Public Records - May 3



Michael Odell Compton, Alexandria, La., speeding, $165.

Tara Nicole Caruso, El Reno, dog at large, $145.

Juan Angel Cantu, Rio Grande City, Texas, speeding, $165.

James Brandon Cader, Jena, La., speeding, $165.

Charles Bradley Burtcher, Guthrie, speeding, $165.

Christopher Todd Burrows Jr., Hobart, speeding, $185.

Katherine Rebecca Brown Holcomb, Owasso, speeding, $165.

Dustin Michael Andersen, El Reno, speeding, $165.

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County judges turn to technology to continue work


Although the Canadian County Courthouse remains closed to the public because of COVID-19, judges and their staff continue to work from the courthouse.

The judges are working on rotating shifts from the courthouse or from home.

One district judge and one special judge, along with their bailiffs and a court reporter are available and working in the courthouse, District Judge Jack McCurdy and District Judge Paul Hesse said in a prepared statement.

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Newborn Thoroughbred fighting for life


A newborn Thoroughbred mare is fighting to stay alive after its mother took her sibling, but rejected her.

Denise Cope said the twin mare was born early Wednesday. Cope and Tammy Garcia were busy trying to feed the rejected foal from a bottle, while also trying to get the newborn to stand up.

Cope is hoping someone with a mare who has recently given birth will contact her and offer to let their horse nurse the newborn.

“She's fighting to stay alive,” said Cope. “Twins are very rare. I guess the mother thought one was all she could handle.”

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Lunch heroes unite


While they might not fit the common mold as a frontline fighter in the battle to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the work being done by the El Reno Public Schools food service team is nothing short of heroic.

Friday is School Lunch Hero Day across the nation, but for the 18 people making up the El Reno team, it’s another day to serve a greater need.

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Mask Making 101: Fashion During A Pandemic


Seamstresses are being called during the COVID-19 pandemic to use their skills and talent for a new trend in modern-day fashion … facial masks.

The moment COVID-19 became widespread and caused a shortage in medical supplies worldwide, many seamstresses and first-time sewers found themselves in a position not only to help but also share their sewing experience with others.

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Bubble parade


Residents at Saint Katharine Drexel Retirement Center were treated last week to a drive-thru circus, compliments of Physicians Choice Hospice. The parade of cars pulled through a parking lot at the center, led by an El Reno police cruiser. Clowns and plenty of balloons and bubbles filled the air. Saint Katharine’s, like other long-term care homes, is locked down because of COVID-19.

Police searching for car connected with shooting


El Reno police are looking for a white four-door car in connection with the shooting of a man Sunday evening.

Assistant Police Chief Kirk Dickerson said officers were called to the Elms Apartments, 1200 West Elm, just before 6 p.m. after a man called saying he had been shot. Officers found Terrance E. Rednose, 36, of El Reno at the scene. He was treated there for a gunshot wound and later was taken to an area hospital for further treatment.

Woman found in street dies


An 18-year-old El Reno woman found by police lying in the road Saturday night died later in an Oklahoma City hospital.

Assistant Police Chief Kirk Dickerson said the woman, Maria P. Estrada, was found in the 1500 block of West Elm, shortly after 9 p.m. Police had received a report of a woman falling from a moving vehicle.

When officers arrived they found Estrada. She appeared to have various injuries.