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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

The public is invited to witness an oath ceremony for seven new Stillwater Police Department officers on Thursday, July 29 at 2 p.m. in the in the Council Hearing Room at the Stillwater Municipal Building, 723. S. Lewis Street.

·         Ryan Sexton – New Police Officer, will attend CLEET

·         Joshua Gomez – New Police Officer, will attend CLEET

·         Chase Mobus – New Police Officer, will attend CLEET

·         Ronald Myers Jr. – Formerly with the Tulsa Police Department

·         Taylor Ballard – Formerly with the Cushing Police Department

·         Ryan Simpson – Formerly with the Guthrie Police Department

·         Matthew White – Formerly with the Camas Police Department in Camas, Washington

RSVPs are not required to attend the event.

The ceremony will also be broadcast live on Suddenlink channel 14, AT&T U-verse channel 99 and the City of Stillwater's YouTube channel for those who cannot attend in person.

For questions about this event, contact Lieutenant Kyle Bruce at 405.742.8392 or email policepio@stillwater.org.

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FROM THE STILLWATER POLICE DEPARTMENT:

On 7/20/2021 at 7:45 AM, Stillwater Police officers responded to the 2200 block of West 22nd Avenue for a premises check. A woman at that location reported having been in a domestic disturbance with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Jacob Louis Scott, at a location outside of the city limits. Scott was reported to possibly be on his way to the girlfriend’s home on 22nd. As officers were responding, Scott arrived at the home. Shortly thereafter, reports of gunshots being fired came in from the same area.

Officers arrived on scene but found Scott had fled prior to their arrival. Based on witness statements, video surveillance, and physical evidence located at the scene, it was determined Scott had produced a handgun while arguing with his girlfriend. He had pointed it at the girlfriend and one of her juvenile family members. Scott fired the gun in their general direction and fired several other shots into the air continuing to fire even as he was fleeing the scene in his car. A Payne County Deputy arrived to document the domestic disturbance in their jurisdiction. A lookout was sent to officers from area law enforcement agencies to attempt to locate Scott.

At 2:24 PM, Stillwater Police officers were dispatched to the Boomer Creek Apartments at 320 E. McElroy because Scott was reportedly in the parking lot in a vehicle. A Payne County Deputy and several officers arrived on scene and detained a vehicle attempting to leave the area. Scott was a passenger in the vehicle and was located with a loaded AR-15 in his lap.

Scott was arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon (two counts), Possession of a Firearm after Felony Juvenile Adjudication, and Possession of Xanax with Intent to Distribute. After learning that Scott had come to the apartments to locate and shoot the father of his girlfriend, and addition Conspiracy charge was added. The juvenile driver of the vehicle was also arrested and held on complaints of Obstructing an Officer and Possession of Xanax with Intent to Distribute.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division later recovered the pistol used in the initial shooting at a residence in Stillwater. The case remains under investigation.

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

The City of Stillwater will begin major street improvements in August after the Stillwater City Council approved the selection of outside contractors at its regular meeting Monday, July 11th.

The projects are:
·         Duck Street from 6th Avenue to Boomer Road -- mill the existing surface and place a new asphalt overlay
·         Husband Street from Elm Street to Hall of Fame Avenue -- mill the existing surface and place a new asphalt overlay
·         Brooke Avenue from Jardot Road to Young Street – full-depth asphalt repair (this repair will allow sanitation trucks to once again use Brooke Avenue)
·         Stillwater Regional Airport south taxi lane – resurface (paid by airport funds)
·         McElroy Road from Washington Street to Boomer Road – resurface
·         Western Road from 32nd Avenue to 19th Avenue – resurface
·         18th Avenue from Fern Street to Perkins Road – resurface
·         Lakeview Road from Perkins Road to Jardot Road – resurface
·         Quarter mile of Jardot Road north of Lakeview Road – resurface

The projects are part of the City’s Pavement Management Program and were approved previously by the Council. The projects were awarded to Haskell Lemon and TJ Campbell at a total cost of a little more than $2.2 million.

The projects will be funded by sales tax revenue through the Fiscal Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021 Pavement Management Programs; except for the airport project that will be covered by airport funds.

“These are important projects that will improve key Stillwater streets,” said Monty Karns, Director of City Engineering. “These projects are part of our ongoing work to effectively maintain and upgrade our streets to best serve the citizens of Stillwater.”

The upgrades will be staggered and should all be completed by April 2022.

For more details about where these projects are happening, view the Combined Project Map at stillwater.org

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

The City of Stillwater is notifying utility customers facing possible disconnects for non-payment and encouraging them to contact the City before losing electric, water and other services.

With the downturn of the economy due to COVID-19, the City saw a significant increase in late payments and non-payments. The City Council approved a moratorium on disconnects Dec. 14, 2020. The moratorium was lifted May 3, 2021.

As a result, the City began sending disconnect notices to some customers in late June. The City will send four rounds of disconnect notices with cutoff dates staggered through the month of July. The first cutoff date was July 6.

The City has more than 4,500 accounts that are delinquent for 30 days or longer. The accounts total nearly $1.9 million in uncollected revenue.

“We understand many of our residents have gone through difficult times as a result of the pandemic and its impact on their financial situation,” said Norman McNickle. “We are prepared to work with customers on a payment plan to address their situation.”

Customers who receive a disconnect notice should contact City of Stillwater Utility and Billing Services at 405-742-8245 to rectify their account, or work out a payment plan.

Any shortage of revenue from non-payments could impact future cost of service for all customers.

Stillwater residents unable to make rent payments and pay utility costs as a result of COVID-19 may be eligible for federally funded relief. To learn more and apply for relief, contact Our Daily Bread at 405.533.2555 ext.110 or visit https://www.ourdailybreadstillwater.org/

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FROM OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY:

The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association and the 2021 Homecoming Executive Committee have announced former OSU President Burns Hargis and former First Cowgirl Ann will serve as this year’s grand marshals of the Sea of Orange Homecoming Parade in recognition of their service to OSU.

Rob McInturf, OSU Alumni Association president, made the announcement.

Hargis retired July 1 after a transformational 13-year tenure as OSU’s 18th president. Under his leadership, the university flourished, including the first-ever billion-dollar fundraising campaign, which raised more than $1.3 billion. OSU developed more than 2.5 million square feet of new or enhanced facilities on both its Stillwater and Tulsa campuses. Enrollment growth includes five of the largest freshmen classes in OSU history, and 24 percent of all OSU graduates have occurred during his presidency. Additionally, OSU Alumni Association membership increased by nearly 30 percent and added nearly 82,000 new donors.

Ann made her mark on campus by focusing on America’s Healthiest Campus initiative and starting the Pete’s Pet Posse pet therapy program, which has been nationally recognized. She was also frequently seen on campus with her orange golf cart, talking with and giving students rides to class.

This year is the centennial edition of America’s Greatest Homecoming. The nationally recognized celebration, which was first hosted by the Alumni Association in 1920, was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OSU’s Homecoming week begins Oct. 24. The Homecoming parade is currently scheduled at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, prior to OSU’s football game with the University of Kansas. If the game is selected for a morning kickoff, the parade will begin at 8 a.m. Updates and other details will be available at ORANGECONNECTION.org/homecoming.

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