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Officers in fatal shooting identified

By SHANE SMITH For The Yukon Review The Mustang Police Department identified Thursday five officers who were involved in a shooting June 5 that left a Yukon man dead. Police Chief Robert Groseclose identified the officers as Sgt. David Hanson, Sgt. Ben Brauer, officer Ben Trujillo, John Gibson and William Carpenter. Who fired the fatal…

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County to seek COVID-19 funds

County officials are hoping to recoup some of the expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The money would come from Oklahoma’s portion of the federal coronavirus aid, relief and economic security (CARES) act. The county commissioners, during their meeting Monday, authorized emergency management director Andrew Skidmore to begin the application process for reimbursement. Skidmore said…

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Caution urged at Freedom Fest

With the recent uptick in cases of COVID-19, Yukon city officials are urging those planning to attend this week’s Freedom Fest to take precautions. The annual Fourth of July event spans two nights — Friday and Saturday at Yukon’s Chisholm Trail Park. The festivities Friday will include music by the Hi-Fi Hillbillies and Irv Wagner’s…

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County voters head to the polls

Turnout was decent as voters headed to the polls across Canadian County to decide one county office, along with state and federal offices and one state question. County Election Board Secretary Wanda Armold said turnout at the polls had been steady, but the number of people voting early and by absentee ballot was fairly significant.…

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Freedom Celebration planned for Saturday

The Firefighters Freedom Celebration is continuing this year, but with a change in the food due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Food trucks will be present instead of the traditional fare of hot dogs, chili, chips, cookies and a drink. As usual, watermelon and water will be provided, while the supply lasts. “Due to the uncertainty…

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Broncos’ cornerback becoming a rising star

As a freshman, Jacobe Johnson was just hoping to earn varsity playing time. By midseason, he was starting at cornerback for Mustang High School’s football squad. This off-season, Johnson is being touted as one of the state’s premier young defensive players. And his phenomenal athleticism is expected to be utilized on offense at receiver, too.…

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Perman looks forward to role as Yukon’s golf coach

The interim has been removed from Abbey Perman’s title. She has been selected as the new women’s golf coach at Yukon High School. Perman was named last week. She was serving as the interim head coach last spring before the season was canceled. Her varsity team only got the opportunity to play in one tournament…

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School bond projects near completion

Three Mustang Public Schools projects that complete the work funded by a $180 million bond issue are moving toward completion. This shows that the board of education is meeting the promises it made when voters approved the bond issue in 2017, Superintendent Charles Bradley said. The status of the projects is: • A two-story addition…

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OSBI won’t name Mustang officers involved in shooting

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the review of an officer- involved shooting in Mustang, said this week they do not plan to release the names of the officers who were involved. Brook Arbeitman, a spokesperson for the OSBI, said the agency would not release the names of the two officers who…

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Sheriff’s ‘posse’ draws criticism

A call for volunteers to help form a posse for the Canadian County sheriff is getting some pushback, including from a former Yukon mayor. Sheriff Chris West, earlier this week, said he is looking for volunteers to help form a posse to serve different aspects of the sheriff’s office. West said the group would focus…

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Local farm used as site for upcoming film

For those in Yukon, a family friendly film set to release in 2021 might look a little familiar. “Joey and Ella” follows the adventures of a little girl and her new friend, a talking baby kangaroo that was separated from her mother in a jewelry heist. “It was important for us to find a picturesque…

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Yukon superintendent, family hailed as heroes

By TERRY GROOVER [email protected] and GLEN MILLER The El Reno Tribune Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time is the most important thing. That was the case Thursday for Yukon Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jason Simeroth and his family, who were spending the afternoon at Lake El Reno working on a boat.…

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MHS employee thwarts kidnapping attempt

Mustang High School paraprofessional Bobby Jackson is being extra vigilant of his grandchildren after he helped foil an attempted kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl east of Yukon. Jackson and his wife, Christa, were driving west on N.W. 23rd Street around 5 p.m. on May 13, on their way to get a bite to eat, when…

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School board regroups on bond issue

The Mustang Board of Education last week scrapped a planned bond issue and decided to consider an alternative that could go on the November general ballot. Superintendent Charles Bradley recommended the move – resulting from changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic – at a June 4 special meeting. “A lot has happened, and we need…

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Black Lives Matter supporters rally in Yukon

By SHANE SMITH For The Yukon Review “Your silence is violence! Black Lives Matter!” Those words were shouted Monday by several people on the side of State Highway 66. They were part of a group of at least 30 demonstrators who gathered at the intersection of Yukon Parkway and the highway to voice their concerns.…

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Yukon man killed by Mustang officer

A Yukon man who was shot and killed by a Mustang police officer on Friday had a history of traffic violations and minor offenses, but no felonies, court records show. Benjamin Ballard, 42, was killed at approximately 6:45 p.m. after he allegedly pulled a weapon on a Mustang officer who was attempting to stop him…

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Sara Road expansion will help drive Mustang’s future

Crews are hard at work on the widening of Sara Road from just north of Southwest 29th Street to State Highway 152. Although the intersection of Southwest 29th Street and Sara Road has been completed, most of the other current work on the $19.6 million project is relocating utility lines. The funding includes $7.2 million…

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School officials explore budget options

Mustang Public Schools officials are drafting three options for the school district’s budget for the next fiscal year due the coronavirus crisis and the oil industry downturn. One option will project spending based on flat revenue, one on a 1% reduction and one on a 2% reduction, Chief Financial Officer Nancy McKay told the school…

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Parking-lot vigil honors hospital workers as they battle pandemic

Dozens of horns blasted and headlights shown for more than 15 minutes at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Integris Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon. The sound may have been discordant, but it was oh so sweet to the employees inside – and the assembled community members who showed their support for hospital…

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COVID-19 cases in county climb to 29

The number of patients being diagnosed with the coronavirus continues to climb across the state, and now include a Canadian County judge. Associate Judge Bob Hughey posted on his social media page Friday that he had finally received the results of his COVID-19 test, and it was positive. Hughey’s tests results were included in the…

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OSBI won’t name Mustang officers involved in shooting

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the review of an officer- involved shooting in Mustang, said this week they do not plan to release the names of the officers who were involved. Brook Arbeitman, a spokesperson for the OSBI, said the agency would not release the names of the two officers who…

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