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OSBI calls missing Randlett, OK man a ‘suspicious disappearance’

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Brady Bruce Benson

Oklahoma law enforcement officers are still seeking information on a missing Randlett, OK man who was last seen nearly a month ago.
Grady Bruce Benson, 69, resides in Cotton County, OK, about 10 minutes outside Randlett. He was last seen on Nov. 9 before his family says he disappeared without a trace from his home off State Highway 70.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has joined the investigation and calls it a “suspicious disappearance.” They are assisting the Cotton County Sheriff in the investigation.
Benson is a lifelong resident of the Randlett area. According to his wife, Bruce was focused on family and farming. They went to vote on Nov. 8 and when they came home, Maxine was getting ready for a trip with friends to Branson, MO.
Texoma’s homepage reports Maxine said it didn’t phase her at first when he didn’t return her texts right away, but after several missed calls she called their son, Grady, to check on Bruce.
Grady told investigators his dad brought him dinner from a nearby fish restaurant and helped him fix a flat tire on his plow. That was the last time anyone in the family talked with him or saw him. That night they both came back to the house and to the barn.
When they couldn’t get in touch with him the next day, Grady searched the house and property, before calling the sheriff’s office. There was no sign of his father on the property.
Grady said everything was in place at the home, the doors were locked and garage door down. All his vehicles also have been located. His cell phone, keys and wallet were found sitting in the driver’s side of his unlocked pickup, which his family said he always locked.
A Silver Alert was issued on Nov. 12. Initially law enforcement agencies from a 15-mile area assisted with a massive search for Bruce. They used drones, airplanes, helicopters, troopers on horseback and in vehicles searching all the way to the Red River. Nothing was found. His wife said Tuesday searches continue in the area around the home.
The family is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who knows how to find Bruce. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and worn Red Wing boots with the steel toe showing through.
Call the Cotton County Sheriff at 580-875-3383 or OSBI tipline at 800-522-8017 or tips@osbi.ok.gov.

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‘Murphy’s Law’ sends Bowie ER opening to the summer for Faith Community Health

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
Frank Beaman, chief executive officer for Faith Community Health System, pointed to “Murphy’s Law,” coming into play in the renovation of the old hospital to create a new emergency room, but he also looks forward to a possible summer opening of the facility in Bowie.
Beaman was the speaker for the Bowie Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn Series Tuesday. Mayor Gaylynn Burris introduced Beaman. He has been with Faith Community for the past 13 years, and he opened by referring to the hospital being about six months from closing when he arrived.
Today the hospital serves about 25,000 people and its revenue has gone from $4 million to $130 million annually. He began with 46 employees and now they have 400.

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Traffic stop leads to evading, unlawful firearm and drug possession complaints

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James Looney

A traffic stop by a Montague County Sheriff’s deputy turned into something more as the suspect failed to stop, retreated into his residence and when he came out faced complaints of evading arrest, unlawful firearm and drug possession.
The incident occurred on Feb. 4 while Deputy Daniel Carter was patrolling in the area of U.S. Highway 81 and Indians Hills Road outside Nocona.
Sheriff Marshall Thomas said the deputy observed a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria at the intersection of those two roads. When the vehicle turned south onto Hwy. 81 the deputy got behind it and observed it to pull onto the shoulder.
Carter said the driver was James Bruce Looney, who he had dealt with in previous encounters and he knew had an expired driver’s license from 2002.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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Speeding, land use request top Saint Jo Council agenda

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Members of the Saint Jo Chamber of Commerce will discuss speeding in two locations in town and several property requests when they meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 in city hall.
Don Thomas has asked to discuss speeding on East Evans Street (Farm-to-Market Road 2382) and Kelly Williamson wants to address speed limits on U.S. Highway 72 through Saint Jo.
In land use requests, Chris Reyling wants to use a shipping container for storage in his back yard; Kyle and Krystal Ogden seek pre-approval to place a new manufactured home on a lot next to 503 E. Meadows and Daniel Hill and Donna Williams ask to put a new manufactured home at 501 E. Herndon.
Donna Howell-Sickles of the Saint Jo Historical Advisory Board will see approval for certificates of appropriateness for 105 E. Howell site of the old Valley View Creek Arts Building and 112 E. Broad Street location of Real Estate Station.Eli Casey also will ask to host a chili cook-off on the square in May.
Other topics will include a presentation of the program goals for the Texas Community Development Block Grant project; the new Texas Municipal Retirement System rate for 2023; receive the police racial profiling report and review the Saint Jo Economic Development A and B quarterly financials.

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