Canadian County Sheriff's Office

Mustang man injured in crash near Hinton

  A 57-year-old Mustang man was injured Wednesday after he crashed his vehicle while trying to avoid a deer, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. Alfred Lerma was injured in the accident that occurred at about 2:09 p.m. on State Highway 37 about 10 miles southeast of Hinton. The patrol said Lerma was driving a 1997…

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Man jailed after stand-off in Yukon drainage pipe

A Yukon man wanted for failing to appear for a court appearance kept officers at bay for almost three hours Sunday while hiding in the city’s drainage system. Canadian County Sheriff Chris West said his office received a tip Sunday that Donnie Ray Parks, 46, was at a residence in Yukon. When deputies arrived, they…

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CCSO reserve deputy enjoys helping others

  Sara Bondurant is a woman who wears many hats. She is an attorney, a municipal judge and a reserve deputy for Canadian County. Bondurant recently was recognized for her service by the Journal Record, who named her their 50 Making a Difference Woman of the Year. Bondurant, 41, is married to Canadian County investigator…

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Canadian County ex-jailer pleads to federal charges

A former Canadian County Detention Center worker faces up to a year in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to charges that he assaulted a prisoner. Jason Barber, 41, of Bethany, entered his plea in U.S Federal Court in the Western District of Oklahoma to charges of depriving a pretrial detainee of his civil rights by…

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Sheriff’s deputy faces DUI charges

A Canadian County deputy was fired Monday after authorities say he was arrested Friday after crashing a patrol unit while driving under the influence. Canadian County Sheriff Chris West said deputy Cameron Henderson, 36, was fired Monday afternoon. He had been suspended without pay since Friday when he was arrested by Piedmont Police, accused of…

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Sheriff’s office bids farewell to K9

Kyle Bridges will say goodbye to his partner Thursday. It won’t be easy. He and Lyas have been together since 2012, but it’s what must happen. Bridges, a deputy with the Canadian County sheriff’s office, said his K9 partner, Lyas, was diagnosed earlier this year degenerative myelopathy or Cauda Equina syndrome. The diagnosis will eventually…

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Sheriff looks to add secure garage to jail

EL RENO – Canadian County Sheriff Chris West says he plans to ask county commissioners next week to allow a project that would protect his officers and others as they arrive at the county jail. He wants to build a sally port adjacent to the jail. A sally port is a large, secure garage that…

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Mustang Times editor arrested for alleged child sex crime

Jonathan Edward Watje, a Mustang Times editor, was arrested by the Canadian County Sherriff’s Department after allegedly having an online sexual relationship with an undercover sheriff’s deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl. Watje, 34, was arrested at the Mustang Times office Friday afternoon. He was later booked into the Canadian County Jail on two counts…

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Deputy of the Year

by E.I. Hillin Making sure the county is void of illegal dump sites of trash and hazardous waste materials is Deputy Jacob Briggs’ job, but his love is serving the people. “What better way to help your community than law enforcement,” he said. “I get to be that guy that people can call and count…

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Capt. Flowers speaks about social media and internet safety

Captain Adam Flowers said something that struck a chord with parents and children in the audience on Tuesday at the Children’s Justice Center gymnasium. “What we give our kids is a key to the whole world,” Flowers said as he held up a cellular phone. More than 150 people attended the presentation on internet safety…

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