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Elledge pleads guilty to manslaughter; awaits sentencing

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An El Reno man pleaded guilty to a first-degree manslaughter charge in connection with the death of a man in 2018.

Canadian County District Court records show Dylan Demars Elledge, 28, entered a guilty plea last week in court.

His sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. July 21 before District Judge Paul Hesse.

Elledge was arrested in November of 2018 in El Reno following the death of Matthew Ryan Little Elk, 28.

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Just in time

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Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time is the most important thing.

That was the case Thursday for Yukon Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jason Simeroth and his family, who were spending the afternoon at Lake El Reno working on a boat.

Had the COVID-19 pandemic not happened, they would have instead been in Colorado Springs, Colorado, preparing for their daughter’s wedding.

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Town Hall meeting over race relations set for Thursday

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Race relations with the local police will be the topic when El Reno hosts a Town Hall meeting, said Mayor Matt White. White, police officials, members of the city council along with city staff are expected to meet with the public at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.

The meeting will be held at the Centre Theatre, 110 S. Bickford, and is open to all. The theatre was chosen to provide enough space so people could feel comfortable not having to wear a mask.

Catch and release fishing

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Brad Palmer fishing

El Reno’s Brad Palmer casts his line near the banks of the Legion Park pond last week. Shortly after, he and three other boys got a summer treat when Keith Thomas and Cash Bodkin from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Fish Division showed up to restock the pond and allowed the younger anglers to help release the fish.

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COVID cases tick upward

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While the number of positive tests for COVID-19 have been inching up in recent weeks, Canadian County officials do not believe it’s a precursor to a second wave of the deadly virus.

“According to the new cases per day, we are not seeing a large increase. We are seeing numbers going up and down so in terms of a second wave, it’s not that.

“We are opening up the state under Phase 3 and we are testing more and we are starting to get those people walking around that might have the virus and not have known it,” said Maggie Jackson of the Canadian County Health Department.

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El Reno sales tax collections take more hits from virus, fallout from energy sector

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Like the rest of the nation, El Reno’s economy has taken a hit thanks to the COVID-19 shutdown. And when coupled with the collapse of the oil and gas industry, the pain inflicted locally has been especially harsh.

That reality was backed up by the most recent numbers produced by sales and use tax collections.

El Reno Mayor Matt White laid out the figures at last week’s meeting of the city council.

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A giving heart that lasts

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A woman who died more than 40 years ago and with a heart for El Reno, today, is helping people she never met.

For the second consecutive year, the Mary K. Ashbrook Foundation is covering essentially the entire cost for school supplies for students in El Reno Public Schools.

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Sheriff West wants to create posse for county

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Canadian County Sheriff Chris West said he is looking for volunteers to serve on the Canadian County Sheriff’s Posse.

In a prepared statement, West said while traditional posses of the Old West were used to chase down and apprehend outlaws, he is more interested in volunteers who would be willing to assist the sheriff and his deputies in a broad range of missions, including in times of local crisis or state of emergency.

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Yukon man killed by Mustang police after allegedly pulling weapon

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A Yukon man who was shot and killed by a Mustang police officer on Friday, June 5 had a history of traffic violations and minor offenses, but no felonies, court records show.

Benjamin Ballard, 42, was killed at approximately 6:45 p.m. after he allegedly pulled a weapon on a Mustang officer who was attempting to stop him for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Public Records - June 13

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MUNICIPAL COURT

Fritz Jimmie Woods, El Reno, driving under suspension, $395.

Mason Allen Ross, El Reno, expired tag, $165.

Tyson David Ward, El Reno, failure to appear warrant, $295.

Matthew E. Harms, El Reno, dog at large, $145.

Samantha J. Woodruff, El Reno, dog at large, $145.

Donnie Ray Everhart, El Reno, dog at large, $145.

Yolanda G. Castilleja, Yukon, violation of property maintenance code, $145.

Garth Allen Strider, El Reno, improper equipment, $105.