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Man arrested after leading police on chase

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Altus Police have arrested a man considered to be a person of interest related to ongoing investigations in the Altus area. On Tuesday, July 8, Shawn Dorsey, 24, was arrested following a police chase around the 100 block of S. Howse.Altus Police reported that a handgun was also discovered after searching the 1996 gold Chevy Caprice that was being driven by Dorsey. Chief Deputy Mike Bell said that Dorsey is a person of interest in an ongoing investigation, but could not confirm or deny the claim that it is connected to the shootings in Altus this past week, and that those incidents are still under investigation.


Update: Burglary victim escapes being held at gunpoint

The Altus Police Department continues to investigate a burglary related shooting that occurred Tuesday morning, July 8, where a man, said to be a Department of Human Resources employee, was held at gunpoint for over 30 minutes.According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, the victim told APD that upon entering his home around 8:30 a.m. at 708 Hayes Street, he discovered a subject inside the residence. After being held at gunpoint the victim said he was able to get the gun away from t...

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Public invited to Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting

Altus - Ray Miller, chairman, has announced the next Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting has been set for Thursday, July 10 at 11:30 a.m. at 1204 E Tamarack. The agenda includes a discussion on the drought, upcoming training for LEPC members and first responders, grant applications, exercise plans, and discussion of new officers. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information about the Local Emergency Planning Committee call Wayne Cain, Jack...

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Three blood drives set in Altus next week

Blood donors this summer will not only feel good when they donate with Texas Blood Institute (TBI), but each donor will also receive two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo and a “Feel Cool” T-shirt. Anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older* is encouraged to donate and save lives at one of three Altus locations next week...

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DA to hold public auction of forfeited items

District Attorney John Wampler has announced the sale of several forfeited vehicles at a public auction to be conducted online beginning Sunday, July 13, and concluding on Wednesday, July 23.Wampler said that all of the items to be auctioned were seized by the District Three Drug Task Force and other area law enforcement agencies from individuals that used the vehicles in connection with illegal narcotics activities. A judicial forfeiture proceeding was then filed and the court for...

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Commissioners, Excise Board discuss county’s estimate of needs

The Jackson County Commissioners held a joint meeting with the Jackson County Excise Board to discuss the county’s estimate of needs for the 2014-15 FY, with elected officials on Monday, July 7, in the Commissioners Office of the Jackson County Courthouse.

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Flags donated to SWTC

The Altus Lions Club purchased United States flags for the Southwest Technology Center to be placed in the classrooms. Those at the presentation were, from left, Lions Vicki King, Diana Thompson, accepting the flags Superintendent Dale Latham, Lions Gayle Culberson, Club President and John E. King.

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Gunfire exchanged during burglary

The Altus Police Department began an investigation this morning related to a possible home burglary. The burglary, resulted in an exchange of gunfire in the 700 block of Hayes.Police received a call that a suspect, wearing a grey mask, grey hoodie, jeans, and tennis shoes, had broken into a residence around 8:30 a.m. this morning. After the exchange of gunfire, the suspect fled the area on foot, prompting a search of the area led by Altus Police officers.

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Altus mom arrested after 2-car accident

An Altus mother was arrested Sunday after a two-vehicle accident at Spurgeon and Elm.According to reports from Altus Police, at approximately 7:42 p.m., Adriana Lopez, 22, was driving a 1999 Chrysler north bound on Spurgeon approaching Elm Street, when a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Vanessa Molina, 16, was east bound and stopped at the intersection of Spurgeon and Elm.The Molina vehicle proceeded into the intersection when it was struck on the passenger’s side ...

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Red River Toastmasters Club achieves highest honor

Red River has been recognized as a President’s Distinguished Club for 3 years in a row. This is the highest honor that can be achieved by a Toastmasters club. This recognition is earned by completing all educational, training, administration and membership goals as indicated in the Toastmasters International Distinguished Club Program and Club Success Plan.

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Navajo senior participats in Dominican High School Baseball Camp

Braden Box, Navajo High School Senior, participated in the Dominican High School Baseball Camp in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. The camp selects players from the U.S.A. and Canada from recommendations from high school and college coaches, scouts, or showcase participation. The selected team consisted of 15 players. Upon arrival to the Dominican Republic, the team practiced and participated in the same development drills done by Dominican b...

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Artists donate pieces for auction

Local artists have graciously donated art pieces to be auctioned of at the Zach Cook Memorial 5k Color Run on July 12. The family-fun event will begin at 7 a.m. on the east side of the Altus Community Center. Pre- registration and T-shirt pick up is the night prior, July 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. Please come join in and get a chance of winning an amazing piece of ar...

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Southwest cotton crop looking really good, so far

Welcome rains throughout June encouraged farmers to not only plant cotton where it will be irrigated, but dryland cotton has also been planted. So far, the future of the 2014 cotton season has a good start.. Cotton planted where irrigation wells will probably do well with a minimum of watering before late August comes when the crop’s bolls will start to fill and mature. Dryland cotton is at the mercy of how much and when any rain will fall. At l...

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Local Toastmaster honored as Competent Leader

Toastmaster Anthony Bunch of the Altus Red River Toastmasters Club was recently recognized for completion of roles and projects designed to enhance his skills as a leader.He earned his Competent Leadership Award by fulfilling specific leadership tasks and roles as a club member. To achieve the award of Competent Leader, members must complete projects that enhance their abilities to listen, think critically, plan, facilitate, motivate, mentor and build a team.

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Fallin attends SWORW meet and greet

Governor Mary Fallin ended her day-long tour of the Altus area with a meet and greet held by the Southwest Oklahoma Republican Women group, attended by community leaders and supporters, on Monday June 30.Governor Fallin spoke about her visit to Altus and Lake Tom Steed and the presentation of the Southwest Oklahoma Water Action Plan presented by Duane Smith. She also talked about her areas of focus while serving as Governor and asked for continued support throughout the remainder o...

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Governor Fallin looks at low water levels at Tom Steed

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin toured the Southwest Oklahoma area Monday, June 30, beginning with a visit at the Mountain Park Master Conservancy District to see the low water levels at the Tom Steed Reservoir, one of the main water supplies for the City of Altus, Altus Air Force Base, Frederick,and Snyder. Governor Fallin then traveled to the Jackson County Farm Bureau to meet with Altus Community leaders who presented the Southwest Oklahoma Regional Water Action Plan. One of the objectives o...

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Pets Of The Week

Such special dogs this week with lots of love to give. All the animals can be seen at the Altus Animal Shelter, or online at or Hours are M-F (9-4:30) and Sat (8-12AM). For info, call Animal Control at 481-2285 or call us at 482-8945, evenings.SW OK Animal Network is a public animal rescue organization that teams with the Altus Times to produce this article.

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Late morning shootout with APD sends man to hospital

An Altus man was taken away to Jackson County Memorial Hospital today, following and exchange of gunfire with Altus Police at 215 E. Liveoak that began late this morning. Altus Police originally responded the scene for a possible suicide welfare check, reported Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy. When three Altus Police officers entered into the home the suspect fired one round. One of the officers immediately returned fire with one round. Officers later learned that the suspect had been hit in th...

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