Elk City grad recounts 2013 Boston Marathon
On Monday, 1994 Elk City High School graduate Stephen Shirley will embark on the latest of many marathons he has run in. In fact, this will be the fourth time that Shirley has participated in the world-famous Boston Marathon. However, after last year’s terrorist attack at the finish line left Shirely on Mile 23 unable to finish the race, Shirley says this year’s marathon has taken on a deeper meaning than a race.
After completing high school, Shirley went to college on a baseball scholarship. Following his degree, he joined the United States Navy and was sent to the officer’s academy. When he was made the executive officer of the USS Constitution, one of the country’s oldest warships, Shirley made Boston his home and came to know the city’s pride and patriotism.
“You don’t mess with Boston,” Shirley laughed. ...
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. ...
Police: Undercover cop busts man seeking teen hookup
A $20,000 bond has been set for an Elk City man accused of soliciting an underage girl on Facebook.
According to Elk City Police Detective Sammy Weygand, Joseph Alan Dorgan, 22, first contacted his undercover Facebook profile on Feb. 15. In the profile, Weygand posed as a 14-year-old girl.
“(Dorgan) initiated conversation with me and decided that he wanted to get to know me,” Weygand stated in an affidavit filed through Beckham County District Court. “(He) started asking if I had a boyfriend and informed me that he had broken up with his girlfriend a few months prior.”
On Feb. 28, Dorgan told Weygand he was “looking for a girl who won’t cheat on him,” the detective said. When Dorgan asked the supposed girl her age and grade, Weygand said he was 14 and a freshman at Merritt School.
While talking to Dorgan, Weygand learned that he was in rehab in Oklahoma City. Dorgan went on to ask the supposed girl “the worst drug (she) had ever done.”
On March 21, Dorgan sent a message to the undercover detective stating he had gotten kicked out of rehab. Three days later, he sent another message saying he needed to meet his probation officer for a urine test, then asked if the supposed girl wanted to hang out.
“I replied, ‘yes we can I was going to go to this party but it will probably be lame wat u got in mind,’” Weygand wrote. “Dorgan replied, ‘Drink some beer maybe smoke a lil weed i’m what do you wanna do it’s all up to you what do u got in mind?’” ...