NEWS - CITY
BIG OKIE DOOM TAPS OWN EXPERIENCES FOR UNIQUE SOUND
2011-11-24 15:14:02
BIG OKIE DOOM plays Saturday at the Route 66 Roadhouse at 4328 NW 39th St. in Oklahoma City. Doors o... read more
WILLOWOOD OPEN HOUSE
2011-11-24 12:38:12
Willowood at Mustang is hosting an Open House Sunday, November 27th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Caregivers... read more
PARK'S 'DR. DOOLITTLE' NEEDS HELP
2011-11-12 11:16:52
John Ripley is asking for help for his feathered friends, the ducks and geese that have made Wild Ho... read more
FAMILY UPS THE ANTE IN SEARCH FOR DAUGHTER'S KILLER
2011-11-11 09:43:14
Friends and family of a slain Mustang woman are selling T-shirts and jackets to raise money to offer... read more
PACKED SPOOKTACULAR CROWD SPOOKS OFFICIALS
2011-11-05 11:50:12
Hordes of shambling undead poured through the doors Saturday night at Town Center, prompting one Cit... read more
CITY SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT ON WHAT BUSINESSES TO PURSUE
2011-10-29 15:46:59
City officials are looking to plug a leak draining tax dollars out of the city with the help of a su... read more
KIWANIS GATHERING FOOD FOR HOLIDAY BASKETS
2011-10-29 15:46:59
Mustang Kiwanis members are gathering food donations to make sure 100 local families get to have a T... read more
GROUP COLLECTING ITEMS FOR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN
2011-10-27 12:14:34
Fort Reno Daughters of the American Revolution members are collecting items needed by Oklahoma milit... read more
CAREER CATCHING FIRE: MUSTANG GRAD TAKES UNUSUAL TALENTS TO TV
2011-10-20 17:01:08
Mustang graduate Ted Campbell thrilled Bill. Campbell licked a 20-inch long branding iron before swa... read more
TEEN'S DEATH LEAVES FRIENDS IN SHOCK
2011-10-21 16:57:06
Friends remembered Mustang graduate Carina Breann Saunders as their sister — smart, funny and genuin... read more
CITY BREAKS HUDDLE ON SPORTS COMPLEX UPGRADES
2011-10-08 16:19:58
City leaders threw out their first pitch toward building a new baseball and soccer complex last week... read more
STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER ISSUES DETERMINATION IN BRYAN DEATH
2011-09-27 15:56:16
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Tuesday the death of Keith Bryan a homicide as a resu... read more
IN PRINT SATURDAY: AN ARREST AND A PROTEST
2011-09-23 15:41:47
*Mustang resident Rebecca Byran was arrested Friday, just days after her husband -- former City Coun... read more
TRANSCRIPT OF 911 CALL IN FATAL SHOOTING RELEASED TO MEDIA
2011-09-22 17:20:30
The following is a transcript of the 911 call made from Kaith Bryan''s home Tuesday night following ... read more
BREAKING: FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER KEITH GUNNED DOWN IN HOME
2011-09-21 09:22:55
A former two-term Mustang City Council member and current Nichols Hills fire chief Bryan Keith was g... read more
MAN CREDITS HARD WORK FOR REACHING AGE 100
2011-09-17 09:26:41
Centenarian Forrest Leach lives simply and worked hard — he said those are the keys to his long and ... read more
COUNCILMAN BALKS AT BUYING UNIFORMS
2011-09-10 13:00:50
A shirt meant to identify employees of the city of Mustang caught the eye of one City Councilman who... read more
MONTHS OF HARD WORK TO SHINE IN SHOW RING
2011-08-25 11:00:34
Mustang teens have spent months feeding, caring for and exercising their hogs, sheep, cattle and goa... read more
WORSHIP ARTIST TO LIFT VOICE FOR LOCAL BOY
2011-08-18 11:20:15
World-renowned worship artist Jason Upton will come to Mustang later this month to help a 3-year-old... read more
CHURCH PROGRAM PUTTING FOOD ON TABLE FOR 200 HOMES
2011-08-11 09:56:21
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry volunteers started with just a trickle of families needing help. In th... read more
COUNCIL GREEN-LIGHTS PARKING LOT NEAR HIGH SCHOOL
2011-08-06 12:03:49
City Council members gave the green light this week to building a private parking lot near Mustang H... read more
CHURCH PUTS WORDS INTO DEEDS TO HELP OTHERS
2011-08-04 11:12:03
Every Clear Springs Free Will Baptist Church member set out Sunday to help their neighbors and to pr... read more
CURFEW LAW REMAINS ON THE BOOKS
2011-07-30 10:46:25
Teens sneaking out to meet friends for adventure while parents snooze on unaware can be the building... read more
AREA EMERGENCY ROOM FLOODED WITH WAVES OF HEAT-RELATED CASES
2011-07-30 10:46:25
Local emergency room doctors are seeing more patients coming to them extremely dehydrated, suffering... read more
COUNCILWOMAN QUESTIONS USING CITY OFFICERS ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES
2011-07-28 11:14:13
A City Council member questioned if police officers' presence on local campuses is straining the for... read more
POLICE CAPTAIN STEPPING DOWN FRIDAY
2011-07-23 13:43:59
Capt. Willard James will retire Friday after 22 years on the Mustang Police Department. A retiremen... read more
AREA MAN KEEPS ON (FOOD) TRUCKING
2011-07-23 13:43:59
Alan “Wild Al” Bouda heard Mustang and Yukon city councils' message loud and clear — No parking. No ... read more
OKLAHOMA CITY: CITIES UNDER MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTION
2011-07-19 18:04:41
Mustang and Oklahoma City residents were put back under a mandatory outdoor watering restriction Wed... read more
EVEN WITH WATER RESTRICTIONS LIFTED, OFFICIALS ASK RESIDENTS TO CONSERVE
2011-07-16 16:30:24
Oklahoma City lifted its mandatory water restriction after three days on Thursday afternoon, and Mus... read more
SCHOOL BOARD BUYS HISTORIC METHODIST CHURCH
2011-07-16 16:30:24
Mustang School District paid $150,000 for a piece of land containing the historic old Methodist chur... read more
MUSTANG AMONG CITIES HIT WITH WATER RESTRICTIONS
2011-07-14 15:36:32
Pond water may be used to keep Mustang city soccer and softball fields green while the city remains ... read more
COUNCIL OKS SECOND-CHANCE FIREWORKS DAY
2011-07-09 11:25:18
Residents with a stockpile of unused fireworks will get a second chance to legally light their fuses... read more
SCHOOL PARKING VENTURE CLEARS PLANNING COMMISSION
2011-07-02 12:10:03
A plan to build a private parking facility near Mustang High School cleared a hurdle this week as th... read more
COUNCIL PUTS UP CASH FOR SIGN; FUNDS $12,000 SHORT OF GOAL
2011-07-05 12:08:23
A push to raise money to pay for a new digital sign in Wild Horse Park got a boost Thursday as City ... read more
BOIL ORDER ISSUED
2011-06-26 17:36:34
BREAKING NEWS – WATER BOIL ORDER SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011 By Brett Jones An emergency boil order was is... read more
FIREFIGHTERS PREPARING FOR ANNUAL -- BUT BEANLESS -- SUPPER
2011-06-16 11:28:21
Mustang firefighters are dropping their signature dish for their 42nd supper, the first without bean... read more
PISTOLS AND PEARLS GO THROUGH THEIR PACES FOR TELEVISION
2011-06-16 11:28:21
Young riders with the Pistols and Pearls drill team have stars in their eyes. The girls galloped off... read more
DISTRICT BALKS AT LEASING BUSES TO CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
2011-06-16 11:28:21
Mustang School Board members failed to approve Monday night city officials' request to lease buses, ... read more
CITY HIRES EL RENO OFFICIAL FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT POST
2011-06-16 11:28:21
An El Reno city official was chosen Monday to lead Mustang's community development efforts. Robert ... read more
LIBRARY GROUP AUCTION CHESAPEAKE BOATHOUSE SPACE
2011-06-11 13:25:41
The Friends of the Mustang Public Library are auctioning a gift certificate for the Chesapeake Boath... read more
SHELTER ISSUE MAY SWAY APPROACH TO POSSIBLE BOND ISSUE
2011-06-11 13:25:41
Controversy over a lack of public storm shelters could lead city officials in a new direction when c... read more
NEW CHIEF BRINGS WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE TO POST, CITY MANAGER SAYS
2011-06-11 13:25:41
The city of Mustang announced Tuesday a longtime Oklahoma City police officer has been hired as the ... read more
CHESAPEAKE BOATHOUSE EVENT SPACE BEING AUCTIONED TO BENEFIT LIBRARY
2011-06-07 10:03:11
The Friends of the Mustang Public Library are auctioning a gift certificate for the Chesapeake Boath... read more
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
POLICE BLOTTER FOR MAY 28, 2011
2011-05-28 15:08:33
May 10 *A worker at a convenience store in the 100 block of North Czech Hall Road reported to polic... read more
OFFICER CAPS OFF CAREER WITH FAREWELL PARTY
2011-05-28 15:08:33
Sgt. Pat Tyner laughed and shared memories Thursday with his Mustang police brothers as they celebra... read more
POLICE SEEK SUSPECTS IN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY
2011-05-27 16:26:05
Mustang police are looking for two people believed to be involved in an attempted robbery Thursday n... read more
CURFEW LAW REMAINS ON THE BOOKS
CAROLYN COLE
Edition:Saturday, July 30, 2011

Teens sneaking out to meet friends for adventure while parents snooze on unaware can be the building blocks for countless coming-of-age tales.
Instead, Mustang police see a recipe for danger to both teens and others in the community. Youth caught outside their homes between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday face a $49 fine and a call to their parents.
The law is similar inside the Oklahoma City limits.
Mustang City Council approved the city curfew in 1977, and more than three decades later, the law is still enforced. So far this year, officers have issued 24 curfew violations to teens, compared to 28 in 2010.
Enforcing the curfew law gives officers a tool in protecting teens while also helping prevent crime, Police Chief Chuck Foley said.
“It prevents them (the youth) from being a victim of crime because people can take their opportunity with them when they are out there late at night,” he said. “If for some reason they got out of the house or their parents allowed it, they can become a victim very easily.”
In another case on June 3, an off-duty officer reported seeing two boys he believed where trying to break into a car in the Heights Addition. Police contacted the vehicle's owner, but he didn't want to press charges. Officers arrested the 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy on curfew violations and released them to parents.
“It is to interdict them in their path of not making a bad choice while they are out,” Foley said. “You get a group of people, and suddenly someone decides it's a good idea to do this, whatever it is. If we are getting them off of the street, we are shielding them from that happening.”
Once an officer cites a teen on a curfew violation complaint, he stays with the youth until he can be returned to his home, or a parent comes to the scene or police department to pick him up. Foley said the youth must be supervised, and it can be time consuming for officers.
There are some exceptions allowed under the city ordinance:
uThe youth is with a parent or legal guardian or another adult allowed by their guardian.
uThe youth is exercising First Amendment rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.
uThe youth is on an errand, specific business or activity directed by his parent without detour or stop.
uThe youth is in his own lawn or at a next-door neighbor's home with permission.
uThe youth is attending an official school, religious or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by a civic organization that takes responsibility for the youth, or he is going to or returning home from an activity.
uThe youth is going to or from work.
uThe youth is traveling out-of-state with his parents' consent.
While ultimately the fine and punishment are up to the judge, Foley said in practice in Mustang usually the fee for a first offense is waived. If a youth gets a second curfew violation, they must see the judge.
“That is not a bad system,” he said. “Give the kid a break the first time, but they show up again, it's not a haphazard mistake. Something is wrong here.”
The number of curfew violations issued in Mustang has remained steady in recent years, ranging from a low of 24 issued in 2007 to a high of 34 citations in 2009. As a new chief, Foley said the steady flow of curfew violations shows officers are looking out for the community's youth.
“It gives me an indication that the officers out there working in the evenings are doing their jobs, because they are encountering the people,” he said.

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