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_l_ Community Man charged with dragging game warden By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent STILLWATER —. A Stillwater man — serving the probationary part of a manslaughter sentence for causing the deaths of two of his passengers by drunk driving northwest of Cushing in 2011 -- has been charged with drag- ging a game warden on the road, refusing to exit his vehicle, ramming the game warden’s vehicle, drunk driving, operating a car while his license was revoked, and run- ning from an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, all on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. John Tyler Slavens, 28, who was living in Perkins when he was charged with two counts of first-degree manslaughter eight years 2 ago, has been jailed on $75,000 total bail pend- ing a court appearance I this week on his new charges that were filed last week. If convicted of all six counts, Slavens could be incarcerated for as long as 18 and one- half years, court records show. John Slavens’ latest run—in with the law came after OHP Trooper Anthony Harper stopped a red 2014 Chevolet Cruze in the area of SH 51 and SH 108 south at 9:09 pm on Nov. 28 that was being driven by Slavens’ wife, Aubrey, who smelled of alcohol and admitted to having a beer before leaving Glen- pool, Okla., an affidavit alleged. , Asked who was with her in the vehicle, “She replied that it was her husband, John Slavens,” the affidavit alleged. Asked if he had been drinking, “she stated in the affirmative, but did not know how much he had to drink,” the troop- er’s affidavit alleged. After a roadside sobriety test, Slavens’ wife was arrested at 9:26 pm and charged with aggravated drunk driving, a misde- meanor on which she was released from jail on her personal recognizance pending an appearance before ajudge this week, court records show. When his wife called out to Slavens, he “responded in an aggressive manner,” toward the‘trooper, the affidavit alleged. The trooper told John Slavens “to return to the vehicle, but he kept approaching,” the trooper, the affidavit alleged. J ohn.Slavens “appeared to be intoxicated as well and emotional,” the trooper alleged in his affidavit. After a stand- amen PERKINS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. MARY A.‘ MORRIS, AGENT JOSHUA E. MORRIS, AGENT LANETI'E PIERSON, AGENT 218 N. Main - PO. Box 136 Perkins, OK 74059 405-547-2971 off with John Slavens, “he returned to the vehicle and sped away,” accord- ing to allegations of the trooper, who “advised the OHP Communica- tion Center in Oklahoma City the vehicle took off and gave the direction of travel, along with the tag number.” Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conserva— tion Game Warden Emily Long “located a vehicle, that had fled the scene of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol traffic stop, at the Country C Convenience Store at Highway 51 and Prairie Road at approxi— mately 10:05 pm,” east of Stillwater at a gas pump, her affidavit alleged. “When Slavens saw me, Slavens ran back to the vehicle and got into the driver seat,” Long alleged in her affidavit. Slavens attempted to prevent the game warden from open— ing the door to his car, her affidavit alleged. “At this time, some civilians came to the driver door and helped Long open the door,” the affidavit alleged. When the game warden attempted to pull, him out of the car, “Slavens turned the ignition on and put the car in drive while Long was giving Slavens verbal commands to stop -- while Long Was par- tially inside of the vehi— cle at the driver’s door. Slavens then accelerated and began dragging Long for approximately five feet and rammed Long’s marked unit with the car. “Long reached for the ignition and turned the vehicle off and threw the keys into the pa‘k- MILL SURPLUS PIOIIIICI 1" sq. x216ga x 20' 2" sq. x 14ga 21' RAILROADYARD.COM THE JOURNAL, Thursday, December 10, 2020 A7 ing lot. Long instructed Slavens to get out of the vehicle and Slavens refused,” the affidavit alleged. After repeated commands while Long was pulling on Slavens’ left arm, he finally exited and complied, the affida- vit alleged. The game warden instructed Slavens to lay on the ground and he was arrested, the affidavit said. According to‘ Payne County court records, in 2013 when Slavens admit- ted that his drunk driving northwest of Cushing had caused the deaths of two of his passengers, he was ordered to enroll in and successfully complete the Payne County Drug Court program under a 10-year deferred sentence. Slavens was 19 when he lost control of his pickup truck on 68th Street, just west of the intersection with Mt. Vernon Road, and ultimately struck a tree — resulting in the deaths of two of his six. passengers, Clarence K. Slavens, 21, of Perkins, and Kimberly J. David- son, 38, of Cushing, on Oct. 27, 201 1, authorities said. Garry McKinnis, who was then Payne County undersheriff and the first officer on scene, described it as trau- matic — occurring in the driveway of a residence. Four other passengers, Thomas A. Lumpkin, then 18, of Perkins; Brian P. Pineda, then 15, of Cush- ing; Angelo J. Pineda, then 9, of Cushing, and Johnathon P. Griffith, then 16, of Cushing, were treated for their injuries at a Cushing hospital and released, authorities said. A year after Slavens finished the Payne County Drug Court program, he was charged with drunk driving in Still- water on Aug. 7, 2015; when he pleaded guilty to that misdemeanor DUI ‘ charge three months later, Slavens’ deferred sen- tence for two counts of first-degree manslaughter was changed to a five— year prison term followed by 10 years of probation by Payne County Asso- ciate District Judge ‘Ste— phen Kistler, who ordered that he be given sub- stance abuse treatment in prison — from which he was released on May 16, 2019, court records show. Mary Ann Clodfelter 1948-2020 Mary Ann Clodfelter, age 72, went to be home with our Lord and Savior on November 29, 2020. A Cel- ebration of Life will be held at a later date. ber 22, 1948 in '- Stillwater, Okla— homa. She was the only child born to Pete and Mary “Lucille” (Moor) Ether- idge. She grew up around the Perkins area, attending both the Ripley and Perkins schools. Graduating from Per- kins-Tryon Public Schools in 1968. She received her beauty license from a local beauty college upon graduating from high school. Mary Ann mar- ried the man of her dreams and the love of her life on June 22, 1968 at Eden Chapel Church. David and Mary Ann lived in their first home in Stillwater until their oldest daughter, Nancy Ann was born, and later the family moved to Geronimo, Oklahoma and several other small towns from Oklahoma to Texas, adding Wendy Marie to the family in Hobart, Oklahoma. Mary Ann spent the majority of her life being an amazing wife to her husband, David, and wonderful mother to her two daughters. She loved doing hair and was always taking care of her mother and aunt’s hairdos. In addition to being a homemaker, Mary Ann spent several years in the workforce as a daycare worker, substitute teacher, J C P e n n e y ’ s associate, and a paraprofessional at Stillwater Middle School forseveral years. Mary Ann was ' active in her church caring for others with encourage— ment cards and working in the flower beds. She had a heart to give. She had a great love for her grandchildren and they had many adventures together. Mary Ann took joy in working in her flower beds, red birds, snowmen, and all things Pioneer Woman. Mary Ann is survived by» her mother, Lucille Etheridge, two daughters Nancy Miller, and Wendy Blanco and her husband, Ivan Blanco of 'Olathe, Kansas and their four children, Hannah, Carneron, Alex, and Aaron, her aunt, Delcia Etheridge and many extended family members. She is preceded in death by her husband, David Lee Clodfelter, her father Pete Ray Etheridge, and most recently her son—in-law Scott Randall Miller. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude’s Chil- dren’s Hospital. Condolences may be sent to the family via the online guest book at www.dightonmarler. com Dennis Paul Martin 1948-2020 oh Friday, December 4, 2020 Dennis Paul Martin, . loving husband, father, grand- father, brother, I and friend went home to rest in the loving arms of his Lord and E, Savior Jesus : Christ at the age ‘ of 72. Interment and graveside ser— vices will be held at Fairlawn Cemetery on December 14, 2020 at' 1 pm. under the direction of Strode Funeral Home with Pastor Seth Mathis officiating. ‘ Dennis was born on Febru- ary 9, 1948 in Sayre, Okla— homa to Eugene and Loretta Martin. He married Phyllis Terrill on May 29, 1968 in Stillwa- ter, Oklahoma. They would have celebrated 53 years in May. He is preceded in death by his parents, father and moth- er—in-law Earl and Freda Ter— rill, brotherS—in-law Calvin Terrill, Lawerence Osborn, Chuck Lowery, Lee Ricord, and brother and sister—in—law Don and Sue Castoe. He is survived by three sons — Dennis Martin, Jr. and wife April of Perkins; Damian T. Martin and wife Cecelia of Stillwater; and Cheavis Martin of Glencoe. r WWW Decembex‘thh&i3th,2020 Sat9amtodpm - Sun. lfiamtaSpm, Payne Canny Fairguunds 3 miles East of Stiiiwatser, OK on Hwy 51 AdmissionSSfmhothd-ys mmlamwm 15,000”.an lSOdeaIerlabIes - opening modeluainlaycuns [Mons Train Opening ' Seem 405-612-0690 SW by cfme in“. He is survived by two sisters Carolyn Ricord and Patty Lowery both of Stillwater, and one brother David Martin of Stillwater. Y He is also survived by seven grandchil- dren — Reygan ' Martin, Brianna Matson and hus— band Thomas, Morgan Sadler and husband J aycen, Damian E. Martin and wife Stori, Bailee Troxell, Kailee Trox- ell, Vand Hagen Martin. As well as nine great grandchil— dren and three great grand— children on the way. V Dennis was a lifelong Car— penter in the Stillwater area and working with wood was one of his all time favorites. He retired as the Build- ing Superintendent from the Payne County Courthouse in 1993. Past Commissioner Bernice Mitchell praised his construction talents and thought he was a genius. He saved the county so much money during his tenure due to his knowledge of electrical, plumbing and various con— struction projects. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him. Condolences may be sent to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.5trodefh.com.