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!. Scan the QR code below for online content 4 Sections 24 Pages Wildfires ( Force ./ Evacuata00ns Two wildfires teat sparked east of [tillwater on Monday bu/'ned about 1,000 acres,.frcing livestock to We relocated destro]']ng homes and and other stctures. .The ,'e Lrted along the S.H. 51 right of way and spread north, hopping McElroy then stopping near Lakeview Rd. They spread east from the Payn˘ County Fairgrounds. Stillwater Journal Page A1 "Payne County's Oldest Newspaper Since 1890" Seeing Yellow Yellow-foliaged plants gaining popularity. Home& Garden - C1 75˘ Text message leads to local man's arrest By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer A photo sent by text mes- sage last week led to the arrest of a Perkins, Okla. man. Perkins Police were contacted shortly after 3: 30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, after an acquaintance of Brandon Dean Munier, 25, became concerned when she received a text message from Munier which included a photo of a woman laying face down on the floor with blood around her. Officer Charles Danker was dispatched to the home, located at 104 NE Third St., to check on the welfare of the woman in the photo. According to a statement released by Chief Bob Ernst, Danker was not able to get a response when he knocked on the door, so he checked the home's windows and noticed what appeared to be blood on a blanket. At this point, Danker requested and received assistance from two Payne County Sheriff's deputies and an Iowa Tribal Police officer. Munier was taken into custody when the officer noted obvious signs of trauma to the woman's face and arms. The statement reports the woman alleged Munier had "punched her and hit her repeatedly in the face with a shoe." She also alleged Munier pointed a gun at her "telling her she deserved to die," then fired one round into her cell phone and told her if she tried to leave he would kill her. The woman reported "she heard police knocking on the door but was afraid to try and get out of the bed." After Munier was taken into custody, they located two handguns, a .22 caliber pistol and a 9mm pistol, next to his side of the bed. They also recovered spent shell casings, a cell phone with a bullet hole in it, a shoe with blood on it, chunks of hair from two separate areas of the living room, and several glass smoking devices used to ingest methamphetamine and marijuana, according to the police statement• The woman was treated at the hospital for a broken nose and broken eye socket. Munier was transported to the Payne County Jail on the anticipated charges of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, use of firearm while committing felony, felony pointing a firearm, felony discharging a fire- arm, kidnapping, interfer- ing with an emergency telephone call, possession of controlled dangerous substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Munier appeared in Payne County District Court on Friday, July 27. He was charged with one count of domestic abuse - aggra- vated assault and battery, one count of discharge of a firearm during the commis- sion of a crime of violence, and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled drug (methamphetamine). Munier pied not guilty. His case was set on the pre- liminary docket for 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13. "We really appreciate the assistance from the Payne County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Tribal Police," Chief Ernst said. "Their officers responding made this a much safer and easier scene to manage and process." ;PORTS Marone Plays In All-State Game Eric Marone found out you can get another opportunity to play baseball even while at work. It also allowed him to have his name placed alongside those who've played the game well at Perkins-Tryon High School. Marone was ..... selected as a replacement player for last week's large school All-State baseball game as a member of the Large East squad. Page B1 CALENDAR Got calendar Items? Email them to news@theloumalok.com • Aug 2, noon - Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce meeting, Vassar Community Center -Aug 6, 6-8:30 p.m. - Monday Music Night, Perkins Senior Citizens Center, 114 E. Kirk • Aug 6, 6 pm - Perkins Lions Club meeting, Cimarron Valley HCE at Perkins FUMC • Aug 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Perkins-Tryon School Boar meeting, superintendent's office • Aug 8, 7 p.m. -Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting, Perkins Lions Den • Aug 9 - Rrst day of School for Perkins-Tryon Schools • Aug 13, 6-8.0 p.m. - Monday Music Night, Perkins Senior Citizens INDEX Church .................. C3 Classifieds .......... B5 Comics .................. B6 Entertainment ...... C2 Farm & Ranch ....... A6 History .................. A5 Obituaries ........... A2 Opinions ........... A4, $4 Public Records .... $2 School .................. A3 Seniors ................. C4 Sports ................. B1 -B4 Surgery helps man lose weight, improve life By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer Tony Moore knows something about reaching goals. The 39-year-old father of two experienced a personal epiphany several years ago when he learned of his father' s death. "He was only 50 when he passed away due to a weight-related heart condi- tion," M00'§id. "When I learned about that, my life went from complete paradise to complete insanity•" Moore said that event led him to reexamine his own life. "I weighed around 350 pounds then," he said• "I realized I was going down the same road he went down•" Moore tried to lose weight by dieting• "I tried the South Beach diet, Atkins. I even tried [the controversial and now outlawed weight-loss drug] Fen Phen." Nothing worked. "Finally, I got online and searched 'extreme weight loss,'" Moore said. That's when he learned about Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB) surgery. "I knew this was for me," he said. "It wouldn't cause damage to my digestive Patients visit the doctor every two weeks, where the level of saline in the band is adjusted until the patient's 'sweet spot' is attained. AGB surgery candidates must attend a series of classes that are designed to help them make life- style changes, which in turn allows the patient to be able to keep the weight off. yterfl. / ......  ..... ....... .. Moore noted AGB dif- fers from similar types of surgery because it doesn't involve the removal of any of the stomach. After placing the band, patients go through a heal- ing period, then visit the doctor to start their sizing procedure, which is simply the introduction of saline solution into the band. This causes the band to expand, thereby reducing the size of the stomach. .......... T learrfed ab'55tlroWmy body processes food, some of the reasons why people overeat, and the physical effects of weight and how the surgery works," Moore said. With the support of his wife, Carol, and two daughters, Faith and Hattie, Moore underwent the sur- gery in 2006. His doctor, Ronnie Keith, a bariat- ric surgeon at Norman Regional Hospital, is one of the developers of AGB. Free back-to-school haircuts offered By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer Four local hairstylists are offering free haircuts for students heading back to school. Amy Tharp, Raelynn Gunderson, Misti Overfelt, and Mandy Conner will be doing haircuts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, and Sunday, Aug. 12, at Visions Salon. "We welcome any school- age kids, whether attending private, public, or home- schools," Conner said. "We'll do them on a first- come, first-served basis." Conner said she had been hoping to offer this service for a couple of years, but couldn't get the logistics quite right until now. "These will be basic hair cuts only," Conner said. "We won't be doing washes or styling. This way, we'll be able to do as many as possible." Conner said so far there's been a positive response from the community. "Amy and Raelynn at Visions are donating their time and the use of the salon," Conner said, noting that while she and Overfelt are cosmetology school graduates, they currently Notice to Parents Beginning Thursday, Aug. 9, Second Street from Kenworthy to Thomas (the block between the Junior High gym and the Intermediate gym) will be closed from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. for bus load- ing and unloading. Parents that will be transporting their students need to drop off or pick up their students on the south side of the gate at the comer of Stumbo and Second Street or on Third Street by the junior high band room. keep busy as stay-at-home morns. "We hope to get other salons involved before school next year," Conner said. Conner said Wal-Mart donated a gift card, which allowed for the purchase of two pairs of cfippers. Staples also donated a banner, which will be used to help create awareness about the free service. Conner said notes will go home with students next week, so those who did not learn about the service sooner can still get a haircut on Aug. 12. "As a kid, I always looked forward to wearing new school clothes and having a nice hair cut for school," Conner said. "We're excited to be able to help do that for kids here." To get a free haircut for your child, just visit Visions Salon, 911 N. Sadler Road, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, or Sunday, Aug. 12. For more information, call (405) 334-2252. Things were going well for Moore, and just as he had recovered from the surgery and was heading to Norman for his first adjustment appointment, Moore and his wife were injured in an automobile accident. Six frustrating years after the car wreck, Moore finally received approval from the insur- aace "company o;:beglr: i his treatments• However, since it had been so long, he was required to repeat the patient courses, with the addition of a class on nutrition. That was 2010• Today, Moore has lost nearly half of his original 350 pound body weight. He went from a 50-inch waist to a 30-inch waist• "Even my ring size and shoe size changed," Moore said. Perhaps Moore's most defining change, however, isn't his weight. "It's my personality," he said, with a smile. "I'm just Tony Moore so much more confident and outgoing now. I'll say 'hi' to strangers." That newfound confi- dence has also allowed him to speak in public about his experiences. "I spoke at a Cushing High School assembly in 2010," he said. "I got lots See MOORE, Page A6 Agra trio charged with rural Perkins burglary By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent Three members of a rural Agra family have been charged together with breaking into a build- ing in the 10000 block of S. Perkins Road in a July 25 incident investigated by the Payne County Sheriff's Office after a call from a rural Perkins woman. The defendants, Oren Odell Harkey, 55, his daugh- ter, Sheyenne Jude James, 21, and her husband, Issac Leon Hickman, 19, could each receive a seven-year prison term if convicted of second-degree burglary. All three family members were released from the Payne County Jail on $5,000 bond each. They were scheduled to appear in court this week for arraignment. Payne County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Myers wrote in an affidavit that at about 9 a.m. on July 25, he made contact with a Perkins woman and her husband in the 10000 block of S. Per- kins Road regarding a report that people were stealing property at that location. The woman, who had called the Sheriff's Office, pointed to a pickup parked near the northeast comer of the residence, the affidavit said. The deputy then contacted Hickman and James, who were standing in front of a green Ford pickup loaded with scrap metal and other items, the affidavit said. "I asked Issac what was going on. 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