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Deputy cleared

The District Attorney’s office has determined that Beckham County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Crauthers was justified in shooting and killing a man during an altercation last month in Sayre.

In a letter sent to Beckham County Sheriff Scott Jay on Friday, DA Dennis Smith wrote that the actions of Crauthers “can be listed as justifiable homicide.”

Crauthers assisted the Sayre Police Department at a disturbance call on March 17 at the Southgate Apartments in Sayre.

Crauthers saw and pursued the suspect, Larry Plaster, on foot. As Crauthers came arounded a corner, Plaster was standing there with two hatchets, one in each hand, according to a report from the Beckham County Sheriff’s Office.

Crauthers deployed his TASER, but it was ineffective. Plaster then threw one of the hatchets at Crauthers. Crauthers turned and the hatchet hit him in the back, inflicting a minor injury.

As Crauthers turned back around, Plaster was charging at him with the other hatchet raised in the air. Crauthers went for his firearm, shooting and killing Plaster, according to a report from the Beckham County Sheriff’s Office.

Jay turned the case over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and Crauthers was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation ...


Spring cleanup scheduled

The City of Elk City will allow the residents of Elk City free dumping at the Municipal Landfill during the first spring cleanup week of April 28 through May 3. Simply show your current Elk City residential water bill for waste to be accepted.

No roofing, remodeling or commercial trash will be accepted for free during this event. All loads must be under a tarp, tied down, or bagged.

The city will be providing an added service to this year’s spring cleanup. On Saturday May 3 from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Ag Barn behind the Elk City Convention Center, there will be a household hazardous waste collection event for Elk City residents only and you must present a current Elk City residential water bill to participate. Examples of waste accepted are: paint of all types, herbicides, insecticides, old motor oil, anti-freeze, fluorescent bulbs, household cleaners and solvents. Please call 225-1414 if you have any questions.

During the second week of spring cleanup, May 5 through May 9, the city will pick up items that Elk City residents were unable to deliver to the landfill during the week of free landfill dumping. There will be a limit of two items per household. Please call in all collection requests to 225-1414.




Stabbing reported

An Elk City woman reported being stabbed early today in the 300 block of Lakeshore Drive.

Elk City Officer Marc Daniel said dispatch was notified just after 1:30 a.m. of a woman bleeding in a yard. When Daniel arrived at the address, he found a woman lying in the yard, with her left hand covered in blood.

The woman “screamed not to touch her” and said she’d been beaten, Daniel said.

“(She) stated that (a man) beat her and that she took a knife,” Daniel said. “I asked (her) if she stabbed (the man) and (she) stated, ‘No.’”

A neighbor, who was the one who contacted police, told Daniel she woke up when she heard a scream.

“(The neighbor) said that she went to the front of her residence and saw (the woman) in the grass,” Daniel said. “(The neighbor) stated that (the woman’s) hand was bleeding. (The neighbor) said (the man believed to be responsible) stood in front of his residence and watched (the woman).

(The neighbor’s) demeanor was calm and he stated that he didn’t do anything.”

The woman asked the neighbor to call police, the neighbor said, and the man believed to be responsible for the stabbing asked her not to. The man...

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