BM)--The mother of a baby found dead in a local dumpster in April has been charged with second-degree murder and unauthorized disposal of a corpse. 26 year-old Kathryn Juanita Green also was charged Thursday with child neglect, possession of controlled dangerous substance-methamphetamine and obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor. The infant was found in a construction dumpster the morning of April 9th at 1616 S. 2nd. Upon arrival, police officers discovered a deceased newborn male infant inside the container. The State Medical Examiner’s office was notified, arrived on scene, and took custody of the infant’s body. The body was then transported to Oklahoma City for examination. An Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office report lists the manner of death for the boy, identified as Baby Boy Green, as homicide and the cause as methamphetamine toxicity. The report does not indicate whether or not the child was stillborn. Green faces up to 10 years to life imprisonment on the murder charge, up to five years, or up to a year in county jail on the corpse disposal charge, up to life on the child neglect charge, up to five years on the meth charge and up to a year in county jail on the obstruction charge. Green remains in custody from the original arrest.
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JN)--Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles joined Alan Clepper in studio this morning on KGWA for his regular weekly visit. Niles says he intends to stay on the job following the unsealing of indictments Tuesday that charged six people, including Niles, with felony second-degree manslaughter in the deatj of an inmate at the county jail last year. District Judge Paul Woodward unsealed the indictments that were handed down last week by a multi-county grand jury convening in Oklahoma County. The indictments included charges for Niles; then-jail administrator Jennifer Shay Niles, the sheriff's daughter-in-law who resigned from the jail in June 2016; then-detention officer/supervisor Shawn Caleb Galusha; then-assistant jail administrator John Robert Markus; licensed practical nurse Vanisa Jo Gay; and nurse practitioner for the jail Lela June Goatley. Sheriff Niles said both Galusha and Markus had been placed on paid administrative leave, effective Tuesday. He said the decision to place the two on leave was based on the unsealing of indictments. The indictments are in connection with the death of inmate 58 year-old Anthony DeWayne Huff. According to court documents, Huff was pronounced dead at the jail on June 8, 2016, after he was found unresponsive in a restraint chair, according to a release from Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter. The documents say he was placed in the chair for an extended period of time without proper amounts of food, water or medical treatment for his illnesses. Each defendant has 10 days to file a written request with the court for a preliminary hearing in their respective cases. Those charged each face two to four years in prison, or up to a year in county jail, or a fine of up to $1,000, or both fine and punishment. They are currently released on $5,000 bond and due back in court Aug. 15 for bond appearances.
A federal lawsuit was filed on last month accusing Garfield County officials of negligence in his death and of violating Huff’s constitutional rights. It was filed on behalf of Huff's estate by Huff's brother, James Graham. The 23-page lawsuit lists Garfield County Detention Center, Garfield County Board of County Commissioners, Sheriff Niles, Jennifer Niles, Turn Key Health Clinics, Goatley and three John Does as defendants in the case.
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CW)--Enid Police Department is warning area residents and businesses of the potential for fraud by a woman recently released from jail and seen Wednesday at an Enid business. According to the Enid News and Eagle, the manager of Cafe Garcia called police after 43 year old Loreal Lynn Stroud entered his business, offering to print some children's menus in exchange for a free lunch. He said he recognized Stroud from an online news story that said she had just bonded out of Payne County's jail on a charge of obtaining money (or property) by false pretense. Stroud has convictions in Bryan and Logan counties for defrauding business and has similar pending charges in Payne and Major counties. Police said Stroud has no charges pending in Garfield County at this time and is not wanted for any crimes. However, police also said Loreal Lynn Stroud is known to be involved in fraudulent scams.
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IA)--A 94-year-old Braggs, Oklahoma woman was injured Wednesday evening when her vehicle struck a parked and unoccupied semi in Hitchcock. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said the collision occurred just before 8:20 Wednesday night at County Road 2610 and Main Street. Charleyne Meier was transported by personal vehicle to Mercy Hospital in Watonga and was transferred to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Meier was admitted in stable condition with head, trunk and leg injuries. According to the patrol, Meier was driving a 1995 Nissan Frontier southbound on County Road 2610 and was looking in her vehicle for something when the vehicle departed the road to the right and struck a parked 2002 Peterbuilt semi. Meier's condition is listed as "apparently normal" and the cause of the collision is listed as "inattention: other distraction inside vehicle." Meier was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.
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SP)--The City of Enid Parks and Recreation department is seeking input from the community on the possibility of making improvements to the existing skate park. There will be a public input meeting at 5:30 this afternoon in Council Chambers of the City Administration Building located at 401 W. Owen K. Garriott Road. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
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FF)—A number of filmmakers, actors, makeup artists and others will be in Enid for the fourth annual FLY Film Festival August 4-6 in downtown. Friday the 4th will be the start of the event, with a kickoff party at Five80 Coffeehouse that is free to the public, starting at noon. Attendees will be able to get lunch, hear about the movies that will be shown and buy tickets. Approximately 35 independent films will be shown at the Enid Symphony Orchestra, 301 W Broadway Ave, and genres of the festival are varied. Chris Sneed, FLY Film Festival director, said the films shown at the festival will be relatable for anyone attending. Saturday will include script readings from the nominated scripts, a family friendly block of films will be shown, there will be demonstrations of fight choreography and a Q&A panel, and a demonstration of special effects makeup for film. The day will finish with a VIP networking party at which attendees will have the chance to discuss film projects. Sunday will be a celebration and awards ceremony from 1:00-2:00 p.m. There will be live music, and two of the winning films will be shown starting at 3:00. Event passes vary in price and can be purchased at the door or online. Access to one day of the event is $10, two days for $20. A three-day pass, which includes all movies, workshops and the award celebration is $25. There also will be a VIP pass for $40 that includes festival merchandise and access to the after-party. Information on the movies to be shown, the festival schedule and event passes available to purchase can be found at flyfilmfestival.org.
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GB)--Groundbreaking for the Prairie Flats Apartments project by Excel Development Group will be Aug. 8. Project plans have the development located on the plot of land between South 7th and South 8th, along East Oklahoma. The development will include two apartment buildings with a total of 36 affordable units. Anticipated completion for all construction on the $5.3 million project is August 2018, with the first occupants moving in by May 2018. Outdoor amenities will include a playground and a covered seating area. A community building will include a fitness area, computer lab and storm shelter. Prairie Flat Apartments will be available to all income-qualified households, according to Excel Development Group. Two-bedroom units will rent for around $500 to $550 a month, and three-bedrooms for $575 to $625 a month. Groundbreaking of the apartments will be 2 p.m. Aug. 8 at 700 E. Oklahoma. Reservations can be made until Aug. 1 to McCabe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 863-4237.
OR)--The Oak Ridge Boys will perform in Enid as part of the country group’s Celebration Tour at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Central National Bank Center. The concert will feature classic gospel, country and patriotic music. For information on tickets contact the CNBC box office, 301 S. Independence or at (580) 616-7380 or cnbcenter.com/theoakridgeboystour. The Oak Ridge Boys' official website is http://oakridgeboys.com/http://oakridgeboys.com.
SS)--During the long, dog days of summer, Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center has scheduled Summer Saturdays in Humphrey Heritage Village. Historic homesteading activities will take place 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each Saturday from June through August. Participants will enjoy refreshments made with ingredients straight from the Heritage Center’s herb garden while they play lawn games, bundle herbs and tend to a variety of indoor chores at the Glidewell House. The Summer Saturday activities are free with admission to the museum. Admission for adults is $6 and $3 for children. Those 5 years and under are free. For more information on Summer Saturdays and other CSRHC programs, call the Heritage Center at (580) 237-1907 or go online to www.csrhc.org. Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located at 507 S. 4th.