Court documents show that four of five charges against Tyler Reece have been dropped. On Tuesday, Tyler Reece pleaded guilty to that charge of accessory to murder and has been sentenced to 10 years of probation and released from the Osage County Jail on account of time served.
Tyler, along with his brother, Jeremy are responsible for the death of Osage County oilman Rick Holt in 2015. Jeremy Reece was recently sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Tyler Reece had faced charges of murder in the first degree, conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and desecration of a human corpse. A former plea deal forced the Osage County District Attorney’s Office to drop those four charges.
With fall just a few days around the corner, it appears as if the blistering summer heat may be done for the year. With that comes the end of summer activities, something this part of the state relies heavily on. Osage County Emergency Manager Jerry Roberts says the cool weather will be nice, but with that will be money lost.
Highs remain in the 80s for the next week.
The Skiatook Chamber of Commerce is putting on a 5K race on Saturday, Sept. 26th at 7:30 a.m. at Central Park. The run will start and end at this location, which is the trailhead of the Osage Prairie trail. Osage County Tourism Director Kelly Bland says it is areas around Skiatook that are benefitting from outdoor types of activities during these difficult times.
Registration is $35 and up until the day of the race. Medals will be awards to the top three in different age categories. To sign-up, go to skiatookchamber.com.
The Skiatook Police Department is warning its citizens of a scam going on across the city.
A male subject is calling Skiatook residents saying he is with the Social Security Office and telling people they are in debt with the Social Security Office. The caller then attempts to get his or her personal information and Police Chief Billy Wakefield can be heard on the line threatening to jail the citizen if they don’t comply.
The number shown on caller ID is 918-396-2424, which is the Skiatook Police Department, but they warn that this is a scam and completely false. The Skiatook Police Department says the Social Security Office doesn’t operate this way, nor does the Skiatook Police Department use these types of tactics.
The Skiatook Police Department warns that if you have received a phone call such as this and have responded to the call, you should fill out an incident at the Police Department as quickly as possible.
District one commissioner for Osage County, Randall Jones informed the public that there is a road project that has been in the works for 12 years and has passed through four commissioners. Jones saysprogress is being made and goes into detail with what this project is.
Jones says they must get one final utility moved before they can proceed on the expensive endeavor.
Jones hopes the contract will be out by out by mid-October.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners are doing all they can to keep the public safe from the coronavirus. This is why they are considering purchasing air purifiers for heating and air units in all county-owned buildings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. District one commissioner Randall Jones estimates it would cost around $45,000 to install all of those units, but he said they can only do so much preventative maintenance such as using the fog machines on a daily basis.
Jones went on to say that it is important to do thorough research on this subject before making a choice on which company should be responsible for installing the heating and air units and how the company planned to pay for it as well.
The commissioners will continue to do more research on the best way to go about paying for this. There was also no action taken regarding any further amendments being made for the public entering the courthouse or other county-owned properties.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting at the fairgrounds in Pawhuska and safety for those entering county-owned buildings was a top priority for the commissioners.
The commissioners had further discussion regarding the possible purchase of air purifiers to put in heating and air units throughout all county-owned buildings. It is believed that these purifiers will help curb the spread of COVID-19. It would cost around $45,000 to put these systems in all county-owned buildings. The commissioners made the decision to get further information on these air purifiers. They also took no action regarding the public entering the courthouse and other county-owned buildings.
The commissioners set the county-wide dump day for Saturday, Oct. 3rd and allowed Judge Stuart Tate to use the agriculture building and women’s building for the winter jury term, when those buildings are available for use.
The commissioners signed a resolution setting the maximum amount the county will pay for health, vision, dental and life insurance for each month in the 2021 calendar year. One utility permit was also signed at the meeting.
The next regularly scheduled Board of Osage County Commissioners meeting will be next Monday at 10 o’ clock in the morning.
A cool front moved into the tri-county area earlier this week and it has yet to leave the area. That cool weather has brought with it upwards of three, if not four inches of rain across parts of the area. Osage County Emergency Manager Jerry Roberts said that is the last thingan already saturated ground needed.
Roberts went on to say that this cooler weather could put an end to tourism for the year across parts of Osage County.
The tri-county tech interactive radar shows that the rain appears to be moving out, but the cool temperatures seem to be sticking around.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners will meet for a regularly scheduled meeting at the fairgrounds on Monday to discuss a wide array of items.
The commissioners will consider making further amendments to procedures for those entering the Osage County Courthouse and other county-owned buildings. This is something the commissioners have elected to take no action on in several weeks.
The commissioners will also consider purchasing air purifiers to install in ventilation systems throughout county-owned buildings. These purifiers are believed to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Last week, the commissioners made the decision to get more information on these devices.
Judge Stuart Tate will be requesting the use of the women's building and the agriculture building at the fairgrounds for the winter jury term and the commissioners will look to set the date for the county-wide free dump day.
The meeting begins at 10 o' clock in the morning for those interested in attending.
The Washington County Free Fair won't have funnel cakes or caramel apples for sale, but you can find a spaghetti dinner for your eating pleasure on Friday night and Indian Tacos along with food trucks throughout the day on Saturday. Free Fair Chairwoman Shannon Adcock, who was helping with the cooking on Friday, says the $10 meal goes for a good cause this evening.
The Washington County Free Fair is taking place at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Dewey, which is just across from the high school.