Water rationing to continue in Maysville

By Jeff Shultz
Publisher

Despite recent rainfall in the area, the Maysville Lake is still reeling from last year’s severe drought, prompting the Maysville Town Board and Municipal Authority to continue the odd-even water conservation efforts implemented last year.

Maysville Water Superintendent Steve Dobson reported to board members Monday night during their regular monthly meeting that the city’s lake level is still two feet below normal.

In light of the situation, board members voted to continue the water rationing efforts and placed no time limit on how long the conservation plan would last.

Board members also approved several budgetary items during Monday night’s meeting including the acceptance of the 2012-2013 Budget, which begins in July.

In other business, Town Board members approved a pay raise for Robert Dunkin, a part-time police officer. Dunkin’s pay was raised from $8 per hour to $9 per hour.

Board members took no action on repairing potholes in some of the streets in town due to a lack of funds.

The Board adopted several policies for the Maysville Police Department on Monday night.

In the Maysville Municipal Authority meeting, trustees approved a motion to allow Paul Arnold to volunteer time and equipment to mow the lagoon area.

Bank robbery photos

Suspect enters the bank

Do you recognize this man? These are photos from the security camera at the First American Bank in Maysville and they were taken last Saturday morning during the robbery of the bank.

The top photo shows the suspect entering the bank while the center photo shows the suspect stepping up to the teller’s window. In the third photo the suspect is preparing to hand a note to the bank teller demanding she give him all the money from her teller drawer.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery should contact the FBI at (405) 290-7770 (24-hour number).  You may remain anonymous.  The Oklahoma Banker’s Association offers up to $2,000.00 for information leading to the identification, arrest and/or conviction of anyone robbing a member bank.

People may also call the Garvin County Crime Stoppers with information about this crime by calling 1-855-211-STOP (7867).

Tips coming in on robbery suspect

Suspect walks up to teller window.

By Jeff Shultz

Publisher

 

Right now, federal and county authorities have some leads as to who walked into the First American Bank last Saturday morning and walked out with a little over $3,000 after giving the teller waiting on him a note demanding she give him “all the cash in your drawer.”

Suspect hands teller a handwritten note demanding money.

However, no arrest has been made in the case yet.

“Several persons have called authorities reporting names of persons having a similar appearance of the subject shown in the photos,” said Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes.

Rhodes said several calls were made to the Garvin County Crimestoppers hot line.

Law enforcement vehicles from the FBI, Garvin County Sheriff’s Office and Maysville Police surround the First American Bank last Saturday morning after the bank was robbed by an unknown suspect. (News Star photo by Judy Baker)

“It is common to receive calls following a public release of a photograph of a suspect in a crime.  Each call is being investigated.” Rhodes added.

One subject, Rhodes said, has been ruled out as the bank robber by investigators.

Garvin County Deputy Lieutenant David Lansdale and Captain Travis Crawford spent the majority of the day on Monday continuing to track down leads in the robbery.

“The suspect walked into the bank’s lobby and handed one of the tellers a note, demanding money,” Rhodes told the News Star.

The note, according to the FBI, was handwritten and said, “Give me all the cash in your drawer.”

Rhodes said the suspect produced no weapon and the bank staff and one customer in the bank saw no weapon at the time of the robbery.

The teller, according to Rhodes, gave the suspect approximately $3,879 from her money drawer and he turned and fled out of the bank.

The suspect is described as a heavy set white male between the ages of 25 and 30, and approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall. He was wearing a navy blue Old Navy t-shirt with gray trim, an Olive Drab Green colored baseball cap with a small symbol on the front of the cap and sunglasses.

The FBI, Maysville Police Department and the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the robbery.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery should contact the FBI at (405) 290-7770 (24-hour number).  You may remain anonymous.  The Oklahoma Banker’s Association offers up to $2,000.00 for information leading to the identification, arrest and/or conviction of anyone robbing a member bank.

People may also call the Garvin County Crime Stoppers with information about this crime by calling 1-855-211-STOP (7867).

Rhodes defends County Jail

By Jeff Shultz

Publisher

Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes wants to squash some rumors concerning the Garvin County Jail before they get too out of hand.

Rhodes announced last week he had received an anonymous letter alleging prisoners at the jail have been denied medical attention and were living in unsatisfactory conditions.

While the letter was unsigned and the allegations were baseless, Rhodes said he considers such notes as a serious matter.

“The operation of a county jail is fundamental to the Office of Sheriff.  Because of the great responsibility of maintaining a county jail and the trust the public places in me to run the jail, I will never dismiss jail complaints without checking into them, regardless of the source,” he said.

Rhodes promptly sent a copy of the letter to state jail inspectors, who had just conducted a surprise inspection of the jail just days before the letter came to light.

“They said our jail was a ‘model’ facility,” said Undersheriff Jim Mullett.

At the start of last week, the population of the jail stood at 60 inmates.  Of those 60, 12 were awaiting transfer or had been sentenced to DOC, four persons are being held on murder complaints and eight had a bond amount in access of $50,000.

According to Rhodes, the Garvin County Jail is inspected at least four times a year.

“The jail is inspected twice a year by state jail inspectors, once a year by federal inspectors and once a year by the Board of County Commissioners,” he said.

“This is in addition to the internal inspections conducted by my office,” he added.

Rhodes said he believes family members of someone incarcerated in the jail are circulating the letter in the Pauls Valley area.

“We strive to resolve grievances and respond to the requests of inmates, however, many of the complaints from inmates are unfounded.

“Inmates have the ear of friends and family on the outside and also voice the same grievances to those people.

It is just a reality that the jail does not offer the comforts of home which does not sit well with family members on the outside,” Rhodes proclaimed.

Rhodes invites anyone from the public to stop by for a tour of the jail facility, stating he has nothing to hide.

“There’s a perception of some problems in the jail. We are reviewing the allegations and if deficiencies are found at the jail, they will be corrected,” he said.

EC city limits expanded

By Lindsey Temple

News Star Reporter

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has granted the city of Elmore City an expansion of its city limits in an effort to curb some alleged drug activity in the area.

Law enforcement agencies have recently informed the Elmore City Police Department of a known problem area for drug transportation close to the Elmore City area.

“It was our understanding that some people transporting drugs have been taking the cutoff road north of town to bypass Elmore City limits to come out on Hwy. 29 to head west,” said Lisa Rollings, City Treasurer.

In February’s EC council meeting, the council voted to pursue the possibility of expanding the city limits to allow EC law enforcement greater jurisdiction in this area.

Over the course of the next few months EC city officials submitted a petition to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

After several weeks of no response, Rollings called ODOT and inquired about the city’s request. Rollings was instructed to send a copy of the paperwork to the ODOT office in Ada.

After submitting paperwork to Ada, within days ODOT had relocated the city limits signs, to include areas of highway to the north and west of Elmore City.

“To the north goes all the way to the airplane hanger and to the west goes to the road to the cemetery.  This expansion was for drug interdiction purposes and only the highway was taken in. No property was taken in,” explained Rollings.

According to Rollings it was a very simple process, “I think the reason why it was simple is because it was not an “annexation” so to speak, just an expansion of city limits that is restricted to the highway.”

Considering EC’s small population ODOT will still be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the easement areas EC expanded to.

 

BREAKING NEWS: Maysville bank robbed

This is a photo of the suspect from Saturday morning's First American Bank bank robbery. If you have any information on this crime or recognize the suspect in this photo call the FBI at (405) 290-7770 or the Garvin County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-211-STOP (7867). Callers may remain anonymous

By Jeff Shultz

Publisher

Authorities are looking for a suspect who walked into the First American Bank, Maysville, Saturday morning, June 9, and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

According to Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes, the robbery occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday.

“The suspect walked into the bank’s lobby and handed one of the tellers a note, demanding money,” Rhodes told the News Star.

The note, according to the FBI, was handwritten and said, “Give me all the cash in your drawer.”

Rhodes said no weapon was produced by the suspect and no weapon was seen by the bank staff and one customer in the bank at the time of the robbery.

The teller, according to Rhodes, gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money from her money drawer and he turned and fled out of the bank.

The suspect is described as a heavy set white male between the ages of 25 and 30, and approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall. He was wearing a navy blue Old Navy t-shirt with gray trim, an Olive Drab Green colored baseball cap  with a small symbol on the front of the cap and sunglasses.

The robbery is being investigated by the FBI, Maysville Police Department and the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery should contact the FBI at (405) 290-7770 (24 hour number).  You may remain anonymous.  The Oklahoma Banker’s Association offers up to $2,000.00 for information leading to the identification, arrest and/or conviction of anyone robbing a member bank.

People may also call the Garvin County Crime Stoppers with information about this crime by calling 1-855-211-STOP (7867).

Sales tax revenues continue to grow

By Jeff Shultz
Publisher

For the second consecutive month, all but one Garvin County town recorded a growth in sales tax revenues from the same reporting period in 2011.
According to the most recent sales tax distribution numbers from the Oklahoma Tax Commission, May’s distribution to cities and towns in Garvin County, which represents sales receipts from March, revealed an increase from last year’s distribution for all municipalities except Paoli, who had a decrease from May 2011 of $217.08.
And once again, Lindsay led the charge, marking an increase of $33,031.12 in sales tax revenues from May of 2011.
Pauls Valley was second, with a $17,868.03 increase with Wynnewood showing the third largest growth, $10,228.00.
Elmore City also shined in May with a $4,476.75 increase with Maysville ($2,145.89) and Stratford (1,452.82) followed with increases of their own.
Statewide, the disbursement of $128,125,425 in sales tax collections was returned to 509 cities and towns reflecting a increase of $10,238,215 from the $117,887,210 distributed to 508 cities and towns in May last year.

Power Tour to kick off weekend of events

Pauls Valley's Covercraft plant will be a lunch stop for Hot Rod Magazine's 2012 Power Tour. The tour will also go through Stratford enroute to Pauls Valley from OKC.


Covercraft Industries will be the lunch stop for the 2012 Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour leg from Stillwater, OK to Arlington, TX on June 8, 2012.
“Our team, and the people of Pauls Valley enjoyed the 2004 visit by the Power Tour participants, and we’re looking forward to extending our hospitality and an opportunity to tour our plant once again,” said Marty Lichtmann, Covercraft’s President.
In 2004 over 1,600 people made the stop and this year’s attendance is expected to be nearly 4,000. The official time for the visit is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8th; however, Power Tour participants can be expected to begin arriving in Pauls Valley earlier that morning.
The Official Power Tour Route will have most of the participants departing from Stillwater in the morning and traveling to Stratford then west through Pauls Valley.
Indian Meridian Road will be closed to local traffic from Highway 19 to Highway 77 beginning at 9:00 a.m. to accommodate the participants of the Power Tour. This will be the 18th consecutive year for the Power Tour, which is touted as “the Ultimate Gearhead Roadtrip.”

Elmore City to host city wide garage sales

By Lindsey Temple
News Star Reporter

This upcoming weekend the Elmore City area will host its annual community –wide garage on Friday and Saturday.
The city currently has 10 garage sales listed within town and six more within the rural areas of the city.
Maps of all registered garage sales will be available at Elmore City City Hall and all EC area businesses.
“We have been advertising in The Garvin County News Star so I’m sure we will have a large crowd of shoppers. It always a lot of fun,” said Lisa Rollings, City Treasurer and event coordinator.
The Badger Bait Shop and Studio 7, 509 N. Main St., will also be out that day celebrating the grand opening of the bait shop and the 1-year anniversary of the salon.
The businesses will combine their celebrations offering free lunch, prizes, giveaways and music, everyone is welcome.

PV Arts Council to host 3rd Annual Members Only Art Show

By Lindsey Temple
News Star Reporter

On Friday, June 15, The Pauls Valley Arts Council will open its 3rd annual Members-only Art Show.
This event will be open to the public and free to enter.
The show will open the event with a reception with hor d’oeuvers on Friday night and feature art pieces from current members of the Pauls Valley Arts Council through the evening of Saturday, June 16.
Entrees of all mediums will be accepted from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.
Entry is free and must be submitted by current Arts Council members and all artwork bust be framed and ready to hang.
Members may submit no more than four pieces and are able to sell their work to patrons.
For more information, visit the Pauls Valley Arts Council website at www.pvartscouncil.com or e-mail at pvartscouncil@yahoo.com

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