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News Brief: Week of March 31-April 6


Trump delays closing U.S.-Mexico border

Backing off on threats made Friday, March 29, to close the southern border within a week if Mexican authorities did not find a way to stop all illegal immigration, President Donald Trump said Thursday, April 4, he will give Mexico one year to stop the flow of illegal drugs and migrants from Central America to the U.S.

If Mexico does not make progress, Trump said he will impose auto tariffs and possibly close the border entirely.

According to USA Today, several Republican lawmakers and business groups opposed a border closing due to potential negative economic impacts. Approximately $1.5 billion worth of goods is traded across the U.S.-Mexico border daily.

Man kills four at office in North Dakota

A lone gunman killed four workers at the RJR Maintenance and Management property management office in Mandan, ND, in the early morning hours of Monday, April 1.

Following an intensive investigation, police on Thursday, April 4, arrested 44-year-old Chad Isaak during a traffic stop. According to authorities, Isaak changed his clothing, washed his weapons with bleach and parked his car a mile from the shooting location in an attempt to evade capture.

The motive of Isaak, who worked as a chiropractor in Washburn, ND, remains unclear, according to investigators. However, Isaak lived in a mobile home park owned by RJR Management.

Isaak was formally charged Friday on multiple counts of felony murder, burglary and unauthorized entry. His bail was set at $1 million cash.

Three killed, two injured in Georgia hostage situation

A nearly day-long standoff at a home in Georgia on Thursday, April 4, and early Friday, April 5, ended with three fatalities, including a pregnant woman and her teenage son, and two police officers injured.

The two officers were shot and injured after responding to a call placed from the home Thursday morning. They both are in stable condition.

Police remained in contact with the suspect, who had taken the 16-year-old hostage after shooting the pregnant woman, for nearly 15 hours after arriving on the scene. After communication with the suspect ended, police discovered the three fatalities upon throwing tear gas and entering the home at 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Authorities believe the suspect shot himself.


Racist graffiti suspect arrested  

A woman accused of spray painting racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay graffiti on several schools and offices in Oklahoma City and Norman over the past two weeks was arrested Thursday, April 4, on multiple complaints of making terroristic threats.

Norman Police say Allison Cristine Johnson, 45, has not been formally charged, but is currently housed in the Cleveland County Jail on $25,000 bond.

The first incident, in which the Oklahoma Democratic Party and Chickasaw Nation offices in Oklahoma City were defaced, occurred in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 28.

Six days later, the Cleveland County Democratic Party Headquarters, Firehouse Art Studio and McKinley Elementary School in Norman were spray painted with similar racist messages.

Dan O’Neil wins Edmond mayor race

With 67% of votes, Daniel O’Neil defeated incumbent Charles Lamb on Tuesday night to become the next mayor of Edmond.

Despite passing away in December at the age of 72, Lamb remained on the ballot. Had he won, the Edmond City Council would be tasked with selecting a new mayor.

O’Neil previously served as mayor of Edmond from 2007 to 2009. After taking part in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on Monday, May 6, O’Neil will officially begin his mayoral duties on Monday, May 13.


Celebration of Excellence taking place today

Oklahoma Christian University’s first Celebration of Excellence day—complete with student presentations, keynote speakers and prize giveaways—is taking place today.  

Special events will take place across campus through the afternoon. In order to allow all students to attend, the cafeteria is closed for lunch, while Chick-Fil-A and Alfredo’s Express will remain closed until 6 p.m.

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