The Duncan Banner

Local News

March 10, 2013

Homicides up in 2012

Local chiefs chime in on crime stats

DUNCAN — Across the board, the frequency of sexual crimes and arsons in Stephens County decreased in 2012 compared to 2011 while other offenses such as the number of homicides increased across the county.

Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said the offenses such as sexual crimes and arson were due, in part, to proactive measures taken by the police department such as offering help to those in dangerous home environments and training a detective in arson investigation to investigate and arrest those involved.

The Duncan Police Department reported 14 cases of rape for 2012 compared to the 19 cases in 2011.

“As a society, we have became more sensitized to that,” Ford said. “There has been more heightened awareness of it. I think it has heightened everybody’s awareness to the point that prosecution has done some good.”

Six reports of arson in 2011 dwindled to only three cases in 2012.

“We have trained someone in arson investigation,” Ford said. “He works closely with the fire department investigating those situations.”

Other crimes in Duncan that saw a decrease in 2012 was aggravated assault with 59 cases in 2012 compared to 60 cases in 2011 and burglary with 289 cases reported in 2012 and 314 cases in 2011.

“We have to continue to let people know what their rights are and let people know there are ways out of those situations.

We did well. We can always improve. We think we have done pretty well.”

Duncan residents mourned losses after two homicides last year compared to zero in 2011.

“At least, one was them out of a domestic situation,” Ford said. “Obviously, those are sometimes the deadliest.”

The number of simple assaults increased by 29 reports with 260 in 2011 and 289 in 2012. The number of larceny reports increased by 60 with 2011’s 676 reports jumping to 736 in 2012. The 48 reports of stolen vehicles was an increase of three over 2011’s reports.

Ford said the Duncan Police Department would continue to take proactive measures against crimes in the coming year especially domestic cases to help the numbers of rape and homicide related to domestic disturbances decrease.

“We have to continue to let people know what their rights are and let people know there are ways out of those situations,” he said.

With the increases and decreases in crime fairly balanced within the police department, Ford said he thinks overall 2012 was a good year within the department.

“We did well,” he said. “We can always improve but I think we have done pretty well.”

Similar to the numbers produced by the Duncan Police Department, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office also saw a decrease in the number of arson reports with eight cases reported in 2011, which dropped to three cases in 2012. There were 21 reports of sexual crimes within the county in 2012 compared to the 22 reports in 2011.

Stephens County District Attorney Jason Hicks said educational programs put together by law enforcement and the community continue to help raise awareness on the damage sexual crimes can cause, which may explain the slight decrease in these offenses.

“I think it is a combination of law enforcement agencies working together to get the word out,” he said. “There are more educational programs. There are organizations like Women’s Haven and victim witness programs like the one in my office. It has become more of a focus for law enforcement.”

The number of burglaries, larcenies and thefts dropped significantly with only 243 cases in 2012 after 284 cases were reported in 2011. There were three less cases of auto theft in 2012 with 18 reports.

Eleven more reports of assaults and domestics were reported resulting in 94 cases in 2012 over the 83 cases in 2011.

As in the case of Duncan Police Department, the number of homicides reported also increased within the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office.

Hicks said the increase in these violent crimes such as homicide could related to increased drug use in addition to other factors.

In my analysis of what is going on inside the county and my district, I think there are several factors involved here,” Hicks said. “One of them is the flow of narcotics and the way the drug flow has changed over the last 10 to 15 years. We are seeing an increase of methamphetamine flowing into the county and the district from Mexico. About 95 percent of the meth we deal with is a Mexican methamphetamine. It is ice. I think it has a lot of impact on what we are seeing and what we are dealing with.”

Hicks also said the economic conditions since 2008 that has placed additional strain on families could also be impacting these numbers.

There were two homicides reported to the sheriff’s office in 2012 compared to the one homicide reported in 2011.

Text Only
Local News
  • 7-25 Marlow Gas.jpg Church ministry to host $1-per-gallon gas event on Saturday

    Hop & Sack Grocery should be hopping on Saturday morning.
       The annual gas buydown project, a ministry of Marlow’s First Baptist Church, will begin at 8 a.m. and last until noon on Saturday.
     The church will buy down the price of gas so customers will pay only $1 per gallon for up to 20 gallons.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25 Chance Anderson.jpg Homegrown Marlow singer returns for free concert

        Marlow native Chance Anderson brought his  band to  Marlow’s downtown stage Thursday evening for the second of three community concerts of the summer.
     Free hot dogs and drinks were served to about 150 people who gathered for the music.
        Jason McPherson, city administrator, said he was proud of the turnout, especially with the raging heat.

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • Red Cross notes importance of local participation

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25 National Day of the Cowboy 0013.jpg National Day of the Cowboy kicks off Saturday

    The annual National Day of the Cowboy will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.
    The theme is centered around Native American culture and will be showcased through a variety of different activites, specifically the ongoing Allan Houser Exhibition.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Temperature hits 101

    The temperature hit 101 in Duncan on Thursday and stayed there for about two hours before cooling down to 99 at 6:35 p.m., the National Weather Service reported.
    More hot weather is in the forecast.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-24 Rotary Mike Nelson 0087.jpg Nelson discusses Duncan’s water supply during Rotary meeting

    Duncan Vice Mayor Mike Nelson doesn’t think Duncan residents need to worry about the city’s water supply.
    Despite Stage 3 water rationing, which limits outdoor watering to midnight to 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Nelson said the forethought of Duncan’s forefathers, who were also Duncan Rotary members, have created a backup system for the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-24 Douglass Pool Update 0081.jpg What’s dug up at cemetery goes down at spray pad project

       Dana Stanley knew just where to go to get fill dirt for the Douglass Park spray pad project -- the local cemetery.
       The city is building a splash pad on top of what used to be Douglass Pool, but  before that happens  a fairly large hole has to be filled.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest for Duncan man

    Bail was set at $250,000 Wednesday for a Duncan man who was allegedly found to have two bags of methamphetamine and two bags of marijuana in his home.
    Duncan Police Officer Suzannahe Weir said she stopped Steven Fontinott, 62,  for a traffic violation on Saturday.

    July 24, 2014

  • Man drives drunk, rolls truck in the process

    A felony warrant was issued for a Marlow man who was allegedly found to have been driving drunkenly following a rollover accident on Nabor Road.
    Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Darin Carman said William Waller, 33, was pinned under the steering wheel of his truck and smelled of alcohol.

    July 24, 2014

  • Hard year for peaches doesn't dampen summer tradition

    A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they've come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.”
    Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, might beg to differ. Even so, Porter is known for its peaches, and every year thousands of people flood this town of about 600 residents to taste and celebrate the local crop during the three-day Peach Festival.

    July 24, 2014


Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results
AP Video
Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites