The Edmond Sun

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August 7, 2012

OCSO establishes arson tip lines

EDMOND — Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office investigators are seeking information from the public regarding the reported arson in Luther that sparked wildfires on Friday, an agency spokesman said.

An eyewitness called dispatchers about 4 p.m. Friday and said that a white male driving a 2008 black Ford F-150 was tossing out a newspaper that had been set on fire, sheriff’s office spokesman Mark Myers said. More than 2,000 acres were burned and dozens of homes were destroyed, causing millions of dollars in damage, Myers said.

Myers said the OCSO has created several tip lines where the public can report information. Ways to do so are via e-mail at ocsocrimetips@oksheriff.org, by phone 259-6276 or by text at 259-6276.

Myers said all information received will be kept confidential. Deputies continue to search for the arson suspect, and are depending on the public for information, he said.

Kayla Costner, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross Central and Western Oklahoma Region, said since the disaster response began the Red Cross has recorded more than 230 overnight stays in shelters and served more than 1,900 meals and provided more than 11,500 snacks in this disaster response. Nearly 150 Red Cross volunteers have deployed to provide relief to families across the state who have been affected by the fires, Costner said.

Additionally, three multi-agency resource centers, where people can connect with organizations prepared to lend assistance, are open in Glencoe, Noble and Luther:

• Luther High School Auditorium, 178th and Luther Rd., will be open Wednesday through Friday. Times have not yet been determined.

• United Methodist Church, 113 S. Perry in Glencoe, until 8 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

• 12 Corners Baptist Church, 15601 E. Etowah Rd. in Noble, until  8 p.m. Tuesday; times have not yet been determined for Wednesday through Friday.

Those wishing to help victims of the wildfires and other disasters can make a financial donation to the Red Cross online at www.redcross.org, by mail: American Red Cross-Central & Western Oklahoma, Dept. #96–0397, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 or by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Charges will appear on your cell phone bill. Regular fees may apply.

The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Oklahoma wildfires. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.  Donations can also be mailed to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

Other assisting organizations include the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Disaster Relief, Catholic Charities Disaster Response and Feed the Children.

marks@edmondsun.com | 341-2121, ext. 108

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