Canadian County news

Drivers rescued from high water

By Chris Eversole Rescue crews helped three motorists who were stranded in high water in Canadian County early Wednesday. They included a woman whose car was partially submerged west of the intersection of S.W. 29 Street and Cimmaron Road, said Capt. David Macy of the Oklahoma City Fire Department. Both the Oklahoma City and Union…

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Father looks for closure with Posey trial

The father of a Calumet woman who authorities say was raped and then beaten to death by a Tulsa oil-field worker in 2013 says he is glad the trial is finally underway. “It took five years and 10 months for it to start,” Keith Heinley said. Heinley is the father of Amy Gibbins and the…

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Search continues for Mustang scuba diver missing in Cozumel

By Chris Eversole The family of a scuba diver from Mustang who has been missing in Mexico since March 13 is vacillating between hope and despair. Members of the family of Blake Mitchell, 30, went to Cozumel, a Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea, after he stopped texting them. “The longer he’s missing, and his…

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Jury selection to begin in Calumet murder trial

Jury selection is set to begin Monday in Canadian County’s first death penalty case in more than a quarter century. The jury will hear the case of Derek Don Posey, who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Calumet resident Amy Gibbins and her son, Bryor. Their bodies were…

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Canadian County awards contract for sheriff’s garage project

Construction on a secure garage at the Canadian County jail is expected to begin within the next few weeks after the county commissioners awarded a contract Monday. The commissioners awarded a contract for the more than 4,000-square-foot building to Key Construction, which had the lowest of two bids for the project. Key Construction’s bid was…

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All-clear given after bomb threat at courthouse

Employees of the Canadian County Courthouse got an unexpected afternoon off Tuesday after officials said someone called in a bomb threat. Maj. John Bridges said a receptionist received a call at 1:17 p.m. indicating that there was an explosive device inside the courthouse. Sheriff Chris West said authorities initiated an evacuation procedure, emptying both the…

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Juvenile Justice Center co-director suspended

EL RENO – The co-director of the Canadian County Juvenile Facility has been suspended indefinitely with pay as authorities investigate complaints that have been filed against him. Bill Alexander was suspended by the county commissioners Monday following an executive session that last more than four hours. District 1 Commissioner Marc Hader, who chairman of the…

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