Canadian County has been dealing with jail issues for quite sometime now. The jail has many structural problems, and its overcrowded.
In 2008, county officials proposed plans to build a new jail that would address those issues. But voters rejected a 0.35 percent sales tax increase to fund a new jail. It failed 69.3 percent to 30.7 percent.
Since the proposal didn’t pass, the jail is still experiencing problems with overcrowding.
The inmate count is 109, but the maximum capacity is 72. Now, the state fire marshal’s office sent the county a notice telling them to fix the overcrowding problem or the jail would face closure.
In response, Canadian County Commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday, (Feb.…
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Security cameras will be installed at certain city parks in El Reno during the next few months.
The restrooms in south Adams Park were spray painted with gang symbols and threatening language last month.
As a result, El Reno police are stepping up efforts to patrol the city parks, and city employees will install surveillance cameras.
The restroom that was vandalized was built last summer as part of the city’s capital improvement program that included renovating the high school stadium, expanding Jenks Simmons and building a lake facility and restaurant at Lake El Reno.…
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Seven people filed for the Canadian County District 3 commissioner’s seat.
The seat was occupied by Grant Hedrick until he died in a vehicle accident Nov. 17. Hedrick’s pickup struck an embankment and rolled on Walbaum Road near Calumet.
A special election will be held to fill the seat. The primary is March 2 and the general election will be April 6. The candidates are listed below.
- John Y. Morris, 47, of Calumet
- C.A. Wilkinson, 68, of El Reno
- Joshua C.
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False alarms can be annoying for police officers and firefighters. Every time an alarm sounds at a home or business, they are dispatched to that area to scope out the scene.
Many times it’s a false alarm, and police and firefighters are pulled from other duties so they can respond the false alarm.
Last year, the Yukon City Council adopted an ordinance in an effort to reduce the number of false alarms.
The ordinance went into effect Jan. 1. 2009. Under Yukon’s ordinance, residents and business owners are allowed two false alarms per calendar year, and $50 fine is issued for the third and fourth alarm.…
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