Former police chief's charges dismissed
Charges against former Erick police chief Michael Day, who in April was accused of assaulting an inmate in his custody, have been dismissed.
Beckham County Court Clerk Donna Howell said Friday that Day’s charges were dismissed Wednesday upon payment of costs.
“The costs have been paid, but the state hasn’t filed the dismissal yet,” Howell said.
In December, Day was accused of punching Mark Watson while he was being booked in at the Beckham County Jail. Initial reports indicated a video showed Day striking Watson in the stomach, then pushing a fist into Watson’s chest.
All of which, Day said, is false.
After the December traffic stop, Watson was arrested and charged with driving under suspension, Day said. While earlier reports indicated the tag of the vehicle Watson was driving was expired, officers learned the tag was up-to-date.
City request pre-rodeo cleanup
City leaders are asking for the community’s help in putting Elk City’s best foot forward before one of its biggest weekends of the year.
“With summer coming to an end and Labor Day approaching, we are asking everyone to help just a little by picking up trash and garbage around our homes and businesses,” said City Inspector Ricky Burch. “All the wonderful rain we have been blessed with this year has increased the weed growth tremendously.”
Tall weeds and grass, Burch added, are a fire hazard as well, which could be curbed by mowing, edging and general clean up.
Alleys, Burch said, also needed to be maintained.
Area student named president of rodeo association
Dalen Smith, a local eighth-grade student at Merritt Junior High, was recently elected the 2014-2015 National Student President for the National High School Rodeo Association – Jr High Division.
Dalen is the 13 year old son of Will and Darcey Smith of Elk City.
He is on the superintendents honor roll, a member of the football, basketball, and rodeo teams.
Dalen is a member of the National Jr High Rodeo Association and competes as a member of Region 1 in Texas. Dalen joined the National Jr High Association as a sixth-grader in 2012 competing in the junior bull riding.
Dalen traveled to Des Moines, Iowa in June to campaign for the office of National Student President. The National Jr High Rodeo Association was established in 2004 to serve as a feeder system into the National High School Rodeo Association.
Today there are 47 states and provinces that belong to and are represented within the National Jr High Association with over 2,500 members.
Each summer nearly 900 competitors, the top 4 in each event from each state, travel to the National Jr High Rodeo Finals to compete for National Championship titles.
I-40/Main stoplight gets green light
Elk City commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution to participate with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in a project to install a traffic light at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Main Street.
During the commission’s regular meeting, City Manager Anita Archer said the project is the result of an ODOT study requested about four years ago.
The study, she said, indicated the need for traffic signals at the location.
Eighty percent of the project’s funding will come from ODOT, Archer added, with the remaining 20 percent provided by the city.
While the study indicated the need for a light at South Main and BJ Hughes Access Road, Archer said a light at the Main and I-40 intersection is expected to alleviate the issue at BJ Hughes Access Road.