MT)—Testimony continued today in Garfield County District Court for the trial of a former Enid man accused of the murder of a local man in December of 2012. 24 year-old Ronnie Eugene Fuston is charged in the shooting death of Heath Crites in Dec. 2012. Crites was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in the living room of a home in the 300 block of East Columbia. Fuston is charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number during the commission of a felony. According to Enid News and Eagle, The seven-man, five-woman jury on Wednesday heard the testimony of three witnesses. The trial is before District Judge Dennis Hladik and is scheduled for seven days. Fuston previously was bound over for trial in another murder case in Oklahoma County. In that case, an Oklahoma City man was found shot to death in Oct. 2012, at his apartment. Fuston is set for trial Dec. 5 in the Oklahoma County case.
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FF)--An 81-year-old woman died after a Wednesday morning house fire in Ponca City. According to Newsok.com Ken Eck, Ponca City EMS division chief, said fire crews were called to a house fire in the 1700 block of Richway Drive just before 10:00 Wednesday morning. Firefighters were able to pull Lavada Baker out of the home, but she later died at a local hospital. Eck said Baker's son-in-law went to the home after he couldn't reach her and attempted to pull her out of the fire. Eck said the man suffered injuries, including smoke inhalation, and was hospitalized. His condition wasn't released. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The search for an Oklahoma man wanted in a string of killings, shootings and carjackings is in its fifth day, and authorities say they have no idea where he is. Michael Dale Vance Jr. is wanted on multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder for the near-decapitations of two relatives in the town of Luther t Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel described as "rage killings." Vance was last seen early Monday about 30 miles from the Texas border in western Oklahoma. Whetsel says Vance could be anywhere from California to Florida. Whetsel says it's also possible that Vance has died if he hasn't received medical treatment for a gunshot wound he suffered Sunday during a shootout with police in Wellston, 35 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. A special hotline has been set up for people to call if they have tips on Michael Vance’s whereabouts. People with tips can call 405-246-9205. The hotline will be manned 24/7 by U.S. Marshals.
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BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer in northern Oklahoma fatally shot a man while responding to a domestic disturbance call. The shooting happened Wednesday outside a home in Bartlesville. Bartlesville Police Capt. Jay Hastings says that when officers arrived, a woman ran out of the home and was followed by a man who was attacking her. Hastings says one officer used a stun gun on the man "to no effect." He says an officer then opened fire after the man began attacking the officers, too. Police say the man was pronounced dead at a hospital later Wednesday. Hastings says one officer was treated for wounds on his face. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will lead the investigation into the shooting.
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CD)--Coldwell Banker Realty III has started its 11th annual Coats for Kids drive to help students stay warm this winter. Broker and owner Justin Helterbrand said the business is starting to collect coats now in order to get them to school counselors when the weather gets colder. Local school counselors pick up the coats and make sure they fit the children in need. Coats are not given out at the Coldwell Banker office. Helterbrand is requesting slightly used or new coats be dropped off at the Coldwell Banker Realty III office, 101 N. Van Buren. Coats should be sizes pre-K to high school. All adult size coats will be donated to Forgotten Ministries. The drive is requesting no sweatshirts.
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QF)--Northwestern Oklahoma State University students will coordinate an interactive panel discussion on State Question 777, “Right to Farm”, at 7:00 tonight engaging participants simultaneously via live video on all of its four campuses in Alva, Enid, Woodward and Ponca City. Developed by NWOSU’s CORE (Conserving our Ranger Environment) group, the discussion is to be focused on the consequences of SQ 777 if it is approved. The event will be free and open to the public at each of NWOSU’s four campuses including Enid at 30th and Randolph.
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NL)--Adults will have the run of the place Friday with “Nightlife” at Leonardo's Children's Museum. Leonardo's will be open 6:00-9:00 p.m. to those 21 years of age and older. The event will feature a John Wilkes Booth lecture at 7:00 p.m. when Russ Frazee dresses for the occasion. There will be live music, a food truck outside and a cash bar featuring a signature scientific cocktail. Attendees may learn about Leonardo's building history and its somewhat spooky happenings. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes but should remember dress should not be obstructive or offensive. Weapons and masks are not allowed. A variety of exhibits will be open including the critter clubhouse, a life-sized Lite-Brite, the power tower and more. Admission is $8 per adult or $4 for members. Tickets may be purchased online, https://leonardoscmnightlife.eventbrite.com, or at the door. For more information, visit www.leonardos.org or call (580) 233-2787.
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TT)--Enid Toys for Tots is now collecting toys for children in the Enid area. The program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December to distribute as Christmas gifts. Last year, the program gave gifts to more than 1,800 children. The program hopes to collect 7,500 toys and will begin placing collection boxes in supporting businesses in the Enid area. Roy Wahlgren, Enid Toys for Tots coordinator, said the program is seeking Marines or Marine reservists that can volunteer a few hours to the local effort. Wahlgren added the annual efforts is about bringing hope to children and bringing communities together. For more information contact Wahlgren at www.toysfortots.org or call 580.278.6025.
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BE)--Stratus Contact Solutions, a division of ILD, Corp., announced the expansion of its inbound call center in Enid. Stratus opened the Enid call center in April of 2015 and currently employs 55 customer service agents and 5 supervisors. The decision to expand the call center is based on the quality workforce available in Enid and the cost effective business operation. Stratus Contact Solutions will hold a ribbon cutting event at the Enid call center at 2300 North 10th Street in honor of the expansion at 12:00 pm on November 2nd. Anyone interested in applying for employment at Stratus Contact Center should apply through the website at stratuscontactsolutions.com.
IG)-- Jay Owenhouse, an escape artist and illusionist, will perform in Enid at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Central National Bank Center. Tickets for the "Dare to Believe" show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. The show will feature illusions and magic, Bengal tigers, escapes and storytelling. In 2008, Owenhouse toured China and Japan, where his show received the Best Touring Family Show in Asia award. He currently is working on a new television series. Ticket prices are $29 and $39. There are also VIP tickets for $69, which include a meet and greet with Owenhouse and Sheena, a tiger. Part of the proceeds from VIP tickets go to the Corbett Foundation, to support the tiger reserves in India. Tickets are available at CNBCenter.com or by calling (855) TIX-ENID.
EF)--An ethics forum is being planned for Enid City Commissioners. Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser said the ethics forum he is planning will be open to the public and will be held Nov. 19. An official time will be announced at a later date. He is working on securing experts to speak during the event. The commission will not vote during the forum, which will be an educational session. Vanhooser told the Enid News and Eagle, "I anticipate in early spring of 2017 we will put the creation of an ethics policy for the city of Enid on the study session agendas, and begin working towards creating a final document." He said several commissioners are gathering information, including policies from other communities, and City Attorney Andrea Chism is researching the topic.
BR)--Professional bull riding is coming back to Enid. The 2016 Enid BRI Classic is coming to the Central National Bank Center in conjunction with Bull Riders Inc., according to venue operators Spectra Venue Management. This two-night event is Nov. 18 and 19 at the Central National Bank Center. Tickets are $20 for the Golden Chute, $15 for Adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Mutton Bustin’ is also going to come back to the venue for the 4th time. Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 8 and weigh less than 60 pounds. Entry fee to participate in the Mutton Bustin’ is $15. Contact Bill at Bill_OMalley@comcastspectacor.comor at 580-616-7381. Tickets will go on sale 10:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visitingwww.CNBCenter.com or in the CNB Center Administration offices on the 2nd floor of the convention side off of Independence Ave.