Edmond resident Jeff Grant is the proud owner of a Honda Shadow Spirit 11000.
The motorcycle had been in storage and not used for about a year and needed some maintenance before Grant did any serious riding.
Monday afternoon, Grant was at Mid America Cycle, located just south of the Interstate 35-Waterloo Road intersection, having technician Nate Hill give it the once over.
Grant said during good weather he will be riding the bike to his Oklahoma City workplace and back, a way to lower his gasoline bill. He also just finished a state-required two-day, 10-hour new rider class. He said the business outfitted him with the proper attire required for the class, which included a helmet.
Nikki Smith, co-owner of Mid America Cycle with her husband, said whenever they sell a motorcycle, they stress the importance of being properly outfitted and wearing a helmet and the benefits of rider classes. Smith said the business will service any brand of bike regardless of whether it was purchased through them or not.
With motorcycle registrations increasing steadily in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Advisory Committee for Motorcycle Safety and Education reminds riders to take appropriate safety precautions in order to avoid a corresponding rise in injuries and fatalities.
Kevin Behrens, chairman of the Oklahoma Advisory Committee for Motorcycle Safety and Education, said riders are getting their bikes out of winter storage and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is coming up in May.
“Spring is a great time to remind our growing number of bikers of the importance of getting trained and wearing safety gear,” said Behrens, assistant director for the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol have released two new television spots related to motorcycle safety. The ads will be shown on a variety of television channels through May 12 in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas.
In the videos, bikers remind riders to be “geared up, trained up, ready to ride.” Footage includes aerial stunts by professional freestyle motocross rider “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram from Stillwater, as well as riders in urban street scenes, rural highways and rider training courses.
“One of the goals of the advisory committee is to raise awareness of the need for proper gear and training, so we’re excited about these new ads,” Behrens said. “They show real riders in real situations promoting an important message: Proper gear and training can save lives.”
OHP troopers also are featured in the spots, and viewers are guided to OHP’s motorcycle training website, www.ohpsaferiders.com. A statewide web-based campaign will direct viewers to the OHP site.
Police Sgt. Acey Hopper coordinates a Civilian Motorcycle School sponsored by the Edmond Police Department. The course curriculum was developed by the Police Department and an OHSO $150,000 grant enabled the course to be offered at various venues across the state. In February, it was offered at the Oklahoma Motorcycle Show. Earlier this month it was offered at the Thunder Run IX Motorcycle Rally.
Course requirements including wearing a government-approved helmet, wearing gloves with fingers and wearing boots that cover ankles and a long sleeve shirt.
Hopper also encouraged riders to gear up and get their bikes prepared for the road. He said it’s a good idea to do a pre-ride inspection. And taking a refresher course is always beneficial.
The next Civilian Motorcycle School course will be April 20 at Edmond Fire Station No. 5, located near Covell and I-35. It will be offered May 11 at the Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City and once again June 1 in Edmond at Fire Station No. 5.
Participants may register online at the City of Edmond’s website: edmondok.com.
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Edmond resident Jeff Grant is the proud owner of a Honda Shadow Spirit 11000.
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North baseballers aid kindergartners
North High School sophomore baseball player Tyler Bowen helps Ida Freeman kindergartners Dakota Prince and Jorge Campuzano pick out a book. Each student received a book, a Christmas cookie and juice and then the baseball team members read to the students.
Rollover crash closes part of north Edmond street
A section of a street in northwest Edmond was closed Thursday afternoon while personnel worked the site of a rollover crash.
The crash occurred along a partly snow-covered stretch of Sorghum Mill Road just west of the Santa Fe-Sorghum Mill intersection. Police, EMSA and fire rescue personnel were working the scene. Both lanes of Sorghum Mill were closed at the time.
Information on injuries or the cause were not immediately available.
Feds indict 3 accused in tag agency thefts
Suspects accused of burglarizing several metro tag agencies including one in Edmond now face federal charges, court records show.
Wednesday, the U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, released the complaint filed against William Robert Donovan, 40, of Edmond, Richard Bruce Traver, 27, listed as homeless, and Amanda D. Sizemore. Her address information was not available.
Donovan and Traver, who are both in custody at the Oklahoma County jail, and Sizemore, who is not yet in custody, face government allegations of conspiracy to commit offenses against the U.S., aiding and abetting bank fraud and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.
If convicted, each defendant faces significant prison time, fines or both.
Defense counsel information was not listed. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
In the complaint, grand jurors allege that earlier this year, beginning in or before March and continuing through at least June the defendants conspired to commit bank fraud in violation of federal law.
OC will award degrees at winter commencement
Oklahoma Christian University will present 87 undergraduate degrees and 85 graduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday.
The undergraduate degree candidates come from 16 states and seven countries and majored in a combined 36 academic disciplines at Oklahoma Christian. The master’s degree candidates come from six states and 10 countries, and represent 14 graduate areas of study.
Jim Baird, director of OC’s Honors Program, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Friday. Byron Newberry, chair of Oklahoma Christian’s Graduate School of Engineering, will keynote Saturday’s graduate ceremony.
In addition to his director’s role with the Honors Program, Baird is a professor of Bible and philosophy at Oklahoma Christian. He also has served as the preaching minister at Wilshire Church of Christ since 2000. His father, James O. Baird, was Oklahoma Christian’s second president.
Touchmark residents give ‘thumbs up’ to new YMCA
Senior citizens from Touchmark bundled up, braved the cold and the icy roads this week and traveled to the Edmond YMCA Recreation & Aquatic Center at Mitch Park on Covell.
The tour group was one of more than 100 that have been guided through the new facility to show what will be available when it is finished. This $22.5 million facility is a joint project with the the Edmond School District, the City of Edmond and the YMCA.
Joining the group and donning hard hats were Touchmark residents Ellie Lottinville, Judith Harris, Jimmie Cook, John Wayant and Richard Newville along with Carla Scull, Touchmark’s director of life enrichment, and Jesse Walls, driver.
Guthrie-Edmond airport looks to upgrade
The Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport board was told Tuesday by officials from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission that GERA is in good shape but work needs to continue to help maximize everything the airport has to offer.
The board was given a presentation by OAC director Vic Bird and Dale Williams, OAC planning division manager about the state of the aviation industry in Oklahoma and how airports the size of GERA are faring.
AAA: Teens report ‘TWD’ significantly less than adults
High school-aged teens report using their phones or texting while driving substantially less often than adults do, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
While the public often cites teens as being the most common offenders, a recent survey found that adult drivers ages 25-39 were the most likely to admit engaging in these risky behaviors behind the wheel.
Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, said young novice drivers, who are especially susceptible to distracted driving crashes, are using their phones while driving less than older drivers.
AAA to offer free Tipsy Tow rides
Before climbing behind the wheel after drinking at a holiday party, AAA Oklahoma hopes you’ll think again and call them for a free Tipsy Tow ride home for you, your vehicle and one more person.
“Over Christmas and New Year’s, up to 40 percent of all traffic crashes involve alcohol,” said Edmond resident Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “But motorists do have options: Use a designated driver, serve non-alcoholic mocktails at parties or call AAA for a Tipsy Tow.”
Paycom plans HoliDazzle event to benefit Warmth 4 Winter Coat Drive
Paycom has teamed with News Channel 4, The Salvation Army and Rotary Club of South Oklahoma City to host HoliDazzle, a free event at Remington Park on Thursday to kick-off the annual Warmth 4 Winter coat drive.
Parents and children are encouraged to bring a new or gently used coat from 3:30-7:30 p.m. to help ensure that every child and adult stays warm during Oklahoma’s harsh winter months. Those who contribute are encouraged to enjoy an afternoon of holiday fun with train rides, pictures with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies.
Lilyfield reschedules ‘Dunks for Diapers’
Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care has rescheduled its Dunks for Diapers event.
Lilyfield holds a diaper drive with the Oklahoma Christian University Women’s basketball team to benefit foster children. Anyone bringing diapers, wipes or new baby items for ages 0-24 months will gain free admission to the women’s game versus Lubbock Christian University, which will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles’ Nest on the campus of Oklahoma Christian in Edmond.
“This will allow us to give foster families much-needed necessities when they receive placement of a foster child. Often placements happen with little notice and the child may come into a foster home with nothing but the clothes they are wearing,” said Holly Towers, executive director of Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care.
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