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Kolar waives his right to jury trial in death of son

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The man charged with leaving his young son to die in a pickup on an August day in 2018 will be sentenced for his crime after waiving his right to a jury trial.

Adam Kolar is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 3-year-old son, Ryker.

Assistant District Attorney Eric Epplin said Kolar waived his right to a jury trial. He will enter a plea and be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in Canadian County District Court.

Public Records - September 26

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LAWSUITS

Jefferson Capital Systems LLC vs. Scott Myrick for $30,843.96 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Crown Asset Management LLC vs. Joseph Sossamon and Brenda Sossamon for $10,426.86 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Deon Sharp vs. Blake Pastorello and Orr Construction Inc. for an amount in excess of $75,000 for injuries and damages alleged to have occurred during an automobile accident.

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Etta Dale coach tests positive for COVID-19

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Etta Dale Junior High has another case of COVID-19, this time after a coach reportedly tested positive, possibly impacting as many as 90 students and two staff members.

“It does seem like Etta Dale is the center but there is no reason for that. There is no evidence of a spread, it's just two cases that hit them hard and by the nature of what those two cases are," said Pat Liticker, who serves as El Reno Public Schools Director of Instructional Leadership.

“Just like the high school, there is no evidence of a spread, it's just hit and miss.”

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SDBA racing comes to Lake El Reno

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Editor’s Note: This free story is courtesy of the El Reno Tribune and the City of El Reno.

The success of El Reno’s own Smoke on the Water has caught the eye of the Southern Drag Boat Association in the past and now one of the nation’s premiere racing leagues is coming to town.

The SDBA has added Lake El Reno to its 2020 race schedule as the Hunter Showdown is set to take place Saturday and Sunday.

The event is named after the late Bruce Hunter, an El Reno resident who served on the SDBA board before his death.

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Police make arrest on auto burglary complaint, find alleged stolen property

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El Reno police arrested Dustin Ray Edsall last week after a reported auto burglary led to him.

Assistant Police Chief Kirk Dickerson said Edsall, 41, was arrested Wednesday evening on complaints of burglary and outstanding arrest warrants.

Additional charges may be sought, Dickerson said.

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Crowd hears pitch on state tax credit designed to help expand education

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Several dozen people gathered last week to learn about Oklahoma’s Tax Credit Scholarships program.

Peter De Keretry, development director for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, told the crowd gathered in the gymnasium at Sacred Heart School that three Catholic schools in Oklahoma have closed for good this year.

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RCC lands $1.5 million grant to expand its agriculture technology

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Redlands Community College has been awarded a five-year grant totaling nearly $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Education that will allow it to expand instructional offerings for Native American students and others interested in agriculture technology-related careers.

In the fall of 2022, Redlands will be adding new courses focusing on agriculture technology including coding, drone operation, robotics and applied automation.

Rubber flooring added to center

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A rubberized flooring will be added to the new Canadian County Fairgrounds Expo Center to help protect horses as they move from the arena to the stalls.

County commissioners, acting as the county’s Public Facilities Authority, voted unanimously to approve the added $34,666 cost for the fairgrounds project.

District 2 Commissioner David Anderson had recommended the additional flooring, which will be placed between the barn columns and the outside wall.

Man charged in death of area store clerk

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Authorities charged an Oklahoma City man with first-degree murder and armed robbery in connection with the fatal shooting of a clerk at a Canadian County 7-Eleven.

Charges were filed against George Lorenz Way in connection with the Sept. 3 death of Laura Taylor. Way is accused of robbing the store at SW 15th and Mustang Road and then shooting Taylor multiple times when she followed him outside the store. Taylor died at the scene.