KAKE-TV in Wichita is reporting that two local residents are dead and another person is in serious condition after a crash on the Kansas Turnpike south of Wichita last night.
THe Kansas Turnpike Authority report says that a pickup driver was going the wrong way in the northbound lanes just north of the 71st street & Haysville exit at about 9:15pm when he hit another vehicle head on. The second vehicle, a car, then hit a guardrail and rolled over. Two people in the second vehicle were killed and have been identified as Lori Uchiyama, 38, of Blackwell and 33 year old Elizabeth Goodno of Ponca City.
The pickup driver was Donald Fifer, 65, of Haysville, KS.
On Saturday afternoon a citizen seeing what she considered to be suspicious behavior called the Police Department to report it. Officers responded to the 3000 block of North 14th street and confronted a subject matching the description the caller had given. During questioning the suspect ran from officers. After a brief foot pursuit the subject slipped out of his shirt and escaped. Two victims of car thefts in the same proximity and a residential burglary also near where the subject was confronted, allowed officers to positively identify the wanted subject as 27 year old Daniel Skubik.
Skubik was located yesterday and taken into custody at a residence in the 100 block of South Elm just after 5pm. While Officers obtained a search warrant for the residence Extra Eyes volunteers were called out to assist. While there, officers discovered that the occupants of the home were stealing electricity so additional charges may be filed.
Skubik is being held currently at the Ponca City Police Department for the two thefts from vehicles from Saturday and also in connection with the residential burglary from the 1600 block of East Prospect. Skubik had an outstanding warrant from Kay County for failing to pay on a previous weapon violation. In addition he is being held for false information to an officer, obstructing an officer, escape from custody and malicious injury to property.
The investigation is continuing.
The Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast April 23rd for administrative professionals in our Tonkawa businesses. The event will be held in the Heritage Room at First National Bank from 8:30-10 a.m. Refreshments and door prizes are included. All administrative professionals are encouraged to attend and we ask businesses to allow the time of celebration for your valuable assistants.
The Chamber after Hours host this month is O-K Bit. The come-and-go event for Chamber members is Thursday, April 24th from 5-7 p.m. Mark your calendar and plan to attend for great fun, food and friends!
The monthly legislative breakfast will be Friday, April 25th at 7 a.m. at Alewa Deli. Everyone is encouraged to join us and meet with our local legislators, Dale Dewitt and Eddie Fields. We appreciate the time they take to meet with us and keep us updated on current legislation that affects our community.
FreeWheel Oklahoma will make an overnight stop in Tonkawa on June 13th. Businesses or organizations that would like to set up a vendor booth should contact the Chamber of Commerce, 628.2220. More than 600 cyclists will be in town that day!
Friday, April 18th: Ambassador committee meeting, 12 p.m. at Simple Simon’s Pizza
Tuesday, April 22nd: Earth Day activities hosted by Heart in the Park and Tonkawa Arts and Humanities Council, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the downtown Historical District.
For more information, contact Janet Purdy with theTonkawa Development Authority/Chamber of Commerce, 102 E. Grand in Tonkawa, or call 580.628.2220
The Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association has released its Academic All-State Team. Ponca City has had three student athletes named to the team. Robert Nanni, Aaron Stuemky and Caleb Stuemky have all been named to the team.
Po-Hi Basketball Coach Alan Hibler said, “These young men have been recognized for their outstanding achievement in the classroom and on the basketball court. The Ponca City Boys’ Basketball program would like to congratulate these young men on their outstanding achievements.”
Volunteers are needed for a clean up work day on Eagle View Trail at Kaw Lake on Sunday, April 27th starting at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided and at the end of the day someone will go home with a new mountain bike from Pro Bikes in OKC.
For more information call Roy Pemberton at 580-716-4331 or email Roy at [email protected] This is sponsored by Ponca City Mountain Bike Society and Pemberton Chevrolet.