The Board of Osage County Commissioners attempt to be as flexible as possible when different organizations come to them asking for some sort of assistance. Over the weekend, a benefit was held at the Osage County Fairgrounds and they were looking to get that fee reduced. District one commissioner Randall Jones said the group wasn't a 501 See Three, but it was a benefit and he said the organization did a great job cleaning up after it was over.
District three commissioner Darren McKinney was willing to assist the group, but he wants to be consistent with how they have handled these situations in the past.
This is an agenda item that will be picked up at next Monday's meeting.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners decided to leave things as they stand regarding procedures for those entering the courthouse and other county-owned buildings. There was discussion however concerning the installation of air filters in these buildings, which would be used to help kill COVID-19. District one commissioner Randall Jones tackles the issue.
Jones explains the process of acquiring these filters.
In the meantime, there will continue to be various purification systems running throughout the buildings.
The Osage Nation Museum will be hosting a COVID-19 related art exhibit from Friday, December 18th through Friday, February 12th. A virtual opening will be held on December 18th at 7 p.m. If you would like to submit a piece of art dealing with COVID-19 or something related to the pandemic, take your work to the Osage Nation Museum. You have until Saturday to do this and you must present proof of being an Osage Nation tribe member.
Artwork can range from photography, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, beadwork and much more. Pieces of work must have been completed after March 1st of this year. The Osage Nation Museum is a space to relate how the pandemic has affected you. For any questions, contact Marla Redcorn-Miller at 918-287-5222.
The Department of Public Safety informs citizens that troopers will be putting emphasis on the, “Move Over,” law this week. This is part of the National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week.
This law states that when drivers are on a four lane highway, or more, and they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road with their red and blue lights flashing, drivers must move over into the other lane or slow down if unable to move over. This includes tow trucks with activated lights and any other vehicle with flashing lights, including hazard lights.
Failure to do so can result in a ticket and possible fine. There were 36 first responders who were struck by drivers and killed in 2019.
On Sunday morning, officers were dispatched to the City of Dewey for a domestic disturbance already in progress.
A probable court affidavit states that upon arrival, officers met the female victim who stated that she and her boyfriend, Art Holtz had been arguing. She said that Holtz hit her multiple times and injuries on her person fit that description.
These injuries were a small laceration on her right chest, which appeared to be scratches from fingernails. Swelling on her right eye was also observed. Swelling and a knot on the back of her head where Holtz allegedly hit her was also observed.
When making contact with Holtz, he told officers they were sitting in the living room and arguing about the victim’s drug use. Holtz says he was very unhappy about the situation. Holtz attempted to get the victim out of the home, but she wouldn’t leave. Holtz said he was finally able to push her toward the front door and shove her out the door.
When asked about the injuries, Holtz said he may have scratched her on the chest when pushing her out the door. When making his court appearance on Monday, Holtz was adamant that he never hit the victim.
The bond for Holtz was set at $5,000 on the condition he has no contact with the alleged victim. He is due back in court on Wednesday, Dec. 9th.
A Bartlesville man was arrested on Saturday morning and is being charged with being in possession of a stolen vehicle, amphetamine possession, marijuana possession and having narcotic equipment.
Early Saturday morning, Jasper County Missouri Deputies contacted Washington County in reference to a possible stolen vehicle in the City of Bartlesville. A probable cause affidavit states that the defendant, Kyle Jackson was in possession of a white 2010 Ford F-150 and his last known address was in Bartlesville.
The affidavit states that officers observed the above-mentioned vehicle come to a stop in an alley and they made contact with the driver, later identified as Jackson. Officers read Jackson his Miranda Rights before they began questioning him in reference to the truck.
Officers ran the VIN number and it came back as stolen. Jackson originally said he came in possession of the truck after borrowing it from a friend, but when attempting to get contact information for this person, Jackson was unable to provide any. Jackson then stated he didn’t know the vehicle was stolen and if it had been, Jackson said he wouldn’t have been driving it.
He was then placed under arrest and two clear bags with a white crystal-like substance were found inside the vehicle. Both tested positive for methamphetamine. Three glass pipes and marijuana were also found.
Jackson will be presented with formal charges tomorrow.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting at the fairgrounds in Pawhuska on Monday morning.
Personnel from Miller EMS gave a report stating that they responded to 19 phone calls and had to transport 15 patients. Also, because of a new law that recently got passed, EMS personnel must be at all high school football games. They have been the ones attending Barnsdall games throughout the year.
The commissioners decided to keep things as they stand for the public entering the Osage County Courthouse and other county-owned buildings. The commissioners did talk about the air filters they are hoping to get into the county-owned buildings. These filters would help kill the coronavirus, but they aren’t cheap.
During citizen’s input, district three commissioner Darren McKinney said rumble strips are now located at the intersection of State Highway 18 and State Highway 20 near Ralston. This comes a week after a concerned citizen mentioned that there had been three wrecks at that location in the last 45 days.
The commissioners also approved the final resolution establishing fees to process certificates of compliance for Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority businesses. These will cost $250 for each person wishing to apply for a certificate and must be renewed annually.
There was discussion regarding lowering the fee for a benefit event that was held at the fairgrounds over the weekend. The commissioners tabled that topic to get information on how they have handled those situations in the past.
The commissioners accepted all low bids for paper and cleaning supplies. They also approved a bid contract with Direct Discount Tires.
The next regularly scheduled Board of Osage County Commissioners meeting will be next Monday at 10 o’ clock in the morning for those interested in attending.
A Bartlesville man is being charged with shooting with in intent to kill.
A probable cause affidavit states that on Thursday, Nov. 5th, Brixton Schuman shot a female victim without having justifiable of excusable cause. The defendant intentionally pointed a Smith and Wesson firearm at the victim with unlawful, wrongful and felonious intent to kill the victim.
Several witnesses were there to see the alleged crime.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health released the COVID-19 alert map Friday morning and 76 of the 77 counties across the state of Oklahoma are now in the orange, or moderate risk category.
A week ago, Washington and Nowata County were both in the moderate risk category. Cases per 100,000 have risen drastically this week. Osage County was in the low risk category a week ago. It has risen to the moderate risk category, meaning cases have risen in that area as well.
The OSDH reports that Washington County is currently at 130 active cases. Osage County is at 113 active cases as of Friday. Nowata County is reporting 42 active cases at this time.
There are 1,878 positive coronavirus cases being reported on Friday and just over 1,000 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.
The Pawhuska Huskies have been rolling through the regular season, as they have outscored their opponents 600-146. The Huskies have also had three shutouts in nine games. Coach Matt Hennesy says last week’s 86-0 win against Wyandotte and the practices leading up to the game were the best they have had all year.
While Hennesy and the Huskies aren’t over-looking Ketchum Friday night, it is all but set in stone that Pawhuska will play the winner of Hominy and Afton in the second round of the Class A playoffs, as the Huskies are getting a first round bye. Hennesy is already looking at the best way to handle the next two weeks.
Coverage of Friday night’s home game against Ketchum can be heard on Sportstalk KPGM FM 99.1 and viewed on KPGMTV.com.