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A 17-year-old teenager of Hooker, Oklahoma, was pronounced dead Friday after being struck by a vehicle Thursday morning, Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.
OHP is withholding his name because he is a juvenile. He passed away at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas from injuries received in the collision.
According to OHP, the accident took place about 7 a.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 54 near mile marker 44 in the westbound land, about a half mile west of Hooker.
Nathan Sims, 35, of Overland Park, Kansas was traveling in the westbound lane just outside of Hooker in a 2016 Nissan when he struck the unnamed juvenile from Hooker. OHP said the boy was attempting to run across the highway.
The juvenile was transported by Hooker EMS to Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kansas. He was then transferred to Wesley Medical Center by Eagle Med in Wichita, Kansas in critical condition with head, leg, trunk and internal trunk injuries. Sims remained uninjured.
The report states the boy attempted to cross the highway, and determined the cause of the accident was "pedestrian action." The condition of the pedestrian and driver were both determined to be normal. The report notes dry road conditions and fog

 
 
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GUYMON, OK
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports a personal injury collision that occurred early Thursday morning that sent a 17-year-old male to the hospital.
According to the OHP report, the accident took place at approximately 7 a.m. on U.S. Highway 54 near mile marker 44 in the westbound lane, about a half mile west of Hooker.
35-year-old Nathan Sims of Overland Park, Kansas was traveling in the westbound lane just outside of Hooker in a 2016 Nissan when he struck the unnamed juvenile from Hooker. The juvenile was transported by Hooker EMS to Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kansas. He was then transferred to Wesley Medical Center by Eagle Med in Wichita, Kansas in critical condition with head, leg, trunk and internal trunk injuries. Sims remained uninjured.
The report states the 17-year-old attempted to cross the highway, and determined the cause of the accident was "pedestrian action". The condition of the pedestrian and driver were both determined to be normal. The report notes dry road conditions and fog.


 
 
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Press release from City of Liberal

The City of Liberal will be working extended hours to assist in the tree removal from the recent ice storm.  Crews are working a city-wide systematic approach to ensure all roadways are clear followed by residential streets and finally city grounds, such as parks or other grounds.  Please use extreme caution or avoid public areas that have not been cleared.  The city is requesting that residents move all trees and limbs to the curb no later than January 31 for pick up.  Contracted tree removal services are not associated with the City of Liberal nor are their services eligible for drop off services.  Commercial Contractors may drop off at the Activity Center. Residents may drop off trees and limbs at the Mid America Air Museum parking lot or at the Seward County Activity Center.


 
 
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Injury Accident


On Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at about 8:30 a.m., emergency responders were called to the intersection of Yale Avenue and Maple Boulevard for a reported injury accident.  Responding officers found that two vehicles had collided head on.


Investigating officers learned that a silver 2012 Dodge Ram, driven by a 18 year old female, was headed east on Maple Boulevard.  The driver drove left of center to avoid debris in her lane and struck a tan 2009 Dodge Journey driven by a 55 year old female.


Seward County EMS transported the driver of the Journey to Southwest Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Ram and her 23 year old male passenger were not injured.


Officers discovered an open container of alcohol and a quantity of marijuana in the Ram.  The driver and passenger were arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and transporting an open container of alcohol.  An affidavit was submitted to the Seward County Attorney seeking formal charges.




 
 
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During a 24 hour period  on Sunday 15th, Liberal firefighters responded to a total of 21 calls.  Eighteen of these responses were storm related.

At 5:28 am firefighters responded to 721 N. Jordan to investigate smoke in the residence.  A heating element near plastic materials was determined to be the source of the smoke.

At 9:59 am firefighters were called to 719 S. New York for smoke issuing from the exterior walls of a residence.  Fire was discovered to be burning beneath the siding and was believed to be caused by a downed electric service line.  The fire was confined to exterior structural material and no injuries were reported.  The fire department was assisted on scene by Liberal Police, Southern Pioneer Electric and Black Hills Energy.

At 12:30 pm firefighters responded to 624 N. Prospect for a tree burning due to downed power lines.  This was followed almost immediately at 12:36 pm for grass, trees and shrubs burning due to live power lines on the ground.

At 1:16 pm firefighters responded to 719 S. Roosevelt for a fire in the basement of the residence.  On arrival personnel found that the fire had been mostly extinguished with a portable extinguisher, but that gas was still escaping inside the home due to a flex line damaged by fire.  Once utilities had been secured the residence was ventilated of both smoke and natural gas.  The residence suffered moderate damaged from fire and smoke.  This fire is also believed to be caused by a downed electric service line in contact with the structure.  No injuries were reported.  The fire department was assisted on scene by Liberal Police, Seward County EMS, American Red Cross, Southern Pioneer Electric and Black Hills Energy.

At 2:19 pm firefighters were again called to 1111 Westhaven to standby for arcing power lines, and at 4:29 pm to 619 N. Nebraska to standby for arcing power lines.

At 6:23 pm firefighters responded to 720 W. 2nd Street for a residence on fire due to the service line being pulled from the wall.  On arrival firefighters discovered that the fire had self extinguished and was confined to the exterior of the residence.  No injuries were reported.  The fire department was assisted on scene by Liberal Police, Seward County EMS, American Red Cross, and Southern Pioneer Electric.

At 6:41 pm firefighters were called to 316 W. 1st Street to standby for downed power lines, at 6:52 pm to 43 S. Webster to standby for downed power lines.  At 6:59 pm to 30 S. Jordan for tree limbs fallen on the power lines.  At 7:04 pm to 850 S. Kansas for tree limbs on the power lines.

Simultaneously at 7:04 pm firefighters were dispatched to 1128 Fairview for an electric meter pulled from the residence and an odor of smoke in the residence.

At 7:08 pm firefighters responded to the area of Grant St. & McCray Blvd. for power lines downed by tree limbs and power knocked out to several homes on that block.

At 7:48 pm firefighters were called to 613 N. Sherman to standby for arcing power lines, and at 8:44 pm to 417 Princeton for a transformer explosion with smoldering material that had landed on top of a residence.

At 10:35 pm firefighters responded to 735 S. Lincoln for a fire in the bathroom of the residence.  On arrival personnel quickly extinguished the fire.  However, a downed power line feeding the residence remained energized and several areas of smoldering material were unable to be extinguished until the power supple could be cut.  The residence suffered moderate damaged from fire and smoke.  This fire is also believed to be caused by a downed electric service line in contact with the structure.  No injuries were reported.  The fire department was assisted on scene by Liberal Police, Seward County EMS, Southern Pioneer Electric and Black Hills Energy.

At 11:56 pm firefighters were called to 15th St. & Tulane for a tree on the power line with power outage to the North end of the city.  And at 2:42 amfor a tree on the power lines.


 
 
Louise Torres Monday morning, with the defense moving to opt for a bench trial.
In the event of a bench trial, a judge is the sole finder of fact, rather than a jury in a jury trial.
Last year, Torres was accused of allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a minor, initiating contact through the social media app Snapchat. The victim was said to be 16 years old at the time.
Torres entered a not guilty plea in August, and has received a $100,000 bond with the condition that she has no contact with any males under the age of 18. She was also required to surrender her passport to the court clerk.
Torres faces five counts of rape in the second degree and 20 counts of indecent exposure.
A status hearing for a bench trial will take place on May 10 at 2 p.m.
 
 

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Southern Pioneer (Liberal District)--
Early morning total of 1290 total meters off total across Liberal, Fowler, Mineola and Englewood. Currently, the total of 1290 has been reduced to approximately 500 meters still off. Mainly tree issues and limbs on lines causing outages. Additional J&J Crews are at work in Liberal area.

 
 
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Ice Storm Outage Update - Monday, Jan. 16, 9 A.M.As of 9 a.m. on Monday, January 16, we have 16 crews working to restore power to members affected by the ice storm. More crews are on the way.

“We have 16 crews working extended hours with more crews expected to arrive soon,” said CEO Zac Perkins. “If your power is out, please report it and we will continue to work toward restoring it. We understand going without power for any length of time is difficult and we appreciate your patience.”

At this time, approximately 6,200 meters in Beaver County and parts of Texas County are without power. Because damage is still occurring, we are staging, framing and working on transmission lines. We will start setting poles and stringing wire after the damage is complete. Because of the wet and muddy conditions, progress will be slow. 

If you remain without power in Beaver County, please make plans for an extended power outage which could last a week or more due to extensive ice damage.

We appreciate your patience and ask that you avoid approaching crews as this is unsafe and hampers restoration efforts.

Please use the SmartHub app to report power outages if possible. Phone lines may be crowded due to the number of members affected. To report an outage or speak to a member service representative, call TCEC at 580.652.2418.


 
 
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On Saturday, January 14, 2017 at approximately 1:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of 15th Street and Western Avenue for a report of an accident.  It was reported that a vehicle had struck a pole and flipped onto its side.


Investigating officers discovered that a 1987 Chevrolet Blazer, driven by a 16 year old male, and a 1995 Chrysler LeBaron, also driven by a 16 year old male, were racing on Western Avenue.  The driver of the Blazer lost control and struck a guide wire, causing the vehicle to flip onto its side.  No injuries were reported.


The driver of the Blazer was issued citations for racing on highways and illegal tag.  The driver of the LeBaron was issued a citation for racing on highways.

 
 
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From KSN News   LIBERAL, Kan. (KSNW) – An Oklahoma man was killed in a single vehicle crash Saturday night in Seward County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports a 2004 Ford Explorer was traveling westbound on U.S. 54 about 3 miles west of Liberal and crossed over the overpass for Old U.S. 54 when it lost control on the overpass and entered a side skid into the north ditch. The KHP says the vehicle rolled multiple times before coming to a res ton the driver’s side facing east.

Six people were reported to be in the car. The driver was identified as 25-year-old Manuel Hernandez, of Guymon, Oklahoma, who was taken to an area hospital with injuries. The second passenger was identified as 28-year-old Debbie Solis, of Guymon, Oklahoma, who was not injured.

A third occupant was identified as 35-year-old Thay Torres-Ocacio, of Guymon, Oklahoma, who died from his injuries.

A fourth passenger was identified as Thomas Martinez, 26, of Guymon, Oklahoma, who was reported to have a possible injury. The fifth passenger, identified as 20-year-old Francisco Vallejos, of Guymon, Oklahoma was not injured and the sixth passenger was identified as Jesus Ponce, 22, of Guymon, Oklahoma, who was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

KHP says Ponce and Torres-Ocacio were the only two not wearing seat belts.

KHP says this crash was caused due to icy conditions.