News Headlines - May 15

The City of Healdton is once again searching for a new chief of police.

Yesterday, city officials announced the firing of Jarod Barnes from the department’s top position after the District Attorney announced it was investigating allegations of inappropriate use of a firearm on the part of Barnes.

District Attorney Craig Ladd talked with local media outlets and told The Ardmoreite the allegations came to his attention earlier this week. He believes the possible action took place last week, possibly involving a city employee at the police department.

Barnes was suspended from duty in March after Megan Barnes, his wife, filed a restraining order against him. The order was dismissed in court.

Barnes was also a member of the Wilson Police Department and resigned in October of 2012 after less than a year. Barnes has served with several other departments as well in Carter County.

With Barnes’ firing, only two full-time officers and one part-time officer are what make up the department. The city has yet to name an interim chief and has already begun the process of finding a replacement.

Trial begins for one of three accused of stabbing and robbing local karaoke personality
A trial has begun for 18-year-old Deangelo Washington for the stabbing and attempted robbery of a popular karaoke personality in Ardmore.

Washington was identified as one of three individuals that attacked Yoshikazu Hirashawa, also known as “Yoshi,” while he was working at Rockford C Mart. Yoshi took the stand first on Wednesday and said he didn’t remember the attack on Nov. 15th.

Yoshi was taking the store owner’s dog out for a walk when he was stabbed multiple times. All he remembers from that night is waking up in an Oklahoma City hospital with eight stab wounds.

A witness to that night’s events also testified that he overheard the commotion, went to investigate and found Yoshi in the parking lot. On cross-examination, though, he was unable to identify Washington as one of the attackers, but couldn’t say he wasn’t one either.

Washington as well as 21-yer-old Kevontre Jones and 16-year-old Christopher Banks are the three suspects in the crime. Banks has been detained at a juvenile center since the crime, but has been certified to be tried as an adult. Jones and Washington have been detained at the Carter County Detention Center on $75,000 bond since their arrests.

Washington also now faces an additional $20,000 bond for a case filed April 9 that links him to a second-degree burglary case.

Child in custody after threatening Byng Public Schools with shooting on social media

An unnamed 12-year-old was taken into custody on Wednesday for allegedly sending out threats of a school shooting directed toward Byng Public Schools earlier in the week.

Pontotoc County officials say they took the threat found on the social media site Instagram seriously, and immediately made sure the school was secure and safe for students and teachers. The thread read that there would be a shooting "like Sandy Hook."

Authorities were certain the threat was a hoax, but did post extra security at the school throughout the day as a precaution and families were notified of the situation. Some families did elect to take their children out of school for the day, though police say no one was ever actually in danger. The school was never actually in lockdown.

The account was an anonymous account, but was eventually traced to the child, who could face a felony charge for the post.

Scammer posing as Carter County Deputy is caught

U.S. Marshals are now confident they have ID'd the right person who was attempting to scam Carter County residents posing as a Sheriff's Deputy.

Actual deputies traced the calls to a prison in Mitchell County, Georgia where they discovered an inmate was making the threats and scam calls from a cell phone. He was attempting to secure money to trade for goods at the facility's commissary.

The man could face charges of impersonating an officer and could be sentenced to more prison time.

Man who robbed Sherman bank could be from Dallas or Oklahoma

The Dallas office of the FBI is reporting that a man who was caught on camera robbing the Bank of Texas in Sherman on May 6 could be from the greater DFW metroplex or in Oklahoma.

The suspect entered the bank, approached the teller window and verbally demanded the cash. After receiving the undisclosed amount of cash, witnesses saw him leave on foot and escape through a wooded area north of of the bank.

He is described as a white male with grey/blonde hair, in his late 40s to early 50s, approximately 6'0" to 6'3" tall, weighitng between 200 and 220 pounds. He wore sunglasses, a sleeveless, orange University of Texas t-shirt, dark athletic shorts, running shoes and a tan baseball cap with a camouflage brim.

He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to call the Dallas office of the FBI at (972) 559-5000 or the Sherman Police Department at (903) 892-7290.


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