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Perkins-Tryon Junior- Senior Prom Photo feature - AIO INSIDE Calendar- B10 Trips Peop,e A2 Obituaries - A2 Opinions - A4 The streets of New School - A6 York aren't safe. Sports - A7 History - B3 Destinations & Travel Church - B4 - B1 Classifieds - B9 "Payne County's Oldest Newspaper- Since 1890" been busy utilities along US in Stillwater and are working to area for the long- to widen that is at "busy" and at its as "deadly." have not US 177 between as once deadly acci- Brian Cullen, killed in an acci- :four vehicles. the tragedy, in what most supreme of U.S. Wes the one say is for for project, 19 at OHP Trooper Drew Hamilton at the intersection of US 177 177 Wa'tkins and 56th St. Trooper Drew Ham- ilton of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the Cullens were in the southbound lane waiting to make a left turn onto 56th street when their car, a 1992 Ford Taurus, was struck from the rear-by a 2001 Dodge van driven by Wesley (far right) interviews Clint Ritchey, the driver of a semi-truck involved in a four-vehicle accident that claimed the lives of two people and 56th St. south of Stillwater Monday. Journal photos by David $asser Watkins, 65, of Stillwater. The impact pushed the Taurus into the northbound lane where it struck a 1999 Peterbilt semi- truck driven by Clint Ritchey, 49, of Stillwater. The Cullen's car was then struck broadside by another northbound car, a 1999 Chevrolet driven by Monica Hemandez, 24, also of Stillwater. - -- Ardith Cullen was pronounced dead at the scene with arm, leg, head, neck, and internal and Rescue Personnel. He wasLindsey Cullen, 3, were taken external truck injuries, pronounced dead at Stillwater by helicopter to University Hos- Brian Cullen was pinned in Medical Center with a neck pital in Oklahoma City. his car for approximately 45 injury. Hamilton said Meagan Cullen minutes before being freed Two passengers in the Cullen by Stillwater Fire Department vehicle, Meagan Cullen, 4, and See US 177 on B8 By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent District Attorney Rob Hudson said Tuesday that he did not expect to make a decision on whether to file criminal charges against former Congressman Wes Watkins until after he received a detailed written report from the investigating trooper. "If in fact it was, as the trooper said, that there was inattentive driving by Congressman Wat- kins, it would be our policy to file negligent homicide," Hudson said. "We know Congressman Watkins would not want to be given preferential treatment. It's incumbent on Us to treat this like we would any other case," The van driven by former U.S. Representative Wes Watkins shows front-end damage where the van struck a car during an accident south of Stillwater Monday morning. Hudson said. our recommendation would "From what we've been told be a deferredsentence of some verbally by the trooper, this sort," Hudson said. would not be a case where we "Obviously, Congressman would be seeking any kind of incarceration. We anticipateSee CHARGES on B8 (left) and Jan Neufeld (right) help surprise retiringMayor Twila Prough with gifts of Perkins staff members during the April 15 Chamber of Commerce meet- two lawn chairs to help when she and husband Larry kick back during their who recently Rosson. "While we'd like to Bob Johnson also gave an from her posi-have you decide today, we'll update on the Trash-Off corn- of Perkins, was give you time to consider taking mittee's efforts. He said several her work and back your resignation." people have offered to sponsor a gift from city Those in attendance responded groups for the April 17 clean-up with a standing ovation, event and most sections of town Jan Neufeld and Chamber President Mel Camp- will be covered. lawn bell also expressed his apprecia- Johnson said trash can be for use duringtion and support of Rosson. picked up on days other than t. In other business, HarlandApril 17 if that would work Wells gave a quick update from better for a particular group. and recognition, the Legislative Golf Tournament Rogson announced that thought the large committee. He said all slots for Congressman Frank Lucas during the teams have been filled, but more was scheduled to be in Perkins 15, meeting was hole sponsorships are needed, for a Town Hall Meeting that City Manager Businesses or individuals that afternoon, and he encouraged would like to help are asked to everyone to attend. to see you stay contact golf committee members she said to or Campbell. See CHAMBER on B8 man works charms on Willie Conner (Robert Sasser), left, and the Sheriff (Keith Sheets) discuss the finer points of "Sheriffln' in Oklahoma Territory" during a scene in the upcoming Perkins Main Street play, "An Italian Romance, Oklahoma Style." The play is part of Main Street's annual dinner and auction, set for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the high school commons area. Tickets for the annual gala are $25 per person and are selling fast, but may still be obtained by contacting Twila Prough at 547-2436 or Deb Dickson at 547-5530. Journal photo by Cindy Sheets