A “strong armed robbery” that took place in the early morning hours of 12-12-12, has a taxi cab driver $286 poorer.
The alleged crime happened at about 4:45 a.m. and the taxi driver, Troy Allen Billings, 37, told SCSO officers that he had received a call from a restricted number from someone requesting a ride from the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center fairgrounds. The fairgrounds facilities were closed, but the gates remain open. Billings, who drives for City Taxi, went south of the city to pick up his fare and that’s when things really went south.
When Billings arrived at the fairgrounds, the suspect, who is described as light skin Hispanic and Native American mix with a snake tattoo on his neck, 25 to 35 years old, 5’9” to 5’-10” inches tall, approached the driver’s side of the cab to ask a question.
According to information received from Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was wearing ‘big pocketed blue jeans and a dark-colored hoodie and had asked Billings about rates.
“When Billings turned his head, suspect punched Billings in the left side of the face, opened the door, and took Billings’ wallet from his shirt pocket.”
The suspect then allegedly grabbed Billings’ phone and threw it to prevent him from calling for help.
“The victim stated he had just counted his money and that his wallet contained exactly $286 cash.”
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Commissioners discuss temporary fix to courthouse air conditioning issues
The Board of Stephens County Commissioners held an emergency meeting Thursday to find a temporary solution for cooling off the courthouse, until a new system can be installed. Commissioners approved a temporary solution from Allied Services in Ardmore and will rent an air conditioning unit for $10,000 for the first month and $7,000 for the second month. The commissioners estimate it will take about two months for any company to get a new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system in stock.
DPS administrators discuss inclement weather procedures
On Thursday, Duncan school administrators participated in a district-wide de-briefing to discuss how Monday’s reaction to a tornado threat went at each school. Superintendent Sherry Labyer said the response was overwhelmingly positive.
Labyer said the school district will look to improve its procedures.
Substitute teacher saves special education students from tornado
When the F-5 tornado did its damage at Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore on Monday, and after the silence had passed, one little boy looked at his teacher and asked where his backpack was.
“I don’t know, but we’ll look for it later,” Joy Hendrix said to him.
A celebration of faith and unity
There was a sense of celebration and appreciation throughout the J.M Carey Fieldhouse Thursday night in Velma.With the graduation ceremony commencing for the Velma-Alma High School Class of 2013, came an assortment of emotions, all telling a story.In total 31 students walked the stage to receive their diplomas on the evening.
Velma native runs only to discover home annihilated
Stuck in traffic trying to get to his home, Roger Graham decided he might as well park the car and run. A Moore resident, the accountant, dressed in casual business attire, didn’t think twice about the distance.
“It was two miles,” he said. “I just took off.” His wife, Kalissa, a school teacher, was right behind him.
Duncan students to remain in school Tuesday, Wednesday
When Duncan seniors cross the stage tonight, they won’t necessarily be done with high school.Duncan students will go to school Tuesday and Wednesday, following a three-day weekend for Memorial Day. DHS Assistant Principal Merry Stone said those two days are regular school days for students.
Moore Tornado Showcases Advancements in Warnings
Despite the utter devastation left in the wake of the massive tornado that tore through Moore, Okla. on Monday, the deadly storm, in many ways, helped showcase how far scientists have come in providing communities early tornado warning signs.
ODOT efforts hampered by general public traffic
Oklahoma Department of Transportation is requesting that motorists avoid I-35 through Moore, S. 19th Street because the ramp is closed and emergency and clean-up crews are hampering their efforts.
National EMS Week shines spotlight on rescue workers
The Air Evac helicopter was sitting on the helipad at Duncan Regional Hospital Wednesday, but not for emergency reasons.
National EMS Week, May 19-25, is about connecting with the community and the Air Evac Lifeteam was doing just that.
“Every base we have is doing something like this during the week,” said Heather Taylor, Air Evac program director. “We want to show appreciation to our community.”
Restaurant rumors remain on the hot plate
From IHOP and HomeTown Buffet to Chili’s and Olive Garden, restaurant whisperings have been running rampant in the community since the arrival of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar.
Although there are a few open spaces such as the old Golden Corral location and the soon-to-close Honda site, none of these rumors can be confirmed at this point according to Chris Deal, Duncan Chamber of Commerce president. No information on any of the businesses’ websites points to them opening a new location in the area.
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