Citizen Amanda S. wrote to us requesting we share her son Matthew’s photo with Sheriff Michael Booth at Tecumseh Frontier Days last month. Thanks Amanda for sharing with us.
Christy Lewis, News 9
Shortly before 22-year-old Tecumseh police officer Justin Terney died in the line of duty, he had gotten a puppy named Onyx and they had big plans.
“He was on night shift and I was on night shift,” said Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputy Jared Strand.
Strand said Terney told him he wanted to be a K9 handler with Onyx.
“He talked about it a couple of times whenever we were just hanging out around dispatch or on a call,” Strand said.
So when Onyx lost his owner and needed a new place to go, Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said he felt a great obligation to provide that.
“His real home is at Tecumseh, but we just have custody of him and taking care of him. But he’s for all law enforcement here in Pottawatomie County,” the sheriff said.
Strand is now Onyx’s handler. The dog is 8 months old.
“It’s a huge honor and that’s why I’m working so hard to make sure that everything works out,” he explained.
Strand runs drills with the dog and takes him to monthly training sessions in Shawnee, hoping to help Onyx achieve his life’s mission.
“I want Onyx to be the best K9 in the state, if not the nation,” he told News 9. “Because that’s what Justin was. He was a great officer and for him to carry that legacy on would be just great.”
Onyx is currently in testing to see which path he’ll take as a working dog. He could go out on patrol in as early as four to five months.
Booth thanked the Bricktown Brewery, 4-Way Automatic Transmission, Lexington police, Stratford police and Shawnee police for their help in making the K9 program possible.
The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit is currently attempting to locate Damien Sumpter. Sumpter has not appeared for his routine registration. Sumpter is also not living at the address he has listed on his registration. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Sumpter please contact Deputy Jared Strand at 405-273-1727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Shawnee residents were killed and three high school students suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon on Coker Road, just north of Waco Road. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Miller investigated the crash, which occurred about 12:09 p.m. Killed in the accident were Gary Bailey, 59, and Janice Bailey, 58, both of Shawnee, the OHP reported. Gary Bailey was driving a 1997 Nissan pickup southbound on Coker Road when his vehicle was hit head-on by a northbound 2007 Saturn sedan driven by Nicholas Moles, 17, Shawnee, the OHP said. Trooper Miller said Moles’ vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with Bailey’s pickup. Moles was transported by private vehicle to Unity Health Center, where the OHP reported he was treated and released. Moles’ two passengers also were injured. According to the report, Dakota Davis, 16, Tecumseh, and Tyler Jackson, 17, Tecumseh, were taken to Unity Health Center where they were reportedly treated and released, but it appears both were actually transferred to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Both Davis and Jackson were listed as patients at the hospital Tuesday night. Jackson was listed in fair condition, a nurse supervisor said, and Davis was there, but had not been admitted, she said.
All three teenagers are reported to be students at Tecumseh High School. The patrol said seat belts were in use by occupants of the Saturn sedan, but were not in use in the Nissan pickup. Trooper Miller was assisted at the scene by Lt. Kera Philippi. Shawnee and Bethel Acres firefighters responded to provide extrication while Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies provided traffic control as the roadway was blocked.
A Wanette man was jailed Monday on a shooting with intent to kill complaint after his friend suffered a gunshot wound to the head during an alleged argument.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies responded about 1:30 p.m. to a home on Trousdale Road, about one mile west of SH 102 in the Wanette area.
The shooting victim, Randall Roberson, 53, had called 911 for help, Palmer said, and told dispatchers the suspect, Jerry Miller, 62, was still inside the home.
After calling to report his injury, Roberson flagged down a propane truck driven by the Wanette firefighter, who drove him to the end of the road to await an ambulance, Palmer said.
Deputies responded to the scene. Roberson, who suffered an injury along the top of his head, Palmer said, was taken by REACT EMS to Unity Health Center for treatment. Medi Flight was originally called, but wasn’t needed, Palmer said.
Roberson told deputies he was at Miller’s home when the two of them, who are friends, got into an argument. Roberson told authorities he was watching TV when Miller left the room and returned. He allegedly “pointed a gun and pulled the trigger,” Palmer said.
Roberson told deputies Miller was still inside the home with weapons. Deputies, along with the District Attorney’s Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and tribal officers, set up a perimeter around the home and tried to negotiate with Miller, Palmer said, but Miller wouldn’t answer the phone or bullhorn calls from outside.
After about 30 minutes, Palmer said law enforcement officers breached a door to make entry, where Miller, who was reportedly asleep, raised up from the sofa and complied with commands. Palmer said Miller told deputies he didn’t know about anyone getting shot.
Deputies said they found a .22 caliber rille inside the home and arrested Miller on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill. He was booked into he Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. Formal charges have not been filed.
While the incident remains under investigation, Palmer said it appears both men were drinking alcohol at the time of the incident.
Once again, fake lottery letters with cashier’s checks have arrived in Shawnee mailboxes, prompting law enforcement officers to issue warnings to area residents. The most recent mailing comes from an address in London, England, with a claim that the person is the winner of the Australia Sweepstakes lottery. The Shawnee resident who received this mailing, along with what appears to be a real cashier’s check, became suspicious and turned over the items to the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Mike Booth said the letter and $4,995 check, are a scam and residents need to be aware of such cons to avoid becoming victims.
“If it looks too good to be true, it is,” Booth said. It’s a scam, no matter how good it looks.” The letterhead shows Featureview Trust Inc., and includes the Shawnee man’s name and his address where it was mailed, and claims to be from the International Claims Department in London, England. The letter claims the resident has won $250,000 through a random computer ballot system drawn from shopper names.
The letter shows the check for $4,995 is to help pay government taxes and insurance on the winnings and claims to be a payment from a claims agent.
It asks the winner not to use the check until they call a 15-digit phone number, where police said those answering work to get personal information from the caller. The fake check, with the somewhat blurry logo of well-known U.S. bank, claims to be drafted from an account in Phoenix, Ariz. “No matter how real it looks, it’s not going to get you anything,” Booth said about that check, advising residents not to cash it or give any personal information to anyone. “From that point on, you have everything to lose,” the sheriff added. Booth said residents should be suspicious if they get anything by mail such as this, especially if they have no direct knowledge of it. “Anyone with questions can bring it to their local law enforcement office,” Booth said, adding, “Don’t be suckered.”
Shawnee police issued a similar warning back in December for mailings that included similar letters for a shoppers lottery scam.
“Don’t cash the check … do not call and give them any information,” Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said. Frantz said the scam works to get someone’s bank account number, either by phone or when cashing the fake check. That enables the suspects to clean out someone’s bank account before they realize the check to pay the “fees” is a fake and has bounced. “Citizens beware,” Frantz said.