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1110A-THE PERKINS IOURNAL. Thursday. May 22. 2003 Manslaughter trial ordered in alleged inhalant fatal DUI 'by Patti Weaver doumal Correspondent 6TILLWATER -- A Stillwater man who allegedly was inhal- iing keyboard cleaner before a hit and run accident that took /he life of a Perkins woman was ordered Monday to stand trial .on a first-degree manslaughter ,charge. 7 Throughout an all-day pre- liminary hearing Monday, the defendant, Dustin Dane Trip- !litt, 24, held his head down. He icould receive as much as a life ,prison term if convicted of cans- ing the victim s death by driving 'under the influence of drugs. !., The victim, Judy Louise Ken- drick, 50, who was a passenger )in the vehicle that was struck, !had come to Stillwater to attend ,her daughter's graduation from nursing school at Career Tech, ccording to testimony. Relatives were sobbing in i the courtroom as her husband, 7Edgar Lesley Kendrick, 65, who now lives in Carney, tes- • "tiffed that his wife of 29 years ' died in a Tulsa hospital from iaer injuries 16 days after the fiaccident, which occurred at 4: 48 p.m. July 12, 2002, at Sixth ind Western in Stillwater.  Kendrick, who was driving ,with his wife in the front seat rand his 3-year-old grandson in the back seat, said "We were going to go for droner, fol- lowing the graduation of the couple's, youngest child. He ilsaid he cannot remember the I fatal accident. !, "When I woke up, they were igulling glass out of my head. [ remember that. I had a con- cussion, a head full of glass, a dislocated shoulder. My left lung tore loose from my ribs -- it broke five of my ribs completely in two. I had a split spleen," Kendrick testified. Dr. Scott Roach, who has been a physician at the Stillwa- ter Medical Center emergency room for 23 years, testified that all three of the occupants of the Kendrick vehicle were brought at 5:08 p.m. He said Judy Ken- drick was unconscious with "very severe injuries, massive head trauma." He testified that her husband, who had a concussion, multiple rib fractures and a spleen frac- ture, was transferred to the same Tulsa hospital as his wife "so they could be together." The Kendricks' grandson, Austin James Alexander, who was three years and seven months old, was admitted to the Stillwater Medical Center with a left forehead fracture that extended into the socket of his left eye, which was swollen shut. He also had lacerations on his forearm and forehead. Triplitt fled the accident scene and was arrested less than one mile away about 30 minutes later, at 5:20 p.m., Stillwater police Officer John Latzke testified. "He said 'I just ran because I was scared.' He was at first kind of babbling. He said he had decided to try some 'duster' because he thought it was cool. He told me he was huffing the cleaner while he was driving down the road -- he said to get high," Latzke testified• Triplitt's front seat passen- ger, Russell Evans Fenton, 23, of Crescent, testified he and Triplitt were both inhaling computer cleaner -- which he said Triplitt had just bought at an office supply in Stillwater before the accident. He testi- fied that Triplitt inhaled about l0 times. "When I looked over, Dustin's head was down, his eyes were closed -- his hands were still on the wheel• I started scream- ing. We tried to wake him up. We were in the right lane, the turning lane going to Highway 51 (Sixth Street). I looked up. I saw the trunk of a car fly pass us. I looked up. We were on top of a vehicle, an SUV," Fenton testified. Stillwater police Officer Paul Blankinship, an accident reconstructionist, testified that Triplitt's 1996 BMW was going south on Western when it struck a turn island, traveled across and struck the center median before beoming airborne and hitting the Kendricks' 1996 Ford Explorer -- causing it to roll on its passenger side -- which the BMW landed on top of. In ordering Triplitt held for trial on both the manslaughter charge and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, Special District Judge Phillip Corley noted that a blood test showed that Triplitt had a sub- stance in his system contained in the inhalant. Corley said a warning label on the computer cleaner said it can cause uncon- sciousness if inhaled. County Commission opens bids, pays by Moira K. Wiley Journal Staff Writer Payne County Commissioners opened bids for three upcoming projects at their regular session meeting on Monday. There were four bids submitted for the Ingalls Fire Department project. All four of the companies are located in Sfillwater and each submitted both base and alternate bids. The first bid opened came from Heritage Construction Company, who had a base bid of $75,600 and $3,500 for the alternate work outlined in the project. Meridian Construction Company's bid included a base bid of $66,428 and $2,806 for alternates. Trinity Building & Construction, Inc. had a base bid of $80,713 and $4,605 for alter- nates, and their packet included a note stating they would be using all local vendors and contractors. Lambert Construction Company had a base bid of $62,880 and alternate bid of $3,175• All the bids will be considered before a contract for the job is awarded. The second bid discussed was for work on the Community Building with only one bid received. The bid, submitted by Custom Painting who is also located in Sfillwater, included a base bid of $7,400 and another $2,400 total for alternates. The base bid would cover the cost of preparing and painting the exte- rior of the building with two coats of paint. Two alternates made up the second amount with $2,000 going for the preparation and painting of the interior and $400 to caulk aU the windows and doors. If the bid/s are accepted the project would be paid for with $9,000 in grant monies. The final bid opening was for the printing of election board hal- lots for various elections. Only one bid was received for this job, which came from Midwest Print- ing Company of Sapulpa. The bid consisted of various amounts based on many contributing fac- tors including the size of the ballot needed and the number of ballots being printed each time. In other business, Payne County Commissioners approved paying a claim to Norma Lumpkin for damage that occurred to the wind- shield of the claimant's vehicle. The windshield was unintention- ally broken when a rock thrown by a County truck struck it. The claim has been forwarded to the County's insurance company for payment. Commissioners also approved and signed a claim form for the County to request reimbursement of $1,688, which was paid out for Right-of-Way acquisition. A Right-of-Way application to the Sac and Fox Nation was also signed for the Bear Clan Bridge. The narrow bridge will be replaced with a new, wider bridge and the steep hill leading down to the bridge will be reduced in grade by 12 feet. The renewal of the County's Workman's Compensation insur- ance was discussed with an agree- ment reached to pay the annual amount of $83 fiscal' the two payment plan c "According to company, the County have a good County Clerk "We need to focus the don't, it makes our up," The new increase over last based on a ne said. The Hi departments have hadl claims and are contract renewal Count3 in per day with from July 1, 2003 to 2004. public she reminded those ia | of the upcoming which will be held at May31 at 606 S. up for auction will equipment items tl 1 sioners have from inventory. o[servation dec00 Mid pleasure and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble there's no place like home. J. Howard Payne, 1791 - 1852 © 2002 King Fealures Syndicate, Inc. ENIQRS from 1 ....... t Andsay Gretheer ,by Jolynn Fultz  Lindsay Grotheer, daughter of andy and Nannette Grotheer, as e.arned the honor of vale- ictonan. During high school, Grotheer as received, numerous, supe- rior scores m marching band, i concert band and several small nsembles. I Aside from being named I aledictorian, she has been I ccepted into the University ! pf Oklahoma. While attending I pU, she plans on being part of ] the pride of Oklahoma March- ]lng Band. t  Grotheer's high school activi- ties and club memberships include band, National Honor ociety, Key Club, cheerlead- lng and choir. *, "I'm excited about graduation! have been looking forward to it for a long time, but I'm sad about leaving my friends," ktated Grotheer, when asked hbout graduation. t Dustin Hancock y Brian Carroll  Dusty Hancock, the son of ike and Traci Hancock and uzie and Curtis Washington, has been selected as one of ight valedictorians.  Hancock is active in football, vrestling, freestyle wrestling, National Honor Society. He is ] #so a senior class officer.  Hancock's accomplishments clude Who's Who among High state Defensive the yea.r, and All-American Scholar. Hancock's future plans are to attend Oklahoma State Univer- sity and to major in Biology. Then, he will transfer to the University of Oklahoma for Pharmacy school. Hancock said that Coach Riley has influenced him the most in his life. "He's helped me in wrestling and is the one pushing me to go to the next level. He just wants me to succeed," said Hancock. Hancock is ready to gradu- ate and looks forward to the future. Benton Rudd by Justin Taylor "College is going to be hard, so I am happy and sad," admitted Senior Benton Rudd when asked for his feelings on graduating. Rudd is the son of Max and Diann Rudd, and he will be one of eight valedictorians this year. Rudd has been influenced by his parents through the years. Rudd received the valedicto- rian scholarship and the Lions Club scholarship. In his spare time, Rudd enjoys playing golf, going to church, hanging out with friends and playing video games. Rudd participates in National Honor Society, Key Club, band, and his church youth group. Ru.dd is in two advanced placement classes, calculus and history ............... After high school, he plans on attending Oklahoma State Uni- versity and pursuing a career in art. Chris Shelton by Dana Bowling Chris Shelton was recently named this year's valedicto- rian. Chris Shelton is the son of Mark and Jana Shelton. Shel- ton is currently participating in National Honor Society, Key Club, band, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Shelton's biggest influence is Jesus Christ. His mom and dad have influenced him greatly. Shelton's awards and honors include Oklahoma Academic Scholar and Outstanding Christian Commitment Award in FCA. His future plans after gradu- ation are to attend Oklahoma State University and to major in computer science or graphic design. when asked, Shelton's feel- ings about graduation were, "It's a bittersweet celebration. The end of one journey and the beginning of another." Andrew Thomlen John Andrew Thompsen has earned the tide of valedictorian for 2002-2003. Thompsen is the son of John and Cindy Thompsen of Per- kins. He has two siblings, Dana and Matthew. For the last two years at I WEIS from 1 me then he told me that I did get it," she said. The excitement also extended to her family as well. "My morn more than others because she's i been kind of crazy about this," i she added. While the athletes competing in the All-State events will be in only one event, Weis and the seven other trainers selected - four each from the east and west - will be there for all of them. "It's going to be a lot of hard work but that's what we've done for the past four years so it will be fun and it doesn't' bother me," she said. She will see some friendly faces from P-T at the All-State event. Loretta Ledford will play in the girls' basketball game while Dusty Hancock will grapple in the wrestling match. All will be representing East squads. So just like the athletes, she too will be honing her skills in order to handle the things she's trained for. Weis said she's been working on taping in recent days since she hasn't had to perform such duty in a while. She esti- mated she's used well over 1,000 roles of tape while as a trainer here. After she graduates from P- T, she will be continuing her athletic training skills at the next level. She will be a trainer at Langston University where she'll attend college. On in to the future, she plans to go into something related tot he medical field after attaining her degree. Among those she wanted to thank for helping her reach this goal were the football coaches. "They are all great and have been like dads to me," she said. been eonntly ell at has been aclass officer, by Daasha Cunditl Oklahom# tate University in Stillwater. He has earned col- lege credits for Political Science and Introductory Psychology. Thompsen has also taken advantage of the advanced placement program at Perkins- Tryon High School. He com- pleted Advanced Placement English, Calculus, and History. Thompsen plans on majoring in pre-med. Gena Woilenberg by Amethyst Wheeler Gena Wollenberg, daughter of Gene and Carla Wollenberg, has been named valedictorian of the Perkins-Tryon 2003 graduating class. During her high school career Wollenberg has been involved in; band, basketball, National Honors Society, Student Woltenbrg has received the Scholar Athlete Award and the Scholar Community award for her achievements• Following graduation Wol- lenberg plans to go to cos- metology school and attend college. When asked about her feel- ings on graduation she replied, "I have mixed feelings, but mostly I can't wait." "I have had many influ- ences through out my life. My parents have taught me many things• One of my big- gest influences has been Mr. Taylor• He showed me it was okay to have high moral stan- dards and be a hard worker that always strives for excellence," Wollenberg said when asked about her influences. Senior named salutatorian class. Cobb is the son  his biggest high school Cobb's awards ships include: Farmer, FFA State Finalist, runner-up, State National FFA Farm Bureau Freshman ship. Cobb has ball, baseball, FFA, and NHS. Cobb said he graduate, and he ts attend Oklahoma sity in the fall. / • Hos Specialty Clinic A Service ofHillcrest HealthCare System Is Happy To Welcome Roger D. Des Prez, M.D. FACC Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care and Cardiovascular Disease To Our Medical Staff Dr. Roger Des Prez is a noninvasive cardiologist with subspecialty expertise in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He has been a partner with Oklahoma Heart Institute for five years. Dr. Des Prez received his medical degree and Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University Hospital of Cleveland. Dr. Des Prez practiced for six years as an internist with the Indian Health Services in Gallup, NM. to Vanderbilt University as a member of the Internal Medicine Faculty, at which time completed his cardiology training. In addition to noninvaswe cardiology, Dr. Des prez is interested in outcomes research and computers in medicine. Dr. Des Prez is providing an outpatient clinic in Cushing through the Cushing Hospital Specialty Clinic every Tuesday where he will also be providing nuclear testing. i For More Information or to Schedule an Appointment, Contact Your Cushing Regional Hospital Specialty 1002 E. Cherry (comer of Cherry & Wilson) • Cushing °