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Commissioners ask ODOT to modify plans for SH 66, Banner Road intersection

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Canadian County commissioners have signed a resolution asking the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to prepare options to modify the intersection of SH 66 and Banner Road. The site has seen a number of devastating traffic accidents, including a Yukon businessman being killed there in November.

“It’s been 7 1/2 months since my dad was killed there. I want something done. I don’t care what you do, do something,” said Candy Schwartz.

Piedmont residents seek county's help with road

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Residents of a housing development near Piedmont are asking the county to help form a road improvement district that would allow them to gain funding to replace a road.

The group representing the Piedmont Meadows Addition initially made the request last week. Canadian County commissioners said they needed time to review the request.

Public Records - June 20

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LAWSUITS

Western Sportsman Club Inc. vs. Jody G. Alexander for $1,280.90 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Second Round Sub LLC vs. Jill P. Ordenis for $1,134.12 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Asphalt and Fuel Supply LLC vs. Road Maintenance for $8,002.56 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Mustang Shopping Center L.P. vs. Adam Quinn Satten and Michelle Dawn Satten d/b/a Satten Systems for $4,494.01 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

OSBI investigating court clerk

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations a county official may have used taxpayer funds to pay for background checks on political opponents.

Brooke Arbeitman, spokeswoman for the OSBI, said the agency was asked June 10 by the Canadian County sheriff to investigate the allegations. She said because the investigation is ongoing, she could not release details.

Sheriff Chris West said on Wednesday he did request the investigation. He said the request was made after the allegations reached his office.

Public Records - June 17

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LAWSUITS

Total Trucking Inc. vs. HEI Specialized and Heavy Haul for $7,950 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Atwood Rentals Inc. vs. Jonathan Jones for $1,529.15 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC vs. Corrine E. McCallister for $1,450.97 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC vs. Angela R. Hadlock for $2,095.79 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

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Per-pupil spending figures draw criticism

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Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a series on school spending for area schools.

For the first time the annual report cards issued to districts by the Oklahoma State Department of Education include a breakdown of the “per pupil” spending for each school in the state.

The formula, however, used to reach the figures for Oklahoma's nearly 700,000 students in public education has left some superintendents scratching their heads.

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Footloose

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While the COVID-19 pandemic canceled El Reno High School's prom, parents and supporters were able to pull together a similar event two months later.

Called MORP, or prom backward, the event was held last week at the Elks Lodge with glitz, glamour and dancing.

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Two-town chase ends with arrest

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A high-speed chase that started in Okarche ended in downtown El Reno after sheriff’s deputies used a maneuver to bring the Chevrolet pickup to a halt.

Okarche Police Chief Forrest Smith said 28-year-old Bradley Arlen Revel of Oklahoma City was taken into custody after the pursuit ended about 11:30 Friday morning.

Smith said he saw the pickup going north into Okarche on U.S. 81 at a high rate of speed, 73 in a 45 miles per hour zone.

He pursued the vehicle, but lost it when it turned west onto Oklahoma Blvd.

Sheriff West’s call for posse getting pushback

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A call for volunteers to help form a posse for the Canadian County sheriff is getting some pushback, including from a former Yukon mayor.

Last week, Sheriff Chris West said he is looking for volunteers to help form a posse to serve different aspects of the sheriff’s office.

West said the group would focus on benevolent activities such as helping those in need.

The idea did not sit well with John O’Bannon.

O'Bannon served as Yukon’s mayor in the mid-1990s. He said he is concerned about the connotations that the name “posse” brings with it.

Citing systemic racism, Democrats unveil police reform agenda for state

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Oklahoma House Democrats called Wednesday for creation of a new state entity to investigate complaints against local police, a new statewide registry of police who resign from office, and a citizens panel that will review law-enforcement standards.

Democrats stressed those proposals are just a starting point for legal changes that will be sought in response to complaints of “systemic” racism, and predicted House Republicans will support many of their proposals.