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A4. THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, February 16, 2012 Op* 11110118 -? Thank You The family of Nell R Cole Wishes to thank everyone vho sent cards, flowers, food and contributions. Special thanks to Dr. Dexeus and staff in Enid, Southside Baptist Church and River of Life Church for all the prayers. Gbd Bless all of you. John 3:16 i, The Cole'Family Think Before You Toss It '.i Please "DO NOT" litter and "DO NOT" tamper with county road signs. It's your choice, is it worth it? The punishment is more severe for tampering with Payne County road signs. Only PCEE knows when Officer Lewis and I will be out patrolling after hours or where we will be? ' Payne County Environmental Enforcement (PCEE) treats "EVERYONE EQUAL"! Age, race, sex or handicap makes no difference to us. We have a job for everyone and would not ask the violator to do what we haven't done nor would not do ourselves. For over 18 months, I've asked that several articles be published in the papers asking the public for their cooperation by not littering, dumping and tamper- ing with road signs. Most of you have complied and supported us. We also thank the newspapers for their support ! We are building a strong public Support and the current technology makes it easier to catch more people in the act. We are determined to take back our county! iRecently a 24 year old mother of two, who lives in another county came to Payne County and tossed a small Wal-mart bag containing ten pieces of fast food wrappers out her window. She drove 90 miles each day t9, finish her community service work and all other court ordered requirements. Before leaving for the courthouse she told me, "How stupid was I? Throwing trash out of my car cost me $i,400 in fines, court costs, legal, clean up, disposal fees, time off work and gas to and from Stillwater". "I missed three days of work while doing my com- munity service and my co-workers laughed at me." She also stated, "I don't care if the trash gets knee deep in my car, I'll not throw another piece out of the window." She did the following while on community service. She cleaned 3 miles (both sides) of a really trashy road and filled 21 large trash bags of trash. She cleaned 12 large dcmp sites filled with couches, recliners, mattresses, other furniture, household items, debris and scattered paper trash. She filled four 16 foot long trailer loads of trash and debris cleaned from Payne County roads. She climbed up and down deep ravines, creek banks and all sorts of terrain dragging the trash with her back to the trailer until each dump site was spotless. When she emptied the trailer she had to lift the trash 5 feet up over the walls of the dumpster and put the trash in the dumpster to properly dispose of it. She also cleaned around the Expo Center picking up and bagging trash left by others. This was her choice to Litter! Darrell Varnell Payne County Environmental Enforcement I Tl.liS c..oUl%rrgY" Ag00llP, l00k00il00?" I 00IoUI.P T00IAT," :ByRepsentative ee Denney Gov. Mary Fallin unveiled an ambitious agenda this week during her State of the State speech, which launched the 2012 legislative session. The headline proposal was her call for significant tax reform. The governor's "Oklahoma Tax Reduction and Simplification Act" would immediately cut income taxes for all Oklahomans and simplify the tax code. If approved, her plan would give Oklahoma the lowest income tax rate in the region aside from Texas, making us more competitive in attracting and growing new busi- nesses. In the short term, her plan would reduce the number of income tax brackets from seven to three with lower rates for all. Our current tax structure technically taxes the first penny you earn at a 0.5 percent rate, and increases to 5.25 percent for families with taxable income of $15,900. (Our "millionaire's bracket" includes a lot of poor people.) Under the governor's plan, starting next January, families with incomes of $30,000 or less would pay no income tax at all. Families with joint income of $30,000 to $70,000 would pay a 2.25 percent rate, and everyone above that level would pay a 3.5 percent rate. Under the proposed rates, a middle-class couple making $40,000 a year would pay 37 percent less in taxes next year. , In the future, tax rates would be lowered another quarter- point every year the state experiences revenue growth of 5 percent until the income tax is completely eliminated. WEST To pay for the plan, the govemor called for eliminating tax loopholes, carve-outs and other exceptions, as well as achieving greater government efficiencies. The other big item in the speech was a plan to address Oklahoma road and bridge funding. For years, Oklahoma has topped the national "bad bridges" lists. However, only 413 of Oklahoma's 706 structurally deficient bridges are currently scheduled for rehabilitation or replacement withln eight years, leaving 293 bad bridges in place. Under Governor Fallin's plan, Oklahoma will repair the remaining 293 structurally deficient bridges by 2019. To accomplish this goal, Governor Fallin's budget restores an additional $15 million taken from roads and bridges in the past and raises the cap on the state ROADS fund from $435 million to $550 million. Bumping the incremental contribution will have a compounding effect that generates an estimated $479 million over eight years to fund our most pressing road and bridge needs. She also called for earmarking a larger share of motor vehicle collections to county roads. Furthermore, the governor also called for a supplemental appropriation to ensure teacher benefits are fully funded. And to help needy Oklahomans obtain work, she announced the launch of OKJobMatch.com, which will help connect newly graduated students with employers. Best of all, it's designed to especially aid our military vet- erans and those returning with the Armed Services from overseas who need employment. These are ambitious goals that will be given careful consideration at the Oklahoma Capitol I will keep you. informed as this debate progresses. As always, feel free to contact me at (405)557-7304 or at leedenney @okhouse.gov. Continued from Page A1 national database, Miller wrote in his affidavit. "I know that users attempting to trade files on a P2P file-sharing network can place files from their local computer in a shared file directory," Miller wrote in his affidavit. On Sept. 3,2011, Miller noticed that an entry in the law enforcement database for an IP address -- alleg- edly assigned to West -- was sharing nine files on the P2P network with file names leading the detec- tive to believe the content was child pornography, the affidavit said. On Sept. 11, 2011, the IP address was sharing one file on the P2P network with a file name that also led Miller to believe it was child pornography, the affi- davit alleged. On Sept. 12, 2011, the IP address was sharing eight files on the P2P net- work with file names that led Miller to believe they were child pornography, the affidavit alleged. After the information was relayed to Perkins police, the Stillwater police detective inspector assisted Perkins police in the execu- tion of a search warrant of West's residence, the affi- davit said. During the search, "It was apparent that a com- puter was missing from the residence," Miller alleged in his affidavit. Stillwater Police Depart- ment Detective Inspector Les Little then went to speak to West at his job in Stillwater, the affidavit said. "Randy West claimed he only owned a Dell laptop computer that was still at the residence," but his co-workers said that West frequently brought a personally-owned red Acer laptop to the job, the affi- davit said. West initially denied that he owned such a red Acer laptop, but he "later admitted he had hidden his red Acer laptop computer in his employer's business," in Stillwater, the affidavit alleged. "Randy West put it in an unoccupied room after he was warned that several police officers were at his residence," the affidavit alleged. "One of the business owners granted Inspector Little access to the room," where the laptop was found in a computer bag also containing an external hard drive, both of which were seized by Little, the affida- vit alleged. After obtaining a search warrant to examine the Acer laptop computer and external hard drive, "I found over 300 images or videos I believed to be child por- nography or child erotica," on the laptop and external drive, Miller alleged in his affidavit. "Also found were over 26 images or videos of child pornography contain- ing known victims," the affidavit alleged. Twenty-four years ago, \\; West was convicted of pro- ducing clild pornography and two counts of sodomy, by a Payne County jury that rejected his defense of insanity. The jury, which deliberated for over six hours, set a maximum pen- alty of 30 years in prison for West, who did not testify at his three-day trial. West, who was then a free-lance commercial artist and part-time funeral home employee in Stillwater, said at his sentencing in 1988, "I do not hate" the victim. West said he hoped the boy would forgive him for what he characterized as "my misunderstanding," apparently referring to his claim, expressed at his trial by a defense psychiatrist, that he was unaware his acts were wrong. West was convicted of sodomizing the boy and making a videotape of it in West's bedroom on July 4, 1986-- a week after he was. assigned as the boy's "Big Brother," in the organiza- tion. The tape was shown to jurors in the 1988 trial. Then-prosecutor Frank Muret said in an interview, "In the videotape, the boy's hands were tied behind his back," during anal and oral sodomy in West's rural Perkins trailer, seven miles south of Stillwater. "This was a perverse game Randy West was play- ing. It was ritualistic -- this was a very weird case, very disturbing," Muret told this reporter in 1993 when West was up for early release from prison -- which the prosecu- tor and the victim's family adamantly opposed. At the trial, the boy was not required to be physically present in the courtroom. His testimony-- in which he told jurors "Randy told me to do everything he said or he wouldn't be my friend" -- was shown by videotape at the trial. Jurors also viewed over 150 drawings made by West of children in various sex acts, newspaper and magazine cut-outs of chil- dren, nude photos of West alone and a computer print- out made by West detailing anatomical information of six young boys. At his trial, defense attor- ney H.M. "Bud" Wyatt HI maintained West did not know such acts were wrong because West was allegedly sexually molested from age 8 to 16 by a unnamed minis- ter in Perkins, who no longer lives in the area. In addition to assaulting the 7-year-old boy on July 4, 1986 -- one week after he was assigned to him in the Big Brothers organization -- West was also charged with sexually abusing the 7-year-old and his 5-year-. old brother in the Perkins Masonic Lodge building during Thanksgiving week- end 1986. Those charges were dropped when West waived his right to appeal the 30- year prison term. The prosecutor said he thought going through a second trial was more than the victim's family could bear.