispose of old medication throughout the year. OBN Director John Scully said clearing household medicine cabinets of unwanted or expired medication, is critical to limit the availability of dangerous prescription drugs that could fall into the hands of our youth. Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics has a list of disposal box locations on its web site at www.ok.gov/obndd.

     

     

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    HC)--A coalition made up of multiple groups and individuals from around the state gathered at the state Capitol today in support of expanding health care coverage. According to the organizers, the state has an opportunity to expand SoonerCare or private health coverage to those in the state living below the poverty level. They are in support of using federal dollars to do so, but said voters need to pressure lawmakers in Oklahoma to act. Gov. Kevin Stitt has gone on the record saying that he would discourage Oklahomans from voting for a Medicaid expansion, if the question goes to voters in the 2020 general election. A petition gathered nearly 200,000 signatures in support of Medicaid expansion to low income people eligible for federal-state health insurance.

     

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    RR)--Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has filed expert witness testimony in Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s rate case, asking regulators for a $32 million rate reduction for customers. OG&E is seeking an annual increase of approximately $76.6 million, which reflects a 4.4 percent increase over rates set in July 2018. The company says the rate hike is to recover increased business costs and electric infrastructure investments. The increase, as proposed by OG&E, would raise a residential customer’s bill by approximately 7.7 percent when compared to current rates. This equals about $7.55 per month on the average residential customer bill. As proposed by OG&E, general service customers would receive a rate increase of 4.4 percent. For the industrial rate classes, both power and light customers and large power and light customers would receive rate increases ranging from 4.6 percent to 9.8 percent. But, rather than the increase, Hunter's filing with the court calls for a rate reduction for the utility company's customers. Oklahoma Corporation Commission is scheduled to begin hearings before an administrative law judge on OG&E’s request for a rate increase on May 29, and continuing each business day until the hearing concludes.

     

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    SB)--Country music group Sawyer Brown will perform in Enid Thursday. Tickets are on sale for the concert presented by Triangle Insurance. Sawyer Brown first came onto the country music scene after winning the televised “Star Search” competition in the 1980s. They have since sold millions of albums. Tickets are $69, $55, $39 and $25 and can be ordered by calling 855.849-3643 (855.TIX.ENID) or at www.stridebankcenter.com or the Stride Bank Center Box Office.

     

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    PF)--The public is invited to attend a Public Forum on Current Oklahoma Drug Threats, hosted by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN).  The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Room 131, in Enid. OBN Director John Scully says the forum is designed to keep citizens better informed about the current and emerging drug issues that directly impact families, schools, businesses and communities. Scully said, “Our agency has developed a comprehensive Drug Threat Assessment that highlights the current climate of narcotic trafficking, manufacturing, and abuse in Oklahoma.  This includes specific trends involving the opioid crisis and heroin abuse, methamphetamine importation and rise in meth overdoses, and emerging patterns with cocaine and marijuana.” The forum will include OBN experts providing unique insight to drug trends, discussing steps communities and families can take to prevent substance abuse, and answering questions from members of the audience. The event will run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  For more information about the Public Forum on Current Oklahoma Drug Threats, please contact the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics PIO at 1-800-522-8031. 

     

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    SH)--The public is invited to a free soil health workshop and lunch on Thursday in Pond Creek. The Natural Resources Conservation Service workshop will explore how to manage your land for better soil health and healthy food. Speakers will discuss the soil and its biological components as they relate to grazing and cropping systems, rainwater infiltration, erosion resistance, drought resilience, and plant growth efficiency. This event will include a locally-led survey to identify conservation resources concerns in your area, updates on conservation programs, Ag Census, and provide training on simple steps for better forage. The workshop will be held on Thursday at the Grant County Expo Building in Pond Creek and will start at 11:00 AM. Lunch will be provided.

     

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    SM)--Enid High School Vocal Music and Theater Departments present “Shrek The Musical", with an evening of music and entertainment Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30pm in the EHS auditorium.  Adult tickets are $10 and student tickets are $7. Tickets will be available one hour before show time. More than 60 EHS students will take the stage to bring to life this musical based on the movie “Shrek”. Featuring a lead cast as well as story book characters many have enjoyed since childhood, the musical showcases the many talents of Enid High’s students.

     

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    AG)--Northern Oklahoma College’s 24th annual gala will be held later this month. Tickets go on sale Tuesday. For $20, attendees can enjoy an evening of opera and show tunes, with performances directed by conductor Gerald Steichen. The April 28 gala at NOC’s Kinzer Performing Arts Center in Tonkawa starts at 7:00 p.m., and doors to the auditorium open at 6:30. Tickets can be purchased by phone, credit card or check. For more information contact Northern Oklahoma College.

     

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    AG)--Northern Oklahoma College’s 24th annual gala will be held later this month. Tickets go on sale Tuesday. For $20, attendees can enjoy an evening of opera and show tunes, with performances directed by conductor Gerald Steichen. The April 28 gala at NOC’s Kinzer Performing Arts Center in Tonkawa starts at 7:00 p.m., and doors to the auditorium open at 6:30. Tickets can be purchased by phone, credit card or check. For more information contact Northern Oklahoma College.

     

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    FD)--Denny Price Family YMCA, 415 W. Chero­kee, will host a free father-daughter breakfast and “Super Fun Saturday” on May 4. The father-daughter event will begin with breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by a craft and inspirational message. Enid native and daughter of Brent Price, Madison Price Volpe, will deliver the message for girls and their fathers. Volpe grew up involved in school, church and YMCA activities in Enid. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in December 2018 with a bachelor’s de­gree in organizational communication. Volpe and her husband, Jonny, live in Stillwater, where they are youth directors at their church. After the breakfast and inspirational message, girls and their dads will be able to spend time together swimming, climbing the rock wall, playing basketball or playing in the I-zone activity center. Girls may bring a brother, uncle or other adult male role model if their father is unavailable. The father-daughter event is an effort of the YMCA’s Christian Emphasis Com­mittee. For more information on this and other YMCA activities visit http://enidymca.org or call (580) 237-4645.

     

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    AP)--April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Oklahoma State Department of Health, along with its community partners, is working to raise awareness about the importance of ensuring great childhoods for all Oklahoma children. Organizations across the state are working together to host events demonstrating their commitment to preventing child abuse. At 5:00 p.m. today, the Garfield County Child Advocacy Council will have a ceremony on the courthouse lawn as part of its Wooden Children Project. Last year in Garfield County, 332 children were confirmed as abused or neglected, an increase of 86 from the previous year. For additional information about child abuse prevention, or how to get involved with other activities in your community, contact your local county health department.

     

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    BF)—The Enid High School Big Blue Band will travel to Dallas in May 2019 for a contest at Six Flags Amusement Park and they are seeking the public’s help. Are you a Big Blue Band alumnus? Are you a kind and generous individual or business willing to help out? Donations can be sent to:

     

     

                                                 The Big Blue Band Booster Club

                                                              610 S. Cleveland

                                                                    PMB #437

                                                                Enid, Ok 73703

     

     

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