Christmas trees may be taken to local parks



Now that the decorations are safely packed back into their boxes and the Christmas tree has been taken down, residents can drop off their tree at either Mitch Park or Hafer Park throughout the month of January.

The collected trees will then be chipped and free cedar mulch will be available for pick up at Mitch Park after Feb. 15.

It will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the supply runs out.

For those residents who are unable to drop off their tree, call 359-4541 to schedule a pick up during their neighborhood’s monthly bulk collection. The cost is $3 per tree.

The annual tree cycling program started about seven years ago in an effort to help the environment and to benefit the residents of Edmond.

For information about other recycling programs, visit www.edmondok.com.

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Local man leads officers on short pursuit



Ryan Alan Courter, 1212 Wood Way, was arrested early Sunday morning on complaints of driving under the influence and attempting to elude police after he led officers on a short pursuit, according to police records.

About 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a police officer attempted to stop Courter’s vehicle when he noticed the car had no tail lights, the report stated.

When the officer followed Courter, he refused to pull over, leading officers on a pursuit through several Edmond neighborhoods and running through stop signs, according to the report.

An Edmond Police officer performed a tactical vehicle intervention maneuver on Courter’s car and was able to stop the Porsche, the report stated, but Courter drove away again.

The driver ignored several more stop signs, the report stated, eventually coming to a stop in the 800 block of East Drive with a broken axle, police stated.

Officers took Courter into custody and noted that he appeared to be intoxicated, according to the report.

He was arrested on complaints of driving under the influence and attempting to elude a police officer, the report stated.

A passenger, James M. Courter, appeared to be intoxicated, officers stated, and was uncooperative and verbally abusive.

He was arrested on a complaint of public intoxication.

A second passenger was not involved in the incident and was allowed to leave the scene, the report stated.

Ryan Courter’s blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit, the police report stated. He was transported to the Oklahoma County jail.

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Police apprehend three 13-year-olds



Edmond Police officers apprehended three 13-year-old girls who allegedly attempted to shoplift more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Kohl’s, 2201 W. Danforth Ave., Saturday evening.

According to the police report, Terry Midkiff, loss prevention officer at Kohl’s, saw the girls placing merchandise into bags.

Midkiff notified police officers, who waited for the girls to leave the store, the report stated.

The subjects made no attempt to pay for the merchandise, according to the report, and were apprehended by officers outside the store.

Total value of items in the girls’ bags was listed at $1,082.11 on the police report. The juveniles were later released to the custody of their parents.

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Police arrest woman after several accidents



Edmond Police officers arrested a local woman for driving under the influence of alcohol after her vehicle reportedly collided with several other cars and a fire hydrant early Sunday morning.

Officers were called to the scene of an accident at 400 W. First St. just before 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the police report.

Officers found three vehicles parked along the north side of the street with damage along the side of each one, the report stated.

Jacqueline Galloway, 19, 816 Foxridge Dr., was the driver of the white Ford Explorer that apparently crashed into all three vehicles, according to the report.

Galloway admitted she had no driver’s license and the Ford Explorer was her car, the report stated.

Police officers noted that Galloway was intoxicated, according to the report.

Bystanders reported that she allegedly tried to leave the scene of the accidents, the report stated.

When a police officer transported Galloway to the police station, he noticed a fire hydrant knocked down at the corner of First Street and Broadway and another vehicle with damage that apparently matched the damage on Galloway’s car, according to the report.

Galloway’s blood alcohol level was tested at almost three times the legal limit, the report stated.

She was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and transported to the Oklahoma County jail.

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