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    MS)--23-year-old Christopher Ryan Sparks of Garber is being extradited from Arizona back to Garfield County to face first-degree murder charges in the death of his girlfriend, Chassidy Michelle Hancock. He is accused of killing her in Garber at their residence on July 11th. According to reports, Sparks admitted to family members and a co-worker that he had killed someone, and then disappeared. He was arrested in Arizona the next day after a traffic stop. Meanwhile, a benefit fund has been set up for Hancock’s child and family at the ACB Bank branch in Garber. 

     

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    DV)---54-year-old Lynette Rae Sampson of Enid was arraigned Thursday on a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Sampson faces two to 10 years in prison and/or a fine on the felony charge and up to a year in jail and a fine on the misdemeanor. According to the Enid News and Eagle, Sampson notified Enid police that she had methamphetamine in a tin container on her kitchen counter, and thought it was laced with something. When police arrived at her home, Barber showed them the drugs and she was arrested.

     

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    BM)--40-year-old Virginia Hunt of Enid was arraigned Thursday on a felony charge related to embezzlement from the Quiznos restaurant in June. Brian and Denise Wishard, the owners of the Enid Quiznos suspected Hunt, a store manager, had been discounting transactions that already had been paid for and keeping the amount of the discount. According to the affidavit, Hunt made 138 such discounted transactions, amounting to $2,688. Hunt admitted to taking money from Quiznos by applying 100 percent discounts to transactions that already had been paid for. She would total the amount and keep it at the end of each shift, according to the affidavit. She is facing up to five years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.   Hunt is free on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 25.

     

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    EQ)--Sounds like a repeat of yesterday's news, but there was another earthquake near Guthrie Thursday morning. A 2.7 magnitude quake was centered about 5 miles southwest of Guthrie at 5:27. The was an earthquake last night in Alfalfa County about 3.5 southwest of Jet, just south of the Highway 64 and 58 intersection.  It registered 3.3 on the Richter scale.

     

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    LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A nonprofit organization based in Kansas that focuses on immigrant rights traveled to Oklahoma to protest the housing of unaccompanied minors at Fort Sill. A delegation from Sunflower Community Action is traveled from Wichita to Lawton today to protest the housing of the children. The group says the children continue to be detained under questionable conditions. Hundreds of teenagers from Central America have been housed at a troop barracks at the southwest Oklahoma Army post after detention centers near the border were overwhelmed with an influx of young people crossing the border. Members of Oklahoma's all-Republican congressional delegation are urging President Barack Obama to reconsider using Fort Sill to the house unaccompanied minors.

     

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    HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose 12 this week to 1,883. The Houston firm said today in its weekly report that 1,562 rigs were exploring for oil and 318 for gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained six, California, New Mexico and Oklahoma were each up four, and West Virginia increased by one. Alaska lost three rigs, Pennsylvania and Texas were down two apiece and Ohio was off one. Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

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    PA)--While we are still in the dog days of summer, it won't be long before downtown Enid will be filled with the sights and sounds of the annual Cherokee Strip Celebration September 12 – 14th.  It's a weekend to remember and celebrate the great land run that established settlers across a large part of Oklahoma. The Enid Chamber of Commerce wants you and your organization to be a part of the fun. They are currently taking vendor and parade entry applications. You can get an application at the chamber offices, 210 Kenwood, on the west side of downtown Enid, or online at enidchamber.com. Cost for non-profit or commercial floats is $10, with prizes awarded. Others entering will have a fee of $5, with the exception of marching bands, which will not have an entry fee.

     

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    FD)--The City of Enid now has a place to honor the US flag. American flags that are faded, torn, or unfit to fly need to be properly retired. A flag drop has been installed on the west end of the City Administration Building under the flag poles. Citizens may drop their flags into this box, and the flags will be properly retired by the Boy Scouts of America. The box was an Eagle project for Ryan Combs, of Troop 11 in Enid. Scott Morris, Utility Services Manager for the City of Enid serves as Troop Leader

     

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    RC)--Grammy-nominated band 3 Doors Down will perform in concert on Sunday, Sept. 14, in Enid Event Center. The alternative rock band is known for the hit "Kryptonite." Tickets are priced at $65.50, $59.50 and $45.50 and will go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, July 18. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices.

     

     

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    DB)--Global Spectrum, managers of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall, and 103.1 KOFM will sponsor the Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Donate Dodgeball Tournament on Aug. 16. The tournament at Enid Event Center will be a 32-team, double-elimination event. Registration deadline is Aug. 1 for the teams comprised of six to 10 players, and the entry fee is $30 per team member. Official tournament rules and registration packets can be found at kofm.com/pages/dodgeball or email inquiry@kofm.com. Teams will play for a 501(c)(3) organization of their choice, with the top three teams receiving cash prizes to donate to their organization. First place will win $1,000, second $500 and third $250. Interested sponsors can email inquiry@kofm.com for four levels of sponsorship opportunities and packages. “We are excited to partner with 103.1 KOFM in creating a community focused event aimed at building funds for local nonprofits through a competitive dodgeball tournament.” said Global Spectrum’s Keller Taylor, general manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall.
     

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    SC)--Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated bands Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry will headline a concert in Enid this summer. The concert will include pop-punk band Plain White T's. Tickets for the Aug. 5 concert, which are priced at $45.50 and $59.50, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, April 25. Fans can order tickets by calling 855-TIX-ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices. Kansas performs at the event center with their 40th anniversary tour on May 10.

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