Tuesday, 03 April 2012 16:40
HUGO — The discovery of a video taping of numerous acts of violations of Oklahoma game laws recently led to more than $10,000 in fines and penalty assesments.
According to ODWC Game Warden Jay Harvey, he was made aware of a video which showed numerous game violations, prompting him to seek a warrant to search for additional videos.
As a result of Harvey’s investigation, the following game citations were issued. In parenthesis is the face dollar amount of the citation.
Tanner Manous: illegal taking of whitetail deer, ($946); hunting with no orange ($221); hunting with no deer tag ($221). Harvey indicated that Manous’ infractions were caught on video.
John Cole Manous: aiding and abetting illegally taking whitetail deer. Subject coached a filmed hunt where relative illegally killed a whitetail deer.
John David Steward: (1) Taking whitetail deer during closed season ($946). Subject shot doe deer with rifle during archery only season. Harvey said the act was filmed by Kash Weil. (2) failure to wear orange ($221); (3) hunting without valid license ($221); (4) illegal use of an electrical device to shock fish... Red River, video by Kash Weil ($696); (5) taking game fish by illegal means ($221); (6) fishing without a license ($221).
Joe Clay Harris: (1) illegal use of an electrical device to shock fish ($696); (2) Count 2, same as count 1 ($221); (3) fishing without a license ($221). Infractions filmed by Kash Weil.
Travis James Cress: (1) Netting during closed season ($296); (2) Count 2, same as Ct. 1 ($296); (3) fishing without a license ($221); (4) take/possess migratory bird (kildeer, captured on video $221); (5) hunting without a license ($221); (6) hunting waterfowl without a duck stamp ($221); (7) taking game fish by illegal means-netting ($221).
Russell Kash Weil: (1) aiding and abetting taking whitetail deer, restitution of between $1,000 and $1,500 asked ($946); illegal use of an electrical device to shock fish, count 1 ($696); (3) illegal use of an electrical device to shock fish using “pacemaker” device ($696); (4) taking game fish by illegal means, shocking and bow and arrow ($221); (5) Count 2, same as Ct. 4 ($221); (6) Illegal netting ($221); (7) netting during closed season (hoopnetting in Boggy River $296); (8) Count 2, same as ct. 7 ($296); (9) aiding and abetting illegal taking of migratory bird (kildeer $221); (10) Aiding and abetting taking furbearer (bobcat) during closed season... guiding another hunter and calling in cat which was killed ($221); (11) Ct. 2, same as previous count ($221); (12) illegal manufacturing of electrical device used to shock fish, confiscated were three completed devices and one partially built device ($696); (13) hunting with aid of motor vehicle (shooting at coyote on video $696) Note: an agreement in Weil’s file indicated a pre-court agreement for him to pay $5,200 in fines, $2,548 in court costs and $3,000 in restitution, totaling $10,748.
Kenneth Marrs: (Alma, Ark.) (1) illegal use of electrical device to shock fish (filmed by Kash Weil in Red River in Bryan and Choctaw County $696); (2) illegal taking of game fish by shocking (blue cat, $221); (3) fishing without a license.
Donald Rodebush: (Greenwood, Ark.) (1) illegal use of electrical device to shock fish (filmed, $696); (2) Illegal taking of game fish (blue cat, $221); (3) fishing without a license.
Cary Lee Thomas: (Van Buren, Ark.) (1) Illegal use of electrical device to shock fish (filmed in Red River in Choctaw and Bryan Counties, $696); (2) Illegal taking of game fish (blue cat, $221); (3) fishing without a license.
Game Warden Harvey said the total scope of his investigation was not complete and that other citations might be forthcoming. Collectively, the citations comprise what might be the largest, single game bust in Choctaw County history.
Friday, 17 February 2012 20:30
By Krystle Taylor
HUGO –– After a two-day long trial, a Choctaw County jury found Bryan Houston Daniel guilty on Wednesday of possessing material with the intent to manufacture CDS and conspiracy in March, 2011.
The seven-man, five woman jury deliberated for almost two hours before returning to the court of presiding judge Jana Wallace to announce the verdict. Prosecuting the case was assistant District Attorney Cheryl Cerda.
“A lot of credit goes to the employees of Wal-Mart for doing a very good job of paying attention and taking the proper steps in notifying HPD, who also did a great job of investigating and considering the seriousness of this case. The jury gets a lot of credit as well. Their’s was not an easy task. It is not a simple decision to make,” Cerda said.
According to officers’ statements from the Hugo Police Department, Daniel was witnessed by Wal-Mart employees shoplifting lithium batteries on March 9, 2011. Daniel also, reports stated, purchased pills containing pseudo-ephedrine, which are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. After further search of the subject’s vehicle, Hugo Police found other ingredients used for the manufacture of controlled substances, reports stated.
Daniels was sentenced to 14 years for the charge of possession of material with the intent to manufacture CDS and fined $5,000 for conspiracy.
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:28
Two of Hugo’s United Methodist churches, First United Methodist and Wesley United Methodist, have recently welcomed the Rev. Phil Hodson, who will be pastoring both churches.
The Rev. Hodson, his wife Joelle, and their young son, Xander have been spending the last few weeks getting settled into their new parsonage here in Hugo, and their arrival is very good news, because both congregations have been without a full-time pastor for some time.
The Hodsons come to Hugo by way of Dallas, and before that, Indiana. Pastor Hodson is still attending seminary at the Perkins Theological School at SMU, but he has already been fully credentialed by the Oklahoma Conference to offer communion, perform marriages and lead memorial services. In fact, the Rev. Hodson has most recently been the pastor of the Calera United Methodist Church in Calera, Okla., between October 2012 and January 2012. Both churches here in Hugo will once again have an experienced and fully functioning spiritual leader.
Because of the new shared pastoral arrangement, the First United Methodist Church will now have its Sunday service at 10 a.m.; and the Wesley United Methodist Church will be holding service at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 17:37
By Krystle Taylor
HUGO –– Members of the Hugo City Council addressed concerns from citizens regarding an incident that occurred at Hugo High School on Jan. 30.
According to the reporting parties, five juveniles, who were suspended from school, jumped and assaulted another student as school was ending, and are continuing to threaten and harass said student.
Citizens, as well as Hugo superintendent, Karen Lyles and high school principal, Doyle Patterson asked the council for police assistance and security at the high school. The school administration and the city officials are looking to apply for grants that would make it possible to employ a security guard at the school.
A possibility of lowering the city curfew and enforcing a fine to the parents for their children’s bad behavior was discussed. The members of the council agreed to have an officer patrol the school and surrounding area when the final bell rings.
Councilman Layton Cox assured the concerned audience that all of the concerns will be followed up on. “It takes citizens working with the police department to get this under control. We will stand together and fix this problem,” Cox said.
After hearing a proposal from code enforcement officer Ricky Britt, the council approved his request to go out for bids for the demolition of condemned property.
Thirty dwellings are on the list to be demolished. By hiring an outside source, it would leave the street department free to continue work on the street projects, Britt said. The council approved Britt’s request, with the stipulation that one bidder will get the entire job, and will get paid upon completion of each individual structure.
The condemned property includes:
• 510 S. H.
• 509 N. A.
• 511 N. A.
• 706 E. Trice.
• 501 N. H.
• 1104 W. Duke.
• 311 W. Sterrett.
• 802 S. H.
• 1102 N. G.
• 1005 E. Medlock.
• 200 block of W. Central.
• 801 N. I.
• 607 S. D.
• 910 W. Jackson.
• 204 N. J.
• 111 Broad.
• 614 S. Second.
• 610 S. Second.
• 302 S. Webb.
• 708 S. C.
• 808 S. J.
• 803 N. J.
• 1110 S. K.
• 1204 W. Second.
• 708 W. Dalton.
• 509 N. Broadway.
• 303 & 305 S. Third.
• 1010 MLK.
• 312 S. Dewitt.
• 1106 S. C.
Action regarding the approval for a tourism coordinator was approved by the council, with payment totaling $300 a month for three months with an additional $100 for each two-day event that is booked. This is only required for an event that hasn’t been previously booked by the city of Hugo.
Also approved by the council was the $74,200.76 payment to W. Brown for the sewer project lift station that was installed east of Highway 70 and Highway 93.
Council members discussed the possibility of renaming softball field No. 4 during lat night’s meeting and after a motion by councilman Bart Tedder, it was approved to rename it. In recognition for his efforts and commitment in the building and funding of this field, the Hugo city council designates softball field No. 4 at Walter Leonard Park as the Stan (Stanford) Payne Softball Field.
Another proclamation was approved by the council during the meeting regarding Hugo resident Cecil Bell. Bell was born Feb. 19, 1922 and courageously served our military with 511 days of combat, eight major battles, five invasions with the 45th Division General Patton and on occasion of the 90th birthday of Bell, the city of Hugo proclaimed Feb. 19, 2012 as Cecil Bell Day.
Approved by the council were the minutes of the Jan. 17 meeting, financial statements and purchase order lists. Hugo mayor Stan Payne and city attorney Gary Brownsworth were absent.
The Hugo Municipal Authority met in regular session Tuesday night to discuss the repair of headworks at the sewer plant. According to city manager, Jeff Rabon, all the parts to repair the headworks are available at the plant.
The item was tabled to allow the mechanic, who is on medical leave, a little more time to get released. If the mechanic is not cleared by his physician, the council will have to hire out the job for around $16,000.
Approved by the council were the minutes of the Jan. 17 meeting.