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Charles Frederick "Freddie" Marks, Sr., died Oct. 12, 2019. Born Aug. 29, 1929, and raised in Edmond, Okla., he was the middle child of five and the third of four boys born to Mary Alice McCaulley Marks and Luther W. Marks II. Freddie's early life as part of a third-generation family active …

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A 61-year-old man driving a moped died from injuries sustained after colliding with a truck in Edmond at approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a five-year extension that projects to be worth $205 million, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

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Gov. Mary Fallin said in a Wednesday press release that a special session would be necessary to plug a $215 million hole in the state budget, though she did not officially call legislators to the Capitol for a special session.

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University of Central Oklahoma Police and the Edmond Fire Department were evacuating three buildings on campus as they investigated reports of a gas leak Tuesday.

Edmond Police Department received notification of a bomb threat this morning which came over the telephone involving the Crest Foods store at 2200 W. 15th St. Police and emergency responders have been at the store, and as a precaution the store was evacuated. We'll update the information as …

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Armed and dangerous suspect Michael Dale Vance Jr., 38, remains on the run after allegedly shooting two police officers and stabbing to death his uncle and aunt. Vance has warned on Facebook there are others he might harm.

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Edmond Police responded to a 911 call to investigate a report of suspicious subjects who reportedly had in their possession stolen credit cards, just past 4 p.m. Monday.

One subject was booked without issue on complaints of Aggravated Assault and Battery upon a Police Officer (21 § 650) and Obstruction of a Police Officer (21 § 540). The other suspect is still not in police custody.

Reporting Officer Brad Griffin stated that he and another officer responded to the 911 call at Crest Foods at 2200 W. 15th St.

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Edmond’s Joe Nicholson and his wife Pat are grateful for the care he received at ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City. They also made many friendships during his journey to becoming cancer-free.

“It’s just the greatest place I have been,” said Joe, 79.

Joe and his urologist watched as his prostate-specific antigen (PSA ) increased following a prostate examination three years ago. A biopsy revealed he was in the first stage prostate cancer, meaning it had not spread beyond the gland.

Joe educated himself about all the treatment options available and decided on proton therapy after consulting with two friends who had it.

Edmond City Council members unanimously endorsed a resolution Monday in opposition to State Question 779 in order to protect the city’s general fund. Supporters of SQ 779 defended the measure.

Registered voters in Oklahoma will be asked on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot whether to approve SQ 779. Approving the measure would create an additional 1 percent sales tax in the state to be deposited into the Oklahoma Education Improvement Fund.

Part of the funding would provide a $5,000 teacher pay raise across-the-board in Oklahoma.

Edmond police arrested an Edmond resident with the same first and last name of a man from Ada who authorities say had an outstanding warrant on which the local man was held in jail for two days.

The identity mix-up came to light this week when a relative of Richard Chad Brown of Edmond called The Edmond Sun to say he was wrongly detained June 7 on the arrest warrant from Pontotoc County.

Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian confirmed his office had issued an arrest warrant on a bogus check charge against a Richard Brown of Ada, not Richard Chad Brown of Edmond.

A large power outage persists on the east side of Edmond at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Casey Moore, city spokesman.

The power outage is due to a fire at one of the Edmond Electric substations, Moore said.

“That’s basically all I know. I don’t have any numbers or estimated time of restoration at this point,” he added.

Moore said the fire started at approximately 5:30 p.m. He could not say what part of the east side of Edmond is without power because the map system is down, he said.

“I don’t have an accurate count of exactly where,” he said.

Oklahoma County Election Board Secretary Doug Sanderson said three precincts were in the outage area for Tuesday’s primary elections.

“Our machine has a power backup and one of them was at a nursing home facility and they had their own backup generator,” Sanderson said. “Everything is up and running. When the electricity goes out our machines work. We had technicians there and I think they made it all the way through the election without a machine going out.”

The Guthrie Police Department and the Logan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a botched robbery Monday at the Carl’s Jr. located at the northeast corner of State Highway 33 and Interstate 35.

“The suspect (Waylon Jerry Peltier, 18,) had driven a van to the Carl’s Jr. drive-thru service window and attempted to rob the business,” according to Det. Greg Valencia of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. “The suspect drove away after the employees closed the window and refused to open it again.”

Valencia noted that Peltier drove the van eastbound on highway 33 and continued east on highway 105. Valencia stated that Peltier stopped his vehicle on highway 105 where a citizen was changing a tire.

“The suspect, who was wearing concealing clothing, then robbed the citizen of $30 at gunpoint,” Valencia continued. “The suspect then left in his van headed eastbound on highway 105.”

Law enforcement reported seeing Peltier in the area of SH105 and Anderson Road. Peltier drove his vehicle off the roadway and went through several private properties in order to evade authorities, Valencia stated.

“A perimeter of the area was established and a Logan County K9 was deployed to track the suspect after the suspect abandoned his vehicle,” Valencia stated. “Peltier was taken into custody at 8151 Hilltop Lane after he asked the homeowner to call First Capital Trolley but the home owner called 911 instead.”

Valencia pointed out both the van and firearm were verified as stolen. Peltier is in the Logan County Jail on charges of Robbery with a Firearm and Receiving/Concealing Stolen Property.

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The three Republican candidates for Senate District 41 shared their thoughts on issues facing Oklahomans as they made their best case as to why Republican voters should choose them as their candidate when marking their ballots Tuesday.

Edmond residents Paul Blair, Adam Pugh and Jeff Tallent spoke before members of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Friday morning.

With education on the minds of Oklahomans, each of the candidates were asked if they support University of Oklahoma President David Boren’s proposal to add an additional 1 cent sales tax on purchases to support education.

State Question 779 would create a 1 percent sales tax in the state to be deposited into the Oklahoma Education Improvement Fund.

Edmond’s Patrice Douglas has turned down the CEO job offer from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.

After originally accepting the job offer and the annual salary of $250,000, second thoughts led Douglas to a different decision.

“After much contemplation and consultation with my family and friends, I have decided the right decision for me and TSET is to allow them to continue their search for a new CEO.

“I appreciate the support of the TSET board and many people in the public and private sectors. The words of encouragement were deeply appreciated, especially when the matter of hiring a CEO at TSET was unfortunately politicized. I stood ready and willing to fulfill the responsibilities of the job, but unfortunately, the TSET board had been informed that others will not permit this to occur.

Edmond Police Department arrested two burglary suspects Tuesday night. Kevin Bottler, 31, and Ryan Gattenby, 23, were taken into custody when officers discovered their vehicle full of stolen property, said Jenny Wagnon, Edmond Police spokeswoman.

“One of the defendants agreed to be driven around by our officers and show him where they committed auto burglaries overnight. They hit cars in Copperfield, Parklane and Chisolm Lake and then possibly went west in OKC jurisdiction,” Wagnon said.

Wagnon said that one of the defendants said during his arrest “Why bother with locked cars when there’s so many unlocked.”

Five burglary victims have been identified by police. All of the victims left their vehicles unlocked.

The police report for this incident was not complete Wednesday afternoon, Wagnon said.

Fewer government regulations would infuse the entrepreneurial spirit with ideas, said Frank Volpe, a retired Navy Commander for 27 years and a candidate for Oklahoma’s 5th District of Congress.

“That’s what I will fight for. That’s how we will help ourselves out of this $19 trillion (debt) and counting that they voted for in December,” Volpe said.

Volpe and other Republicans had an opportunity to hear from their local candidates Monday evening at the Festival Market Place in downtown Edmond.

“We’ve got to break out the entrepreneur backpack,” he said.

“My area of expertise is national and nuclear strategic command and control,” said Volpe, a Harrah resident.

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As Oklahomans took to social media with their reactions to the Orlando club mass shooting that killed 53 and wounded 50 others, Edmond community members and local churches are holding family members of the victims up in prayer.

Life.Church in Edmond asked members to pray for those whose lives were touched.

A post on the Life.Church website states, “Our hearts break for all of those affected by the shootings in Orlando, Fla. We’re praying for everyone who has been shaken by this tragedy. If you or someone needs prayer please click on www.life.church/prayer.”

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The effort against the spread of ISIS is not making life easy for the terrorist group in Syria’s Aleppo northeast province, Congressman Steve Russell said.

Developments in the last week reveal a key resistance line in northern Syria that was held by ISIS near Aleppo became untenable for ISIS and they withdrew completely from the area, Russell said.

“So, that was a big gain. It helped relieve some pressure on the City of Aleppo,” Russell said. “But you still have the (Syrian) regime there. You still have the dynamics of the Turks and the Kurds and the free Syrians.

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Work to construct the new northwest water tower is slated to begin Friday. The project is expected to be complete in September 2017.

The new facility will be located just west of the railroad tracks on the northwest corner of Coffee Creek Road and Broadway. No road closures are anticipated with this project, but motorists and residents in the area should expect typical construction traffic for the duration of the project.

As recommended in the Edmond Water & Wastewater Master Plan, the northwest water tower will have a capacity of two million gallons. Edmond’s current water towers each have a capacity of 500,000 gallons.

“The northwest water tower will be a significant improvement for the northwest area of Edmond’s water system and help balance the water pressure during our peak usage times,” said Edmond Water Resources Superintendent Kris Neifing. “When complete, the new tower will better our water system as a whole.”

Landmark Structures is the contractor for the project with a total cost of $5,893,000.

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A bright and clear morning Thursday in Edmond ushered in the long anticipated groundbreaking of the nearly $30 million Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center.

The 158-room hotel will be located at 2833 Conference Drive on the northeast corner of Covell and Sooner. It will be a gateway to Edmond with visibility at the northwest corner of Interstate 35 and Covell.

Mayor Charles Lamb said the six-story Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center will spur further economic development of the Interstate 35 corridor.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Citing concerns about vague wording and about a potential legal battle over its constitutionality, Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed a measure that would have locked up doctors who perform abortions.

“The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘necessary to preserve the life of the mother,’” Fallin said in a statement announcing a rare veto on an anti-abortion issue. The measure would have made it a felony for doctors to perform abortions and challenged a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which first legalized the practice.

Red, yellow and green are about to become the three favorite colors of those who regularly travel Waterloo Road to access Interstate 35.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation plans to install temporary traffic signals on Waterloo Road at the I-35 interchange just north of Edmond. This safety measure is expected to improve traffic flow at the I-35 interchange, easing the long lines and delay that exists today during rush hour. The traffic signals will become permanent in 2021 when reconstruction begins, bringing a new type of interchange design to Oklahoma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — After Friday’s 1-1 deadlock with Tulsa Union in the Class 6A state boys soccer championship, Edmond North senior Jonathon Cline looked at the auxiliary period played Monday night after the contest was postponed due to lightning as a new game.

And, it seemed he stepped on the turf with fresh legs.

With two minutes left in sudden-death OT, Husky Ryan Groves headed the ball back out to Cline, who used a powerful right leg whip on a shot. The ball spun off a Tulsa Union defender, curved around the goalkeeper, nicked the inside of the post and spun into the net for a 2-1 Edmond North state championship win over the Redskins at Taft Stadium.

Edmond Police have filed embezzlement charges against former City Utility employee Tessa Seales, 45, of Edmond, according to an affidavit involving Edmond Police Det. Jason Kushmaul.

“There wasn’t an arrest made. There will be I assume once a warrant is issued or she'll turn herself into the OK County DA’s office,” said Jenny Wagnon, Edmond Police spokeswoman.

Kushmaul reported that on March 2, he was contacted by City of Edmond Finance Director Ross VanderHamm, concerning possible Embezzlement by a City of Edmond Customer utility employee.

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NORMAN — After the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs upended the Owasso Rams 3-1 in the opening round of the Class 6A state baseball tournament Thursday afternoon at the University of Oklahoma, Memorial head coach Kyle Roberts was confident looking forward to having all of his pitchers available.

NORMAN — The Edmond Memorial Bulldogs possess a 3-1 lead on Owasso in the bottom of the fifth inning in the Class 6A state baseball tournament at the University of Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma’s most expensive interstate project to date is about to begin another phase of development with the reconstruction of Interstate 44 and the Broadway Extension, said Terri Angier, ODOT chief of the media and public relations.

The project’s cost is nearly $88 million when adding in another resurfacing contract with incentives that ODOT approved a few months ago. This third phase of reconstruction is farther south of the interchange.

The project was awarded to Allen Contracting Inc. of Oklahoma City. It is set to begin with resurfacing during the end of May or early June, Angier said.

“We want to get the highway ready for three years of pounding and construction and minimize potholes while we’re in the middle of a construction phase,” Angier said.

A driver of an Oklahoma City trash truck lost control of his vehicle before crashing into a home Monday morning at 18304 Allora Drive in Oklahoma City, according to Oklahoma City Police.

This address is located in the vicinity of 178th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, said Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Gary Knight. Significant damage was done to one of the two houses the truck hit when leaving the roadway, Knight said.

“We got the first call at 11:48 a.m. It was the driver of a big city waste truck,” Knight said. “It appears he suffered some kind of a medical event while driving.”

Emergency workers transported the driver to an area hospital. His name has not been released, Knight said.

Knight said he does not know if there were other homeowners present when the two houses were hit by the truck. No other injuries were reported by Oklahoma City Police.

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The University of Central Oklahoma announced Friday that David James will not return next season as Central Oklahoma’s head wrestling coach.

“I want to thank Coach James for his extraordinary contributions to the University of Central Oklahoma,” Muller said. “At UCO, we always expect to compete at a very high level and after evaluating our program over the past several weeks, I feel that it’s necessary to move in a different direction.”

The university has offered James another position in the athletic department, but he has yet to make a decision on whether he will stay at Central.

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100.1 Edmond/88.5 Oklahoma City The House FM was recognized by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters (OAB) as a Community Service Award recipient. This is the 14th year in a row that the radio networks have been a recipient of the award.

The House FM is the only noncommercial network to receive the award this year. Jamie Olivas, promotions director at the radio stations said, “It’s an honor to be employed at a ministry that consists of helping the community and sharing the love of Christ in every way we can.”

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Later this afternoon staff and student volunteers will post 168 Oklahoma flags and 168 U.S. flags on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Christian University campus at 2501 E. Memorial Road. 

The “Ralph and Maxine Harvey Field of Flags” at Oklahoma Christian is a dual tribute to the victims of the Murrah Federal Building bombing on April 19, 1995, and the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Oklahoma Christian University performs this tribute twice per year: for the spring anniversary of the Murrah bombing and for the fall anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

OC is the only site in the world outside of New York City to have survivor trees from the Murrah Building and the World Trade Center side by side. These trees are located in the center of Oklahoma Christian’s campus between the Gaylord University Center and the Mabee Learning Center.

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City of Edmond voters gave their nod of approval to extend two city sales taxes for 10 years each Tuesday night. Both the penny sales tax and the half-cent sales tax were set to expire in 2017.

Supporters of the sales tax initiative gathered at a watch party Tuesday night at the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab to watch the election results.

With all 31 Edmond precincts reporting, Proposition No. 1 passed overwhelmingly with 80.12 percent of the vote. There were 4,894 yes votes to 1,214 no votes with 19.88 percent of votes cast against the proposition, according to the Oklahoma County Election Board.

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The Guthrie and Woodcrest Fire Departments are fighting a grass fire Monday afternoon near Pine Street and Seward Road. This area is not far from Interstate 35.

According to KFOR, a 13-year-old boy has been missing from Edmond.

Elliott Rains was last seen leaving Central Middle School on Tuesday at the end of classes. Individuals with information on Rains’ location should call 911.

Work to resurface a one mile section of Santa Fe Avenue is slated to begin Saturday. The entire project is expected to take approximately two weeks with cooperative weather.

The area of Santa Fe to be resurfaced is from Coffee Creek Road to Sorghum Mill. The road will remain open during this time, but motorists should expect traffic to be reduced to one lane with the use of flaggers.

This resurfacing is part of the scheduled 2015-16 Mill & Overlay projects for the City of Edmond. Haskell Lemon Construction Company is the contractor for with a total cost of $2,034,625.

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Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, the eastbound lanes of 33rd Street will be closed at the railroad crossing to thru traffic. The closure is expected to last up to 10 days with cooperative weather.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) is requiring the closure due to concerns with the current lane alignments at the crossing. Their concern is that eastbound traffic cannot see the flashing lights and will not see the downed gate when a train is approaching the area.

Allen Contracting is working to pave the new eastbound lanes between the railroad crossing and Broadway. Westbound traffic will be able to pass through the area during this time, but eastbound traffic will not. Eastbound travelers will need to find an alternate route until the lanes are completed and the crossing can reopen.

Casey Moore, Edmond's public information officer, is reporting 7,000 homes are without power in the city, due to ice. Edmond Electric has no estimate of when power will be restored to those homes. The Edmond Sun will update this story as more information becomes available.

Deer Creek High School, Deer Creek Intermediate School and Rose Union Elementary School, all within the Deer Creek School District, went into a soft lockdown Thursday morning.

According to Mark Opgrande, Public Information Officer for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, a soft lockdown is where the perimeter is being watched and no students are allowed to leave the campus. He added they took the precautionary measure because they did not want any students leaving the campuses and heading north from the schools.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has issued a report warning that he eastbound I-44 off-ramp to southbound I-35 is closed and southbound I-35 is narrowed to one lane at N.E.63rd St. until 3 p.m. today while crews repair a 1 ft. x 1 ft. hole in the bridge over 63rd St.

An Edmond man has died as the victim of the city’s second stabbing to occur in less than one week. Friday’s victim was stabbed shortly before 4 p.m., this time at the Sunset Ridge Apartments, located at 930 South Boulevard, according to Edmond Police.

An early morning call led Edmond police to a stabbing victim and a five-hour standoff. It ended with the arrest of Tyler Smith, safe rescue of a woman and her child and an unknown condition for an unidentified man still in surgery at this time.

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An Edmond man died from one gunshot fired at him by Edmond Police after he aimed a pellet gun at them, according to Edmond Police.

Garrett Sandeno, 24, was taken to OU Medical Center Presbyterian in Oklahoma City where he died last night, said Jenny Monroe, police spokeswoman.

One officer is on standard administrative leave with pay while police conduct an investigation, Monroe said. Sandeno was shot one time in the chest in the 1700 block of Ridgecrest Road when an officer felt threatened by the gun that Sandeno was pointing at them, Monroe said.

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“She has been seen in the Guthrie area as well as the area of S.W. 15th to S.W. 29th and Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City,” Valencia said.

The hospital notified the Oklahoma Department of Human Services when the infant tested positive for methamphetamines, Valencia continued.

“The female left Baptist Hospital with the child Feb. 15 prior to the child being placed in protective custody by DHS, Valencia stated.

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A criminal complaint has been made against a man and a woman in making a bogus report of a purported suicide bomber targeting an unspecified Christian church near the University of Central Oklahoma.

On Friday, Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, and Jim Finch, FBI Special Agent in Charge, announced that a criminal complaint was unsealed charging Israa Jafar Ali, 19, from Oklahoma City and Sajjad Hussein Al Fenaidah, 23, from Saudi Arabi

Due to high fire danger and ongoing wildfires across the state, the State Emergency Operations Center is activated. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) is in contact with emergency managers in the affected areas and is coordinating with Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma For…