News Headlines - July 17

Search continues for missing Carter County man

Authorities are continuing their search for a Carter County man who’s been missing since April.

The Carter County Sheriff’s Department reported that they received a call on April 3rd from a co-worker of Brandon Nichols, who said he had loading saltwater in his truck at an oil lease in rural Gene Autry, but when they found his truck still running and empty, Nichols was nowhere to be found.

The surrounding area was searched, but no evidence of a struggle or escape was found. The only items recovered at the scene were Nichols’ shirt and cell phone.

Brandon Nichols is a 32-year-old white man, approximately five-foot, ten inches, and about 215 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information leading to Nichols’ whereabouts is encouraged to contact authorities immediately.

OHP, Marshall County authorities cracking down on dangerous section of highway

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Marshall County authorities are putting special emphasis on a stretch of Highway 70 between Madill and the Carter County Line to help curb the accident rate and make the section of highway a safer place to drive.

Recently, new signs were added that advise drivers of stricter enforcement of motor vehicle laws in that area. Authorities, and drivers say most people are paying attention to the new signs.

Since 1997, OHP says there have been 17 collisions in that short stretch of road, resulting in 32 people killed and 18 more injured. The latest was a man and two of his three children from Oklahoma City back in March when their vehicle hit a semi who was attempting to avoid another turning vehicle.

New signs indicating upcoming intersections and turns have hopefully helped people be more aware of those areas as well as keeping their speed down.

And now, authorities are putting added emphasis on speeding and traffic violations on the highway so people will begin to drive safer.

Flash Flood Watch in effect for much of Texoma

And speaking of safe driving, a flash flood watch, and spotty flash flood warnings, will be in effect for much of Texoma until tomorrow afternoon.

Localized rainfall is expected to climb into the three or four inch mark and as a result, localized flooding could occur.

Drivers are encouraged to allow for extra travel time and to be aware of water covering roadways.

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Locations : Carter CountyMarshall CountyOklahoma City
People : Gene Autry