Fatality report for the month of March, 2016

Preliminary information from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety shows 53 traffic-related fatalities in March 2016, compared to a preliminary total of 38 for the same month last year.

Some 48 of the fatality victims were Oklahoma residents.

The highest number of fatalities occurred on U.S. highways with 12, followed by city streets with 17 and interstate highways with 10.

Some 30 of the fatality victims were drivers; three were pedestrians, 15 were passengers, and five were motorcycle operators.

The daily fatality numbers include 13 deaths on Wednesdays, followed by eight on Fridays. Seven deaths were reported on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. There were seven days in the month of March with no reported fatalities.

According to police reports, four fatalities were alcohol-related.

There were 15 female victims and 38 male victims.

Four of the victims were age 20 or younger. The 21- to 25-year-old age group had the most fatalities with 10, followed by the 31-35-year-old group with eight.

Oklahoma County led the state with a total of 11 fatalities, followed by Tulsa County with nine.

Some 40.9 percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.

For additional statistics, please visit the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office website: www.ohso.ok.gov.

Lt. John Vincent Oklahoma Highway Patrol Public Affairs Division 405-693-9141

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 9:41 AM

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Chickasha Police Department Activity

5/3/16 1055 hours Found Property Report 1200 block Shepherd St 16012714 Officers took a report of a found cell phone which was later returned to the owner.

5/3/16 1232 hours Shoplifting from Retailer 2000 block S 1st Street 16012723 Officers responded to a call regarding shoplifting. Dylan Drewery DOB 5/22/1996 was cited for shoplifting and released. He was also served with a Trespass notice.

5/3/16 2008 hours Unauthorized Absence 2000 block W Idaho Ave 16012757 Officer took a report of 3 unauthorized absences from the Sequoyah House.

5/3/16 2113 hours Warrant Service 1400 block S Shepherd St 16012761 Officer arrested Maria Givens DOB 8/12/1963 for and outstanding Grady County warrant.

5/3/16 2319 hours Full Time and Attention to Driving 1100 block E Choctaw 16012764 Officer responded to a motorcycle collision. The driver of the motorcycle, Michael Allen DOB 6/25/1981, was arrested for DUI and Full Time and Attention to Driving.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7:52 AM

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Adult learning center graduation

Oklahoma High School Diploma Graduation

A Graduation / Commencement Ceremony for the students who have received the Oklahoma High School Diploma at the Chickasha Adult Learning Center since June, 2015 will be held Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chickasha Activity Center, 201 John P. Cowen Street. Students from Grady, Canadian, McClain and Garvin counties as well as surrounding counties are invited. All family and friends of each graduate are invited to attend. The speaker will be USAO President, Dr. John Feaver. A reception hosted by The Altrusa Club of Chickasha immediately follows the ceremony. All HSE (High School Equivalency- GED & HISET) recipients since last June are included and if you did not receive an invitation please call 222-6562 for additional information.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 12:24 PM

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Chickasha Police Department Activity

5/2/16 1953 hours Public Intoxication 800 block W Kansas Ave 16012661 Officer arrested Timothy Kreck DOB 7/6/1977, for public intoxication.

5/2/16 2059 hours DUS 1000 block N 16th Street 16012665 Officer arrested Dusti Sneed DOB 8/8/1987, for DUS and a Grady County warrant.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 8:52 AM

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Here is some information on Friday's tornado track.

The initial damage path started near MM 67 on the South side of H.E. Bailey Turnpike (I-44).

The storm traveled East/NorthEast causing damage along a 12 mile path damaging several barns/outbuildings, power poles and lines as well as causing significant damage to several homes with some being total losses.

The warning was very timely and is credited with averting injuries or death from this storm.

Many public service agencies responded quickly to evaluate and assist those with damage.

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Monday, May 2, 2016, 9:53 AM

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Chickasha Police Department Activity

4/29/16 1321 hours Larceny of Merchandise from Retailer 2000 block S 1st St 16012362 Officer responded to 2000 block S 1st in reference to a shoplifting incident. Ronald Woods DOB 1/20/1964, was arrested for larceny of merchandise from a retailer, possession of a CDS and possession of drug paraphernalia.

4/30/16 0020 hours DUI or APC of Alcohol Skyview Drive 16012412 Officer responded to a domestic disturbance call. When they arrived a male was trying to leave in his vehicle. It was determined he was intoxicated. Justin Irvin DOB 69/8/1972 was arrested for actual physical control and obstructing a peace officer.

4/30/16 0103 hours Obstruct Officer W Missouri Ave 16012415 Officer was patrolling westbound from 4th Street on Missouri Ave, when they saw mulitiple juvenile males running southbound through the alleys in the 700 block of Missouri. Officer chased the juveniles and was able to catch two. They were arrested and released to their parents.

4/30/16 0341 hours Warrant Service 100 block Glenhaven Drive 16012425 Officers were assisting on a missing person report. Warrant checks were done on one of the residents. Bret Nath DOB 8/7/1959. Dispatch confirmed Nath had a felony warrant through Grady County. He was placed under arrest and transported to Grady County Jail.

4/30/16 1128 hours Possession of CDS 8th Street 16012444 An officer arrested a juvenile for possession of Marijuana.

4/30/16 1528 hours Lost Property Report 1800 block S 4th Street 16012458 Officer took a report on a lost wallet.

4/30/16 1816 hours Burglary in 2nd Degree 100 block Orchard Drive 16012471 Officer took a report of a tablet being taken out of an unlocked vehicle. 5/1/16 0221 hours Knowing Concealing Stolen Property 3300 block W Carolina Ave 16012516 Officers were conducting an extra patrol for prevention of burglaries when they observed a suspicious vehicle that was unlawfully parked. When officers attempted to contact the subjects in the vehicle the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. Officers arrested a juvenile for attempting to elude, driving without a license, possession of marihuana and possession of stolen property. Charges pending further investigation.

5/1/16 1527 hours unauthorized Absence 2000 block W Idaho Ave 16012551 Officers arrested two juveniles for unauthorized absence.

Monday, May 2, 2016, 7:19 AM

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Train Depot Art Class

FREE Art Class for 8-12s on May 7 in the Train Depot

In conjunction with the grand opening of the Farmers’ Market in the Mill Building and Depot area on Saturday May 7th, the Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC) will host its FREE First Saturday Art Class in the historic and beautiful Train Depot, located at 1st and Chickasha Avenue!

NOTE: This is a change from the usual locations for CAAC’s FREE Saturday Morning Art Classes.

This art class is for 8-12 year olds and will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10:00-11:30 am in the Depot. Sean Brown, a 2013 graduate of Chickasha High School and a junior art major at USAO, will be teaching the class. His special interest is Contemporary Art Techniques.

Sean will be demonstrating and teaching ‘The Art of Doodling’ in which children will learn about Zen-Tangles, Loopy Fish and One Point Perspectives as they explore their creativity and imagination through drawing.

Adult caregivers are to accompany and stay with their children for the class.

ALSO, the Arts Council will have a booth at the Farmers’ Market for those interested in participating in the 8th annual Rock Island Arts Festival (RIAF), which is Sept. 20 and Oct. 1-2 in the Depot area. Applications will be available for musicians and performers, artisans, crafters, businesses, food vendors and wineries.

RESERVATIONS for the May 7th Art Class are to be made by calling Susan G. at 405-314-3307 or 405-222-4797 or by emailing her at info@chickashaarts.org.

Give the (1) name of child, (2) birthday of child, (3) name of person accompanying the child, (4) a contact phone number and (5) an email address, if available. An email confirmation will be sent to those registering by email.

These FREE Saturday Morning Arts Classes are sponsored and facilitated monthly by the Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC), a local non-profit 501 (c) 3 all-volunteer organization.

The Arts Council is extremely grateful to the First National Bank and Trust Company of Chickasha, the Junior Social Workers of Chickasha and the Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC) for funding the monthly FREE First and Third Saturday Morning Art Classes for children.

Monday, May 2, 2016, 7:09 AM

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County Commissioners Approve Financing Package

County Commissioners Approve Financing Package Chickasha, Okla. – The Grady County Commissioners reviewed Grady Memorial Hospital’s plans for financing new construction. With unanimous approval, the County Commissioners have given GMH the green light for financing the new Surgery and Radiology addition voted in favor by Grady County citizens in February 2016. CEO, Kean Spellman stated, “Thanks to the approval by the County Commissioners, Rees Architects can submit the new building plans to the State on April 29th for approval and CMS Willowbrook will begin to seek bids on this construction project. We will start site preparation as quickly as possible and our patients will see the beginning signs of construction soon. There will be times when certain parking areas are blocked off, but we will make every effort possible to reroute our patrons as needed.” The sales tax that voters approved is scheduled to begin collection on June 1st and the first funds for construction will be sent to County in early September 2016. Delays are possible if the State Health Department officials do not respond timely to plans. For the latest updates on construction, visit Grady Memorial Hospital online at www.gradymem.org. Board Member Denver Talley, County Commissioner Mike Lennier, and Board Member Calvin Woodworth review blue prints for the GMH new facility construction.

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 2:03 PM

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Double Fatality accident

Double Fatality Collision occurred 04-27-2016 at approximately 05:10 on US81, 1/10th mile north of at CR 1230, 3.8 miles south of Minco, in Grady County.

Unit A- Unknown

Unit B- Unknown Semi

Vehicle-1: 2006 Ford Focus driven by Casey W Turner, white male, age 33 of Yukon, Oklahoma. Transported by Alpha and Omega to Medical Examiner's office in Oklahoma City. Expired at the scene from massive injuries sustained in the collision. Pronounced by Medical Examiner Jim Delbridge.

Passenger-1: Anna L Steele, white female, age 33, of Yukon, Oklahoma. Transported by Alpha and Omega to Medical Examiner's office in Oklahoma City. Expired at the scene from massive injuries sustained in the collision. Pronounced by Medical Examiner Jim Delbridge.

Vehicle-2: 2013 Chev PU driven by Samuel T Marchbanks, white male, age 57, of Chickasha, Oklahoma , Transported by Chickasha EMS to Grady County Memorial Hospital. Treated and released with leg injuries.

What happened: Vehicle 1 was southbound on US81. Unit A, Unit B, and Vehicle 2 were northbound on US81. Unit A attempted to pass Unit B semi truck, entering southbound lane. Vehicle 1 took evasive action to the right, over corrected causing vehicle 1 to go into a broadside slide and enter the northbound lane. Vehicle 2 struck vehicle 1 in the passenger side door.

Condition of Driver 1- Unknown Condition of Driver 2- Apparently normal Cause of Collision- Improper passing in meeting Seatbelts- Equipped, in use by passenger of unit 1 and driver of vehicle 2 only Weather- Foggy Roadway- 2 lane asphalt, wet Pinned- none Ejected- none Helmet- N/A DOT Number- N/A

Investigated by Trooper Brent Tucker #775 of the Caddo County detachment of Troop G. Assisted by Trooper Michael Jewell #534 of Troop G, Trooper Tyler Shelby #619 of Troop G, Trooper Tom Barton #861 of Troop A, Grady County Sheriff's Office, Grady Co Fire Department, Chickasha Fire Department, and DOT.

“This report is based upon the Trooper’s investigation of this collision. It may contain the opinion of the Trooper.”

Auth: Trooper Brent Tucker #775 OHP Troop G- Lawton Sgt Kami Hamman

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 1:49 PM

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State Regents Excellence Awards

State Regents recognize institution, business partnerships USAO and HSI Sensing, Hermetic Switch Inc. recognized with business partnership excellence CHICKASHA, Okla. (April 28, 2016) – Twenty-eight business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce. Among those were the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and HSI Sensing, Hermetic Switch Inc. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants. HSI Sensing headquarters are located in Chickasha, with laboratory and manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin and California. Working in conjunction with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and its Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematics program, a member of USAO’s math faculty, Dr. Quan Tran, directed a group of students in analyzing the relative success of several HSI Sensing marketing campaigns that resulted in ranking best value outcomes and return on investment options. The students also did a simultaneous study for DEKA Research and Development located in Manchester, New Hampshire, to verify the company’s own study to determine the volume of a tumor given tomographic data of the region surrounding the tumor. In addition to reporting their findings to both companies, the student researchers also presented the results of their work at the MAA’s MathFest Conference in Washington, D.C., in August 2015. "The partnership with HSI Sensing allows our university to provide innovative, interactive learning experiences for our students that align with our interdisciplinary core curriculum," said USAO President John Feaver. “USAO’s collaboration with the business community links academic programs directly to employment needs, building a better workforce for the future." Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships that enable current students to work at the partnering businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers. To learn more about educational opportunities at USAO, please visit www.usao.edu.

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 8:34 AM

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