Yukon Area News

Mayor’s police report against lawmaker released

A one-paragraph police report that was filed by Yukon’s mayor against a member of the Oklahoma House of Repre-sentatives has been released publicly. Shelli Selby filed the report last week against Jay Steagall, a Yukon business owner and member of the state House. Selby claims in the report that Steagall has harassed her for political…

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Medical issue cited in deputy’s fatal crash

A Canadian County deputy likely suffered a medical episode that caused a crash in February that claimed her life, officials said Monday. Detective Brian Fowler, an investigator with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said Lt. Shirley Lanning may have suffered a stroke or a transient ischemic attack before the Feb. 14 accident on Northwest Expressway…

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Yukon schools’ start date moved

As part of its plan to implement its continuous learning plan, the Yukon School District has pushed back the start of classes to Aug. 24. This is the second time the start of school has been moved. Originally, classes were to begin Aug. 13. However, they were moved to Aug. 20 during the July school…

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Mayor, representative at odds over mask rule

A lawmaker from Yukon says he believes the city’s mayor overstepped her authority last month when she issued a proclamation requiring employees of certain businesses to wear masks. Rep. Jay Steagall said Thursday he has had three discussions with Mayor Shelli Selby about her proclamation that was issued July 10. That proclamation requires bar and…

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Yukon business owner brings home brachiosaurus

For Lyle Jameson, it was a Jurassic undertaking. The 27-foot brachiosaurus statue had been stationed alongside Interstate 35 for more than two decades, serving as a roadside attraction and attention-getter for Statuary World. The business has since closed, but the dinosaur – nicknamed Big Jim – remained, and was part of an auction of remaining…

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Fifth COVID-related death reported in Canadian County

Piedmont is the latest Canadian County community to report a death related to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oklahoma State Health Department reported the death on Tuesday as one of 15 COVID-19-related deaths across the state. The victim is identified only as a female in the 65-and-older category from Canadian County. However, Tuesday’s list…

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Heavy rains lead to area water rescues, keeping firefighters busy

Heavy rains that inundated the area throughout Monday and Tuesday morning kept rescue crews from Yukon and Oklahoma City busy. According to the state’s Mesonet site, Yukon received more than five inches of rain during the 24-hour period, and more is expected. Officials with the Yukon Fire Department said their crews responded to at least…

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Scaled-down fair planned for county

The Canadian County Free Fair will move forward in August, but in a significantly scaled-down fashion. The county’s fair board voted Thursday to let the fair continue. However, only the livestock portion of the fair will be held. Even that, according to the fair board, will be scaled back to a “show and go” format.…

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Yukon not planning mask mandate

The city of Yukon does not plan to follow the leads of several other communities and require residents to wear face coverings when in public. Mayor Shelli Selby said this week that enforcing a mandate for facemasks would be virtually impossible. “We are hoping the people will take responsibility for themselves and wear a mask.…

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Yukon man executed for role in triple murder

A former Yukon resident was executed early Tuesday for his role in the 1996 torture and murder of a family in Arkansas. Daniel Lee Lewis was put to death at 7:08 a.m. at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. His death came almost 24 hours after a federal judge in Washington, D.C., had halted…

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