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POLICE BLOTTER FOR JUNE 2, 2011
2011-06-09 11:54:11
May 10 *A worker at a convenience store in the 100 block of North Czech Hall Road reported to polic... read more
POLICE CHIEF SEARCH NOT FINISHED, CITY MANAGER SAYS
2011-06-09 11:54:11
A search for a new Mustang police chief could be complete in 30 days, but no candidate has been hire... read more
VETERANS HONORED DURING WIND-WHIPPED MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES
2011-06-09 11:54:11
Ret. Brigadier Gen. Pete Costilow grasped his notes in 40-mph winds Monday as he prepared to address... read more
CAR CREATES TRAUMATIC WAKEUP CALL FOR LOCAL FAMILY
2011-06-09 11:54:11
Tire squealing woke Gene and Linda Vrenick, and then — boom. They felt their house shake as a car p... read more
OKLAHOMA CITY MAN FACING VEHICLE THEFT CHARGE AFTER ACCIDENT
2009-12-11 14:21:49
An Oklahoma City man was charged with a felony count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle recently... read more
LOCAL WOMAN RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER WRECK
2009-12-11 14:21:49
A Mustang woman injured in a motorcycle accident recently was treated and released from an Oklahoma ... read more
MAN WITH 51 IDENTITIES RELEASED FROM JAIL
2009-12-11 14:21:49
What prosecutors describe as a loophole apparently led to the release of a Texas man arrested in Can... read more
LACK OF VOLUNTEERS CONTINUES TO CUT INTO SALVATION ARMY DONATIONS
2009-12-11 14:21:49
A shortage of volunteers in Mustang have silenced Salvation Army's bells, and organizers are worried... read more
CHRISTMAS GUNS TO RING IN HOLIDAYS AT HISTORIC FORT
2009-12-11 14:21:49
With Fort Reno's preservation slowed to a trickle due to stagnant budgets, officials are looking for... read more
AREA BANK INVESTING IN NEW NAME
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Canadian State Bank is changing its name to the Bank of Commerce this weekend, one week before the o... read more
POLICE BLOTTER: OCT. 31, 2009
2009-10-30 15:26:26
Sept. 30 *A resident reported to police she parked her 2005 Chrysler 300 car in the 900 block of Wes... read more
HOW DOES THEIR GARDEN GROW? QUITE WELL, ACTUALLY
2009-10-30 15:26:26
Mustang Community Garden volunteers proved their green thumbs, reaping more than 3,500 pounds of veg... read more
INTERIM RUTLEDGE HIRED AS NEW CITY MANAGER
2009-10-30 15:26:26
City Council members hired Mike Rutledge as Mustang's city manager Thursday night, cutting the searc... read more
‘I AM AMAZED’: COMMUNITY RALLIES AROUND BOY AFTER DIAGNOSIS
2009-10-30 15:26:26
More than 30 local business owners have answered the call to support a fundraiser for a Mustang eigh... read more
CAR CREATES TRAUMATIC WAKEUP CALL FOR LOCAL FAMILY
CAROLYN COLE
Edition:Thursday, June 09, 2011

Tire squealing woke Gene and Linda Vrenick, and then — boom.
They felt their house shake as a car plowed into their garage wall at 2:15 a.m. Friday in the 1500 block of West Agate Way.
Gene Vrenick tried to call 911 on his home phone, and he said at first he couldn't figure out why there was no dial tone. Then he saw it. The car hit his home's electrical box, knocking out phone, electricity and cable service. By Tuesday, their services still hadn't been restored. Linda Vrenick said they were told it could be several more days before the work is completed.
Still, the Vrenicks feel lucky the car didn't hit closer to their bedroom.
“I heard the screech, and it scared me to death,” Linda Vrenick said. “Woke me up right away.”
Police arrested a 21-year-old Mustang man on a misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol complaint. He posted $459 in bail and was released from Mustang City Jail later that day.
Interim Police Chief Willard James said the accident was reported to officers at 2:41 a.m., and the investigation showed the vehicle was traveling south on Centennial Way when it left the roadway, struck the curb, hit a fire hydrant and fence before hitting the Vrenicks' home. Preliminary damage estimates show it will cost at least $21,000 to repair the home, he said.
Later that day, James said city workers reported someone took the fire hydrant, which police left outside to be reinstalled later. The hydrant will cost $1,575 to replace.
Gene Vrenick said the damage could have been worse to his home, and both vehicles were mostly spared. The car's impact sent belongings flying through the home's garage, causing an air compressor to fall and dent his new VW convertible, which he said irked him.
The couple had spent May 26 out volunteering with the American Red Cross to help victims cleaning up after the May 24 tornadoes. They traveled to Chickasha, Blanchard and Bridge Creek to pass out food.
They planned to go back out and help Friday.
“We did the disaster assessments on the homes,” Linda Vrenick said. “Then we come home, and we have our own disaster.”
As temperatures soared Tuesday afternoon, the couple sought refuge from their sweltering house in their backyard. Gene Vrenick said their insurance will cover hotel accommodations for them while repairs are made.
“I thought it's no inconvenience because we grew up in this environment,” he said. “You don't realize how much you miss when you don't have electricity.”

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