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Apache applications approved

During their regular meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Elk City commissioners approved two applications for Apache Corporation for oil and gas permits to drill two additional wells in Elk City.

The wells will be drilled at the company’s existing site at 7th and Pioneer, according to City Manager Anita Archer.

Apache personnel were at the meeting to answer commissioners’ questions about the permits.

Elk City Mayor Dan Gambill noted that he had spent the night at the well site.

“I haven’t received any complaints about the noise,” Gambill said. “When I was there, it was quiet as a church mouse.”

Ward 3 Commissioner Larry Muck said he had not received any complaints either.

Apache personnel said “nothing out of the ordinary” had occurred at the site, and there was no additional risk of drilling the two additional wells at that particular location ...


Suspects held in Estepp death

A pair of serial killers is believed to be responsible for the death of a 21-year-old woman with Elk City ties whose body was found earlier this year on a conveyer belt in an Anaheim, Calif. trash-sorting facility.

Jarrae Nykkole Estepp was listed with an Elk City address when she was arrested in January on a petit larceny complaint.
On March 14, her body was found on the conveyer belt, and investigators determined she had likely been murdered.

According to an article released by the Anaheim PD, homicide detectives from the Santa Ana, Calif. Police Department contacted the homicide detectives with “information about three women, reported missing from their city.”

The missing Santa Ana women are Kianna Jackson, 20, of Las Vegas who was last seen in Santa Ana on Oct. 6, 2013; Josephine Vargas, 34, of Santa Ana who was last seen in the city on Oct. 24, 2013; and Martha Anaya, 28, of Santa Ana who was last seen there on Nov. 12, 2013.

“The investigation led to the identification of Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, both of Anaheim, for the murders of all four women,” the Anaheim PD article stated. “On April 11, Cano was arrested shortly after 6 p.m.

Gordon was arrested shortly after 7 p.m. Both men were charged Monday with four felony counts of special circumstances murder and four felony counts of rape.

According to the Orange County Times, both men were registered sex offenders and transients.

They are believed to be responsible for all four murders, though Estepp’s is the only body that has been found - the bodies of the three missing women have not been located, authorities said.

And police think there may be more victims ...





Lewallen signs with SWOSU

After a stellar high school career with Elk City, Luke Lewallen will continue playing basketball in college as he signed his national letter of intent Wednesday with Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Lewallen had quite the senior season averaging 25.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and leading the Big Elks to the state tournament semi-finals before falling to Douglass who went on to win their fifth consecutive title. Post season honors have been rolling for him as he has been named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association and the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association All State teams, amongst numerous other awards.

Lewallen talked about why SWOSU was his school of choice.

“My family has strong ties to SWOSU and I wanted to carry on that tradition,” Lewallen said. “I have a good friend, Tyler Tune, from Arnett who I’ve played summer AAU basketball with that also will attend SWOSU.

The opportunity to play together in college was a special situation, and I couldn’t pass it up.”

Lewallen knows he has work to put in before arriving on campus.

“I definitely need to get in the weight room to add some muscle. There are some big guys I’ll be playing against.” Lewallen added, “Playing for Coach Lucian Bliss has been awesome. We were all excited when he became our new coach and it’s been a blast playing for him.”

His advice to the kids in Elk City that play sports, “Get involved in the off-season workouts, work hard, and do what the coaches ask of you because it will all pay off.”

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