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STILLWATER ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS SOUGHT
from the Stillwater Police Department:
On Sunday, 07-20-2014 at approximately 0032 hours, Stillwater Police Officers responded to the residence in the 1300 Blk. of S. Lewis for a reported armed robbery. Upon arrival, Officers discovered multiple people had been robbed in the front yard of the residence by three masked males brandishing handguns.
None of the victims reported being injured but the suspects were able to get away with an undisclosed about of money and property.
At least one of the suspects was known to the victims and was later arrested at his residence for robbery with a dangerous weapon. This suspect was identified as 32 year old Courtland Davis. The Stillwater Police Department Investigations Unit is currently investigating this incident to attempt to identify the other two suspects involved.
Anyone with information about this robbery is encouraged to contact the Stillwater Police Department at 405-372-4171. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to 405-742-8327.
DAM PROJECTS ANNOUNCED FRIDAY TO HELP OKLAHOMA
Communities across Oklahoma will benefit from a $26 million investment to upgrade dams that provide critical infrastructure and protect public health and safety.
National, state, and local officials gathered at Perry Lake to announce mostly 2014 Farm Bill funding for dam upgrades in a state that first partnered with USDA to build a watershed structure in the 1940s.
“This investment will protect people and ensure that these critical structures continue to provide benefits for future generations,” said Jason Weller, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief. “Homes, businesses, and agriculture are depending on responsible management of the dams and overall watersheds, and NRCS, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and conservation districts are continuing to provide that support to these communities.”
More than 150 dams in 26 states will receive upgrade assistance for planning, design or construction—36 of which are in Oklahoma. The projects were identified based on potential risks to life and property if a dam failure were to occur. The number of these high-hazard dams in Oklahoma is on the rise due to residential development downstream of the structures. Only 30 of Oklahoma’s 2,107 watershed program dams were originally constructed as high-hazard. Today, 249 are classified as such.
Upper Black Bear Creek Watershed Dam No. 62 in Noble County where the funding announcement was made is one such structure. In addition to the benefits of municipal water and recreation to the City of Perry, the dam provides flood protection to 541 people who live and work downstream. Additionally, the dam protects seven county roads, one state highway, two U.S. highways, and Interstate 35. Together, these roads support 16,200 vehicles daily.
“Upgrading and extending the life of these structures is vital to Oklahoma’s economy. When the benefits of flood control dams are compared to the costs of maintaining them, it’s clear this is a quality investment that benefits all Oklahomans,” said Mike Thralls, OCC executive director.
Oklahoma’s conservation partners operate and maintain 2,107 watershed flood control dams across the state, representing a $2 billion public infrastructure that provides $82 million in annual benefits in the form of flood control, municipal water supply, recreation, wildlife habitat, and wildfire suppression.
For more information, visit the NRCS Watershed Rehabilitation webpage or contact your local conservation district.
LOGAN COUNTY WRECK KILLS COUPLE
Two Hennessey residents were killed Thursday in a Logan County highway accident.
Killed were Eric Haworth, 31, and Melissa Haworth, 30.
Thomas Crain, 34, was driving north on State Highway 74 about 4:30 p.m. Thursday when his tractor-trailer collided with a pickup driven by Owen Bierig, 31, of Billings.
Bierig’s pickup then crossed the center line, striking the Haworths’ pickup head on. The Haworths, of Hennessey, were pronounced dead at the scene. Two girls, Kyler Haworth, 4, and Kenlya Haworth, 2, were taken by ambulance to OU Medical Center with head injuries. The girls later were transferred to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in good condition.
Bierig was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City where he was admitted in good condition. Jeremy Smith, a passenger in Bierig’s truck, was taken by ambulance to OU Medical in Oklahoma City. Smith, 21, of Garber, was admitted in critical condition with head, arm, leg, internal and external injuries.
Crain was not injured in the crash.
STATE OFFICIALS: WHEAT HARVEST PREDICTIONS BLEAK
Drought conditions that continued through spring, followed by a late freeze in April and untimely rains in June have produced the poorest Oklahoma wheat crop in nearly a half century, Oklahoma agriculture officials said.
The official forecast is for 51 million bushels of Oklahoma's top cash crop, the lowest amount since 43 million bushels were harvested in 1957, according to Mike Schulte, executive director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
The harvest, which began in early June, was officially considered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be 97 percent complete as of Monday, Schulte said."Right when it (harvest) was beginning to start we got untimely rains, and the farmers are grateful for the moisture, it just really came at a time when producers were trying to get out into the fields," Schulte said.
Farmers are able to offset their losses through crop insurance and, in some instances, by using the crop in feed for livestock.
The price farmers were receiving for Oklahoma-grown wheat at mid-week, according figures provided by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, ranged from $6.09 to $6.29 per bushel.
PIKEPASS HOLDERS TO GAIN NEW ROADS FOR USE
Oklahoma residents traveling through Dallas and Fort Worth will soon be able to travel on toll roads with their Oklahoma issued PikePass. By the end of the year, Oklahoma drivers will be able to do the same in Kansas.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority and North Texas Tollway Authority both pass resolutions, along with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, to begin the process.
Beginning on August 10, drivers with PikePasses will be able to travel toll roads, bridges and tunnels in the Dallas metroplex. In return, Texas drivers will be able to access the 10 Oklahoma turnpikes.
A date has not been released for the Kansas toll roads.
All transactions will be deducted from the PikePass account.
The NTTA operates three toll roads in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: the Dallas North Tollway, George Bush Turnpike and the Sam Rayburn Tollway.
STILLWATER RESIDENTS CAN NOW APPLY FOR A SAFE ROOM GRANT
The City of Stillwater will be accepting applications for another round of safe room grants. The deadline to submit the Safe Room Voluntary Participation Form to the grants coordinator is Friday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.
For those who meet the criteria, they may receive a 75 percent rebate (up to $2,000) on a home shelter. The Criteria includes the following:
· The property on which the safe room will be built/installed must be within Stillwater's city limits.
· The property must serve as the applicant's primary residence.
· The applicant must be the property owner.
· The applicant must be able to pay for the safe room's purchase, installation and other fees associated with construction. Receipts are required for reimbursement, which will take approximately eight to ten weeks to process.
· There can only be one safe room reimbursement per homeowner.
· In-ground safe rooms must be within 100 feet of the house's foundation.
· The safe room must meet FEMA standards. For in-ground safe rooms, see FEMA standard code 321; for above-ground safe rooms, see FEMA standard code 361.
· In-ground safe rooms cannot be built in a FEMA-identified flood area.
According to Grants Coordinator Valerie Silvers, “It’s important that you receive an official letter from the City of Stillwater stating you are approved for the 75 percent rebate (up to $2,000) before you purchase your safe room. Otherwise, you won’t be reimbursed.”
Recent data shows the cost of a FEMA approved safe room can be anywhere from $2,480 to over $4,000, depending upon the size and style you choose. Aboveground safe rooms must be placed on a concrete slab, and the price for the slab is not included in the estimates listed above.
In the Stillwater area, the most popular choice for safe rooms are ones that are in ground, installed in either the garage floor or the yard.
For more information, contact Silvers at (405) 742-8345 or email email@example.com.
Safe Room Voluntary Participation Forms are available for pick up at the Stillwater Municipal Building at the Development Services Help Desk, 2nd floor or online at Stillwater.org.
OSU GROUP PLANS TRIP TO AFRICA
A group of faculty members and students from Oklahoma State University will travel to Africa this month as part of an entrepreneurial and cultural exchange program funded by the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The focus of the project is to create professional relationships and learning experiences between U.S. entrepreneurs and up-and-coming entrepreneurs from Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. Twenty-four African fellows will participate in the two-way exchange program and work on enterprise projects while maintaining U.S. mentor contacts through social media.
While in Oklahoma last May, the budding African entrepreneurs spent three weeks working as interns for local businesses, organizations, nonprofits, government agencies and educational centers. "Our hope is to follow up with the fellows to see how they have implemented what they have learned in the U.S. into their enterprises," said Craig Edwards, agricultural education professor and co-director of the grant project.
The OSU group plans to visit eight of the 12 entrepreneurs during their visit and interview potential entrepreneurs for the second phase of the project in October.
"We provide the most help to our fellows when we can learn more about their culture and spend time in their businesses," said Shelly Sitton, agricultural communications professor and project co-director. "We also have the opportunity to select well-qualified entrepreneurs in person to come to Oklahoma this fall, which helps us provide the best internships for them."
Faculty members from OSU, who will travel to South Africa and Uganda, include Craig Edwards, agricultural education, communication and leadership; Shida Henneberry, agricultural economics; Craig Watters, entrepreneurship; and Shelly Sitton, agricultural education, communication and leadership. Dr. Jim Hynes, agricultural education professor from Sam Houston State University, will assist the OSU professors. Jacob Sitton, a freshman from Stillwater, and Reina Rivera, graduate student in international agriculture from Antioch, Tenn., will accompany the professors on the trip.
Volunteers are needed to host an entrepreneur fellow in October. For more information, contact Brentney Maroney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RED CROSS OFFERS SUMMER HEAT SAFETY INFORMATION
Summer heat is here in Oklahoma bringing with it potential health hazards. The American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma has steps people can follow as well as locations for our neighbors to beat the heat.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including tornadoes, floods and hurricanes.
Everyone is at risk when temperatures rise above 90 degrees; and the elderly and the very young are most susceptible to heat and heat-related illnesses. Heat-related illnesses can cause serious injury and even death if unattended. Signs of heat-related illnesses include nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, heavy sweating and headaches. Persons with heat-related illness should be moved to a cool place, given cool water to drink and ice packs or cool wet cloths should be applied to the skin. If a victim refuses water, vomits or loses consciousness, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately.
The Red Cross also recommends the following steps to prevent heat-related illnesses:
NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN, PETS IN THE CAR, the inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Other heat safety steps include:
§ Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
§ Avoid extreme temperature changes.
§ Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
§ Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
§ Postpone outdoor games and activities.
§ Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
§ Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
§ Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
§ If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should choose places to go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).
Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.
If someone is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
HEAT STROKE IS LIFE-THREATENING
Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.
For more information on what to do when temperatures rise, people can visit redcross.org, download the Red Cross Heat Wave Safety Checklist, or download the free Red Cross First Aid. The app is available for iPhone and Android smart phone and tablet users in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. People can learn how to treat heat-related and other emergencies by taking First Aid and CPR/AED training online or in person. Go to redcross.org/takeaclass for information and to register.
CHECK OUT THE KSPI AM WEEKDAY LINE UP!!
From 7 to 9, mornings start with "Stillwater Magazine", hosted by Stillwater Radio News Director Bill Van Ness. Bill gets your weekday started by bringing you up to date with local news, state news, local sports, local weather and local happenings from around the area with special guests and topics.
"The Game" with Rex Holt airs from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Rex is the voice for Oklahoma State Wrestling, Oklahoma State Baseball and Stillwater High School Football and Wrestling. Each day Monday thru Friday, Rex gives you a realistic look at local high school sports, Big 12 sports, Professional Sports and hot topics of the day. Bill Van Ness joins Rex to add his sports insights to the program.
WATCH AND LISTEN TO THE GAME LIVE HERE 9AM-11AM WEEKDAYS
IN THE LINE UP FROM 11A-2P is “THE JIM ROME SHOW”. Jim generates an electric atmosphere on the air that's dense with attitude, humor, and hipness. Rather than gunning for controversy and confrontation, Jim aims to engage and challenge his callers. His creative, bare knuckle approach, tempered by intelligence and vast knowledge of sports, has left him perched atop the sports talk world with America's sports radio fans in the palm of his hand.
eclectic style, listeners never know
Former OSU basketball standout Doug Gottlieb hosts the 2P-5P afternoon show on CBS Sports Radio which is the nation’s newest and largest 24/7 major-market radio network.
Prior to joining The Doug Gottlieb Show on CBS. He also co-hosted a show on ESPN Radio. Gottlieb was a college basketball analyst on ESPN and did his first radio work on KSPI-AM in 2000.
Gottlieb was a college basketball point guard at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State
and was graduated with a marketing degree from OSU in 2000. He holds every assist
record at OSU and in the Big 12 Conference. He is tenth all-time in assists
in NCAA history.