Articles from the June 8, 2022 edition


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  • District attorney confirms investigation into governor's ad

    SEAN MURPHY|Jun 8, 2022

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma County's top prosecutor confirmed Thursday he's investigating whether a recent campaign ad by Gov. Kevin Stitt violates state law and ethics rules. David Prater said he launched an investigation after a bipartisan group of House legislators suggested the 30-second ad, titled " Track Record," violates state law. "I consider this a serious matter," Prater said in a statement to The Associated Press. "I will respect the lawmakers' request and investigate to determine if evidence exists to prove a violation of Oklahoma...

  • Judge throws out $4 million award for transgender student

    Jun 8, 2022

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has thrown out a $4.2 million jury award in a lawsuit filed by a transgender student in the Blues Springs School District who was denied access to male locker rooms and bathrooms. The student, identified in court documents as R.M.A., sued in 2015. A Jackson County jury found in December that the Blue Springs School District had discriminated against the student while he attended middle and high school. He participated in male sports but was required to use separate unisex bathrooms. Jackson County Circuit J...

  • Conservative senator Pyle runs for governor as independent

    Jun 8, 2022

    HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas state senator who recently left the Republican Party has begun campaigning for governor as an independent. The Kansas City Star reports that grain and livestock farmer Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha on Monday appointed a campaign treasurer, allowing him to raise and spend money. "I am a God-loving American, devoted to the Constitution and protecting our children, and I am entering this race to give Kansans a choice," Pyle said in a statement Tuesday. Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Democratic Gov. Laura K...

  • Kansas man sentenced to prison for 2018 killing a baby girl

    Jun 8, 2022

    HAYSVILLE, Kan. (AP) — A southern Kansas man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for the killing of his 4-month-old daughter nearly four years ago. Andrew Franklin, 36, of Haysville, was sentenced Monday to 250 months in prison, television station KAKE reported. Franklin pleaded no contest in April to second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of 4-month-old Brexley Grace Franklin. Police said the baby girl died on Sept. 13, 2018, five days after she was admitted to a hospital suffering from a skull fracture, retinal h...

  • Disorder in the court: Cockroaches released during hearing

    Jun 8, 2022

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A courthouse in upstate New York was closed for fumigation Tuesday after hundreds of cockroaches were released during an altercation that broke out at an arraignment, according to court officials. The clash broke out during proceedings in Albany City Court for four people for an arrest at the state Capitol. A defendant who started to film the courtroom proceedings was told to stop. In the altercation that followed, hundreds of cockroaches brought into the courthouse in plastic containers were released, according to the s...

  • School police chief a no-show at Uvalde City Council meeting

    JAKE BLEIBERG and JAMIE STENGLE|Jun 8, 2022

    UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The school district police chief criticized for waiting too long before ordering law enforcement to confront and kill the gunman during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school did not appear at a City Council meeting in Uvalde on Tuesday, despite being newly elected to the panel. Mayor Don McLaughlin said he was unable to explain why the district police Chief Pete Arredondo wasn't at the brief meeting. Two weeks ago, 19 students and two teachers were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Law enforcement and s...

  • EXPLAINER: Hundreds charged with crimes in Capitol attack

    ALANNA DURKIN RICHER|Jun 8, 2022

    More than 800 people across the U.S. have been charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, which left officers bloodied and sent lawmakers into hiding, and federal authorities continue to make new arrests practically every week. The charges against members of the angry pro-Trump mob range from low-level misdemeanors for those who only entered the Capitol to felony seditious conspiracy charges against far-right extremists. It's the largest prosecution in the history of the Justice Department, whose leader, Attorney General Merrick Garland,...

  • Son of Buffalo victim pushes Congress: 'What are you doing?'

    FARNOUSH AMIRI and LISA MASCARO|Jun 8, 2022

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of Ruth Whitfield, an 86-year-old woman killed when a gunman opened fire in a racist attack on Black shoppers in Buffalo, New York, challenged Congress Tuesday to act against the "cancer of white supremacy" and the nation's epidemic of gun violence. Garnell Whitfield Jr.'s emotional testimony comes as lawmakers are working furiously to strike a bipartisan agreement on gun safety measures in the aftermath of back-to-back mass shootings. Ten days after the shooting death of his mother and nine others in New York, a...

  • 30 cases in a month: Abortion, guns top justices' to-do list

    MARK SHERMAN|Jun 8, 2022

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Curbing abortion rights and expanding the right to be armed in public are long-sought goals of the conservative legal movement that the Supreme Court seems poised to deliver within the next month. The justices also could ease the use of public funds for religious schooling and constrain Biden administration efforts to fight climate change. The disputes are among 30 cases the court still has to resolve before it takes an extended summer break. It's a large, though not unprecedented, haul for the court at this point in its t...

  • US sees heightened extremist threat heading into midterms

    BEN FOX|Jun 8, 2022

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A looming Supreme Court decision on abortion, an increase of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and the midterm elections are potential triggers for extremist violence over the next six months, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday. The U.S. was in a "heightened threat environment" already, and these factors may worsen the situation, DHS said in the latest National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin. "In the coming months, we expect the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events c...

  • Senate Review

    Senator Roland Pederson|Jun 8, 2022

    As of 4:30 p.m. on May 27, the Second Session of the 58th Legislature was officially adjourned. We had a busy few months addressing some of our state’s most pressing issues, including strengthening regulations dealing with the medical marijuana industry, increasing the teacher-to-classroom pipeline and investing in our core services while still prioritizing savings. Creating a framework for the medical marijuana industry has been top of mind for the Legislature since this industry was a...

  • Exercise your freedom and vote

    Marione Martin|Jun 8, 2022

    The other day I was talking with one of the candidates whose name will be on the ballot for the Tuesday, June 28, primary election. He’s concerned that the turnout of voters will be small. It seems more people are inspired to vote when there’s a presidential election or maybe a controversial state question. He pointed out that some city and county elections recently have been decided by just a handful of votes. Sometimes five votes or even just one can make a big difference. New voter ID car...

  • Carl's Capitol Comments

    Rep. Carl Newton|Jun 8, 2022

    The Legislature adjourned regular session May 27, as we are constitutionally required to do. We are still convened in special session, adjourned to a call of the chair. The governor, meanwhile, has called us into an additional special session, beginning June 13. The purpose is to eliminate the state sales tax on groceries and reduce the personal income tax for all Oklahomans. These are both things the House sought to do this year, but the legislation stalled in the Senate. We will convene the...

  • Woods County court filings

    Jun 8, 2022

    According to the affidavits and petitions on file, the following individuals have been charged. An individual is innocent of any charges listed below until proven guilty in a court of law. All information is a matter of public record and may be obtained by anyone during regular hours at the Woods County Courthouse. The Alva Review-Courier will not intentionally alter or delete any of this information. If it appears in the courthouse public records, it will appear in this newspaper. Felony Filings Montgomery Orion Sharp, Cherokee, 20, has been...

  • Alfalfa County Sheriff's Office logs

    Jun 8, 2022

    Tuesday, May 31, 2022 During this day there were three traffic stops and one controlled burn. 9:04 a.m. – Caller advised of batteries stolen from equipment on County Road 740 and Cotton Road. 12:53 p.m. – Caller wanted to make a report of her wallet being stolen in Dollar General. 12:56 p.m. – Report of a copper theft on County Road 560 and Cotton Road. 2:04 p.m. – Medic needed in the 200 block of 5th Street for a male not breathing. 4:49 p.m. – Medic needed a male with swollen eyes. Advised a tire blew up in his face. Medic took the patient to...

  • Barber County real estate transactions

    Jun 8, 2022

    Real Estate Transfers Book 147 page 325: Sarah G. Meador unto Oxley Enterprises Inc. The south 18 feet of the west 54 feet 7 inches, the south 15 feet of the next 44 feet 8 inches to the east, and the south 4 feet of the east 51 feet 8 inches to the east, and the south 4 feet of the east 51 feet 8 inches to the alley, in lot 5, in block 1 in Cook, Standiford and Company’s revised addition to the City of Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas. Quit claim deed. Book 147 page 326: Alan M. Brown conveys unto Darcy J. Kosher and John P. Brees. L...

  • Request an emergency ballot for the June 28 primary election

    Jun 8, 2022

    Registered voters who become physically incapacitated after 5 p.m. Monday, June 13, and cannot make it to the polls, still have an opportunity to cast their ballot. Alfalfa County Election Board Secretary Stephanie Jantz said that state law permits voters who become emergency incapacitated after 5 p.m. Monday, June 13, to vote under special provisions. Jantz said emergency incapacitation is something most voters don’t think about. “Voting is our constitutional right, but life happens. Injury, illness or even childbirth can prevent a voter fro...

  • Barber County court filings

    Jun 8, 2022

    Small Claims Filings Rural Waste Solutions LLC vs. Daniel J. Dutton. Traffic Citations Ginny Rae Cruz has been cited for maximum speed limits. ($231) Shannon Mary Nesseralla has been cited for maximum speed limits. ($177) Casandra Dean Noyes has been cited for maximum speed limits. ($171) James Yazzie has been cited for maximum speed limits. ($189) Christopher Michael Dugan has been cited for maximum speed limits. ($183) Clayton Alexander Molitor has been cited for maximum speed limits. ($189) Eustaguio Junior Saenz has been cited for maximum...

  • Two South Barber graduates to play in Kansas 8-Man All Star Game

    Yvonne Miller|Jun 8, 2022

    South Barber Chieftains Ruston Erikson and Gatlin Jewell, who just graduated with the Class of 2022, will represent their school one more time in the 37th Annual 8-Man All Star Games in Beloit this Saturday, June 11. The Division I game will be held at 10 a.m. at Trojan Field on North Hersey Avenue. Pre-game will begin at 9:30 a.m. with introduction of the players. The Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce will host a pep rally and refreshments for the players, coaches and fans on Friday starting at 4 p.m. at Chautauqua Park in Beloit. Erikson and...

  • Alfalfa County officials sign appropriations

    Stacy Sanborn|Jun 8, 2022

    The Alfalfa County commissioners assembled Monday morning with a much larger stack of paperwork to sign than last week. Mike Roach, Jay Hague, and Marvin Woodall reviewed the maintenance and operation payment warrants, blanket purchase orders, and the monthly officers' reports. In addition, monthly highway expenditures, appropriations, and the alcohol beverage tax allocation paperwork received signatures. They also signed the detention services agreement by and between ROCMND Area Youth Services, Inc., and the Board of County Commissioners of A...

  • Stewart hired as Alva High special ed teacher

    Marione Martin|Jun 8, 2022

    Monday evening, the Alva Board of Education offered a one year contract to Maya Stewart as a special education teacher for the high school. Stewart most recently taught special education at South Barber School in Kiowa, Kansas. A graduate of Alva High School and Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Stewart is certified in both Oklahoma and Kansas. Board members also approved the rehiring of a list of non-certified personnel for the coming school year. Superintendent Tim Argo announced...

  • Man with arrest warrant now has another charge

    Marione Martin|Jun 8, 2022

    On May 28, off-duty Cherokee Police Sgt. Tristan Hall contacted Cherokee Police Chief Ryan McNeil to report he observed the suspect, Aaron Benshoof, walking south in the alley behind St. Hall’s residence in the 1000 block of South Grand Ave. in Cherokee. Hall stated Benshoof was wearing gray-colored pants and a blue gray colored shirt and carrying a blue backpack. McNeil and Hall checked the area but were unable to locate Benshoof walking. They went to check an unsecured abandoned building at 1...

  • Man with arrest warrant now has another charge

    Marione Martin|Jun 8, 2022

    On May 28, off-duty Cherokee Police Sgt. Tristan Hall contacted Cherokee Police Chief Ryan McNeil to report he observed the suspect, Aaron Benshoof, walking south in the alley behind St. Hall’s residence in the 1000 block of South Grand Ave. in Cherokee. Hall stated Benshoof was wearing gray-colored pants and a blue gray colored shirt and carrying a blue backpack. McNeil and Hall checked the area but were unable to locate Benshoof walking. They went to check an unsecured abandoned building at 1...

  • Burlington School Board accepts GO Bond bid, increases base salary of administrators

    Yvonne Miller|Jun 8, 2022

    Burlington's Board of Education held a special meeting May 19 to handle receiving bids and accepting one for the $610,000 General Obligation Building Bonds of this school district and award bonds to the lowest bidder. That was Alva State Bank Burlington Branch. The interest rate on the bonds is 3.45 percent. The board also discussed and approved the adoption of written policies and procedures for post-issuance compliance. A resolution was also approved providing for the issuance of General Obligation Building Bonds in the sum of $610,000 by...

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